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Summer Occasions: An Expert Beauty Guide

Feature: Long Read
Words by Shannan Sterne

The first day of spring has officially sprung, and the new season brings a buzzing social calendar filled with memories just waiting to be made. Whether you have a backlog of weddings to attend, are heading to the races or have a long list of summer parties on the agenda, let our experts take the hard work out of occasionwear prep for you. Hair, nails, brows, skin… these are the services (and styles) to turn to for the summer you've been waiting for. 

Dr.Rabia Malik Facial
Advanced Skin Treatments


A renowned aesthetic doctor with A-listers in her client roster, Dr Marwa Ali specialises in non-surgical procedures that create natural-looking results. With an expert eye and a friendly attitude, she offers a bespoke, hands-on approach to injectables, medical facials and thread lifts. Just remember, it’s best to get your injections at least one month before your event to minimise redness and to make sure results are at their best. 


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Rejuvenation Station
Rejuvenation Station


Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, is Dr Rabia Malik’s motto – as she's here for rejuvenation peels that benefit your whole body. For special occasions, Dr Rabia Malik recommends The Full Body Peel Treatment in The Wellness Clinic one week prior to your event  – “it’s great for helping to manage sunspots, in particular on the décolletage, which is often exposed in occasionwear.”  


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Prepping Skin from Home?

Dr Rabia Malik recommends drinking plenty of water to keep skin hydrated, taking an omega 3 supplement to aid dry skin, and daily body brushing to smooth skin. Her top tip? Add a few capfuls of olive oil to your bath to soften skin. Trust us, it works.  

Nailed it


When it comes to summer events, it’s all about the mani pedi. According to Tonwhouse founder Juanita Huber-Millet, beige tones, soft pinks, and milky hues are trending for 2022. Juanita recommends the Townhouse Indulgent Manicure and Indulgent Pedicure for your festivities. Both treatments are “the perfect prep for your summer calendar as they include full nail shaping, massage and a colour consultation, plus a relaxing hot masque treatment which will leave your skin glowing.” 


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Big Summer Blowout

When it comes to your ‘do – there is no one-size-fits-all approach, so we spoke to Harrods elite stylist Josh Reese-Hole about what chops work for the races, garden parties and more.

  • Fresh Lengths

    Harrods elite stylist, Josh Reese-Hole, says that your hair regimen begins two weeks before the event with the Thermal Cut in Harrods Hair and Beauty Salon. Here, Josh uses hot thermal scissors to warm the keratin in your hair to seal the ends as he cuts to strengthen hair. Doing this in advance will make your lengths look fresh and full of volume. 

  • Hairstyles For Your Neckline

    According to Josh, “this season people are looking for more relaxed vibes. For lower dress lines, I would recommend soft boho waves with straighter ends to get that polished but effortless finish. And for a high neckline, I would recommend a clean, shiny, low bun – it keeps hair looking elegant without taking the focus away from the dress.”

  • Match Your Millinery

    Not sure what hair to pair with your fascinator? The good news is that there is no right or wrong answer. For Josh, “if the face shape is squarer, then I would recommend hair down with an elegant bounce. For heart-shaped faces, a soft tousled bun or a high pony will create a polished look no matter what you're wearing.”

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  • Brows

    Wow Brows

    For feathery, naturally full brows, Harrods senior eye zone therapist Neha Bheekha recommends you opt for a tint. She suggests the Yumi Brow Lamination & Tint for an instant lift and a natural wide-eyed look, and says that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Signature Brow Tint will enhance your brows to frame the face and brighten eyes.

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  • Lash Lift

    Lash Lift

    Harrods lash technician Nikkie Atkins says “Occasionwear season is upon us and a subtle, elegant set of lashes will have you covered.” She recommends The Classic Set lash extensions —  they stay on all day, and you can decide how full you'd like them. If lashes aren't your thing then look for a smudge-free mascara that beats the heat. Try Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara — its flakeproof, and its vitamin infusion nourishes your lashes, too. 

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Summer Eventing

Off to an occasion? Or, perhaps you’re hosting one yourself. Consider this destination your best friend for the coming months.