Why being brave is beautiful… How facing my fears made me a stronger woman

What would you do if an amazing but totally unexpected opportunity comes your way?
The old me?
I probably would have said NO.
I probably would’ve shied away and turn my back.
I probably would’ve let my fear prevail.
At the beginning of 2019, this was what almost happened until I made a brave decision…
I was hired to do the makeup and hair for the UAE Emirates ID TV Commercial. it was a very BIG DEAL. 🙌
The TVC will air all over UAE Emirates ID social media channels.
Of course, I was so excited!
I was in my element and i single handedly did the hair, makeup, and grooming of all the talents. 💄💋
The shoot was almost done when suddenly one of the production staff realized that they needed to shoot one more scene but many of the female talents left already for the day.
Oh, No! 😱
On my part, I was worried that I had to do makeup on a new talent and there was pressure that I must finish the job quickly before we lose more time for the shoot. ⏰
But there’s a catch:
They need ONE more female talent!
The staff then looked at me and asked me:
Can you be the female talent?!
I was shocked!
I’ve never appeared or acted in any TV project before… my only experience was doing YouTube and Instagram videos!
What if I mess up the shoot?
What If I make mistakes?
What if I cause more delays?
All these fears and uncertainties were swimming in my brain… i was terrified.
But then the staff talked to me and said, i don’t need to be scared as they will guide me. Not to mention, i get to be paid a separate Talent Fee for the job 😉
Amidst all the chaos in my head, i decided…
What the heck? I’ll go for it!
I decided not to let my FEARS win…
i decided to be brave…
I can do this! 💪
While my experience has always been behind the scenes, i told myself that trying something new will be good for me!
So, i promptly fixed myself and in no time, i was on set.
It was so fast… it was like a dream!
It was finished before I even realized it.
Honestly, I can’t even remember the details because I was so overwhelmed!
A few weeks after that… I started to get some calls and messages.
From friends, family, even clients!
They said they saw me on TV and on Facebook!
I realized that the TVC is ON AIR so I quickly checked it out.
At first, it felt strange seeing myself in such a major project but after watching it a few times, i felt a mix of excitement and pride.
I felt fulfilled that I was able to go out of my comfort zone and accomplish something I never imagined I could do!!!
It was amazing!
The bonus?
Old clients who saw the TVC booked me again for makeup and I got new clients too!
I was surprised that my small celebrity exposure paid off! It brought me new jobs!
It was a great learning for me and I hope for you to.
When an opportunity knocks, grab it!
Be brave, it makes you more beautiful!
Don’t let your fears win!
You are amazing!
BTW: Here’s the link to the TVC if you want to see
dubai christmas gift ideas 2018 list

Best Dubai Beauty Holiday Gift Guide For 2018

As we’re nearing the Holidays, it’s the time of year again for gift giving. Whether for family or friends, shopping for gifts can be a very stressful activity. Because it’s the end of the year, expenses are also piling up so choosing the perfect gift within budget can be so challenging!

This is the reason why I will try to make it easier for you! What I did was I selected amazing gifts that are available in Dubai and UAE that will suit any budget.

Kayali Elixir Perfume

AED 450

This is the gift perfect for that special woman in your life. Your mom or mother-in-law will surely be delighted to receive this ultra-addictive scent that blends traditional and western touches. It has a mesmerizing combination of fruity, floral and woody notes which will surely make it worth the splurge.

This is also the type of gift you would like to receive from your husband! So better start dropping those hints now! 

BUY IT HERE.

Chanel Le Vernis Long Lasting Nail Polish  Rouge Essentiel 500

AED 100

There is always at least one person in your life who is difficult to shop for – like maybe your boss or your jetsetter fashionista friend…So, what do you give this person then? Chanel , of course!

And yes, you can get them a gift at Chanel for around 100 Dirhams (USD28 – price will vary). This pop of color this red Chanel Nail Polish brings instant Christmas cheer! Make sure to shop at a Chanel mall outlet so you can have it wrapped in a nice Chanel mini paper bag! There’s nothing more fool-proof than giving a gift wrapped in a classy Chanel paper bag – it doesn’t matter if it’s a very small package. Every woman would love to receive a Chanel, whatever it is!

Buy it in Dubai Mall.

Benefit Cosmetics Confection Cuties Set

AED 99

Your favorite sister will love to receive this wonderful gift! This is a beautiful looking gift set that’s an Online Exclusive at Sephora UAE. At only AED 99, you get a travel-sized trio of Benefit’s bestsellers:

1.5 g Mini Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in Shade 3
7.5 mL Mini The POREfessional Face Primer
4 g Mini Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara in Black

BUY IT HERE.

Little MAC Lipstick D for Danger

AED 49

Being tight on budget does not mean sacrificing on quality! This mini matte lipstick is an Online Exclusive from MAC which will only cost you AED 49. I personally recommend this D for Danger Brick Red shade because it suits the holiday season, plus it usually suits most skin tones. This can be a great gift for your teenage nieces or cousins.

This is a great last-minute gift as MAC online offers next day delivery in Dubai  for orders AED 200 and above.

BUY IT HERE.

Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation

AED 50* (Price Varies)

 This foundation uses Perlite technology that will absorb oil and mattify your skin. This is perfect for Dubai weather because it suits all skin types. This is a great gift everyone will love to receive!

BUY IT IN ALL LOCAL DRUGSTORES.  

Sephora Coconut Water Miscellar Cleansing Milk 100 ml

AED 15

At AED 15 Dirhams, this gift is definitely a steal. Every makeup lover will not say NO to a great makeup remover. I chose this gift because the packaging is super pretty. You don’t even need to wrap it, just place a nice ribbon and a card!

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Korean Face Mask Sheet

AED 10

At only AED 10, you can already give the gift of beauty. Maybe you’re attending a Holiday party where you need to give gifts for your colleagues, or maybe you’re looking for an affordable gift for you relatives – then this is a perfect choice. This collagen infused mask is an instant spa experience! Check out my review HERE.

Buy it at Etude House in Dubai Mall.

Give the gift of beauty!

Last but not the least, you can also gift your loved one or yourself an exclusive professional makeup course. I am offering a 25% Holiday Discount if you book and pay in advance before December 25, 2018. This amazing makeup course comprising of 3 sessions will give you the tools to become a makeup pro! CONTACT ME TODAY  to learn more about this special offer!

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5 Huda Beauty Products for Beauty Emergency

BEAUTY EMERGENCY! 5 Huda Beauty Products that Are Ultimate Lifesavers

One of the best things about makeup is that it empowers women to feel confident by enhancing the features they are not comfortable with. But with so many beauty products out there, plus thousands of recommendations from different magazines and websites, it can be a struggle to find the solution to the problem you want to address.

If you cannot find the right beauty product, not only can it be frustrating, but it can also waste a lot of your money. After all, whether you’re buying cheap or expensive beauty products, money is still being spent on makeup that’s not helping you be the best version of yourself.

This is why I decided to narrow down your search by dedicating this blog post to one of my favorite brands – HUDA BEAUTY. It’s amazing how one brand can actually have this treasure trove of products that can understand women’s problems. One huge factor is that Huda Kattan was just like us not a long time ago, who was using the beauty products herself so she knows what we want.

So, without further ado, let me give you these five beauty superstars that can address these 5 beauty emergencies!

HELP!!! Oily Face

I have combination skin. My T-zone is super-duper oily, but I also have lots of dry patches in parts of my face. I live in humid, warm weather so whenever I use liquid foundation, I literally melt. It really feels so yucky! What can I do?

SOLUTION: Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base

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If you are having a problem with your oily and combination skin, putting a primer like this one is a great idea. Not only will even out and mattify your skin, it is also non-drying.

Putting this on your face first gives your skin and the liquid foundation a barrier so that the foundation has the least chance to oxidize and react – in short, it’s least likely to melt and be yucky.

HELP!!! Sleepy Eyes

My husband and kids always laugh at me whenever we take photos, especially formal ones. They said I always look sleepy and my eyes look droopy. Okay, I admit I have small chinky eyes but I don’t understand, I put on every brand of mascara but nothing seems to help open them up.

SOLUTION: Huda Beauty Lashes

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If your lashes are not long enough and thick enough, it is unfortunate that sometimes, no amount of mascara can open them up. This is especially if your eyes are naturally small. Although you can experiment on eye makeup styles to make your eyes look bigger, one simple solution is to get yourself some high quality false eyelashes – FAST!

My favorites of course are the Huda Beauty Eyelashes. The best thing about this brand is that there are so many different varieties and you can pick one depending on your eye shape as well. If you are clueless, Huda has a comprehensive BEGINNER’s GUIDE to help you out!

HELP!!! Half-Eaten Lipstick

I work a 9-hour job 6 days a week and I must say my hectic schedule does not allow me any breathing room. My main problem is that my lipstick would usually wear off by mid-morning after having my coffee, then at lunch as well after I eat! By midday my lipstick is totally non-existent so I’d have to run to the restroom to freshen up, but there are times when I can be so busy I forget, making me run around the office with my lipstick half-on , half-off which can be embarrassing especially with bosses or clients present!

SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

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This is a powerhouse of a lipstick that won’t wear off. Even after you eat, drink coffee or lots of liquids, it will stay on! It is very long wearing and stays in place so no more half-eaten lipstick problem for you!

All you need to do is put it on in the morning and you can definitely forget about it because it’s not going anywhere!

 

HELP!!! Ghost Face

I’ve always been intrigued by using the baking technique, the problem is, when I tried doing it, the shade of the powder does not match my dark skin tone and my sister said I looked like a ghost because the powder is too light! I stopped baking after that, but I am so jealous when I see how snatch and set some makeup looks are! Is there any alternative?

SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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The good news is even if you have darker skin tone, you can still enjoy the benefits of baking! Huda Beauty recently released the Huda Beauty Easy Bake with eight different shades!

She even came up with this amazing MATCHING GUIDE so you can easily decide which one is best for your skin tone. Happy Baking!

HELP!!! Bulky Eyeshadow Palette

My husband usually drives me to work but that means I don’t have the luxury to spend more time in the house doing my makeup in the morning. This means I usually do my makeup in the car, during rush hour, when the car is stopped due to traffic. I love putting on eyeshadows but the best eyeshadow palettes are usually in this super huge palette pans that are so inconvenient to bring daily in my bag. Any options?

SOLUTION : Huda Beauty Obsessions Mini-Palette

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If you are looking for a high-end, uber pigmented eyeshadow palette that’s so convenient to bring around with you then the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette is your best bet. It gives you 9 amazing shades in a very small package. But still, you don’t compromise on quality!  There’s 6 palettes to choose from as well.

The Lowdown

If you are experiencing these beauty emergencies, then why not try out these amazing Huda Beauty Products! What products do you want me to talk about next? Chat me up on the comments section!

 PLUS, if you need my help in selecting the right products for you, then why don’t you avail of my DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Huda Beauty Demi Matte Shade for Every Office Situation Plus My Review

Woooohooooh!  I was super excited to finally, finally get the new Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream  Lipstick  Collection. I went a little bit overboard by getting 11 out of the 15 shades of the Demi Matte but I am not sorry I did. These babies are so worth it.

THE SHADES

I got the Day Slayer , Shero, SheEO, Lady Boss, Bawse, Sheikha, Catwalk Killa, Game Changer, Mogul, Feminist and Bonnie.

They colors are all exceptional and very wearable too. You can definitely wear these lipsticks in your everyday makeup routine or even on that special occasion. Believe me, until now, I am still confused what my favorite shade is because I really do love all of them!

THE FORMULA

They are the bomb! The new creamy formula is amazing. It is not glossy but it still keeps your lips so soft and hydrated.  They are also very comfortable to use and has menthol so when you apply it , it gives a slightly cool and tingling feeling for some time.

Yes, the Demi Matte is creamy but that does not mean that they are not super pigmented like the matte lipsticks. Just one swipe gives you that excellent pop of color.

In applying the lipstick,  you can first contour your lips using a Huda Beauty lip contour pencil. Although the Demi Matte  has a creamy formula, it does NOT bleed so no worries about that. Make sure you don’t use more than one dip.

If you don’t like the sheen finish, you can even blot with a tissue which gives it a slightly matte look but it will not dry out your lips.

MY OWN DEMI MATTE VIDEO SHOOT

For today’s blog, I wanted to show you the fun video I made which I posted on Instagram. I really had fun shooting this video! I was inspired by Huda’s photoshoot so I decided to give you my own take.

What do you think guys? I hope you loved watching that as much as I loved creating it for you!

Now when I was finished editing the video, I thought that not every one of us may be lady bosses in the office but that does not mean you cannot rock the Huda Beauty Demi Matte!

What I did was I created a series of fun photo memes that can hopefully show you that yes, you can definitely wear the Huda Beauty Demi Matte shades, just in every office situation you find yourself into!

I also added  a few lines to show you how each shade is suitable to a different mood or attitude, depending on what you want to rock on that particular day.

 

Shero  is for a woman who  is playful and witty.  She always knows what’s the right thing to say and can make a lot of people laugh at her jokes.

Game Changer  is for a woman who is assertive yet feminine at the same time. Like the  lipstick shade, she can brighten up the room without overpowering.

Feminist is an eye catching pink nude that suits a woman with a sweet disposition , yet she always stands out!

SheEO is a commanding nude brown shade that’s perfect for a woman  who is confident and  practical at the same time. She is not someone you can mess with.

Bonnie is such a candylicious shade for someone who’s bubbly and makes everyone around her feel happy.

Catwalk Killa is a purple shade  for a woman who is  charismatic. Everybody likes her and she can influence people with her positive energy.

Mogul is a shade that suits a sophisticated woman who likes everything classic from music, fashion and makeup looks!

Day Slayer is a versatile nude who is for someone who is the ultimate multi-tasker. She knows how to balance things and gets everything done on deadline!

Sheikha is a deep rose shade that is is for a woman who  is a hopeless  romantic. She loves fairy tales and happy endings!

Lady Boss is a vivid berry shade for the girl who is smart and savvy. She always has the perfect solution whenever an issue comes up.

Bawse is for a fierce independent woman. She knows what she wants and knows what to do to achieve her dreams.

You can purchase the Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick at SEPHORA , SHOPHUDABEAUTY, and CULT BEAUTY

UAE PRICE  105 AED

US PRICE  20 USD

UK PRICE  18 GBP

Disclaimer: All the products I have used are purchased by me and I am not paid to write this post.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Review

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation: Fabulous or Faux Pas?

Here’s a review of the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and recommended solutions on the most common complaints found online.

Let’s face it… A lot of us Huda Beauty fans are crazy over the latest products that are coming out from her brand. I still remember the olden days when it was just the gorgeous lashes, then one by one, Huda started releasing one gem after the other. Of course, like every other fan out there, I also get myself these products to use for myself, as well as for my clients.

As a professional makeup artist, I have been exposed to a lot, and I mean a lot of makeup products. That’s why I am still super amazed whenever I discover a new product that manages to win over the old, dependable heavyweight brands. I recently experienced this when Huda Beauty released her Easy Bake Loose Powder. You can read my comparison review HERE and see how Easy Bake managed to beat all the other powders I had.

While filming that  same makeup look, I used the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and I actually got several DM’s on Instagram asking me about it. Should they buy this foundation? Is it worth the money? How come there are a lot of negative reviews online?

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Well, first and foremost, I believe that every woman is different. What works for one person wonderfully might fail when it comes to another. There is no one result so you really need to test it out for yourself.

But what I will do in order to help you out is relate my personal experience about this foundation by answering the common problems encountered. These are based on the many times I have used this foundation not only on myself but several of my clients as well.

Hopefully, this will help not only those deciding if they want to buy the product but also those who already bought the foundation and are having a difficult time making it work.

The Top 5 Complaints about the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation and my pro tips to solve them

Complaint: The consistency is super thick and does not spread on my skin well

I believe that it’s very important to stress that the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is a CREAM foundation, and not a liquid foundation. The difference is that the consistency is thicker.

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Here’s a comparison of the consistency of #FauxFilter

 

This confuses a lot of women, especially those who are used to liquid foundation because they become unsure how much product to use so they are either putting too much or too little. Based on my experience, one single pump can actually cover your entire face already and just adjust as you go along.

In terms of applying it easily on the skin, you need to prep your skin well with a primer or moisturizer in order for the product to smoothly glide into your skin. Use a primer suitable for your skin type. If this still does not work, you can use a moisturizer to mix with the foundation to make application easier for you. Be warned not to use something like Farsali, because in my personal experience, the foundation starts coming off.

What happens when blending with Farsali

Complaint: It leaves dry patches, settles on fine line and does not blur the pores 

This problem is not exclusive on the #FauxFilter. I find that this problem occurs when using a cream foundation if the skin is not well exfoliated and moisturized. This is the reason why women with dry skin don’t like the #FauxFilter because they will surely face this problem especially if they do not take the time to really exfoliate and moisturize.

Another reason that can cause this problem is incorrect application techniques. If you have textured skin, fine lines and large pores, use a brush or sponge to pat product into your skin and blend carefully, instead of gliding the product into your skin. If you suffer from extra dry skin or flakiness, avoid harshly buffing the foundation in a circular motion.

Use proper tools and don’t buff heavily for textured skin.

Complaint: It looks cakey and heavy on the skin

The #FauxFilter is highly pigmented and gives you full coverage. These are two features that I actually love about this product. But this also means that in using the product, you don’t need too much in order to fully cover your face. Again, this is a cream foundation so if you put too much product, for sure it will look cakey.

In using this product, don’t compare it to other liquid foundation you have. Just start with a single pump and you will see that it is enough for full coverage. You can always build up and add more, but it’s harder to scale down when you already put too much.

As suggested you can also mix with a moisturizer so it will be lighter in terms of finish

Mixing with a moisturizer gives it a dewy finish

Complaint: It stays wet on the skin

Again, this problem will occur if you are putting too much product on your face. Another reason is if you have super oily skin and put too much primer or moisturizer before putting on the foundation. Also, just wait a few minutes as it will dry off after some time.

Even though this foundation is supposed to be matte, it is always smart to set this foundation with a loose powder like the Easy Bake to make sure it stays on your face. This is especially important if you live in humid or warm weather countries.

Complaint: It oxidizes after two or three hours

Oxidizing of makeup is a common problem especially for people with oily skin. Oxidation occurs as the product reacts with your skin’s natural oils and the weather. This can cause makeup to look darker on your skin after a few hours.

One easy solution is to use a primer so that you have a layer between the foundation and your skin. This will form as a barrier to avoid oxidation. Make sure to use a primer that suits your skin type!

Another additional tip is also to set with a loose powder and then use a blotting tissue to keep the oils away.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

The first time I tested the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter I also thought at first that I will not like it. However, after using it for a few times, I started to appreciate how great it is.

I recommend this foundation as a FABULOUS product to use if you are planning to be photographed – like photo shoots or if you will be under a lot of lights. The full coverage is really incomparable.

If you are not someone who goes out with full coverage makeup every day, then I do not recommend this as a daily makeup.  It’s more of a special occasion makeup that you want to use when you really have a lot of time to prep your skin

If you don’t like heavy or full matte coverage, then this is not for you.

Because of its formula, I have to say that it can be difficult for some women especially beginners to become comfortable in using this product as it does not act the same way as a normal liquid foundation.If you’re a makeup newbie, I have to warn you that you may need practice before nailing the right amount to use and the right way to apply this product to maximize its best qualities.

If you already have the product and are struggling with it, follow my advice above and hopefully you will start enjoying it more.  I will also be happy to help you out by offering my one-on-one makeup lessons which you can avail by CONTACTING ME HERE.

In my private makeup classes,  I will be able to help you choose the right products as well as teach you how to maximize these products to make you look the best version of yourself.

Again, everyone is different so what may be fabulous for you may be a faux pas for others, but do not stress because makeup is supposed to be beautiful for you to enjoy!

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I tested the Huda Beauty Easy Bake versus all the other powder brands including Ben Nye, Chanel, Kryolan, Laura Mercier and Charlotte Tilbury…and here’s what I think!

The Huda Beauty Easy Bake is one of the hottest makeup products this summer. It has received super rave reviews from makeup lovers all over the world. In fact, I myself loved the product very much and you can read here why I think it’s the perfect summer beauty product for every Dubai gal.

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Me using Huda Beauty Easy Bake Banana Bread on both sides of the face

 

Some of my blog readers and Instagram followers however were interested to know how the Huda Beauty Easy Bake compares to all the other existing powder in the market, so the best way to know the difference is to test and compare all these products that I currently use.

Before I go into a head to head comparison, I also am showing you the side by side comparison of these powders so please note that I have specified the shade and brand so you can visually compare them.  Note that I will NOT compare based on PRICING, instead will compare based on performance.

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Brand Made In  USD Shades
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Italy $ 34 (20 grams) 8
Ben Nye Luxury Powder USA $ 16.50 (42 grams) 6
Chanel Poudre Universal Libre France $ 52 (30 grams) 3
Kryolan Fixing Powder Berlin $ 16.50 (20 grams) 12
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder USA $ 38 (28 grams) 2
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder Italy $ 44 (8 GRAMS) 3

Ben Nye Luxury Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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Since I have the Huda Beauty Banana Bread, I have compared this to the Ben Nye Banana Powder. The Ben Nye is quite popular and have been used by Kim Kardashian as well as Huda Kattan herself for baking.

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The Ben Nye Banana powder is much yellower than the Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s Banana Bread version. Huda Beauty is also much softer and silkier and has very tiny shiny particles. Although both powders are matte finish, Ben Nye is more matte, while Huda Beauty still gives that very, very slight reflective effect.

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In terms of being long wearing, these two are almost the same as I have both use them for many hours without fail. However, in terms of appearance, Huda Beauty looks more like skin and feels light as air when applied.

WINNER: Huda Beauty Easy Bake

Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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The Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre is one of my favorite powders so it was interesting for me to compare it side by side with Huda Beauty Easy Bake.

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While applying both, I felt that both had silky smooth texture, both also had light reflective pigments, and both had a slight fragrance, although Huda Beauty is a little more “perfumey” than Chanel.

Chanel did have a peachy tone which is slightly darker In effect than Huda Beauty. However, aside from the color tone difference, both products were so close to determine a winner as the finished looks are almost identical!

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WINNER: It’s a Tie! 

Kryolan Fixing Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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The Kryolan Derma Color Waterproof Fixing Powder is used by a lot of makeup artists especially if they want to really set makeup and make it smudge and sweat proof. This is actually available in 12 different shades, more than Huda Beauty Easy Bake’s 8 shades.

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After applying the Kryolan Fixing Powder P3 shade however side by side by Huda Beauty Easy Bake, there were noticeable differences. First, the tone of Kryolan has a more pinkish tone.  Second, Huda Beauty looked more natural and skin like while with Kryolan, it really looked that I added makeup on top of my foundation. The Kryolan also felt drier after some time on the skin compared to Huda Beauty.

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WINNER: Kryolan wins on the number of shades with 12 but in terms of application, Huda Beauty takes the trophy.

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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This is probably one of the most anticipated comparison as Laura Mercier is a favorite by a lot of women. What I noticed is that Huda Beauty Easy Bake is a lot silkier than Laura Mercier but Laura Mercier is more matte. Although Huda Beauty is matte , it still gives a luminous effect.

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Also since the Huda Beauty Easy Bake has a shade, it can color correct especially under your eyes, unlike Laura Mercier which just absorbs the color of your foundation.

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The side by side comparison do not look very far apart BUT Huda Beauty edges out Laura Mercier in terms of being long-wearing. In my past experience, Laura Mercier is good but cannot last all day, unlike Huda Beauty which I tested recently for 7 hours and is very long wearing.

WINNER: Huda Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder vs Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish  is an award winning powder and is very well known for its lightness. It is in compact form so it is actually more convenient to carry.  I have a really good experience using this as a setting powder for a year now so I thought it was a great idea to test the Charlotte Tilbury #2 for medium skin tone against the Huda Beauty Easy Bake.

In terms of look, Charlotte Tilbury has no reflective particles and was more luminous in finish giving you a blurred look.  But what really surprised me though is that when I used it side by side with Huda Beauty Easy Bake, Huda Beauty was much lighter in feeling and application than Charlotte Tilbury!

 

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WINNER: I was almost sure that Charlotte will win over Huda here but boy was I wrong! Huda Beauty wins again!

 

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How to Attend a Makeup Masterclass like a Boss!

Most of you might have heard that I am holding my very first “Farah Makeup and Hair Masterclass” at the Galerie Hindam in Citywalk 2 Dubai on Friday, the 13th of July at 6PM. Everyone and I mean everyone is invited but make sure that you book your slot right HERE to make sure you don’t miss it. The best part about this class is that it is sponsored by Galerie Hindam so access is absolutely FREE.

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The theme for the masterclass is about “Dubai Weather-proof Makeup Techniques”. I felt that this topic is very relevant because the weather now in the UAE is scorching hot and a lot of us ladies struggle with still looking fresh and beautiful during this weather. My class will cover tips and tricks you can apply which will be really useful.

In this blog post, I would like to give every one of you some useful tips on how to maximize your time when attending a masterclass. This does not only apply to my masterclass but also to other masterclasses in general. I myself have attended a lot of masterclasses like Makeup by Mario and Georgie Kyot so I feel that if you have these insider info beforehand then these will really help you learn a lot during the class.

Take notes

A lot of masterclass attendees take pictures, videos or record the audio of the masterclass. But I feel that the best way is still take notes of the information most useful to you. Don’t write everything that you are not focusing on the demo anymore, instead, only note down the most important info by putting in keywords. I feel this is more effective than recording the whole thing because it will make you remember the essential parts of the class.

Ask questions

If there is an opportunity for you to ask questions, then do it. Do not be shy. This is your chance to get the insights of a professional artist and learn beauty secrets. Sometimes, the information you need may not be presented unless you ask about it specifically.

Get product recommendations and test out what you learned

This is a great opportunity to ask the makeup professional about specific product names and recommendations. After all, the best way to test out what you have learned from the masterclass is to practice this on your own. A good tip is bringing extra cash with you to shop for recommended products in case you do not have these at home. It can be frustrating for example to learn a new makeup trick, but you cannot try it out because you don’t have that product with you.

Another option is saving up for a more comprehensive beauty makeup shopping tour in order to buy your products in bulk.

Step-up your learning

Masterclasses are a great way to expand your beauty knowledge and they are also a great way to learn more about more comprehensive classes offered by the makeup professional and get a great deal.

If you’re attending a FREE masterclass such as the one I am hosting on Friday, don’t forget to inquire about future opportunities to learn. If you want a more comprehensive, personalized lesson, then ASK ME about my exclusive VIP makeup courses. I will be offering a special discount to all the masterclass attendees so if you feel you can’t get enough of beauty, then you must sign up!

See you all on Friday the 13th of July, 2018; Galerie Hindam, Citywalk 2 Dubai.

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Wow! These are the drugstore beauty products popular celebrities use.

When we hear the term “drugstore makeup”, there is the impression that they can be less effective because of their affordable prices. However, it is interesting to note that even the most beautiful celebrities around the world use drugstore makeup products.

So yes, it is possible to rock that stunning makeup look using makeup brands you can buy from your corner pharmacy! Here are some of your fave celebs and their go-to brands.

Deepika Padukone

Deepi was launched as L’Oréal’s Global Ambassador in 2017 and she definitely looks awesome in all her makeup looks. In another Cannes photoshoot in 2018 called “Summer Escape” the Bollywood actress used a variety of L’Oréal makeup products for a casual yet trendy look.

The products include:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in 304 Rebel Rose, Brow Genius Kit, Infallible 24H Foundation and Volume Million Lashes Mascara.

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Meghan Markle

The newly minted Duchess of Sussex has amassed millions of beauty fans all around the world. Although she uses high end brands like MAC, Giorgio Armani, Charlotte Tilbury and La Mer, you’ll love to know that her go-to mascara brand is a drugstore find.

Meghan uses the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara. Meghan Markle’s former makeup artist revealed that Meghan introduced her to this product which is super hydrating and great for both volume and lengthening.

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Priyanka Chopra

Let’s go to one of Meghan’s close friends who is a global superstar at her own right!

This Bollywood turned Hollywood sensation is also a fan of designer beauty brands but one product that she uses can be bought in drugstores.

Priyanka revealed that she uses Bio-Oil to moisturize her body which is great for dry and blemish free skin.

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Beyonce

During her recent Coachella concert, Beyonce’s makeup artist Sir John revealed that he used drugstore makeup products on this fabulous diva! Sir John used the L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara to give Queen Bey a smoldering gaze and swiped the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick for a nude yet long wearing lip effect.

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Alia Bhatt

This Bollywood sweetheart has a minimalistic approach to beauty. Alia said she is inspired by her mother’s simplistic take on beauty. She also shared that the best beauty advice she was given by a close makeup artist friend is “Less is more.”

However, in the same interview, she name-dropped the Maybelline BB Cream which she prefers over foundation for a lighter flawless finish. 

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Kim Kardashian West

KKW already has her own makeup line and with her sister Kylie having a cosmetics empire too, you may be wondering …what is she doing buying drugstore products.

Well the answer is makeup wipes! The reality star turned beauty mogul revealed in her app that she uses a drugstore product to remove all traces of makeup.

The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes.

Kim confided that she loves how soothing these are, plus they wipe off every least bit of makeup so your skin feels so clean.

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Should You Use Drugstore Makeup?

Drugstore makeup products have their pros and cons. I personally prefer high-end brands especially for my bridal clients who need to have a long wearing makeup look.

However, for every day daily wear, drugstore makeup can be really amazing. Some of my personal drugstore makeup brands that I use myself are Maybelline, L’Oreal, Rimmel, Nyx and Max Factor. 

All you need to do is learn the PROPER APPLICATION TECHNIQUES in order to maximize these products. CONTACT ME today so I can tell you all about my VIP makeup classes which can help you step up your beauty game.

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The Dubai Drugstore Dilemma: The Top 3 Things to Consider when Buying Drugstore Makeup

As a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, I only use high-end products for my clients. I purchase the designer brands as well as the most-sought after products in the market: Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Makeup Forever, Nars, Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Fenty Beauty, Tarte, Morphe and many more. Basically, you name it, I do have it.

I do this because as someone who specializes in wedding makeup, I feel that my brides deserve the best and I only want to deliver the best.

However, when I started my blog and my social media pages, I usually get questions about my opinion on drugstore makeup products. I actually use some drug store products myself as I found that there are few products which are just too good to pass up. In my next posts, I will review some drugstore makeup products due to popular demand.

But for now, let me tell you some advice on what you should consider when buying drugstore makeup products.

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BUDGET

The expensive amount of high-end makeup can be very frustrating. Especially if you want to buy a whole set, the designer brands can be a budget buster.

Drugstore makeup brands are really affordable so it is great for beginners, plus, the attractive price can encourage you to experiment and explore more makeup looks. If you are not satisfied with the product, you also won’t be that devastated for spending.

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PURPOSE

If you are using makeup for everyday wear, then drugstore makeup is also a good option. I know women who use drugstore makeup on weekdays and reserve their high-end products for special occasions. For daily natural looks, drugstore makeup will work just fine. You would just need to make sure you retouch on your lunch break and coffee break as these are not as pigmented and long-wearing.

For special occasions like weddings and parties where you need your make up to stay for hours, I would recommend to use high-end makeup because of the higher quality ingredients. However, even Beyonce wore drugstore makeup products during her recent Coachella concert so this is also possible to use with the correct application. And that brings me to my last and most important point…

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APPLICATION TECHNIQUE

I am a firm believer that even if you have the most expensive and luxurious makeup product, if you do not know the correct techniques to apply it properly to highlight your features, then you are waisting your time and money.

Watching YouTube Tutorials can help but remember that each one of us has a unique face shape, complexion and skin type. Therefore you will not get the same result if you do not know how to personalize the application.

For example, you may be wondering why your makeup foundation looks cakey when you followed the tutorial and instructions step by step. Well, what you may not know is that the type of brush or sponge you use makes a difference depending on your skin type!

Another problem will be doing proper application in consideration to the weather. Drug-store makeup are less long-lasting, therefore you must know how to apply properly to get maximum results and not have your makeup melt while you’re still in the parking lot!

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

What I recommend is that you should find more effective ways to learn how to properly apply makeup, especially when using drugstore products. Seek the help of professional makeup artists like me.

I offer my clients different ways. You can avail of my Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour which cost $100 dollars. You may be wondering why you should spend money for my guidance when you’re trying to actually save by buying drugstore products? Well let me tell you that spending this minimal amount will actually save you a huge amount of money in the future! How?

Imagine that you’re buying makeup now without real knowledge if that makeup is working for you and you are continuously frustrated with the results. Whether it’s high-end or drug store makeup you’re buying, this is still money WASTED on products you are not sure is helping you. What I can do is actually take you on a guided shopping trip to the best beauty stores. I work with your budget and advice you what and where to buy. I can even give you my privileged discount at some of the best stores, so you can get designer makeup at drugstore prices!

During the shopping trip, I will impart my tips and techniques on how you can use this product.

Another option for those who want to level up their skills is my 3-day makeup course. Each session will last two hours and will teach you different look application. You can choose the schedule you want and can even be done in your home. This 3-day workshop also comes with a FREE Dubai beauty shopping tour.

So why don’t you CONTACT ME today and let me help you be the best version of yourself!

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Are You One Of These 5 Women Who Need To Attend A Makeup Class?

Makeup has become a big part of every woman’s personal care routine. Even those who are not cosmetic lovers use pressed powder, lipstick or blush. Even as young girls, we play with our mom’s makeup and a lot of us dream of owning our own makeup kit as we grow older.

For me, makeup is an art and a confidence booster. I do not consider it as a mask, rather, I believe that it is an enhancement tool that brings out the best in every woman.

It gives us women a good hearted feeling, making us ready to face the world. This is why I think that it is also important for a woman like you to learn correct application techniques. This is to ensure that you are able to use makeup the best way possible, highlighting your best features instead of hiding them.

So, are you one of these women who needs a lesson from a professional Dubai makeup artist like me?

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1. The Career Woman

The career woman needs to learn makeup techniques that can make her look more self-confident, exude power yet still look relaxed in the corporate world. If you are in a working environment, I can teach you appropriate office – friendly looks that can still make an impact.

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2. The Stay-At-Home Mom

Being a housewife is not an excuse to let go and not take care of yourself. Learning correct application procedures can save moms like you a lot of time in your hectic schedule, so you can look beautiful in a flash.

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3. The Student

Younger women are more experimental and love following Instagram makeup trends. However, if you are one of these ladies, to be able to effectively pull off these trendy looks, you need to learn the makeup fundamentals first.

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4. The Public Personality

If your job requires you to always be under the public eye, it’s a good idea to learn how to put makeup yourself. This way, you know what to do in case of emergencies.

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5. The Budding  Makeup Artist

If you are interested in becoming a makeup artist by profession, it is a great option to book a personal makeup course where you can totally relax and not be intimidated. You can ask all the questions you want, and I will even impart some industry inside tips that will help you jumpstart your career.

With various YouTube tutorials, Instagram videos and blogs available online that offer advice on makeup application, you may be wondering why I still believe that every woman should still invest in herself and attend in a makeup session given by a professional.

The difference with a tutorial is that usually, the speaker on the video is more focused on showing how she achieved a certain look, listing down the products she likes best, and concentrated on looking her best on the video to attract more viewers.

On the other hand, a professional makeup artist like me is more focused on YOU. In my classes, I focus on my clients. If you are my client and you are learning from me then you are the star, not me. I teach you how to create the perfect look so you can become the best version of yourself.

Book a session today and take advantage of my limited time special offer.

 

 

 

 

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Dubai Ladies, Here’s Every Makeup Look to Suit Your Summer Travel

In This Blog: Free Downloadable Product List for Every Look!

Summer is here and a lot of Dubai residents are planning their vacation trips to escape the desert heat. With social media like Instagram and Facebook, it’s so much more essential to look our best when taking that #travelselfie! After all,  great photographs create beautiful, unforgettable memories.

So Dubai ladies, for this week’s blog, I thought to share some makeup look suggestions depending on your travel itinerary! Each recommended look comes with a FREE downloadable PDF shopping list so you will not second-guess what to bring and you don’t need to bring a lot of products.

If still in doubt, don’t worry because I do offer my personalized Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour where I can help you shop for products that will suit you best and not waste time & money.

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City Sightseeing Tours

If you’re planning to go on a city sightseeing tour like Istanbul, Paris, or Kuala Lumpur…then I recommend going with an elegant, sophisticated look to match the metropolis vibe.

Keep your look stylish and uncomplicated with flawless skin makeup and a classy red lip. Use a heavy duty concealer and foundation to keep your face impeccable. I recommend using a long-lasting  liquid lipstick, like the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, so you wouldn’t need to worry about retouching, and just enjoy the sights.

To achieve this look, download here.

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Beach Getaway

Going on a tropical beach vacation is one of the favorites of Dubai residents. I understand that when you are at the beach, you can feel confused about what type of makeup look to do. It can be inconvenient to bring a lot of makeup products and do a full face makeup but still, you don’t want to look like a drowned rat in your beach photos.

One lovely makeup look I recommend is going for the sun-kissed summer glow by using shimmer. You can achieve this with my Coral Obsessions look which you can download here . I love it coz this look reminds me of  pink and orange beach sunsets!

The great thing about this is I used one product, the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions mini-palette for my eyes as eyeshadow, on my cheeks as highlighter and on my lips as added shimmer. This can save you a lot of space in your travel case, and also help you achieve that sunset-inspired look.

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Nature Trippin’

If you’re going on a mountain hike or a safari, I recommend going for a more natural, classic glow like this look which you can download here.

My favorite part of this look is the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Highlighter which can perfectly glimmer in the outdoors sun! The look itself is very simple but for sure, you will get that natural glow in your photos.

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Cruise Away

Planning to spend your vacation onboard a cruise ship? This is also a great travel option especially for a lot of older couples who prefer the laid-back relaxation this kind of trip offers.

Cruise ships often offers different variety of activities. You can lounge by the pool, enjoy the chic restaurants and entertainment onboard, or go on walking tours in the island stopovers.  What I recommend then is going for a versatile look that can work for different occasions like this Gemstone Obsessions makeup look.

I chose a nude lip color to complement the emerald eye shadow which kept the look unique but still tasteful. You can find the product list download here.

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Family Fun

Family vacations with the little ones are always enjoyable! The travel usually involves theme parks like Disneyland, carnivals, or children parks.

For going to these places, let out the kid inside of you by experimenting with color. Don’t worry, using colorful makeup can work without making you look like a confused unicorn.

There is a way to still look playful yet mature. In this look you can download here, you will see how I combined together VERY colorful products like the Etude House Wonder Fun Park, Play 101 sticks and the Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife highlighter.

Before You Board!

Travelling is such a fun experience especially when you’re with your loved ones. Looking your best should not add to your worries so make sure you pre-plan the makeup products you need to bring and learn how to apply your own makeup efficiently. The good news is, I do offer exclusive makeup lessons to my VIP followers. The lessons include learning how to smartly use products and apply makeup competently so the next time you’re on your trip, you will look flawless and amazing! CONTACT ME to learn more about how you can partake in the VIP MAKEUP COURSE!

And if YOU ARE TRAVELING to Dubai very soon and need a personal consultation session , I can help you find the best deals on makeup and beauty products in the city with my Dubai Beauty Shopping Tour! No need to waste precious vacation time and money because I will make it so much easier for you!

Safe & Lovely travels!

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Makeup Kit Makeover! What a Dubai Woman Needs to Have in Her Everyday Makeup Kit

Let me help you with your makeup kit makeover! 

Too many makeup products, so little time and space! The massive quantity of makeup available in the market can make you confused on what to buy. As a professional makeup artist, I am guilty of product hoarding myself. Well, this is because I often use these products for my many different clients.

But for daily makeup use, I can understand that it can be chaotic having multiple products you do not even use.  This is the reason I often get asked by my friends and even my clients about what makeup products they should buy and really, it can be different depending on your lifestyle and your preference.

However, I can recommend a very basic skeleton set for you. My advice is to first check what you already have, pick your favorites to keep, and buy the ones you do not have.

BASIC MAKEUP KIT MUST-HAVES

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SKIN

 

Moisturizer/ Primer

One of the golden rule of makeup is prepping your skin. This is to avoid dry flaky canvas for your skin makeup. Make sure to use a moisturizer or primer. You do not need to buy an expensive one.

Foundation 

Foundation comes in liquid, powder, cream or mousse form. The right shade can help you look flawless.

Concealer

If you have dark circles and uneven skin tone, getting a great concealer is a good option to hide the discoloration.

Loose Powder

Powder is essential to mattify your skin and not look greasy. It also locks in your makeup

Choosing and applying proper skin makeup can be tricky. I know that it is not easy to know what type and shade of foundation and concealer to choose to fit your skin type. It can also be hard to achieve a smooth, flawless finish. This is why skin makeup is one of the things I prioritize in my VIP makeup course so I can help women like you to achieve proper makeup application.

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COLOR

Lipstick

Even if you seldom wear makeup, you will surely have a lipstick lying around the house. Choose to have a nude/pink shade and a brighter red shade to fit the occasion.

Blush

Blush is a great way to add color to your cheeks. Choosing between powder or cream blush will depend on your skin type.

Highlighter / Bronzer

Highlighters and bronzers used to be optional makeup products but for me, they are super important to add that extra oomph!

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EYES

Eyebrow Pencil / Powder

Choose a color one shade lighter than your eyebrow color. Pencils are better for beginners while powders and pomades are great if you have a steady, more experienced hand.

Mascara

If you can have one mascara, buy a waterproof one that you can wear day or night.

Eyeliner

Lots of Dubai women love their kohl eyeliners to add drama to the yes. You can also get a soft pencil or if you are more practiced, a liquid eyeliner for a cat eye is a basic requirement.

Eyeshadow Palette

If you are not much of an eyeshadow expert, start with a basic warm brown or smokey palette which can be versatile for the office and formal events.

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TOOLS & EXTRAS

Beauty Blender / Sponge

I prefer a beauty blender but a cheaper option is a soft sponge you can buy in discount stores. This is good for putting foundation especially if you have large pores.

 Blush Brush

This can be used for applying, blush, powder and highlighters.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Investing in a good quality brush makes it easier to pick up pigment from the eyeshadow and transfer on your skin. I teach my VIP makeup course students the right eyeshadow brush to buy and use for their needs.

Makeup Remover

Don’t forget an effective makeup remover as well. Here’s my LIST of my favorite makeup removers available in UAE.

Don’t forget my downloadable PDF Checklist with my recommendations!

If you’re new to Dubai and you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. I am available to give you my professional advice. You don’t need to fear the beauty bar sales ladies who oversell products you don’t need and you don’t need to go to super expensive makeup stores. I will help you invest in good quality makeup and even give some helpful application tips!

My DUBAI BEAUTY SHOPPING TOUR* is a personal makeup shopping consultation session which includes a meet-up at one of the major malls in UAE that is convenient to you. It will last a minimum of 90 minutes where I guide you to the must-visit stores. You might also get surprise discounts from high end brands especially from me. The service is very exclusive and unique, for only USD100. Book Here for a session!

*You have to bring your own shopping money as tour does NOT include products.It will include me taking and touring you at the stores.

 

 

Dubai Destination Wedding Makeup

Thinking of having a destination wedding in Dubai? Read about this beautiful couple’s lovely wedding journey.

I always enjoy weddings, especially because as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, the brides spend the few hours before their wedding events with me so, I often form a personal connection with my brides. I love hearing these wonderful love stories and become witness to such lovely ceremonies and events. One of my brides who definitely had a wonderful story was Harleen.

Harleen and her groom are based in Canada and planned a destination wedding in Dubai. It’s amazing how she was able to pull off such lovely wedding events even if she is not locally based in UAE. Read on about her inspiring wedding journey.

Harleen & Maninder’s 2018 Dubai Destination Wedding

How It All Started

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Harleen & Maninder:  We’ve known each other since our childhood and we never really thought that we will ever be married to each other. After 10 years of not seeing each other, we met again on July 4, 2016 at Harleen’s brother’s marriage in Vancouver. There was an instant magical connection. This was the start of our beautiful journey.

The Courtship

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 Harleen & Maninder: We connected on social media and then after about 6 months, we met again in Toronto. We went to multiple dates. We enjoyed each other’s company.

We are both travel enthusiasts. We appreciate the simple and most important things about each other. Our world is complete when we have each other.

The Engagement

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Harleen : On October 15, 2017, we got engaged.  Maninder popped the question at Banff, Canada and I said YES!  It was a very loving feeling as we were going to start a new beginning.

The Wedding Planning

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 Harleen & Maninder: Our wedding date was set on February 11, 2018.  We chose Dubai to be the location for our wedding events. My husband and I planned our entire wedding. We handled every single detail. We were happy and at same time scared too that all the things will go as planned in Dubai as it was completely different destination for us.  Dubai was unforgettable. The reason we chose Dubai was probably because of Atlantis the Palm, as the location is very beautiful.

The Wedding Events

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Harleen & Maninder:  Our Punjabi style Shagun ceremony was at Hotel Al Barsha. Our Sangeet was held at a beautiful dhow cruise with a Bollywood theme.

 

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Our Sangeet at Dubai Dhow Cruise

 

The Wedding ceremony is traditional Punjabi style was at Nanak Darbar Gurduwara Dubai.

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Our Wedding

 

Lastly, our reception was Arabic inspired which was held at the magnificent Atlantis The Palm.

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Our Atlantis Reception

The Makeup

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Harleen : I searched for Farah on Instagram and YouTube.  I really liked her flawless makeup style.  I was very comfortable working with Farah and I really loved my makeup for both events. Farah is really talented. I loved when she also gave me honest suggestion on my jewelry.For wedding, I wanted a traditional style and for the reception I trusted Farah.

For wedding, she created Indian style bride. I loved the eye makeup and the makeup was good throughout the day.

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For reception, it was Arabic style.  It was different for me but I liked it as it went with my destination.  My family loved the makeup especially my mom as she always dreamed of seeing me as bride and her opinion always mattered to me.

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 I hope you enjoyed Harleen’s destination wedding story. I love how even from afar, she was able to plan her wedding and get amazing results.

Of course, it is important to ensure that like her, only deal with professional suppliers so you will not be disappointed. If you want to chat about the process of hiring me as your makeup artist and hairstylist for your Dubai Destination Wedding, just MESSAGE ME and let’s chat!

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This is the Ultimate Beauty Guide for Every Dubai Bride … Plus Free PDF Download Bridal Beauty Wedding Day Survival Kit

 Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. There are a lot of beauty advice and beauty treatments that it can become confusing. What do you really need? What will really make a difference? Read on below for my personal tips!

The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Guide for Dubai Weddings 

1. Facial Skin Care Routine

You have to start a disciplined facial skin routine ideally 6 months before the wedding, or at least 3 months if you don’t have much time. If you have less time, then start right now!

The formula is simple: Exfoliate once a week, then follow a cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize twice a day! MOST IMPORTANT is to always put sunblock on your face, neck and hands before going out and when going wedding shopping to protect your skin from sun damage.

The products do not need to be expensive as long as you are dedicated in following a routine. Just look how these affordable  two products SHOCKINGLY changed my skin in just 90 days.

2. Professional Beauty Treatments

If you have the budget for lasers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, then do this 3-6 months before the wedding date because you do not want to risk redness or inflammation caused by these treatments. Schedule a hydrating, cleansing, mild facial one week before the wedding to get rid of the last-minute blackheads and get that glow

3. Hair Care

Oil your hair at least once a week to get it soft and smooth. Avoid trying a new haircut and treatment that may spell disaster!

If you are coloring your hair, do it two months prior, and make sure to schedule a roots appointment one week before the wedding.

You can also do your own DIY Protein treatment at home with this super simple Avocado Protein Hair Mask with Oil

4. Hair Removal

Depending on the method you want to remove your hair, you will need to follow a different timeline. Professional laser hair removal for example needs you to start consulting 2-3 months before the wedding date.

If you are going for waxing, the last wax session has to be at least 4 days before the wedding date. Why? This leaves enough time for your skin to calm down so you don’t have last minute redness, but at the same time, hair will not regrow.

I strongly don’t recommend shaving for this particular occasion as you may get regrowth in 24 hours and will be too much hassle.

5. Dental Care

Teeth whitening is one good option to get a perfect smile but do it one month prior to the big day so your teeth can look natural and not TOO white.

For veneers or other more complex treatments, this can be done 3 months before so you’re not stressed on time.

6. Makeup Artist and Hairstylist

Schedule this at least 3 months before the wedding or earlier to make sure you reserve your date! I encounter lot of brides who may be disappointed because I am already booked on their preferred date. So, if you already have a wedding date, MESSAGE ME now so I can pencil you into my calendar!

7. Mani and Pedi

You don’t want your nails to chip even before your big day. My personal recommendation is doing this 2 days before the wedding, not earlier than that. Also get a matching polish in case of emergency on your wedding day.

It is also useful to learn how to maintain your nails as you won’t have enough time post-wedding.

8. Massage and Body Treatments

You want to be relaxed and super chill on your wedding day so it is a good idea to schedule this 1-2 days before. If you are staying in a hotel, schedule this with the hotel’s spa a day before for a super lovely experience.

If budget is an issue, don’t worry you can also feel super relaxed with my recommended 10-dirham beauty hack!  You can also exfoliate you lips the day before with this super easy DIY scrub!

9. Have Lots of Water and Sleep

If you are the type who does not sleep the required 7-8 hours and drink at least 8 glasses of H20, then better start now. Believe me, this simple change will make so much difference to your skin and hair!

10. Diet and Exercise

I am not a believer of fad diets, my advice is if you need to lose weight, just cut down on eating carbs like sugar, rice, bread, and pasta. Also cut down on desserts, oily food and junk, processed food. If you stick to a healthy vegetable and protein diet plus 1 hour of cardio for at least three months… you will surely lose that muffin top. (And your skin will look so much better!)

And BONUS tip…Smile!

A smile can do wonders for your face. Just enjoy your experience and chill! Do not stress out and you will automatically radiate a positive glow and aura!

Best wishes on your wedding and I really hope I can be part of it! Message me here to chat!

Oh, and don’t forget to DOWNLOAD my Bridal Beauty Wedding Day Survival Kit

Top Things A Dubai Bride Forgets On Her Wedding Day

In my last post, I discussed the top essential items for every Dubai bride, but this week what I will share are the stuff that brides usually forgets.

As a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, I have been witness to a lot of Dubai and UAE weddings. Being very close to the bride during the event, I have seen every imaginable disaster a bride may encounter especially the things they usually forget.

So, I will make it so much easier if YOU are a bride because this is a very comprehensive list of what you should not forget.

PLUS BONUS: Read the post and see below for FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of my “Bride’s Ultimate Packing List – What NOT to forget on your wedding day! “

 

BEAUTY

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  • Makeup Remover

This is very important because you need a good quality makeup remover to make sure your face is clean and free of product before you sleep. Here are my recommended best makeup removers available in the UAE.

  • Skincare Kit including sunscreen
  • Makeup Kit

Do not forget skincare kit including toner, moisturizer and serums. Also, even if you are hiring a makeup artist, bring your daily makeup kit of your own that you can use the following day.

  • Comb

If you are staying in a hotel, they have these small combs that cannot even fix your fringe so better to bring your own hair comb or brush. Also ask your makeup artist for the best way to remove your hairstyle after the ceremony.

  • Perfume

Do not bring the whole bottle of perfume. Put a small amount in a small atomizer or if you have a travel sized one, that’s better. This is especially if you are travelling as airport regulations don’t allow big bottles in carry on luggage.

  • Matching Nail Polish and Remover

Get a matching color of the nail polish of your manicure just in case there is an accidental chip during the event.

BATH ESSENTIALS

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An all-inclusive hotel may have toiletries, but it is advisable to bring your brands especially if you have sensitive skin. Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to also pack extra for your groom! He will appreciate it!

  • Soap
  • Hair Products
  • Dental Kit
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Blow dryer
  • Bathrobe

 

CLOTHING

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  • Clothes, Shoes, Undergarments, Sleepwear

Whether you’re staying in a hotel, traveling for your honeymoon or staying in your new house, pack your clothes in advance as you will not have time to come back to the house and worry about this after the wedding. Do not over pack, but make sure you bring different outfits on your different events.

Splurge in extra nice brand-new sleepwear and undergarments. It does not necessarily need to be super expensive or lacy if you’re not comfortable with this. You must choose something with good quality, with soft fabric and something that fits well. Your honeymoon is not the time to wear your brother’s hand me down T-shirts and basketball shorts.

Also bring extra pair of everyday shoes/ sandals for the next day. Believe me, I’ve heard stories of brides who forgot to bring casual shoes and had to go to breakfast in their hotel slippers or wedding shoes!

  • Swimwear

If the hotel has a pool or Jacuzzi, swimwear will come handy.

  • Empty Duffel Bags / Garment Bags
  • Jewelry Travel Bag

Extra bags are always useful. Instead of bulky luggage, opt for foldable duffle bags or garment bags.

SUPER IMPORTANT

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These are things that you may always think are obvious, but you may be surprised that a lot of people forget them! Identification cards, passports and travel documents must be kept in a safe place. You can ask your groom to safe keep the documents with you so both your docs are in same place and you can keep in the hotel safe. Credit cards are advisable  but make sure to also bring cash. Smaller bills are also great for tipping.

  • Phone
  • ID and Passport
  • Credit Cards
  • Cash
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Travel Documents
  • Camera and Charger
  • Phone Chargers
  • USB Drive
  • Ziploc Bags

JUST IN CASE

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These are some  items you should consider bringing in case of emergencies. Most are self explanatory, but I want to highlight the need to bring a snack like an energy bar or chocolate bar. Some brides forget to eat and may feel super hungry and may need an energy boost!  It is not a very healthy choice but it is much easier to eat for the bride than fruit or a sandwich that may be messy and stain your dress.

  • Paracetamol / Aspirin
  • Energy Bar/ Chocolate Bar
  • Band-Aids
  • Mini- Sewing Kit with Extra Buttons
  • Mints
  • Tissues, Cotton Buds, Wet Towels

 

I know there is so much to think of if you are a bride, so you need to be extra relaxed and confident on your wedding day. Do not let the stress get to you but if you cannot avoid it, don’t worry, that is why I’m here! As an expert in wedding makeup and hair, I am here to make sure you still look flawless and naturally radiant.

Message me now and let’s chat about your big day!

Oh,  and by the way, Here’s your  BONUS:

DOWNLOAD  PDF Bride’s Ultimate Packing List – What NOT to forget on your wedding day! 

 

 

 

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10 Wedding Essentials for Every Dubai Bride

After getting engaged, it is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the wedding preparations. The planning of the wedding usually falls on the bride so even if she hires a wedding coordinator, it is indeed a very huge task.

If you are a soon to be bride, there are many things to plan for: the wedding venues, guest list, wedding rings, food and beverage, cake, flowers, photographers, video team, transportation and so much more. Because of all these, you might forget the most important part of the wedding which is YOURSELF.

So let me make it easier and share with you a list of  10 Wedding Essentials for Every Dubai Bride

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1.The Wedding Dress

Every culture has a different tradition on the type of dress to wear but whatever style you choose, my advice is to keep it as a timeless, classic piece and make sure it fits you well.

In choosing a design, reflect if ten or twenty years from now, the dress will still look beautiful and not just because it is trendy or a popular celebrity wore it. One great example is the minimalistic Givenchy  dress Prince Harry’s new bride, Hollywood actress Meghan Markle wore at her wedding. It is very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and very classy.

For South Asian brides, choose colors and designs suitable to your skin tone and body type. Even if you have the most expensive fabric and the most popular designer, if the dress does not fit you well, it will not look good in the photos.

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2. Shoes

After choosing the perfect dress, you have to find the perfect shoes. Do not buy the shoes before buying the dress because that will only create a lot of shopping headaches for you.Again, go for the classic designs and choose a heel not less than two inches. The added height will certainly make you look more statuesque in pictures. However, do not force to walk on 5 inch heels unless you are used to these type of shoes. You will only look uncomfortable and your feet will not thank you at all.

Also consider the venue, like if you are having a wedding on the sandy beach, consider a square heel rather than a pointed heel so you don’t sink on the sand.

A great tip is for you to try to find a comfortable pair of flat shoes or slippers that you can change into during the party.

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3. Accessories

Accessories will include your veil, head piece and jewelry. Whether you have heirloom jewelry from your family or if you need to buy new pieces, you need to make sure to try these accessories prior to the wedding day.

For Arab and South Asian brides, these headpieces and jewelry can be very heavy so you need to get used to the weight and adjust as required.

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4. Makeup Artist and Hairstylist

After you wedding outfit, I believe that this is the most important element a bride should consider on her wedding day.  I do understand that brides want to get value and discounts because a wedding can be expensive, however, I believe that spending for a professional makeup artist and hairstylist is so important. I listed down the reasons here on why a Dubai bride should hire one.

On your wedding day, all eyes are on YOU so as a professional artist I can help you make sure that your hair and makeup are flawless and exquisite on your big day.

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5. Lingerie and Hosiery

A lot of brides get too much preoccupied with their wedding dress that they forget about the appropriate undergarments to wear. This is very important because there are certain fabrics and dress styles that will not look good without the correct type of undergarments. You do not want straps or seams to show on your wedding so make sure you spend time to shop for the correct lingerie.

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6. Skincare Routine

To have amazing, beautiful skin on your wedding day, make sure to start your routine at the very least 3 months before the big day, or longer if you can. This includes facial treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels, whitening treatments, among others.

NEVER avail a treatment very close to your wedding day because these treatments and medicines can cause redness , peeling or drying effect as your skin still adjust to their effectiveness. Doing these very close to your wedding day can be risky. Make sure you allot enough time.

Weeks before the wedding, make sure you (and your groom) get enough sleep and drink lots of water so you will look fresh and hydrated.

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7. Manicure and Pedicure

Schedule a professional manicure and pedicure at least 1-2 days before your wedding. Avoid scheduling this on the same day so it will not add to the schedule and you will not be worrying about your nail polish not drying on time.

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8. Bridal Purse with Emergency items

Many, many years ago before the invention of smartphones and SnapChat, brides walk down the aisle with only their flowers and nothing else. However, the modern bride has to think in advance where she should keep her phone and wallet during the party. Some brides leave these at the hotel room but for brides who cannot be parted with their gadgets, a small matching purse can be useful.

During the ceremony, assign one of your bridesmaids to hold this for you and only retrieve it at the party. The purse should be of the same colour theme as your dress. This is also extra useful especially if you have wedding guests who give you cash gifts, cheques or gift cards during the party.

What to put inside: Smartphone, Credit Card/Cash for emergencies, Paracetamol for headaches, tissues, retouch kit, mints and hand sanitizer.

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9. Overnight/Honeymoon Bag

Because of all the wedding craziness, some brides forget that they are not coming home to their own house after the wedding. If you’re staying in a hotel for the night, prepare an overnight bag or if you are going straight to your honeymoon then pack your travel luggage in advance so you are not stressing about it after the wedding. Make sure to plan ahead what to put inside. OR BETTER YET, WATCH OUT FOR MY NEXT POST ON THE FREE PACKING LIST! 

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10. Extra, empty garment bags, shopping bags, or luggage.

Don’t you ever wonder why your clothes and shoes do not seem to fit your bags and luggage after you’ve already used them? Don’t forget to bring bags where you can comfortably store your wedding dress and shoes. Bring your jewelry bag to store your jewelry and don’t forget to put in the hotel safe. Empty bags and luggage will also be useful to store wedding gifts and favors you may receive during the wedding party.

Ask a family member to keep these for you if you’re traveling immediately after the wedding.

Having been in countless of weddings, I believe that the most relaxed brides are those who are prepared and who are confident during the wedding day. Let me help you avoid that stress by crafting a bridal look that will make your Dubai wedding super memorable. Don’t hesitate to ask me some questions about your dream makeup look. Message me today and let’s chat!

Best Dubai Photographer Approved Tips to Make You Look Beautiful in Your Wedding Photos

Having wonderful wedding photographs is very important for your Dubai wedding because they are the visual reminder of this beautiful day for years  to come. After working in a lot of weddings and photographers,  here are some tips I gathered from my own observation and professional photographers  so you can look amazing in your wedding photos.

1. Try and test your outfit for comfort

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Make sure to that your dress fits well, that you can walk properly in your shoes and that you try on any accessories beforehand.
For South Asian brides, make sure you try on the jewelry because earring, bangles, matha patti (headpieces) and other accessories can be really heavy so you have to get used to the feel of wearing them.  This way you can make necessary adjustments so there will be no unwanted surprises.If you look uncomfortable during your wedding day because of your outfit, even the tiny stress will show on camera.
Another BONUS Tip: Keep an extra pair of flip flops or flat slippers to rest your tired feet. Don’t worry it won’t show under your dress. 

2. Relax but don’t slouch

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Just relax to avoid looking stiff in the photos.Do not worry too much about posing correctly or what angle you should face the camera to look better. Relax your shoulders, your face, and your hands. However, you should also be aware that you’re not slouching your back. Weeks prior to the wedding, practice having your back straight so the habit comes naturally on the big day.

3. Don’t force your smile, laugh out loud instead

Your wedding day can be long and stressful so I understand that  even if people around you say “smile naturally”, it is not always easy to smile endlessly the entire day.
One great tip from a friend who work on TV is that instead of forcing a smile, try laughing out loud for a few seconds even if you’re not laughing at anything. It might sound ridiculous but it will feel really crazy that you will start genuinely laughing at yourself for real!  That will instantly bring a different energy to your face so that when you try smiling again for the camera, there will definitely be a different sparkle in your eyes.

4. Enjoy every single moment

The best wedding photos are the candid, unguarded moments captured by the photographer. This can only be effective if you immerse yourself in the moment and feel the genuine range of emotions you feel without being overtly conscious.
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Even when the photographer asks you to pose by the beach for example, instead of just standing and posing, why don’t you really take pleasure in walking hand in hand with the love of your life? This way when you look back at the photo, it will not be about how hot the weather is or how difficult it was to pose, rather, it will be a memory of that lovely afternoon at the beach with your groom. Remember, the best photos hold special memories that brings you back to those little moments that makes up your big day!

5. Make sure your makeup and hair are flawless

Professional makeup artists and expert hairstylists are the best friends of wedding photographers. Not only do we make their jobs much easier, but we also help them to just focus on getting the great shots instead of worrying about a poorly styled hair or wrong skin makeup.
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It is then highly advisable to hire a tried and tested professional who has considerable experience in what makeup works best in wedding photos. A plus point is having an artist who has worked with several wedding photographers so she is familiar with the photography process and schedule.

As a professional makeup artist and hairstylist, I make sure I work closely with my brides and prior to the wedding I share with them my personal beauty tips so they will look extra beautiful on their wedding day photos.

  • My top tips  would be for the bride (and groom) to have a good night’s sleep because if you  are properly rested, this will show on your face and will be up for more fun shots.
  • Another beauty hack is making sure you exfoliate your lips by gentle scrubbing to get that perfect smile! 

To recap  all these tips: 

1. Be comfortable in your wedding outfit, shoes and accessories by trying them on and testing.

2. Relax your face and body but be aware not to slouch.

3. Don’t force yourself to smile, try laughing loudly!

4. Enjoy every single moment.

5. Make sure you hire a professional for flawless makeup and hair, who will share your journey with you.

By the way, here are some of great Dubai Wedding Photographers. I am NOT sponsored or affiliated with these companies and just mentioning them as I have worked with them previously. 

NAIMAZ FILM PHOTO 

POOJA STUDIO DUBAI 

BERNIE AND BINDI 

Having worked with the best wedding photographers in Dubai, I can help you by creating makeup and hairstyle looks that will definitely look amazing in photos and in person! Why don’t you send me a message and we can chat about your questions!

 

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Why you need a professional makeup artist and hairstylist for your Dubai Wedding

Whether you are having a small or big wedding event, I understand that the expenses can pile up and one of the things a bride thinks about is if she should hire a professional makeup artist and hairstylist or not.

Some brides who are makeup enthusiasts try to do their own makeup and hair while others would ask a friend or relative to do it for them. I, however, believe that there is such a great advantage in having a professional artist so if you are a bride-to-be or a bridesmaid, here are the reasons why.

1. Stress-free Wedding Day

Knowing that you have a professional makeup artist and hairstylist to craft your bridal look will take away so much stress on your wedding day. You don’t have to worry about the time, the application or if the makeup or hairstyle will look good or not.

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With my clients for example, I provide on location services where I arrive at the requested venue to treat and pamper them; so, they just need to sit back and enjoy their moment.

2. You can dictate the look you want without feeling awkward

For some brides who ask their friends or relatives to do the makeup for them, I hear of stories when they feel shy to request a makeup look or say if they like the hairstyle or not. It is quite expected to feel embarrassed because you don’t want to hurt your loved ones’ feelings. But with a professional makeup and hair artist, you can freely give your feedback and say what you feel.

I always encourage my clients to discuss with me her likes and then give my  expert advice on what will look good for her face type.

On YOUR big day, I am here to make you feel confident.

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

It’s important for a bride’s makeup to look classic and timeless on her wedding day. This is not the time to try Instagram trendy eyebrow or a rainbow highlighter! A professional artist can give you the best advice so you can have a flawless natural look on your big day, as well as share the right techniques on how to properly exfoliate your face and get rid of dry flaky lips so you’ll look perfect!

3. Your makeup and hair will be Dubai weather-proof!

 Dubai weather can be unpredictable and depending on your venue it can be so humid at one moment outdoors then you are suddenly inside a very cold ballroom with AC! If your makeup and hair is not professionally done, you may find yourself looking worn-out even before the event starts!

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

Having someone who have worked in countless of weddings would know the best techniques to use to ensure that your makeup is excellently applied and will last the entire night!

4. Professional Products

Professional makeup artists use the finest products that are different from the everyday makeup women normally use.  Some brides may think they should just buy the same products but doing this can actually be more expensive than just hiring an expert. First, there’s the danger of choosing the wrong shade of foundation, lipstick or lashes – then you have to worry about the proper application, because you don’t want unblended eyeshadows and droopy eyeliner on your wedding!

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An expert will not only know what product to use but also how to use it properly on the bride.

5. You will look Picture-Perfect!

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Brides are photographed all the time! A professional makeup artist uses high –end HD products and the right techniques of contour and highlight so that you’ll look perfect in every photograph, in any angle!

Tip: Do you know that silica in setting powder gives major flash back in photos? That’s right! You definitely don’t want to look like a ghost in your pics! 

6. Wedding Specialization and Experience

Some of my clients will come with celebrity photographs and like to look exactly as their favorite celebrity. However, as a professional,  my experience can help them know the right type of color for their skin tone or the right techniques to bring out their best features.

Although, it’s good to have a reference photo so I know my clients expectations but I use that to guide them on how to create the perfect suitable look.

For example, a cut crease eyeshadow does not always look good on deep set eyes, or wanting a high puff hairstyle on a long face may make your face look longer- these are bits of knowledge I’ve acquired through years of experience doing makeup which benefits the bride.

I also  have worked in a lot of Dubai weddings so I am also very familiar how other suppliers work like the hotel, coordinators, photographers, florists, etc. This experience is important because I know how to manage my time to make sure you will look beautiful on schedule on your big day.

The BONUS? I am also an expert hairstylist. Why is this an advantage?

There are not too many makeup artists who are able to do beautiful, professional hairstyles at the same time. Having a person who is an expert at both makeup and hairstyling, takes away a lot of stress so you don’t have to worry about hiring and dealing with a separate person, who may not be able to execute your vision.

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If you are a South Asian/ Middle Eastern bride, I understand that placing head jewelry pieces like a jhoomar or a heavy veil can be such a challenge.You have to have expert hands who is experienced on how to place it properly while maintaining your beautiful hairstyle and makeup.

7. You are worth it!

You spend so much money on hotels, decors, dresses and jewelry… but why think twice about spending on the most important person during the wedding – YOU!

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You are the star of the show, and all eyes will be on you on your big day! So, it is very important that you also focus on yourself and be the best version of yourself on your wedding!

Your wedding day should be a beautiful, stress-free moment and you should look calm and stunning at the same time. I can help you achieve that for sure! So WHY me? 

1-      You get best of both worlds meaning you get hair and makeup services from one person which saves you time and hustle coordinating between two different persons. 

2-   I am a professionally trained makeup artist. I have been certified by world famous artists including Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario and famous hairstylist George Kot. I also constantly strenghten my skills by attending makeup workshops and trainings. 

3-      I do not compromise on quality and use all high-end brands and  you get luxurious service at the comfort of your selected venue. I also provide a touch up kit for the bride.

4-      I listen to my customers and make sure to check in with my clients as I am creating a look to make sure they like what I am doing to avoid that big reveal moment.For me its about what you like and what you are  comfortable with , not what I like (of course I suggest what can look good on you).Every client leaves my chair looking & feeling their very best.

5-      I work closely with my brides so it’s not just about the makeup, I am there to support them emotionally even if it’s just about handing a tissue over to the bride’s mom and holding brides dress to pose for pics all in all I am there to celebrate your happy moment 100%.

I understand what you’re going through and in the end, I know that all you want is make your wedding day extra special so I do my best to help you make that happen.”

So, if you still have questions or you want to discuss your wedding makeup look, why don’t you chat with me and send me a message? I will be happy to discuss with you!

 

 

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Best Dubai Wedding Venues – And the Suitable Makeup Looks You Need to Shine!

The top places where to get married in  UAE,  PLUS best Dubai makeup artist recommended looks for brides
Dubai is a great wedding venue due to the eternal sunshine all year round. Whatever season or time of the year you want to get married, there is a beautiful venue in Dubai or in the other UAE emirates that will surely fit your style and your budget. Being a professional makeup artist in Dubai, I had attended so many weddings and so, what I will do is list down my suggestions for brides to be.
  1. Luxurious Hotel Ballrooms

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The Burj Al Arab 7 Star Hotel
Dubai is home to numerous 5-star and 4-star hotels with massive ballrooms that are great for your wedding events. The choices are just endless and for sure you will definitely feel like a princess once you experience getting married in a splendid Dubai wedding ballroom! 
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Atlantis the Palm Dubai is a stunning venue with amazing ballrooms.

 

My client Nida in her wedding makeup look at Atlantis.
My client Nida in her wedding makeup look at Atlantis.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Elegant Princess
Match the luxurious feel of this venue with an elegant makeup look fit for a princess:  dramatic eyes and lashes, rich lip color and a touch of highlight.
My client Harleen is based in Canada and she had a destination wedding in Dubai. One of her wedding events was held at the Atlantis the Palm. She booked my services while she is in Canada. 
My client Harleen is based in Canada and she had a destination wedding in Dubai. One of her wedding events was held at the Atlantis the Palm. She booked my services while she is in Canada.
  1. Beach Weddings

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A beach wedding is a great choice during the cooler months in Dubai. This is from Zaya Nurai Island, UAE
What can be more romantic than having the sea and the sky as your backdrop to your wedding? Outdoor weddings can be held during the months of October to April when the weather is cooler.
My client Rashi had her wedding event at a beach.
My client Rashi had her wedding event at a beach.
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Rixos the Palm Dubai has a great spacious white beach that is a favourite for wedding events.
My client Aanchal had a stunning wedding event at the beach at Rixos the Palm.
My client Aanchal had a stunning wedding event at the beach at Rixos the Palm.
Aanchal had gorgeous makeup looks that matched her outfit and the different themes of the events.
Aanchal had gorgeous makeup looks that matched her outfit and the different themes of the events.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Blushing Beach Bride
Beach weddings require a more natural, wedding glow. The makeup should be professionally done to make sure it survives the outdoor weather.
  1. Desert Weddings

A wedding set against the beautiful sand dunes is an amazing wedding concept for those who love Dubai and its cultural qualities.
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Wedding in the desert. Al Maha Resort UAE 
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Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Golden Goddess
Glow like a golden goddess with a gold, bronze, nude and shimmering hues. You will need an unforgettable makeup look that will make you stand out.
This is a wedding makeup look I created.Professionally applied makeup for outdoor weddings is very essential. 
This is a wedding makeup look I created.Professionally applied makeup for outdoor weddings is very essential.
  1. Wedding CruiseFarah Makeup and Hair Dubai Wedding Another unforgettable wedding venue is having the entire wedding party board a dhow cruise and enjoy the sights of the Dubai or Marina Creek. This is great for wedding events with a smaller number of guests. It is a two-in-one because guests can also enjoy iconic Dubai sights.

My client Khadeeja had a very lovely dhow cruise wedding event.
My client Khadeeja had a very lovely dhow cruise wedding event.

 

Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Dreamy Bride
Match the theme of your event by using colors like shades of blue, aqua and turquoise. You can also use more playful colors for this unique event.
This is my client Harleen at Dubai Creek.
This is my client Harleen at Dubai Creek.
  1. Garden Wedding

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Springtime weddings in a garden resort. This is from Desert Palm Dubai.
Dubai is not just about deserts and beaches, you can also have a green and lush wedding party in beautifully landscaped garden of a resort. This is a wonderful venue for a spring wedding.
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Fresh colors and makeup looks for springtime.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Romantic Bride
The bride should radiate a fresh, rosy, romantic glow. Shades of pinks, violets and flawless skin makeup is the key to perfecting this look.
Wedding looks for garden venues
Wedding looks for garden venues
  1. Private Villa

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    A Private Villa Wedding is also a great wedding option.
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Mehendi event.
For smaller wedding functions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties or Sangeet nights, you can hold this is very picturesque private villas in Dubai. You can use the villa’s lawn and pool area and be creative in your decors. This is gives your event an exclusive yet memorable flavor.
This is my client Nida is a fun and playful pose during her wedding event in a private villa.
This is my client Nida is a fun and playful pose during her wedding event in a private villa.
Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Stylish & Trendy
I usually recommend a more stylish and trendy style for smaller events.  It is a great way for the bride to also showcase her personality through her makeup look.
My beautiful client Khadeeja in her Mehendi event at a charming private villa.
My beautiful client Khadeeja in her Mehendi event at a charming private villa.
  1. Masjid/ Church/ Temple Weddings

This is a traditional venue for a wedding and if you choose, Dubai also has options for you.
My Client Harleen  in the Hindu temple.. 
My Client Harleen  in the Hindu temple.. 
 Dubai Wedding Makeup Look: Sophisticated Classic
Since this is a more solemn, and traditional setting, an equally classic yet still lovely makeup look should be applied. The colors usually depend on the brides outfit of choice and jewelry.
My beautiful clients Nidi and Nidha in their Masjid wedding looks.
My beautiful clients Nidi and Nidha in their Masjid wedding looks.

So, wherever you are holding your wedding event, you surely need a the best Dubai makeup artist who will be able to craft a bridal look that will surely look stunning and beautiful.

Why don’t you send me a message and let’s start discussing how we can create that perfect wedding look for you?

Why This Dubai Makeup Artist Is Totally Obsessed with the New Huda Beauty Gemstone and Coral Obsessions Palettes

Review of Huda Beauty Gemstone and Coral Obsessions Palette launched on May 1 PLUS check out the TWO makeup looks using these two palettes! 

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I would have to say that I have certainly outgrown the stage where I race to the makeup store or online on the first day a trending makeup product is set to be released. But… when I learned that Huda Beauty is coming out with not one, but two, Obsessions mini palettes – OF COURSE I DEFINITELY HAVE TO HAVE THESE ON DAY 1! 

I make an exception for Huda Kattan because I admire her so much. I like how she slowly expanded her makeup business little by little, first starting with lashes, and now she has an entire makeup line. It almost feels like she is launching one gem at a time, so whenever a new product comes out, all of us fans go crazy about it!

So back to the palettes, I grabbed one of my  friends and we raced to Sephora – Mall of the Emirates TODAY  to get myself these two new products. My friend also got the Gemstone Obsessions Palette which I think is a very great choice for her!

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Why am I obsessed? Read on!

1.       The Obsessions palette collection is amazing

Okay, so I confess, one of the reasons I’m obsessed even before I bought these is because I already have the other Obsessions palettes Huda Beauty released before. These are palettes that I actually often use and they did not disappoint so I was sure these two new ones will also be wonderful. I was definitely not disappointed!

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2.       The shades are stunning

Overall, the color selection is great and no wasteful shade in here. The Coral Obsessions are a mix of 7 creamy mattes and 2 duochrome shimmers which are very wearable; the Gemstone palette, however, is definitely an exceptional blend of beautiful metallic shades that are so dreamlike and romantic at the same time.

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For the Coral Look: I used 2 shades for the eyes, and used one shimmery shade for my cheeks as highlighter and my lips!
For the Gemstone Look: I used the Green shade as a tribute to the gemstone for the month of May – which has Emerald as its gemstone.

3.       The pigmentation is excellent

One thing that makes a makeup artist’s job much easier  is if the product like eyeshadows are also  easy  to work with. Thank heavens the formulation of the Obsessions palettes is totally fab so you really get that striking color you need!

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4.       The size of the mini palette is so convenient

The small mini size of these palettes is so convenient for makeup artists like me who is always on the go meeting clients because you can carry it around everywhere without needing a big space.

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5.       Create Endless Makeup Looks

My clients have different skin tones, makeup tastes and preferences, so as a makeup artist in Dubai,  having these two new palettes makes it easier to create infinite makeup looks that will be perfect for weddings, special events, fashion shoots and thematic occasions.

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The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette Coral and Gemstone are available at

AED 142 at  Sephora 

USD 27 at Huda Beauty Website

This is not a sponsored post and all products are bought by myself unless otherwise specified.

The Good and The Bad: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint – Uncensored

The red lipstick is probably the most iconic makeup product ever. It is a classic shade that is very popular across the globe. Since superstar Rihanna released red lipsticks in the past (the sold-out RiRi Woo and VivaGlam for MAC), it is not surprising then that she also launched a red liquid lipstick for her own Fenty Beauty Line, the Stunna Lip Paint in ‘Uncensored’.

So as promised I am giving you my honest, unbiased thoughts about this glamazing red lip paint, both the good and the bad!

The Good – Stunning Red Shade

Rihanna promised that this shade is a universal red that will be flattering to any skin tone. And oh girl, yes it does! I have tried this product on different women with totally diverse skin color and it did not disappoint. The redness is indeed stunning and very eye catching.

The Bad – Difficult To Apply

The applicator can be tricky for a lot of people because the shape is unlike the angled ones we are used to. The applicator tip is more of a ball shape so if you don’t really have a very full, pouty lip, it can be really challenging. You would probably need to use a thinner lip brush for a more even application.

 
The Good – Pigmented Yet Weightless

It will not take you a lot of layers to achieve the shade as advertised. The formula is very pigmented so a single stroke is enough to turn any lip color into an opaque red lip. The liquid paint dries after about a minute and it does not feel heavy as expected with other pigmented lipsticks.

 The Bad – It Can Turn Messy If You Have An Unsteady Hand

The liquid formula is watery, which means even if you have a very steady hand, you need a lot of practice to make sure you apply this cleanly on your lips without using a lip liner pencil. Because it is pigmented, if you are not experienced enough, you can end up having messy, red streaks around your mouth. So, make sure you have cotton buds, wet wipes, and concealers for that perfect pout.

 

The Good – Longwearing

This lip paint is very longwearing. It is not the type of lipstick that will fade after a couple of hours. It will stay on your lip and will stay the same shade when you first apply it.

The Bad – Not Transfer-Proof

One of the major problems of this lipstick for me is that it is not transfer-proof. Meaning, even though the color does not fade from your lips, the lipstick still transfers into everything your lips touch –teeth, food, clothes, your child’s cheek…everything!

 

Conclusion:

For me the amazing red color of the Fenty Beauty Uncensored Stunna Lip Paint overshadows all its weaknesses because it’s not every day when you find that super perfect red that will turn any look into a glamorous one.

I would recommend this product for more experienced makeup lovers who can handle practiced application. I feel that beginners may find it frustrating to apply. I would also not recommend this for everyday wear or if you are going to have to eat and drink regularly because as I said, it transfers everywhere.

But this red lip paint totally looks amazing on wedding photos, fashion shoots, and red-carpet events – no wonder RiRi loves this product!  

The Fenty Beauty  Stunna Lip Paint is  available at

UAE: AED 126  at Sephora

USA:  USD 24 at FentyBeauty

I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified. 

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These Fenty Beauty lipstick shades are perfect for these Dubai events!

A lipstick guide on what shade to buy and where to wear them.

We all have our tried and tested, favorite lipstick shades that’s why when trendy brands like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty become so hot in the market, we get apprehensive on what product to try out.

Is it worth my money? Will it suit me? Should I buy it? Where can I use this shade?

Well, lucky for you, I am going to give you a Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick Guide – including what shades you should purchase and where you can use these for. These lightweight, creamy and ultra-pigmented lipsticks definitely have a shade for whatever Dubai event or occasion you want to attend!

  1. For the Brunch Babe going to Taste of Dubai, Dubai Food Festival, Ripe Food Market

Spanked – Dusty Rose Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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Don’t be fooled by the racy name, this shade is very feminine and the longwearing matte formula is perfect for someone who loves going out on daytime lunches, food festivals, beach clubs, and afternoon teas. It matches different skin tones and also great as an everyday lipstick.

  1. For the fitness junkie going to the Dubai Yoga Festival

Up 2 No Good – Nude Peach Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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This is a nude lip color that will make you look effortlessly fresh while exercising. It’s matte creamy formula will not bleed or smudge even after an hour of workout! It is a no-makeup look must-have!

  1. For the art lover going to BeatyPopDXB, Fashion Forward, World Art DXB

Saw-C – Exotic Tangerine Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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Match the events’ energetic, creative vibe by choosing a shade that will surely stand out. Fenty’s Saw-C is an orange shade – an instant pop of color that is still wearable but will surely have everyone take notice.

  1. For a sports enthusiast going to the Dubai Tennis Championships, Rugby Sevens

Freckle Fiesta – Spiced Terracotta Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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This is another orange shade but darker than Saw-C. It’s warm earthy tone is great for outdoor events like sports tournaments or when you’re taking out tourist relatives for desert safari!

  1. For the music fan going to see Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, David Guetta

Shawty – Warm Chestnut Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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One worry about wearing a darker lip is looking scary or goth but I believe it also depends on the occasion and choosing the perfect dark lip shade. A music event for example is an amazing opportunity to sport a darker lip color. Shawty is a great choice because the warm shade is intense enough to be dramatic yet still very pleasing.

  1. For an elegant dinner at the Burj Al Arab or a luxurious wedding party

Single – Blushing Nude Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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When you want to highlight a dramatic smokey eye in Dubai’s classiest venues then the perfect nude lipstick to complement your look is definitely this Fenty Beauty shade. The color is understated yet very elegant.

  1. For the sophisticated lady going to the Dubai Opera, Dubai Film Festival

Griselda– Bold Burgundy Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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There is always that moment when we suddenly find ourselves invited in a posh event gracing the red carpet. That moment definitely calls for a Griselda Mattemoiselle lipstick. This is a vivid burgundy shade that looks so chic, you’ll definitely feel like royalty.

NO RED LIPSTICK? 

Maybe you are wondering why there is no red color in my Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle purchases. Well, I deliberately skipped the red shade Ma’Damn because I already got the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored – the Perfect Universal Red .

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Would you like a review on how it compares against my other red lipsticks from my favorite brands? Comment below and let me know!

The Fenty Beauty  Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks are available at

UAE: AED 95  at Sephora

USA:  USD 18 at FentyBeauty

I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified. 

Stop experimenting! These are the best makeup removers available in UAE that actually work!

Let’s face it. We are definitely putting on more layers of makeup products on our faces than ever before. A simple powder and blush combination is not enough anymore. We put on essences, moisturizer, primer, elixir, concealer, foundation, contour, bronzer, blush, highlighter, and then top it all off with a setting spray. Whew! And this list does not include another 10 eye makeup products and around 4 or 5 lip products to finish one look! All in the name of beauty.

After spending time perfecting our makeup, WE ALL KNOW BY NOW that it is very important to remove all of these off our faces at the end of the day. No matter how tired you are you cannot nod off to sleep without clearing your skin. This is a non-negotiable habit that will benefit your skin in the long run.

But when we’re tired, it becomes frustrating when it takes ages to remove our makeup so I made it easier for you, my dears. I am listing down my tried and tested makeup removers that work effectively and quickly! No need for trial and error because I already did that for you.

Garnier Micellar Water

When micellar waters became really popular, I was not at all surprised because they are really effective in removing heavy makeup, sweat, oil, and dirt without the burning sensation. You also don’t need to rinse your face after using it. However, the first micellar water brands from Europe that became available in the UAE are quite expensive and I can sympathize with a lot of women who would rather buy makeup than spend on this product. So, when Garnier Arabia released the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water, I was immediately a fan! Not only is it half the price, it is also as effective as the pricier micellar waters available.

AVAILABLE at SOUQ Superstore at AED 55 for 400 ML (Bundle Savings Available).

Johnson’s Cleansing Wipes

This is my favorite go-to makeup remover when I am on the go! They are travel-friendly and very easy to use. I often carry a pack with me wherever I go. It is very convenient especially during the summer months when you need to clean up your face before you retouch your makeup. At first, I thought that they are only good for removing skin makeup but I was actually surprised to discover that they are also great for removing waterproof mascara and heavy eye makeup.

AVAILABLE at Carrefour for AED 21 per pack.

Glov Microfibre Cloth

If you are not a fan of using cotton pads and facial wipes, then this is the product for you. Glov is a micro-fiber reusable cloth that you need to wet it with water and then, you can use it to wipe off your makeup. I was doubtful at first about its effectiveness but I was amazed at how much product it actually removes. It is a little expensive for a cloth because it costs AED 80 for the smaller glove and AED 120 for the full-sized version, but you can use it up to three months, and maybe longer, if you don’t really put makeup every day. And may I repeat, you just need to add water, nothing else.

AVAILABLE at Boots and Debenhams in the UAE from AED 80.

Have you tried any of these products? comment below and let me know which one is your fave! 

I am not in any way sponsored or associated with the stores listed above, but had a personal shopping experience with them. All reviews and opinions are my own and all products are bought and paid for by myself, unless otherwise specified.