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Best Dubai Beauty Holiday Gift Guide For 2018

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

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

Kayali Elixir Perfume

AED 450

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

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

BUY IT HERE.

Chanel Le Vernis Long Lasting Nail Polish  Rouge Essentiel 500

AED 100

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

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

Buy it in Dubai Mall.

Benefit Cosmetics Confection Cuties Set

AED 99

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

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

BUY IT HERE.

Little MAC Lipstick D for Danger

AED 49

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

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

BUY IT HERE.

Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation

AED 50* (Price Varies)

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

BUY IT IN ALL LOCAL DRUGSTORES.  

Sephora Coconut Water Miscellar Cleansing Milk 100 ml

AED 15

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

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Korean Face Mask Sheet

AED 10

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

Buy it at Etude House in Dubai Mall.

Give the gift of beauty!

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

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

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

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

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

BEST

1.  Huda Beauty Lashes

USD 20 available here

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

2.  Huda Beauty Easy Bake

USD 45 available here

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

3.  Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

USD 27  available here

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

4.  Huda Beauty Demi Matte

USD 27  available here

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

5.  Huda Beauty Lip Contour

USD 24  available here

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

6.  Huda Beauty Eyelash Glue

USD 23  available here

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

GOOD

7.  Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

USD 50  available here

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

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

USD 36  available here

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

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

USD 57  available here

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

JUST OKAY

10.      Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette Original

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

11.      Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

USD 26  available here

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

12.      Huda Beauty Complexion Perfection Primer

USD 42  available here

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SHADES

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

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

THE FORMULA

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

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

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

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

MY OWN DEMI MATTE VIDEO SHOOT

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UAE PRICE  105 AED

US PRICE  20 USD

UK PRICE  18 GBP

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

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

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

Matte-finish

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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

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

Compact Packaging

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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!

Dubai Makeup Artist Huda Beauty Easy Bake

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

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

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

Dubai Banana Bread Recipe

Farah’s Easy Bake Banana Bread Recipe

4 Super ripe bananas (almost black)

1 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup water

Mash the bananas and set aside.

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

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

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

EAT AND ENJOY!

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

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

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

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

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

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BUDGET

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

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

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PURPOSE

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

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

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APPLICATION TECHNIQUE

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

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

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

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

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASIC MAKEUP KIT MUST-HAVES

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SKIN

 

Moisturizer/ Primer

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

Foundation 

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

Concealer

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

Loose Powder

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

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

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COLOR

Lipstick

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

Blush

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

Highlighter / Bronzer

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

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EYES

Eyebrow Pencil / Powder

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

Mascara

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

Eyeliner

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

Eyeshadow Palette

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

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TOOLS & EXTRAS

Beauty Blender / Sponge

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

 Blush Brush

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

Eyeshadow Brushes

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

Makeup Remover

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Top Things A Dubai Bride Forgets On Her Wedding Day

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

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

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

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

 

BEAUTY

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  • Makeup Remover

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

  • Skincare Kit including sunscreen
  • Makeup Kit

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

  • Comb

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

  • Perfume

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

  • Matching Nail Polish and Remover

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

BATH ESSENTIALS

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

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

 

CLOTHING

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  • Clothes, Shoes, Undergarments, Sleepwear

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

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

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

  • Swimwear

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

  • Empty Duffel Bags / Garment Bags
  • Jewelry Travel Bag

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

SUPER IMPORTANT

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

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

JUST IN CASE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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10 Wedding Essentials for Every Dubai Bride

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

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

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

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1.The Wedding Dress

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

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

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

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2. Shoes

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

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

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

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3. Accessories

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

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

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4. Makeup Artist and Hairstylist

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

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

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5. Lingerie and Hosiery

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

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6. Skincare Routine

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

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

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

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7. Manicure and Pedicure

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

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8. Bridal Purse with Emergency items

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

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

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

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9. Overnight/Honeymoon Bag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Try and test your outfit for comfort

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

2. Relax but don’t slouch

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

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

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

4. Enjoy every single moment

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

5. Make sure your makeup and hair are flawless

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

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

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

To recap  all these tips: 

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

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

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

4. Enjoy every single moment.

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

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

NAIMAZ FILM PHOTO 

POOJA STUDIO DUBAI 

BERNIE AND BINDI 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seriously? Yellow? Is it wearable?

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

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

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

  1. Shimmery Golden Glow

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

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  1. Vivid Eyeshadow

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

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  1. Trendy Eyeliner

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

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  1. Lip Gloss

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

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  1. Body Shimmer

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

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

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

UAE: AED 168  at Sephora

USA:  USD 34 at FentyBeauty

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

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

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

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

The Good – Stunning Red Shade

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

The Bad – Difficult To Apply

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

 
The Good – Pigmented Yet Weightless

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

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

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

 

The Good – Longwearing

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

The Bad – Not Transfer-Proof

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

 

Conclusion:

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

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

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

The Fenty Beauty  Stunna Lip Paint is  available at

UAE: AED 126  at Sephora

USA:  USD 24 at FentyBeauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanked – Dusty Rose Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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

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

Up 2 No Good – Nude Peach Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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

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

Saw-C – Exotic Tangerine Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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

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

Freckle Fiesta – Spiced Terracotta Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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

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

Shawty – Warm Chestnut Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

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

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

Single – Blushing Nude Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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

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

Griselda– Bold Burgundy Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick 

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

NO RED LIPSTICK? 

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

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

The Fenty Beauty  Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks are available at

UAE: AED 95  at Sephora

USA:  USD 18 at FentyBeauty

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

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. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

  1. The formula is super pigmented and long-wearing

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

3. You can use it every single day

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

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

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

  1. Its multi-purpose

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

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

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

UAE : AED 242 at  Sephora Stores  , @boutiqaat,

USA:  USD 42 at Anastasia Beverly Hills online, Sephora 

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

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