Con­tour­ing up a storm

7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE -

Ro­dial is one of those skin­care la­bels that you’ll al­ways find peo­ple talk­ing about. Of­ten it’s the dra­matic names of its prod­ucts; Dragon’s Blood, Snake Serum and Stem Cell oils. Oth­er­wise, it’s the many celebrity en­dorse­ments those prod­ucts at­tract. Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Jes­sica Biel and An­gelina Jolie are just a few of the fa­mous ladies who swear by at least some­thing in the range. And then there are the Kar­dashi­ans. Specif­i­cally Kim and half sis­ter Kylie Jen­ner are renowned for their use of con­tour­ing us­ing Ro­dial prod­ucts. At the range’s re­cent launch, the Ro­dial make-up artist demon­strated the strik­ing ef­fects that can be achieved with a (large) hand­ful of prod­ucts. But we don’t all have our own make-up artist so is this kind of tech­nique re­ally ac­ces­si­ble to us nor­mal women? Yes it is, says Ro­dial founder, Maria Hatzis­te­fa­nis. “You can do it in five min­utes - if you prac­tice!” she tells us, adding that there are easy-to-fol­low tu­to­ri­als that show you how on the brand’s YouTube chan­nel @MrsRo­dial. Gemma, the make-up artist, agrees: “I do this on the train on the way to work,” she claims. Even if you don’t have quite that steady a hand your­self, the range is pretty ac­ces­si­ble. And it helps to know so many stars are fans. “It’s ob­vi­ously great for any brand to get their prod­ucts talked about by celebri­ties,” ad­mits Hatzis­te­fa­nis. “That ob­vi­ously gets you at­ten­tion. But at the end of the day, fe­male celebri­ties are like any other woman. They want prod­ucts that are great, they want to look good and they want prod­ucts that are ef­fec­tive.” Who are we to ar­gue? Now about those tu­to­ri­als...

Find Ro­dial prod­ucts in Paris Gallery, Har­vey Ni­chols, Bloom­ing­dale’s and House of Fraser

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