The Beauty Beat: 5/1-5/7

Meet May’s makeup trends, get pretty at Primp and rate your shape status at Symbio.

May means spring for most places, but in Miami, we skip right over that season and head directly into early summer. As it heats up, it’s time to pick products, looks and fitness plans that will keep you looking cool. Take tips from a makeup pro, pack your Caboodle with these seasonal selects, get gussied up at Primp and let Symbio give you a head-to-toe body analysis.

BEAUTY: Renowned makeup master Kabuki, the mastermind behind Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Madonna’s mind-blowing looks, was recently at The Shore Club with M.A.C. Cosmetics to recreate the deer-inspired look he gave Perry for her “ET” video. Fellow makeup artists and fans got a taste of Kabuki’s unparallel artistry as he transformed a model into the angelic creature Perry portrays in the mini-flick. While Kabuki’s makeup case is anything but your usual artist’s bag of tricks (think fishnet fabric, feathers and glue sticks), he always keeps M.A.C. staples like Pro Longwear Foundation ($29.50) and Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($23) close at hand. To be your own Kabuki, we suggest packing those two basics in your case as well. And when it comes to cases, set your sights on the new Caboodles Rock Star Grande Train Case ($19.99). Toss in Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom collection’s Artificial Light Luminizing Powder ($20) for a touch of glow and don’t forget Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Wicked Green ($19) for kitsch and cool. Add Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely ($28.19) parfum for good scents. Your case innards may not be as dynamic as Kabuki’s, but it will definitely get you through the season.
GET IT: M.A.C. Cosmetics available at 107 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.538.1088. Caboodles available at Ulta, 337 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.538.4416. Smashbox Cosmetics available at Sephora Aventura, 19575 Biscayne Blvd. #723, Aventura; 305.931.9579. Estee Lauder available at Nordstrom, 19507 Biscayne Blvd., Suite #15, Aventura, 303.356.6900. Lovely available at

SPA: Primping, it’s part of your daily upkeep. But this go-round, put down your beauty tools and let the stylists at Primp Salon take charge. Whether it’s a cut, color, extension, mani or pedi, the team at the chic South Beach spot will have you looking superb for spring. Amid velvet fabrics, ornate mirrors and crystal chandeliers, these quaint but posh digs are your new go-to spot for, well, primping. Enjoy Sultry Saturdays, where free cotton candy martinis are served alongside manis, and customers get 15 percent off services from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Waxing, threading and facials are also on the menu, as are Spray Tan packages, using Fake Bake, making Primp your one-stop shop for all things beautiful. Take advantage of "2" for Tuesdays, where bringing a friend will land you 20 percent off both your services (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and Frisky Fridays for $45 blowouts and $45 makeup applications (7 p.m. to 11p.m.). GET IT: 407 15th Street, Miami Beach, 305.397.8877.  
GYM: The thing about living in Miami: it’s constantly bathing suit season. So, if you’ve dipped into that Easter Basket of candy one too many times, get over to Symbio for a complimentary body composition analysis. Throughout the month of May, you can find out, for free, just how much body fat you’re packing. According to Symbio, “This ration determines the true level of heath and fitness of an individual. It’s a great way to determine a person’s diet and exercise routine.” We think it’s a great scientific motivator to get you out of the half-priced candy and into your favorite beachwear. The test takes five minutes. Stop in and get one today. Then, let Symbio show you what to do to get that analysis where you want it to be with workouts, diet and more. GET IT: 1815 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786.228.5440.

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