The pandemic has given rise to an explosion of beauty apps, and now, top beauticians are going mobile. If you’re summering on a Balearic beach or in a breezy Hamptons house, now you can call a Lanserhof practitioner for a medical-grade facial, or Cindy Crawford’s makeup artist to give yourself a sultry smokey eye.
“Our customers are traveling again and can now enjoy top-notch treatments in a jiffy,” says Lucy Russell, founder of beauty and wellness app Lucie. And Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, for his part, is delighted: “When I go to Ibiza I plan to pile my schedule full of acupuncture and vitamin drops.”
Location: Ibiza, Cotswolds, London (Verbier & Alps from winter ’22). Elsewhere on request.
USP: If your London go-tos are Jo Hansford for hair color or regular bespoke facials, and you don’t want to drop the standards while relaxing/delighting on the continent, this is the app you need. Top beauty and wellness therapists include Six Senses masseuse Wanda Lammers, who counts Eva Mendes among her clients; and facialist Dr Rabia Malik, who is otherwise based in Lanserhof at the Arts Club. Lucie has recently launched in Ibiza and also offers bespoke services – this summer facialists and masseurs are sent to accompany a client’s trip to Mustique, and yoga teachers and masseurs for another trip around from Mykonos.
Location: Paris, London, the South East, Manchester and Birmingham
USP: Urban launched in 2014 and has become a go-to source for booking massage therapists: the most popular (and highest rated) is the deep tissue massage and Swedish massage app’s version. Recently launched is the oncological massage, for people with or in remission from cancer. But the site also offers a range of beauty treatments, including eyebrow, nail and facial treatments, as well as physiotherapy.
Location: New York, LA, Miami, Washington DC, San Francisco and more
USP: Glamsquad is all about getting ready to go out; its motto is: “The best beauty professionals anytime, anywhere”. Simply enter what you need and when, and Glamsquad will dispatch a team of professionals to do your hair, nails, and makeup, providing signature beauty services or a longer “red carpet.” Popular with all of Hollywood.
Location: Cotswolds, London, Manchester; further via the Black Label Concierge.
USP: Come here for a rolodex of 1,000 therapists and vetted treatments from exclusive brands, including: Dr. Barbara Sturm’s anti-aging facial with microneedling; the Bamford sleep treatment with Thai stretching, scalp and back massage; Shu Uemura drying; PRP (vampire) facials; and makeup by Anna Wintour’s favorite, Nariman. Book same-day treatments or use the Black Label Concierge to arrange trips with therapists.
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Location: London and surrounding counties, Manchester and the North West, further via the Elite service.
USP: Beauty insiders’ choice for beauty and wellness, Secret Spa has a roster of caliber therapists who one day find themselves massaging a client in a private jet, the next tending to VIP clients of Chanel, and the next to do hair and do- at a pop star’s wedding. There’s a wide range of treatments – from IV drops to eyelash extensions, balayage, makeup, nail art or natural-looking fake tans; don’t miss the Neom De-Stress massage. Jade Jagger and Suki Waterhouse are fans.
Location: In much of the United States
USP: It’s a longtime American favorite. Blow-drys and buns, make-up and eyelash extensions are must-haves, but there’s also ear piercing, full-body massages and a range of men’s treatments if your beard needs holiday attention. .