It’s that time of the week, again! This week’s questions go to beauty expert Basma Faramawy. As beauty editor for Savoirflair.com, the region’s first online fashion magazine, Basma’s got the enormous task of reviewing the latest beauty products, trends and tips. And she’s more than qualified for the job. Basma not only studied cosmetic science, she is also a certified skincare therapist and trained makeup artist. When she’s not advising the fashion crowd on the best eye creams and lipsticks, Basma spends the rest of her day running after her two little boys. If only we had her energy! Check out Basma’s skincare routine and tips below.
1. What does a normal day look like for you?
I wake up at 6am, take my little boy to school and I’m at my desk by 8am. I write my features and test any products that I’ve been sent that day. I literally try everything that I feature. If it’s not up to scratch, I prefer not to write about it. After work hours is family time. Bath-time for the boys and then dinner and a story before bed. I’m very family oriented.
2. How do you look after yourself?
I try and work out as often as I can, at least three times a week. I run, lift weights and I like to go to Flywheel. I’m blessed that treatments, massages etc. are part of my job as I do reviews of all the latest things available.
3. What do you do to relax at the end of a long, stressful day?
For me, the gym is the best way to unwind and let it all go.
4. How would you describe your beauty personality?
I’m a skincare obsessive. When it comes to my skin, I never, EVER skip a step. I believe if my skin is flawless, then makeup is less of an essential. Although when I do wear makeup, I’m happy to be quite adventurous, bright lips, bold eyes or sometimes even both.
5. What type of skin do you have?
I have combination skin. Oily T-Zone, dry cheeks.
6. Describe your morning beauty routine.
I like to wash my face with water so I use a gel cleanser. I use a colour correcting serum to even out my skin tone, a moisturizing eye balm, a moisturizer for normal to combination skin and I always finish with SPF 50 dry touch sunscreen. If I decide on makeup for that day, I’ll use a BB cream, liquid concealer under my eyes, a little blush and bronzer and a carbon black mascara.
7. Describe your evening beauty routine.
Removing my makeup is an essential for me, even if I’m super tired. I use the same gel cleanser but with an electric face brush as it removes any trace of makeup. I then apply all the same products as the morning minus the SPF. I also apply a rich hand cream and cuticle oil before bed.
8. Do you have any natural or DIY skincare or beauty remedies that you can share with us?
Twice a week I like to make a body scrub to use in the shower. Mix 1/2 a cup of fine salt with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil and buff your skin in circular motions starting at the feet and moving all the way up to your neck. It gets rid of dead skin cells and leaves skin feeling silky smooth.
9. Who are your beauty role models?
My mother. She looks amazing for her age and I’ve always admired the fact that no matter how she’s feeling, she’s always taken care of her appearance.
10. What is the best skincare or beauty advice that you’ve ever received?
My mother always said that water is the key to looking beautiful. Start the day by drinking two glasses of water and drink as much as possible throughout the day.