On Friday I had my make-up professional done by one of the artists at PRO Makeup Boutique, I had a black tie ball to go to and since I was dressing up to the nines – I thought I would treat myself to red carpet make over as well.
PRO is a very small pop up store at the Oasis Centre and the reason why I went there to get my make up done was two fold: 1, because they are the experts when it comes to contouring foundations and 2, because they are the only stockiest of Velour lashes in Dubai.
So first of all lets talk about contouring. The premise of contouring is the art of shading and highlighting to bring out or lessen features. It works best when you use the same colour family, in lighter and darker shades. The products that PRO used was the Magnetic Eye and Face Palette, since I have quite tanned skin they used the warmer colours on me.
First of all they darkened the sides of my nose and under my cheek bones in a shade I can only describe as mud-brown. I didn’t realize how much of a contrast was required in the tone of the shades you are using, to create the contour effect. The bridge of my nose was then highlighted in a very pale shade (third one in from the top right) and that was blended under my eyes, in between my eyebrows and marginally onto my forehead, a little dab in my philtrum, finishing with a line down my chin. The colours were then blended together using a moist sponge and then finished off with bronzer around the edge of my face. The makeup was applied using a set of pink Bambu brushes, a collection which is a vegan friendly, organic and anti bacterial
Once my make up and contouring was complete it was then time to pick my eyelashes. This was a decision I took very carefully and was guided by the make up artists opinion. The Velour eyelashes are 100% authentic mink lashes that are customized to suit your preference and eye shape. Since they are a natural product thay are really comfortable and lightweight and it didn’t even feel like I had false eyelashes on. The lashes are stitched onto a cotton thread band, which makes for easy application.
The shape I went for was Complete Me and the set cost AED250 and you can reuse them between 20-30 times before throwing them away.
You can really see the eyelashes in this picture - I did think they were a little too large and not very natural looking but I guess that these are not for everyday and only for special events when you need a little red carpet glam.
I then got my hair down at Vogue Salon along JBR. I wanted a natural and soft wave with curls at the bottom and to achieve that look, I have cork-screw curls all over created by using a small size wand. I then cover the ends in hair spray and then leave it like that until I arrive home. Once dressed up and just before I walk out the door, I flip my head over and brush out all of the curls just using my fingers to create a softer look that will hold.
Concealer Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancer SX n#10
Contouring Senna palette
Eyebrows Gel eyebrow nuttme #103
Blusher Senna palette
Eye shadow Senna palette - warm colour
Highlighter Cinema Secrets loose powder - colour soft custard
Eyeliner Cailyn gel eyeliner - chocolate mousse
Lashes Velour - Complete Me
PRO Makeup Boutique is located on the first floor in the Oasis Centre, just next to Steve Madden. To have your contour make-up done cost AED300 and then if you would like the Velour eyelashes that is another AED250 on top of that. So quite expensive. The lashes are for keeps and although places like Sephora and MAC may do a cheaper make up session - it is definitely worth going to PRO if you have a special event. I was there for an hour and half so they are meticulous perfectionists which is well worth the spend.