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Instant Sun Light

For a year-round, healthy complexion that's full of summer fun, Clarins Instant Sun Light is at your beck and call.

This new line of sun-kissed make-up is pure delight. It brings that golden radiance with an authentic great summer feeling all through the year. The secret lies in the flattering rays of sunset tones that filter through the collection. Golds and corals melt together, reflecting light in a unique way, for a sun-kissed look. Instant Sun Light palettes and lip balms answer the enticing, twilight call of summer by softening bright golds with warm browns, and adding a fun hint of colour with coral and sensual pink.

The final touch… velvet pouches trimmed in copper sparkle to protect new, chic packaging that shimmers in silver-bronze.

Complexion is everything. To create the ideal base, apply Bronzing Powder SPF15 in Golden sun 20 to the entire face. The Summer Glow Palette SPF 15 highlights facial features using the art of contrast as touches of sparkling orange-rose on the upper cheekbones enhance warmbrown nuances applied to chin, nose and forehead.

Eyes shine with a summertime twinkle thanks to the radiant golds of Shimmer Palette and Single Eye Colour 05 Gold leaf. Waterproof Eye Pencil 02 Bronze, applied to the eyelash base on the upper eyelid, lights up beautiful pale green eyes while WonderWaterproofMascara 01Wonder black intensifies the overall effect. Lips reflect the sun with the pink-gold shine of Lip BalmSPF 6 01 Sunset bronze.

Luscious lips

One slick and your lips will be transformed


1. Guerlain Gloss Cashmere Velvet MatteGloss combines the lightness of a gloss and the velvety matte finish of a lipstick. Its incredible texture is light as a dream, and envelopes the lips like a second skin with an intense matte colour.

2. Get shiny with Pixi Vitamin Lip Silk, a sheer lipgloss with added vitamins, which leaves a transparent slick of shine and just a hint of colour on your lips.

3. Create beautifully full, soft and lustrous lips for any occasion with Estee Lauder's

Signature Lipstick in shades of Rich Berry. For a sophisticated sheen that can be applied alone or over lipstick, apply Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry and the new, limited edition Honey Flower.

4. Missha Collagen Lip Treatment gives smoother, more moisturised lips. It contains healing properties for chapped and dry lips as it is enriched with botanical oils derived from natural sources such as avocado and olive. High concentration of Vitamin E also helps in keeping your lips well-nourished

Glorious locks

Raven haired, carrot top, brunette, straight, wavy or curly – we all have our own concerns when it comes to hair.

For all those who would love to see their hair straight and strong, try Matrix Opti.smooth, a straightening service that gives dramatic results, while conditioning and protecting hair every step of the way. It offers three types of services, depending on how you wish to wear your hair.

Wella Professionals Colour Touch range offers up to 57 per cent more colour multiplicity, with up to 63 per cent more shine in 63 shades. It contains a Light2Colour complex, with three light-interacting colour ingredients and three shine-enhancing ingredients. The complex gives hair a luminous look and feel, making it the perfect choice for summer, when we spend most of our time in the sun.

L'Oreal Professionnel Platinum Plus with its creamy texture, has successfully combined the performance of a bleaching product and the softness of Nutriceride and White Beeswax technology. This advanced technology has set a new standard in lightening by providing an optimal level of safety for both the client and the hairdresser.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique for dry to very dry hair turns heat into a partner for beautiful hair. ‘Nectar', a rare, natural juice secreted by plants, is the ultimate concentrate of essential nutrients. While ‘Thermique' evokes the effect of heat that serves to amplify the treatment's performance. With this, blow-drying becomes easier, faster. Available at leading beauty salons in the region.

Summer Scentsation

With the coming of summer, it's time to lighten up. Bring the fruity and floral scents out.

In the bag

AW tips to looking like a star

Hollywood stars, whether they are dressed to the hilt for the red carpet or dodging paparazzis on their way to the dry cleaner, always have an inevitable aura of glamour about them. Think Angelina Jolie in a sack – of course it would help if you have those gorgeous eyes and pouty lips. But despair not, Hollywood glamour can be achieved with a little work. We'll keep it simple, so here goes…

Get the attitude

You know why actresses look glamorous even if they are wearing the worst outfit on earth? They have the attitude. They know they are special, and they walk and behave like they are special. And so are you. If you're feeling low and in doubt, just think back on all the successes you've achieved and work it into your attitude.

Renowned fashion designer Zufi Alexander defines success as “that feeling of satisfaction that you've achieved your goals. It is not only about your interim goals, it is about what you achieve at the end.”

Find the make-up for you

Remember, those flawless skins take a lot of work. Sleep and eat well, avoid too much sun exposure and use the right products, and you're well on your way. Guerlain Super Aqua is your best bet to achieve maximum moisture, and fight the signs of ageing and environmental stresses.

If blotches and other skin imperfections are still there, throw worry in the air – there is always make-up to the rescue.

However, we all know make-up is not as simple as glossing your favourite colour of lipstick on – it takes time and practice. Make sure you try out different colours and trends and see what works for you. And whatever style you choose, always remember to blend. According to Clarins spokesperson for the Middle East, Bassam Fattouh, that's one of a woman's usual make-up booboo – creating lines that are clearer than country borders! For summer, finish up your make-up with the Clarins Shimmer all-over Loose Powder for that extra dose of glam.


Have fun with your accessories and choose delightful eye candies. You don't need uber expensive jewellery to glam up, you just need some well-placed investments or really smart bargain-shopping skills. Of course, the three most important items are: sunglasses, bags and shoes! To cover those gorgeous eyes (all made-up with luscious lashes and the latest make-up trend – just check our AW Beauty section for more tips) and protect them from the glaring lights of the paparrazi's flashes – or, more realistically, the sun's rays – try the contemporary lines of Persol sunglasses.

For the ‘it bag' of the Spring Summer collection, Alexander recommends, the Zufi Alexander Fashionista bag from the Spring/Summer '09 collection, a nice easy tote that comes in beautiful colours. Match it up with killer stilettos from Kurt Geiger and you're all set to go!

Article by :  Arabian Woman

Posted by: May Issue 2009


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