Check out my interview with ‘Marie Claire Arabia’!
Visit the link for the full interview: http://marieclairearabia.com/جمالك/تجميل/صيحات-التجميل/نجلا-قدّور-و-عالم-الجمال/
For the non-Arabic readers, here’s the English translation of the interview:
Tell us about your experience
In 2009 I successfuly achieved my degree as a professional make-up Artist. Since then I started working as
a freelance make-up Artist in The Netherlands. In 2011 I moved to Dubai and continued my career and I’m
proud to call myself now a celebrity make-up Artist. Beside a make-up artist I’m also a make-up blogger.
I felt that this was missing in the region and recently I launched my blog: www.najlakaddour.com. On my
blog you can find everything you want to know about make-up. I write about my journey as a celebrity
make-up artist in Dubai. I write reviews about make-up products, the latest trends, I give tips and tricks, I
film tutorials and much more.
How did you realize it was your dream?
I always had a passion for make-up and everything that had to do with beauty. I used to study fashion and
during this journey I realized that I had more interested for make-up then fashion.
I love making women feel and look beautiful and this will instantly change her confident. I really enjoy
advising women on how to use and apply make-up, because this will change their lives and it makes them
feel more confident about themselves. A women can wear a beautiful outfit but if her make-up doesn’t look
good it will change her whole appearance.
After I got my fashion degree, I decided to study make-up. After studying make-up in for a year I got my
make-up degree in 2009 and since then I’ve been working as a freelance make-up artist.
A great moment in your career?
I was handpicked by E! News as the exclusive make-up artist for their visit to Dubai which has given me
the opportunity to work alongside Jennifer Lopez and her team. During their visit I did the make-up for E! News
celebrity reporter Alicia Quarles. I also did the make-up for Beau Casper Smart who is the boyfriend
and background dancer of Jennifer Lopez.
What are your top 3 products?
1. MAKE UP FOR EVER: Sculpting kit bronzer
2. M.A.C: Lipsticks
3. Urban Decay: Naked Palette
What is the only make-up item a lady can never go without?
Lipstick. It gives a little bit of color into the face. You can change your whole make-up look just by changing
the shade of the lipstick.
Can you give us a list of your essentials
– Eye Primer
– Powdered foundation
What is the most important tip in applying make-up
Blend, blend, blend! I still see a lot of women not blending well their eyeshadow. To me it’s very disturbing to
look at because they would look so much better if the would blend it well. Also many women are trying to
make their lips bigger with lip pencil. It doesn’t suit everybody and it doesn’t look natural. Don’t go overboard
and try to create something that isn’t there.
Natural VS evening look, which is the most appealing and why?
Definitely evening look! My favorite evening make-up is a brown/gold shimmery eyeshadow with an eyeliner.
Mascara and false lashes of course. I would go for bold lips and use burgundy or red colors. And of course
a glowy skin! This look just makes every woman look so feminine and attractive.
Could you give us 2 or 3 pointers to achieve the look?
– Glow/Highlights: Glowy skin is a big trend this season. With the uplight gel luminizer by MAKE UP FOR EVER
you can achieve the perfect glow on your skin. Apply the gel on your cheekbones, brow bones, chin and
nose. After applying the gel set in your face with a loose powder to prevent your skin from creasing.
If you want to add more glow then you can use a gold or silver shimmery eyeshadow on the same area’s. For a
sun kissed skin use a bronzer. You will look tanned and healthy in combination with the glow.
– If you need a little bit of sparkle, use shimmery eyeshadows but toned down colors. If you want to keep it simple,
use matte earthy eyeshadows.
– Lipstick: Go for a dark lipstick color; red, burgundy or brown. These shades are very trendy this season.