GoldplaitedCorinna + Mal Strong, Founders
You know the feeling of getting ready with your best friend? Those giddy, gabby moments leaning in real close to the mirror with the mascara wand? Meet its professional counterpart: Goldplaited Finishing Salon. The uber-femme Lincoln Park retreat is a girly girlâ€™s dreamâ€”a place to come get primped and preened by a team of talented makeup and hair proâ€™s whose main goal is to make you look like youâ€™ve been rolling with the Kardashianâ€™s beauty team. Founded by makeup maven sisters Corinna (left) and Mal (right) Strongâ€”who swear theyâ€™ve never crushed on the same boy!â€”G&F lets the pair sound off on some beauty moments for the new year. And while Goldplaited celebrates every type of beauty and trend (Go Beauty!), we can tell you one thing: you wonâ€™t see Co rocking the Fresh Face look and Mal wonâ€™t be caught dead in blue eyeliner. And thatâ€™s why we can put our trust in this pairâ€”they know whatâ€™s hot for whom, whatâ€™s not for you and if you give them two hours, youâ€™ll walk out an absolute bombshell.
CO’S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>>Â scent: CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLEÂ // moisturizer: EMBRYOLISSE LAIT-CREMEÂ // primer: NAPOLEON PERDIS AUTO PILOTÂ // mascara: YSL SHOCKINGÂ // lips: BECCA HUMMINGBIRDÂ // nails: ESSIE TURQUOISE + CAICOS
MAL’S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>>Â scent: CHLOE EAU DE PARFUM // moisturizer: KEVIN MURPHY YOUNG HANDSÂ // concealer: KEROMASK // face: CINEMA SECRETS // brows: BILLION DOLLAR BROWS EYEBROW POWDERÂ // lips: GOLDPLAITED CRUSH
We die over your name.
Mal: Goldplaited is a proper noun, but itâ€™s also a verb. â€œHey girl, I have the day off work â€“ lets get goldplaited!â€ Also a fun trivia fact isâ€”we coined the term â€œfinishing salon.â€Â Go ahead: Google it! Weâ€™re the first salon to call ourselves this, but based on the response weâ€™re sure itâ€™s going to become a category of its own!
Whatâ€™s the inspiration?
Co: The design is based on that chic, city chick who has a slight swag to her. People often winced when we said our theme was â€œgold and white,â€ imagining garish mismatched gold but I think we did a great job of finding warm, complimentary splashes of metallic. We wanted to create the perfect space for galâ€™s to get glam and feel a little like a celebrity for the day.
Youâ€™re sisters. What is the one thing each of you would take from the otherâ€™s closet?
Co: Is it bad to say that I already have? Mal copped these amazing emerald green, suede sneaker wedges with studs this past summer. It wasnâ€™t long before I was begging to borrow them almost every weekend. Sheâ€™s very generous with her closet and before long they are on permanent loan in mine.
Did you ever fight over boys?
Co: No! No no no. Our tastes could not be more different when it comes to men so luckily that has never been an issue.
Mal: Co loves her some nerdy hipster typesâ€”tall and preferably with glasses!
Spring beauty make up trends youâ€™re dying to try?
Co: Color, color, color! Bring on that radiant orchard, emerald green and tangerine orange. I migrate towards brown, gold and oxblood in the winter but Iâ€™m so ready to make those eyes pop with pastels.
Mal: I love the new look of super simple makeup with the focus on a thin line of black eyeliner rimming the entire eye.
Goldplaited, 2803 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, Â 773.880.9180.Â Visit Goldplaited.com for more information.