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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Ben Nye Luxury Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

WINNER: Huda Beauty Easy Bake

Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

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WINNER: It’s a Tie! 

Kryolan Fixing Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder VS Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

WINNER: Huda Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder vs Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

 

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

 

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How to Attend a Makeup Masterclass like a Boss!

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

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

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

Take notes

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

Ask questions

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

Get product recommendations and test out what you learned

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

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

Step-up your learning

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

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

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

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!

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Here are the reasons why!

Available in 8 shades

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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

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

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

Deepika Padukone

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

The products include:

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

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Meghan Markle

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

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

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Priyanka Chopra

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

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

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

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Beyonce

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

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Alia Bhatt

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

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

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Kim Kardashian West

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

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

The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Night Calming Cleansing Wipes.

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

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Should You Use Drugstore Makeup?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1. The Career Woman

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

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2. The Stay-At-Home Mom

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

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3. The Student

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

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4. The Public Personality

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

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5. The Budding  Makeup Artist

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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! 

 

 

 

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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Shocking! This Dubai makeup artist tried these 2 skin care products and got unbelievable results in only 90 days.

Full Review of Hylamide Booster C25 and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG

NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought products on my own and sharing my own experience.

Before I became obsessed with makeup products, I have always been a skincare fanatic. I would always research the most effective way to achieve great skin while battling with  the UAE weather. I feel that the combination of Dubai’s extreme heat, super cold AC, sandstorms and work stress really takeS its toll on my skin so I need products that are really effective.

At the same time, it’s very important to discover products that will actually be able to cure these issues without emptying our bank accounts.farah makeup and hair dubai makeup artist

SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT PRODUCT

I was searching for serums that will improve my skin texture and tone, plus lighten my dark circles in my eye area. After very careful research I found two products from TheOrdinary.com website. The first one is Hylamide Booster C25 (USD 45 for 30 ml) and the second one is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (USD10.70 for 30ml). 

IMPORTANT SHOPPING TIP: Depending on your location, the cost of these two products may vary. In the US, the price is much cheaper, but international price  (applicable to UAE) is what I indicated above.
THE PROMISE

The Hylamide Booster C25 promises to offer a fast-tracked approach to a visibly radiant, healthy-looking skin tone. While the Caffeine Solution is meant to reduce dark circles in the eye area.

PURCHASE AND DELIVERY

I was not familiar with these products prior to researching them but one good point is that the products are very affordable compared to other serums available in the market. I purchased both products from the website because they deliver worldwide. The transaction was smooth and I received the product on my doorstep in 6 days.

HOW TO USE

I used the Caffeine Solution daily, morning and night. I used one drop of the solution for each eye area. When I applied the solution, I felt a slight cooling sensation on my skin.

For the Hylamide Booster, I use it morning and night, at least four times a week. During the first few days of usage my skin felt dry so I had to alternate the days of using it. I already have dry skin so I make sure to put on moisturizer after putting on the serum. But eventually, my skin got better and with the help of a moisturizer, my skin was able to adapt to the product. I also used a very mild exfoliating product as to not stress my skin.

THE RESULTS

Even if both products had really raving reviews, my expectations were not very high because as they say you have to try it to believe it. But after only  2 months, I was surprised to see remarkable results. Then, after 3 months (or 90 days) from my first use, the results are really unbelievable.

My skin has visibly improved. My skin texture is more plump looking and my skin tone looks more even-colored.  The fine laugh lines on my face were reduced, you can barely see them now.

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But the most amazing result is the improvement in the dark pigmentation in my eye area. After only 3 months, the dark areas lightened dramatically. Before, I had to use tons of color correcting concealers to even out these dark circles but now, this problem area is almost gone.The overall effect of my skin also looks less stressed and has developed a natural pinkish glow like that of a baby.

In a nutshell:  

 

WHAT

Hylamide Booster C25, 30ml Vitamin C Booster The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, 30 ml
WHO

 

Those who want to reduce skin dullness, fine lines, texture issues and uneven skin tone Those who want to lighten dark eye areas and circles
WHEN Daily /4 times a week

AM & PM

Daily

AM & PM

WHERE Made in Canada. Available in theordinary.com and ships worldwide.

PRICE WILL VARY DEPENDING ON COUNTRY OF DELIVERY.

WHY Dramatic results in just 90 days in affordable price. No need for expensive cosmetic surgery.

 

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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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

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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!