Men in blue captivate audience in colorful Saudi festival show

The Blue Man Group. (File photo)
Updated 16 July 2019

Men in blue captivate audience in colorful Saudi festival show

  • Group performing as part of the Jeddah Season of events for the third time

JEDDAH: The captivating Blue Man Group rocked a Saudi festival audience with a high-octane show that won a standing ovation.

Performing in the Kingdom for the third time, the three bald, blue men wowed fans by taking them on a spectacular, fun-filled, music-laced journey of discovery.

More than 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures in 25 countries have experienced the unexpected, madcap antics of the Blue Man Group and the colorful entertainers had an awestruck Saudi audience clapping for more.

The show was organized by the General Entertainment Authority as part of the Jeddah Season.

Backed by other musicians, the trio’s powerful drum show began with two of the blue men competing to create a work of art by spraying paint from their mouths.

The interactive display saw the performers engaging with fans in a variety of fun, dynamic ways including eating Twinkies and painting on a canvas. They even shone a spotlight on late arrivals to the venue, singing: “You are late, you were supposed to be here 20 minutes ago.”

Part of the group’s “Speechless” tour, the family show’s mix of music, color and humor left the Jeddah Season audience buzzing.

“We loved it. It was unique and captivating,” Saudi student, Mariam Ahmed, 22, told Arab News. “This was my first time attending the show and honestly, if you haven’t seen them before nothing can prepare you for what you are going to see in the show.”

Father-of-two Yuzreza, from Brunei, said: “It is our first event and now, after seeing this, we are planning to see a few other events in the season. The children especially enjoyed it.”

The Blue Man Group has been running for 25 years, and according to its publicity its 70 performers around the world splash their way through 18,000 buckets of paint a year and have broken 23,000 drumsticks.

Struggling to find olive-toned concealer? This new Dubai-based label has you covered

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Struggling to find olive-toned concealer? This new Dubai-based label has you covered

DUBAI: In the world of makeup, olive skin is described as having neutral or yellow undertones with a greenish hue, hence the name “olive.” Though genetically blessed with a year-round tan, finding suitable makeup shades can pose as a challenge to many women with an olive complexion.

Despite the efforts of many major brands to incorporate more shades into their cosmetic lines, most commercial products available on the market are still generally geared towards Euro-centric skin tones. This is why Dubai-based makeup artist Fizah Pasha launched Brulee Beauty, a cosmetics brand created specifically for olive skin-toned women. 

“I noticed a gap in the market for a mid-luxury brand that catered specifically to the yellow undertone,” Pasha told Arab News. “It ignited my passion to cater to an underrepresented segment of the market,” she added.

Brulee Beauty is a. new cosmetics brand created specifically for olive skin-toned women. Supplied

“I had clients that had a yellow undertone and finding the right concealer for this specific skin tone proved very difficult,” she stated, adding, “I would always need to mix two or three concealers to get the right one for my clients as well as myself. This is how I started thinking of creating my own makeup line.”

Brulee, which is a caramelized sugar that is golden in color, launched this summer with a collection of five concealers ranging from lighter to darker shades that are suitable for women with golden undertones. 

“It’s important for concealers to match your skin and undertone as your complexion can appear to be ashy and grey if you’re using the wrong color,” explained the makeup artist.

The brand launched this summer with a collection of five concealers ranging from lighter to darker shades. Supplied

As there are standard pigments that are typically on the orange and pink spectrum, it took Pasha two years of extensive research to create a product she was satisfied with. The result:  A high-coverage formula that conceals, brightens and blurs in one swipe.  Each concealer boasts nourishing ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate and vitamin E to help plump the skin as well as provide deep hydration. 

Pasha also revealed that she has plans to further expand her brand to include a whole range of products, in addition to concealers, that will cater to women with yellow and golden undertones. “Inclusivity in makeup is important,” she mused. “Every skin tone should be seen and kept in mind when creating products.”

Brulee Beauty can be purchased online.