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Making Faces

How renowned Pakistani bridal make-up artist Shamain Faruque channels religion through make-up.

Shamain Faruque is one of the most well known bridal make-up artists in Pakistan. Shamain’s salon is filled with nervous brides waiting their turn. Some sleep on sofas with their full bridal hair in place as families concern themselves with every conceivable detail. Weddings are big business in Pakistan and for Shamain her faith plays a big role in her artistic direction.

As she works prayers are pumped through her Karachi based salon, as she channels beauty through God. Lucy Wearing, pop star Ellie Goulding’s make-up artist, profiles Shamain, her work and the role religion plays in her busy life.

Lucy met Shamain whilst teaching a make-up course in Dubai. They have remained friends ever since which is remarkable as they are the polar opposites - Lucy is agnostic whilst Shamain prays three times a day. Watching Shamain at work is fascinating; she works like an artist with a canvas. Her brides remain silent while she goes through the ‘look’. How does religion inspire her artistic vision?

(Photo: Shamain Faruque makes-up a client)

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Sun 29 Jan 2017 19:32GMT