Your Beauty Guide to Albuquerque

Where to shop, primp, and luxuriate in this Southwestern gem.

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Susanna Hayward
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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.


Top Shop: Paradise Club Vintage

The store may specialize in classic fashion, but it also stocks makeup with a focus on natural and locally made products. Definitely check their Instagram before you hit up the shop—they're known for collaborating with other small businesses for pop-ups and markets all over town.


Hair Haven: Square Root Salon

Ready to try a bold color or experimental cut? Head to Square Root Salon. The skilled stylists are pros at blending natural shades with rainbow hues, and they use top-tier color products to do it. If you're looking for a full afternoon overhaul, take advantage of their makeup services and waxing, too.


Finishing Touch: Bare Sugar Studio

Locals with sensitive skin flock to this waxing studio, where specialists remove hair with a gentle potion of sugar, lemon, and water (the sugar is only heated to room temperature, providing a much gentler experience). Treat yourself to a spray tan, while you're at it.


Chillest Spa: Yes Organic Boutique and Spa

Enter nirvana at this dreamy day spa. Indulge in a facial, massage, or illuminating peel, then peruse the bounty of natural and organic salves and serums in the apothecary. You can feel good about a shopping spree, too, since all the brands are locally sourced.


Sweat Sesh: Body Language Studio

Body Language Studio was made for group fitness class addicts. With monthly memberships that offer unlimited classes, you can stick to the signature barre workout, or venture out of your comfort zone and try Pilates, cycling, or TRX. If you want to take it to the next level, check out their nutrition programs and personal training.


Best for Beauty Rest: Hotel Andaluz

Relax in style at this historic oasis with Molton Brown amenities, cushy beds, and an art-adorned library. If you're not ready for some shut eye, the hotel is situated in the heart of downtown near the city's best bars and eateries. Just a heads up: Rumor has it that the building, built in 1939, is a little haunted.


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