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
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!

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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1. The Career Woman

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

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2. The Stay-At-Home Mom

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

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3. The Student

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

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4. The Public Personality

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

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5. The Budding  Makeup Artist

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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City Sightseeing Tours

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

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

To achieve this look, download here.

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Beach Getaway

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

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

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

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Nature Trippin’

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

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

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Cruise Away

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

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

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

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Family Fun

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

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

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

Before You Board!

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

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

Safe & Lovely travels!

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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?

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

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

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Huda Beauty Gemstone Coral Palette Farah Makeup and Hair Dubai Makeup Artist

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

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

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

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Why am I obsessed? Read on!

1.       The Obsessions palette collection is amazing

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

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2.       The shades are stunning

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

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

3.       The pigmentation is excellent

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

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4.       The size of the mini palette is so convenient

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

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5.       Create Endless Makeup Looks

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

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The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette Coral and Gemstone are available at

AED 142 at  Sephora 

USD 27 at Huda Beauty Website

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

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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. 

I Tried This 10 Dirham Beauty Hack and This Is What Happened! 

I have always been a skincare freak so I love trying out products that promise to improve the skin. However, not all skincare trends are wallet-friendly, especially if you’re living in Dubai. That’s why I was so overjoyed when Korean beauty brand Etude House opened in Dubai Mall because they offer one of my favorite skincare quick fix: the sheet mask! And yes, each pack only costs 10 dirhams!

I immediately bought 5 variants and although each sheet mask has a unique scent and serums, they all deliver the similar skin hydrating effect.
Moistfull Collagen, Skin Firming Collagen, Aloe Vera Soothing Moisture, Damask Rose Fresh Moisture, Pomegranate Revitalizing Radiance Etude House Sheet Mask Dubai
Moistfull Collagen, Skin Firming Collagen, Aloe Vera Soothing Moisture, Damask Rose Fresh Moisture, Pomegranate Revitalizing Radiance.

 

Here are the things I noticed after 15 minutes of putting on the Etude House sheet mask.
  1. Refreshed, Relaxed Feeling

Here in the UAE, we work really long hours and after battling the rush hour traffic, we barely have time for ourselves. That’s why I loved putting on the Etude House Aloe Vera sheet mask because it made me feel that I was actually in a spa.

  1. Super Plump and Soft Skin Texture

The UAE’s desert weather has finally met its match with these sheet masks. Dry skin no more! My skin felt really soft and plump after putting on a mask.

Etude House Sheet Mask Dubai
Sheet Masks are very easy to use. Just place a sheet on your freshly cleansed & toned face, leave it for 15 minutes, peel it off and done! No need to wash off your face! The excess serums and essences are meant to be left and absorbed by your skin.
  1. Stress-Free Skin

Aside from dry skin, stress, dust and pollution can really take their toll on our faces making us look haggard. I loved using the Etude House Collagen Sheet Mask for that skin firming effect. It’s incredible how only 15 minutes can drastically wipe away the stress from my face.

  1. Perfect Skin Prep for Makeup

Instead of using a moisturizer or beauty oils, I used the Damask Rose Sheet Mask to prime my face before I put on foundation. It’s a wonderful trick that will make your skin super smooth and will make makeup glide flawlessly on your face.

  1. Glowing Radiance

Our very busy lifestyles can make it difficult to have regular facial appointments, not to mention that facials in Dubai are really expensive. So, can you imagine my happiness when I realized I can have this radiant glow for just 10 AED? Try it to believe it!

 

Etude House is now open at the Dubai Mall .
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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!