Spring has finally sprung (hurrah!), and with it has come an influx of cocktail party invites. From carnival season to luxe picnics to anything that’s an excuse for a get-together, our calendars are filling up!
But when it comes to getting party-ready, there’s a massive difference between looking good, and looking great. Here at The Urban List, we’ve wracked our brains and rounded up the best beauty salons in Melbourne for their hot tips and treatments for the season. Let the beautifying (and the partying) commence!
#1: Party-Ready Skin | Avenue Advanced Skin Care, Windsor
Avenue Advanced Skin Care in Windsor specialises in skin treatments that REALLY get results, and we don’t just mean surface-level polishing. If you’re looking for party-ready skin that’s plump and glowing, our beauty team recommend the microdermabrasion and peel treatments. While they might sound a bit scary (seriously, they’re not at all) both treatments remove the dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, leaving bright, new skin cells while encouraging regeneration. Think of it as a brightening exfoliant x 1,000,000, which is exactly what our dull skin needs pre-party time!
We’re also totally in love with the DremaPen treatments at Avenue Advanced Skin Care. The awesome treatment boosts the production of collagen (so your skin looks fresher and less wrinkled), releases growth factors and stimulates the regeneration of the dermis. Overall, your skin will look healthier, and scars, wrinkles and pigmentation will appear softened—perfect for those photo moments. Book your appointment with these skincare experts and we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
#2: Fake It Til You Bake It | Beautyologist, St Kilda
A party-worthy spray tan is the holy grail of the spring cocktail season. Nobody does it better than Beautyologist in St Kilda, one of the best beauty salons in Melbourne for waxing and spray tan services. As well as mastering that natural sun-kissed glow, the team are fantastic at knowing what tone will match your own colouring, making for a spray tan that is 100% worth it. The perfect accessory to that stunning (albeit tiny) party dress.
We know that some of you are the DIY type! If you’d rather tan at home, check out 8 of the Best Self Tans.
#3: Sun-Prepped Makeup | SPF Tinted Moisturisers
Sun-ready skin is one of the most important things to prioritise this spring. Sure, it might not seem like a big deal at the time, but using an SPF-containing tinted moisturiser or foundation is absolutely essential to preserving your skin for party seasons to come.
One of the best we’ve found for colour range and SPF protection is the ColoreScience, which was recommended to us by the Avenue Advanced Skin Care team. Fantastic coverage, a super-light feel and no-shine finish. Because no one wants to have high-shine selfies.
#4: Mani AND Pedi = Winning | Miss Fox, Melbourne CBD
While a good mani is essential pretty much all year round, springtime means finally justifying buying those gorgeous peep-toe sandals or statement Sophia Webster heels (thank YOU, Green With Envy) and showing off a killer pedi. Our top pick is CBD beauty haven Miss Fox—undeniably one of the best beauty salons in Melbourne for nail art that’s hard-waring and eye-catching.
If you’re looking for a more budget mani-pedi, or perhaps some crazy designs, check out our round-up of Where To Get The Best Manicures In Melbourne.
#5: Express Blow Dry | The Poodle Blow Dry Bar, South Yarra
The name might be a little gimmicky, but the super-speedy blow dry service at The Poodle Blow Dry Bar in South Yarra is one of our top picks for a va-va-voom look that’s red carpet-ready in minutes. The team are friendly and the Melbourne beauty salon is in the perfect location for you to also drop by MAC on Chapel Street for a fresh new lip colour to accent your do. Hello, party time.
Looking for something in your suburb? Check out Where to Get the Best Blow Dry in Melbourne | 2015 Edition.
So you’re ready to go, but you’re not sure where to kick off your spring cocktail crawl? Check out our latest list of Melbourne’s Best Espresso Martinis—the perfect drink to start your evening!
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