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A Didactic Session with this Makeup Guru Zahra Shaheen

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We sat down with Zahra Shaheen who has recently come back from Bahrain after learning some exceptional makeup techniques and Voila!! we got to know so much about makeup and those who are into this luscious affair of maquillage would love to read about the teensy-weensy details she has shared with us.

We also talked about her must-have products, looks and what secret makeup hacks are her favorite.

  1. Which are the 3 makeup items that are always in your bag?
    Face powder (Mac ~studio fix NC 25), a nude lip color (Huda beauty lipstick~ bombshell) and mascara (Benefit ~they’re real)
  2. How do you prepare different skin types before applying makeup?
    Dry skin
    – Cleanse, using a serum followed by an extra hydrating moisturizer (focusing on the driest areas and pressing it in using my fingertips). Let the moisturizer sink in and after 5 minutes dab the primer for a smooth base so makeup can be applied without getting stuck to dry patches of skin. Apply eye primer (if your eyelids are dry they may appear red so moisturize without making them look too oily and to combat discoloration). Apply a lip balm to moisturize the lips. Use liquid foundation, concealer, blush, and highlighter. End with a setting spray!
    Oily skin- Cleanse, hydrate with an oil-free moisturizer that is non-comedogenic (having oily skin doesn’t give you a free pass from applying moisturizer), prime face and eyes, use a matte foundation (its best to avoid anything with a radiant finish as it can make your skin look overly greasy, follow with mattifying powder with a matte beauty sponge, finish with a setting spray!
  1. What would be the effect of analogous/complementary colors in makeup?
    Each color has a complementary effect. For example, blue and orange, when placed next to each other, create a strong contrast and when mixed in equal concentrations, they cancel out each other. So firstly, complementary colors can be used in makeup for ‘color correction‘ ex. •Red areas on the skin like a zit can be calmed down with a touch of green and bluish dark circles can be countered with an orange-based concealer. Secondly, it helps you in understanding your undertone (warm, neutral or cool) so you choose the right foundation shade, more yellow for warmer tones and more pink for cooler tones. Thirdly, Make your eyes stand out by using the right shades that complement your eye color. If you have green eyes- purples and rosy tones will look great on you. For blue eyes- browns and coppers. For brown eyes- you’re in luck as anything would suit you but golds, blues, and purples will look stunning! Fourthly, for choosing the right blush color, if you’re cool-toned – you should go with cool pinks and if you’re warmer toned – go for peachy and coral shades. If neutral- you can go either way! Lastly, for choosing the right lip color, if you’re cool-toned – fuschia/pink nudes.  Warmer skin tones will look great in corals, peachy nude and orange-based reds. For a deeper skin tone- berry shades, plums and darker, brown-based reds will be the best choice.
  1. How important is lighting while applying makeup?
    Nothing beats natural light. Always be sure to look for the nearest window to take full advantage of natural lighting so your make up is perfectly matched to your skin tone. If natural light is not available, the alternative is to use a white light provided via led. Ring lights are ideal for applying makeup and taking pictures as they have an adjustable color temperature and brightness setting and they evenly spread light getting rid of sneaky shadows to highlight your features perfectly.  Avoid yellow lighting as it tends to be duller and you won’t realize how you look until you step outside in nature. Also, avoid fluorescent light. It’s the worst as it looks harsh and overly bright which will end up in over applying the foundation, bronzer, blush to compensate for lack of color on your face. Also, light positioning matters. It should be right in front of the face and not above or below, else it will cast a shadow and you will end up applying more make up than intended.
  1. Which cosmetic products do you use on a regular basis?
    I use a face powder (Mac studio fix Nc 25), Mascara (Benefit they’re real), Blush (Mac Warm Soul) and a nude lip colour (Huda beauty Bombshell) daily. On special occasions, I start with a primer (Benefit pore professional ) followed with Huda beauty foundation (Creme brûlée) which is full coverage and lasts longer when set with a translucent powder (I use Laura Mercier) with lots of blush and highlighter ( Becca -champagne pop, Mac -soft and gentle are my favorites). Other than that, depending on the sort of look I want, I use eye shadow palettes or colored eye pencils. I use Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette the most as it has all the neutral shades and if I want a colorful eye look I use different Urban Decay Glide-on pencils which come in a range of tints and shades.

  1. When and how do you clean your tools?
    I use a makeup brush cleaner followed by dipping them in warm water with baby shampoo, gently massaging the top of the bristles making sure the soap is 100% out and then put them in a sterilizer. Also, I make sure they are in a container when not in use to prevent any pollutants like dust or dirt from landing on the bristles.
  1. How are you planning to change the contemporary makeup styles in the fashion industry of Pakistan?
    A lot of people are afraid to try new looks when it comes to makeup, they only do basic makeup as they feel it’s safer and new makeup styles won’t suit them. I feel as long as you are confident and can carry yourself well, anything can suit you! Also, I’m here to guide people as to what would look good with their outfit and features, bold or light makeup and help them gain confidence. I’ll try to incorporate more colors, instead of only neutrals. Color block is trending now and I’m in love with it!
  1. What`s one beauty tip or routine that is important for a girl?
    Skincare, skincare, and skincare! Sunblock is a must every day. Other than that cleanse, tone, moisturize twice every day. Leaving moisturizer out of routine today could lead to deeper wrinkles later on. When the skin barrier is compromised, which is what we see when it becomes dry, there’s a slow grade chronic inflammation that occurs in the skin which could ultimately lead to the breakdown of collagen and accelerate aging. So moisturize regularly!
  1. What is your kind of makeup: bold and hot or natural and dewy?
    Natural and dewy
  1. What is going to be the biggest makeup trend this Shaadi season?
    Kohl filled eyes and nude lips.
  1. What is your go-to hairstyle?
    Thankfully, I have straight hair so i usually keep them open.
  2. Who do you look up to for beauty inspiration?
    Huda Kattan.

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Hum Style Awards 2020 – The Good, the Bad, and the Dazzlingly Hottest

Hum Style Awards 2020

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Reema Khan Wins Timeless Beauty Award

Zara Noor Abbas performs special dance during Hum Style Awards in Karachi

The enchantment and glitz of a perfect Saturday night, and with the true spirit of a star-studded affair, Hum Style Awards 2020 kickstarted the year with a bang. Held at Expo Center Karachi, the Hum Style Awards was indeed filled with glamour and graced by big names of the fashion and entertainment industry and turned out to be a compendious evening. The red-carpet ceremony began with a spark with megastars including Reema Khan, Tariq Amin, Zara Noor Abbas, and Mira Sethi among many, walking along and flashing their brightest smiles and deluxe attires. However, the zing started to fade after a few hours, turning into a drabber experience, and the diminutive size of the red carpet relative to previous years just added to the walk being shorter and people getting bored quickly.

The event turned out to be unusually timely, and before it was half past nine, the hall was filled and the show about to begin. The stage was remarkably gorgeous with the graphics setting a starry-night mood, mirroring the space with so many of the industry’s stars. Though the hall space was relatively cramped, making it appear congested at a few spots, especially when there was movement. And what better way to start the show, than with a splash of patriotism invigorating one’s spirits through our beautifully melodious national anthem.

The boost of patriotic sentiment was followed by a performance by a rap dup, Young Stunners, which turned out to be moderately successful in energizing people. It even managed to make the audience laugh at some spots, especially with the comical references to videos of celebrities that went viral on social media – the actor Ali Rehman Khan’s video leak where he is repeatedly seen saying to a restaurant’s staff, “Aap ko pata hai main kaun hun?” (“Do you know who I am?”)

Adnan Siddiqui opens the show in style

Adnan Siddiqui, the host for the night, gave the show’s opening note, which was perhaps the only part of the hosting that can be termed enjoyable. The other hosts that followed, namely Aamina Sheikh and Usman Mukhtar, steered the event in a way which could have been made more entertaining if it were Adnan Siddiqui paired with Aamina for the show, as Mukhtar’s part sounded rather clumsy, with forced jokes in between. His Hum Smile Awards segment left a lot of the peers watching the show super perplexed, as his supposed impression of PTV’s host Tariq Aziz, was downright vague. The only thing that seemed spontaneously amusing about the hosting, was the use of political jokes here and there, which is rarely observed in Award ceremonies. From the comment on how Imran Khan is the only Prime Minister without his own business and hence, is bent on erasing all business from Pakistan, to the “boot polish” statement, the spritz of comedy was like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise mundane script.

Aaminah Sheikh and Usman Mukhtar also hosted the event

The performances were energetic, and made the audience recall all the classic, vintage Pakistani music, while appreciating the present-day music that is part of our television and film industry. The second performance by Ahsan Khan and Sara Loren was riveting, though if the music is to be viewed separately than the dances, both the performers lacked the energy and the vibe of the tunes, despite being great at dancing usually.

The highlight of the event was the performance by Zara Noor Abbas, who appeared to be an embodiment of grace and art, rhythm and style, as she moved to the beat of the classical songs. Her performance was thoroughly refreshing and delightful, one which reminds you of not only the beauty of the art itself, but also the ability of a great artist keeping the viewers fascinated, throughout.

Dancing to the superhit tunes of the blockbuster film of last year, Superstar, the power-couple Farhan Saeed and Urwa Hocane brought life to the show, as they shook the stage with their dynamic moves. The flow of the choreography and the beat of the dance numbers kept the fun alive till the next performance, which was undoubtedly another key feature of Hum Style Awards. The said performance was a splendid concert by Abrar ul Haq, instantly making the audience fall in love and sway with the hit Punjabi beats. However, had the concert been live, it would have added more of a buzz in the environment.

Urwa Hocaine and Farhan Saeed performs on Pakistani filmy songs

The Award Categories included the Rising Star 2018-2019 won by two of the Nominees including Mush Kaleem, the Hair and Make-up Artist of the Year 2018-2019 secured by Qasim Liaqat, Fashion Photographer of the Year 2018-2019 bagged by Alee Hasan, Best Model Female 2018-2019 won by Zara Abid, Best Model Male 2018-2019 won by Aimal Khan, Designer of the Year Lawn 2018-2019 received by Zara Shahjahan, Most Stylish Performer 2018-2019 won by Asim Azhar, Timeless Beauty won by Reema Khan, Most Stylish Actor Television 2018-2019 won by Sonya Hussyn in the Female Category and Mikaal Zulfiqar in the Male Category, and Most Stylish Actor Film 2018-2019 won by Mahira Khan (Popular) and Kiran Malik (Jury) and Ahad Raza Mir in the Female and Male Category, respectively.

Surprisingly, despite Superstar being one of the highest grossing film of the previous year, Bilal Ashraf was not nominated for the Most Stylish Actor Film category. If there were two awards given in the Female category in the name of Jury and Popular Choice, there surely could have been made room for two awards being awarded in the Male category as well, deservingly giving one of the awards to Bilal Ashraf.

Hajra Khan bags Most Stylish Sports Personality Awards 2020

Other Categories included Most Stylish Sports Personality 2018-2019, won by Hajra Khan, Captain of Pakistan Women’s National Football team. This was a novel deviation from the usual practice of recognition being granted to cricketers alone, as well as the fact that a woman bagged the award.

Style Icon given to Aisha Omer, and other prestigious awards that were part of the ceremony were Best Model Male and Female, Designer of the Year Pret Wear, Bridal, Menswear, Demi-Couture, and Lawn, as well as Retail Label of the Year and Excellence in Interior Designing and Furniture Manufacturing.

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Bridal Couture Week Day 2 brings more stars on the ramp

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Ali Zafar looks dazzling in Balck Sherwani

After the glamorous showcase on Day One, Day Two of the bridal extravaganza was a continuation of the glitz and bridal statements with the country’s acclaimed couturiers, bridal wear designers and retail brands. As always BCW left its audience stunned with its majestic stage, uniquely set for a one of kind fashion show.

On Day Two of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with Emraan Rajput’s earthy hued fusion collection Shalima.

It was followed by Aisha Farid’s Nur un Nissa a collection fit for the Mughal empress.

The next show was by Kausar Sajid with her Parivarsh collection which has revived ancient embroidery techniques over luxe and delicate fabrics for the modern-day bride.

Shakeel’s by Zeeshan Danish’s hand embroidered bridal collection Kimkhwab and Sheeba Kapadia’s Claire De Lune for the new age bride.

Chinyere’s Ishq Nachaye Gali Gali for the woman who presents femininity through unique and beautiful patterns of embroidery, embellishments and motifs.

 

Humayun Alamgir’s Nawabzada a collection inspired by the fashion choices of the royals, elite and the influential.

Next in line was Embellished by Sadaf Amir’s Bagh e Baharan which featured colours of flowers from all seasons and transformed the ramp into a garden.

Rici Melion’s timeless couture pieces in their latest collection Zyanya, encompassing artisanal craft forms showcasing renditions of Turkish floral, textures and seaming.

Day 2 comes to an end with the return of Lahore’s favourite Maria B. with her collection The Lady of Amritsar.

The audience also witnessed the launch of Tasmina and Zulfiqar Sheikh’s Sacch movie’s latest song. The cast members who braced the runway included debutant Elysée Sheikh paired with Asad Zaman Khan, along with veterans including Ayesha Sana and Uzma Gillani.

Day 2 of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers – internationally acclaimed singer and actor Ali Zafar walked for Emraan Rajput, and the stunning queen of television Ayeza Khan walked for Aisha Farid. Nimra Khan graced the ramp for Kausar Sajid, while Urwa Hocane walked for Shakeel’s by Zeeshan Danish while Sanam Jung walked for Sheeba Kapadia’s showcase. The very lively Juggan Kazim walked for Chinyere while singer Falak Shabbir, vlogger Shahveer Jafry and cricketer Hasan Ali walked for Humayun Alamgir. Mawra Hocane walked for Sadaf Amir and Junaid Khan with Zubab Rana strutted down the ramp for Rici Melon. The veteran classical performer Nighat Chaudary added allure to the show during Maria B.’s segment.

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Bridal Couture Week Day 1

The 17th edition of the biggest bridal show extravaganza, Bridal Couture Week (BCW).

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Abrar ul Haq performs his Chamkeeli at BCW Lahore

Show one of the bridal extravaganza kicked off with Fahad Hussayn’s collection Labyagawachi trousseau bridal collection.

It was followed by Aisha Imran’s Shadi Mubarik in romantic hues for the charismatic classic bride.

The next was Almirah with its collection Ethnic Seams which drew its inspiration from the splendour and intimacy of Eastern art.

It was followed by Samsara Couture House’s Hayal, inspired from the tulip era in the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Zonia Anwaar came next with her collection Zoella which was modern yet infused traditional techniques with her signature cuts for the young millennial brides.

Ziggi Menswear’s monochromatic collection Fana – ‘Annihilation of the Self’ which was constructed using luxe fabrics, rich embroideries and motifs inspired from Sufism.

Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture showcased Abooro with her vision of beautiful Mughal legacy, blending them with her revivalist techniques of kora dabka and was awarded the Pantene Rising Star for her beautiful debut collection.

Haris Shakeel who amalgamated embroideries with block and screen printing in his collection Ishq.

Next was Royal Tag’s very aristocratic menswear collection The Royal Ceremony, inspired by the majestic Syon House and Garden in London.

Day one came to an end with globally acclaimed master couturier Nilofer Shahid’s collection Dastaan e Firdaus.

Day one of the three-day bridal extravaganza had an amazing line-up of celebrities walking for the designers – the bhangra king Abrar Ul Haq walked for Fahad Hussayn and Minal Khan showcased for for Aisha Imran. The veteran actor Aijaz Aslam was show stopper for Almirah, while the undisputed queen of our entertainment industry, Saba Qamar graced the ramp for Samsara Couture House whereas Nausheen Shah walked for Zonia Anwaar. Noor Khan walked and ‘Soch The Band’ performed for Nitasha Bilal Haute Couture while Kinza Hashmi closed the show for Haris Shakeel.

The eternal Adnan Siddiqui walked the ramp for Royal Tag and Sarah Khan added allure to Nilofer Shahid’s timeless pieces.

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