Love the whole ethereal, dramatic Arabian makeup look? Sahar Khatija, or Ezina Redefined, as you might know her from Instagram, can teach you a thing or two about it. Because how many people do we know who did their own makeup on their wedding day?
All of 23, the Bangalore-bred psychology graduate is a true example of a makeup artist with a natural flair for her profession – far removed from the just-for-the-sake-it herd. “Since I was little – maybe 4 - I was keen on dressing up and looking my best all the time!,” she smiles. (Of course, it helps that the girl is gorgeous herself!)
Playing dress-up soon turned into Sahar’s biggest passion. “I love the idea of presenting your most beautiful self to the world – so I guess that’s how I ended up being a make up artist!,” says Sahar. The turning point though, was when she did her sister’s wedding makeup. “That was when everyone began to really notice my talent, and I got a lot of appreciation for it.” Shortly after, opportunities came along, and fresh-out-of-college Sahar worked on campaigns for Bhima Jewellers, Myntra and Maya Silk Sarees.
Style-wise, the MUA believes in simplicity. “My go-to outfit would definitely would be skinny jeans and a top. With my go-to makeup of course.” (Find out what that is below!) Speaking of makeup, we asked the expert the most common blunder Indian women tend to make while doing a full face. “Well, I’d have to say, a lot of women apply a much lighter shade of foundation than what’s suitable for their skin tone – and it almost always turns grey in an hour. You have to try on foundation before you buy it – preferably in daylight,” she tips. “Also, a lot of people apply blush on the wrong area of the cheeks!”. Right above the cheekbones diagonally into the temple is where your blush should be going, by the way.
Having started out as a bridal makeup artist only recently, Sahar has been receiving more than just a warm response – and why not, the girl aims to please. “Bridal grooming isn't an easy task at all. It's very challenging because it needs a lot of patience, understanding, keen observation and meeting all the bride’s demands. But there’s no greater satisfaction than a happy bride. I want to use my talent to make people look beautiful, feel bold and confident, and make them smile,” says Sahar.
If you’re wondering what keeps her ticking, the super talented girl gets her inspiration from all those beauty bloggers and makeup artists on Instagram. “Their work helps me to stay updated with the industry. They all motivate me to try new, different looks,” she says. “I love Huda Beauty, DressYourFace, Nazan Asghar and Samer Khouzami!”
And for all you talented and aspiring makeup artists out there, Sahar has some pretty good advice to offer. “Everything you do, do out of love. Only love can turn creativity into something ‘wow’ – it’s what brings real perfection to your work.”
Says the fashion lover before signing off, “Zapyle is a fabulous shopping app that I’d recommend to every shopaholic. You can buy cool stuff and also sell preloved clothes. That means no more worrying about repeating clothes or having an excess of them!”
* Your go-to makeup look?
“Dark lips, no kohl, winged eyeliner and lots of mascara.”
* Favourite beauty bloggers?
“Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty).”
* Dream person to work on?
“I would love to work on Kareena Kapoor.”
* If you had only 5 products in your makeup kit for the rest of your life, which ones would they be?
“Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Milani Baked Blush, M.A.C Select Cover Up Concealer, E.l.f Studio Eyebrow Kit, and M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Russian Red."
* 3 beauty products you're currently loving?
“I love so many! But I’ll say Better Than Sex Mascara, Milani Baked Blush and NYX Liquid Crystal Liner.”