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Hi! I'm Shabana. I live in Bahrain. I'm a businesswoman by day and a fitness instructor by night. I believe that dressing up is the easiest way of loving yourself, and this blog is where I journal my outfits and my life. If you'd like to know more, click on the About Me tab on top. I hope you enjoy my blog!
                            

My Makeup Makeover


Since sometime I had been wanting to take my everyday makeup to another level. I wanted a more grown-up, sophisticated look. But I couldn't cope up with the makeup information overload on the internet. Highlighting, contouring, strobing, what type of eye makeup, which winged eyeliner to suit your eye shape and face shape...wheeeew! I needed help. So I asked makeup expert Zainab Majid if she would do a makeup makeover for my everyday look. And I'm SO happy that she agreed. She showed me what I was doing wrong, and what I was doing right. She did makeup to suit my exact face shape and features, and to balance my face out. 

BEFORE
AFTER


You can see the full video below with me doing my makeup and then Zainab giving me a makeover. 


Here's Zainab, with a step-by-step explanation of what she did:

Zainab:
Face: I started off by cleaning the face with Micellar Cleansing Water. It is crucial to start the makeup with clean skin. Then I moisturised the skin with moisturiser  & prepped the skin with setting spray. This step is important to have a solid foundation for your makeup. Shabana had trouble with her concealer creasing & moving, so a setting spray before putting any makeup product on her face becomes necessary. We skipped the next step which is foundation, as Shabana has good skin & doesn’t like to wear it. You’re free to add this step in if you’d like. I brushed her entire face with translucent powder to get rid of any oil & give her a natural airbrushed look.

Concealer: I started on the eyes with concealer under the eyes in an inverted triangular shape. It’s crucial to apply concealer starting from the inner corner of the eye working your way down to the nose and outwards towards the apple of your cheek. I then used a damp beauty blender to blend the concealer perfectly with the skin. You can wet the beauty blender either with your setting spray or a fix plus. The next step is very important as it’s the ultimate key to having bright, wrinkle-free, concealed under eyes. Always dab with the beauty blender to blend your concealer. Never rub with the beauty blender as this creates fine lines & makes your concealer crease. It is also absolutely important to set your concealer with a translucent, setting powder using a damp beauty blender. Dip the pointy end of your beauty blender into the powder and then dab starting from the inner corners of the eyes all the way outwards. Let it sit there for 10-15 mins and brush off any excess. Make sure it’s a soft swipe or you’ll end up creating the fine lines that you were trying to avoid. And voila! Perfectly concealed under eyes. 

Eyebrows: Shabana was missing out this step from her makeup routine, and in my opinion eyebrows are a MUST in every type of makeup look. I lined her eyebrows with a brown eyebrow powder following her eyebrow shape. The reason I used eyebrow shadow instead of gel is because powder gives a much more natural look. Then I used eyebrow mascara to set & tame any hair that was standing up. This step is important to have your brow game on point!

Eye makeup: I placed some bright gold eyeshadow on the inner corners of her eyes as this brightens and opens up the eyes and gives a fresh appearance to the face. Next, I placed a darker gold on the lids to make them pop. For the crease I used a transition color to give warmth to the eye and then it was just blend, blend, blend. The key to having flawless eye makeup is blending! I cannot stress this enough. You can literally use any shade of warm browns for blending the crease and your eye makeup will turn out perfect! I focused on the outer V of Shabana’s eyes as she has round eyes and I wanted to elongate them to create an almond shape. I used a darker brown for this particular step, as using a darker shade of brown creates an illusion of a different eye shape.

For the eye liner, I started from the inner corners of the eyes working my way to the edge. Towards the middle of the eye I created a thicker line and extended it all the way towards the end into a wing. I underlined the eyes with the same brown eyeshadow as the outer V just below the waterline to follow the same almond shape. I blended this eyeshadow with a lighter brown for a soft and natural look. As I was trying to change the eye shape from round to almond with the eye shadows, it is important to do the same with the eye liner too. Shabana was making a mistake of following her own eye shape with her eye liner, which can make round eyes look even rounder. I then primed her eyelashes with white mascara primer. This is the BEST hack for people with short or thin eye lashes. You let the primer do its magic for 1-2 mins and then you apply your mascara as you normally would. Make sure you go in with 2-3 coats with a fiber mascara and I guarantee you will have longer and fuller looking eyelashes. Lastly I lined the waterline with black kohl pencil to finish the look.

Blush: I used a peach tone for her blush as it compliments her skin tone as well as the eye makeup. Make sure you blend your blush all the way towards the end of your side hairline. Applying blush only on the apples of the cheeks will make you look like a China doll. So for a natural finish, blend, blend, blend all the way to the edges of your cheeks. 

Highlighter: I used one of the gold eyeshadows as highlighter on all the high points of her face, which is right above her cheek bones- just above the blush, the bridge and tip of the nose and just a little bit on the cupid’s bow. This trick will accentuate your features and is (in my opinion) one of the best looks for summer. You can skip this step if you’re not a fan of highlighters. 

Lips: Dark lipsticks are absolutely amazing on olive, tan, medium dark and dark skin tones. Shabana loves dark lipsticks but has been hesitant towards trying something really dark. So it was necessary to show her that she can definitely pull it off! I used a deep, dark plum to go with the golden/bronze look. The key to having a perfectly applied lipstick is to line your lips first and then fill in with lipstick. And since I was using a matte liquid lipstick, it was very easy to line the lips with the lipstick wand itself. I finished with lining some concealer around the lips. This step will avoid your lipstick from moving as well as make it look perfect! 

Last step: Make sure to spray your face with any fix plus, setting spray or airbrushed sprays. This will make your makeup look flawless & long lasting.  
 
 


Shabana: 
Needless to say, I'm ecstatic with the result. After a lot of practice, I think I'm finally getting it right doing it on my own. It takes more time than what I was doing, sure, but the result is SO worth it. I feel more confident, I'm getting tons of compliments, and I love doing my face up in the mornings! 

If you have any questions or want to know a specific product we used, leave me a comment below. 

Until next time

xoxo

Shabana

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Zainab Majid is a graphic designer by profession and a makeup artist by passion. Completely self-taught in makeup, she loves creating new looks and experimenting with different styles. She believes that the right makeup can transform your face, your confidence, and your life. Follow her on instagram @zainabmohdmajid for more makeup looks. For makeup consultations, private classes and event makeup, contact her on zainab{dot}majid{at}hotmail{dot}com.






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