Last week, we showcased the charming Zoe Boutique in Alexandria, and this week, Karma Beauty Lounge!
Karma Beauty Lounge is one of the premier salons in DC. Owned by Erwin Gomez and Sab Shad, the salon features some of the most luxurious services in the city — let’s learn more!
CapFABB: Sab, Erwin, what made you decide to open Karma Lounge?
Erwin & Sab: We established KARMA by Erwin Gomez for the purpose of bringing the DC Metro area a luxurious salon and spa that offers a variety of services performed by some of DC’s most highly trained experts with both technical and artistic abilities. We wanted to create a salon and spa that gave guests that wow effect, ensuring their satisfaction and need to come back again and again. Lastly, we aspired to provide Washingtonians with the area’s most highly skilled artists to performing the latest hair and makeup styles, as well as providing the latest spa technologies and unique services.
CapFABB: What is the most popular service at Karma?
Erwin & Sab: There is no singular popular service at KARMA, as our salon’s eyebrow, make up, and hair services are all equally popular. However, at KARMA by Erwin Gomez we consistently strive to provide our guests the best of every service we perform. In fact, KARMA is also starting to become known throughout the DC Metropolitan area for its skincare and nail services, as shown by the Washingtonian this year!
CapFABB: Erwin, what made you decide to start a makeup line?
Erwin & Sab: It’s always been a dream of mine! After working with all of the major high-end cosmetic lines, and dedicating many years to working with and understanding the components of makeup, I recognized the importance of using high quality cosmetic products for makeup applications.
After years of research and experience using other cosmetic lines, I understood what was necessary for developing a line of high performance makeup. Today, my dream has become a reality, as I just recently launched Erwin Gomez Cosmetics.
The best thing about my new cosmetics line is that it truly complements every skin tone and type. My reasoning behind this is that many of the guests I serve at KARMA and nationally are quite diverse, which inspired me to create a product that would make each and every one of them look radiant and beautiful.
CapFABB: Erwin, have you always wanted to be a makeup artist?
Erwin: Yes, since I was 16 years old, I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist.
CapFABB: Erwin, what drew you to the beauty industry?
Erwin: Growing up, I found the creative aspects of both the fashion and beauty industries extremely interesting and inspiring. Although both industries captured my attention, I was more fascinated by the beauty industry because of the more fun and challenging aspects makeup has to offer. I constantly get to work with a diverse group of people with different skin tones, facial features, and challenging styling suggestions, making each and every day different and that much more exciting!
CapFABB: Sab, you worked at Red Door Spa, did you have any hesitation about opening your own salon?
Sab: Not at all. Before opening KARMA by Erwin Gomez, I had extensive experience in both the beauty and luxury industries, serving as the Regional Vice President for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa’s where I was responsible for the management of more than $30 million in assets, as well as consulting for Ritz Carlton and Trump Brands. With these past experiences, I felt confident in my abilities to partner in this business and successfully open a salon and spa with Erwin. Most importantly, I was super excited about this opportunity, as I would be going into business with a close friend and colleague. Erwin & I both worked together at Red Door Spa together for nearly a decade and found that we complemented each other very well.
CapFABB: Erwin, do you think there is a difference between being a makeup artist in DC vs. NYC?
Erwin: No, definitely not! I have had extensive experience styling makeup for celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Rosario Dawson, and Eva Longoria, as well as for high profile charity events and runway shows in both DC and New York. What I found to be most important is a makeup artist’s ability to be open to an individual’s personal sense of style, as well as his or her capability to perform the latest styles and trends. I can assure customers who come to KARMA that they will receive services just as good if not better than any salon in New York.
1104 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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