We?re all about looking good, but lunch hours aren?t exactly conducive to the many steps--and stops--it takes to get ready for a big night.
The menu of services at the cozy Gotham Beauty Lounge next to Bryant Park caters to ladies on the go with quick blowouts ($30 and up), bang trims ($15), manicures ($25) and brow shaping ($50), though it?s worth setting aside extra time for owner Judith Seeherman?s flawless makeup applications. Try the Lady Gotham ($75) for a demure daytime look, or go full-on bombshell with The Socialite ($140), which plays up eyes with dramatic charcoal liner and false lashes.
There?s a small treatment room for facials, bouts of Botox and tailor-made services like vitamin C peels and detoxifying masks. On your way out, browse the house-label cleansers, lip glosses and foundations. (We love the Face Primer with SPF 20, which keeps our makeup perfectly in place throughout the day.)
If girls? night at the wine bar feels tired, contact Seeherman for a private happy hour: She?ll close the place down and arrange for food, an array of services and custom gift bags.
Don?t let the tiny space fool you: This salon is a primping powerhouse.
Gotham Beauty Lounge, 32 W. 40th St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); 212-921-2002 or gothambeautylounge.com