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Jul 23 2010

Wray to look your best

by Kristin Hackler

Tracy Wray is an artist. While she may not use a traditional two-dimensional canvas, she does work with a fascinating and versatile medium: the human body. Working from an early age doing hair and air brush makeup for photo shoots, Tracy worked at Marshall Fields in Chicago before receiving her undergraduate from Pivot Point International Academy and postgraduate certification from the International Dermal Institute. Her intense and highly-competitive education, along with her natural talents, has transformed Tracy into a master of hair and make up artistry.

Moving to Charleston only a few years ago, Tracy already owns her own business on Broad Street in downtown Charleston. Called Beauty Mastery by Design, Tracy offers everything from simple “day look” airbrush make up sessions to full photography shoot services, hair styling and updos, as well as body waxing and bridal services.

“It’s really fun, really rewarding and it’s great to be a part of some of the best moments in people’s lives,” smiled Tracy.

Her studio on Broad Street is a far cry your standard salon. Situated on the third floor of an historic building, visitors are welcome to relax in a vaulted-ceiling and hardwood-floor classic Charleston living room while the client receives his or her styling/waxing in the adjacent room. Austen Akhyari, a recent client, commented on how comfortable the studio made her feel, “It’s more like a house than a salon,” she said. “I feel much more relaxed.” She also pointed out how quiet the studio was compared to a standard salon. “Here I feel like I’m the center of attention,” she smiled.

For her makeup, Tracy uses airbrushing since it not only appears flawless, it’s also lightweight, long-wearing, and sweat-proof. Her products are all hypo-allergenic, cruelty-free and designed specifically for use with airbrush makeup tools.

As if this all of this wasn’t enough for the young entrepreneur, Tracy recently announced the opening of her new business, Charleston Spray Tan. A mobile tanning service, Tracy uses only eco-certified organic spray tan materials, and with a quick turn-around time for each client, Tracy can handle just about any size party. The spray tan service is also available in-studio, so clients wishing for the full array of makeup, hair and a natural-looking tan can receive all of their services in one easy location.

For more information about Tracy Wray and Beauty Mastery by Design, or Charleston Spray Tan, visit, or call (843) 628-4549. Beauty Mastery By Design is located at 91 Broad Street in downtown Char

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