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Il Makiage

830 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.756291 -73.970459
nr. 51st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-371-0551 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Beauty Store
  • Services: Makeup Application

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6 at 51st St.

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For onetime aspiring ballerina Ilana Harkavi, the thrill of performing a pas de deux paled in comparison to her fascination with the sooty eyes and rouged lips she sported onstage. Eventually, she ditched the tutu, became a makeup artist, and in 1972 launched her own cosmetics line, IL-Makiage. She's since transitioned the company to the management of Alex Zalmanovich, but it's still socialite types who browse the retail section and working artists who brush up on technique at the open-to-the-public lessons. The roomy workshop area, with its director chairs, mirrors, and mile-long white tables, looks like the backstage area of a fashion show, while rows of colorful potted gloss, nail polish, glittery highlighter dust, and booklike palettes of shades that run from cool to warm heat up the otherwise austere space. Old-fashioned, just-add-water cake eyeliners and oil-free foundations are so highly pigmented that they won't drown under the spotlight (or subway fluorescents).