Seven ways to go from desktop to dancefloor with stylish ease
Louise Emma Clarke
With the party season in full swing, Louise Emma Clarke finds the best quick beauty stops in the city to transform your look from desk to dancefloor in a matter of minutes…
Make-up Forget fighting over the mirrors at work and make a beeline for Bobbi Brown stores across Dubai for the beauty brand’s newly launched Make-up Lessons. There are ten free-of-charge sessions to try, with each taking ten to 20 minutes to complete. Choose from options including How to Foundation, How to Eyebrow and How to Bronze. Not only will you pick up some new skills, but you will leave with a fresh face of make-up for your night out. Bobbi Brown. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 330 8151).
Blow-dries Located at The Lakes in Emirates Hills, The Blow Dry Bar is the place to head for a hair makeover in a hurry. Take your pick from a list of 20 blow-dry styles, including up-dos, volume and curls, each taking just 35 minutes and costing a flat rate of Dhs130, regardless of your hair length or type. The Blow Dry Bar by Marquee, The Lakes, Emirates Hills (04 399 5336).
Eyelashes Head to Sisters Beauty Lounge for the fastest route to a fabulous flutter. La La Express Eyelash Extensions take just 30 minutes and cost Dhs300 for a full volume set. The individual extensions last for two to three weeks and need to be removed at the salon, so why not book a re-application on your return visit? Sisters Beauty Lounge, various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 8500).
Express facials Treat your skin to a quick pick-me-up by popping into Lush stores across Dubai for a free mini facial and skincare consultation. You will pick up handy tips on looking after your skin at home, while enjoying a quick detox that leaves your complexion with a party-ready glow. Free. Lush, various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 435 6114).
Eyebrows This handy brow bar offers a range of tweezing, threading and tinting services, with no appointments necessary. As long as you don’t mind being plucked, threaded or waxed in public, this has to be the quickest way to neaten up your brows – and you’ll be surprised by how this simple beauty treatment can make such a difference to your face. From Dhs45. Benefit Brow Bar, Sephora, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9828).
Spray tan Left it too late to get a glow courtesy of the sun? Get a tan for the festive season in a matter of minutes, with a trip to Pastels Salon. The brand-new Vita Liberata Rapid Spray Tan allows you to shower after just two hours, providing a natural-looking and long-lasting tan in the shortest amount of time yet. Better still, the product is non-toxic and organic, and fades gradually, just like a natural tan. Dhs180. Pastels Salon, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 388 3534).
Energy booster Feeling frazzled after all that festive partying and shopping? Recharge your batteries with a salt therapy session, which helps to de-stress and boost energy levels as you breathe in the negative ions found in natural salt – the same negative ions found in waterfalls, rainforests, pure beaches and salt caves. The sessions will boost your health, cleansing lungs from dust, pollution, bacteria and virus to protect your system against infections. Dhs250. Salt Cave Spa, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 370 8877).