For the girl about town who needs some quick glamour in her life, The Powder Room is the perfect fix. After the success their flag ship salon, 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 hit the town or go to meet a hottie as you will be pampered and beautified, will be able to change your outfit, 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 those annoyingly glamorous women have been doing all this time.
The oh-so-talented Beth taught YoN the Make-Up Ticks 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 high-light 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 they 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 is 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 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 is really great quality. Their foundation is one of the most luminous YoN has every seen. The Powder Room also offers hen-dos and other special events. Check out www.thepowderpuffgirls.com