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Glam it up!

December 8 - December 14, 2021
Gulf Weekly Glam it up!
Gulf Weekly Glam it up!
Gulf Weekly Glam it up!
Gulf Weekly Glam it up!
Gulf Weekly Glam it up!

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Beauty habits may have changed over the past two years due to the pandemic but one thing remains the same ... getting into the season by ‘glamming up’ for the holidays.

Whether you are attending a chilled family gathering or a fancy function, make-up artists from around the globe have started releasing their must-have looks inspired from celebrities, runways and social media influencers.

While red lipstick and winged eyeliner is still a classic Christmas look, freelance stylist and certified make-up artist Sundas Ghazali, from Seef, advises adding bright hues and sparkly shades for a festive feel.

“The top holiday trends this year include statement metallic eyes, different coloured winged eyeliner and even glossy nude or bold lips,” said the Pakistani social media influencer. “While there are several looks to bring yourself merry cheer or to ring in the New Year, my favourites are mostly about the eyes.”

For statement metallic eyes, she suggests using foiled eyeshades with a blended eyeliner and finish off the appearance with a lipstick that’s not too bright or dark.

“Add a nicely contoured and highlighted face and you will have the perfect glam look,” said Sundas. “Also, don’t be afraid to get creative with your make-up designs as that is also popular this time of year.”

However, before getting creative, Sundas still advises others to choose a look that is still ‘you’, makes you feel great and highlights your favourite features.

“If you would like to go for something unique and creative, consider a thematic design that goes with your outfit too,” she explained. “For instance, why go for a plain black winged eyeliner when you can opt for a cheetah printed one instead?

Her final favourite look is creating a halo effect in the middle of the eyelid using a light, shimmery shade while keeping both ends of the eyelid dark.

“It would look amazing with a glossy nude lip and a defined jawline,” said Sundas. “Also consider taking your winter looks from day to night using your make-up too.”

Compliment a casual day outfit with light smoky eyes, a subtle lip colour and rosy cheeks. Then go dramatic in the evening with a dewy finish, sultry eyes with hints of shimmers and highlights and a bold lip. “This would look great with evening gowns,” she added. “Don’t be afraid to mix it up and have fun with it. Remember, you can always remove it if you don’t like it. Happy holidays.”

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