Selena Gomez’s trick to a flawless cat-eye is this Huda Beauty product

Selena Gomez made her foray into the beauty industry this month. File/AFP
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Updated 15 September 2020

Selena Gomez’s trick to a flawless cat-eye is this Huda Beauty product

DUBAI: Singer and mental health advocate Selena Gomez recently shared her favorite products from her newly-launched Rare Beauty makeup line in a video tutorial — and she gave special shout out to US-Iraqi makeup mogul Huda Kattan.

In the middle of taking viewers through her day-to-night makeup routine and re-creating the deep fuchsia lip she wore in her “Ice Cream” music video with K-pop group Blackpink, she pulled out the product from cult Middle Eastern cosmetics brand, Huda Beauty, that she goes to for the ultimate cat-eye look.

The 28-year-old is one of the latest celebrities to launch a makeup line. Instagram

After prepping her complexion and sculpting her features, Gomez turned her attention to her eyes, whipping out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette, Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner and the new Huda Beauty Legit Lashes mascara for when she wants to have “more of a look.”

The double-ended mascara is designed to create volume and length, and the former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star finds that a little goes a long way. “So, I will probably just put on a little bit,” said Gomez in the video as she swiped the mascara in upwards motions across her eyelashes. 

“BEAUTIFUL. So happy that you guys are loving your Legit Lashes,” wrote the Huda Beauty team on the brand’s Instagram account, alongside a snippet from the tutorial.

Iraqi-American beauty mogul Kattan debuted Huda Beauty’s  very first mascara back in May. Featuring two wands — one for lengthening and one for volume — the Legit Lashes mascara is designed to give anyone bold, dramatic eyelashes, one coat at a time.

Meanwhile, Kattan recently tested some Rare Beauty products after receiving a PR package from Gomez and gushed about the new line.

The “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer had announced the beauty project back in February. However, the pandemic pushed the line’s summer 2020 launch date to September. The long-awaited line boasts concealer, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara as well as a whopping 48 shades of foundation.

The Huda Beauty team even posted a product-by-product review on the brand’s blog, with a mix of feedback.

“It looked beautiful on light and medium skin tones, but the white pearl base wasn’t flattering and looked a little too sparkly on rich skin tones,” the team wrote about Gomez’s Always an Optimist Illuminating Primer.

Gomez is one of the latest celebrities to enter the beauty industry, joining the likes of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West.

UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

Updated 28 September 2020

UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

  • Temple plaque found in online auction spotted by experts at British Museum
  • Thought to have been stolen from Tello in southern Iraq, site of ancient city of Girsu

LONDON: An ancient artifact that may have been looted before being smuggled to the UK is set to return to Iraq.

The item is a Sumerian temple plaque featuring the seated figure of a high priest or ruler, carved from limestone and dating from around 2400 BC.

It will be sent to Iraq, where it is thought to have originated, after it was spotted for sale and seized by police in 2019 following a tip off by experts at the British Museum in London.

The plaque will be put on display to the public for the next two months at the museum before its repatriation.

Prior to its discovery, no record of the plaque was found in any official record or museum inventory, lending credence to the theory that it may have been looted.

It bears physical resemblances to other Sumerian artifacts discovered at Girsu, one of the world’s oldest known settlements, at modern-day Tello in southern Iraq.

Girsu, originally excavated by French archaeologists from the late 19th century, has also been the focus of researchers from the British Museum in recent years. Even now, only a small part of the site has been successfully excavated.

The trade in stolen and smuggled items of huge value from the Middle East is lucrative, and a constant source of dialogue between the British Museum and international police forces hunting stolen goods.

“We’re used to coming across tablets, pots, metalwork, seals and figurines on the art market or in seizures that have been trafficked. But it’s really exceptional to see something of this quality,” said Dr. St. John Simpson, the museum’s senior curator.

“There are only about 50 examples of these known from ancient Mesopotamia. So that immediately places it on the high-rarity scale,” he added.

“We can be fairly sure that this object comes from the Sumerian heartland. That is the area that got very badly looted between the 1990s and 2003.”

Christopher Wren of TimeLine Auctions, where the plaque was spotted for sale by Simpson’s colleague Sebastien Rey, admitted that it was possible that it had been looted from Iraq. 

“The vendor, who had casually and innocently acquired it from a German arts fair some years ago, was horrified to hear this and immediately volunteered to renounce any claim to ownership and expressed the wish that it be returned to its place of origin,” Wren said.

“The piece is not documented as having been looted and is not listed on any database, so it did not show on the checks undertaken by us.”

Mohammad Jaafar Al-Sadr, Iraq’s ambassador to the UK, said: “We extend our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us.”