In the current issue of New Orleans Magazine, I wrote a “Try This” article about a new facial treatment I discovered. The provider is local makeup artist and esthetician Meggan Ory, the treatment is an interesting new gold mask facial.
Ory has been a sought after New Orleans makeup artist for years. She recently began adding beauty treatments to her menu. These treatments include facials and dermaplaning – including the glow mask facial.
Below you can read my “Try This” article.
Ory’s menu for brides is the ultimate necessity when thinking about your skin and bridal makeup.
- Includes HD airbrush or hd traditional makeup, lashes, contour, and location fee (for wedding day).
Bridal Makeup Plus
- Includes HD airbrush or hd traditional makeup, Bridal trial run (at salon), lashes, contour, and location fee (for wedding day).
Bridal Party Pricing/services
- HD airbrush or HD traditional makeup with lashes $75
- HD Airbrush or Traditional with lashes and Makeup By Meggan Cosmetics Lipgloss $92
Bridal spa packages
- The perfect packages to get your skin picture perfect for your wedding day. Destress and unwind with the glow facial.
The Glow Package
- Wedding day Bridal makeup, Lashes, and location fee.
- Bridal makeup trial run (at salon)
- Three 60 minute glow facials
The Light Package (Most Popular)
- Wedding day bridal makeup, lashes, and location fee
- Bridal makeup trial run (at salon)
- Three 30 minute glow facials
Ory began adding in skin treatments to her bridal package to stress how important it is to take care of your skin before your wedding day. Starting months before your Big Day ensures that your skin will be smooth, your makeup application is seamless and your skin photographs flawlessly.
Behind the Mask
From a very young age, I have been scolded, warned and instructed to care for my skin. “You’re going to get wrinkles,” was a staple coming from my mother – especially when I came home as a teenager with a sunburn on my face and an attitude like I was so cool.
Once I entered my 20s, I began seeing the effects of those countless sunburns and days in tanning beds. Immediately I added moisturizers and different lotions to my routine to ensure no more damage would be done.
Then, at age 25, my life changed – I got my first facial. My skin felt magical, unlike it had ever felt before – smooth, glowing, hydrated. I was hooked.
“A lot of women view facials as an unnecessary luxury,” said Meggan Ory, owner of Makeup by Meggan. “This is far from the truth.”
Recently, Ory and I discussed facials and skincare when I went to try a mysterious new mask she now offers her clients. Once I got settled into the spa-like room Ory has in her studio in Kenner, she began by cleansing my skin and applying a clay mask to detox and extract impurities. After she toned, exfoliated and added serums and moisturizers to my skin, it was time for the main event.
I was instructed to close my eyes and lips tight, and the gold specialty mask was applied. Unlike a typical facial mask, this was applied to my entire face – eyes and mouth included. The initially sensation is unexpected. The mask is cold and thick, dissimilar to a typical facial mask that is light and airy. Ory explained that the mask is supposed to feel, and be, a bit heavier as to help the product better penetrate the skin.
I definitely had to find my happy place in order to not completely meltdown from the thought of something over my eyes and mouth. And because of the cold, I kept having a twinge of thinking my eyes were open under the mask. Once everything settled in and I became used to the sensation, I felt the benefits working. Ory took this time to explain that the mask is designed to drop the core temperature of the skin by 6 degrees Celsius, which allows for a drainage effect that firms and tones, while helping with under-eye darkness and puffiness.
The most interesting part of the entire experience was when Ory took the mask off. After about 10 minutes of letting it sit and work into my skin, she began to roll back the sides of the mask. It rolled off smooth, almost like rolling tape off of a box or sticker from a piece of clothing. “It looks like a pancake,” was my initial response as I looked at the outline of my face on the underside of the gold mask. My face instantly felt smooth and hydrated. I also had no visible redness anywhere on my face, which sometimes happens after a facial.
Though this was an unusual and new experience, Ory really stresses the health benefits that come from regularly getting a facial.
“Getting a facial once a month helps keep the skin smooth and free of texture,” she said. “It keeps the skin clean, which prevents blackheads and whiteheads from forming. Proper skin care also helps with anti-aging.”
For me, this was simply the most memorable facial I’ve ever received. I definitely found my happy place.