This is me after just thirty minutes in the make up chair at the Laura Mercier make up studio in The Urban Retreat, Harrods. Quite simply the best make-up I’ve ever had done anywhere in the world.
I was made-up after my eyebrows had been tamed by the lovely Baljit at Shavata. Having given me perfect magic eyebrows, she looked at me thoughtfully and suggested that maybe I would like to hop over to her friend Edel at the Laura Mercier counter for a quick whisk over before we took my after photo. No pressure, just if I’d like to.
As I waited for Edel to start making me look human, I looked in the mirror and tried to repress a shudder. My new perfect eyebrows just highlighted my screaming red cheeks, (rosacea does not like hot, bright lighting), bloodless lips and rabbit-y eyes. Baljit, frankly, had been kind. Instead of gently suggesting, she should have pushed me into that make-up chair & held me down. Don’t believe me? Here’s me with no make-up (& before my rosacea flared) before Baljit & Edel performed their respective magic on me:
Anyway, I meant it – I’ve had my make-up done umpteen times, at department store counters, by pro artists, on shoots and all over the place, but never have I had it done so quickly & so transformatively. And, best of all, I looked like a proper, natural but groomed version of me, as opposed to looking as if an enthusiastic teen had been let loose with the eyeshadow & blusher palettes either – which sadly happens at the counters belonging to, em, one of the larger, cosmetic companies.
And the most amazing part? An 30 minute appointment with magic fingered Edel at Laura Mercier costs just £20. And even better than that – IT’S FULLY REFUNDABLE AGAINST A PURCHASE. I mean how genius is that? You get to look as marvellous as is possible (obviously she can’t give one a face transplant) in a mere thirty minutes AND you get your money back in the form of a lovely new lipstick or two. If I actually lived in London – as opposed to pretending to live here – I’d be in every time I had a hot date or important meeting. (For £50 you get a full Monty makeup lesson for an hour.)
Edel Finn at Laura Mercier: 020 7893 8333