Skip the salon: 10 professional DIY makeup tips


Hi all, I came across this amazing post on the web and thought of sharing it with you all. Check out these 10 amazing DIY beauty hacks! We spend hundreds & thousands of dirhams at beauty salons in our quest to look perfect and flawless. We cannot do it ourselves because we do not possess the knowledge that beauticians and makeup experts do. The good news is that now you can, read on to know how you can look absolutely gorgeous in the comfort of your own home.

1. There are so many great ways to use Vaseline in your beauty rituals. For thicker, darker, longer looking eyelashes just apply some Vaseline to your mascara brush everyday and then use your mascara regularly. You’ll see noticeable results!

2. In the UAE, we are exposed to heat and then air conditioning throughout the day, which can make the skin dry and flaky. For a smooth application of foundation it’s important to get rid of that dead skin sitting on the top layer of your face before you apply foundation. Mix a bit of brown sugar with honey and gently scrub your face and lips (use a toothbrush for the lips). It’s an easy and cost effective method to exfoliate the skin but works!

3. Makeup looks more complete when colors are coordinated. Color coordinate your lips with your cheeks to create a uniform look that brings your makeup together and looks natural. I love using any lipstick or colored lip balm and then applying some to the back of my hand. From there I use my middle finger to apply the color to the apples of my cheeks by blending upwards and outwards. Looks natural yet together, and it’s so easy to do!

4. It can be tricky to wear red or deep colored lipsticks. As you’re applying lip liner smile a little so the lips get tight and it’s easier to apply. Fill in the entire lip with the lip liner and then with the help of a good lip brush apply the lipstick starting at the center of the lip and blending it outwards. Using a lip brush takes more time to apply but gives you precision.

5. Everyone loves a nice contour. Fake those killer cheekbones by making a fish face to find the natural cheekbone contours of your face. Then use a large fan brush to sweep on a contour powder or matte bronzer. The fan brush blends as it applies.

6. When you make a mistake while applying lipstick don’t wipe it away. Wiping smears the color further and creates a messy look around the lips. Instead, use a bit of concealer on a pointed concealer brush to erase it. I love to use the #195 from MAC. It’s the perfect brush!


7. We all have days when we breakout with pimples. To make them less obvious, stick with matte textures. Anything shiny or shimmery on top of a pimple reflects light making it look more obvious.

8. To create a ‘glow from within look to your skin’ apply your illumizier before you apply foundation. By doing so, the skin absorbs the illuminizer and then blends into the foundation for a more natural glow. I like using Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream because it’s a cream but has a gold shine to it.

9. When you’ve applied too much foundation and don’t know what to do, instead of wiping it off which will irritate the skin; spray on MAC Fix + and then take a tissue and lightly pat it on your face. Your makeup will instantly look more natural.
10. We’ve all heard that using a white pencil in the water line can make the eyes appear bigger. For Arab and Asian skin try using a nude pencil instead. White can be too harsh for our skin tones, nude looks a lot more natural and makes the eyes look bigger!

Hope this helps, comment below to us know what worked fr you!

Until next time then xoxo….


Skin Care Regime for Combination Skin


Do you at times feel that different areas of your face are at war with each other? Do you feel that your skin is undecided? Some days your face looks dry and tight, while other days it is shiny and greasy – and sometimes it is both dry and oily at once?It sounds to me like you have combination skin.

Combination skin can be confusing and really frustrating for people who do not understand how to properly care for it. With most advice and products geared towards either dry or oily skin, it can be confusing figuring out the right treatment. Read on to understand what causes it and how you can work your way around combination skin.

What is Combination Skin?

A combination of two or more different skin types on the face at the same time. It is when some parts of your face, such as the cheek area are dry or flaky, while the center part of your face, nose, chin, and forehead – also known as the T-zone is extra oily. Combination skin can produce overly dilated pores, blackheads and shiny skin. It can benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.

What are the causes?

Causes for combination skin are different for everyone and there are a number of factors that can contribute to it.

The T-Zone has more active oil glands than other parts of the face and gets oily when sebaceous glands produce excess sebum.       A variety of factors like hormones or genetics can trigger this process, many of which cannot be controlled.

Similarly, dry skin on the face can result from factors such as the weather, genetics and age. Another common cause of combination skin can be a result of the very skin-care products being used.

Caring for Combination Skin

Taking care of your combination skin is all about balance. You need to keep your dry areas moisturized and your oily areas relatively dry. Below are the rules you need to follow to restore your normal oil and water balance while keeping your skin radiant.

Cleansing: The most basic element of any skin-care routine. Helps you remove excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis. Also preps the skin for effectively penetrating any subsequent products you’ll be using. Make sure to be gentle on your skin when applying.


Sunscreen: Sunscreen is your friend and must be a part of your daily skincare routine, not just when you’re going to the beach. It is the best way to prevent and stop wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. Moreover, gives protection from skin cancer.

For oily skin prone to breakouts or sensitive skin, choose physical sunscreens with only titanium dioxide or/and zinc oxide as the active ingredients


Moisturize: Dry, oily or combination, skin always needs moisture. If you choose wisely, your moisturizer can help even your skin out. Look for formulas geared to your skin type and get creative with it by applying one type of moisturizer to your dry areas and another type to your oily areas. For very dry skin, look for non–comedogenic in lotion or cream form to avoid clogging your pores.

Tips and Tricks to keep in mind:

Change with the seasons – Combination skin has the tendency to change with the weather. It’s prone to dry patches during the winter and breakouts and shine during the summer. Keep an eye on any changes in your complexion and switch up your beauty regime accordingly.

I recommend the following products for people having Combination Skin:

1)      Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Crème

A creamy and alcohol–free cleanser for those who have very dry or sensitive skin.


2)      Janmarini C-ESTA Cleansing Gel

An oily epidermis can benefit from an acidic cleanser. It contains alpha hydroxyl acids that do a better job of breaking up sebum.


3)      Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care — All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15

A physical sunscreen, which includes titanium dioxide as one the main active ingredients. Ideal for those with oily/sensitive skin.




4)      Skin Medica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer

A clarifying moisturizer this is very effective in firming the skin and balancing oil secretions.


Hope this helps ladies, until next time then. Stay happy, stay healthy and keep glowing 😉