Last week I attended an opening reception for Blushington, a makeup and beauty lounge created for fashionistas with busy schedules and a passion for luxurious beauty experiences. The VIP reception was well attended by celebrities (including Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford) and bloggers (my favorite blogger Helena from Brooklyn Blonde was there too, Natalie Off Duty and others). However, I didn’t have very much of a chance to socialize, because I was busy enjoying my makeover with an amazing makeup artist named Joe.
Prior to my makeup session, Joe proposed picking a look from a nicely illustrated Blushington’s lookbook. There were a couple of gorgeous looks available (you can find them all here), but I decided to go for something more customizable and asked Joe to create any look he wanted to. As he confided later that evening, many makeup artists really appreciate this approach as it allows the artist to be even more creative.
I completely forgot to tell you that I showed up to this event completely bare faced (that almost never happens to me), so Joe had a “plain canvas” available for creating his masterpiece. I was highly satisfied with the technique he used to even my skin tone and honestly, I was very surprised that the beauty lounge had such a pale shade of foundation available. I also loved a coral shade of blush that he picked for me and a pretty shade of lipstick (it was on the purple side with a pinch of coral).
While I was enjoying my makeover, I learned a bit more about Blushington’s services. Compared to other salons that provide similar services (for instance, Birchbox, which is amazing but too far from my house, and Rouge NY, which I recently heard about but never visited), the prices are not over the top. At the same time, the atmosphere of Blushington’s beauty lounge is much more intimate than you find in a typical Sephora mini-makeover or a department store makeup experience (also, you don’t have to make any purchase to receive your makeover). For instance, a quick makeup fix will cost you only $20 compared to a $45 complete makeup application. For any of those looks your makeup artist will be using Stila, Becca, Julie Hewett, and Kevyn Aucoin brands.
Another important service provided by Blushington is eyebrow maintenance. Let’s be honest here, no matter how good your makeup is, if you haven’t waxed/tweezed/threaded your eyebrows for two weeks, makeup alone will not do the job (keep this in mind while choosing between Blushington and a department store). Also, if you need to touch up your eyelash extensions or need a wax project for your face, Blushington NYC will take care of those “situations” too.
Returning to the topic of convenient beauty solutions, I have to mention that you can reserve your Blushington appointment on the go using their online booking service or simply by walking in any time. For your convenience, the beauty lounge provides membership options: $55/m for two makeup applications per month, or four applications for $100/m. There are also a couple of makeup series available (you can find a full list here).
Concluding my experience at Blushington NYC, I would say that it’s definitely worth trying if you have a busy lifestyle and need to be camera-ready often. I would also recommend it for all sorts of formal situations such as weddings, dinner parties, birthdays, etc. What I will be coming back for is an advanced makeup class where I am hoping to learn even more makeup and beauty tricks. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Perscope (@stylesprinter) and stay tuned for my upcoming Periscope video from Blushington.
Blushington NYC is located at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019 (next door to the Drybar). Hours of operation: M-W 7AM-8PM, Th-Sa 7AM-9PM, and Su 9AM-6PM. Call 646-410-2208 to schedule your appointment or book online.