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How to Get the Perfect Cat Eye



So everyone seems to have trouble when it comes to eyeliner. Even me! one line is always thicker than the other… which then leads to panda eyes by the time I finish fixing it.

Want to avoid the panda look? here’s some tips and tricks!

  • If you are a beginner, its better to start off with a pencil eyeliner and move up to gel and eventually the “scary” liquid liners. The pencil gives you more control and helps in practicing.
  • Draw the line bit by bit, dont attempt to draw the line at one go, this is where it usually gets messed up. Unless you’re a pro, stick to dashes.
  • The wing. This can be tricky sometimes. the wing should be drawn upwards from the corner of the eye. Draw another line from the end of the wing to the middle of your eye. colour it in.

Here’s a fun video by YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan, showing you a couple of tricks for liquid liners and getting that perfect cat eye.


- Neha Prasad

Workshop with Celebrity Make Up Artist Najla Kaddour

We are very excited to announce a collaboration with celebrity make up artist Najla Kaddour who will be conducting a 2 hour workshop at our loft office in Media City on March 12th.

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KC Makeup on Brown and Olive Skin Tone Beauty Secrets

We love our beauty contributor and celebrity make up artist Karuna Chani, and we are excited to share this special feature she did in particular for South East Asians with  brown and olive skin tones.

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Being South East Asian comes with an array of beautiful brown and olive skin tones. The problem is that we never seem to have the right products to cater to our skin, OR the right individuals that can show our community how to use the right products. But that’s no longer a problem for our community… Enter Karuna Chani of KC-Makeup. The TOP makeup artist for the South East Asian community, doing the make up for Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, and brides all over the world; she is the resident beauty expert for many top publications. Not only sharing the BEST products for brown skin women, but how to use them!

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer:
KC: When searching for the best foundation a quick rule of thumb is to do a test patch large enough to cover your cheekbone to jaw line, and then let sit for 30mins. Allowing the foundation to sit for 30 minutes is crucial because it tends to oxidize on olive skin tones and get darker, so you NEVER want to buy foundation on the spot!
Best Products:
Bobbi Brown – Skin Foundation
Makeup Forever – HD foundation
NARS – Sheer Glow Foundation
Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer – 3 in 1 – moisturizer, color, SPF

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KC: The key to eye shadows, is to look for shades that have warm undertones so that olive and brown skin doesn’t appear ashy, grey or dull. Also look for colors that are high pigment rather than high shimmer. To ensure lasting eye shadow, use the NARS smudge proof eye base before applying any eye shadow to the lid.

Best Products:
Urban Decay – NAKED Palette
Makeup Forever – Star Powders or custom palette
NARS – Duo Shadow



KC: To get a long lasting glow, try a cream blush first and then dab some powder blush on top to set and give your face that extra pop.

Best Products:
Laura Mercier
Stila – Convertible Color

Laura Mercier Blush


KC: Women love glossy lips, and its always hard to find a good gloss that maintains its color. So for a real vibrant glossy look, check out Lancome—Fever Gloss collection.

Other Best Products:
Laura Mercier

Lancome fever gloss

#1 Most difficult product to find for South East Asian Women

KC: The most unattractive feature on a beautiful woman are exposed dark circles, so concealer is probably the MOST important product, but it can also be almost impossible when it comes to finding your perfect match. Keep in mind that orange/peach tones correct and neutralize blue/violet dark circles.

Best Products:
Giorgio Armani – Corrector #2
Cleau de Peau – Ochre
Laura Mercier – Corrector yellow/orange along with undercover pot
Bobbi Brown – Peach corrector and concealer set
Eve Pearl – Salmon concealer

Come in to S.O. for a makeover consultation today or book a workshop with us. Contact info@so-famous.com for more details

The Benefits of Organic Makeup

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Today we ask Stefanie Ost to discuss organic makeup and its benefits.

What do you think about organic makeup? Does it really help the skin?

I just started using organic make up two weeks ago so I cant judge its benefits yet. Generally, I am blessed with good skin but I believe that his is not only about what you put ON your skin, but much more about what you put IN your body. Consequently, I think a healthy diet is much more important. Yet, I have heard that many skin problems such as acne, contact dermatitis as well as allergies and irritations may disappear once synthetic ingredients and aluminium are removed from your skin care regimen.

My reason for using organic makeup is much more that normal makeup is full of toxic chemicals which have a negative effect on your body. What many people don’t know is due to all this toxins are absorbed by your skin and get in your bloodstream. Consequences of all those toxins in your system might be that you could be gaining weight or be unable to lose weight, though you really watch out what you eat.

How do you choose the products and which ones do you like so far?

I am currently trying the organic makeup series from Dr. Hauschka. I am happy with their Mascara, while the Blush is okay, the foundation acceptable and the concealer could be better. For my taste the foundation was a bit cakey, too much coverage and I don’t like too much that it is matte (I prefer a more translucent coverage during daytime allowing a natural shine), but now I just apply Shea butter below and I am quite happy with the result. Yet, I have to say here that I have dry skin, so I believe it would not work well for someone with oily skin.

I still want to try other organic makeup brands but so far I will be honest and say that for day time I am happy to continue using organic but for a special event and wanting to look my best, I am still going to use my regular makeup products.

S.O. is always on top of beauty trends don’t forget to book a consultation for a makeover and start the new year not only looking but feeling your best. info@so-famous.com

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Indian Weddings

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Our GM Leila Antakly recently traveled  to Mumbai where she attended a friends wedding and was inspired by the beauty, the colors and incredible traditions of Indian weddings.  S.O. collaborates with beauty experts In Dubai  who have worked in Bollywood and famed  celebrities and can create personalized packages for beauty makeovers and entire bridal parties as well.  We asked Leila to  pick some of her favorite looks for these  bridal makeup inspirations.   S.O. can also arrange Henna bridal parties, please contact us if you would like a consultation or more information.  info@so-famous.com

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KC Makeup on Graphic Eyes

We are excited to feature this post with our favorite beauty and international Makeup Artist, Karuna Chani on the TOP graphic eyeliner looks for Middle Eastern women. In 2014 we plan on bringing this star from New York to teach several workshops on makeup application so keep informed by liking our fb page for updates.

1. Double Line- Why have one winged line when you can have two? This look is designed to be edgy and grab for its bold and “in your face” look.

Double Line

Products: Nars Lipstick belle du jour in Nude and makeup forever flash color in white

2.Milly Eye Fashes are the base of this avant garde look. Paint a strong winged top liner then place the Milly Lashes on top!

Mily Flashes

Products: Milly Eye Flashes and Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour

3.Pop of Color-Add your favorite bright color to your traditional winged look. This is an easy way to mix up the look and add some brightness to your kohl eye by adding a dash of color along the top liner, then a little gold shimmer in the corner.

Front Face

Products: Gold shimmer makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner), Maybelline New Vivids in Vivid Rose #875 (on lips) and Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Jolie Poupee (purple line on lid)

4. Classic Cat- What girl doesn’t love a cat eye. Create a sultry and mysterious look by extending the curve of your eyeliner past your tear duct and bringing it to a point with your bottom eyeliner!

Classic Cat

Products: Dolce & Gabbana in Devil #220 (on lips) and gold shimmer Makeup forever Star Powder #920 (inner eye corner)

5.Thick & Winged- Make that top liner THICK! And bring it to a point for an added dose of edge. Drawing the eyes up and making the shape of your eyes really stand out, this is a great look for every woman!

Thick Winged

Products: Maybelline New Vivid Rose #875 (on lips)

Products Basic for ALL Looks:

Nars Smudge proof eyeshadow base
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Ink Black
Laura Mercier Full Blown Mascara in Black
Giorgio Armani Eyebrow Pencil #2 and #3
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in El Dorado
Flawless Waterproof Airbrush foundation by Kett Cosmetics

S.O. Beauty Tips


Today our S.O. office manager Vanessa, shares some of her favorite beauty products and brands.


Avon’s charming pomegranate Moisture Rich Lipstick- It’s just like a lipstick and lip gloss in one!


Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara and Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Skincare routine?

Day and Night Cream by Sonya Skin Care

Favorite model or beauty inspiration?

Miranda Kerr for her stunning natural beauty

Favorite perfume for a night out?

Fan di  Fendi


S.O. Wedding Services

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S.O. is happy to introduce an entire package to beautify and prepare a bride and her bridal party for her wedding not only from the outside but inside as well.  Etiquette courses that will help build a bride’s confidence from walking down the aisle confidently and comfortably to ensuring her table etiquette is perfect for her big day and future ahead. S.O. aims to provide brides with skills on how to maintain looking their best and feeling their best long after the consultation has ended.  

Stefanie Ost a former International fashion model and CEO of S.O. partnered with The Finishing  Academy UK to provide extensive modules in etiquette and is hands on during her client’s one on one preparation for makeovers and photoshoots.  At S.O we only collaborate with professionals in makeovers and fashion photographers  to ensure clients reach their full and most stunning potential.  Wedding Modules include (but are not limited to):

Poise and Elegance

Walking in Heels Comfortably and with Confidence

Brush up on social decorum ( table and dining etiquette)

Pre Wedding and Wedding Photography

Image Consultations/Makeovers

Fashion Styling/Personal Shopping/Wardrobe Edit

Attendees are empowered with confidence and radiate beauty on their special day. Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment. info@so-famous.com

Meet Shahrzad From Wilhelmina Dubai

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Shahrzad is a beautiful Wilhelmina Dubai model I met during a shoot with our lovely friend and awesome photographer Mannbutte a while back here in Dubai.  Originally from Tehran, Shahrzad began modeling as a hobby 6 years ago after being discovered in her apartment lobby by a French photographer and has since shot editorials and traveled all over the world.

What’s one of your most interesting or amazing experiences modelling so far?

I shot a video for a charity in 2008 when I was very young and I had to play a blind girl who by miracle gets her eyesight back. It was a very moving experience for me because I really delved into the part and hoped that it would inspire people to support the charity.

- How do you see the fashion industry  in Dubai?

The fashion scene in Dubai is still growing and improving, you can’t compare it to a few years ago but it still has a way to go.

- How would you describe your own personal sense of style?

I’m quite moody when it comes to personal style, but I prefer to go with a classic and simple look and you’ll never find me in prints.

- What do you do with your free time?

When I get days off,  I like to hang out at home, cook for myself, read, or watch a movie. Sometimes I enjoy to write as well.
- What products do you use in your daily beauty regime?

I actually don’t have much of a beauty routine, I scrub my face once or twice a week  and try to stay away from beauty products in order to give my face some air from all the make up I wear on shoots.
- What is your favorite beauty tip?

I think its very important to avoid using chemical products and to instead use organic products. We all need vitamin D but the sun is really strong and harsh in Dubai so always in moderation.
-  You travel a ton for work what are three items that you must pack on every journey?

Besides the obvious ticket and passport ( lol) nice lingerie and perfume.
- What do you have planned next Shahrzad?

I just plan to continue traveling more and more, turning one of my scripts into a movie and learn how to ride a motorbike.

- Leila Antakly, GM Wilhelmina Dubai and S.O.


Luscious Lashes


As S.O.’s social media manager I get to scour the internet all day for all the best beauty advice which I then compress to share with you our audience. Everyone wants longer thicker lashes, so today’s post is a list of 5 ways to achieving the luscious lashes of your dreams.

1. Sera lounge - Located at business Central Towers does amazing lash extensions. Priced normally for DHS 400. 2 to 3 weeks.

2.Huda Beauty’s False lashes, I just love. Instantly achieve that dramatic sultry look.

3. Drugstore product- Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara – The name says it all and personally I’ve been trying it for weeks and love the look it gives me for its bended brush to accommodate the arch of the eye just by putting it on and curling my lashes it gives my lashes the vavavavoom effect.

4. Chanel Mascara-Chanel make up is always flawless and perfect. I love the thick brush which immediately gives a heavy volume perfect to dab to lashes at the corner end of the eye for a very feminine look.

5. Try using Vaseline at night especially after taking off the makeup and mascara. We’re not sure if its true or not but apparently applying Vaseline helps lash growth and I find its great at taking out all the makeup residue other removers can’t.

Have any amazing tips you’d like to share, send them our way we love to hear from you. Don’t forget to contact us for more information on makeovers, image consultations, fashion styling, photo shoots and etiquette, info@so-famous.com