The girls at The Apothecary Newport should consider themselves lucky that I’m not stalking them—my day at The Apothecary was that good. What warranted such profound personal enthusiasm? Age. As of late, it’s begun to catch up with me. Irascible laugh lines have formed around my mouth, the crease between my brows has begun to mock me and a generally ruddiness seems to have settled on my thirty-something face.
In response to my pleading, the lead esthetician spent more than an hour administering an Alpha Beta hydroxy peel that left my face baby-soft and glowing (in an enviable way rather a sunburned hue). The treatment includes not only the relatively mild chemical process but a refreshingly cool mask, plenty of herbal-scented moisture and a complete massage for my face, neck, arms and—blissfully—feet.
Allie, whose extensive experience with make-up and skincare completes your “make-down” with powder-based Bare Escentuals and lip-plumping glosses.
In addition to a vast body of knowledge and best-friend demeanor (I hugged them all before leaving), The Apothecary offers a variety of facials (anti-aging, acne-fighting and deep-cleaning), sugar waxing, and a cache of must-have products, including eyelash re-grower, self-tanners, hydrating serums, and a home version of the peel that I quickly snapped up. The Apothecary, 6 Broadway, Newport, 401-324-6253, theapothecarynewport.com
Facials: Prices start at $65, though the Alpha Beta may be the best $100 you’ll ever spend on your skin.
Your wedding day will most likely be the most photographed day of your life. From getting to the church on time to the last dance, you are center stage in hundreds of indelible images. Looking your best is no easy feat, especially in the middle of an unexpected heat wave or when you’re kissing all your newly-acquired kin.
q Let a professional keep you looking fresh faced and sun-kissed. “It’s your wedding,” says Jessica Hickey, professional make-up artist of The Apothecary in Newport, “so you want to look like yourself – only better.” The staff at The Apothecary empathize with brides who are fearful of wedding day makeup appearing too severe or unnatural, which is why they insist that brides seek artists who are experienced in creating a wedding day look.
q The best way to get the most out of your make-up is by starting with a clean, well-moisturized palate. Hickey suggests starting your skin care regimen about four
months before the wedding, including facials. “We do a bridal boot camp for skin,” says Hickey, who uses top-of-the line products.
q A make-up trial is an important step to achieving the look you want. Don’t book the trial too far in advance, because the seasons affect the texture of the skin. Hickey recommends booking the trial about six to eight weeks before your wedding.
q Don’t be afraid to try something you never have before, like foundation. “Most brides want a natural look, but they also want to stand out in their pictures,” Hickey explains. “What’s difficult is that if you don’t have enough on, you’ll lose yourself in the pictures.” After a trial, test the makeup to see how long it lasts, and call your make-up artist within a few days with any concerns.
q Going to the beauty counter at the department store can be fun for color ideas, but it may not serve your needs for long lasting wedding day make-up.
q Finally, don’t forget your groom! “More men need to pay attention to their skin,” says Hickey, who points grooms to the simple MD Skincare line, which was formulated by a man. Exfoliating and using proper shaving products are the key to a smooth, kissable mug. –AM