The final challenge for the Faces “Wojooh Jamalek” competition on MBC TV was all about passion. The contestants were given the freedom to create anything, even draw on the body.
The results didn’t do it for me and were in fact slightly disappointing.
Lina gave me the perfect face makeup emphasizing on simplicity and practiced her calligraphy skills by writing a poem verse by Nizar Kabbani about Baghdad – her hometown. I just wondered where did all the great work that I’ve seen from her across the weeks go?
Below is Lina Hussein with her model.
As for Namareq, no doubt my eyes went straight to her model from the explosion of colors that were going on there. It certainly speaks passion, but an overload of that portion. It was too much texture going on, despite my admiration for parts of it, and the drawing on the body was imperfect.
Namareq said that the work she’s done needed more time and I believe her.
Below is Namareq Al Mansoury with her model
Its too unfortunate that they didn’t make me wonder much which is best because neither one was that great. I just think that if you’re not so good at body painting or that if you would need too much time, then do less of it rather than spend a lot of time trying to work it out. Its just hard for me to believe that after all I’ve seen from them, these looks are their “Best Work”, because they’re not. I’ve seen them do tons better.
In the end, both finalists were incredible throughout the competition. They have demonstrated a level of professionalism and creativity that I haven’t seen in a long time in the Middle East. In general, the decision was hard to make. Lina Hussein was announced the winner and Namareq Al Mansoury is the runner up for this competition and will be the official makeup artist for my upcoming look book.
To watch the previous episode (Gold Challenge), please view the below video
The program was presented by the beautiful Hind Boumchamar and I salute her and her team for their hard work presenting this beautiful program.
Also a big thank you for FACES and Mahmoud Rashad for the opportunity of being a judge on this show. It was a great experience.