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Your Last-Minute Eid Beauty Prep Guide

Halima Aden photographed by Greg Kadel for Vogue Arabia, June 2017

Ramadan is almost over, and the countdown to Eid al-Fitr starts now. This year, the holiday will fall on either June 25 or 26, based on the sighting of the new crescent moon. This means you only have a few days to prep your skin, groom your brows, and ensure your nails are in tip top shape for the celebrations ahead. To avoid pre-party stress, schedule your crucial beauty appointments in advance. To help you with your primping, we highlight the appointments you need to book, and where to do so. Let the last-minute pampering begin.

Indulge In a Facial

A comprehensive facial should be booked about a week before an event, so what’s a girl to do when she wants glowing skin but has little time to spare? The Squeaky Clean facial offered by Rebecca Treston Aesthetics at Euromed Clinic is a quick treatment with long-lasting results. Combining steam extraction, a light peel and a soothing mask, it’s guaranteed to boost hydration, tighten your skin, and enhance your natural glow. An added bonus? This facial can be done mere hours before your event for a last-minute boost.

Where: Rebecca Treston Aesthetics at Euromed Clinic, Villa 611, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai
971 4 394 5422

Time Your Waxing

To avoid irritation and breakouts, get your brows and upper lip threaded or waxed at least 72 hours before your dinner or get-together with family and friends. Minimize swelling and inflammation with a soothing cream that contains colostrum (like Epicuren Colostrum Cream (US $101; AED/SAR 371) following hair removal. Lycon wax, which is made from resins and natural ingredients, is a ultra-gentle paperless formula that catches hair as short as 1mm, leaving supernaturally smooth skin.

Where: Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa, Jumeirah St , Dubai
971 4 330 0073

Brighten Your Smile

You will most likely be taking dozens of photographs throughout the celebrations, so ensure that your smile is camera-ready. For a subtle upgrade, visit a dentist for professional cleaning to remove surface stains and plaque, then book a teeth-whitening service a day later. Opt for Dr Apa’s White Duo (AED/SAR 735) to maintain the brightness.

Where: Ibtisama Beauty, Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi
971 2 621 9933

Make Your Manicure Last

The best way to prevent chipped nails is to indulge in a gel or shellac manicure. A good gel manicure can last up to three weeks, and will carry you through all of your Eid events. For an extra relaxing experience, visit the newly opened Caro Beauty Spa in Jumeirah. Its sleek marble interior and stone-lined walls create a harmonious atmosphere amid the bustling Jumeirah district.

Where: Caro Beauty Spa, Jumeirah, Dubai
971 4 227 7719

Go For a Trim

Opt for a subtle trim to your ends and bangs to eradicate split ends and give your hair a healthier appearance. Indulge in a customized hair treatment to breathe life back to dull, damaged strands. KeraStraight is an all-natural, formaldehyde-free treatment that eliminates frizz, strengthens strands, resists humidity, and lasts up to four months.

Where: Pastels Beauty Salon, Al Wasl Rd, Dubai
971 4 388 3534

Henna Is a Must

Most of us look forward to decorating our hands with intricately drawn henna designs ahead of Eid. Whether you choose traditional brown spirals or something more modern like white curlicues, henna makes for an eye-catching addition to any festive get-up. Popular henna artist Amrin Wahid, more commonly known to her 1.1 million Instagram followers as @girly.henna, will be stopping by at The Nail Spa in Jumeirah Beach Road today and tomorrow between 11am and 2pm. Those who prefer not to commit can reach for stick-on henna transfers, such as Lottie Limited Edition Henna Tattoos.

Where: The Nail Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
600 544001

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