Every client loves a bit of free advice and insider know-how, especially if it’s going to make them look and feel great on Christmas morning. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer a few simple beauty tips and tricks that you can pass on to your customer next time you see them, just to make them feel extra special. Don’t tell them we told you though. Take all the credit for yourself, and the chances are they’ll come back even sooner because your ‘just between us’ secrets will have made them feel a little bit special.
Helping their skin look great
If your clients worry about losing their beauty spa glow, a body scrub every second day will stimulate circulation, enhance skin tone and help get rid of impurities. It will also assist in the absorption of creamy products like moisturiser and fake tan.
To aid complexion, drinking two litres of room-temperature water every day will clean out toxins and keep the skin hydrated. They shouldn’t exfoliate too often either. Once or twice a week will be enough to open the pores and give their skin a freshness that should last until the next time you see each other. Remind them that the nose and chin are usually the biggest problem areas, and they should apply the exfoliator in gentle circular motions, rinsing off with lukewarm water before patting their face dry.
A hot and cold face splash (adding two drops of essential lavender oil to a bowl of warm water, and two drops of essential lemon oil to a bowl of iced water) will also help complexion problems, dipping a flannel into the warm water and wringing it out and applying it to the skin for a few seconds before repeating the process with the iced water and then rotating between hot and cold for about a minute. It’s best to do this the night before the big event.
Finally, the Hollywood star Joan Crawford splashed ice water on her face several times each morning to reduce puffiness – how’s that for a bit of old skool trivia?!
What about eyebrows?
Well, our trivia for this section is that 1930’s screen goddess used to completely sidestep plucking by shaving her eyebrows off and drawing them in herself but that’s not very practical information. Instead, what about the days following an eyebrow wax when the occasional stray hair decides to make an annoying reappearance? If you apply a hot flannel over the area before you pluck the hair out you won’t be left with any nasty red marks.
Brighten up those tired eyes
All that Christmas partying can take its toll on your precious peepers, but a gentle eye massage should get them sparkling again! Simply begin at the corner of the eye (taking each eye in turn, naturally!) and gradually work up between your eye and your brow-bone until you reach the eye’s outer edge. Next, repeat the same process along your lower lash line. Your clients will be amazed at the difference it makes! And our trivia for this section? Well, in ancient Japan women used to do up their eyes with crushed flower petals and bird droppings – we’re not holding our breath waiting for that technique to catch on again!
Banish that bloating
For many people, their tummy is the body part they feel most anxious about – and after a bit of Christmas excess, it’s even harder to pull their stomach in! Instead, peppermint capsules or aloe vera juice might make their stomach flatter, and cutting down on refined sugars and fermented products will prevent excessive gas and bloating as well (we know, that’s easier said than done at this time of year!) Some celebrities drink piping-hot water with lemon because it keeps the digestion in tune and acts as a mild diuretic. Trivia time: Kourtney Kardashian is certain that hot green tea lattes with honey and almond milk make her tummy flatter.
Get that party nailed!
When you’re not available to make your client’s nails look gorgeous (because we’re sure you’ve also got a few places to be this party season!) tell them that a white nail pencil scraped under the edge of their nail will remove grime and make their cuticles look… well… cuter! And did you know that Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ actress Tippi Hedren is known by some people as ‘the godmother of the Vietnamese nail industry’ because she helped teach Vietnamese refugees the art of silk nail wrapping after the fall of Saigon? See what you learn when you read our blogs!
…the most important advice, for your clients and you
Relax, smile, be proud of yourself and your appearance, and enjoy everything this fabulous time of year has to offer. Have a magical Christmas!