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

How to achieve Glass Skin using products available in Dubai? Here’s a comprehensive 10 – Step Korean Skincare Beauty Guide.

One beauty trend that is becoming a craze online is the GLASS SKIN effect. But what exactly does it mean by having glass skin?

Glass skin means your skin is so clear, luminescent, and glowing that your pores are almost invisible! This became popular with the rise of Korean beauty trends. Just try to use Google to search for photos of Korean superstars and you’ll see what I mean!

Can it be achieved using makeup alone?

Although I am a fan of makeup to enhance beauty and boost confidence, I am also a great believer of skin care. After all, when you have a beautiful base for your makeup products, the effect will be so much better.

DISCLAIMER!!!

This Glass Skin  skin care routine is NOT AN INSTANT, QUICK FIX solution so please don’t expect to wake up the next day having Glass Skin! This is a gradual, maintenance routine that will improve your skin over time and prevent it from looking tired, dry and aging.

This also needs MAJOR commitment. It is a 10- step routine, morning AND night. However, you do not need to perform all 10 steps every single day as two of the steps should only be performed twice a week.  But yes, that still leaves you with 8 steps morning and night.

It may seem really long but really, if you time it, the 8 steps will only take you around 10 min max, less for some people.  So that’s really just a short time to invest on your personal skin care! I suggest playing your favorite song to occupy your brain so you don’t get bored!

So, one major problem is – what products can you use? Do you need to buy Korean skin care products? Is it expensive? Well, let me help you out by giving you the 10 – step skin care by recommending products you can buy from UAE, and available here.

WHAT:            10-Step Glass Skin Beauty Routine

WHEN:            2X DAILY Morning and Night –  8 Steps will take around 10 minutes  & 2X A WEEK –  10 Steps will take around 25-30 minutes

STEP 1: OIL CLEANSING  

A lot of YouTube Videos and articles online suggest using commercial oil cleansers, but really, you can actually use the oils in your kitchen! Which exactly? Before you put on the frying oil on your face, you need a good quality oil that is non-comedogenic which means it should NOT clog your pores!

Method:

  • DAILY Morning and Night
  • Place a small amount of oil on your palm and massage on your face for a couple of minutes
  • Soak a soft wash cloth or microfiber cloth in warm water and slowly wipe the oil from your face. Do this twice until the oil is removed.
  • TIP: Microfiber cloth for skin care can be expensive but it is actually the same cloth you see in the CAR section of the Department store! You can purchase a set for AED 20 at Carrefour or you can get these at SOUQ as well for as low at 4- 6 dirhams!

Where to buy:

Good choices widely available in UAE are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Sunflower Oil. You can buy this in Carrefour or in any pharmacy or supermarket. Make sure you are buying a PURE oil not just something that is mixed.

Don’t use essential oils – do not apply directly on skin as this should ALWAYS be diluted with a base oil and applying undiluted is dangerous! Also AVOID Coconut oil as it can clog your pores! 

STEP 2: FOAM CLEANSING  

After the oil cleansing, time to cleanse again! This time, use the cleanser you normally use daily which your skin is used to.

Method:

  • DAILY Morning and Night
  • Place a small amount on your palm and lather to create a foam and gently massage on your face for a couple of minutes
  • Rinse with warm water or with the wash cloth.

Where to buy:

Some people use face wash or even organic soaps, totally depends on you. For a more affordable option, try using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser  available at Souq for AED 41, 118 ml because it great for daily use morning and night.

I personally use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial  Cleanser, AED 105 available at Kiehl’s website.  

Try to avoid  the exfoliating cleansers with small beads because the skin should NOT be exfoliated every day.

STEP 3: EXFOLIATE

You should only be exfoliating your face twice a week. Do not over exfoliate because that will dry up your skin and make it super flaky!

Method:

  • 2X a Week Only, Recommended at Night (1 time every 3 days)
  • Place a small amount on your palm and gently massage on your face for a couple of minutes
  • Rinse with warm water or with the wash cloth.

Where to buy:

You can use any exfoliator like NIVEA which is around AED 17  or DOVE at AED 25 from Carrefour or other supermarkets. Of course, if you prefer you can use an expensive one as well.

I personally use the Bioderma White Moussant Cleanser Scrub, AED 68.

STEP 4: TONER

A lot of people think that toner is used to cleanse the face. Although some toners can do that, the main benefit of the toner is to restore your skin’s pH balance.

Method:

  • DAILY, Morning and Night
  • Place a small amount on a cotton pad and apply on your face. You can also put it on a spray bottle and spray it on your face.

Where to buy:

You can use any toner from any supermarket or pharmacy, but if possible, look for one that is Alcohol-free like this one which also has rosewater – Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner for AED 36 at Souq.

I personally use Clinique 2 Clarifying Lotion AED 115 at Sephora.

STEP 5 AND 6: ESSENCE AND SERUM / TREATMENT

Okay so I am putting these two together because most of you will be confused and may interchange them. A lot of you may ask what is the difference between Essence and Serum. Well, after lots of research, here’s my helpful conclusion:

  • An essence is something you use to improve your skin overall. It is used to maintain hydration and add nutrition to your skin.

  • A serum on the other hand is used as a treatment to address specific skin problems like age spots, winkles, dark under eyes, acne, etc.

 Method:

  • DAILY, Morning and Night
  • Apply the essence first by putting a few drops on your fingertips and patting into the skin. Let it sit on your skin for a couple of minutes. Try the Caudalie Brightening Essence for AED 168 for 150 ml at Sephora.
  • Follow by applying the serum as directed on the product label. I like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir to tighten the pores available for 84 AED for 30 ml at Sephora.
  • After the essence and serum, this is also the stage where you place any other skin care treatments you may need. For example, with my dark under eyes and uneven skin tone I used these two products to address these issues. They deliver in UAE.

Where to buy:

WARNING!!! These are a bit more expensive than the rest of the products.

You can purchase essences and serums online at bbcreamgirl or shopbeautykoreadubai OR if you don’t like online shopping you can go to SEPHORA or  THE FACE SHOP which is in major malls like Bujuman, Dubai Mall, Al Ghurair, and Ibn Battuta Mall.

Essences are rarer to find so it’s better to find one in the links or stores I mentioned above. Serums are more available and even pharmacies and supermarkets in UAE already have them.

STEP 7: SHEET MASK

This is a step that is also to be done only 2X a week. I recommend doing it on the same day you have exfoliated to give your skin that extra moisture boost.

Method:

  • 2X a Week Only, Recommended at Night (1 time every 3 days)
  • Place mask on face for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove mask and DO NOT WIPE OFF extra moisture, rather, let it sit and get absorbed on your skin.

 Where to buy:

Sheet mask are available in Sephora but are little bit pricey at AED 25 per piece. The good news is you can now buy a Korean sheet mask at ETUDE HOUSE in Dubai mall for only AED 10 so that’s really economical and an investment of AED 20 a week is not something that will break your bank.

This is my Sheet Mask 10 Dirham Beauty Hack Review.

STEP 8: EYE CREAM

Ladies! This is very important. Eye cream is essential because the skin in the eye area is sensitive so it’s best to keep it always moisturized to avoid fine lines. Once you hit your mid-20’s, it’s time to start putting on eye cream!

Method:

  • DAILY, Morning and Night
  • Using your fingertips, apply a small amount on your eye area using a small, patting motion. Do not drag or press hard on your skin.

Where to buy:

There are lots of eye creams available in UAE. Again depending on your budget, you can go affordable using drugstore products like NIVEA (AED 52)  or HIMALAYA (AED 32) because after all, it’s better than not putting anything at all!

However, if you need to invest on something in all these list of products, a good eye cream is probably your best investment, together with serums and sunscreen. Eye creams can go as high as AED700 Believe it or not! But something like the Organic Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream for AED 143 would be a good choice.

I personally use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream AED 230 available in Dubai Mall store.  

STEP 9: MOISTURIZER

Aha!  I’m sure this is something you are familiar with. I bet some of you go straight to moisturizer after toning the face. Sadly, no this is not the 3rd step but the 9th step!

Method:

  • DAILY, Morning and Night
  • Apply a small amount on palm and apply on face in gentle patting, sweeping motion.

Where to buy:

Again, depending on your budget you can go economical or high end. For budget friendly choice the NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Cream for AED 11.30 can be bought from Carrefour or many local grocery stores.

If you want to use a moisturizer that celebrities use like maybe Priyanka Chopra, check out Crème De La Mer for a whopping AED 693 for a 30 ml jar at Sephora. To put it in perspective, that’s around 60 bottles of Nivea Soft!

I personally use Charlote Tilbury Magic Cream, AED 400 at Dubai Mall store.

STEP 10: SUN PROTECTION / SLEEPING MASK

Whew! This is the last step of the skin care routine! In the morning always protect your face with sun block and at night put a sleeping mask.

Sleeping masks are different from night creams because they have more active ingredients that will continue nourishing your skin overnight. They are also referred to as sleeping packs. You don’t remove it like the sheet mask, rather you apply It like a night cream on your face and leave it overnight. 

Method:

  • DAILY, Morning and Night
  • In the morning put sun protection, while at night put a sleeping mask
  • For sunscreen, the amount of sunscreen to use for your face must be same size as a 1 Dirham coin! Apply on face in patting, small sweeping motion.
  • For sleeping mask, use as per package directions as there are different types and consistencies.

Where to buy:

Sun Creams:

For sun creams, go with SPF 30-50. With the Dubai sun, the higher the better. For drugstore brands, I personally use Banana Boat (Ultra Protect Faces SPF 50, AED 17-20 for 60-90ML) which you can easily find in most UAE groceries and pharmacies.

Another good brand is Seba Med (SPF 50, AED26 for 75ML) for sensitive skin.

And for high end brands, you can try Clarins (SPF 50, AED 168 for 75 ml).

Sleeping Masks:

SEPHORA has Dr. Jart Dermask Firming Sleeping Mask for AED109, and also the Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask for AED 232. Again, you can go to THE FACE SHOP and ETUDE HOUSE to explore their sleeping masks/ packs.

10-STEP COMMITMENT

This 10-step commitment needs your patience and dedication. As I’ve said, the cost of the products will depend on you, and the result can be different for each person but following this religiously can certainly make a difference.

You can choose to SAVE or SPEND on the products to use, but for some products that are really pricey, you need to just find the most affordable option available.   

STEP 1 Oil Cleansing SAVE
STEP 2 Foam Cleansing SAVE
STEP 3 Exfoliate SAVE
STEP 4 Toner SAVE
STEP 5 Essence Find the Most Affordable
STEP 6 Serum SPEND
STEP 7 Face Mask SAVE
STEP 8 Eye Cream SPEND
STEP 9 Moisturizer SAVE
STEP 10 Sun Screen SPEND
Sleeping Mask Find the Most Affordable

 

If you’ve tried the GLASS SKIN beauty routine, let me know how it worked for you!
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!

 

 

 

 

You asked for it! Ranking All My Huda Beauty Products from BEST to WORST

I can still remember the time when Huda first announced that she is coming out with Huda Beauty Lashes. Having been an avid follower of her blog, I was so giddy with excitement and I had to make sure I was one of the first ones to get myself one.

Then one after another, Huda started launching different makeup products and up until today, she has been releasing gem after gem! The quality of the products is so outstanding that it makes us, her fans, want more! Whenever I post a blog or a photo about a new Huda Beauty makeup I purchased, I usually get a lot of questions from women who want to buy Huda Beauty products and are asking me what is the best product to start with.  In short, what are the absolute “must-haves” from Huda Beauty’s makeup collection.

I personally love all the products I have bought in all their unique ways so it was hard for me to rank them. My criteria in ranking are purely personal preference and based on my experience, plus what I feel will my followers like as well. My favorite products will be ranked under the BEST category, while the middle range will be under GOOD.  I do not think there is really any product that can be considered “worst”, however, I will still rank them and call this category – JUST OKAY.

BEST

1.  Huda Beauty Lashes

USD 20 available here

This is the TOP product for me in all of Huda’s products. I love, love, love my Huda Beauty lashes and they are a mainstay in my makeup routine. Who needs mascara when you have Huda Beauty Lashes?! These instantly lifts up your look and you can choose from the variety of styles to suit your eye shape.

2.  Huda Beauty Easy Bake

USD 45 available here

I personally tested Easy Bake for more than 7 hours, and the quality of this loose powder is off the charts. It’s super fine and silky which is great for baking but also as an everyday powder. Read my review on how it compared to other powders!

3.  Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

USD 27  available here

What’s great about this lipstick is that it is definitely matte and long-wearing. I consider it as a lip defining moment in the beauty industry. The formula is not drying on the lips. It is light yet super pigmented that one swipe is more than enough for the full application. The colors are also so stunning!

4.  Huda Beauty Demi Matte

USD 27  available here

Demi Matte  is the latest product I bought from Huda Beauty and is probably what I will consider one of the best products she came up with. The formula is amazing and very easy to use. It is glossy but keeps your lips so soft and hydrated. They are also pigmented, comfortable to use, plus has menthol when you apply that gives a slightly cool tingling sensation on the lips!

5.  Huda Beauty Lip Contour

USD 24  available here

I like this lip contour pencil because unlike other pencils, these are water proof and transfer proof. Combining it with liquid matte is the perfect combination as it literally stays on your lips even after a heavy meal.

6.  Huda Beauty Eyelash Glue

USD 23  available here

One of the problems of putting on false eyelashes is the lashes falling off. However, with this eyelash glue, that won’t happen. Love this product so much because when you use it, false lashes definitely stay on no matter what.

GOOD

7.  Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

USD 50  available here

I have learned to work with this #FauxFilter foundation and have appreciated its good traits, however, it is at the middle of my list because it is not very easy to use for a regular girl because of its creamy formula. If you are a professional makeup artist like me, you will love this foundation.

8.  Huda Beauty Obsessions Mini Palette – Gemstone, Coral, Electric, Mauve, Smokey, Warm Brown

USD 36  available here

Whether you’re a beginner in eyeshadow application or an expert makeup artist, you will definitely be like these Obsession mini palettes. I have all of the different palette styles, and I treat them all equally. For everyday use, Warm Brown would be a good choice to start with, while Gemstone and Electric would be for someone who likes pop of color.

9.  Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette – Bronze/Golden/Pink Sands

USD 57  available here

Huda Beauty Highlighters are super pigmented and this is actually a favorite of brides. The reason it’s in the middle of my list is because I do have similar highlighters from other brands that are similar in performance with this palette.

JUST OKAY

10.      Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Original

Not Available – Already change to REMASTERED

When I first bought this palette I still did not have the Obsessions palette to compare it to. But once I tried the mini Obsessions palettes, I prefer those because the formula, color selection and convenience are better than this Rose Gold Original Palette. I still haven’t bought the Remastered version so I cannot vouch for that.

11.      Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

USD 26  available here

I like the volumizing effect of this lipstick. The added shine effect gives your lips that contoured look. Plus, the colors are also so pretty and very feminine. However, I did not fall in love with it as much as  I did with the other lip products of Huda Beauty.

12.      Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Primer

USD 42  available here

The formula is light and hydrating. Although it does the job, it’s not something that’s an absolute must-have for me especially considering the price.

HOWEVER… I just bought the MATTE PERFECTION so I am not including that in my ranking because I will review it VERY SOON! Meanwhile, CHECK OUT my HUDA BEAUTY EVERYTHING Makeup Look below or DOWNLOAD HERE for the details.

All these Huda Beauty products are some of the favorite products of my clients, especially my brides. As a professional makeup artist, I make sure that I invest in excellent products like Huda Beauty so that my clients will look their best during special occasions!

If you want me to create a look for you using all these products, BOOK HERE for a professional makeup session with me.

Why the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is the Dubai’s Must-Have Summer Beauty Product

The latest makeup creation from Huda Boss herself is the hottest summer beauty product every Dubai gal must get! Inspired by yummy dessert flavors, the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is a luxurious loose powder that aims to give you that airbrushed finish.

Of course, I had to battle the online crowd and add this to my Sephora shopping cart. At 174 AED, you may think that it’s expensive, but once you try it, I’m sure you’ll start to wonder how you’ve ever survived Dubai summer without this!

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

Here are the reasons why!

Available in 8 shades

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

Unlike other loose powders that are only available in a few shades, Huda included 8 different shades. This really takes into account the diversity of women’s skin color, especially here in Dubai where you can find more than a hundred nationalities!

Sugar Cookie, Cupcake, Pound Cake, Banana Bread, Blondie, Kunafa, Cinnamon Bun and Coffee Cake are the 8 shades that can suitably complement different skin tones and foundation shades.

I love the inclusion of the Middle Eastern dessert Kunafa but it was a bit too dark for me so I personally got the Banana Bread which has a yellowish, golden undertone.

Matte-finish

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

If you’ve spent even a few weeks under the Dubai summer sun, then you can understand that sometimes even the most hardworking matte foundation can crack under the extreme heat. Without the use of setting powders, your face can look cakey and even greasy.

The Huda Beauty Easy Bake gives you a  matte finish but still has that skin-looking luminous effect,  so there’s no fear of looking oilier in the process. Huda understands that when we mean matte, we still want to look natural.

Super Fine Texture

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

The super fine and creamy texture of the Huda Beauty Easy Bake locks in your foundation or concealer. It is also pigmented so it minimizes the appearance of pores. You will definitely look airbrushed by using this.

Long-Lasting

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

The Easy Bake is said to last for up to 10 hours, fade proof. Being a Dubai mainstay herself, I’m super sure Huda took into account Dubai’s 45 C degree weather to keep you shine free!

I have tested it for 7 Hours straight outside in the Dubai weather, I can say that it does hold quite well. I even applied it while in the car! After 7 hours, it was a success, still smooth , shine free and no lines or cracks!

Compact Packaging

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

Unlike other bulky loose powders, the packaging of the Huda Beauty Easy Bake is so compact. The rectangular packaging makes it easier to fit into any makeup case. It is travel friendly so you can have it on the go if ever you need to do make up in the car.

Bake time!

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

The Huda Beauty Easy Bake is available online on Sephora but stocks are almost out. As of writing only the 3 darkest shades are available for online ordering so you better get your shopping cart ready for the restock!

Meanwhile, I thought it would be fun to include an edible #EasyBake Banana Bread Recipe that you can actually eat and bake yourself!

WARNING: The recipe below is designed for actual baking and eating, not for your face!

Dubai Banana Bread Recipe

Farah’s Easy Bake Banana Bread Recipe

4 Super ripe bananas (almost black)

1 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup water

Mash the bananas and set aside.

Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the vegetable oil, and water. Slowly combine the flour mixture and the mashed bananas and mix well.

Place on a bread loaf pan and bake on a preheated oven (190 degrees Celsius) for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes clean in the middle.

EAT AND ENJOY!

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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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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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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 Desert Wedding Details
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?

Hey Dubai Ladies! Here are 5 Wearable Ways to Use the Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Highlighter

“Yellow diamonds in the light, and we’re standing side by side…” – Rihanna

 I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be singing this Rihanna song the first time you try the yellowish gold Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife Killawat Freestyle Highlighter. This is because this shade definitely feels and looks like yellow diamonds on the skin!

Seriously? Yellow? Is it wearable?

When the first swatches and makeup looks first hit Instagram, I admit that I was probably one of the many people who thought twice if the yellow gold shade is something I can use on an everyday basis. But I gave in to temptation because RiRi is absolutely one of my beauty loves and I got myself the coveted Trophy Wife shade for AED 168 when it became available in Dubai.

According to the product description, you can use this to highlight any part of your face and bodyeyes, lips, collarbone, cheeks, etc. I understand though that for an everyday woman, it is challenging to picture how this very yellow, pigmented product can actually work as a multipurpose product, especially when all we’re seeing on IG are yellow gold streaks on everyone’s cheeks.

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So, I am going to make it easy for you and give you simple tips and tricks on how you can totally wear this highlighter.In this makeup look I used the Trophy Wife Highlighter in 5 amazing ways! And I must say, it totally works!

  1. Shimmery Golden Glow

Just because it’s super pigmented does not mean you’re obliged to streak your cheek yellow like a football fan. Use a fan brush and delicately apply a sheer layer on top of your cheekbones to get that subtle golden glow.

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  1. Vivid Eyeshadow

The pigmented formula makes Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife a perfect yellow eye shadow alternative. Pair it with black eyeliner, dramatic lashes and nude lips to complete your look.

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  1. Trendy Eyeliner

If you want a subtler yet playful eye application, use a wet eyeliner brush to line your eyes or eye corner with this highlighter. The color is yellow enough to be fun but the gold shimmer gives it a classier feel.

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  1. Lip Gloss

It was Huda Beauty who started the lip strobe trend. But no need to spend extra to get that shimmer effect! It’s amazing how a few taps of this highlighter can completely transform your lip color and give it that extra wow factor. Try it on top of a violet lip or on a nude, rosy shade.

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  1. Body Shimmer

I know everyone is talking about Fenty Beauty’s latest Body Luminizer, but if your wallet is not that excited to buy a separate body shimmer, then I assure you that the Trophy Wife Highlighter will also do the trick. Make sure to moisturize your skin with any body lotion, put on MAC Fix Plus Spray , and use a big fluffy brush to apply this highlighter all over. Now you just saved yourself AED 260!

I am personally not a fan of body shimmer but sometimes, I like putting shimmer on top of my hands especially when I’m going to a special event! It provides a great backdrop to gold jewelry like rings and gold bracelets!

The Fenty Beauty  Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife is available at

UAE: AED 168  at Sephora

USA:  USD 34 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. 

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. 

 

 

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Yes, this is the highlighter that will give every bride that amazing wedding glow!

Every bride wants to walk down the aisle looking radiant and glowing on her special day. As a professional makeup artist in Dubai who specializes in weddings, I have experienced working in weddings for different nationalities – Indian weddings, European weddings, Arabic weddings and South East Asian weddings, among others.

Although the preferences of the brides’ makeup styles differ, the single similarity is that each one of them wants to have that incredible glow that will make everyone, especially their groom, say ‘Wow!’.

The key to achieve this glow is through expertly applied skin makeup that will project a flawless finish, and of course, using a highlighter to accentuate the bride’s features. There are thousands of highlight products in the market but when using highlighters for brides, a true professional is very careful to make sure that the bride will still look naturally glowing. The highlight cannot be too over the top that she will look like she’s going to a nightclub instead of her wedding.

Amrezy Highlighter Photo

This is why the recent release of the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter got me so excited that I immediately bought it and tried it out! It’s a product collaboration between Anastasia and beauty influencer, the highlight queen herself, @amrezy.

 

I was a bit worried at the beginning because I thought the creamy/gel formula will be over pigmented and might not blend well, however, I was surprised when the product touched my skin. It looked translucent, subtle, but eye-catching at the same time!

The color is champagne gold and it is universal so it will surely look good on different skin tones.

 

 

If you’ve been following me, I am very practical so I am a fan of products that are hard-working and versatile.

The Amrezy highlighter is exactly that. A single layer application will give that illuminating glow that is suitable even for everyday use, but you can definitely layer it on for special occasions like weddings and events. But even if it is layered on, it will still look very natural and luminous so you don’t have to worry about looking too glittery.

Amrezy Highlighter Photo

I am so happy with this highlighter and I definitely recommend it for everyone especially for brides wanting to have that spectacular radiance!

If you’re a bride or a bachelorette looking for a Dubai makeup artist who will give you that special glow, then get in touch with me and let’s have a chat about you’re your special event!  I am so excited to be a part of your amazing journey!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter is available in:

UAE: AED 159 at Sephora, AED 151 Boutiqaat 

USA:  USD 28 at Sephora

PAKISTAN: RS 5,200 at Indelath, Rs 4,800 at The Vault 

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. 

 

This Dubai Makeup Artist thinks KKW x Mario collab is an epic beauty moment!

Today is THE day! And if you’re a makeup lover like me then you definitely know that April 5 is the day Kim Kardashian West and her long-time makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a @makeupbymario to many of us, are dropping their KKW x Mario  makeup collection. This date also marks their 10th year anniversary of meeting each other!

The collection is available today at kkwbeauty.com, well, that is if you can actually get your hands on one before it becomes sold out! It will include a 10-pan eyeshadow palette, a Crème lipstick and two High Shine Lip Glosses. Sweet!

But do you know why I believe that this collaboration is such an epic beauty moment? Well, duh, not everyone may be her fan but you’ve got to admit, she has been a major influence in the beauty industry.

Kim Kardashian’s iconic looks created by Mario have changed how a lot of women interact with makeup over the past decade.  And yes, it has produced thousands, if not millions of beauty trends, Instagram influencers and fanatics all around the world.

Mario collaborating with his muse Kim on their own makeup collection serves as an inspiration for a lot of us makeup artists to just continue our passion. Kim has always shared the limelight with her glam squad especially Mario. I feel that now, makeup artists are no longer invisible, they are now in the forefront and being given the credit they deserve.

"The past decade with Kim has been incredible. We’ve grown together, set trends, inspired and impacted an industry along the way. Through all her milestones and achievements and through her rise to global superstardom she has taken me along the way and impacted my life greatly, helping me to achieve unparalleled success of my own as a celebrity makeup artist. " - @makeupbymario
“The past decade with Kim has been incredible. We’ve grown together, set trends, inspired and impacted an industry along the way. Through all her milestones and achievements and through her rise to global superstardom she has taken me along the way and impacted my life greatly, helping me to achieve unparalleled success of my own as a celebrity makeup artist. ” – @makeupbymario

 @makeupbyMario Masterclass Poster

I have followed Mario’s career for more than four years now. And I had the opportunity to meet him and Kim K in his Masterclass in Dubai last year. I signed up because I wanted to witness how Mario creates these amazing makeup looks, the products he uses and also learn techniques that can improve my skill as an artist. I also wanted to hear his personal success story so I can somehow follow his footsteps.

That's me at the @makeupbymario Masterclass in Dubai!
That’s me at the @makeupbymario Masterclass in Dubai!

When the Masterclass day came, I told myself not to expect too much because these are famous people and just seeing them in person is already a big deal. But when the session started, I was really impressed! The session was really informative and seeing first-hand how Mario applies makeup was a great experience for me.

My favorite techniques that I still do up to now? One, using moisturizer instead of primer as a foundation base. Mario explained that he never uses primer because foundation blends really well with the face’s natural oils; two, layering to create more intense looks; And three, loading up on mascara on the lower lashes for that extra glam effect!

Of course, the best part was when I had the chance to meet them up close. Kim’s face was so small and she was so petite, with such amazing skin. And Mario was such a dear. And okay, I admit, the goody bags were awesome too!
This goody bag from the Dubai @makeupbymario Masterclass has products worth more than $3,000 USD!

 

How about you? Are you getting the new KKW x Mario collection? Check out these swatches from top beauty influencers!

5 Reasons Why Every Girl in Dubai Should Own the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is undeniably one of the most talked about makeup products in 2018. So, when it became available in the UAE, I happily shelled out AED 242 to get my hands on this gem from @boutiqaat. Being a Dubai Makeup Artist, I felt that it is essential for me to have the latest, high quality products for my clients.  But even if you are not a professional, I truly believe that this versatile, hardworking palette is a makeup must-have every girl in Dubai should own. I listed down 5 reasons why.

  1. You’ll get 14 gorgeous shades in one palette

Yes, you heard me right! 14 shades! There are 9 ultra-matte shades and 5 metallic/shimmery shades included. While it is not cheap, I feel that you’re getting your money’s worth with this one. At first look, a makeup connoisseur may easily dismiss this palette as just another neutral collection but once you start using the different shades, you’ll be amazed at how each color is independently different yet can easily be blended with the other shades in the palette.

Are the shades revolutionary? No? Have you seen these shades before? Probably. Should you still buy the palette? Absolutely!

  1. The formula is super pigmented and long-wearing

One of the things I love most about Soft Glam is the formula. The shadows are velvety smooth, so pigmented yet blendable, and also long-wearing. You don’t have to worry about your eye makeup disappearing at the end of the night because it will definitely stay on.

3. You can use it every single day

Looking at the shades, I feel that ABH really focused on wearability this time. The shades will easily complement any skin tone because there are no crazy colors. You can wear these shades to the office, during Friday brunch, when you travel for Eid break or on a night out at the Dubai Marina. I think that this palette is also perfect even for makeup beginners.

  1. You can go from soft to glam in an instant

Believe it or not, ABH president Claudia Shore even said that she created this palette with wedding makeup artists in mind. The combination of mattes, metallic shades and shimmers makes it perfect for special occasions.  That is one of the reasons I bought this palette. As a professional makeup artist, I want my Dubai brides to have only the best!

  1. Its multi-purpose

Unlike other palettes that just focus on trendy colors, this palette has essential mattes like Noir (ultra-matte black) and Tempera (ultra-matte beige) which you can also use to line your eyes. The shimmery shades Glistening, Fairy and Bronze are highlighter substitutes that work amazingly.

Want to rock a Soft Glam look for your next special event? Why don’t you get in touch with me so I can book you in my calendar! Can’t wait to show you how amazing it is!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available in :

UAE : AED 242 at  Sephora Stores  , @boutiqaat,

USA:  USD 42 at Anastasia Beverly Hills online, Sephora 

PAKISTAN: RS 6,800 at Indelath , RS 6,800 at The Vault 

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.