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The Secret to Ikram Abdi Omar’s Flawless Skin is a Mask You Can Make at Home


Ikram Abdi Omar Photographed by Txema Yeste for Vogue Arabia April 2019

Our April 2019 cover star Ikram Abdi Omar is making waves in the fashion industry as a hijabi model. While she nails every look she’s sports, her makeup looks are not far behind. The British-Muslim model even owns a YouTube channel dedicated to beauty tutorials and makeup reviews among other things. Since her glowing skin and flawless makeup stand out in every picture she shares with her fans on Instagram, we asked the model to share with us her skincare secrets.

When was your first encounter with makeup?
It all started around 2015 when I began to buy beauty items including my first foundation, eyebrow kit, and lipstick.

How would you describe your makeup style?
My makeup style is normally natural looking but when I go out for an event or for dinner, I would use more makeup products which can be found on my Instagram.

Is there a makeup trend from fashion month that caught your eye?
I was obsessed with the glowy look! I have learned how to make my skin glow more and some new skills like how moisturizing properly impact the outcome of

How do you prepare your skin for makeup?
I love to make natural facemasks. For instance, turmeric powder with water and lemon which I apply to my face three times a week. I use the Rodial Snake Moisturizer and the Rodial face mist after the face masks.

How do you fight acne and breakouts?
I drink 2 liters of water a day and add lemon into it sometimes. The turmeric masks help a lot because of the properties in the turmeric powder –  it helps with black scars and blemishes.

What products do you use in your everyday makeup look?
My everyday makeup look includes the Nars Creamy Concealer to hide spots and a Rimmel lip-gloss. This is what I wear when I go to castings and on days when I don’t have to do much.

What is one makeup look that you would never try and why?
I will never try to put glitter on my face. I’m not a fan of glitter and it’s very difficult to get rid of.

What is your ultimate skincare advice?
I would say the best thing to do is to stay hydrated and to make facemasks at home because a lot of stuff that is in the kitchen really helps in keeping your skin clear and gets rid of acne scars.

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