18 November 2018Last updated


Beauty notes

Makeup maven Sonam Basantani shares her tips and tricks

Sonam Basantani
15 Sep 2016 | 10:00 am

Eye makeup 101:



Short lashes 
You need a mascara that lengthens, of course. A tubing formula or one with fibres will elongate and separate lashes. Look for one that has a rubber wand with dense and short bristles, preferably made of plastic. Sephora The Mascara, Dh95


Sparse lashes Use a volumising mascara with a formula that contains minerals and silicone to thicken and plump up the lash hairs. Look for
a wand that has a large-bristled brush. Make up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, Dh120, Wojooh


Straight lashes For long but straight lashes, pick a mascara that promises to curl and has a wand with a slight bend. The formula is usually made of a wax to soften and shape the lashes for that curve. Use a lash curler for more effective results. L’Oréal Volume Mullion Lashes Feline Mascara, Dh93, Boots Pharmacy

Brows on fleek


Benefit’s new Brow Collection has everything you need for the perfect arch. After using BROWVO! conditioning primer to extend the wear of the other products, create the perfect set of brows with the Brow Zings brow kit, ka-BROW, a cream-gel brow colour. Alternatively, try Ready, Set, Brow, a 24-hour invisible shaping and setting gel. If sharp lines are what you’re after, get Precisely, My Brow pencil or the Goof Proof brow pencil. Keep it all in place with the Gimme Brow gel. Available at Benefit counters in Sephora.

Beauty shot


Sephora’s ingenious new range of Skin Boosters works wonders. The Luminising Booster Dullness & Irregularities is infused with a formula that gives you a healthy glow in just 14 days, while the Revitalising Booster Marked & Tired Skin contains a mix of magnesium and citrus extracts to smooth and tighten. The Clarifying Booster Visible Pores & Imperfections promises to purify your skin in two short weeks, eliminating any excess sebum, for smaller pores and clearer skin. Sephora’s Skin Boosters retail at Dh85 each.


Clinique Take the day off towelettes, Dh99, Bloomingdale’s


Usually I find that makeup-removing wipes either don’t take all my makeup off or they sting my eyes and irritate my skin. Clinique’s new Take Off The Day towelettes give you none of that, nor will they strip you of moisture or leave your skin feeling dry. I found that just one wipe took off all the layers of my makeup, even heavy eye makeup. They’re perfect to take away on vacation and a must for when you’re too lazy to take off your makeup.

NARS Tahiti Bronze Collection Liquid Laguna Bronzer, Dh215, Sephora


When I read that this liquid bronzer works on all skin tones I just had to get my friends to try it with me. We all loved it! The formula is amazing; it’s so lightweight that it blends very smoothly, and it gives a glow too. It’s perfect for contouring and adding definition to lighter and darker skin tones.

Sonam Basantani

Sonam Basantani