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20 of the Region’s Most Glamorous Beauty Divas Ever

It’s no secret the Middle East has long been regarded as the birthplace for some of the world’s most beautiful women. From exquisite cinema starlets to universally beloved musicians, we dive into the archives to uncover the beauty secrets of these undisputed icons who have topped our best beauty moments for eons.

Sherihan

Sherihan

Sherihan. Photo: Instagram/@sherihanofficial

Although this multitalented Egyptian screen siren is a triple-threat actor, singer, and dancer who has graced decades of successful Ramadan serials, her classic beauty is its own force with which to be reckoned, with statement lips and playful eyeshadows often taking center stage.

Nelly Karim

Whether she’s leading a binge-worthy Arabic drama, walking the red carpet, or fighting for gender equality in the film industry, Karim’s go-to beauty look is a swipe of thick, black kohl outlining her piercing aquamarine eyes in fierce feline swoops à la Cleopatra.

Hind Rostom

hind rostom

Hind Rostom. Photo: Instagram/@entertainmentinthepast

Often dubbed the Arab world’s Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot, the unforgettable “first lady of Egyptian cinema” was rarely seen without her bombshell blonde tresses, striking red lips, and perfectly arched eyebrows as she redefined the roles of leading ladies onscreen and off.

Faten Hamama

Faten Hamama

Faten Hamama. Photo: Instagram/@faten_hamama_beautiful wedding

After being crowned the winner in a beauty contest at the age of seven, Hamama channeled that victory into a cinematic career that transformed her from a child star into the reigning queen of the Egyptian golden age, appearing in nearly 100 films and inspiring generations of women to embrace their natural beauty—even on their wedding day.

Nabila Ebeid

Nabila Ebeid

Nabila Ebeid. Photo: Instagram/@nabila_ebeid

Referred to as “Egypt’s first star”, this industry veteran is easily one of the most recognized faces in regional cinema, with her trademark doe eyes further emphasized with volumizing layers of mascara for a mesmerizing finish.

Sabah

This prolific Lebanese entertainer nicknamed the “diva of music” in the Arab world is no stranger to the freedom of an evolving beauty aesthetic, mostly experimenting through the decades with a plethora of chic hairstyles—from cropped brunette bangs to her instantly iconic larger-than-life golden waves.

Soad Hosny

soad hosny

Photo: Facebook/@soad.hosny.official.page

Egypt’s sweetheart who is affectionately known as the “Cinderella” of the silver screen epitomizes a modern-day princess with her delicate features lightly accentuated with a touch of makeup, from neutrally-painted lips to expressive eyes immediately captivating you with only a flick of eyeliner.

Taheyya Kariokka

Taheyya Kariokka

Taheyya Kariokka. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Long credited as the Egyptian who popularized belly dancing on the big screen, this unquestionably talented actor cum dancer not only made her mark on the box office but also on the region’s beauty standards with her scene-stealing curves championing body positivity in the 20th century.

Nadia Lutfi

Nadia Lutfi

Nadia Lutfi. Photo: Instagram/@vintagearab

One of the most prominent actors in the Golden Era of Egyptian cinema, this legendary heroine unequivocally embodies the wholesome girl next door, sporting perfectly coiffed hair and fresh-faced makeup in an enchanting combination.

Shadia

Shadia

Shadia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This late great Egyptian artist is a widely acclaimed national treasure, acting in more than 100 films and recordings hundreds of singles while also reflecting the versatility of a stylish pixie cut throughout her memorable career.

Asmahan

Asmahan

Asmahan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A celebrated Syrian vocalist who quickly achieved stardom in Egypt during her adolescence, this late starlet is renowned for her timeless glamor encapsulating the harmonious blend of flawless maturity with lasting youth.

Fairuz

Lebanese singer Fairuz performs at the Emirates Palace theatre in Abu Dhabi, May 18, 2006. Fairuz sang with a 40-member orchestra led by Armenian conductor Karen Durgarian. Picture taken May 18, 2006. REUTERS/Hasan Mroue/Pool – GM1DSQGFMRAA

Bestowed with a stage name meaning “turquoise” in Arabic, this illustrious Lebanese visionary demonstrates her rare gem-like qualities through her unifying lyrics as well as her instant readiness to add a pop of color or blend a dark smokey eye for a striking result.   

Najat Al-Saghira

Najat Al Saghira

Najat Al Saghira. Photo: Facebook/@NajatOfficial

Lauded as one of the best live performers of the Middle East, this multifaceted Egyptian creative not only belongs on the stage but also commands it with a charismatic presence intensified by grandiose updos adorned with glittering hairpieces.

Mariam Fakhr Eddine

Mariam Fakhr Eddine

Mariam Fakhr Eddine. Photo: Instagram/@mariam_fakhr_eddine

Heralded as the “beauty of the screen”, this “most beautiful face” pageant winner is admired for her enviable smooth-as-porcelain skin and sparkling baby-blue eyes that symbolize the enduring age of barefaced elegance.

Mervat Amin

Mervat Amin

Mervat Amin. Photo: Instagram/@egyptbeautifullgirls1

A modern muse ahead of her time, this Egyptian actor’s alluring Twiggy-esque finely combed lashes and effortlessly long locks hint at the up-and-coming beauty trends from across the pond.

Lobna Abdel Aziz

lobna abdel aziz

Lobna Abdel Aziz. Photo: Instagram/@egyptbeautifullgirls1

Riding a film legacy mirroring that of Elizabeth Taylor, this Egyptian star is famed for championing the undeniable power of a perfectly applied wing heightened with a dramatic smokey under-eye.

Naglaa Fathi

naglaa fathi

Naglaa Fathi. Photo: Facebook/@naglaa-fathi

Boasting a cinematic career spanning decades yet a seemingly ageless appearance, this Egyptian thespian immortalized the groovy origins of the 70s with her signature wispy layers, graphic eyeliner, and coral cheeks.

Shwikar

shwikar

Shwikar. Photo: Instagram/@egyptbeautifullgirls1

It’s all about finding that optimal brow shape that frames your face and opens your eyes while still creating maximum impact—a challenging feat in which this Arab comedian is a master.

Zubaida Tharwat

Zubaida Tharwat

Zubaida Tharwat. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The key to unlocking the subtle art of balancing makeup is understanding your most distinctive features and forming a look revolving around them, which is what Tharwat does with her ocean-colored irises commonly named the “most beautiful eyes in classic Egyptian cinema”.

Samia Gamal

Samia Gamal

Samia Gamal. Photo: Instagram/@mr.eros_in_cinema

Once proclaimed the “national dancer of Egypt”, this bewitching beauty who was once Kariokka’s protégé confirms the seductive simplicity of pairing a bold lip with a noteworthy ensemble in true femme fatale fashion.

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