There are DIY options aplenty ahead of your big day, and of course the at-home upkeep is vital to maintaining the best skin, hair and nails of your lives. But to get you on the right track, there’s nothing quite like being in the hands of an expert. Discover the top London-based aestheticians, therapists and to have on speed dial: these are the best beauty experts for brides.
Camilla Kirk-Reynolds, Camilla Lashes
The lash artist behind some of the most prolific brides (including certain royal weddings, we hear), Camilla is loved by her international clients for her excellent tailored technique – even the most glam set can look somewhat natural, because it’s all bespoke to your eye shape. Not only that but her hygiene is second to none, which is important as a bride: the last thing you want is a gunky eye infection before the big day.
These are no ordinary eyelash extensions. Camilla specialises in a technique called GEL-Lys, which uses LED light to cure each lash, meaning not only do they dry instantly, but they last 30% longer than traditional lash extensions: infills are only needed every 5-6 weeks, as Opposed to 3-4.
Camilla’s bridal package is what to go for, where she offers one full set, to act as a ‘trial’ to see how you like the lashes, and one infill to have a few days before the big day, meaning Camilla can make any last-minute tweaks to the lash design so that it’s practically perfect for when you say ‘I do’.
Bridal package £642.40, including a 15% saving compared to booking a full set and infill separately. For more information and to book, visit camillalashes.com
Dr Yannis Alexandrides at 111 Harley Street
Renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Alexandrides is the trusted founder and Surgical Director of 111 Harley Street. There’s a plethora of services available at 111 Harley Street, from surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty and breast augmentation to injectables and non-surgical treatments including microneedling and endermologie – a massage treatment with tightening benefits. But there’s a medical element too, at 111 Harley Street, everything from migraines to milia and skin tags can be effectively treated, making it a firm favourite on the list of best London beauty experts for brides.
Prices depend on individual services. Find out more at www.111harleystreet.com/
Dr Marwa Ali at The Wellness Clinic, Harrods
Dr Marwa Ali’s clients adore her for her unrivalled techniques, utmost precision and warm and calming demeanour. Her expertise is vast: not only is she a go to for your aesthetic treatments and injectables, but also offers bespoke skin treatment plans and medical-grade facials including the Gala Glow, loved by celebrities before a red carpet, which uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and high performance vitamin C for wedding-worthy radiance. At The Wellness Clinic, no treatment can be undertaken without an initial consultation, which will allow you to talk through your concerns directly before deciding on the treatment direction for you.
Prices depend on individual services. Visit The Wellness Clinic for more information. www.harrods.com
Pietro Simone at Flemings Mayfair Hotel
Put your face in the hands of facialist Pietro Simone and not only will you be supremely relaxed, but his magic hands can work wonders on your complexion. He’s on the list for the best beauty experts for brides as such an expert that with just one quick look at your skin upon meeting he can instantly whip up a treatment plan that delivers results, fast. Expect his signature peel with a cotton threading technique and powerful facial massage for drainage and lifting, alongside advanced technology such as laser to zap away skin woes.
Pietro Simone Signature Facials start at £190 for 75 minutes, call +44 (0)2070165611 or email [email protected] to book.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis
Located on the Pavilion Road in Chelsea, Sarah Chapman’s team is the go-to for ‘your skin but better’, results-driven facials. Unless you have a specific treatment in mind, book the Bespoke Luxury Facial, where a therapist will tailor the entire 90 minutes to your skin’s needs, including options such as LED therapy, microneedling, peels, hydration masks, extractions and more. Importantly, they’ll ask what your current routine is, so it’s worth making some notes on your phone before you visit, and your therapist will be able to prescribe suggested routines or treatment plans based on your skin’s individual needs.
For London-based brides looking for the best facials, Sarah Chapman Wedding Glow: Signature Skin Experience is the package to book. It comprises of three treatments, across three separate visits: six months before the wedding, two months before and then two days before. You’ll also get two special pouches including Sarah Chapman minis to gift to your mum and/or bridesmaids.
Sarah Chapman Bespoke Luxury Facial, £190 for 90 minutes. www.sarahchapman.com/
Olivia Falcon at The Editor’s List
Whether you’re looking for a series of high-performance facials to get skin glowing for your big day or confused about when would be the best time to have some stealthy Botox or teeth whitening, former beauty editor Olivia Falcon has the answers and can fast track brides, grooms or the whole bridal entourage to the U.K.’s top health and beauty experts through her dynamic concierge service The Editor’s List.
The antithesis to unreliable internet searches, Olivia has 20 years’ experience writing and researching many of Condé Nast cosmetic guides, and with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry, can open the doors to the world’s best cosmetic doctors, dermatologists and beauty experts.
Ioanna at Townhouse Nails
A good manicure is hard to beat but a great manicure is something you’ll be thinking of for months to come – and that’s what you want for your wedding, right? Townhouse Nails are the go-tos for high-precision manis and the most delicate but on-trend nail art. If you’re after a trad nude, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their impressive array of pinks, creams and whites – and if it’s a French manicure that keeps popping up on your Pinterest board, then you’re in the best hands: that’s Townhouse’s signature.
Technician wise, ask for Ioanna, who is the mastermind behind many of the nail art designs and collaborations but she really comes into her own when creating a bespoke design just for you. Her prep is unbelievably detailed – you can tell the quality of your manicure depending on how long is spent on prep – and steady hand is exactly what you need.
Find Townhouse Nails in Fitzrovia, at Harrods, Knightsbridge and H beauty Milton Keynes.
Ricardo Vila Nova at Harrods
Nicknamed ‘the hair whisperer’ Ricardo is, by trade, a trichologist. Trichology is the science of hair and scalp health – so Ricardo’s treatments all start with a hair DNA consultation via a microscope to see what’s really going on with your scalp and strands. It’s a step you may not have considered in your quest for your dream bridal ‘do, but is an investment that’s completely worth it.
Depending on your and scalp state, Ricardo will – literally – whip up shampoos, masks and other hair care products tailored to you. And, of course, a bespoke treatment plan, which could include intensive masks, LED therapy and even follicle repair injections. Perhaps his best kept secret, though, is his special steam sinks. Steaming the hair helps open the cuticle so the product can penetrate deeper, but watching the ribbons of steam dance in front of your eyes is akin to meditation. Wedmin stress? Not here.
What’s really nifty, is if you’re dying your hair before the wedding, particularly if you’re going lighter, it’s a good idea to book in with Ricardo a few days later, as his expert team can help reverse the damage that the dye can do to your hair – not only preserving the colour, but also the condition of your hair.
Prices are dependent on the treatment plan, visit Harrods for more information.
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