Your guide to the ultimate beauty weekend

Published on 30 June 2018 by Canberra Centre

From  Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July, we are celebrating our Beauty Precinct's 1st birthday. The celebrations will take place within the Beauty Precinct Monaro Mall, Ground Level, entry next to Mecca Maxima.

The Celebrate Beauty weekend will not only give you the chance to trial new makeup products and limited edition cocktails, it will also feature expert talks and skills-building workshops to inspire your beauty journey over the months ahead.

That means there will be drop-in makeover sessions as well as ticketed masterclasses, beauty giveaways and plenty of engaging conversation about the hottest topics in Australian beauty. Read on for the full lowdown on Canberra’s biggest beauty event of 2018.

Masterclass with celebrity makeup artist Chantelle Baker

12-1pm, Saturday 14 July 2018 | The Beauty Arcade
Cost: $20

Makeup-artist-to-the-stars Chantelle Baker takes to our stage to divulge how you can recreate the flawless looks of such beauty icons as Rebecca Judd, Gigi Hadid and Dita Von Teese. Who better to guide you towards better brush skills and celebrity-level makeup looks than one of Australia’s most in-demand artists? Accompanied by cocktails and sweet treats, this masterclass will explore the cosmetics trends to watch, application tricks every woman should know and the products worth investing in. It will also give you the chance to get answers to any burning questions about your own beauty routine and see you walk away a collection of some of the best new beauty releases.

Purchase tickets here.

The Beauty Bars

Open from 5-8pm Friday 13 July | The Beauty Arcade

The skilled professionals of the Monaro Mall will be offering special tasters of a broad range of beauty treatments on Friday night. 

Enjoy complimentary pampering from brands including:

- David Jones 
- Perfect Potion
- Jurlique
- L'Occitane
- Endota Spa

Cocktail Bar

Open 5-8pm Friday 13 July | 12-4pm Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July | The Beauty Arcade

To prove the visual feasting doesn’t need to stop at kaleidoscopic makeup palettes and oil-spill nail art, we’ll be pouring highly photogenic cocktails over the weekend including Canberra’s first colour-changing gin. This showstopping spirit from The Canberra Distillery combines sweet and fragrant notes of black tea, bergamot and lavender with the power of the butterfly pea flower to transform it from a purplish-blue hue to pink amethyst as soon as you add an acidic mixer such as tonic. Aside from the rare opportunity to sample a small-batch spirit of which only 50 bottles were made, you might also count your complimentary cocktail as a step in your skincare routine seeing as juniper berries - the base ingredient in gin - are rich in antioxidants. Mocktails and sweet treats will also be available from the bar to keep you refreshed between beauty stops.

Bath bomb-making workshops with Lush

Time: Session 1 - 11am-12pm  & Session 2 - 1pm-2pm
Sunday 15 July | The Beauty Arcade
Cost: $10

Find out what makes Lush’s famous bath bombs so skin-softening and sweet-scented before crafting your own Butterballs to take home. During the session you’ll learn about the benefits of bathing with different raw ingredients and essential oils, including why Colombian organic cocoa butter is a Canberran’s best friend. If you’re a devoted fan of the handmade cosmetics brand, or 'Lushie', feel free to bring along your bath bomb art images to inspire your fellow soap-makers.

Book your ticket here.

Beauty Mirror Photo Booth

Perfect your pout in our magic mirror, which allows you to easily snap, annotate and print a professional-grade post-makeover selfie in no time at all. You can also let others know you’re at the forefront when it comes to beauty by instantly sharing your snap to social media.

Beauty gift with purchase

Spend more than $100 over the course of the weekend (13-15 July 2018), in specialty retailers located within the Beauty Precinct, and you’ll receive a free cosmetics bag of goodies curated from the vast array of conversation-starting products currently lining shelves in the Monaro Mall. A warning to those prone to arriving late to the party: these exclusive giftbags will be limited to the first 500 eligible shoppers to request one at the Beauty Concierge located outside Aveda in the Beauty Precinct.

Terms and conditions can be found here.