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In Conversation With Hina Zeb

In the modern age of today, keeping up with your style game and sense of fashion has become crucial. Women opt for designer dresses and invest time in themselves. Makeup today is essential for women everywhere and has now become very important. Every other day we come across several MUAs and makeup bloggers who have an ocean of talent. We at Women’s Own decided to have a little chat of our own with a brilliant makeup artist whose work is phenomenal! Hina Zeb who runs HOUSEOFLOOKSBYHINA M&H Studio answered few of our questions.

What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

Well, it was all very sudden. I never dreamt to be a makeup artist. About a few years ago, there were no young makeup artists who I could look up to and get inspired by. Honestly, since I attended classes by Natasha and saw these two young sisters work so well, I thought to myself that maybe I can pull this off.  She brought grace and style to each and every individual’s appearance and that’s when I found my inspiration.

I have so many names on my list that inspire me now, such as Anam Falak. She’s a doctor and she’s well known as a successful makeup artist internationally as well. There are tons of names globally whom I’m inspired by. Plus, with the pace our industry is going, I’m sure we’ll have more makeup artists and fashion designers as compared to Doctors and Engineers (laughs).

 You’re certified with three reputed names, tell us about the one unique thing you’ve learned from them.

My experience with Natasha, Mac, and L’Oreal were all very different from each other. I began my career with Natasha salon and from there I learned the skills of precision, her makeup is very polished.  However, at Mac, it was all about taking my makeup standard and techniques to the next level.

On the other hand, L’Oreal was great in a sense because it taught me that a good look doesn’t just limit to make up. Your hair plays a crucial role if you intend to look appealing.  So, in a nutshell, all three experiences were amazing in their own way and I got a chance to learn a lot.

Were there any bad days when you started this profession?

If I wanted I could have started up my career right after my first class but I didn’t, I needed time to learn more and explore this profession. If I want to be known for my work, I need to master my skills.  I had to polish my skills on my face. I wanted to learn from my own flaws.

I gave birth when I was taking Natasha’s classes, it was difficult for me to pursue but I didn’t give up. It was difficult for me juggling with kids and take time out for my practice. Sometimes I use to end up with my practices at 3 in the morning. So yes, it wasn’t easy.

Tell us that one specific look that you’d love to try.

I must’ve tried around 40 + looks just on myself and they all were different from each other. Every time I come across something interesting, I end up trying it on myself. So, there’s no specific look. The cut crease was the only one which I hadn’t given a shot, but I just tried that a few days ago and the results were pretty good.

Can you share few beauty hacks with us?

I soak my lashes in makeup remover for 2, 3 minutes and clean them with a tissue. This increases their life.

I never throw my empty mascara brushes away, because sometimes you get mascara brushes that you really like. So, the smart thing to do would be cleaning them off and using them with other types of mascara, or for eyebrows.

How do you decide upon a look that suits your client?

The first thing I always do is counseling. I think it’s very important being a makeup artist or a hairstylist to learn about your client’s history and if they’re allergic to a certain thing/product.

I also ask my clients if they’d opt for bold colors and would they like to explore new trends in makeup or hair. Some girls like to keep it subtle and not want anything bold, while others have a different perception. The features, the clothing, and jewelry, everything is kept in mind before I began my work. In the end, the client’s input matters a lot but I have to be sure if the look would suit them or not.

Which makeup artist would you want to work with?

I would love to meet Charlotte Tilbury and Sam and Nic from Pixiwoos one day. As a makeup influencer and entrepreneur, I admire their work. I would love to do their makeup! (Laughs)

Personally, which bridal look would you opt for? Contemporary or traditional?

I think this is something I share with my clients all the time. I would suggest a traditional look for baraat. One can be experimental at all the other wedding events but for baraat, a  pure traditional look low gaze bride, and flower bun, kohl-rimmed liner and red pout along with traditional attire look beautiful.

Traditional bridal look lasts forever and it never goes out of style. I would love to give my valima bride a modern yet a graceful look. I would like to suggest all the new brides’ to please make sure you get hairdos that fit best to your face cut and entire look.

What are few of your go-to makeup products that you always carry around with you?

Lip balm because I really don’t like dry lips, my hand cream, I like to moisturize my hands often, lipstick or a cream blush and a travel size makeup fixer. I’m in love with Mac fix+ these days!

Can you define your signature style in three words?

I believe I’m a versatile makeup artist and I want to be known for my versatility but ill soon introduce my signature style and it will be a blend of traditional and contemporary, plus polished.

What’s that one quick tip to applying the winged liner correctly?

Look straight in the mirror, put a dot where you want to begin the liner from and a dot where you want to end it and then just connect those dots.

What are your future plans?

Well, I recently attended the makeup classes by Anam Falak and I feel like I learned a lot from here and the class really taught me the variations of makeup. Also, I’ll be flying to Dubai soon for a class about Asian and Arab makeup certificate course which is of two days. I’ll be going to London College of Makeup for the classes and there are few more but I’m not revealing them now ,all I working hard for my brand name to be considered amongst the top name of the makeup industry.

One message that you would like to give the uprising makeup artists? 

I’d want to say that work hard and never look for shortcuts for happiness!


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