How to Merge Makeup with Mindfulness
by Sue Omar
Set The Mood Right
It’s no secret that environment is everything when it comes to practicing mindfulness, so choose and comfortable space in your home to sit and de-clutter your makeup station to set the scene for meditation.
Skin Prep 101
When prepping for makeup, take time to gently massage moisturisers and hydrating oils onto your skin for a flawless base while setting your intentions for this mindfulness practice. “If your skin is naturally oily, you can mattify your makeup as you build up your look with powders or go-bare for a beautiful dewy glow,” says Zainab. “As your skin absorbs the moisture, take a deep breathe and try to think of things that you are grateful for, reflect on your goals and achievable steps you can take to get there,” she adds. “While we wait for the pandemic to end, it’s important to stay positive and tell ourselves that we can still make progress on the things we can change now and do our best to be optimistic for the future,” she adds.
Find Your Muse
For many of us, makeup is a form of self-expression that allows us to transform ourselves and channel different looks within minutes. When merging makeup with mindfulness, choosing a muse or a look to mimic can help guide the colours, textures and techniques you will use. “Pull up some pictures of looks that you like on your phone for inspiration and try to make them your own,” suggests Zainab. “Makeup mindfulness is all about experimenting, so there is no rule book, there is no right or wrong way, you simply just need to have fun with each look and make it your own. For instance, if you come across a picture of someone wearing a bright yellow eyeshadow, you can re-create this look using pigment eye shadows or even with a yellow eyeliner – as long as you are enjoying the process and learning along the way.”
Practice Makes Perfect
Want to brush up on your makeup skills like a pro’ from the comfort of your own home? Zainab Hassan is hosting a digital ‘Master Your Face Masterclass’ on Saturday March 13 2020 via Zoom. “I wanted to create a safe space to empower women to learn the key skills needed to master their own makeup and create looks that are tailored to suit their personal style which they can practice on themselves in their spare time,” says Zainab. “Every guest will receive a bespoke makeup kit - including some of my favourite products - before the event so they can participate live on the day.”
To book your place on Zainab’s makeup masterclass click here.
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