Turning children into brides with makeup

Updated 31 January 2013
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Turning children into brides with makeup

Saudi makeup artist Suad Alsheeb is famous for using young girls from the age of seven to thirteen as models for her bridal makeup photo-shoots.
“I come from Buraidah, which is very much a closed society. People don’t accept using women as models on social media and the Internet,” said Alsheeb. “To show my skills as a makeup artist, I had to be creative. I came up with the idea of using young girls to pose for me after I applied adult makeup on them.”
Alsheeb used to draw butterfly and princess makeup on her young relatives’ faces. “I could not post my relative’s pictures online, but after a while of drawing simple things on their faces, I started doing makeup and showing the result to my family,” she said. “My cousins saw my work and asked me to apply makeup on them before going to parties and weddings. This is how I started.”
Alsheeb is an artist who likes painting, drawing and sketching in her free time. Now young girls’ faces are her canvas. “I feel that makeup is very close to what I like to do in my spare time. I enjoy painting portraits of brides and this is what brought on my makeup career,” she said. “I have been doing this for six years now and people say I have a gift of turning the bride into a princess for her wedding night.”
The makeup artist used social media to market her work where people were welcoming her work with open arms. “I first used myself as a model. I applied makeup on my own face and posted pictures of myself on my Facebook fan page,” she said. “I didn’t want people to judge me so I chose those young girls instead. I would rather have them as models than mature women who might create trouble for me and my business in the region for showing their faces and not wearing a hijab.”
Alsheeb makes sure she gets family permission before she even starts to apply make up on the young faces. “I know all the mothers of the girls who model for me and I make sure they are okay with me applying makeup and taking professional picture of them,” she said. “The girls were really excited with this project because every girl dreams of her wedding day. This is like a try-out for them where they can live the moment.”
Children will always be children according to Alsheeb. “They have immature faces. With this kind of makeup it is a challenge to change those features to more mature ones, “she said. “I used a lot of contouring so I can make the nose look straight and the cheeks less round and baby-like. I can proudly say I am a professional in making small eyes look bigger by using white pencil.”
Some people attacked Alsheeb for using innocent children to be her makeup models. “I want people to focus on the art itself and I want them to see how I can change features in the face and turn baby faces into beautiful brides by using my artistic brush,” she said. “The makeup will not harm those children because I use protective skin care as a base before I apply the makeup on their faces.”
Applying makeup on children is a lot more difficult than applying it on adults. “Children move a lot and they cannot help but blink when you apply eye shadow or mascara. Many times I end up erasing the makeup and redoing it,” said Alsheeb. “The process is fun for them as they get to see another face and they love makeup. For them this is just fun, especially when they start posing for me, they act like proper models.”
The makeup artist will soon give makeup classes in Qassim Province, Riyadh, Jeddah, Alkhobar and Dammam.

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Follow the leader: 6 Arab men making waves on Instagram

Updated 24 April 2018
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Follow the leader: 6 Arab men making waves on Instagram

CAIRO: No longer the realm of social media-savvy women, there are a number of Arab men who are making a name for themselves on Instagram and it's high time you follow them.

Khalid Al-Ameri (@khalidalameri)
Followers: 210k


This hilarious Emirati blogger chronicles his daily adventures with his equally funny wife, Salama Mohamed, as they turn the stereotype of a typical Gulf Arab couple firmly on its head. Al-Ameri acts out skits, posts advice about love and relationships and shares insights on life.

Me and my emotions....

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Daniel Essa (@theparisiangents)
Followers: 4,315


After graduating from ESMOD in France, Syrian-born Essa launched his own label and frequently shares expertly curated advice on men’s grooming, personal style and travel via his social media accounts.


Ahmad Hamdy (@ahmedhamdydesigns)
Followers: 25k


Hamdy started his fashion career at the age of 18 with Calvin Klein. The Egyptian menswear designer is known for his chic and elegant style and fills his feed with slick suits designed by his own brand.

Ahmed El-Sayed (@twistedcurlz)
Followers: 86.8k


El-Sayed is one of the founders of The House of Nomads, one of Dubai’s most innovative fashion brands. He posts sun-kissed photos worthy of an Italian fashion shoot and even starred in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign set in Dubai earlier this year.

Ahmad Daabas (@ahmaddaabas)
Followers: 66.9k


The UAE-based Palestinian fashion blogger is the founder of men’s fashion site AMD Mode and walked the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana in 2017. He shares hipster-esque snaps from his travels and even offers his pet cat a starring role on his Instagram feed.

STAND TALL @poloralphlauren #ThePoloShirt #PoloRLStyle #PoloRalphLaurenXAhmadDaabas

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Saleh Al-Braik (@salehalbraik)
Followers: 185k


The Emirati blogger shares thought-provoking insights on the trials and tribulations of life and even writes up his own short stories to go with the perfectly captured moments he posts on his feed. You can expect travel shots, adorable family photos and a razor-sharp dress sense.

BETRAYAL ⠀ ⠀ I have been told that I am loved to my face, only to be stabbed in the back by that same person. The thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies. It’s a different form of pain, one that rocks you to your core. You meet someone and fall in love with their soul, whether it’s a friendship or relationship, your spirits connect. It then comes completely out of the blue, where you find out that they have betrayed you. They broke a promise, they cheated on you, then lied to you, they talked about you, or worse, they hid things from you. Ask my family and friends, I would never use the term “hate” to another person. I feel that the word alone leaves a heavy load on my heart. However, when it comes to betrayal, it’s something that can poison even the purest of hearts. ⠀ ⠀ I would love to tell you how to avoid it, but this is something you will never be able to avoid. As I grew older, I realized that I got better at picking those with loyalty, but it is never certain. The trauma left from betrayal can last for years. I do my best not to focus on it, but it is scary to think that I have become completely vulnerable in front of my inner circle. The same vulnerability and trust that I gave to those that came before them. Those that have scarred me. It is probably my greatest fear, and here I am exposing it. The only thing I can give you advice on is to surrender to it. You can never determine your future. You can just allow your heart to love and trust. Be vulnerable, and if it ends badly, then so be it. You can’t control people, you can’t force them to be loyal. But what you can do is control yourself. You can have standards. You can refuse to be lied to or cheated on over and over again. You can forget them. You can CHOOSE to move on. ⠀ ⠀

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