18 November 2018Last updated


Beauty notes

Makeup maven Sonam Basantani shares her tips and tricks

Sonam Basantani
25 Oct 2016 | 02:00 pm
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3 natural ways to unclog your pores

Pollution, humidity and stress can be taxing on your skin and cause it to break-out. Here are three easy ways to help you get clearer skin…

Scrub: Make a paste out of two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water. Apply it to your face, gently massaging in circular motions and concentrating on the more clogged areas. Leave it on for five minutes before rinsing off. You can use this once a week to remove dead skin cells, keep skin looking fresh and unclog pores.

Strip: If you don’t want to use pore strips to remove blackheads and dirt, there’s a great natural alternative using egg white and two-ply tissue. Place the tissue on the area of your skin you want to strip, for example your nose, and then brush on a layer of whisked egg white over. Leave the sticky paper on until it dries, then peel off.

Soak: Parsley is more than a garnish – it’s a natural astringent and when used as a soak helps pull toxins from the skin. Soak washed parsley in hot boiled water until the water has cooled, then place a muslin or wash cloth into the water and apply to your face for 10 minutes. Use this every other day for amazing results.

The brow show


Take your brows to the next level with the latest brow collection by Make Up For Ever. The star classics are still part of the collection but the brand’s stepped up the brow game with two new amazing products – the Pro Sculpting Brow Palette, a four-in-one eye makeup signature palette, and the Brow Liner, an intense brow definer. Celebrity makeup artist Hrush Achemyan, stylist to Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, has collaborated with the brand and with makeup artists in our region. Get yours now – prices start at Dh120.

Urban legends


Urban Decay is one of those brands beauty lovers across the globe adore, and the new Fall/Winter collection is better than ever. The Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid just melts right into your skin and effortlessly camouflages imperfections, while the All Nighter Liquid Foundation stays on longer than you stay up. Of course I must also mention the water-resistant Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in gorgeous colours, which finishes off your eye makeup look perfectly, whether you’re going for simple or sultry.


BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Dh165, Sephora


When it’s humid, I find my pores are more visible and my make-up never stays on, which is where this primer comes in. A tiny bit is really all you need for your makeup to stay in place and your skin to look airbrushed.

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off, Dh90, Sephora


Do you ever take your eye makeup off and wake up the next day to find a little trace of mascara smudged around your eyes? Well, you get none of that with this neat little cleansing oil that even removes waterproof formulas. What makes it better and different from a regular eye makeup remover is that it brushes every single lash hair from the root to the tip, removing all traces of makeup while conditioning your lashes.

Sonam Basantani

Sonam Basantani