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The beauty specialists to have on speed dial

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The beauty specialists to have on speed dial


From facials to hair removal, these are the beauty therapists to call for a full body MOT, says Caroline Phillips


Vaishaly: Facial

The Skin Goddess. That’s how Vaishalay is known. Little wonder that Elle McPherson, Nigella and Gwyneth are all regulars. So too, actor Jeremy Piven and singer Johnny Borrell. She works quietly from a discreet salon in Marylebone. And if you can’t wait to get her, nab one of her team. A Vaishaly signature facial differs from client to client, as a treatment factors in everything from the season to an individual’s state of wellbeing (The therapist uses the face as a diagnostic tool – much as reflexologists work with feet). But there’s oh so much more to a Vaishaly signature facial than the must-have deep cleansing, gentle microdermabrasion to lift off dead cells and a high-frequency treatment to close pores, eliminate toxins and stimulate collagen production – although that’s there too. The ‘more’ is a super duper, relaxing facial massage that includes elements of Reiki (a Japanese hands on healing technique), craniosacral therapy (an alternative therapy based loosely on osteopathy) and manual lymphatic drainage (a very gentle massage that encourages the natural release of lymph from the body). It’s this which makes a Vaishaly facial so anti-ageing and calming. Expect an improvement in your skin’s elasticity and tone, elimination of puffiness and diminished fine lines – and a naturally radiant complexion. You’ll also leave floating on air. £120/55 minutes

Andrea Grollet: Semi-permanent make-up

Andrea Grollet is the undisputed doyenne of semi-permanent make-up. Have your lips defined or eyeliner drawn in semi-permanent make-up by Andrea and you’ll never again look as if you’ve just fallen out of bed – even if you have. In fact you’ll look perfection itself. And better than ever you could manage unaided if you tend to do wobbly eyeliner/have faint lips/do lots of sports. She works from the same Knightsbridge townhouse studio as Sophie Thorpe (see below), but at different times. No wonder there’s a steady stream there of London’s most fashionable, whose eyelids and lips are the result of Andrea’s magic sleight of hand. Using a fine needle, the semi-permanent mineral pigment (German, so it’s probably good for you) is tattooed on to the skin. Your make-up-free eyes/mouth will never look unmade-up again – and the delicious results can last over a year. Plus, you’ll have eyelids that are weapons of mass distraction. Very Audrey Hepburn. From £50 for a concept consultation

Sophie Thorpe: Eyebrows

Nigella calls her The Eyebrow Master. Indeed Sophie Thorpe is the tops when it comes to eyebrows. She tends many slebs and high net worths from her white eyrie near Brompton Cross. And her brow grooming and semi-permanent makeup are the best. If you’ve ever over-plucked, have badly shaped brows or ones with no natural arch, she’s your lady. Using a fine needle, the semi-permanent mineral pigment is tattooed hair by hair onto the skin using feathery strokes. Between two and four weeks after the treatment, you have a top-up appointment to ensure that the results are whizzo. Your new eyebrows usually last between one and two years, depending on skin type and age. Get your brows done by Sophie and you’ll get an arch more perfect than the Bridge of Sigh’s plus it’ll take years off your face. And you’ll look more Nigella than Joan Crawford. £275 for eyebrow tattoo

 Joanne Evans: Anti-ageing and hair removal

Joanne Evans is the Queen of Hair – removal, that is. Hers is the address in every Voguette’s iPhone. If you have a six-pack that looks like coconut matting or – perish the thought – nose hair, she’s just the ticket. This former nurse has more qualifications than you can shake a stick at – CIBTEC, BTEC, NVQ 3-4, IHBC, IIHHT, IIST, BABTAC – and works her laser magic on everyone from Belgravia boys to Chelsea chicks. She does his hairy back to toes, and deals with all her hirsute matters. Then when you’re through with that, sign her up to make you look young(er). She battles ageing with nutrition to hormones and cosmetic procedures – and is a whizz at vein and pigmentation removal and rejuvenation (microneedling, anyone?). She’ll even fix boys up with some Bro-tox (botox for him). Downside? She has a waiting list that runs the length of Hyde Park (Word is that her rise began with clients sneaking in from nearby Kensington Palace). Top tip? If you can’t get an appointment with her, book one of her crack squad.

QMS: Facial

If you’re fed up and longing to be nursed, head to the QMS Skincare Spa and Store in Cadogan Gardens. Boasting a distinctly clinical vibe, this spa is a mass of white-on-white – with white-clad therapists who look after you like the best matrons, large and gleaming clinical treatment rooms, and crisp white linen sheets. It’s all bristling with German leistungsfähigkeit (efficiency) — plastic surgeon/dermatologist Dr Erich Schulte is the brains behind it — the antithesis of spas with soppy New Age music and scented candles. Even the products are known as ‘the doctor in your bathroom’ – the dermatologist’s revolutionary medical grade skincare range, it’s medi wizadry —especially designed as they are to stimulate the body’s own collagen production (Dr Schulte has worked out a unique method of getting soluble collagen – which plays a critical role in skin regeneration and repair – to reabsorb into the epidermis. It hydrates, firms and plumps out fine lines – leaving a silky protective layer on the skin. Whereas most other collagen-based creams are ineffectual as they sit on top of the skin). There’s a line-up of 22 treatments – which your “nurse” is less likely to suggest than prescribe. Have an age-defying Neo Tissudermie facial – it includes a skin analysis then a tingly fruit acid peel to remove dead cells followed by collagen and algae masks to enhance the stimulation of new cells. And leave looking fresher, more radiant and better moisturised than ever. For a glowing complexion, there’s sports active cream with a light tint. The QMS hand cream is also incredible – a waxy formula with magical qualities that soaks into the skin instantly. £150 for a 90-minute Neo Tissudermie facial