While ogling exotic Insta snaps makes me wish I’d budgeted for some winter fun in the sun, NOTHING makes me more jealous than when mates who have been jet-setting return from their winter breaks fresh-faced, glowing, and looking infinitely better than my pasty self. How is it that even just a week in the sun can give you that to-die-for post-holiday glow?
If you’re not one of the lucky ones to be jetting off to Europe/Bali/any location where you don’t need to wear thermals under your jeans, fear not. Here are our top tips from the best beauty salons in Melbourne (including Melbourne’s best lash and brow experts and hair colourists) on bagging that glamorous glow, without the holiday pricetag.
#1: Get Your Lashes & Brows Done at Lash & Brow Boudoir
Brow shaping might be part of your regular maintenance routing (and if it isn’t, it should be—a strong brow can really revolutionise your bone structure and facial features) but it’s only half the battle. If you’re looking for that rejuvenated glow that says, “I’ve been chilling on a sun-kissed beach lounger for a fortnight and am soooo relaxed,” go for a full set of eyelash extensions. These eye-openers are our number one, fool-proof weapon for faking a week of rejuvenating shut-eye.
Where: Richmond’s Lash and Brow Boudoir team are experts in natural, full lashes that last for a month without damaging your natural lashes, and they do in-house brow threading and shaping, too. Open until 7pm on weekdays, they're our go-to Melbourne lash and brow salon for an after-work treatment.
#2: Have a Circulation Boosting Sauna Session at Sunlighten
Fact: Better circulation = a better beauty glow, and there’s no better way to boost your blood-flow than by getting a hit of heat in a sauna. While some saunas cause you to sweat everything out (the good stuff as well as the bad…), steam-free saunas are the perfect solution to heating you up without drying you out.
Where: Sunlighten sauna centre in South Melbourne has five cabins and sauna capsules that all operate using infrared heat technology—no steam or stickiness, hurrah! You can also book in for a circulation-boosting session, as well as sessions that focus on skincare and weight-loss. Our top winter go-to for a post-holiday glow, with a side of wellness to boot.
#3: Opt for Highlights without the Holiday at Meddlers
Sun-kissed tresses are a signature of having spent a week in warm holiday bliss, but if you’re faking it ‘til you make it, one of your best beauty investments is your hair. Adding natural-looking highlights and warm tones to your original hair colour may take a while, but when you catch sight of your tresses shimmering throughout winter, you’ll know it’s 100% worth it.
Where: There’s only one place we trust with natural-looking highlighting, and that’s South Yarra salon, Meddlers: Hands down, one of the best hair and beauty salons in Melbourne for making the most of your natural beauty assets without destroying what God gave you. Thanks, Meddlers!
#4: Fake a Natural Tan Thanks to Luella Beauty Bar
A spray tan is a great way to look like you’ve been lounging on a yacht in Cannes all summer because sun = golden skin, obvs. What you DON’T want is a spray tan that is obviously, um, a spray tan.
Where: Head to Luella Beauty Bar in Prahran for a spray tan that will look like you’ve just stepped off a beach in the Med, and will last for days. They’re also one of the best beauty salons in Melbourne for a holiday glow combo treatment…The girls night out pedi and tan package is the ultimate in faux hols glamour!
#5: Mani to the Max at Missy Lui
Okay, so you’ve got the tan down, but to really get the most out of your newly found glow, nothing beats a manicure that a) buffs up your nail and cuticles, and b) polishes them to perfection in a colour that’ll make your skin tone pop. If you’ve gone for a warm, rich bronze, pale blues and cyan nail colours will bring out the glow, whereas iridescent pinks and golds are much better for softer skin tones.
Where: Armadale nail salon Missy Lui is not only one of the most stylish beauty hotspots we’ve been to in Melbourne, they also do an immaculate job and keep an incredible range of colours. They do a cracking line in nail art too…Palm tree feature nail, anyone?
Looking for something else? Check out more of the best hair, nail and beauty salons in Melbourne in our directory.
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