It’s time to put your best face forward! Get the party started with beauty treatments, from big blow dries to magical make-up.
Kohinoor Sahota shows you how to get the party started with a festive makeover at Harrods’ Urban Retreat
‘Where are you off to tonight?’ is one of the first questions that staff at Harrods’ Urban Retreat will ask you when you go for a Festive Makeover (£125; three hours).
Depending on your occasion, the salon has a style to suit you. The looks on the treatment menu are called Cocktail, Dinner, Office Party and Club and the results range from the Club’s Studio 54-inspired look with glamorous, voluminous curls, to the Dinner’s classic chignon with a twist.
Created by salon creative director Andrew Barton and make-up salon creative director Ruby Hammer MBE, each makeover service includes a hair appointment and make-up application. The make-up artists offer their expertise from how to apply your products to advice on your skincare routine.
If you find yourself falling in love with the cosmetics they use on you, they are also available to purchase, such as the Laura Mercier Master Class Colour Essentials (£90) and the Eyeko Mascara Wardrobe (£75).
For the ultimate makeover experience, book the Andrew Barton and Ruby Hammer
Makeover. The appointment lasts for four hours (£1,200). Andrew will give you a full cut, colour, re-style and blow dry, then Ruby will apply your make-up and advise you on your skincare regime. The experience ends with a Champagne lunch at the Urban Retreat Café.
You can add some sparkle to your visit by attending one of Urban Retreat’s special evening events. Enjoy Champagne and canapés at the Christmas Shopping Evening (5 Dec; £30), during which each guest receives a complimentary express treatment, including a brow shape and manicure, as well as gift-wrapping. Mulled Wine and Champagne Evenings take place every Wednesday and Friday evenings – they’ll help you to get into the festive spirit. Plus, every customer who visits the salon during December will receive a voucher to return in the New Year. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
This image and right: inside Urban Retreat Below: updo by stylist