The Avant-Garde Guru: Soraya Shawky
Soraya Shawky is an impossibly talented makeup artist who has traveled around the world, racking up beauty knowledge.
Stunned by her handiwork, we opted to chat with her about an assortment of topics.
When did you first become interested in the world of makeup?
I think I started being curious about make up at a very young age, as I used to play with my mom's make up bag when she wasn't around. Years later, in college, I took a few fashion design courses in Berlin but I realized that I was never interested in the clothes; rather I was interested in the model's face, her make up, her hair, her skin. And that's when I knew I wanted to become a make up artist.
Tell us about the best beauty secret you have ever uncovered.
Well, beauty secrets are endless. There are so many hacks out there. I like to dampen things before I use them—my brushes, my sponge, I even spray my face with thermal water prior to applying makeup!
Also, lipstick lasts longer when you dab a little bit of powder on your lips to set it and there's nothing better than a nice sugar, honey & coconut oil facial scrub before applying your make up.
You are quite the jet-setter! Do you notice any differences in makeup trends from region to region?
Everywhere I go women look different, they dress differently and wear make up differently,
Between Geneva (where I currently live and work) and Egypt/areas in the Middle East, the differences are extreme. Women in Geneva are extremely natural and wear minimal make up, while in the Arab world, women tend to love to transform—which I like since I get to create so many different looks using different products. I enjoy working with women that like to experiment and try out bold makeup looks.
What is your day-to-day makeup routine like?
After I finish my morning skin care routine (which takes about 20 minutes), I start wearing my lashes. I start my day with my lashes whether they are natural or dramatic depends on my mood.
Then I create the make up based on the lashes I chose. I don't wear foundation during the day. I wear either my Chanel CC Cream which contains SPF to protect my skin from the sun or Crème Prodigieuse® DD Cream from Nuxe.
Last, but not least, I dab on some Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. During the day, I use Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray which keeps my make up in tact. Lipstick is always a must for me .
Anything else you'd like to add?
Invest in your skin! Skin care is so vital and can help you achieve flawless makeup looks.
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