An at-home makeup application is a rare luxury, and not only because it’s pricey. Since most makeup artists work on staff at department stores or focus on commercial work, it’s a pain to arrange if you don’t have a personal assistant to do your bidding. Members-only makeover site Vensette streamlines what’s otherwise a typically drawn-out booking process: Log in, schedule a date, time, and place (your home or office). It also allows you to choose from a visual menu of makeup and hair styles, which eliminates the risk of potential communication problems; you know exactly what you’re going to get, whether that’s the perfect smoky eye with a pale, neutral lip (the Cat) or a defined, contoured eye paired with a dramatic red lip (the Grace Kelly). The site’s makeup artists are professionally trained and tout résumés that include TV, magazine-editorial, and movie experience. Opt to use products from your own beauty stash or those from Vensette’s sponsors, like Estée Lauder and Lancôme. Prices start at $175 for makeup only. For hair and makeup packaged, the service starts at $250 for a daytime look and runs up to $375 for an off-the-menu custom look.
Best Makeup House Calls
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).