We got a chance to sit down with the trending Lahore based makeup artist so here’s an inside scoop from the well known Madiha Qaiser.
1. Where did you learn your makeup from?
My interest in makeup initially developed while I was working with Maram Azmat at her studio. After starting out on my own, I learned majorly on my own. Online makeup tutorials aided me in honing my skill and from then onward, I decided to practice more frequently.
2. How is your technique different from other makeup artists?
Every makeup artist has their own technique. For me, it’s not just about how the girl looks but it’s very important to consider how the makeup will make the girl feel. A beautiful look can give you a confidence boost and I always aim to create that for my clients. I’m very detail oriented; I also enjoy experimenting and tinkering with different color combinations in order to create exciting looks.
3. You’re one of the few makeup artists who have done many editorials and play around with different color schemes. Tell us more about that?
A lot of my work generally involves playing around with different colors and robust color schemes. After many experiences of working on editorials, I personally found unconventional, dynamic color combinations to be very attractive once the final look came out. Generally my approach involves taking a popular trend in makeup and working on it; thinking out of the box and experimenting to create something unique and interesting. Editorials offer up the best opportunity for experimental work, especially when it comes to trying unconventional methods to create something memorable. Editorials really allowed me to enjoy freedom with how I work and are the best for narrating a dramatic story.
4. According to you, what are the 3 most important tips for makeup for shoots?
a) Inspiration: At the end of the day it’s not just about a pretty face but researching, having inspiration and an image in mind ahead of the final shot really gives a shoot a unique point of view and edge.
b) Features: You have to take into account the features, work to flatter and accentuate a model’s natural beauty through makeup
c) Skin tones: Staying true to the skin tone while keeping the lighting and shoot settings in mind is incredibly important.
5. Where does your inspiration to create such art come from?
My two main sources of inspiration are research and the people around me. Coming across an interesting look or shoot online often inspires me to do my own take on it. I have always been an art lover; an avid interest in arts and crafts inspires me to translate that into my work. I like to view a woman’s face as a canvas and I use every shoot and every opportunity as a chance to create something that can be viewed as art and it is one of my favorite aspects of this job. I truly love being able to do this as my job.
6. What are your plans for the future?
My makeup studio was recently completed and I am super excited to see what’s next and how my plans play out this year! For the future, I’d definitely like to have heavier involvement in fashion. I’ve had a lot of experience of working on editorial projects, TVCs and in films and I’d like to expand and move to doing fashion projects on a more frequent basis as well. Only time will tell what happens next.
7. How do you manage work and family/friends?
Personally, I believe that it is all about finding the right balance. These days I’m more of a work hard, work harder girl! I am super focused on my work right now and have very little free time but I always make it a point to take some time out, relax, and enjoy a spa day with my friends. My family is extremely important to me and any time I spend with them is precious so I try and make as much time for my family and friends as I can.
Beauty Essentials You All Need This Summer
It’s good form to clean out your beauty bag every season, tossing expired beauty products, and relegating non-essentials to your vanity. Your summer beauty bag should be lean, and TSA-friendly, just in case your wanderlust inspires a last minute flight to an exotic isle (hey, it’s summer, time to throw caution to the wind). Even if you’re not jet-setting, rising temperatures mean it’s time to switch up your skin care and makeup game. Come summer, the last thing you want is a melting face, so the following products strike the right balance of light coverage and maximum impact. If you’re prone to acne, you’ll want to peruse this list, as summer can wreak havoc on your pores if you’re not using the right products!
1. BIODERMA Sébium Hydrabio H20
The French beauty and skincare line BIODERMA owns the patent on micellar water, which is a formula that mimics the composition of the skin, and removes makeup. You don’t have to wash your face to achieve clean and balanced skin with this product, making it ideal for travel (bonus when you order the 100 ml/3.3 oz. TSA-friendly size). Plus, if acne is an issue, purifying agents like zinc gluconate and copper sulphate help regulate oil production, keeping pores clean.
2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Facial Sunscreen
Another score from the French pharmacy, Anthelios by La Roche Posay is dermatologist recommended and comes with a slew of beauty awards. Offering UVA and UVB protection, this formula is super lightweight and dries to a matte finish, so you can wear under makeup or alone, and no one will know what a stellar job you’re doing protecting your skin. (Tip: don’t forget your neck)
3. bareMinerals Faux-Tan All Over Face Color
Mineral copper complex, aloe vera and vegetable-derived emollients make this bronzing self-tanner an ideal choice for your summer beauty bag. Get a sun-kissed glow, without potential sun damage. The product stays on for five to seven days, deepens if you reapply, and is safe for acne-prone skin because it doesn’t clog pores.
4. Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner
Dirty makeup brushes can cause break-outs, especially in the warm months when you might be applying makeup to a sweaty face (touch-ups, people, touch-ups). How often should you clean your makeup brushes? “From a dermatologist’s perspective, I would like to see daily brush washing, so bugs and old make-up doesn’t accumulate,” Greg Goodman, associate professor and dermatologist at the Dermatology Institute of Victoria tells BuzzFeed Life. With that in mind, Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner in TSA-friendly size is ideal for your summer makeup bag.
5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
A waterproof mascara is a summer must, because there’s no reason to go bare-lashed to the pool. This formula is truly waterproof (and best removed with an oil-based cleanser) and the brush adds a nice curl to lashes.
6. Tarte Cheek Stain, Awakening
If you want to keep your summer beauty bag lean, use a product that can multi-task. Tarte cheek stain can double as a lip color too.
4 easy DIY masks you need to try with your girlfriends this Summer
Summer 2019 is in full gear and if their is one thing all girls need – it’s to detox their skin in this sticky humid weather. Self care is essential to maintain glowing, acne-free skin. We’ve rounded up 5 Do-It-Yourself Face masks for you to try with your girlfriends this summer. Bask in the rich goodness of nutritious products working their magic, put on some music and RELAX!
- The Disprin Face Mask (YES, you read that right!)
Recommended to us by a friend, we were shocked at the results. If you want to achieve tighter skin and close down those pores, then apply this twice a week.
How to make it:
- 2 tbsp Rice Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Disprin crushed
- 1 tbsp Besan
- 1 tbsp Yoghurt
- Dash of Rose Water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply to clean face, wait ten minutes and re-apply another layer. Let it stay another ten minutes and then gently scrub it off with water.
2. Oatmeal and vinegar mask
This mask will do wonders for you if you have oily skin. Apply once a week.
How to make it:
- 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- ¼ cup of hot water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open up and remove and makeup. Pour the hot water onto your oatmeal and then combine it with honey. At the end, mix the vinegar and apply the mask while it is still warm. Rinse off after 15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.
3. Citrus avocado mask
Avocados are somewhat an underdog of the fruit family with so many benefits. This mask is great for evening out pigmentation and adding a glow to your face. Apply twice a week
How to make it:
- ½ of an avocado, mashed
- ½ of a lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
This mask is super refreshing and will leave your face feeling smooth and skin tones evened out. Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly to your face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes and moisturize with your daily face cream (preferably NIVEA)
4. Chocolate Coffee Mask
Made from antioxidant-rich cocoa, chocolate has become known for its heart-healthy benefits. These beans are loaded with polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, keeps the skin hydrated and maintains the skin’s elasticity.
How to make it:
- 1 tsp of instant coffee
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp of honey
- Plain yogurt (enough to make a smooth paste)
Sounds appetizing right? But don’t stuff your face just yet! Combine all ingredients and spread your mixture evenly on your clean, dry face. Avoid your eyes, eyebrows, hairline and lips when you apply your mask and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing it off to reveal more beautiful skin.
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