The Powder Room

For the girl about town who needs some quick glamour in her life, The Powder Room is the perfect fix. After the success of their flagship salon, which launched last year on Colombia Road, the girls have moved to Soho to bring their fabulous retro style to those busy City types.

In their cute pink uniforms, the girls offer a range of hair and make-up fixes as well as manicures. Their Late For a Date service is the perfect hit for girls about to go out  for dinner and dancing. You will be pampered and beautified and can even leave your excess belongings over night so you don’t have to cart them along with you. Clearly this is what all of those annoyingly glamorous women have been doing all this time.

The oh-so-talented Beth taught me the make-up tricks of the trade in an hour session where she showed me how to perfect my technique and watched as I tried to emulate her skills, all the time giving encouraging advice and explaining how to highlight my best features.

The first look we tried was a typical smokey-eye, so easy when you know how, yet ultra-sexy. The key to this look is to blend, blend, blend! Beth explained you need to start with the lightest colour and work through to the darkest, layering plenty of mid colour along the fold of the lid and working the dark colour along the lash line and then emphasising with liner.

Another nifty trick is to do the eyes first and foundation last, as this way you can clean up the inevitable powder spill under the eye. For a complete glam look, always remember to highlight the inside corner of the eye and along the brow-bone and to fill in brows with a powder and brush.

The next look she showed me was the quintessential ’50s flick. The key to a great flick is to make sure it follows the natural line up from your bottom lashes. You do one long line from the inside of the top of the eye, flicking upwards and then you fill in the flick after. A good way to do this on yourself is to lift your chin right up so your face is tilted and you can do it with your eyes open. To finish, buff-on foundation so it doesn’t go on too thick. Then add some blusher on the apple of the cheek, then sweeping upwards in a ‘Nike Tick’ shape. To complete the look, apply some pillar-box red lipstick, remembering to start with lip liner so it doesn’t bleed.

All the make-up in the salon is Paul & Joe which not only has cute retro packaging but is really great quality. Their foundation is one of the most luminous I have ever seen, even if it is one of the most pricey. The Powder Room also caters to hen-dos and other special events.

The Powder Room
136 Columbia Road
E2 7RG

Tel: 0207 729 1365

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