Having my make up professionally applied is something that I consider to be a huge treat. I’ve been wearing cosmetics pretty much daily since my teens, so I know my way around my face enough to (I hope!) pull off a decent daytime look, and sass it up for special occasions too. But I’m certainly no expert, and as well as the feeling of being utterly pampered at a make up appointment, I also enjoy picking up new tips and tricks from the pros that I can try out myself later.
So, when the team at Pixie Hair and Beauty invited me along to their new salon for some makeup magic with their in-house make up artist, Dale Plews, I was excited to pop an appointment date in my diary.
Pixie Hair and Beauty arrived in Glasgow last Autumn and their vibrant, 80s-inspired salon is located on Dumbarton Road in Partick. It was a breeze to find and with a bus stop right at their door, zipping back to the city centre afterwards couldn’t have been easier. And besides, you’ll know you’ve found the right place when you see the magenta shop front sitting right on the corner!
As you might have guessed from their name, the salon offers a range of services and treatments beyond makeup. Pixie Hair and Beauty have an extensive menu that includes hair, nails, waxing, massage, facials, tanning, brows and lashes. Phew! During my visit I noticed a range of clients that were clearly regulars, making bookings for all sorts of treatments.
My appointment was on a sunny Saturday morning, and the light bursting through the salon windows highlighted the colourful (not to mention Instagrammable!) décor perfectly. From a DIY chandelier made from yellow vintage hair dryers, to a bold chevron Twin Peaks-esque floor, the interior design at Pixie is a feast for the eyes. As a self-confessed interiors nut, I was VERY excited and couldn’t help snapping away at their custom walls, floor…everything, really!
Dale’s work station was set up and we had a quick chat about the kind of look I was after. As many of you will know, I’m a bold lips and subtle eyes (though never without my cat-eye flicks!) kinda gal, and I was keen to burst out of my comfort zone and see how I’d look with a bold eye and subtle lip instead. I couldn’t stop looking at Dale’s smokey, metallic eyes and thinking I was in very safe hands, so I left all of the decisions about colours and products up to her.
Unlike having my make up applied at a department store counter, Dale wasn’t tied to a particular brand – meaning the products she used were her own tried-and-tested favourites. Her make up storage trolley (an Aladdin’s cave of products from what I could see!) was filled with both high-end and drugstore names, and she used a variety while building my look. This is the kind of approach I would normally take at home, and it was awesome to see someone else mix and match their brands to get the effect they wanted.
While my make up was being applied, the salon was buzzing with activity – and the 90s Spotify playlist of my dreams! Everyone in the salon was super friendly, so I felt really comfortable and chatted away during my appointment. I had to try really hard to not look at myself in the mirror until the end – but I knew a ‘big reveal’ would be much more fun.
Even though I couldn’t see the progress, Dale was great at explaining what she was doing and the products she chose. She told me that she selected a bronze colour for my eye make up, based on my love of vibrant colours (well, I was dressed in bright yellow) and, she explained, because that colour was a good match for blue eyes. My lip colour was a velvety nude – not what I would usually pick for myself, but I was very excited to see what it would look like!
I had some strip lashes applied as a final touch, and then it was time for me to see my finished look. What can I say? I LOVED IT. It was a huge step away from my usual makeup style, but it really opened my eyes (no pun intended!)! to other colours and techniques that would still work on me.
I felt like a new woman after having my make up done at Pixie Hair and Beauty, and needless to say I walked out of the salon with a few new ideas to try at home (as well as a little more wiggle in my walk!). I couldn’t recommend Dale’s make up skills enough, and I can see myself booking with her again for special occasions, or as a treat to myself. You can check out more information about the salon, and find booking information here!
Have you visited Pixie Hair and Beauty? What is your make up comfort zone?
With love, lipstick and lashes,
Thank you to the lovely team at Pixie Hair and Beauty