Take a fan­tas­ti­cal jour­ney through your make-up bag


Reach out to the uni­corn in you with a colour pal­ette that is bright and beau­ti­ful.

With wave-tossed mer­maid hair, gleam­ing uni­corn high­lighter and a sprin­kling of glit­ter – ac­tu­ally, make that gal­lons of glit­ter – now ap­pear­ing ev­ery­where from the cat­walks of Cou­ture Week in Paris to ev­ery It girl’s In­sta­gram feed, all things sweet, multi-coloured and myth­i­cal are hav­ing a mo­ment. Our en­chant­ing beauty looks are both fit for a fairy­tale princess – and eas­ily achiev­able, even by mere mor­tals – tak­ing you on a fan­tas­ti­cal jour­ney through your make-up bag to add a lit­tle magic to the mun­dane. Af­ter all, who wouldn’t want to be a uni­corn for a day?


Turn your high­light up with a rain­bow of pas­tel shim­mer to il­lu­mi­nate your face in hues that en­hance your nat­u­ral un­der­tones. Dark skin shines with blue or pur­ple shim­mer, while olive and tan glow with a yel­low or golden bronze high­light. Pale com­plex­ions are framed with a hint of peach or pink.

Use a soft fan brush to layer your cho­sen high­lighter across the high­est point of your cheek­bones, where the light nat­u­rally hits. Ap­ples too much? Use a fluffy brush to buff into the skin. We used Aurora Glow Kit Dh225, Anas­ta­sia Bev­erly Hills; Pear­l­izer Sheer Pig­ment in Pear­lette Dh135, MAC; and Dew Drops Co­conut Gel High­lighter in Dew You? Dh180, Marc Ja­cobs. On skin: Diorskin Star Con­cealer in 002 (Dh161);

Naked Skin Bronz­ing Beauty Balm (Dh158, Ur­ban De­cay); Base Lait-Creme Con­cen­trate (Dh99, Em­bry­olisse). On nails: Color Hit Nail Pol­ish in En­chanted Is­land and Pro­posal in Paris (Dh25 each, Sephora).


Head some­where over the rain­bow with this eye-catch­ing twist on bright eye­liner. Use four to five of your favourite colours to trace a bold eye­liner flick, and pare down the rest of your make-up to let your eyes do all the talk­ing.

Us­ing an an­gled eye­liner brush will help keep your liner tidy. Start from the up­per in­ner cor­ner of your eye and trace your lash line as close to the lashes as you can. Layer each colour slightly so the hues fade into each other. We used Supra­color In­ter­ferenz Pal­ette (Dh141, Kry­olan), Tec­nico Eye­liner in blue (Dh79, Col­lis­tar) and Vivid Brights Eye­liner in Vivid Blos­som (Dh25, NYX). Fin­ish with Nail and Body Art Span­gles in 22 (Dh85, In­glot) and Lus­tre Lip­stick in Touch (Dh104, MAC). On skin: Sec­ond Skin Cream Blush in 330 Dh150, Make Up For Ever; Pro Sculpt­ing Brow Pal­ette Dh165, Make Up For Ever; Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Dh205, Laura Mercier.


Wow with a dreamy eye look that fea­tures creamy clouds of pas­tel shades drift­ing across your lids. Best of all, the free-hand wa­ter­colour look means that you can add as much or as lit­tle colour as you’d like, with smudg­ing only en­hanc­ing the look. Ap­ply the pig­ments in tiny flicks with a small brush – go to fri­day­ to watch a how-to.

Start adding colours along the up­per lash line – stick to the lid for a more sub­tle wash of pas­tels, or hit the eye­brows to make a state­ment. To en­hance colours, dampen your eyeshadow brush be­fore ap­ply­ing. We used AMC Pure Pig­ment Eye Shadow in 59, 111 and 114 (Dh82, In­glot) and the Supra­color In­ter­ferenz Pal­ette (Dh141, Kry­olan), adding a dot of metal­lic shadow in the in­ner corners. Line eyes with a pas­tel like High­liner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Deja Blue (Dh100, Marc Ja­cobs Beauty). Fin­ish with a slick of Daz­zle­glass lip­gloss in Ex­tra Amps (Dh130, MAC).

On skin: Pro Long­wear Con­cealer Dh120, MAC; Trace­less Foun­da­tion Stick Dh315, Tom Ford; Hy­dra Pro Matte Mat­i­fy­ing Moisturising Fluid Dh125, Kiko Mi­lano; Bronz­ing Pow­der Dh135, MAC.

Un­like the Lit­tle Mer­maid’s un­der­wa­ter deal­ings, there’s zero com­mit­ment to get­ting lush mer­maid locks for your­self. Hair chalk will sham­poo out, mak­ing it ideal for a one-day flir­ta­tion with quirky hues. Ap­ply a white chalk on dark hair be­fore adding colour for max­i­mum im­pact. Use a fluffy pow­der brush to ap­ply, or rub the hair chalk di­rectly on to strands. Make sure to place an old towel over your shoul­der and fix the colour into your locks with a gen­er­ous spritz of hair­spray to fin­ish.

Kevin Mur­phy Color Bug hair chalk in Pink, Pur­ple, Or­ange, White and Neon Dh80 each, at Mar­quee Salon

This lip look melts to­gether juicy shades of fuch­sia, pur­ple and or­ange for a lip-smack­ing pout with Lisa Frank vibes. Use a small, soft brush to gen­tly blend lip colours for a smooth hue tran­si­tion, and add a gar­nish of glit­ter if you’re feel­ing ex­tra bold.

Ap­ply a colour close to your own lips as a smooth can­vas for this pouty look (we used Pro Long­wear

Paint Pot in Ground­work Dh115, MAC) be­fore adding up to three com­ple­men­tary shades. Use the dark­est shade (here, we’ve cho­sen pur­ple), to line your bot­tom lip, cre­at­ing full­ness and depth. Try Le

Marc Lip Creme in Ge­orgie Girl (Dh150, Marc Ja­cobs Beauty) or Cremesheen Lip­stick in

Sweet & Sour (Dh104, MAC) topped with Pig­ments in Pink Pearl, Red Elec­tric and Fuch­sia (Dh135, MAC) and Daz­zle Dust in Aphrodite (Dh22, Barry M).

Model Ari­cia at MMG Mod­els. Hair and make-up Ania at MMG Artists




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