Saudi makeup artist Manal Khayat, is not only a makeup artist, but also an adopted makeup trainer by Makeup Studio Company in Holland.
She is also the first Saudi woman to be in charge of the World Academy Union of Cosmetology in Dubai.
Here is what she had to say to Arab News:
"Since the idea of working in cosmetics was not favored in Saudi society, I went to Beirut to study makeup at Rafic Younes Beauty Academy. This was the only way to show people here that being a makeup artist is indeed a profession. So, I got my degree and then came back to Saudi Arabia to establish my salon, which applies the artistic academic theory in the cosmetic field."
Manal Khayat's latest plan is to educate Saudi Women on how to apply makeup, whether it’s simple makeup for going to university, work, or shopping or dramatic makeup for special occasions, parties and weddings.
"Many women prefer to have their makeup done by a male makeup artist because they believe men know how to make women look more beautiful. The opposite is true, however, since it is female makeup artists that know how to play up the features that women like the most"
"As a professional makeup artist and a working woman, I like simple makeup that is easy to apply and that reveals the Saudi woman’s character and beauty. I want to remove that old idea of having too much makeup on."
"Our new trend is to avoid powders, use simple eyeliner and a minimal amount of cream blush. Such makeup foundation will make the woman look pretty as it blends into the woman’s skin to giving it a natural flush."