The best shops and salons for beauty buys
Dubai is a top destination for beauty devotees, with everything from deluxe hair salons to products designed to withstand year-round sunshine. Here are the trends to know about, the local brands to discover and the must-visit boutiques in our city.
Formally known as Wojooh, Faces is one of Arabia’s leading beauty stores, stocking everything from Benefit and Elizabeth Arden to luxury brands such as Guerlain and Dior. The Wow by Wojooh line presents perfect souvenirs with halal-certified nail polish as well as lipsticks and eye shadows in striking shades. From lip balm, bronzer, perfume and hair mist for ladies, to beard oil and aftershave for men, you’re sure to find what you need here.
Trend-orientated, Mikyajy’s lines include foundation, mascara, eye shadows and lip colours in fashion-forward shades and luxe-look packaging. Their blacker-than-black kohls are modernised for water- and humidity-proof adaption. Another bestseller from the brand is the 22K range of matte lipsticks. Available in 30 striking shades, this luxurious lipstick glides on with ease and presents an intense matte, yet luminous finish.
Flawless foundation is a must-have but many women know that the secret to the perfect dewy complexion is finding the right concealer. Huda Kattan, local blogger-turned-makeup queen, is one of just a few Arabic entrepreneurs to see her brand stocked in Sephora stores around the region, with the Huda Beauty line offering a premium range of concealers that can brighten your under-eyes in minutes and banish skin imperfections. She founded the brand with her sisters Alya and Mona Kattan.
With Lebanese style a huge influence on Dubai’s modern beauty trends, perfectly-lined lips can be spotted all over town, from Downtown to the Marina. Lebanese make-up artist Bassam Fattouh’s own line of pencils and lipsticks is the easiest way to achieve an ultra-glam look in just a few steps. A popular style is 'over-lining', where lips are lined just over the natural lip shape and filled in with a rich and pigmented lipstick (such as those in his ‘Matte Tricks’ range) to blur thin lips and create the impression of a fuller pout.
When it comes to hair, our city isn’t short of great salons for a blow-dry and style. Regarded as the Queen of Colour, remember to book a hair consultation as far in advance as possible. But if you want to recreate salon hair when you’ve returned home, make sure you purchase from Maria Dowling’s at-home line. Maria’s line directly addresses the issues desert-dwellers encounter in Dubai, with her deep cleansing Hair and Scalp Clay the perfect antidote to a sleek mane, recapturing softness.
Looking for more Arabian-inspired beauty? Book a traditional hammam ritual or indulge in a signature spa experience.