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Supermodel Beauty Secrets



“Use a great concealer, it can hide a multitude of sins, apply a small amount over any blemishes before you add foundation, as you may find you don’t need more coverage.” – Claudia Schiffer



“My favourite Rimmel products are their eyeliners. I can’t live without black eyeliner – it’s my absolute essential.” – Kate Moss




“Use intensive masks on your tresses and have it trimmed regularly, I also take vitamin supplements to keep my hair healthy from the inside out.” – Eva Herzigova



Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award Honoring Iman and Missoni

“Patricia Wexler is my dermatologist, and 10 years ago, she told me to start wearing SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day. I said, “I have dark skin, I don’t need that high of an SPF every day!” But I took her advice, and I’m convinced that’s why my skin has stayed in such good condition.” – Iman



“My skin is sensitive so I use mostly natural products. Less is more in my opinion. I use coconut oil for body and tea tree oil and green tea face wash.” – Candice Swanepoel




“Get your eyebrow shape right, it can make a real difference to the structure of your face” – Naomi Campbell




“For fitness, I mix it up and always remain active. I mix boxing with cardio and pilates. If I’m not busy or working, I’ll work out every day. If I am busy, I’ll try to at least sneak in 30 minutes or try to work out every other day.” – Joan Small


- Neha Prasad

Interview: Natasha Zaki

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Zaki who recently moved to Dubai and has a wealth of experience in fashion and beauty having worked with the Godmother of all make up artists, Pat McGrath, the legend in the international fashion arena. We welcome Natasha and look forward to collaborating with her on future projects and workshops and of course beauty posts! (Of course if you have any questions for Natasha, send us an email and we’ll get you the beauty advice you request).


SO: Natasha, Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get started?

NZ: My passion for makeup started when I saw 10.  My mother was obsessed with lipsticks and had a draw full of them – she used to buy one every time we went shopping!  I knew I wanted to become a make up artist and went against the normal university path to do a high fashion photographic and media makeup course at The London School of Beauty and Makeup.  I gained a lot of experience by working for Mac cosmetics and was also chosen as a backstage artist for their events and shows. My first EVER fashion show was with Pat McGrath for Aquascutumn. Assisting Pat on all of her shows gained me the most respect in my field.


SO: Career highlights so far?

NZ: Being escorted on a motorbike through the bustling streets of Paris to arrive Backstage at the Galliano fashion show.  


SO: How would you describe the look you feel you do the best?

NZ: The look I do best is the perfect natural dewy skin and contour.


SO: Favourite summer make up tips?

NZ: Summer makeup tips – always use factor 50 no matter what!  Use benefit primer if you suffer from oily skin in the heat and switch to an oil free foundation.


SO: Favourite products you can’t live without?

NZ: I can’t live without Tom Ford Bronzer, Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes and Illamasqua foundation.


SO: Favourite models?

NZ: My Favourite models are the ones with the best personality to match their looks so far Cara  Delevingne has both for me!


SO: Fashion icons in your opinion?

NZ: My fashion Icon is Queen Rania of Jordan she is effortlessly beautiful and elegantly glam. 


SO: What do you like about living and working in Dubai?

NZ: Since moving to Dubai i feel it is so glamorous compared to that edgy London look so I have really enjoyed the kind of shoots that I have done here. I do a real mixture of work both high fashion and personal make overs – I love both.  My family moved here with me and we all love it and enjoy exploring all the new restaurants and hot spots!


Looking for a makeover for the summer? Look no further, SO offers a range of services including customised consultations and tutorials in fashion and personal styling, hair and makeup, and refining posture and image. For more information or bookings, email us at info@so-famous.com.

Fashion Forward: The Hair and Make up

While most of the attention goes to the clothing (duh, its a fashion show), the hair and make up this season was absolutely phenomenal. Here are some of the best hair and make up looks from the shows. The season’s hottest trend seems to be hair accessories, whether its a turban, a flower head piece or Amato’s way, there’s no way you can go wrong.



Zareena - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



The Emperor 1688 - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Taller Marmo - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Bashar Assaf - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Asudari - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Grazia Emerging Designer - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Rami Kadi - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014



Amato By Furne One - Runway - Fashion Forward Dubai April 2014


Favourite Make Up Products

Everyone have their cult favourites, which they keep going back to again and again. Here my cult favourites; fingers crossed that they won’t be discontinued so that I can buy them in the years to come!


MAC Face and Body Foundation



MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

mac pro long wear concealer


Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal



Maybelline New York Colossal Volum Mascara



Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain



Tom Ford Black Orchid




Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette



- Neha Prasad

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

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye

I’m pretty sure all of us love to do a smoky eye, but my smoky eye usually looks like someone punched me than sexy and smouldering. Here are a couple tips that helped me out tremendously.


A primer helps the eyeshadow you apply last for longer. It also prevents it from creasing. My favourite primer is Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.




The downfall of smoky eyes are dark circles. Using a concealer below your eyes will cover up those pesky dark eyes. Set it with loose or transparent powder. My favourite concealer is MAC Pro LongWear.




Use a highlighter below your brow bone and in the inner corner of your eye. This makes your eyes seem more bright and open. My favourite highlighter is The Body Shop Shimmer Waves.




Your lashes play a big role in a sexy smoky eye. Make sure you curl your lashes before you apply a coat or two of mascara. My favourite Mascara is Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes.




- 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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Makeup Trends S/S14

Something exciting about every season are the new makeup looks. The looks for the season – a fresh-faced look or a statement lip look.

This spring, make up gets colourful. It’s bold and it’s innocent. Which look is you? Bold or Innocent?


Here are some key colours for this season.

  • Bright pinks: deep, hot pink and fuchsia

  • Pastel lavender: delicate and pretty, an alternative to the bright colours

  • Coral red & orange: Colours range from vibrant red and orange to soft creamy orange tones. A fav for nails and lips

  • Deep purple: a key colour for eye make-up, wear it along with shades of khaki green and gold.

  • Mulberry: A vibrant shade. For nails and eyes



Fresh face 2


Make up by Birgit Fuchs

Fresh face


Bobbi Brown

Fresh look 3





- Neha Prasad

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.

KC Headshot

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

bobbi-brown foundation

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

mineral make up

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.

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