Beauty on wheels
Medina of Sun-kissed Glow will come to you or you can go to her studio. Friends will never know you didn’t just have a beach vacay.
Ever looked in the mirror and thought, “Dear God! What happened?” Most of us have had those demoralizing moments, but we’re here to help. The world has known some fabulous fakes—impeccable art forgeries, dazzling faux jewelry—even fake fruit that looks so mouthwatering you might be tempted to sink your dental work into it. So where’s the harm in temporarily augmenting your own personal reality? We’re not suggesting you go full blown Kardashian—though if that’s your thing, knock yourself out. Rather, we want to share some of the unique mobile resources we’ve discovered for those times when you might need an emergency beauty boost delivered to your doorstep.
Perhaps you’re going on vacation/attending your high school reunion/headed to the beach with friends/asked to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel on the catwalk. Suddenly, you realize that you’re as pasty as a tub of cottage cheese, and immediately experience a complete meltdown. Fear not. Just call Sun-Kissed Mobile Glow and Nikki Medina will show up at your door with her portable tent shelter and airbrush tan sprayer. All you have to do is stand there awkwardly in your bathing suit (or your birthday suit if you prefer; she’s seen it all and doesn’t judge) and within fifteen minutes you’ll look like you’ve been cavorting on a beach in St. Bart’s for weeks. You’ll have a smooth, even, golden tan—so get ready for the compliments. She’s had years of experience and possesses a superior talent when it comes to the art of the airbrush tan. Need celebrity reassurance? Whenever Christina Aguilera visits the East Coast and is feeling pale, she calls Medina. Other clients include the glitterati of Fairfield County as well as a gaggle of Miss America contestants. sunkissedmobileglow.com
If eyes are the windows to the soul, doesn’t it make sense to frame them with luxuriant dark lashes? Nail salons and Groupon advertise “lash extensions,” but local esthetician and certified lash extensionist (yes, it’s a thing) Sarah Giggar of Giggar Makeup Artistry warns people to be careful when choosing a place to have the service. “A licensed esthetician is the only one who should be applying synthetic lashes,” she explains. “I also use adhesive that is latex and formaldehyde free.”
Giggar has an almost cult-like following for her ability to create lashes that are beautiful and perfectly fit your eye and lid shape. While it can be pricey—and the initial process takes up to two hours—you will feel liberated from the daily grind of applying and removing mascara. If you want to keep it up, Giggar recommends adding “fillers” every two to three weeks. If you don’t, Giggar will soak them off which is the safest way to remove them completely. The synthetic lashes (Giggar also uses silk or mink on request) are glued to your genuine lashes and not directly onto the skin. “Clients generally fall asleep and when they wake up they have a beautiful set of lashes,” explains Giggar. Customizable from girl-next-door natural to full-on Bambi, Giggar’s lash, eyebrow, and makeup services are available in her Fairfield studio or in the privacy of your own home. giggarmakeupartistry.com
You’ve seen them on TV and in the tabloids. Those actresses, models, and reality stars with impossibly long, thick, shiny hair. You think, “Those women are so lucky to have been born that way!” But hold the mayo. Were they? No, of course not. How do they do it?
Extensions, ladies, extensions. Jared Riccardi of Riccardi Hair in Greenwich is one of the premiere stylists in Fairfield County who specializes in natural hair extensions. His work has graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Allure. He has even worked with a handful of the Housewives (but we can’t say who). If you want luscious locks you’ll have to dig deep, because they don’t come cheap, and need to be regularly maintained. Go to the salon, or, for the right price, Riccardi will come to you. Riccardihair.com