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Introducing Layali: Saudi Arabia’s Kim Kardashian Lookalike and Rising Beauty Star

Meet Layali, a model and makeup artist based in Saudi Arabia who is making waves for her resemblance to Kim Kardashian. With reports on MBC and Sayidaty commenting on her snug clothes and clear imitation of Kim’s style, it appears that she is set to capitalize on her doppelganger status. The 22-year-old admits, “I don’t think I actually look like Kim, but everyone tells me there is a resemblance.”

The young hopeful has been posting how-to makeup videos on social media (along with a multitude of selfies), focusing on contouring and highlighting and how to create the illusion of bigger lips. Gathering nearly 19,000 followers on her Instagram account with only 210 posts to date (that’s 90 new followers per post), she might just be on her way to becoming the new Huda Kattan.

ELIZABETH WHISTON-DEW: When did you realize that you had a talent for makeup?

LAYALI: My friends asked me to give them a makeover and then the word spread. So, I created my Instagram account @LayaliMakeover to talk to a wider audience.

Who are your beauty inspirations?

I love the work of Huda Kattan, Lilly Ghalichi, and Kim Kardashian, of course.

Do you have plans to set up your own blog?

At the moment I am just working on Instagram and am active on Snapchat, but I do have plans to create my own fashion and beauty blog.

What are the beauty products you just can’t live without?
Estée Lauder
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
US $37; AED/SAR 136

“This is simply one of the best formulas and has great coverage.”

Make Up For Ever
HD Foundation Invisible Cover Foundation
US $43; AED/SAR 158

“I mix the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation with this and I find that it gives me the perfect finish.”

Anastasia Beverly Hills
Contour Kit
US $40; AED/SAR 147

“The best contour kit, with options so that you can find the right blend.”

Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
US $12.99; AED/SAR 48

“I like to find products that are affordable; I want my fans to be able to go out and buy the products for themselves to try.”

Lip Pencil in Soar
US $16; AED/SAR 59

“I often use a lip liner in place of a lipstick—it holds better.”

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery
US $22; AED/SAR 81

“One of my all-time favorite reds.”

What can we expect next from Layali Makeover?

I am working on my line of false eyelashes that I would love to have stocked in Sephora, like Huda’s.

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