- Rouge New York
130 Thompson St., nr. Prince St.; 212-388-1717
Thanks to the recent blow-dry-bar boom, New Yorkers are well versed in the concept of a $40 night-out coif. Now there’s a similar service for getting a flawless mug. Founded by Law & Order: SVU star Stephanie March and her on-set makeup artist Rebecca Perkins, this cosmetics salon offers a menu of 30-minute makeover options. “You … Only Better” ($50) is a minimal look, which involves Perkins applying a dusting of contouring powder to cheekbones and hiding blemishes with a brush dabbed in concealer. “Total Polish” ($75) incorporates bolder finishes like a bright-red lip. The products are a mix of drugstore standbys (L’Oréal Voluminous mascara) and boutique brands (Julie Hewett lipsticks), all of which are for sale. Proof that the makeup-bar trend is already taking off: Pucker (129 Grand St., nr. Crosby St.; 212-334-3690), which opened shortly after Rouge, in February, offers similar services with the addition of a downstairs locker room where office-to-drinks customers can store clunky bags and boots overnight.
Best Quickie Makeover
From the 2014 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).