At Home Salon Alternatives

The beauty salons, hairdressers and restaurants are open!

While many are happy at the new phase of getting back to normal, the list of treatments that are a no no (for now) in the industry are quite a few, especially when it comes to the face… for obvious reasons. Makeup artists and Lash Techs still cannot operate as well as many others that fall under the beauty category.

Fret not, there are many easy peasy alternatives that you can do at home that really don’t take too much skill, just a bit of caution.

I’ve compiled a list below of things you can do yourself and that I have tried and worked, to tie you over until you can have your favourite treatment again.

I would also like to send a huge message of positivity and well done to the beauty therapists, Nail Techs and hair stylists that have gone back to work with such hard measures and are adapting brilliantly!

Lash and Brow Tinting – yes you can do this pretty easily yourself, at home. All you need is a tinting kit which can be bought at most pharmacies or beauty supplies.

My tips are to stick to the instructions! Don’t leave things on for longer than recommended… definitely don’t have any distractions around and don’t try if you are pregnant.

The application usually consists of mixing about one drop of tint to two drops of developer and applying carefully. Using a barrier cream line Vaseline around the skin stops the tint from staining the skin.

**** always test the products on the skin before use in case of allergic reactions.

False lashes – I was surprised to see so many people in isolation still flaunting a lash, above anything else. It’s just goes to show, we all have out thing… for me it’s mascara so I tint my own lashes.

There’s so many different options now too and a lot of people rave about the magnetic strip ones.

I love clusters (individual lashes that are a cluster of 3) in terms of an easier option.

From strips to individuals, here’s our guide to helping you apply correctly

1. If you wear glasses, opting for a volumising lash will be more comfortable than a lengthening style.
2. Always measure to your lash line first and trim if necessary (this makes a huge difference)
3. Let glue get sticky for 15-20seconds to avoid sliding when placing on your lash line
4. Look down in to a mirror, rather than straight ahead when applying
5. When in place, use your fingers to press your natural lashes in to the false ones so they are seamless.
6. Practice really does make perfect with application

Upper lip waxing – I never thought I’d wax my own upper lip, it’s just something I always have done at the salon with my brows, but my sister got me a box of the veet mini wax strips and I seriously couldn’t get over how simple it was!! Plus you get about 20 strips for less than a fiver !

All you need to do is, apply the strip to clean skin, smoothing down against the hair growth, then 1.2.3 pull the little tab up fast and you’re smooth again!

They even come with after wax wipes which soothe and remove any excess wax… ten out of ten!

Tweezing – I half heartedly attempted the wax strip on my brows but they just aren’t shaped for the job and I don’t reccomend waxing your brows if you’re not experienced… too much can go wrong. So as much as you can bear, try to leave your brows as much as you can until you get to your trusty therapist.

My suggestion is to tweeze the messy over growth that’s around the shape, rather than messing with the shape itself. A good sharp tweezers is a must and always stretch the skin a bit to pluck. After apply a soothing gel like aloe Vera or a light sensitive moisturiser.

Makeup – there’s not a lot on right now that warrants a luxury makeover with a makeup artist but you might have a special dinner or something special at home that you would like to make a little more effort for. In this case I say, you can do a great job by following some of my other articles and videos we have made at indulge which have plenty of tips and tricks to experiment with. I know it’s not the same experience as treating yourself with a professional but it can be fun too!

Here are some helpful links to our posts and videos to give you some ideas!

spring fresh look

mask proof your look

mature skin makeup

Chanel inspired makeup look

makeup for video calling

 

Facials – to be completely honest, in my opinion, you just can’t beat a good deep cleansing facial from your therapist because they see what you don’t… in the same breath, products and skin care are so advanced these days that you can keep your skin in optimum condition while you are waiting to get back to the salon.

  • cleanse morning and evening
  • Tone using a product appropriate for your skin
  • Invest in a good eye cream (currently testing a supposedly fantastic one)
  • Don’t forget to balm your lips
  • Apply a sheet mask once a week

That should keep you all going until further notice as they say! Let’s also be mindful that the opening of the above has induced a tough regime for business owners so please be understanding.

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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