Featured MUA: Fajer Fadhel



"Most of my clients know my style in makeup and trust my skills. However, there are times where a client asks for a particular look that for example doesn't fit the occasion or simply won't look good on here. I try not criticise her style, but be very polite and honest."

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Tell us about yourself, and why you are a good fit as a makeup artist.

There are a lot of good makeup artists and great ones. A great makeup artist is the one who not only has the skills, techniques, creativity, but also should have a great personality and know how to communicate and deal with everyone. What makes me fit for this position is my skills, techniques, creativity, and my passion for arts, my endless love for learning and most importantly my personality that keeps me getting forward in this industry.

Why did you choose this profession?

I chose to be a professional makeup artist simply because I have an artist myself since I was seven years old. I love to blend and play with colours and textures. Not only that, it makes me feel great to help other ladies feel confident and happy about their appearance, and this is the main reason why I wanted to study makeup. I believe Makeup is not a mask rather than a tool to enhance the person's beauty that already exists.

What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?

The biggest challenge I faced as a makeup artist is a competition. Knowing there are a lot of great makeup artists out there makes me want to push my limits and boundaries even more. To be able to face these challenges you have to be creative, creative, and creative to have yourself and works recognised.


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If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?

Most of my clients know my style in makeup and trust my skills. However, there are times where a client asks for a particular look that for example doesn't fit the occasion or simply won't look good on here. I try not criticise her style, but be very polite and honest.

How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?

To prepare a dry skin I use literacy gentle cream exfoliator "if approved by the client or she/he has a clear skin" to get rid of dead skin cells, followed by 15-20 mins hydrating mask from Avenue or Paula's choice, Bobbi Brown eye cream, and lip balm. I then use embryo issue lait creme concentrate as a primer and a moisturiser. Followed by a liquid moisturising foundation. For oily skin, I make sure to wash the face with gentle cleanser, followed by a toner, oil free moisturiser, face mist, and a mattifying primer. For the foundation, I make sure to use water-based water resistant foundations.


Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?

I do have experience in marketing.

Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?

It all started ten years ago where I took a lot of makeup courses worldwide and in the USA. Later on, I have worked in some parts of Europe, Southeast and currently the Middle East. Today, I work as a makeup professional and the official educator and brand Ambassador to element who airbrush cosmetics all across the Middle East. I believe a true makeup artist is the one who's passion and love for education is limitless. That being said, I have been chosen as one of the 200 makeup artists worldwide to join makeup professionals program "Mastered."

Do you apply makeup for special events? Name some you have covered?

For the past five years, I joined Beauty World Middle East doing live makeup shows, tutorials and demonstrations. I also do voluntary make up for charities especially to women who are diagnosed with cancer and have lost their confidence and self-esteem.

What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?

Makeup for TV shoots have some guidelines. For foundation, I prefer to use a demi-matte finish airbrush because it gives the most natural flawless finish. I also avoid glowing skin foundations and extreme highlighters. I go for the natural soft glam and use individual eyelashes. Unlike for live party appearance as I don't have any limitations with the makeup, colours, use of eyelashes.

How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?

Hygiene is very important. That's why I was and clean my brushes after each and every use. Depending on the brush type: I use 99% iso propyl alcohol, Kryolan brush cleanser, London brush shampoo and the brush pearl ultrasonic automatic machine to condition my brushes.

How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?

A good understanding for client's undertones is very important for a successful makeup application. To determine a client's undertone (cool, warm, neutral, olive) first, I follow the guidelines; I test the skin in a good light. Then examine the client's face colour, neck, décolletage, hands and Consider the client's eye/hair colour. Then test different foundation shades on the jawline and select the one that blends in best.

No matter how far you reach always stay humble. Be professional and never cancel your appointments. Be creative and always think outside the box. Don't be afraid to experiment and play with colours and textures.

my Most memorable experience was working for Dubai's leading bridal and evening wear boutique and having the work published globally.

Booking information: Instagram: @fjrartistry Facebook: for artistry Website: www.fjrartistry.com Email: info@fjrartistry.com

Photo credits Photographer and Art Director: @f_albisher Hair stylist and makeup artist: @fjrartistry Model: Jacqueline- Wilhelmina

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