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

The brand launched with a range of five concealers specifically for olive skintones. Supplied
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Updated 20 October 2020

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.

Tom Hanks talks ‘News of the World’ and the comeback of Westerns

Tom Hanks stars in ‘News of the World.’ (File/AFP)
Updated 29 November 2020

Tom Hanks talks ‘News of the World’ and the comeback of Westerns

LOS ANGELES: Depending on who you ask, Westerns are either on their way out, gone for good, or making a slow comeback in Hollywood. At one point a staple genre of the film industry, the classic Western rarely makes it onto the movie theater marquee these days. Big-budget flops such as 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” have served to usher the genre out of popularity, but critical successes such as Quinten Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” “The Hateful 8” and the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit” are doing their part to keep Westerns from dying off completely. 

On Christmas Day, “News of the World” will be doing its part to keep the Western genre alive, and hopefully bag Universal Pictures a few Oscar nominations. Arab News heard more from the film’s star Tom Hanks.

“I love listening to a great story as much as I like telling one, and that’s why I was so excited about playing Kidd,” Hanks said, giving audiences a taste of what his performance has in store. “He is a storyteller. He is driven, emotional. He is noble. He is moved by a pursuit of the truth.”

Hanks plays Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a former army officer who, after the death of his family, makes his living traveling around Texas reading the news to illiterate townsfolk and entertaining with true tales from across the world.

“'News of the World' takes place in the shadow of the Civil War’s end. There is defeat. There is strife and anger. Because of the war, Kidd came back to having nothing left,” he told us. “Reading the news gave him a purpose. He got up. He collected the stories. He delivered a reading and then he moved onto the next town.”

 As he continues in his travels, Kidd comes across Johanna, a young girl who had been taken from her pioneer family and raised by the Kiowa Native Americans. 

“She has no idea who her family is,” Hanks shared. “Burdened by his own decency, Kidd is going to have to return her to her family and this coming from a man who has lost any semblance of what a family is.”

The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name by author Paulette Jiles, and while it is not based on a true story, its main characters are inspired by real people. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is based on the ancestor of a friend of Jiles’ — the similarly named historical figure Captain Adolphus Caesar Kydd — who performed readings of newspapers in the 1870s. Johanna is inspired by the more well-known historical tale of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped and raised by the Comanche Native Americans.

Interestingly, there seems to be a disagreement between Jiles and film director Paul Greengrass about their goals in portraying the story of “News of the World.” In a 2016 interview with Texas Monthly, Jiles stated that she had no intention of making a commentary on contemporary politics with the original book, preferring to “move people into the world of imagination.”

Greengrass, on the other hand, told reporters at Vanity Fair that he saw the film, which features families and communities in conflict with each other, as representative of the societal divide in the modern-day US. With these opposing ideas woven into the fabric of the story, it will be interesting to see what audiences take away after watching.

It is clear what Universal is hoping to take away, and that is an Oscar. “News of the World” sees Hanks and Greengrass working together again after their previous collaboration, 2013’s “Captain Phillips.” While not an Oscar-winner, “Captain Phillips” received six nominations as well as attention at the Golden Globes and other award shows. With the film releasing at the tail end of the Oscar season, and a road-tested team of director and star, “News of the World” could be Universal’s best shot at an award for the 2020 film year.

Between award season dreams and the hopeful continuation of the Western genre, there is a lot riding on “News of the World.” At its core, however, the movie promises A-list performances and a compelling story full of action and heart.

“Kidd goes through something that saves him as much as he saves Johanna. She gave him a true purpose,” Hanks told us. “His real message is ‘when you have love in your life you will be alright.’ That’s what all great stories are. It’s just pure love for another human being.”