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Secrets From A Makeup Artist -
Lina Hussain shares
her top beauty secrets
Lina has made thousands of brides and TV personalities including the likes of Raya Abirachid look their best. Her tutorials have made the Sephora Middle East network and most recently, she has been named the Winner of the Wojooh Jamalek Makeup Competition on MBC. Today, she share some tips with Haute Dubai ladies…
How do you figure out what makeup suits you best?
First I have to match the colour of the skin with foundation; once I have the canvas, then it’s a mixture of intuition, personal style, and what dress and hairstyle will make the finished look.
What are your favourite beauty trends right now?
Red lips, eye liner, bright lip colours like tangerine and fuchsia, and bare, glowing skin.
How do you prepare skin for makeup?
Great skin care is the best way to make sure you get amazing makeup. When a woman has good skin, makeup is guaranteed to look flawless. Having said that, priming the skin with a mattifying primer is the best way for long-lasting makeup, like on a bride; and moisturiser is best for natural/barely-there makeup, like on a photo shoot.
What’s the best way to apply foundation and concealer?
When I work on clients I always use a brush. Personally, I switch it up between fingers and a foundation brush. Generally, though, I like to use the brush, and that’s what I teach my clients – because it helps keep the makeup on for longer. When you use your fingers, makeup tends to melt within a couple of hours. It just doesn’t have staying power like with a brush.
Cream or powder blush?
For dry skin, cream. For oily skin, powder. The rule is: cream on liquid or cream, and powder on powder.
What are your top five favourite beauty products?
Dior BB cream, Clinique concealer, my Mandelic Acid cleanser by Beauty Secrets, Labello in cherry, Maybelline Colossal waterproof mascara, MAC Studio Fix powder in NC35.
Do you recommend certain eyeshadow shades for certain eye colours?
Of course! Blue eyes look great in mustard or camel gold. Brown makeup looks good on all eye colours. Green eyes look best in purple. Dark olive green makeup is best for brown eyes – they make them look hazel. And blue or turquoise eye pencil on the inner rim of the eyes to make eyes whiter and more vibrant.
What are some of the biggest makeup mistakes you see women making?
1. Blocked eye brows. I love the natural hair of the brows swept with a bit of natural colour, from the middle, creating a pointy tip. I can’t stand tattooed brows
2. Black eye pencil on the inside rims of the eyes and none on the top lash line, which makes the eyes look droopy and tired, especially if the pencil melts.
3. Pink foundation, which makes a woman look pasty-white or, if she’s olive toned, grey.
4. Contouring with blush
5. Too much mascara on straight lashes when they haven’t been curled.
6. Eye liner that is uneven or ends into a block on the outside corners, instead of into a flick.