The scariest day of the year, (no we’re not talking Brexit, although that does coincidentally fall on the same day) Halloween, is approaching faster than a 28 Days Later zombie. Not set on your costume yet? Even if you’re not one to go head to toe gruesome, there are plenty of places in London to get your hair and makeup done. Whether you’re after gory faux gashes, back-combed hair that will give Beetlejuice a run for his money, or you’re simply after a glam smoky eye, here are our top picks to get you ready and looking your best – or worst.
One of the best blow-dries in the business, Duck & Dry are turning their usual glam services into something more ghoulish this October. For £10 you can bring your own accessories into the salon and the Duck & Dry team will add them into a spooktacular hairstyle. Not sure what you’re after? Ask for the ‘Braizen Braid’ and bring gothic jewels or a Mexican-inspired flower crown for them to work with. They’ve also teamed up with London Dungeon and on the evening of the 22nd October their Mayfair salon will be haunted by some of the Dungeon’s escapees including The Torturer, Landlady and Plague Doctor. Eek!
Services start from £30 plus £10 for Halloween hair.
Whether you’re going for the sugar skull look or a chic take on Black Swan, makeup masters Illamasqua offer express appointments for £30 at many of their counters nationwide. Known for their vibrant colours and dramatic looks, they are the ideal brand if you’re after something hot meets Halloween.
Express appointments priced at £30
The international app that brings top stylists and makeup artists to you, are getting in the spooky spirit this year. Choose from a menu of sexy Halloween looks – think smoky eyes and Merlot-stained lips or go all out with makeup that wouldn’t look out of place in a Tim Burton film. Download the app and choose your location to book.
Services start from £100 for one hour of makeup
Favoured by many a beauty editor for glossy blow-dries, Aer is your go-to if you’re after something that errs more on the side of fashion than Freddie Krueger. Choose from whimsical braided crowns to fierce high ponytails à la Harley Quinn. Their experts also offer makeup and nails if you want a top to toe service.
Hair styling starts from £35 for 30 minutes
Blow have a whole menu dedicated to Halloween this year, from the Halloween Blow + Makeup package to His & Hers Halloween Makeup and group bookings to make a night of it before the big night begins. All services are mobile so no embarrassing tube rides from salon to party.
Services start from £69
Ruuby’s mobile hair stylists and makeup artists will come loaded with fake blood, spider-length lashes and plenty of glitter to ensure your Halloween look is on point this 31st. They’ll even be faux gashes for those who can stomach it.
Services start from £70
London’s iconic department store has a plethora of beauty brands helping shoppers to get ghouled up this October. From MAC to Urban Decay, NARS to Trish McAvoy, simply book an appointment online to choose your look. We’re loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Halloween Express look for something subtle but a tad scary.
Available in Selfridges stores nationwide. Prices vary.
Crowned Best London Hair Salon 2018 by HAIR magazine, HARE & BONE are experts in cool ‘dos. This year they’re embracing all things Halloween and inviting customers in for bespoke up-dos. Think back-combed Bride of Frankenstein locks or 60’s-inspired bouffants bejewelled with spider brooches. Bring in your own accessories and they’ll work their magic.
Services start from £70 with a Salon Stylist at both London & Esher branches.
If you’re yet to make plans this Halloween, check out our guide of things to do on and around the 31st October here.