Aana Khan, the Makeup Maestro| Painting Dreams with Passion
In the heart of Dubai, where luxury meets tradition, Aana Khan has carved a niche as one of the premier makeup artists in the region. With roots in a beauty dynasty and a passion that's undeniably her own, Aana's story is a blend of talent, tenacity, and an eye for the exquisite. Dive into our conversation with this beauty icon and discover her journey, her insights, and the magic behind every brushstroke.
Hi Aana. Pleasure to have you with us. Tell us as an international makeup artist based in Dubai, what inspired you to pursue a career in the beauty industry?
I was initially drawn to the beauty industry by my passion for art and creativity, which I inherited from my mother, Aliya Tipu. She is one of Pakistan's top beauticians and a makeup maestro. I began training at the age of 14, joining my mother in her salon after school. After moving to Dubai, I continued to pursue my passion, establishing my brand 'Aana Khan Glam Studio' and solidifying my credibility in the UAE over the subsequent 14 years.
Makeup allows me to view faces as canvases, and there's immense satisfaction in enhancing someone's natural beauty and boosting their confidence.
What are some of the unique challenges you face as a makeup artist working in a diverse and multicultural city like Dubai?
The diversity of Dubai is both a challenge and an opportunity. One of the challenges is catering to a range of skin tones and cultural preferences.
It's crucial to remain versatile and respectful of varying beauty standards.
Dubai is known for its glamorous and extravagant events. How do you approach creating looks that cater to the city's luxurious and high-profile clientele?
The lavish events in Dubai often require glamorous looks.
My focus is on understanding each client's unique style, tailoring makeup to suit their occasion, and using premium products to ensure a lasting, impeccable appearance.
How important is it for a makeup artist to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques? How do you ensure you are always evolving in your field?
Staying current is essential in this rapidly changing industry. I regularly attend workshops, keep up with beauty influencers, and persistently experiment with fresh techniques. Continuous education and adaptability are paramount.
With social media platforms like Instagram playing a significant role in the beauty industry, how has it changed the way you showcase your work and connect with your clients?
Social media has profoundly impacted the beauty industry. Platforms, especially Instagram, enable me to display my portfolio, engage with clients, and share tutorials and insights.
It's an indispensable tool for my profession.
Can you share some insider tips or tricks that makeup enthusiasts can use to achieve a flawless look at home?
For a flawless look at home, prioritize skincare, use a quality primer, blend foundation seamlessly, and invest in top-notch brushes. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't hesitate to experiment.
Are there any particular makeup styles or trends that you find yourself gravitating towards recently? What do you think will be popular in the upcoming year as well as this wedding season?
Recently, there's been a trend leaning towards more natural and understated looks.
Nude palettes and soft glam are gaining traction. For future weddings, anticipate a fusion of timeless elegance with a hint of bold flair.
Collaboration is essential in the makeup artistry world. Can you tell us about any memorable projects or collaborations that have had an impact on your career?
Collaboration is both essential and enjoyable. I've had the privilege of working with renowned celebrities like Madiha Imam for her wedding, Zeb Bangash for her concert in Dubai, Shazia & Wajahat Rauf, Hassan Raheem, Dananeer & Hania Amir for the PISA Awards, and many others. This experience not only broadens my network but also allows me to display my expertise to a wider audience.
As a successful makeup artist, what advice would you give to aspiring artists who want to establish themselves in the industry, especially in a competitive market like Dubai?
To budding artists, my advice is: refine your skills, curate a compelling portfolio, network diligently, and embrace risks. Dubai's competitive landscape rewards both talent and tenacity.
Lastly, what do you find most fulfilling about being a makeup artist? Is there a particular moment or experience that stands out in your career?
The most gratifying aspect is witnessing the transformation in my clients. Observing their confidence elevate post-makeup is deeply rewarding. Each successful project is a milestone in my journey.
INTERVIEW: SUNDUS UNSAR RAJA
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