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Pretty is as pretty does. We get it, but the makeup industry is on fire, and Dallas' MUAs are in particular demand. Paige Anderson tops our list, because she's a go-to for industry people and regular folks who need someone to help pull off a real beauty transformation. Anderson is knowledgeable and consultative; she knows "camera-ready" means one thing when a photographer is shooting for an editorial piece and something different if she's helping a client decide on her wedding-day look. She offers a full menu of beauty and styling services to meet every client's needs. A professional, organized, talented artist with a reputation for excellent work can be hard to find. But with her portfolio to prove it, you can feel confident you're in the right hands with this MUA.

Eyebrow threading is the future of eyebrow grooming. Forget plucking or tweezing or waxing or anything else that makes you want to die. Eyebrow threading is when a cotton thread twists and pulls the unwanted hairs — sort of like a lasso. It's typically more precise and less painful than waxing. At Sweet Salon, walk-ins are welcome, and you almost never have to wait. The entire process takes about five to 10 minutes, and you walk away with perfectly shaped eyebrows and no throbbing pain for hours. It's the best way to get those eyebrows on fleek.

From a natural daytime face to a dramatic after-dark look, Blushington provides a range of services for those who could use a little help in the makeup department. Makeup artists and estheticians know their stuff, and best of all, the whole process couldn't be easier. Appointments can be booked online for in-shop services or at your location of choice. On top of full faces, Blushington offers a slew of add-ons like brow styling and eyelash extensions. For those looking to brush up on their makeup skills, they also offer classes.

Diving into a pool of youth is what its website promises, and Facelogic in Highland Park delivers. Whether you go in for a signature facial, peel treatment or wax, you walk out of Facelogic feeling refreshed and youthful and like the best version of yourself. Not only are the services top of the line, Facelogic offers a membership service, allowing customers to spend either $59 a month for one signature service per month (50-minute customized signature facial or 50-minute custom massage) or $99 a month for one elite service per month (60-minute elite facial or 80-minute custom massage). A membership service guarantees you'll put your body's needs at the forefront each month and walk away having dived and swum in the pool of youth.

Eyelash extensions are all the rage. They allow you to wake up and not worry about the pain of putting on mascara. They resemble the drama of false eyelashes but minus the glue and the possibility of falling off. Several salons do eyelash extensions, but it takes a talented esthetician to know what kind of extensions look best for each customer. The Art of Beauty by Lomuns listens to their customers and caters each extension to the face shape. You'll walk away from The Art of Beauty by Lomuns feeling more beautiful than ever and with dramatic eyelashes that can be seen from hundreds of feet away.

Lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs Flauren Bender and Hallie Lamont founded The Greenway Shop to fulfill their own desire for a one-stop destination for clean makeup and skin care. Many clean, green beauty spots have followed, but Greenway Shop stands apart with its well-edited assortment of holistic, toxin- and paraben-free products for men, women and kids. Bender and Lamont, who met at a music class for their babies, vet each product, bringing together a wide range of well-known beauty brands and under-the-radar indie finds such as Beauty Chef, Indie Lee, RMS and Ursa Major. The green queen herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, even endorsed the shop, featuring it in the Goop guide to Dallas.

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown lies a tranquil oasis where you can get both your mind and shoulder knots right. It's not the cheapest spa in town, but as the kids like to say, go big or go home. They offer a healthy variety of services, including body wraps, lip treatments, waxing and makeup. If your nails need a recharge, try the Red Flower French Lavender manicure. If your relationship needs a subtle bump, get a couple's massage. Whatever you're after, Spa Adolphus can help you rejuvenate and relax.

Bellacures is the all-inclusive cruise of nail salons, and it's as Dallas as they come. With services like the Wake-Up Coffee Mani, the Make Time Stop Anti-Aging Mani, and the "Man"i-Cure, their dedication to hand and foot love is on clear display, and why not? Does your darling daughter (or son) need some polish? Gift them the Kid-i-Cure Mani. Are you sensing the pattern? Bellacures has something for everyone, including a manicure called Nuts About Walnuts, and we're totally on board with that.

Whether it's after a long and stressful week at work or simply because you're an adult and deserve it, massages relax you and make you happier. At Ritz-Carlton, there's the signature massage, a custom massage, fitness and sports massage, couple's massage, a migraine miracle massage, hot stone massage and so much more. Beyond massages, the Ritz-Carlton spa has so many options, you'll wonder why you don't book an appointment for every week. It's your body, and it needs the love and affection you give your job. Treat yourself.

Scent is part of the overall impression, and if you smell like an idiot, you probably are one. Thankfully for those who aspire not to be idiots, Hermès takes fragrance seriously, and its prices reflect that. But like any respectable fashion house, they are ever-generous with free samples. Though you might be buying colognes of questionable provenance from the back of someone's car today, you could be tomorrow's Hermès customer. This iconic French leather goods and fashion house knows this, and in their only Dallas location in Highland Park Village, you can explore their exquisite scents while surrounded by flawless leather, intricately screened silk scarves and cleverly patterned ties. For the low, low price of nothing, you can simply ask for sample vials of any fragrance, and voila — you've got them!

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