Beauty Talk with Laila Shehab

What is beauty according to you?

There are several definitions of beauty; but for me beauty is a reflection of the authenticity of spirit.

How did you enter the world of beauty and makeup?

As a kid I took advantage of my mother’s absence to play with her makeup. I used to put it on in funny ways, but it was pretty amazing and interesting for me at that age. When I grew up, I learned more and began to put makeup for my family and friends. Then I took an intensive course with Bassam Fattouh and my career began professionally. Today, I am proud of what I’ve accomplished.

Who was your beauty icon during your childhood?

Sophia Loren; her beauty always amazes me.

Who is your contemporary beauty icon?

I consider myself accurate in the judgment of natural beauty these days, especially with the spread of cosmetic surgery. I find British actress Emily Blunt very beautiful. As for plastic beauty, Haifa Wehbe is also beautiful.

Who is the best makeup artist in your opinion?

In the Arab world Bassam Fattouh, and globally Mario Dedivanovic.

Is there a Kuwaiti or Arab female figure of breathtaking beauty?

My colleague beautician Sabika Al-Rashed has pretty impressive features and a great complexion.

How often you visit makeup stores?

There is no specific number of times or specific days for visiting. I go on a regular basis whenever I have the opportunity; not only to buy and shop but also to know what’s new, and ask for the latest trends that I see on the Internet.

Is there a cosmetic trend you wish would end as soon as possible?

Heavy eyelashes. I do not think it enhances the beauty of the eyes, rather serves to hide it.

What’s a cosmetic trend you think will remain popular for a long time?

Smoky eyes.

What do you use to highlight your eyebrows?

I use Anastasia Beverly Hills, DipBrow Pomade and Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil.

Which is the best foundation in your opinion?

Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition by Laura Mercier.

What would we find in your daily makeup bag?

  • Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara by Lancôme.
  • Eye Kohl by MAC.
  • Stripdown lip liner by MAC.
  • Lip Butter.
  • Cheek Tint.


Which are the best makeup brushes that you use?

MAC, Laura Mercier, Sigma, Make Up For Ever and NARS.

Which brand has the best eye shadows in your opinion?

Artist Shadow Palette by Make Up For Ever.

Which is the best concealer?

Double Wear by Estee Lauder and Magic Concealer by Helena Rubinstein.

Three principles you recommend for fabulous makeup:

  • Take care of your skin first because it is the base of good makeup.
  • Make sure you put the right makeup for every occasion.
  • Find out the key features of your face and focus on them while putting on makeup.

Which is the best makeup store in Kuwait?

Harvey Nichols.

Is there a new product that you like?

Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator.

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