I paid £65 at a beauty salon in TOWIE hotspot Brentwood – and I should have asked for a refund – Essex Live

There was one part of the makeup that really let the experience down
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Brentwood is known by many as a TOWIE hotspot – and so it's been highly populated with beauty salons over the years, with some being featured on the show.
So, I decided to go to the worst-reviewed one in the area to see if it can keep up with the rest of its competitors.
Unfortunately, Unique Beauty 4 U currently holds the title as the worst Google reviewed beauty salon in the Brentwood area, scoring 3.1 stars out of five with 35 reviews.
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The store is not hard to miss as it is on the High Street alongside many of the retail shops, boutiques and bars.
In the end, my experience cost £65, but the result was not what I expected for that price.
Here is my full experience at the worst-reviewed beauty salon in Brentwood
The beauty salon was a small space but filled with a lot of services.
It was a narrow path to walk past things, but the store has a mini nail bar to serve two customers at a time, two pedicure seats, a row of makeup spaces and a massage area at the back.
The makeup artist, who was lovely and professional, asked me what look I wanted and the special occasion I was going to wear it for.
I asked for a glam look that looked effortless and had been told that it was going to take between one and a half to two hours.
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For the size of the salon, I thought it was very chic, organised, and well presented. It was obvious that the store could provide an array of services but I could only imagine how people could move around in that tight space when it is busy.
She got the brushes out, and they were clean and with that, she started with the eyes.
So the makeup artist started with the primer all over my face and concealer around my eyes, which was great. However, I did notice she didn't put any base colour on the lids.
She did the crease first and I was worried when she put the dark colour on top of the light transition colour and thought it was going to be harsh because she did not seem to blend it.
She eventually started to blend things out when she put black eyeshadow on my outer corners, and she used two brushes to blend the black into the colours in the crease.
The makeup artist decided to put shiny gold into the mix on my lid and blend it into the black eyeshadow.
She also put a thin layer of eyeliner halfway on my eyelid and I was a bit confused about that. I was expecting either the eyeliner to be across the whole lid, making stylish eyeliner wings on both sides, or wait for the eyelashes to be applied.
But then I got to choose out of a range of eyelashes that were medium-thick or really thick and bold eyelashes.
I loved the eyelashes, but I was struggling to open my left eye after she applied the eye glue, which she actually had to pry and stretch open.
The eye makeup was finished off with a thick layer of eyeliner going across the lashes. But this is where the cosmetic decisions became questionable.
The makeup artist finally got out the foundation shades and this was where my stress levels were rising through the roof.
Before she applied it, I thought she was going to use the darker shade for my entire face, which I would have been happy with and then the lighter shade for tiny sections of my face.
How wrong was I.
The two foundation shades used were mixed and applied to my entire face. I was internally screaming at this point.
I was thinking that maybe she would add something to make it darker or I would be saved by the makeup oxidising.
Then, she applied setting powder ON TOP of the light foundation and I was just praying for a dark shade of makeup to spread across my face.
Well, my wish did come true… but not in the way I wanted it. She brushed brown powder lines on my nose, which I am guessing was an attempt to contour my nose.
The finishing touches of the look were red rosy blusher to my cheeks and then red glossy lipstick to the lips.
In this instance, the experience itself was not bad, as the makeup artist was fun, polite and professional every step of the way. But the finished product is my main issue.
Now, the makeup was not the worst but definitely not the best. It had positives, mostly being in the eye makeup. For example, the gold colour is beautiful and the eyelashes add a nice touch to the look.
However, the biggest problem for me was the foundation. I can overlook the uneven outer corners on both eyes, I can overlook the harsh lines on the wider outer corner, as well as the weird brown nose lines, but I can not under any circumstance overlook the foundation shade.
The first words that came out of my mum's mouth were "why do you look ghostly." And she was not lying at all.
No matter how dark or pale you are, if you are going to pay for your makeup to be done and the colour of your foundation shade does not match your body, ask for your money back or do not pay in full.
Last year, a statistic found 80 per cent of women faced challenges in finding a foundation that matched their skin tone.
Makeup artists need to have all the facilities to accommodate everyone or it is not worth the hours sitting in that chair.
The sad thing is, this happens a lot to dark-skinned girls or people who have Albinism and it was not until Rihanna released Fenty Beauty in 2017 and her 40 shades of inclusivity that it made a huge difference.
The honest truth of it is it was not worth £65 for a few reasons, but the major one being the fact they used the wrong foundation shade.
Clear as day, I was a lot lighter than I should be, which is a massive shame because the makeup overall was not bad.
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