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Legendary makeup men, The Westmores of Hollywood will receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. The official word came from Hollywood's honorary mayor, and walk of fame chairman, Johnny Grant. “Today I am happy to announce an array of celebrities who have earned this recognition for a combination of professional achievement and community involvement.”
Pioneers of their industry, the Westmores helped create and define the role of makeup artists in motion pictures. Wigmaker George Westmore made history when he opened the first makeup department in 1917 at Selig Studios. George's oldest sons, Monte, Ern, Perc and Wally, went on to open their own makeup departments at Warner Brothers, RKO and Paramount. By the 1930s, nearly every motion picture studio had a Westmore heading up its makeup department. In 1935, the brothers teamed up to open the opulent salon called The House of Westmore on 6638 Sunset Strip. Bud Westmore ran the makeup department at Universal for 24 years where he created the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Youngest son Frank was a freelance makeup artist and worked with Cecil B. DeMille on the Ten Commandments and wrote a family biography appropriately titled, The Westmore's of Hollywood.
The third generation Westmore brothers, Monty Jr., Marvin and Michael have all made their own significant mark in Hollywood. Monty Jr. was personal makeup artist to Paul Newman and Joan Crawford. Marvin created the fashion forward makeup for the epic film Blade Runner and Michael is the mastermind behind the alien creations on the Star Trek series and won an Oscar for his work on Mask.
Inspired by the rich Arabic culture, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened The Six Senses Spa at The Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar, which features ancient Arabic rejuvenation technique treatments. 800-241-3333
Donating an entire day to an eyebrow “wax-a-thon” and raffling off facials, massages and products, the spa Face, Body & Soul in Simi Valley, CA, recently held a fundraiser for the Los Angeles County University of Southern California Hospital. Clients received eyebrow waxes in exchange for bringing in men’s clothing items or cash donations which, like the raffle proceeds, were given to the hospital to help clothe homeless men seeking medical attention at the county facility. 805-584-5000
The Aveda Concept Spa has opened at the Humber Valley Resort in Newfoundland, Canada. The spa’s four treatment rooms reflect the secluded woodlands that surround the resort and inspire treatments that involve the elements of earth, fire, water and air. 709-686-8100, email@example.com
Casa Blanca Salon and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, hosted a fundraising event to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego with the help of companies such as Pevonia Botanica. Event proceeds, which totaled more than $10,000, went toward the hospital’s purchase of two PC Pals units—computer programs designed to help young patients learn about and better understand their medical conditions. 858-759-8998; 800-738-6642, firstname.lastname@example.org
With treatments including Heaven in a Hammock and Seashell Serendipity, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has opened its new spa in Amelia Island, FL. The facility’s signature menu options focus on relaxation and customization, allowing clients to choose services a la carte. 904-277-1100
To help patients at the recently opened Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at the University Medical Center North in Tucson, AZ, Gadabout SalonSpa is lending stylists and technicians to the clinic’s in-house salon to donate services to patients receiving treatments there. Gadabout also contributed to underwriting the initial costs of the clinic’s salon. 520-325-0000
Now planning to offer salon services, as well as its traditional day spa services, Spa Gregorie’s in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, has opened a 5,000-square-foot salon addition. For clients wishing to remain clothed during services, the spa’s locations have also begun offering a “modesty menu” to ensure their comfort during treatments. 949-858-9455
Participating in an event put on by the Puritan Cape Cod clothing store and Cape Cod magazine called Celebrate Women and benefiting the YMCA of Cape Cod, Solstice Day Spa of Hyannis, MA, helped a local woman who was nominated for a makeover by her daughter. The woman, Joan Owens, received treatments such as a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and makeup application from the spa, as well as other prizes from area Cape Cod businesses. 508-775-7400
Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX, was named the number two destination spa in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine in its annual poll. The resort ranked highly in categories of location and setting, guest rooms and cuisine. If you think your spa deserves recognition for its successes, the Skin Inc. magazine Best of the Best Awards are now open for nominations. Click here to obtain more information. 800-847-5637