Meet the uber stylish and fun Mahak Bokhari. From studying makeup in Dubai and now working at the superb Neelos salon in Karachi, this upcoming makeup maestro is one to watch out for!
WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE A MAKEUP ARTIST?
I have been playing dress up and doing everyoneâ€™s makeup around me since I was 3. Sometimes I would give my friends a total bridal makeover, or sometimes my younger siblings and cousins (the boys and girls) would get bullied and threatened to corporate! I knew then as strongly as I know now that this was my passion and something I would definitely pursue a career in.
WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO HAVE ACHIEVED IN YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
Firstly, the trust of all my friends and family to be their go-to makeup artist is the best! Secondly, a lot of knowledge for the art, I think. When you love something, you want to perfect yourself within it, so automatically you learn more about it. Being able to distinguish between things like different eyeshades, picking the right skin tone and choosing the perfect brushes are actually more complicated than youâ€™d think! Besides freelancing, I also have a qualification from the Illumin8 Makeup studio in Dubai and I am currently working at Neeloâ€™s Spa and Salon Come by ladies!
WHO ARE YOUR THREE BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS?
Huda Kattan, Carli BybleÂ and Camila Coehlo.
FAVOURITE PAKISTANI MAKEUP ARTIST:
Shamain has to be my favorite. I absolutely love the way she manages to make any look come alive in such a subtle and gorgeous way. I especially like how she highlights and makes a womans features stand out without being too loud.
WHO WOULD YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION BE WITH?
My dream collaboration would be Huda (Kattan) Beauty. I think anyone who knows me would know how obsessed I am with her. Her lashesÂ are everything, and on top of thatÂ her personality seems superÂ friendly and fun!
WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOURSELF IN 5 AND 10 YEARS?
I would love to start by opening up my own little makeup studioâ€¦ Just the way I always wanted it to be! So in five years, that would be great to achieve. In ten years, the dream would be to launch my own makeup brand.
DESCRIBE YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE:
Subtle, with highlighted features and a pop of colour â€“ and this goes for both makeup and clothes!
A CHANGE YOUâ€™D LIKE IN PAKISTANI BEAUTY TRENDS:
No more red â€˜lipstick-edâ€™ brides!
BIGGEST BEAUTY FAUX PAS ONE CAN MAKE:
Putting a baseÂ that does notÂ match your skinÂ tone, and heavyÂ makeup duringÂ daytime, especiallyÂ an overdoseÂ of blush! Itâ€™s alwaysÂ best to use a softÂ BB cream, such asÂ the Laura MercierÂ tinted moisturizer-Â oil free. Make sureÂ it matches yourÂ skin tone.
ONE TREND YOUÂ WANT TO SEEÂ MORE OF:
A natural look is always stunning, but itâ€™s all about finding the right shade. Go for a tad bit of concealer/foundation whereÂ needed, with a few strokesÂ of the right bronzer (TheÂ Anastasia Contour Kit inÂ medium shade is perfect forÂ this), your eyebrows lightlyÂ shaded and some mascaraÂ on the bottom lashes. AndÂ of course, a pale pastelÂ lip colour to go with!Â PRO TIP: For a truly softÂ and subtle look, alwaysÂ opt for a shade slightlyÂ darker than your skinÂ tone. My go to concealer for this look is Custard by NARs!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU FEEL ONE NEEDS TO WORKÂ ON TO BE TRULY SUCCESSFUL IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Practice makes perfect! I want to do a couple more courses, work withÂ different people- maybe cover a fashion week event with a designer (ElanÂ would be a dream!) I also think it is important to keep in mind that anyÂ makeup artist works very closely with their client; Youâ€™re not justÂ physically very close to their face but you might also be preparing them forÂ the biggest night of theirÂ life. So you have to have a friendly and warmÂ attitude that makes peopleÂ comfortable around you.
FAVOURITE THING TO DO WHENÂ YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
Pampering myself at the salon (I neverÂ have time to do that anymore!)Â and catching up on my shows.
Urban Decay all the way! Their newÂ Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette hasÂ amazing shimmery colours for Summer, andÂ their classic NAKED palettes are a must have for every girl!
MAKEUP TIPS FOR THE SUMMER:
- Primer. Itâ€™s the best thing you could use to hold yourÂ make-up on all day long.
- Nude lips are very in. Deep lipstick shades do not go well in theÂ hot summer, so try nude colours for a refreshing look.
- Water proof mascara is my personal go to makeup item.Â Between all the sweat and humidity, it allows you to maintainÂ the best lashes without them flaking off.
TOP 3 SUMMER PRODUCTS:
- Smash box Primer.
- Carli Bybel Pallete.
- Loreal Telescopic Mascara.