FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – Final Challenge

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?

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

 

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Below is Lina Hussein with her model.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

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.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Namareq said that the work she’s done needed more time and I believe her.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Below is Namareq Al Mansoury with her model

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

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.

Hind Boumchamar

Hind Boumchamar

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.

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 6th Challenge

 

A successful look portraying the queen of gold who loved her people and was betrayed by them, rises from the dead to revenge – by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Lina Hussein proved me right once again. The model behind her makeup looked beautiful and truthfully this was the first time this model looked that good in this competition. Lina can simply make anyone look more beautiful. Lina portrayed a Queen of love full of romance.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

Risellene is the perfect makeup artist for fashion shows. With her European approach, she proves to be very creative and thinks outside the box. Unfortunately, she doesn’t relate much to the Arab market. This look specifically didn’t feel complete and the gold paper was too spread in an incoherent way, especially under the eyes, it didn’t do it for me. Hard luck for Risellene; however, rest assure this is a name you will see a lot more of in the near future.

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

Next week’s episode will be the finale. The challenge is all about Passion. It will be a tough one. However, because both finalists are incredibly good, I have announced that the runner up will be the official makeup artist of my upcoming lookbook. Stay tune.

 

 

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 5th Challenge

This week featured the top 4 makeup artists who made it through out FACES competition on MBC TV, Saba Al Kheir Ya Arab segment every Sunday. As a judge, its getting harder every week to eliminate especially because not only are all the makeup artists improving, but also because we are getting really used to them. This week’s challenge was GLITTER.

Looks like Risellene took my feedback from last week seriously and pushed herself where she delivered a creative output of a woman made of ice. In reality, Risellene coated the lips and eyebrowse with sugar and broke that look with a pink eyeshadow. I personally loved it!

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

As for Namareq, she did an impeccable job. I have to point out that the pictures don’t give the real work justice. Namareq challenged herself where she created a hand-made mask of glitter going gradually from blue to purple (again, that’s not shown in the photo). After all this work, she delivered a clean picture of perfection revolving around the carnaval theme. This by far was the most difficult look and she nailed it.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

 

Lina has a stamp called: Let me do your makeup, let me make you gorgeous! Lina took what she does best and added a fantasy of glitter mix on the face that spoke royal beauty. I simply love her work!

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

 

Anje on the other hand understood the theme, delivered a clean work and upgraded her level. Unfortunately, she was eliminated this week due to her limited creativity in this look. Anje has a classic approach that I personally admire. However, the stakes are too high right now and the artists shouldn’t play it safe. They should push themselves and get out of their element. Hard luck to Anje, I wish her all the best!

Makeup by Anje

Makeup by Anje

Last week’s eliminated contestant was Hadjira, who I asked her to do the work and send me photos of the out come. Hadjira went for a beautiful romantic look but still kept it safe lacked perfection. Notice the similarity between Anje’s and Hadjira’s makeup.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

Next week’s challenge is all about GOLD! That, I can’t wait to see! See you next Sunday.

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FACES Makeup Competition on MBC TV – 4th Challenge

What do you think about when you hear the Dark Glamour makeup?For me, I think dark eyes, maybe an eyeliner and dark red lipstick. Heavily countoured and super sexy. For this week’s challenge, Glamour was the theme and the contestants were given Black as the main color to work with.

I had different expectations, but let’s go through the results.

The best for this week was Lina. Even the most talented of us, needs to be reminded that she will always have to learn more and do better. Otherwise, her future is dead. Despite last week’s controversy having Lina in the bottom three, she remains -in my opinion- as one of the best makeup artists I have ever dealt with, not just on this show. It was dark enough, perfectly blended and commercial as well as a show makeup.

Makeup by Lina

Makeup by Lina

One of the best was also Namareq. I just wish she took it a bit further and perhaps added an eyeliner to add a sharp touch to it. Other than that, I loved that it was different from the rest of the looks and was commercial to me.

Makeup by Namareq

Makeup by Namareq

Ange is improving and showing us her true colors. I don’t mind the heavy eyeliner she had gone for, in fact its sexy. However, for such a heavily outline eyeshadow/eyeliner, the lines should have been more perfect because any mistake is obvious to see.

Makeup by Ange

Makeup by Ange

The bottom looks were obviously Hadjira’s and Risellene’s. Neither one gave us a Dark Glamourous look or a glamorous look at all.

While Risellene is creative and technically very good, she doesn’t relate to the Arabic woman. As for the Hadjira, she is clearly improving by getting out of her element; however, she needs a lot of practice to not only make her work cleaner, but to also understand clearly what the challenges are really about. In other words, she needs to become a professional.

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Hadjira

Makeup by Risellene

Makeup by Risellene

 

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Flirt by Aiisha for ICONIC – 2nd Collection out!!

The arrival of winter beckons ladies everywhere to dress up and step out in style and where better to start shopping than at ICONIC as it launches Aiisha Ramadan’s winter ‘Flirt by Aiisha Ramadan’ capsule collection. This is Aiisha’s 2nd collection for ICONIC and its offering the season’s latest trends, the collection exudes a metallic rock chic attitude that will send temperatures soaring!  And with a striking shift from fuchsia pinks and mint greens to metallic blues, blacks, silver and gold, every outfit takes fashion to the next level.

Moving further into the season, roman cut dresses let you re-live the time when the great Julius Ceaser ruled, while metal spike studded maxis will let every woman embark on a journey to live her romantic version of rock metal. But don’t forget to make some space in your wardrobe for one of this season’s must- have’s — Lace, perfect for every occasion!

Available in stores from now onwards, the capsule collection features 8 exquisite pieces priced from AED 500 and above.  So, be ICONIC this season and don’t forget to get flirty with Aiisha Ramadan!

At the moment, ICONIC stores are available in many locations locations across the UAE and KSA but Aiisha’s collection is available in the below list. From spring 2013, there will be 23 stores across the GCC:

a. UAE :

  • Dubai Mall – Dubai
  • Al Wahda Mall – Abu Dhabi
  • Marina Mall – Dubai
  • Al Ain Mall – Al Ain
  • Sahara Center – Sharjah

b. KSA :
- Riyadh

  • Gallery Mall
  • Sahara Centre
  • Al Qasar Mall
  • Garden Mall
  • Rimal Center
  • Abha (Oasis)

-Damam

  • Mall of Dhahran
  • Al Shatie Mall
  • Othaim Mall, Hofuf

-Jeddah

  • Dome
  • Haifa Mall
  • Makkah Mall
  • Al Noor Mall
  • Rasheed Mall
  • Dome
  • Central Park

c. Kuwait :

  • Avenues Mall
Check out my interview with MBC TV on Sabah Alkheir Ya Arab with a mini fashion show and models showcasing this collection:

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Ahed’s Look of the Day – Artistic

I particularly love Ahed’s look in these photo when she visited the local art gallery in Beirut, Lebanon. There’s something that is so sweet about her, so delicate.

She wore a Double Zero dress paired with a BCBG MAX AZRIA belt and a Bebe shoes and an Uterque clutch for a little metallic touch.

I love the flow of the dress, its length and neckline detail and mostly, the color!

 

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