Maida Vale Make-over


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Renu WilliamsDo you feel your make up is looking a bit tired? Or that you’re using the products you’ve relied on since being a teenager? If so, you’re not alone. 

Maida Vale Mums in need of a beauty overhaul, are rushing to the door of local mum, Renu Williams, a trained make-up artist and personal shopper determined that we busy, stressed out mothers do not let ourselves go.

Just in time for those Christmas parties, Renu is offering (exclusively to MVMs) an image make-over which includes a make-up lesson and a tour of West End cosmetic counters to select products that most complement your skin. Having worked for Laura Mercier, and approached by Armani, Renu is on top of beauty trends but won’t let you go out looking like a Mac mannequin.

“The most common mistake women make is to choose the wrong shade of foundation”, Renu tells me. “It is rare to find a foundation that suits a woman’s face. I prefer to blend two to produce the perfect complexion.”

Her toolkit, a luscious looking Laura Mercier palette of colours with brushes of all shapes and sizes, is an Aladdin’s Cave for any girl, even if she is the wrong side of 40.

Renu lets you select between rich Baked Earth tones, or sparkly emerald and topazes, and then teaches you the tricks of the trade so that there will be no more excuse for you not to go out and dazzle.

Renu took me into her capable hands after advising me at the school gate that my foundation was two shades too orange. Some might be mortified but I felt privileged that this beauty godmother had come to my rescue. After an hour and a half with her, I turned heads for the first time in five years and even my husband admitted he was mesmerised by my eyes –  more likely by her skill at applying that frosty, cinnamon eyeshadow I now covet.

Renu charges £65 for a one and a half hour make-over and make-up lesson. Prices for personal shopper on application. To book a make-over and make-up lesson or personal shopper, contact Renu at 07809676992.


Photo credit: Dave Poole.

If you’re looking for a photographer, contact Dave at 07540765758.

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