One half of makeup artist and model duo SoniaxFyza, Fyza is one of the best-known Dubai makeup artists. With approximately 830,000 followers on Instagram, the sisters have hosted master classes around the world and work with big beauty brands to shift their products. They also happen to resemble Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner and have gained so many fans that they’re now on the verge of releasing their own makeup brand. Fyza believes the Middle East is in an integral part of the beauty world – so many women in the region look to a professional for special occasions, which means big business for her as a makeup artist.
“Contouring was something that began out here,” she tells Culture Trip while speaking about how the West is quite influenced by trends from the region. “Trends usually [start] from grandmothers here, and makeup artists research these and bring them back to the West. Many are from the ancient Arab times and celebrities will be credited for them, but they came from here.”
She adds how even Egypt’s Cleopatra is still influencing eyeliner looks the world over.
Najla has worked with the royal families of the UAE as well as huge Arab celebrities including Yousra and Diana Haddad. Her big career highlight was working with Jennifer Lopez in 2011 when the star’s world tour came to Dubai. She notes that women in the region are very picky about who they choose as their makeup artist and stay loyal. In fact, most of her clients have been with her for seven years.
“I love how makeup can look so different on a person based on their complexion and features and I love experimenting with that,” she tells Culture Trip.
Although she’s known all over the world primarily for her brand Huda Beauty, Huda trained to be a makeup artist and is full of many nuggets of wisdom for her Instagram followers. Her celebrity fans range from Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian and she even has her own reality show on Facebook. The show revolves around what goes on in her Dubai office and beyond.
Along with being a TV host on MBC1, Joelle Mardinian makes sure her clients look their best as she navigates the world of Dubai makeup artists. She has been an ambassador and lead makeup artist for Max Factor Arabia since 2010 and owns salons across the GCC.
As a popular professional makeup artist in Dubai, Farah empowers women by teaching them skills on her social media channels and via her master classes. Her most recent master class at Galerie Hindam at City Walk, Dubai was so popular that they added a second free class on the same day. Needless to say, more are in the pipeline. Farah’s 60-minute sessions stress on the issues such as the importance of moisturising before makeup application and how to survive the Dubai heat.
Pat McGrath – whose company is estimated to be worth more than Kylie Cosmetics – hired Natasha Zaki as her assistant. Today, the makeup artist is rather successful in her own right and her brand Glossy Make Up is sold at Wojooh, Galeries Lafayette, Ounass and Tryano in the GCC. She’s the one to follow for replicating celebrity looks.
Known for breaking the rules, Nina Ubhi has worked with some high profile names, including E!’s Catt Sadler, and has her own line of products. Nina may be a popular beauty coach, but she’s still available for bridal makeup and services for red carpet events in Dubai.
Angelique trained in Los Angeles and her work can be seen on many UAE magazine covers. Along with helping publications fly off the newsstands, she does bridal makeup and makes sure Dubai’s fashion and beauty lovers always look their best for photo shoots.
For the ultimate high fashion makeup inspiration, follow this Chanel beauty ambassador who features stunning photography on Instagram and runs the Toni Malt Academy in Dubai.
Aside from working on big photo shoots in the region, Katharina created Kitmate, a brand that sells vegan and animal-friendly makeup kit organizers and insulated cosmetic bags. She has worked with Willow and Jaden Smith, Tommy Hilfiger and Roland Mouret.