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Getting ready for a night often means fighting with the curler. So how about taking the pressure off and spoiling yourself with a head-to-toe makeover?

The Lindy Charm School for Girls

Enrol here for movie star good looks! Whether you're into the 1950s in the trashy sense (Traci Lords in Crybaby) or for the sophistication (Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita), there's probably a space in your wardrobe for rollers, corsets, bullet bras and red lipstick. This school is like no other, with beauty and vintage styling sessions will imparting golden-age glamour. Workshops and photo shoots are available too.

Best for: Photo shoots
Price: $180

House of Burlesque

If you're after a glamour pin-up package, the House of Burlesque offers a penny-pinching hair, make-up and costume deal. The private or groups sessions transform your usual look with the glitz of the Moulin Rouge era. Go ahead and treat yourself to the best of burlesque.

Best for: Hen's days or visiting a burlesque club
Price: $350-$550


This crew have cornered the niche cross-gender and prosthetic make-up transformation market! Based in Noble Park, they can bring their hair and make-up services to your own home. You'll likely either be in theatre, drag, cabaret or a serious clubber if you're ready for the WOW FX experience.

Best for: Prosthetic makeup effects, cross-gender for private clients and stage shows
Price: Cross-dressing $225-$375; custom-design prosthetic make-up $500-$5,000

RSP Makeup Artistry

Delivering hair and makeup services right to your front door, these professionals are frequently called upon for fashion shoots and weddings – their client list is impressive. They also offer individual and group make-up lessons.

Best for: Classic look for formals and weddings
Price: $120-$150

NT Designs

Have make-up kit, will travel – that's the philosophy of Nerida Beardsell. Specialising in tasteful glamour, she's equally adept at hair extensions and make-up, and has been called up many times to do the honours on magazine shoots and TV shows.

Best for: A sophisticated look
Price: $190pp (3+ people)-$220pp (1 person)

Updated on 9 Apr 2014.

By Christine McGinn and Jenny Valentish   |  
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