Unless you live under a rock, you would know who Sonia and Fyza are. They are the first and only UK-based makeup artists who are trained by and modelled for Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, and specialise in Middle Eastern skin. They came down to Sisters Beauty Lounge for a weekend, and hosted an intimate makeup master class for media. Moi had the pleasure to organise and attend, and I sneaked out some of the most well-kept makeup and contouring secrets for you. You are welcome 🙂
So, what do they know that we don’t? Here are the 5 lessons I learnt from the dazzling duo:
WORK ON THE BASE INSTEAD OF SLAPPING ON PRODUCTS:
“I focus a lot more on skin than slapping on products. Also, it is important to know essentials like skin undertones to use the right kind of product to enhance your look. Middle Eastern skin generally has yellow and red undertones, and while some look great with lots of makeup on, it is very easy to turn into a drag queen – the key is to know what works best for you,” said Fyza Ali.
Preferred products: Kiehl’s moisturiser and Benefit Girl meets pearl – liquid face highlighter.
PRICE TAG DOESN’T ALWAYS EQUATE TO QUALITY:
Contrary to the perception, Fyza’s choice of products is not limited to high-end products brands like Chanel and Dior. She uses Benefit and MAC as often as Tom Ford, and advocates blending products to create bespoke shades and textures.
Preferred products: Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation.
BLENDER AGAINST THE BRUSH:
It is quiet spectacular how the right tool can create flawless, airbrushed look we all aspire for. Expert suggests rolling the foundation with a blender to set it in instead of applying it with a brush only. The idea is to press the foundation in instead of spreading it, and be generous with the correcting products.
SAY NO TO LINES
Whether it’s honing those invisible cheekbones, slimming a chubby nose or adding pseudo hair to your eyebrows, steer clear from drawing lines. Fyza suggests using a blending sponge for motion while contouring the face, drawing a circle on the tip of your nose and dabbing in product where hair is meant to be for eyebrows to keep them collected and natural.
Smokey eyes look a lot more sultry and sexy with brown shades than black. Use the darkest brown you have to create smudged edges and add a bit of shimmer to make them pop. Line your lower eyeline with nude pencil and remove clumps out to add more layers of mascara without making a mess. Also, keep wet wipes handy to create a defined look, and use peach powder under the eye to make them appear fresh and rested.
Preferred Products: L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara and Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow.
If you have ever wondered how Kimye does her signature lips, here’s the answer: MAC Naked Lip Liner, Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas – Dusty Rose and L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Dulce de Leche.
I have tried to do this post a little differently (not sure if you can tell), with my own photography, so any and all feedback is welcome! Xx