City Woman: Expert help with make upBy Laura McCardle
June 26, 2012
Debenhams in The Oracle officially launched its new-look store earlier this month.
Reporter Laura McCardle visited its revamped beauty section for a new-look of her own:
Getting your make up right isn’t always easy, whether it’s knowing how to match a foundation to your skin tone, finding eye colours that suit you or even knowing how to apply it.
But luckily help is on hand – a steady expert’s hand I might add – at Debenhams in The Oracle, where there are dozens of professionals ready and waiting to offer advice on all your beauty needs.
The department store has just undergone a major refurbishment which has seen the introduction of bareMinerals, Urban Decay and Astalift. The new brands have joined the likes of Benefit, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder and Lancome who have held concessions in the store for some time.
Anyone can visit the counters at any time – within opening hours of course – and take advantage of a free makeover or a lesson in how to apply your make up, either for a natural, every day look or for something a little more glamorous.
And that’s exactly what I did.
I visited the bareMinerals team and gave them free reign to do whatever they wanted with the blank and rather pasty canvas my skin offered.
After my skin had been cleansed and moisturised Nina Deep, my personal make up artist for the afternoon, swiftly set to work, effortlessly creating a full and glamorous look in less than half an hour. She took me through it step-by-step, explaining what it was she was doing and how she was doing it before letting me see each completed stage.
Nina also told me that, in addition to the makeovers, they offer free tutorials where the bareMinerals team apply half a face of make up before getting the customer to do the other half and complete their look.
All makeovers and lessons are free and there is no obligation to buy any of the products used.
Speaking about the store’s refurbishment and the new counters, sales manager for health and beauty Nikki Barker said: “They [the customers] are just loving it. We’re 11 or 12 years old now as a store and I think we’re the last store to be modernised.”