Try as I might, my blow-drying skills leave me feeling flat, so when I want my hair to speak volumes, I call on Duck & Dry at Oxford Circus (where, if the mood takes me, I can also indulge in a mani or pedi – or both – all while sipping on Prosecco). And, during a recent visit, I was excited to hear about their latest offering: making for a truly head-to-toe package, makeovers or make-up tutorials from Alina Milos – make-up artist and co-founder of mineral make-up brand Lin & Lo – have been added to the menu. Clutching my ticket to a day at the races, I head in to be beautified. In a quiet corner of the studio, Alina has set up home. And at home is exactly how I feel in her zen space, which has been beautifully appointed in walnut, copper and marble. To make life easier for clients, she has created 15 different make-up looks, categorised into different moods – so whether you’re feeling romantic, determined or ready to party, you’re sure to find something that appeals. She also creates more customised looks and can offer tutorials on some of those hard to master make-up techniques, like the eyeliner flick. I like the idea of selecting a look, and decide on “Rose”, which, with its ever-so-slightly smoky eyes and neutral lips, is the perfect blend of natural and made up. And in just half an hour Alina has worked her magic, talking me through the processes and letting me in on trade secrets as she goes. I’m already a fan of the Lin & Lo products, but this gives me the opportunity to try some new ones, and with the whole line available to purchase in the Studio, I’m keen to add these to my stash at the end of the session. We’ve also been discussing brows and lashes – another of Alina’s specialities – and I book in for a tint and curl at a later date. With a loyalty programme and members’ club, something tells me it won’t be the only time I’m back here.
Moods and Looks makeover, £29 for 30 minutes. Customised looks, £39 for 45 minutes. 28 Market Place, W1W (020 8127 1121; linandlo.co.uk)