The 5 best Austin beauty spots for getting all dolled up
When you want to put on your best pout and flutter those lashes, there's an overwhelming number of beauty options to turn to in Austin. Getting your makeup done is a luxury, but it’s also a fun way to treat yourself before that hot date, the conference you’re speaking at, or during a girls’ getaway.
With wedding season right around the corner, we sought out the best makeup services for the blushing bride, the mother of the groom, or the wedding guest. To help you navigate these glamorous waters, here are our five favorite places to get all dolled up.
This brand-new salon on East Fifth Street in the Corazon building is clean and inviting. Triage supplies massage, nail, waxing, and hair services, but also has in-house pros that can give you an expert makeup application. “Conquer the day” for $45 with a light application focusing on your favorite feature or get “camera ready” for $60 with a full application. Triage uses MAC Cosmetics, giving you the perfect amount of pop and color under any lighting. Additionally, you can bring your makeup bag in for $40 and spend an hour with an artist on how best to use your products. They’ll also advise you on what to hold on to and what can get tossed to help simplify and beautify.
Started by Austin beauty guru Rochelle Rae, Rae Cosmetics excels in enhancing your natural features to give you a healthy glow. At the retail location on West Second Street, you can shop the cosmetic line’s heat and perspiration-resistant products, suited for a warmer weather wedding with makeup that stays on all day, even when you’re shvitzing. Rae’s makeup artists have extensive training and will give you an application that makes it feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. And when you want a more dramatic look, Rae succeeds while still keeping you looking like you.
Walk-ins are welcome, but we recommend making an appointment (especially on weekends) to ensure you get what you want. Full applications start at $75, which includes false lashes if interested, but you can also opt for eye makeup only for $45. Rae also offers hairstyling services, so whether you want an updo for your night out on the town or need every strand of hair in place for the big day, Rae is your one-stop shop for hair and makeup.
Kiss n’ Makeup
Not only will Kiss n' Makeup make you look like a model ready for the runway, but the staff is also extremely friendly. This cute cottage on Burnet Road offers one-hour applications for $90 or a mini-makeup service for $45. Like Triage, you can bring in your current makeup for a lesson on what to keep, what to trash, and how to best use what you currently have. And if you love the look of false lashes, Kiss n’ Makeup will apply in 30 minutes for $25 to $30. The company also takes great care when working with brides, breaking down this service in two parts — a run-through and day-of application. The shop suggests scheduling a run-through, which starts at $120, two to three months prior to saying “I do.”
For the girl on the go, look no further than beGlammed, the online service that brings the makeup to you. While many companies service onsite (especially for brides), this is one of the best deals when you want an at-home application. With a variety of options to choose from, including the “pretty” application for $60 and the “glamorous” application for $250, you can also tack on a hair service at a slightly discounted price. Makeup services include airbrushing and false lashes, and custom, themed, or costume makeup.
BeGlammed allows for some relaxation on your special day — how it should be — so you can concentrate on having a great time with the girls, getting ready with no hassle. If you’re a bride and you book three or more of your bridesmaids, you can get 15 percent off your appointment. If you do go with the bridal package, it includes one makeup and hairstyling consultation prior to the wedding.
Aveda Institute has the best bargain in the entire city for a makeup application. For the wedding guest on a budget, it doesn't get better than this. While we don’t recommend this for brides to be, when you have a special occasion let an Aveda student in training try their hand at making you look beautiful. Not to worry though, a supervisor is always nearby to assist, and these blossoming ladies and gents have had the proper basic training to give you a beautiful application.
Using Aveda’s natural line of products, you can radiate flawlessly for only $10, allowing you a little extra spending money after your appointment to shop the company’s high quality makeup. For an additional $10, you can also get a lash or brow tint.