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We've got our makeup application down to 15 minutes--about equal to two stoplights and a left-hand turn--but lately the same old look is feeling ho-hum.

So we visited the new Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge, a pink-and-silver bonbon of a salon with compacts-turned-mirrors on the walls and swaths of taffeta curtains to pull closed for privacy. As head makeup artist Emma Willis led us to our chair, we readied for the hard sell of grooming supplies we've heard at so many salons.

But it never came. Willis discussed the salon's six customizable makeup looks--"Lucky Stars" is a red-lipped Hollywood siren, for instance, while "Smoke and Mirrors" has a dramatic eye--as she went to work. We've never understood using both bronzer and highlighter, so we chose "Simply Glowing," and Willis explained as she went along, using top brands Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, Stila and cult L.A. line Julie Hewett.

After paying only $35 for a 45-minute session that left us looking tawny and rested, we were happy to spend $22 more for a lip glaze, as well as to daydream about coming back for a $15 faux-lash application or a $100 makeup lesson. Hours of pampering that leaves us prettier? Now that's entertainment.

Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge, 8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-652-5874 or

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