Add these salons to your calendar and prepare to stun this season.
The charming Byron’s Beauty Salon serves as the headquarters of hair and makeup legend Byron Williams (Drew Barrymore and Nicole Richie are clients), who works genuine magic with a sweep of shadow and a swirl of blush. B.H., 310-276-4470; byronbeautyroom.com. • Assembly is a bright, pop art-inspired salon with an emphasis on trend-driven looks (navy smoky eyes, luxe lashes) that appear particularly flawless in flash photography. B.H., 424-278-1567; assemblysalon.com. • Pop into the Hollywood Regency-style Blushington for flawless makeup looks from the understated Simply Glowing to the festive Life of the Party. They use upscale niche brands, such as Kevyn Aucoin and Becca, are super-prompt and make house calls. WeHo, 310-652-5874; blushington.com.
The signature milk-infused manicure at Milk+ is luxurious, but the truly decadent request is the Pearl Tea Mani—a ylang-ylang essential oil soak and paraffin dip render hands satiny-soft. S.F., 415-346-0100; sfmilkplus.com. • A rainbow of lacquers from designer brands, including Nars and Butter, brighten an entire wall at Olive & June. Try the Margot, a custom, all-organic mani-pedi using products made in California. Bonus: They record your preferences and offer complimentary iPads. B.H., 310-247-0500; olivejune.com.
Intricate, artful creations are the trademark of Nail Art House, a Japantown hotspot where owner Asako Yamashita dreams up glittery ombre looks, 3-D bows and David Hicks-style zigzag patterns. S.F., 415-816-7342. • The nail artists at Chi Nail Bar & Organic Spa can create any design you dream up—from tiny Dior logos to reverse moon manicures—and stock über-chic brands like Tom Ford and Chanel. B.H., 310-858-8803; chi-nailbar.com.
Picture-perfect, never-anemic arches are the trademark of Cinta Salon’s threading genius Bhavna Patel, who delivers unbelievably pain-free results. S.F., 415-989-1000; cinta.com. • Located in the elegant Warren-Tricomi Salon, Kristie Streicher Beauty Bar is ground zero for natural-looking arches. By tweezing a few select hairs, Streicher miraculously gives brows their perfect shape. L.A., 323-651-4545; kristiestreicherbeautybar.com.
Devotees like Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria are obsessed with Jimmy Jimmy Coco’s discreet house calls and subtle airbrushing. So gifted is he with a spray gun, he can even create the illusion of perfectly toned abs and arms. L.A., by appointment only; 323-283-4449; jimmycoco.com. • Spray-tan master Sinead Norenius of Couture Glow never makes a mistake as she (or one of her meticulously trained experts) sprays you with her own hydrating, sweetly scented formula. S.F., 415-658-5040; coutureglow.com.
At sleek and contemporary Drybar, one is presented with a glass of Champagne and a menu of cocktail-themed blowouts, from the pin-straight Manhattan to the loose, curly Cosmo. Salons throughout CA, 877-379-2279; thedrybar.com • Whether the request is for a smooth and shiny look or an upswept chignon, the stylists at Blow deliver perfect, fog-proof results every time. S.F., 415-989-2569; blowmyhair.com.
Written by Elizabeth Lamont Mendoza