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Friday, August 17, 2012

7 Tips for A Special Eid Evening

With Ramadan finishing up, it’s time to plan for the flurry of Eid celebrations that follow. As one of the most significant holidays of the year for Muslims, it can mean a rush of festivities and a packed social calendar full of gatherings with friends and family.

Looking good is compulsory during this time, and most of us have already finished stocking up for our Eid wardrobe over the last few weeks of Ramadan. Besides planning what to wear, it helps to get make-up tips for extra dazzle. Many women prefer keeping their makeup light, but it could also mean spending more time dolling up. Here are some steps towards keeping up with your Eid evenings:

1 What to wear:  

You’re out and about and everyone’s wearing their finest. Depending on your nationality, you may wear a traditional jalabiya or an intricately detailed abaya. Those of us who are from South Asia wear heavier, more highly embellished shalwar kameez suits. You will be surrounded by a lot of people during Eid events so wear outfits that show thought and care during this special time of the year.

2 Cleansing & Moisturising:

No matter what you wear, the most beautiful aspect of your face will always be a natural flush. Cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising will give you the glow and prep you for any beauty look you choose. Start by using a cleanser that suits your skin type, and then exfoliating to get rid of dead skin. Apply toner to get the last traces of dirt off. Depending on your skin type, you should complete your skin regime with either a hydrating moisturiser for dry skin or a light, oil-free option for acne-prone skin. Now that this is done, your face is a ready canvas for make-up.

3 The Foundation:

As always, when wearing foundation you should make sure it suits your skin tone and doesn’t look caked on. Eid is not a time to appear overdone but rather to enhance your existing beauty! Jenni Battiss, head of creative at Mikyajy, suggests the Mikyajy Sabaya Fluid Foundation. “Depending on the level of coverage you need, you can use this in light, buildable layers, and it suits all skin types. If you’d like, throw on some Sabaya Illuminating Pressed Powder to make it last longer and add a sheer, no-shine effect.”

4 Glamorous Eyes:  

During Ramadan, we keep it simple and fresh, so now’s the chance to go for bold. Accentuate your eyes by going dramatic by using Mikyajy’s Black I kit to get a classic smokey eye. Battis suggests you start with the jumbo eye crayon along the base of the lashes on the upper lid for definition, adding the black eye shadow to the eyelid from the base to the crease of the eye and blend. Use the dip liner on the top and bottom lashes and apply eye pencil to the inner rim of the bottom lashes. Finish off with mascara so your eyes look more open.

5 Lips like sugar:

Plump, healthy-looking lips go a long way, so be sure to exfoliate and get rid of dry skin buildup. Moisturise with lip balm before using lip liner for shape. If you’ve gone dramatic on the eyes, don’t use a bold lip colour. Either choose a nude lipstick, or add a coat of gloss that will give you shiny, full lips. Touching up your gloss every few hours ensures you look fresh at all times.

6 Nails:

Don’t forget your nails! If you don’t have time for a full manicure, do a touch-up at home. Apply a coat of clear base and let it dry before applying colour. Then, based on your outfit, choose a shade. You can go basic with a french, or try neon, pastels or metallics, all of which are very trendy this season. If you have the time, you can try some nail art as well.

7 The Final Touches

There are a few final necessary touches before you leave home. Keep your cheeks subtle with a sweep of blush. Wear a fragrance that suits your mood, perhaps something romantic for the evening and a sweet, citrusy fresh fragrance in the day.

In general, we suggest you not go for a look that focuses on matching things together perfectly. You don’t need to coordinate your eye shadow with your dress. Instead, go for neutral and metallic shades as they can go with any outfit no matter how vibrant it is. Avoid putting on too much of everything and use a gentle hand especially when you’re applying make-up.

Once you’ve finished paying attention to the little details, you’ll surely look like a beautiful Arabian princess this Eid.

— Courtesy: Mikyajy


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