You, Slightly Improved
What may be the most heavily documented day of your life calls for expertise.
Soul Lee at Shu Uemura
With a surgeon’s eye for detail, Lee can lengthen, thicken, and darken your lashes. The extensions won’t budge when you tear up or sweat, and they stay put for weeks. (Remove by gently steaming the eye area, then massaging the lashes with cleansing oil until they peel off.) Best of all, you won’t have to wear mascara.
Partial lash extensions, $100; full lash extensions, $400. At Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-833-2525.
Jason Wilkerson at Sam Brocato Salon
Wilkerson can transform bangs into face-framing layers, thin hair into thick, and a crop into an updo-ready mane. Lately, he’s seeing brides-to-be forgo the updo altogether in favor of long, beachy waves. Wilkerson recommends getting extensions done a month prior to the wedding (they last four months).
Great Lengths extensions, $500–$5,000. 42 Wooster St., nr. Grand St.; 212-334-3777.
Heather Packer at Cutler Salon
Packer works a lot during Fashion Week, so she knows how to handle high-pressure situations and all types of hair. It also means she can re-create old classics (a softly pin-curled chignon), or give them an interesting spin (ponytail meets pompadour). Cutler also attends to the oft-forgotten groom, with wedding packages that include facial-hair trimming and brow taming.
Wedding trial, $250; wedding day, $250; house call with Heather Packer, price upon request. 465 W. Broadway, nr. Houston St.; 212-308-3838.
Rose Woo at Whittemore House
Woo, a Rescue Beauty Lounge alum, is methodical and humane—she controls pain by working in small patches and meticulously following hair growth. Sensitive-skin types will appreciate the naturally derived, fragrance- and dye-free beeswax she uses.
Lip wax, $20; eyebrows, $35; bikini, $55 and up. 45 Grove St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-242-8880.
David Colbert, M.D.
Dr. Colbert reports that many brides-to-be are requesting Botox injections for their underarms and hands to prevent sweating on the big day. But if you’re after something more moderate, try his Triad Medical Facial, which includes microdermabrasion and a fruit-acid peel, to get skin glowing; redness subsides after 24 hours.
Triad Medical Facial, $400 and up. 119 Fifth Ave., nr. 19th St., 4th fl.; 212-533-8888.
Sakura Nail Spa
Calgel, a nail treatment that’s wildly popular in Japan, results in manicures and pedicures that won’t chip for weeks, requires no drying time, and actually strengthens nails. The super-thin coating of UV gel is available in custom-blended shades as well as ombre and hand-painted designs.
Manicures, $12–$30; Calgel overlay, $40. 35 E. 1st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-387-9161.
Vargas uses only organic products in her facials, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack a punch. The aesthetician relies on techniques such as microcurrent technology and LED light therapy to elevate their efficacy and trigger cell rejuvenation. Add her Tone-Up body treatment to a facial to give areas like your thighs and upper arms some love.
Facials, $175 and up. 501 Fifth Ave., nr. 42nd St., Suite 707; 212-949-2350.
Anna Stankiewicz at Rita Hazan Salon
After you’ve been sprayed head-to-toe with the St. Tropez formula, Stankiewicz gently and thoroughly uses wipes, Q-tips, and sponges to ensure you are streak-free and perfectly blended.
Airbrush tanning, $85 for whole body, add $10 for contouring. 720 Fifth Ave., at 56th St., 11th fl.; 212-586-4343.
Trejo is constantly customizing workouts to help keep her clientele interested while they sweat. Mat-based classes combine Pilates and yoga; her semi-private and private lessons incorporate Reformer work and the full spectrum of Pilates equipment. For brides-to-be, Trejo will place extra attention on toning back and arms.
Private sessions, $100; semi-private (two to three students), $45; five-person class, $25; plus discounts for students who pay monthly. 200 Broadway, nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 646-436-8565.
Wade has extensive experience on editorial photo shoots, so she’s adept at gauging what camera lights will do to skin—and adjusts accordingly. She has been beautifying brides since 2002, and her “Working Face” package includes a guided product shopping trip and a personalized face chart with instructions on how to achieve her signature luminescent look.
For prices and scheduling, go to cheektochic.com.
From the Winter 2009 New York Wedding Guide