Body Confidential on the salons that can transform your look from desk to dancefloor

Party season is almost upon us. But if you’re dwindling bank account and endless chores are draining your festive fun, then fear not Cinderella. The Godmother of glamour has smiled upon you, offering up a host of makeovers to suit any budget and schedule. From £8 low-key looks to the £55 full works, here’s where to get your party makeup done in Manchester this Christmas. So, you shall go to the ball after all. 

Charlotte Tilbury Selfridges - £35

The queen of sumptuous style, Charlotte Tilbury offers a decadent portfolio of party-ready looks from its Selfridges makeup counters. So, whether you want to shimmer in every shade of glitter or harness the grandeur of Hollywood glamour, the CT team will adorn your face in every Charlotte Tilbury product under the sun. The cost of the makeover is even redeemable against product, so you can recreate your favourite parts at home.  

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1, Exchange Square Central, Corporation St, Manchester M3 1BD

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Writer Tori Attwood trials the Charlotte Tilbury 'Dolce Vita' look

House of Evelyn – price on consultation

Welcome to the temple of beauty. From the gold coated walls to the sparkling chandeliers, House of Evelyn is an embodiment of elegant opulence. Enter the salon a frazzled city socialite and emerge an hour later, a woman reborn, a glamazon with a flawless face ready for whatever comes this party season.

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40 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1EN

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Kara’s Blowdry bar – £37

Discover the full effect of MAC cosmetics at Kara’s Blowdry Bar. The independent salon uses only MAC cosmetics to create show-stopping looks in relaxed surroundings. Come armed with ideas or let the resident beautician create a bespoke look.

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7 John Dalton Street, City Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 6FW

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Paul’s Hair & Beauty World – £25 (without lashes)

For budget-friendly beauty, check out Paul’s Hair & Beauty World. The salon offers competitive prices on makeovers from its Manchester Arndale location, meaning that time-conscious party goers can sort their outfit and makeup in one sitting.  

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Manchester Arndale, 170, Manchester M4 2HU

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Castlefield Beauty Bar - £35

A contemporary beauty bar nestled in the city centre, Castlefield beauty bar offers a host of party-ready services, from blow dries to brow treatments. With ‘Daily Makeup’ (£25), Party Lashes (£16) and Party Make Up (£35) looks on offer, you can customise your look from subtle to full coverage.

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217 Boxworks, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4 NU

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BLOW LTD – from £35

On demand beauty brand BLOW LTD redefined the Manchester beauty scene when they launched their mobile beauty service last year, offering competitive prices on everything from massages to manicures from the comfort of your home. And this party season its no different with a host of MUA’s available to transform your look in time for Christmas. Browse the app to select your perfect service, then book a professional MUA to your door the next day.

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Direct to your door

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Makeup Manchester – from £35

A bright, fashionable studio with fixtures straight off the feed, Makeup Manchester is the place to go to recreate the looks from your favourite beauty influencers. Bring along a photo of your dream look, then watch in awe as the resident experts transform you with their ‘going out glam’ makeover package. The signature package includes a selection of free false eyelashes to complete your look.

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Makeup Manchester, M-One Studios, Studio M, 4th Floor, 8 Lower Ormond St, M1 5QF

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Manchester Makeup Academy - £8 - £35

Whether you’re looking for a budget beauty look or the full works, the academy has makeovers for any budget. Nail the perfect cat eye with the ‘eyeliner and lashes’ package (£8), perfect the ultimate sexy smoky eye with the ‘eye makeup and lashes’ option (£25) or enjoy the full works with ‘full makeup application and lashes’ for £35.  

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42 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HW

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The Dalton Street Salon - Hair & makeup package £55

Offering a dash of glamour on the high street, the Dalton Street Salon is the perfect destination for a quick makeover from desk to dancefloor. Indulge yourself amidst the chocolatey décor whilst an expert MUA creates your signature makeup look, complete with big bouncy blow dry (party package £55)/.

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39 John Dalton Street, M2 6DN

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M3 Hair & Beauty – from £25

A beauty transformation in just 50 minutes and for an unbeatable £25, M3 Hair & Beauty is the go-to for bargain beauty. Artists use a selection of professionally accredited products including MAC, Angel Face & Crown and clients can enjoy a complimentary trial makeover to test out their favourite looks.

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89 Bridge St, Manchester M3 2RE