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Best of the East Bay: Beauty

The hottest treatments and trends, plus Tips and tricks from the experts.


By Jacob Reid Design

The Head Turner

Makeup artist Tessa Heuer of Citrus Salon shares her secrets for a flawless face—and what you should never leave the house without.

Reader Pick: Makeup Artist

How do I get that natural, “no-makeup” kind of look?
“Start with good skincare: Get a facial, and moisturize. I use Aveda tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. It’s buildable coverage. Just put on a sheer layer, let it dry, and then use highlighter on your upper cheekbones. This gives a natural finish and looks good on anyone.”

What’s a quick way to fake looking more awake?
“Take a light-colored eye shadow with a little shimmer to it, and put a tiny bit in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten them up.”

What’s the quickest way to contour and add a little more definition to the face?
“Use that same light-colored eye shadow, and highlight the very tops of your cheekbones, then use a little bronzer just around the hairline.”

How can I fake full lashes?
“I like using two different mascaras. Start with a lengthening mascara to get the length you want, then apply thickening mascara right at the roots for no clumps.”

What's the one thing I should always do before leaving the house?
”Fill in your eyebrows. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz. If you’re a blond, go a natural shade darker than your hair; brunette, a shade lighter. Your eyebrows frame your face and bring your eyes out—don’t forget them.” 631 Main St., Martinez, (925) 228-2010, citrus-salon.com. —Rachelle Cihonski


By Samantha Schneider

The Shade Shifter

Changes Salon and Day Spa manicurist Angela Hernandez shares her fave summer nail polish shades.

Reader Pick: Manicurist

Warm weather months inspire color. Try OPI’s Lost My Bikini in Molokini, a vibrant purple, or That’s Hula-rious, a light mint that works well with every skin tone. Not a pop-of-color gal? Go for Alpine Snow, Hernandez’s go-to hue. This shade of white is an updated classic and ideal for showing off bronzed skin. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com. —Caitlin McCulloch



The Friendly Faux

Reader Pick: Place for Faux Lashes

Help your peepers get a flirty look with eyelash extensions from Lafayette’s Lashify. A single application takes one to two hours and keeps your morning routine that much easier for the whole month, since you can skip the mascara. Go with faux mink lashes for a soft, natural look; if you prefer dramatic flair, choose the silk lashes. 1043 Stuart St., Ste. 140, Lafayette, (650) 731-5274, lashifystudio.com. —Caitlin McCulloch


By Michael Wiseman

The Color Commander

Hair stylist Caroline Wiseman of Caroline’s Salon shares the season’s hottest hair trends.

Reader Picks: Hair Colorist, Hair Stylist

What’s this season’s hottest color?
“Pastels. People are going to go more dramatic, bleaching the hair and then putting a muted light blue or pink over it. Everybody’s doing it, young and old.”

And the next big thing?
“Multiple highlighting—keeping it natural and going more for what happens in the sun. Gone are the days of foil all over. Now, it’s about framing the face and not going as dramatic, just sun kissed.”

What’s your secret weapon?
Wiseman suggests sunscreens for the hair to keep your color from fading: Restore Instant Protection by Living Proof is a favorite. And remember to condition. “I love Hydrate-Me Masque by Kevin Murphy.” 33 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 284-1474, carolinessalon.net. Rachelle Cihonski


The Air Bender

Reader Pick: Blow-Out

Blow Dry Bar co-owner Leida Ebrahimi on five things to know before your VIP hair treatment.

1. How long blow-outs last: Two to three days.
2. Time commitment: A wash and blow-out take 30–45 minutes.
3. Instructions beforehand: If you’re getting an updo, it’s best to arrive with hair washed the previous day.
4. Most popular service: The classic blow-out creates the most desired level of body and volume. It’s set in pins to lock in that beautiful wave.
5. Newest trend: Try tape-in hair extensions. These are more permanent than clip-ins, lightweight, and easy to keep up with. 1639 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-1639, bdbstudio.com. —Caitlin McCulloch


illustrations by Clare Mallison

The Facial Hair Decoder

Stylist Meghan Stevens of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons interprets men’s grooming preferences.

Reader Pick: Place for a Shave

Handlebar Mustache “He’s mysterious and sexy, maybe even famous—like an acting director. He works in the city, and he’s hip; he wears cool funky socks.”



illustrations by Clare Mallison

Big Beard “He’s rugged: the baseball-playing, beer (or whiskey)–drinking, Duck Dynasty guy. He doesn’t want to lose length, just shape and clean it up.”





illustrations by Clare Mallison


Five O’Clock Shadow “He’s a young CEO or exec who has to look clean, but still wants to be edgy. He eats at (or owns) a hip restaurant, drives a Maserati, and drinks IPAs.”





illustrations by Clare Mallison


Chops “He keeps them long and noticeable, but not bushy. He wears jeans and Toms; he’s got a funky shirt on. Maybe he’s a character actor.”





illustrations by Clare Mallison


The Goatee “He’s a businessman with grown kids. He loves Boston, the Eagles, and has some gray in his hair.” 15 Fiesta Ln., Lafayette, (925) 297-5127, eighteeneight.com/lafayette-ca. —Rachelle Cihonski





Courtesy of SkinSpirit

The Secret Agent

Try one of SkinSpirit’s easy ways to stay looking youthful based on your skincare personality.

Reader Pick: Place for Antiaging Treatments

The classic
Try a glycolic acid peel: Fine lines, texture, and pigment issues will be reduced. For the best results, pair with a facial. $75 each; $135–$185 with facial.

The trendsetter
“Micro-penning” is a new treatment that reduces wrinkles and fine lines. The steel pen opens up channels of the skin, which makes it easier for the skin to soak up gels and creams. Collagen production is stimulated, which helps keep skin refreshed and youthful. Both peels and micro-penning will yield the best results when repeated, but if you’re looking to save a little time and money, go with the newer treatment: SkinSpirit generally recommends three micro-penning sessions, as opposed to six peels. $250 each.

The product junkie
Take home Age Intervention Jan Marini skincare products. Go with Dark Circle Eye Defense to keep dark circles at bay, or Retinol Plus MD (as seen on the Today show), which is filled with age-fighting peptides and antioxidants. 1647 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9200, skinspirit.com. —Caitlin McCulloch


The Out-of-Body Experience

How to give your senses the royal treatment at Changes Salon and Day Spa.

Reader Pick: Day Spa

Choose scents like ginger-lime, lavender, or sage for your signature aromatherapy foot soak.

Sample your choice of tea, coffee, spa water, wine, almonds, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate.

Touch And Hear
The Amazon rain experience involves a multiheaded water feature accompanied by a 30-minute lymph massage, body brushing, exfoliation, a detoxifying mask, and lotion, as soothing spa music plays in the background.

Feel—and look—like a million bucks in spa sandals and an übersoft robe while you take in the Aqua Terra Relaxation Room's impressive 16-foot water wall. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com. —Caitlin McCulloch


Reader Picks

Made to Fit
712 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, (925) 362-8277.

Clothing Boutique
J. Colleen Boutique
261 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 258-0300, jcolleen.com.

Consignment Shop
Labels Luxury Consignment
2629-A Ashby Ave., Berkeley, (510) 356-4144; 1367 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-4566, labelsluxury.com.

Jewelry/Watch Repair
Danville Clock and Watch Shop
93 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 820-4120.

Men’s Casual Clothing Store
Venture Quality Goods
3571 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 385-0259, venturegoods.com.

Men’s Haircut/Barbershop
Katharina Hair Styles for Men
306 Rose Ave., Danville, (925) 451-2499.

Nail Salon
Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Pampering Massage
Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Place for a Facial
Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Place for a Spray Tan
Apres Soleil
(925) 451-0645, apressoleiltans.com.  

Place for Waxing
Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.   

Place to Get Your Eyebrows Done
Changes Salon and Day Spa
1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com.

Shellac Manicure/Pedicure
Changes Salon and Day Spa
1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com.

Shoe Repair
Nick’s Boot and Shoe Repair
3104-E Crow Canyon Pl., San Ramon, (925) 866-0774.

Shoe Store
1350-A Park St., Alameda, (510) 545-4422; 175 E. Prospect Ave., Ste. 100, Danville, (925) 552-6638; 5525 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 595-7272, tootsiesboutique.com.

Stylist/Personal Shopper
C2 Style
(925) 202-9332, c2style.com.

Vintage Clothing Store
Vintage Boutique
124 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 208-1644.

Women's Hair Salon
4062 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 362-8600, Ext. 2; 111-G Town and Country Dr., Danville, (925) 362-8600, Ext. 1; 291 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, (925) 493-7643, tribezsalon.com.

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