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Let’s Get Physical

Beauty solutions for every bride, at every price point.


Illustration by Julia Rothman  

Method Budget Moderate Splurge
Shed Pounds Join the Run Club at Lululemon (1127 Third Ave., at 66th St.; 212-755-5019), a free group that jogs from Lulu's Upper East Side store to Central Park every Wednesday night. Workouts vary from week to week, mixing intervals on the lower loop with inclines on Cat Hill. Personal trainer and nutritionist Ariane Hundt's four-week Slim & Strong program ($350) at Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp (locations vary; 646-354-0039) incorporates running, resistance training, and a dizzying number of push-ups. The program restarts the first of every month. Personal trainer Marcus Eave, whose clients include Donna Karan and Carla Bruni, is optimal for brides angling to lose substantial weight. His one-hour sessions at Technogym ($750 for five, $1,400 for ten; 70 Greene St., nr. Broome St.; 646-578-8001) are customizable and can include nutrition tips.
Tone Up Yoga Vida NYC (99 University Pl., at 12th St., sixth fl.; 212-995-5553) offers live-music-aided 65-minute Vinyasa classes for just $10. Alternately, co-owner Hilaria Thomas’s classes focus on one body part per week (arms, abs, butt), covering the essentials in about six weeks’ time. A monthly pass is $100. The 55-minute tower classes ($30) at Brooklyn’s Pilates Boutique (102 1st Pl., nr. Court St., second fl., Carroll Gardens; 718-858-0205) consist of mat work, springs, and exercises performed on the tower unit. Classes max out at six; a ten-session package is $250. Kula Yoga instructor Alex Auder runs 70-minute private classes ($175) out of her West Village townhouse (845-399-8934). Sessions have a constant, calorie-burning flow, and best of all, no one has to see your fledgling attempts at crow and arm balances.
Paint Nails The Spa Manicure ($24) at Polished Beauty Bar (250 W. 78th St., nr. Broadway; 212-933-1830) includes a bride-worthy citrus or lavender exfoliating scrub from Pharmacopia and a deep-tissue massage. Valley (198 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St.; 212-274-8985), a Laurel Canyon– inspired salon/spa/vintage boutique, offers Calgel treatments (from $45): a long-lasting, good-for-your-nails gel manicure that should remain chip-free through the honeymoon. Highlights of the two-and-a-half-hour-long Bride-to-Be Oasis Retreat package ($310) at the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (2 West St., at 1st Pl., fourteenth fl.; 917-790-2660) include a 60-minute Swedish massage and an 80-minute mani-pedi with your choice of Deborah Lippmann polishes.
Shape Brows The signature treatment at the cheery Dhaga Full Service Salon (294 Fifth Ave., nr. 1st St.; 347-689-3827) is eyebrow threading ($8). Technicians maintain the client’s natural brow shape while creating clean arches. Walk-ins are accepted. Stark Waxing Studio (425 W. 14th St., nr. Washington St.; 212-367-8200) aesthetician Lura Jones uses a French hard wax, which minimizes irritation and leaves brows stylishly shaped ($35). Book a year in advance for Eliza Petrescu’s famed arch ($128) at Eliza’s Eyes (30 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave., fifth fl.; 212-757-0702), which she creates by waxing, shaping with tweezers, penciling in, and gel-setting.
Bronze Skin The UV-free spray-tanning ($39) at City Sun Tanning (50 E. 13th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-353-9700) takes about two minutes to apply. Skin looks dark and splotchy at first but settles after a shower into an even, glowing tan. Brazil Bronze Glow Bar (580 Broadway, nr. Prince St., Ste. 501; 212-431-0077) offers thorough shade consultation to first-timers, who can expect sun-kissed, streak-free skin that lasts up to a week ($60). In fifteen minutes, Gotham Glow (212-592-0368; gothamglow.com) guru Tamar Vezirian can set up a portable tent and give you an ace tan (from $115)—and you won’t even need to leave your apartment. You’ll come out looking like a dedicated sunbather, not a Jersey Shore extra.
Clear Face The MicroZone treatment at Dermalogica (110 Grand St., nr. Broadway; 212-219-9800) is a twenty-minute in-store treatment ($35) that troubleshoots specific skin problems, from spots to puffy eyes. The Glow Facial at Christine Chin (82 Orchard St., nr. Broome St.; 212-353-0503) incorporates a ginseng mask, shiatsu, and extractions, leaving skin radiant and aisle-ready. The treatment costs $250 with Chin and $120 with an associate. The one-hour Red Carpet Facial ($387) at Tracie Martyn Skincare Salon (101 Fifth Ave., nr. 18th St., eleventh fl.; 212-206-9333) involves an LED light for wrinkle reduction, followed by an application of celeb aesthetician Martyn’s firming serum.
Get Waxed No-frills SoHo Nails (458 W. Broadway, nr. Prince St., third fl.; 212-475-6368) accepts walk-ins and, with vacancy, can get you in and out in about ten minutes. Ask for Mimi; her charisma is appreciated during the more trying moments of a Brazilian wax ($25). Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (12 Prince St., nr. Elizabeth St.; 212-431-1520) is best known for its Brazilians ($48), which are thorough, precise, and over in a few big swoops. Waxing is followed by the plucking of ingrown hairs and an application of soothing aloe vera. Anjali Arora created the service menu at Shobha (594 Broadway, nr. Prince St., Ste. 403; 212-931-8363) and boasts more than 30 years of hair- ripping experience. Her Brazilians can be done via natural sugaring ($100). House calls can also be arranged ($250 per hour, with a two-hour minimum).
. . . And Exhale The Grand Luxury package ($150) at Grand Spa (389 Grand St., nr. Suffolk St.; 212-253-9978) includes a facial with Dermalogica products; a 60-minute body treatment with a Dead Sea scrub, massage, and seaweed body mask; and a mani-pedi. The Refresh package ($300) at Jeunesse Spas for Life (1885 Broadway, nr. 63rd St.; 212-245-4606) comes with a salt scrub, massage, and facial with Elemis’s hydrating line. The VIP lounge can accommodate groups of up to fifteen. The decadent Spa Journey ($475) at the Carlyle’s Sense, A Rosewood Spa (35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave., third fl.; 212-660-7560) includes a ginger-grass scrub, shiatsu-inspired massage, and custom facial with Sisley products.

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