By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:44AM

An easy thing to forget when doing your makeup, is your brows. They are, however, so important- they frame your face and can easily take 10 years off you when done right. I’ve always had extremely thin brows so I know first-hand how much it can affect your face and over-all makeup.

People may shy away from filling in their brows simply because they don’t know how, so here, I’m going give you a quick run through to show just how easy it is!

What you’ll need

Brow powder – when picking the shade, choose a colour that’s very close to your hair colour. The girls at the Anastasia salon in downtown Dubai are extremely helpful and will give you a hand picking your shade, and I love their brow powder duo!

Angled brush – makeup forevers 262 brush is my favourite. It’s really fine so you can be extremely precise with it.

Brow pencil – try Guerlain’s ‘the brow pencil’. It’s a dual ended product which has the pencil on one end and a brush on the other. Use the brush to blend the product in and tame unruly hairs.

Highlighter – Benefits ‘high-brow’ is ideal. You just draw the product straight on a blend slightly with you finger! Easy.

Brow gel/wax (optional) – Not everyone needs this step. It’s only really needed for those who have long and/or thick eyebrows. If you have very fine or sparse hairs it’s unnecessary! If you do need one, try the NARS clear brow gel. It smooths hairs into place and keeps them there without any need for extra colour.

What to do

Step 1 - Using the angled brush dipped in a small amount of brow powder, mark the shape of the brow.

• Align your brush vertically with the outer corner of the nose. Where the brush meets the brow is where the brow should start.

• Keep the brush in the same position at the base of the nose, move the top so it crosses your pupil. This is where your brow should arch (be the highest).

• The end of the brow should be when the brush is in line with the outer corner of the eye.

Step 2 – fill in the shape of the brow using the powder and the angled brush

Step 3 – define the brow using the brow pencil and use the brush to blend the colour. Apply in small ‘hair strokes’ to keep it natural.

Step 4 – Highlight the brow bone by taking the pencil directly along the bottom of your brows (where the colour stops)

Step 5 – Set the brows with a clear gel or wax (if needed!)

Tips and tricks

• Be careful of harsh lines. Add a little bit of product at a time and build it up

• If you go over-board, use a q-tip to remove the mistake and dab a bit of concealer to re-blend with your base.

• You can use stencils to perfect step 2. Stencils are widely available in stores like Sephora!

• Keep the beginning of your brows slightly lighter that the rest for an airbrushed look.

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:43AM

I’m always asked what beauty rumours actually work and which ones don’t. They say there’s no smoke without fire, meaning there must be some truth them. So here, I get to the bottom of some of the most common beauty myths and tell you which ones are true, which are false and which are simply misunderstood…

‘Wearing makeup will give me spots’

This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, wearing makeup can actually protect your skin from harmful environmental damage such as pollution and UV rays. Most foundations, nowadays contain an SPF, which is a crucial factor in anti-aging, and you can easily come across mineral based products which are gentle on most skin types. You must make sure you remove your makeup properly every night. This is the key to wearing makeup and keeping your skin healthy. While you’re asleep, your body repairs and rejuvenates the skin cells. If you’re wearing makeup, the cells and products will clog your pores causing blackheads and spots. Use a gentle cleansing formula, like Khiels ultra facial cleanser, every evening to remove makeup and dirt before going to bed. Use an intense deep cleansing mask once a week to remove stubborn dirt and impurities.

‘Egg whites shrink pores’

This one is not strictly true. Unfortunately, nothing can shrink your pores. Egg whites can, however, tighten your skin enough to diminish the appearance of sightly pores. Egg whites are full of protein which will nourish the skin. Simply separate the whites from the yolks, mix, and apply to the face and neck. Add a few drops of lemon juice if you skin is oily. Leave for 10-15 minutes. You will feel your skin tightening as the egg dries. A great way to ensure you’re looking glowing before a big event!

‘Bathing in milk will make you beautiful’

Cleopatra was on to something here, ladies! While it’s not necessary to (and would be pretty expensive) fully bath in it, milk it does have its benefits when used topically. Milk contains lactic acid, which will soften, soothe and help to remove dead skin cells. Goat’s milk has the closet PH level to our skin, so try and go for that. Fresh bio yogurt also has the same benefits. Fresh and organic is always best, whichever product you decide to use! Simply apply to the skin in sweeping motions, using a cotton ball. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse. You can also try this on agitated areas like eczema or psoriasis.

‘Brushing your hair with 100 strokes will make it grow’

This one is false. In fact, doing this could be detrimental to your hair. Especially if it’s thin. Excessive brushing can cause excess oil and breakage. Try stimulating the blood flow with a head massage instead. Your hair grows from the roots, so increasing blood flow with a massage will make your hair grow thicker and stronger. Stronger hair will grow longer as it’s less likely to break. Using a hot oil and massaging it in once a week before shampooing, will not only help, but is extremely relaxing too. Simply looking after your hair will give the impression that it’s growing faster. Get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks, and use a mask once a week to give strength and shine. I love Rahuas omega 9 hair mask, which really works to penetrate the hair and strengthen it from the inside, rather than coating it like most masks do.

‘Blackheads are caused by dirt’

Wrong! Blackheads are a build-up of sebum (oil) in your pores which is then blocked by dead skin cells. Those with oily skin are more prone to blackheads due to the over production of sebum. Ensure you regularly exfoliate to keep dead skin cells away, and so preventing the formation of blackheads. Try using a daily cleanser that contains a small amount of salicylic acid. This will help prevent blackheads by removing dead skin cells. NUXE aroma-perfecting cleansing gel (21$), is great for gentle yet effective cleansing. For an extra kick, use a treatment once or twice a week. Biodermas ‘sebium’ exfoliating gel, is perfect. For your daily moisturiser, don’t go too heavy as this will clog the pores, caudalies vinoperfect day perfecting cream is great, and contains an SPF too.

Ultimately, skin care, hair care and makeup is all such a personal choice. You really need to use what works for you which means trying different products and deciding which you prefer. The secret to every beauty trick or product, is to compliment it with a smile.

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:42AM

In an ever growing beauty world, I’m always asked what products people should be using. Be it makeup, or skin care. I am a huge fan of natural products. There are many chemical products on the market today, however it’s so easy to avoid. Why plaster your face, hair, body, with harsh chemicals when there are natural alternatives that are just as good!. In some cases, I understand that chemicals are the ‘best’ way forward. Meaning that things like wrinkles are not going to disappear overnight without something giving you an unnatural helping hand (that’s life, unfortunately!). I don’t disagree with this as everyone wants to look their best! I do think though, that A, you should avoid chemicals as much as possible, and B, that prevention is better than cure. In that preventative regime you can easily include natural and skin friendly products.

I think pretty much any makeup artist will agree with me when I say that great skin is the ultimate base for great makeup. The majority of models/celebs I work with are naturally blessed with great skin, but for us mere mortals, we need to look after ours in order for it to stay glowing.

Great skin, in my opinion, starts from the inside. For example, I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water! Keeping your skin at the right moisture level is incredibly important. Drinking enough of water can help reduce the look of fine lines around the eyes, and even the overall tone of your skin. I find that if I have a bottle with me all the time, I’ll keep drinking throughout the day which keeps my skin hydrated. If you don’t have great skin and you know you don’t drink enough water, give it a go, I bet you’ll see the difference within a day or two.

Staying on the hydration track, using the right moisturiser for your skin is very important. Using one that’s too rich can make your skin greasy and clogged, whereas dry skin with not enough moisture can easily look tired and dull. In fact a big factor in the cause of dull, ageing looking skin is dehydration, whether it’s from the inside or outside. Use a day cream with an spf to fight aging, and a richer night-cream to give you an extra boost during your beauty sleep.

For those with sensitive skin, the Hydra 5 gel from Herbline essentials is amazing. It contains Aloe Vera and Honey so it’s super calming and moisturising. I love using it before makeup; it has a great texture for use before foundation as a natural alternative to a hydrating primer!

Another natural skin care range that I love is caudalie. The Vinoperfect perfecting fluid perfect for daywear! It’s SPF15 so great for preventing signs of ageing. It brightens, smooths, and evens the skin tone whilst hydrating and leaving your skin feeling like silk! Apply in the morning before your makeup.

Regular, gentle exfoliation can brighten your skin and promote cell renewal which will keep your skin looking fresh and young. Try ‘angels on bare skin’ from LUSH, it’s a beautiful natural every day cleanser with a very soft exfoliant. It leaves your skin smooth, fresh and clean with just the one product. So not only is it natural, but it saves time too!

Sometimes, you don’t even need to buy products. I’m always making my own, homemade beauty lotions and potions. I really like to know what’s in the things I use on my skin, so what better way than to make them yourself!

Try the Aspirin Face peel, for example! All you need is 5/6 uncoated asprin and some lukewarm water. Crush the asprin and dissolve into the water/juice until it’s like a paste. Smooth onto your face and leave for just 5 minutes (3 or 4 if you have sensitive skin). Massage your face just before you rinse, this will gently exfoliate your skin. When dissolved, aspirin breaks down into salicylic acid, so as well as brightening and exfoliating the skin, it will also take down any swelling from spots or acne. You can add a drop of lemon juice if your skin is oily. Your skin will look bright and even and feel super soft!

Another great recipe is simply using olive oil, honey and salt for use as a body scrub. Mix together in a bowl and apply in the shower in circular motions. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil!

In terms of makeup, when I say natural, I mean the formula. You don't have to shy away from colour whilst using natural and mineral makeup. Take LUSH's emotional brilliance range of lipsticks. The whole range is natural, cruelty free and never tested on animals. They’re highly pigmented, long-lasting and contain naturally moisturising ingredients like jojoba oil, rose wax and candellila wax. The pigment is extremely strong, which ensures staying power, and yet it feels incredibly lightweight. There’s a beautiful, versatile range of colours, so you’re undoubtably going to find the perfect shade for you, and a little goes a long way!

My favourite mineral based makeup brand is bare minerals. For skin, they have two types of foundation, the classic mineral powder and their new bare skin liquid foundation. Both are great, but very different. The powder is perfect for those with oily skin, although it works great on all skin types. Apply this with a kabuki brush, buffing it on bit by bit in circular motions. Use a tiny amount and build it up, you really don't need a lot which means you'll get a good few months out of one pot. On the other hand, the liquid bare skin is perfect for dry and/or ageing skin. This is a serum based foundation, so it's very brightening and moisturising. You need to shake the bottle up to mix the serum with the pigment, this is crucial for an even coverage. I use their perfecting face brush to apply this. You can build the coverage up. It contains vitamin c, so it will help to even out the tone and brightness of your skin in the long run whilst instantly giving a flawless glow.

Bare minerals also have a huge range of eyeshadows, bronzers, blushers and mascaras, including my all time favourite 'flawless definition' mascara. It's super black, buildable and really lengthens and separates the lashes. My lashes always seem even and longer after using this for a few weeks, compared to using other mascaras.

It goes without saying that not everyone will suit every method. It’s important to find out what works best for you. Some of the products that I love, won’t agree with you and vice versa. So figure out what works best for you. You don’t have to use a whole range from the same brand, mix and match your favourite products to tailor the perfect regime, but I do think it's important to stay natural as much as you can.

Favourite natural brands

Figs and rouge

Herbline essentials

Human and kind

Bare minerals makeup

LUSH makeup and skincare

Organic pharmacy makeup (available at edge salon Mercato)

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:41AM


Eyebrows are probably the feature that stands out the most when you get it wrong. The rest of your makeup could be flawless, but bad eyebrows will ruin your whole look. Eyebrows should frame your face. A good arch can take ten years off your brow-bone, by giving the effect of a lift.

To get a perfect, natural brow, I love to use an angled brush, like the straight 262 brush from makeup forever. Brows should be no darker than 2 shades from your hair colour. I like to use a powder like the benefit brow zings (comes with a waxy base too) or Anastasia brow powder duo. Brush the powder on, starting lightly and building it up! Make sure the beginning of your brow isn’t too blocky or you run the risk of looking angry all day. Highlight directly under the brow, on the brow bone, to sharpen your brows further.

The best way to know your shape is this age old q-tip trick.

• Take a Q-tip, your brows should start when the q-tip is in-line with the base corner of your nose.

• Keeping the q-tip at the base and looking straight ahead, take it diagonally across your pupil. This is where the highest part of the brow should be.

• Move the Q-tip so it’s in-line with the outer corner of your eye, this is where you brow should end.

Best brow products

• Benefit brow zing

• Anastasia brow powder duo and dipbrow

• Makeup forever aqua brow

• Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil

• Makeup forever 262 brush

• MAC 208 angled brow brush


Getting the right base is so important. It’s easy to go too orange, or the opposite, too ashy! This is mostly down to the undertone of your skin. Most people will see a shade that looks like their skin tone, but it’s the wrong under-tone (confusing, I know!). To make it a bit clearer, the skin has it’s tone or shade, which is made up of light, medium, dark ect, and then it’s undertone is either pink, yellow or neutral. Yellow undertones are the most common, pink are the rarest. It’s actually very hard to tell which undertone you are, so the best way to find out is simply trial and error. Test different foundations, the one that makes your skin bright and glowing is the one for you. A couple of good tricks though, are, if you tan well, you are likely to be warm, if you easily burn in the sun, you are likely to be cool (either way, wear an SPF!). As well as the gold/silver test. If you feel you suit silver more than gold, you’re probably cool and vice versa. If none of these are really you, then you’re possibly neutral.

Most shades of foundation will have a cool and a warm counter part. Bare minerals is great for working this out as it’s clearly labeled on the counter. Illamasqua are also good for this! They will have two or three shades with different undertones, for example, with their skin base foundation, shade 3.5 is pink undertone (cool) shade 4 is a yellow undertone (warm) and shade 4.5 is a yellow olive undertone (neutral).

Wearing a cool tone if you’re warm based will instantly give you an over-all ashy look, which will make your skin look dull and tired. Try the new Pantone colour IQ in Sephora stores to get the right shade and tone for you from hundreds of formulas!

Visible powder is a well-documented error in the makeup world. I’m sure you’ve all seen the pictures of celebs with powdery patches all over their faces. This is always due to translucent powder being applied in the wrong way. There are two types of translucent or setting powder, loose and compact. Loose powder should be applied with a large, fluffy brush, preferably a stipple brush like MAC 187 duo fibre or Sephora pro stippling brush #44. Fluffy, airy brushes like this buff the powder equally across the skin, which ensures an even finish with no large patches. A compact can be applied with a powder puff. They usually come with a puff, but it’s best to get a separate one as they’re usually a lot softer. You can pick them up from boots and even Carrefour in the beauty sections for around 10 dirhams. Smooth a tiny bit of the powder onto the puff and pat on gently to the skin. They key to both types of powder, is to apply little by little, ensuring it’s well blended at you go. Too much powder can make you look dry and cakey.


Conforming to trends that don’t suit you is a big no no. There is a huge difference between beauty makeup, fashion makeup, TV makeup ect. The important part is finding the right look for you. Green eyeshadow was a trend when I was younger, but having brown eyes and brown hair, I was more forest than flawless. If you don’t suit a purple lip or a heavy winged eyeliner, then don’t wear it. Simple. You can, though, adapt trends to suit you. For example, shiny skin has been seen across the runway for SS15. In reality, this probably won’t look great, but you can incorporate it into your usual makeup with a bit of highlighter mixed in to your foundation for an extra glow. Try NARS illuminator, which is a liquid highlighter and comes in 5 different shades. Copacabana (light) and Laguna (golden) are ideal for highlighting. I’m all for experimenting and wearing different looks, just make sure not to end up with panda eyes and purple lips because Cara Deleveigne had smoky eyes and Kendall Jenner wore a berry gloss! Your daily makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not mask it.

Extra tips and tricks

• Dust bronzer across the areas that the sun is likely to hit. Think of a ‘3’ starting at your forehead, across you cheekbone, and a tiny bit on your jaw and nose. Don’t smother it over your whole face or you’ll look look flat and fake.

• To avoid clumpy mascara, don’t pump the wand into the tube, twist it instead! This stops excess air getting into the tube and drying you mascara out too quickly. Replace mascaras every two months or so.

• Blend! Blusher, bronzer, eyeshadow… it all needs to be blended to look flawless. Soft, fluffy brushes give the most perfect results.

• Clashing colours. Whilst this can look cool on the catwalk, your daily makeup should really be more subtle. When wearing a red lip, don’t use a pink blush. When wearing coloured eyeshadow, steer clear of bold lipstick!

• Keep your teeth lipstick free by blotting with a bit of tissue between coats!

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:39AM

There’s so much choice around now, so what shade do you go for? Here’s a few hints to help you out.

Nude – Nude means the colour of your skin, so a nude lip should typically be matched to you skin tone and shade. You can go a shade or two darker if you feel it’s too light. Nude should never be lighter than your skin tone!

Natural – natural means the colour of your lips! Note the difference between this and nude. A lot of people get these two mixed up so it’s important to know the difference, especially when shopping for lipstick or having your makeup done! A natural lip is usually worn to enhance the shape and/or size of the lip, so try a lip liner first. MACs Dervish or boldy bare would be a good start, but always match it within a shade or two to your natural lip colour.

Red/pink – Bright colous are tricky, there are typical rules you see all the time like warm skin tones should wear warm reds ect, but I think it depends on more than that. For example, if you’re wearing a cool red, and you wear a warm red lipstick, it won’t look right, regardless of your skin tone! Similarly, what is the rest of your makeup going to be like? Warm brown tones look lovely with a warm red lip, and cool earthy tones will look great with a nice plumy pink colour.

For every day wear, I would choose a bright lipstick by three things; the colour of your eyes, what warms your skin tone and what makes your teeth look whiter. Green eyes look great with wine/plum based colours. Brown with bright cherry reds or fuchsia pinks. Blue eyes are complimented by vibrant, true reds and peachy pinks.


• Blush is a huge factor. Never clash your red lipstick with Barbie-esqe pink cheeks! Stick to peach, neutral or bronze tones for blush when wearing red tones, and save the pinks for natural and pink lip colours.

• With bright lipstick, don’t over-do your eye-makeup. A subtle smoky eye or a vintage eyeliner is the maximum you should go. While the vampy look can look great, leave it to the professionals!

• For long lasting colour, try a matte lipstick like bourjois matte velvet. It’s made with essential oils and pure pigment, lasts all day and is so lightweight you forget you’re wearing anything!

• For a great matte look, use a lip liner all over the lips and leave it at that!

• To make lips look bigger, use a lip liner slightly outside the lip line, being careful not too over-do it! Once you’ve filled your lips in, use a slight lighter shade, or a gloss, in the centre of the lip to give the illusion of a plumper pout.

• As well as your cheekbones, highlight your cupids bow for more defined and glowy look to your makeup

• Always use a warm concealer around the corners of your lips, this area tends to be more ash toned than the rest of the face, so a yellow or orange based concealer will warm this up.

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:37AM

Makeup is like painting a picture, you would never start painting on a dirty piece of paper. That’s why skincare is so important. Your face is your canvass in the art of makeup! So my top tips for lipstick application will start with the basics.


Make sure your lips are soft and supple. Light exfoliation of your lips is a great way to start. You can buy products specifically for this, however the simplest if things can be used. Gently brushing your lips with a soft toothbrush will work wonders on dry, flaky lips!


Keeping your lips moisturized will give the illusion of a younger, plumper pout. This can be achieved by just using a lip-balm. I recommend to use one with an SPF, as your lips are always something you tend to forget when it comes to the suns harmful rays. Try palmers coco butter ultra moisturizing lip balm SPF 15, available from boots stores.


I would always recommend to use a lip liner when applying lipstick or gloss. Especially if you’re planning on wearing a bright colour. Makeup forever aqua lip liner is one of my kit essentials. The staying power is amazing, the pigment is so strong and it’s so easy to apply! What more could you want?


I always apply lipstick with a lip-brush. By using a brush you can be a lot more precise with your application, particularly around the edges. Try MAC cosmetics 316 lip brush. With regards to brand, if you get the right lipliner, the lipstick itself is not as important. Most high street brands have great pigments and staying power, I love Rimmel and bourjois for their lipsticks!


Mistakes are more easily rectified than you think! If you’ve ‘gone outside the lines’, remove the mistake with a q-tip, then, take a small, clean, flat brush and a tiny bit of your concealer. Simply conceal away the mistakes until you have a nice clean edge. Depending on the look you’re going for, adding gloss can plump lips up and give a modern take on some of the classic looks.

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Mar 7 2014 11:04AM

I was lucky enough to be sent these 5 ‘liquid lipsticks’, from LUSH’s emotional brilliance makeup range. Emotional brilliance is quite new to LUSH. As expected, the whole range is natural, cruelty free and never tested on animals; already in my good books then!

They’re marketed as ‘highly pigmented, long-lasting, moisturising colour’, with natural ingredients (which are great for sensitive skin). They contain jojoba oil, rose wax and candellila wax. At 85 AED, is it worth it?

I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these products. The pigment is extremely strong, and yet it feels incredibly lightweight. It’s almost as if you’re only wearing a lip balm. You can definitely feel that it’s moisturising, if a LITTLE on the greasy side. The (recyclable!) applicator is great, and very precise, although I would definitely recommend to use a liner, especially for the stronger colours like the red shades featured here.

The pigment almost acts like that of a lip stain, so the colour stays strong for hours, which is great! When I first applied the product, I wasn’t expecting it to stay put for too long due to the lightweight texture, but you can see my results in the photo attached. The colour lasted very well, but the sheen that comes from the oil and wax’s, lasts a little less, although still a while. The only thing I would say with regards to the longevity of this product, is that it’s easily smudged. Another reason to use a liner before you apply! You’ll need to be careful once its applied, for example, when drinking from a cup the product will transfer, and don’t even think about wearing it on a date (unless kissing is out of the question)! A liner will definitely ease this problem by creating a barrier, that smudges can’t escape from as easily, and you won’t need to worry about this with the lighter, more natural colours from the range.

There’s a beautiful, versatile range of colours, so you’re undoubtably going to find the perfect shade for you. As you can see from the photo attached, there are orangey-reds for olive tones, pinky-reds for lighter complexions and even reds with a gold shimmer which would look absolutely fantastic on those with dark skin.

On a night out, I would personally steer away from the stronger colours, but considering the lightweight texture, moisture level and natural ingredients, I think it’s absolutely perfect for daily wear. You will also get a lot of use out of just one bottle, as the colour is so strong you won’t need very much, which is brilliant.

Over-all, I really like this this product. I’ll definitely be using it in my kit and adding some of the other colours to my collection. You can buy this online at, or at the Dubai Mall or Mercato Mall.

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Mar 7 2014 10:59AM

I’m sure the whole world has heard of contouring by now. Thanks to the likes of the Kardashians, the secret is out!

Contouring, however, can be very hit and miss. I’ve seen some contouring tragedies in my time as a makeup artist, from both professionals and non-professionals, celebs and non-celebs alike. It’s an easy mistake to make if you don’t know what you’re doing!

In my opinion, makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not completely change how you look. Contouring can be dangerous and wonderful at the same time. For example, aging makeup is simply contouring the ‘wrong’ lines. Which is why you need to be careful, it’s surprisingly easy to make yourself looks older, more tired, and aged, with contouring-gone-wrong. Day to day contouring should consist of emphasizing your cheek bones, diminishing any so called flaws, and giving your skin a healthy glow. Symmetry is also key, I find I have one cheekbone slightly higher than the other, so I try to even this out with contouring.

I tend to use powder for contouring. I’m sure you’ve all seen the foundation method, but I find that this is far too harsh for anything other than photographic or film. My advise is to get a nice contouring powder pallet. So many brands have them nowadays, try MACs sculpting powder pro pallet, where you can choose the colours to match your skin tone. Or Sleek Makeup’s ‘face form’ palettes, available from, they come in a range of shades and are equip with a blusher and highlighter too, all you need! Don’t contour with blusher or bronzer! This is part of the over-all contouring process, but not the actual definition. Contouring powder should only be a few shades darker than your natural skin colour, and the same tone. No more than this or you run the risk of looking like you’ve been in a fight!

My ultimate advise for any kind of makeup, is to build it up. Once you have your foundation on, dust your face with some powder. Loose, compact or mineral, it doesn’t matter, use whatever is your preference. The powder will make the contour easier to blend.

Take a medium sized, soft but firm brush like this one from real techniques (left). Following the natural hollow under your cheekbones, add a small amount of the contour powder. Then blend with an angled, fluffy brush, like the one on the right. repeat this and build it up to achieve the desired effect. You can also contour your jaw line, hair line and nose to make them look more defined. For your nose, use a smaller brush.

A general rule when it comes to contouring and highlighting, is to take note of where the light naturally hits your face, and where is naturally darker. Highlighter should be used on the highest part of the cheekbones, the brow bone (just under your eyebrows), and a small amount down the center of the nose. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can also SOFTLY highlight just above the eyebrows, and the cupids bow of your lips. If you prefer a matte base, I’d suggest only highlighting your cheek and brow bones, and using a non-shimmer highlighter.

Once this is done, you can add your bronzer and blusher. You should never use bronzer all over your face. Take a big fluffy brush and bring the bronzer in a ‘3’ shaped motion, starting from your forehead. Blusher should be used on the apples of the cheeks to lift the face and give a flush of colour. A basic rule is to blend it in line with the center of your eyes, outwards, and no lower than the bottom of your nose! Use a smaller, rounded, fluffy brush for this. Again, with both blusher and bronzer, BUILD IT UP. It’s easier to add makeup than it is to take away!

The results can be seen in this photo of little old me. Without contouring, my skin looks dull and one dimensional. With a small amount of contouring, I have more of a glow and I’m a little bit more defined. Note here that I have red lipstick on, so I have steered away from pink blusher! With red lips you should use a natural, slightly peachy blush. Pink and red can be amazing for high fashion, but you’ll look like a clown at the office…

I hope you find that I’ve covered the basics of contouring here. If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to get in touch! My details can be found on my website,

Thanks for reading!

H x

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Mar 7 2014 10:52AM

I have been a long time lover of LUSH, so I was so glad to find it here in the UAE. I grew up with their bath bombs and heavenly smelling soaps. The smell of their products is incredible, but the thing I like the most is that they are so natural.

There are many chemical products on the market today, however it’s so easy to avoid. Why plaster your face, hair, body, with harsh chemicals when there are natural alternatives. In some cases, I understand that chemicals are the ‘best’ way forward. Meaning that things like wrinkles are not going to disappear overnight without something giving you an unnatural helping hand. I don’t disagree with this as everyone wants to look their best! I do think though, that A, you should avoid chemicals as much as possible, and B, that prevention is better than cure. In that preventative regime you can easily include natural and skin friendly products.

Keeping your skin at the right moisture level is incredibly important. Not just from the outside either! Drinking lots of water can help reduce the look of fine lines around the eyes, and even the overall tone of your skin.

Regular, gentle exfoliation can brighten your skin and promote cell renewal which will keep your skin looking fresh and young. Try ‘angels on bare skin’ from LUSH, it’s a beautiful natural every day cleanser with a very soft exfoliant. It leaves your skin smooth, fresh and clean with just the one product. So not only is it natural, but it saves time too!

Using the right moisturiser for your skin is important. Using one that’s too rich can make your skin greasy and clogged, whereas dry skin with not enough moisture can easily look tired and dull. In fact a big factor in the cause of dull, ageing looking skin is dehydration. My favourite moisturiser from LUSH is GORGEOUS, a fresh, everyday moisturiser which has evening primrose, a pressed oil which I think is fantastic whether used on the skin or taken as a supplement (see my blog post on evening primrose oil here ).

You can go into LUSH at the Dubai mall and speak to one of their fantastic staff to find the perfect moisturiser for your skin type. They’re so helpful and knowledgable about their products and skin care!!! I was so happy with the level of customer service there.

Some of my favourite products I have from LUSH include ‘BIG’ shampoo, which is made with sea salt for super volumised hair. My advise is to use this every now and then, if you want some extra body, as it can be quite drying to both your hair and scalp, if you use it every day. I also love the LUSTRE, body powder. It’s a beautiful smelling golden powder which you can brush on practically anywhere to give yourself an amazing golden glow. It literally looks like you’ve been to the beach all day! You can also use it as a highlighter on your cheeks. Just buff it on with a big fluffy brush, building it up in layers depending on how much of a glow you want!

LUSH is a perfect way to start your new, natural skincare regime! It’s not expensive at all, and their products even have use by dates so you don’t end up using products which have gone out of date! I really would advise to use natural products wherever you can. Chemicals can cause more harm than good so you need to be careful, but that’s another blog post ;-)

Let me know if you have any questions. You’ll be seeing lots more blogs on natural and organic skincare from me in the future!!

H x

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Mar 7 2014 10:50AM

Hi everyone! I haven’t blogged in ages, I know, I’m rubbish! I’m starting again now because I’ve just moved to Dubai! This is my third month here. And what a crazy 3 months it’s been!

The beauty industry is booming here. It’s definitely my kinda place. It reminds me of the emerald city in the wizard of oz. Everything is shiny and sparkly and new. And so are the people, hence the obsession with beauty methinks. Everyone seems to take the utmost care of themselves, whether it’s women and their perfect makeup or men with their precision grooming!

So as well as a growing private client base, I’ve also had a number of fantastic jobs around the UAE. I’ve worked with a few amazing photographers on fashion and corporate shoots. I’ve written an article for a magazine. I’ve headed and organised teams for Mahiki and Cavalli’s halloween events, and I’ve also had the UNBELIEVABLE privilege of going to one of the palaces in Abu Dhabi to work with one of the princesses for her private halloween party. Although none of the girls wanted scary, gory halloween makeup, what an experience! It was all glitter and smoky eyes, which suits me fine (and what more could you expect from a princess!?)!

All of this while trying to find an apartment. All in all, a pretty busy 3 months!

As I said before, the beauty industry here is amazing! There are some great MUAs here that I’ve found, but no where near as many as back home in London. In actual fact, the level of skills for the majority here, seems significantly lower than the UK. Some makeup artists I’ve seen are pretty shocking, and yet they have a HUGE following and seem very busy with exciting shoots; baffling if you ask me. I’ve also noticed that everyone seems to blog, to the point where it’s a bit of a cliché! However, I’ve had my blog for ages, and I really enjoy writing when I have the time. So I’m (re)jumping on the band-wagon.

I hope you enjoy reading my future beauty based posts from in around around Dubai! I’ll be writing my first one now…

H x