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#Make-UpCrush: ‘Dubai Summer Heat’-Proof your make-up!

Hey Glam Gals!

The Desert-Kissed look has taken over catwalks worldwide; even strutting its way onto runways in the Arab countries which have up until now have preferred the paler looks.The concept is a woman who has walked through the desert for days and been subjected to sun and heat with little food or water. We see strong contouring to bring out the cheekbones, giving a gaunt impression, along with dewy to shiny finishes on bronzed skin.

In the mainstream, this makeup look is natural and lightweight; appropriate for the beach, out about town, and of course – rendezvousing in the desert itself! Not only is it a huge global trend this season, it’s also easy to apply!

Healthy skin is very important with this look so eat healthily, exercise well and take care of your skin with a good skin care routine!



To get started with this look, smooth a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15+ over both face and neck. BB Cream is also a brilliant option; basically, you want a very lightweight feel to the base but with a dewy finish – not matte!

Blemishes can always be touched up with a bit of concealer if you’re after more coverage, and if you don’t own a tinted moisturiser, try mixing a dab of foundation with your regular moisturizer.

MAC BB Creams


The catwalk trends are chiseled and gaunt but you can smooth out the contouring for everyday wear, so carefully apply a darker shade of tinted moisturiser or foundation along the base of your cheekbones, and blend it up onto your cheeks. If you want to look more bronzed, you can also blend that same shade into the areas of your face you would naturally tan. Start off light and build up the colour gradually.

The key is to keep the skin glowing so I recommend using a couple of drops of my products of the moment: Benefit’s High Beam, Moon Beam or Sun Beam to highlight brow bones, cheekbones, and slide down the centre of your nose.

 Benefit Highlighters


If you’re planning to take a dip in the water, go for cream eye shadows as they are waterproof. Work quickly when using them as they tend to dry fast. Make Up For Ever offers a great “Aqua” waterproof makeup range.

Curl your eyelashes and apply waterproof mascara. Although, if you’re a sun & sand girl, I’d recommend getting your eyelashes tinted in a salon so you can skip on the mascara altogether!



Define your eyebrows with your choice product. I recommend a MAC eyebrow pencil or Benefit’s BrowZings. Structured eyebrows make such a difference to your appearance and furthermore, this season brows are strong and defined!

Brow Kit


Well hydrated lips are a must! Exfoliate them with a toothbrush and apply a lip stain such as Benefit’s BeneTint (use sparingly). Rub a rich lip balm with SPF over that and you’re all set. Sheer lipsticks are also an option but keep it natural.



 Finish your look with a lovely body moisturizer  you might like to go for a tinted body moisturizer that will match your face. You can also apply Benefit’s highlighter to the tops of your collar bones to make them stand out.

I hope you found this useful; feel free to send in your feedback and requests for tips, tutorials and reviews of anything makeup and skincare related!

Thanks to the fab gal Kathryn Pardoe, our Glam Crush Make-Up Artist for her tips & tricks!! (see her website here!)

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