What is beauty according to you?
Neutrality and simplicity are the keywords of beauty for me. When a woman is happy and comfortable in her skin, nothing compares to this kind of beauty.
When did you enter the world of beauty and makeup?
When I was 14 years old.
Who was your beauty icon during your childhood?
I had two icons – American actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, and the beautiful Latin actress Thalía. Their makeup is simple and suitable for all times and ages.
Who is your contemporary beauty icon?
In fact, I have many: Elena Perminova, Meryem Uzerli, Jennifer Stano and Ivanka Trump. All of them are wonderful mothers, but they still take care of their beauty.
Is there a Kuwaiti or Arab female figure of breathtaking beauty?
Of course there are, but they are not necessarily well-known. Some of my customers are so beautiful, and I love their willingness to try new things in the world of beauty and makeup.
Tell us about your new academy.
The academy is named Fatima Al Naqi Makeup Academy. It’s the result of long years of training and learning in the world of makeup. It benefits from my experience, success, philosophy, and awards that I received for mixing different ideas, and creating new trends in makeup inspired by the beauty of different cultures and countries. I have established this academy to offer high quality service based on knowledge, to change the life of every girl who dreams of being an expert makeup artist.
What are the main principles of your academy?
I intend to make this academy a creative and innovative place for the new generation of passionate cosmetics and makeup experts. A large group of The Academy graduates will be brilliant stars one day, who’ve started their journey on the basis of modern training, hard work, high professional ethics, and a wide range of skills and experience.
Do you think that there is a need for an institution like The Academy in Kuwait?
I believe we desperately need a center that provides knowledge and expertise through professional programs; more than educational YouTube videos and less than long training sessions. We need to offer a new experience that is modern and developed, and one that qualifies students to excel in the world.
How do you know about new cosmetic products in the market?
Certainly through follow up, researching, and reading about everything new at the beginning of each season.
Is there a cosmetic trend you wish would end as soon as possible?
What’s a cosmetic trend you think will remain popular for a long time?
Clean face, natural lips, with a touch of lip moisturizing cream, mascara, and light powder.
What do you use to highlight your eyebrows?
I use Brow & Eyemakers Pencil from COVERGIRL – sometimes medium brown and other times dark brown.
Which is the best foundation in your opinion?
MAC Face & Body C4
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation
NARS All Day Luminous Foundation
What would we find in your daily makeup bag?
Max Factor Mascara
Aveda Lip Balm
Clinique Liquid Foundation
Clinique Concealer 02
Which are the best makeup brushes that you use?
Real Techniques and the kabuki brush by MAC.
Which brand has the best eye shadows in your opinion?
Smooth Eye Colour Quad by Dolce & Gabbana and Warm Neutral by MAC.
Which is the best lipstick?
Incognito by Dolce & Gabbana and Rouge Volupte by Yves Saint Laurent.
Which is the best concealer?
Studio Finish by MAC and Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics.
Three principles you recommend for fabulous makeup:
- The skin is the base of everything, start with clean and fresh skin.
- Glittery foundation cream.
- Natural colored blusher.
Which is the best makeup store in Kuwait?
VaVaVoom and Sephora.
Is there a new product that you like?
SK-II Facial Treatment
Aveda Lip Saver Lip Balm