Your Beauty Guide to Brooklyn

Where to shop, primp, and luxuriate in one of our favorite outer boroughs.

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Each month, Marie Claire travels to a new city to discover the very best in beauty that location has to offer, from hidden gem holistic spas to skincare emporiums to workout classes you can't find anywhere else.

For a leisurely afternoon of perusing and pampering, visit clean-beauty boutique Shen. The walls of the colorful space are lined with imported skincare and organic makeup galore, along with hair care, supplements, candles... the mind reels. After you've stocked up, indulge in one of their targeted facials, get your makeup done, or hit the brow bar to reshape your arches.

Don't miss this Dutch salon's first stateside location. Aside from a mean color and blowout, the new Williamsburg outpost offers an array of international treatments: the Amsterdam Lift facial uses Biologique Recherche products to hydrate and soften the skin, while the Balinese hair and scalp ritual revitalizes strands from root to tip.

When you're craving a kaleidoscope of color on your nails, look no further than Paintbucket. The Williamsburg salon specializes in manicures right on brand with the outer borough of Brooklyn itself—artful with some edge. Added bonus: If you're feeling a starved for inspiration when it comes to nail art, their ever-changing look book is packed with ideas.

This peaceful escape might be situated inside 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in one of the busiest parts of the borough, but you'll feel like you've entered the serene British countryside. This holistic spa is a one stop-shop for complete and utter healing: from Himalayan salt stone massages to after-sun treatments to 24 karat gold facials, you won't just walk out satisfied... you'll float.

Torch some calories pre-brunch with high-intensity interval training at HIIT. The classes use metabolic conditioning—short, timed sets alternating between cardio and strength training—to whip you into shape, and you continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours after a session. And each class has a different focus, so you can keep your body guessing.

Every room at this modern, art-centric abode boasts a balcony for premium skyline views. Aside from its rep for excellent service, it's also kind of a scene: venture up to the rooftop bar for a cocktail, like the cucumber-infused False Start.

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Taylore  Glynn

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.