Say Hello To 2021’s Prevalent Beauty Trends

The eyes have it

Boost your mood with strategically placed swabs of technicolour. There were shimmery green, hot pinks and yellows seen on the virtual fashion week catwalks – and given that the eyes are the only visible site of self-expression when you mask-clad, then why not make them pop! Bonus points for channelling the glamour of the 80s with metallic accents.

Crimson crush

In times of war or hardship, sales of beauty products tend to soar, and in particular lipstick. A bold lip is a fashion statement in itself – and a perfect way to be groomed for those zoom calls. This season, why not channel your inner Hollywood screen siren with a classic red lip.

Natural skin

Coined by Pinterest, “skinimalism” embraces your natural skin and utilises super-minimal makeup – think mascara and lip balm only.  It makes sense, given that forgoing the foundation dramatically reduces your chance of maskne.

Retro Nails 

Fashion certainly is embracing the halcyon days of the 70s and 80s so why not extend your fashion kudos to your fingertips by embracing retro nails?

Seventies-inspired swirls and shapes feel calming and comforting, yet totally fresh and modern thanks to fashion’s focus on the disco decade. Plus an earthy colour palette pays homage to the vintage vibe better than sharp-focussed colours such as red and pink.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Fake Tanning

We all know that sunbathing is an absolute no these days and besides with the cooler climate, December is not really a time for sunbathing BUT here’s the dilemma- golden skin is a great way to boost your confidence and make you look and feel glamorous. Thankfully, there is a wider selection of tanning products and tools than ever before to ensure you can become the bronzed goddess of your dreams. So, which of today’s types of tans is perfect for you? From mousses to lotions to spray tans, it can be an overwhelming process. Thankfully, tanning expert Elvie who is based at our Jumeirah branch has some advice.

Preparation really is so important when it comes to tanning and an area of beauty care that really gets overlooked. Without it, you can end up with streaks and uneven colour fade. Put in the effort before your tan and you’ll reap the rewards during your self-tan’s lifecycle.

FAKE TAN TIP 1: EXFOLIATE BEFORE FAKE TAN

This will remove dead skin cells and create a smooth and uniform surface on the skin for the tan to be applied to, which will in turn result in an even golden colour, but stay clear of exfoliators that contain oils, as these will only act as a film on the skin and while wonderful for locking in moisture, aren’t ideal for tanning.

FAKE TAN TIP 2: DO HAIR REMOVAL 24 HOURS BEFORE TANNING

This is done to ensure the skin has calmed and any cuts have healed

FAKE TAN TIP 3: AVOID MOISTURISER WHEN YOU’RE SELF TANNING

On the day of your tan application, whether at-home or in a salon, don’t moisturise your body or wear deodorant or perfume and don’t use a facial oil on the morning of tanning.

FAKE TAN TIP 4: WHEN TO SHOWER BEFORE FAKE TAN

If you’re tanning at home and shower just before your tan application, blast your skin with cold water before you get out. It will also shrink all of your pores and therefore reduce the chance of them getting blocked.

FAKE TAN TIP 5: MOISTURISE WITH ALOE VERA

Moisturise your hands, elbows, knees and feet as well as your nails with an aloe vera based moisturiser as this will stop them from absorbing tan and changing colour.

FAKE TAN TIP 6: INVEST IN A SPECIALIST BRAND

Choose a brand that specialises in tanning, then you’re sure to get better results than from a brand that has one or two products in its skincare line that contain self-tan.

FAKE TAN TIP 7: CHOOSE YOUR TAN TYPE CAREFULLY

It’s also about personal preference vs format of tan rather than shade sometimes. A lotion or tanning oil is the most hydrating to the skin, a mousse is the quickest to dry and in my opinion the easiest to apply, and a spray is the closest thing you’ll get to a spray tan.

FAKE TAN TIP 8: USE A MITT

Always apply using an applicator mitt: pump your product onto the mitt and apply to the skin using sweeping motions, rather than circular motions to evenly distribute the product. Start at the ankles and work your way up.

FAKE TAN TIP 9: APPROACH YOUR FACE DIFFERENTLY TO YOUR BODY

When it comes to your face, mix the self-tan with a small amount of moisturiser to just soften the formula and minimise the chance of breakouts.

FAKE TAN TIP 10: CONTOUR IF YOU CAN

Add additional tan to the area you want shaded – so underneath the collarbones, underneath the bicep indent, the outer torso and in between the thighs. For an extra special glow, try highlighting your tan with an illuminator on areas such as shoulders,  cheekbones and shin bones to create a sheen and definition

 

How To Self-Tan Like A Pro

If you’re a fan of sunless tanning, you might feel that nailing that gorgeous, natural-looking glow without being left with patches and a whole heap of mess is something that is beyond the reach of an at-home self-tan.

But, achieving just-back-from-the-beach glow and a streak-free finish every time can be a cinch if you know what you are doing. Pastels’ resident spray tan expert Elvie shares some of her at-home tanning secrets for mastering a perfect pro-like application from the comfort of your own home.

  • Prepare your skin thoroughly before applying a new tan.
  • Be sure to exfoliate. Using an oil-free scrub all over your body or exfoliating gloves are also an option.
  • Apply an oil-free moisturiser to any dry areas (which includes the usual areas of hands, elbows, knees and feet), but also add a dose of moisturiser to any areas of dry flaking skin, wrists and underneath the arm and up around the ankles to help dilute the tan and create a 3D effect.
  • Use a clean, fresh Tanning Mitt to apply your tan.
  • Start at the top of the body on the arms meeting in the middle at the chest area and work down the torso to the legs (leaving out the hands, feet and face for now).
  • Work in long sweeping motions and go over the same area with the mitt to buff the tan even further before moving onto the next area.
  • To tan your back, work across the bottom then up and over the shoulders. To finish the centre, turn the mitt around and use the back of your hand to wave the tan side to side, meeting your tan already applied on the sides of your body.
  • Once you have covered the entire body, turn your attention to your hands and feet.
  • Using leftover tan on the mitt, balance your hand in a claw shape and sweep the mitt over your hand from the wrist down over the fingers, blending the tan two to three times by gliding backwards and forwards.
  • Down to the ankles sweep down over a stretched foot, back along the sides, up around the ankle and back down the foot and over the toes (again using leftover tan on the mitt creating that 3D effect).
  • After you have cleansed your face, apply your self-tan before your usual moisturiser of SPF.
  • Buff the skin using an oil-free exfoliator after three days to keep a smooth even surface and moisturise dai;y.

 

 

The Magic of a Well-Chosen Moisturiser

Smooth, flawless skin

Pastels Salon Jumeirah’s resident beautician, Edwige shares some insight into the importance of a good moisturiser….

If you think the moisturizer you use does not affect how your makeup looks and how long it will last, then you need to think again. A good base layer is crucial for flawless makeup. In addition to helping your foundation, CC cream, or concealer to go on smoothly, the formula you choose can tone down redness, help balance your complexion, and make your skin glow. In fact, face moisturizer is the linchpin of your skincare routine. A moisturizer can improve radiance by enhancing light reflection off your skin, diminish fine lines by plumping, increase hydration by pulling in water, and protect from the environment by forming a breathable seal over the skin.

Choosing a targeted formula for your skin’s needs also means it is easier to achieve any makeup look. Always prep skin with a moisturizer that is right for your skin type because if you do not, you’ll just put more makeup on top, when you could solve the problem by having a good skincare routine.

Moisturizer for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, then using a rich cream can help you achieve that dewy skin you need. You can layer all the tinted moisturizer or creamy highlighter you want, but if your skin is dry, flakes and fine lines are going to steal the show. So, it is vital to prep your skin with a stellar face cream that contains hydrating ingredients.  It is also vital to take the time to fully massage in a moisturiser. Without prepping the skin properly, the makeup will not sit uniformly across the face. The areas that are dry and flaky will just get encrusted into the makeup and you will see all of that sitting on the surface.

Moisturizer for Oily Skin

For those with oily skin, a lighter texture is better. Moisturisers that contain high levels of humectant ingredients such as hyaluronic acid bind to—and pull in—water to hydrate skin and if your skin is hydrated, it will not create excess oil to compensate for its lack of water. The result: Your skin is naturally less greasy in oily zones.

Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

If you are sensitive, then try a fragrance-free formula to achieve an even complexion. While a fragrance adds to the sensorial experience of using a product, these compounds can trigger irritation for those who have sensitive skin. That does not mean you should avoid all skincare products, rather choose a hydrating moisturizer with no added fragrances to keep your skin calm. The outer skin layer serves as a barrier between your skin and the outside world and when it is disrupted, which is often the case with sensitized skin, it loses hydration, leading to dryness, inflammation, and redness, so you must choose your moisturiser wisely to avoid this happening.

Prep for Party Season!

The festive season is an exciting chance to celebrate past achievements and look forward to what the future will bring, and so there is no better time to indulge in some luxury! Whether you are having a quiet staycation, partying with friends, we have got the perfect treatments to get you beautified and ready to celebrate in style.

Achieving a healthy, golden glow is an essential part of any party preparation, and Pastels’ Spray Tan is recommended by the UAE’s most acclaimed beauty editors. One of our most popular treatments is the Fake Bake Express, which offers all the benefits of Fake Bake in half the time! If celebrating simply cannot wait, then this is the tan for you. The lightweight, fast-drying formula gives a beautiful glow in only 60 minutes.

Why not set hearts racing with a flutter of your eyelashes! Our resident lash experts Laila and Opalyn have got the perfect treatments to enhance and beautify natural eyelashes. Nouveau Eyelash Extensions allow our experts to attach synthetic lashes onto natural ones, to ensure the eyelashes will instantly become fuller and longer while at the same time looking beautifully natural.

LVL Enhance is an innovative and sought-after treatment is the natural way to enhance your lashes. Unlike traditional treatments, LVL acts at the root of the lash to create the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. A short treatment time, effects lasting six to eight weeks and little maintenance required post-salon, it is easy to see why this is fast becoming the lash treatment of choice for beauty professionals and enthusiasts!

And don’t forget to treat your feet! Prepare your feet for a night of dancing, or liven up your hands for the party season with Pastels’ extensive range of nail treatments, which now includes the recently launched Kismet Nail Dip.

Secrets of a Successful Spray Tan

Few things have the beautifying effect associated with the golden glow of a tan. But given the scary stats on sun exposure, a spray tan is a healthier and safer option. For those who have never ventured into a tanning salon, there are a few must-do rules to ensure you achieve a long-lasting tan with a beautiful fade. 

First of all ensure you remove all makeup and any deodorant, which may act as a barrier to the fake tan formula. Before she starts, the therapist may ask you “how deep” you want to go. This is your chance to explain what result you want to achieve in terms of colour. It also helps for them to know the occasion your spray tan is for, i.e. if it’s a two-week holiday you may want to go a deeper shade so it lasts longer, or if it’s for a wedding the very next day, you may want to stay lighter so it will appear as natural as possible.

The therapist may ask you to stand a certain way, such as “left arm up, right arm forwards while you bend your knees” as this will ensure the spray tan will be as streak-free as possible, with the best coverage. When you’re dry you can get dressed, ideally in loose, dark clothing and nothing that may rub the tan off, such as tight jeans or shoes. You may smell a little bit like malty biscuits but the latest generation of spray tans are not anything as potent as those of the past. Apply perfume to your clothes, not your skin, if you want to disguise it. In general, you can shower after 6-8 hours, or less if you have a tan with an ‘express’ formula – and be aware that if you’re planning on washing it off the next morning you may not want to sleep on white bedsheets as they may be stained!

For the longest-lasting result and an even fade, be sure to apply moisturizer (use one recommended by the spray tanner) after your shower.

If you want to look more glamorous, as well as thinner and healthier, why not book this in-salon pick-me-up, particularly with party season just around the corner!

Here’s the 5 tips you need to UP your makeup game!

Perhaps it’s that you’re sick of following the same old makeup routine you have followed since you were a teenager, or maybe Kylie Jenner’s Instagram selfies are inspiring you to re-vamp your entire look, but before you clean out your cosmetic closet, here are five simple tips that will step up your makeup game:

1. Line those lips: Don’t be scared of lip liner. In fact, if done right, liner can make your lips appear fuller and more defined while giving longevity to your lipstick and preventing it from bleeding. The trick is to use a natural colour liner on the lips to make them appear their biggest.

2. Big up your brows: Groomed brows are quite a key trend so invent in a brow product and use a dedicated brush (called a spoolie) to disperse eyebrow colour and keep stray hairs in check.

3. Get the right tools: The tools of the trade are what will really step up your makeup game. Forget about using your fingers and the occasional Q-tip. If you want your makeup to look professional, essentials include a lip brush, a flat eyebrow brush, a precision angle brush, a blush brush, a small blending brush, a concealer brush, a foundation brush and a powder brush.

4. Use complimentary colours on your eyes: Your eyes are the focal point of your face, and making them stand out can change your whole look. When it comes to eye shadow, using colours that are opposite of your eye colour will actually make them stand out more.

Blue eyes: Anything with orange will make your blue eyes pop. Peach, gold, apricot and anything with an orange undertone is best.

Brown eyes: Almost any colour will work well with brown, but purple and blue make them stand out the most.

Green eyes: Colours with red undertones will make green eyes pop. Try shades that have some wine or plum colouring to them.

5. Take a makeup class: YouTube may be full of makeup tutorials that you can watch for free, but if you want to really what works best for your unique face, taking a makeup class could really be worth the time and money.

Laila’s lash commandments

Our resident eyelash and brow guru, Laila is constantly asked by the region’s most influential beauty editors to share the secrets of achieving the best and most beautiful eyelashes possible so here are her top tips …

Never use super-long super thick extensions as they will damage your natural lashes. I recommend the 0.10 for every day because they are the closest weight to the natural lash, and in most cases it has helped the clients natural lashes to grow, not only because they are lighter but also there is no applying and removing of mascara which is one causes of eyelash damage. Lashes come in four different weights 0.25, 0.20, 0.15 and 0.10. They are all synthetic and hand cut. Most of the brands do not carry the 0.10 lashes which is my favourite weight to use.

Once applied, leave them alone! Do not use oil based eye make-up removers, do not brush them! Do blow dry them for a few seconds after getting them wet. This sets the adhesive and fluffs the lashes. A good set of lash extensions should last for two-three weeks, depending on the cycle of your lash growth, sometimes longer. Basically if you are using fine, professionally-applied lashes then you can keep them as long as you want to. 

Strip lashes are safe to use but they do not look as natural as salon-applied fine lashes. DIY lashes are great if you just want to wear lashes as a one-off, such as for a night out.

Lash serum is a must if you are not naturally blessed with long thick lashes. A lash serum such as Lilash will be your secret best friend.

Avoid lash curlers as they are very damaging to the natural lashes. I personally wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. Instead I would say have LVL treatment – it curves your natural lashes for up to 8 weeks and there is no damage to the lash.

Waterproof mascara is a big no for me – I have seen many clients pull out their eyelashes trying to remove it.

Maintain eyelashes by using Lilash eyelash serum and almond oil.

Be gentle when removing eye makeup. Remove the makeup in two ways – up and down – and never criss cross the lashes.

Need help to Face the Summer Holidays with Confidence?

The summer is almost here and for many, it means a visit back home to see friends and family. Of course, it’s natural that on these visits you will want to look the best possible version of yourself and enjoy endless compliments!
While make-up can, admittedly, camouflage certain skin imperfections, wouldn’t it be much better if you had glowing, youthful skin as your make-up canvas, rather than relying on the touch of a hefty concealer?
We have three fabulous facials that promise to give you skin that is so perfect you will want to be taking selfies all summer long!
For a Goddess-like glow…
We recommend the Nimue Active Glow. This rejuvenating and stimulating treatment is perfect for dull, tired skins who need some TLC. Alpha hydroxyl acid, Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid give the skin a “wake up call” to ensure it looks so refreshed that you will appear as if you have been on one long holiday, even if in reality you can’t remember the last day off you had!

For tighter, more toned skin…
The Guinot Hydradermie Lift is one of those rare treatments that enjoys a cult-like status amongst beauty editors for its unrivalled results. This 75-minute treatment is a well-recognised alternative to a more invasive aesthetic therapy. In essence, it lifts and rejuvenates the skin and re-contours the shape of the face. Prior to stimulating the muscles, lymphatic drainage takes place, which aids in the removal of toxins from the muscle to brighten the skin. The patented Guinot hand-help device plumps up the small muscles of the face that flattens with age, for a younger looking skin – it’s like a workout for the face!

For eco-beauty lovers who still want results…
The Eight Greens Facial by Eminence Organics Skincare is a deceptively simple sounding facial. In reality, this deluxe 90-minute facial, loved by the likes of Jessica Alba and Meghan Markle, is a supercharged experience. The core of the facial comes with the double whammy an Arctic Berry Enzyme Peel and the Eight Greens Phyto Mask made with plants and seeds that are rich in phytoestrogens and antioxidants to stimulate hydration and elasticity. Immediately after it, you will have a radiant and youthful-looking complexion that is guaranteed to get people talking!
Let us help you get your skin sorted for the summer. Call our Jumeirah branch now to book an appointment and say bonjour to beautiful skin!

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