“I can relinquish control,” said Higgins, convincing herself, as she closed her eyes and Prince began to dust her lids with a canary yellow. “I’m a Capricorn, so relinquishing control is quite challenging.” For Higgins, whose job involves sales, partnerships, and business development, nearly every conversation has a component of selling oneself, as she tells me. “I do feel like I have a second persona that is more extroverted and outgoing than my normal self.” Right on cue, Prince swiped a crimped, platinum bob from a hook on the wall.
After putting the finishing touches on Higgins, her eyes lined with turquoise and her lips painted a baby pink, Prince spun the chair around, bringing her face-to-face with her reflection in a mirror. Higgins’s jaw dropped. “I usually read people’s energy and try to figure out something I know they would never do in real life,” said Prince. “The hyper-femme spacey thing didn’t seem like it was your everyday,” she told Higgins. “I react against what people are projecting a little bit.” Indeed, Higgins explained that she would naturally have been inclined to something darker. “This is definitely uncomfortable for me—but I think it’s just this from now on,” she laughed.