Beauty GPS: Lou Teasdale’s London

Yahoo Beauty
August 15, 2014

If anyone knows London’s beauty secrets, it’s Lou Teasdale. The makeup and hair guru began her career grooming pop stars on Britain’s original X Factor, and now tours the world with One Direction (because five famous mop tops require a lot of blow drying). In her spare time (ha), Teasdale is the model and brand ambassador for Fudge Urban hair products and the author of The Craft: DIY Hair and Beauty. (Full disclosure: I illustrated the book. You should get it – it comes with stickers.)

We asked Lou where she unwinds in her hometown of London–when she gets a chance, that is.

Best Salon: Bleach London in Dalston! They pioneered the dip dye hair trend and they do color for loads of London fashion models, editors, and musicians. (Editor’s Note: Lou’s sister, Samantha, is one of the salon’s founders, and yes, she has perfect hair.)

Best Beauty Store: Heathrow Airport. Really. All of the products are together in one space, it’s tax-free, you have time to kill, and the shop girls always show you the new stuff. Today I bought the new M.A.C BB Cream to try, and some Tom Ford perfume.

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Best Manicure: I go to a place called Kimberly Nails in Dalston. It’s proper local and cheap, they do the best nails, and they have the best massage chair for when you’re getting a pedicure. I go there once a week when I’m in London!

Best Spa: There’s a place in Milton Keynes called Dermaspa. They do my brows and facial peels. They have something called a Collagen Wave Facial which makes you look amazing. For massages, I just book one in my hotel room when I’m on tour if I’m feeling extravagant.

Best Cocktail: I don’t drink booze, but I like anywhere with a good Virgin Mary. I used to get Amaretto Sours if I wanted a proper cocktail; they’re nice. 

Best Workout: I travel so much that I always just do YouTube workouts in my hotel room. In London, all my friends go to something called the Skinny Bitch Collective. It’s a really intense 50-minute workout and apparently it’s amazing, but if I’m actually home in London, I’m probably not getting up at 6AM to go to a Skinny Bitch Club!

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