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Name:LuAnne D’Souza Hometown: Goa, India but living in Dubai, U.A.E Age: 29 Occupation: Fashion and Beauty blogger/ Online Marketing Manager My alarm is set for: 8:30 am
My Emirati breakfast:
I usually have a healthy breakfast of avocado on toast, or eggs with bread or oats and fruit. If I have the time, I whip up a smoothie or fresh juice but if I’m in a hurry, I have a cup of lemon tea.
The local breakfast here in Dubai usually features traditional bread – like khameer, a sweet and savory Emirati bread, or muhala, a crisp sweet bread, or pancakes called chebab. Eggs are also a part of the traditional Emirati breakfast, they have date omelets and a dish with sweet vermicelli noodles topped with fried eggs.
Weekend brunches are very popular among the expats over here, every hotel has a brunch deal for Fridays (that’s our weekend here), it’s practically a rite of passage when you move here.
After the gym and a quick shower, my beauty routine continues depending on the type of day I have planned. If I’m working from home, I just moisturize with coconut oil and leave it at that. If I have any meetings or blogger events to attend, I put on a full face of makeup. I love applying makeup, it’s my zen moment of the day. I am loving the Urban Decay Naked Skin range and everything from Colour Pop.
The Arab makeup style usually focuses on dramatic eyes- kajal (or kohl), false lashes and dramatic eyeliner- the works! We have a popular Arab brand here called Mikyajy that makes the creamiest and most pigmented kohl pencils ever, and Dubai entrepreneur Huda Kattan is known for creating one of the best false lashes line.
Then, I head to work by: I drive to all my meetings and events, my trip usually involves taking the highway, Sheikh Zayed road. If there’s an accident (there usually is), it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Thanks so much for sharing, LuAnne! Are there any other Emiratis who can weigh in with their breakfast + beauty routines?
While the good Lord/DNA blessed me with some pretty amazing stuff – great hair, big lips, a Scandinavian lack of body hair – cheekbones didn’t make the cut. When Amy Schumer said that she had an ‘at risk chin‘ I laaaaaughed because I get it. Turkey neck is coming for me.
So when I added ‘contouring’ to my New Things list, I did it for three reasons.
1. It’s nice to learn new things! I’d like to add another skill to my beautifying tool box!
2. Contouring is a pop culture phenomenon. Do we even know what the Kardashians would look like without it? Is my ladyhood badge going to be revoked if I don’t know how to do it?
3. I was quietly hoping I could somehow draw cheekbones and a jawline onto my face because that’s a lot easier than dieting and/or plastic surgery – neither of which I’m particularly into. #guac4eva
If you’ve never heard of contouring, it’s the practice of using different colored makeup to accentuate the angles of your face. When done correctly, it can slim noses, emphasize jawlines, or create the illusion of cheekbones where previously none existed.
To me – someone who applies $6 bb cream with her hands – contouring is some Next Level Makeupry. I mean, look at this business:
While I am totally committed to trying new things, I am less committed to investing $45 in contouring makeup that I might never use again. A bit of googling suggested this little beauty for beginner contour-ers, and what luck! It cost $12, wasn’t tested on animals, and was on the shelf at my local Target. Sold.
Let’s talk about the five stages of contouring
1. Denial “This is what my face really looks like without makeup? I THOUGHT I WAS SO MUCH CUTER THAN THIS.”
“Please, NYX Wonder stick, I swear I’ll keep buying you if you can make me look awake. Or least slightly less flu-ish.”
3. Confusion “And then I draw a line down the middle of my nose? Do I rub this into my hairline? When I draw a white line on top of my cheekbone and a dark line under my cheekbone … which way do I blend them? Into each other? Away from each other? Where is my cheekbone I can’t find it.”
4. Acceptance “Okay! Well, that doesn’t look terrible! It also doesn’t really look that different from what I normally do. Hmmm. Mostly it just looks like I got a tan along my hairline.”
5. Neglect (perfectly useful makeup tool + skill gathers dust till I remember it before a fancy party and half-heartedly use it again.)
Maybe if I’d gone all out with super opaque concealer and a multi-color contouring kit, I could have coaxed a more dramatic result out of my face. But honestly? I’m pretty happy with my five-minute makeup routine and my pretty average cheekbones.
But I want to know about you! Have you ever tried contouring? What products do you use?