In the first of a series of interviews with leading international beauty names, Huda Kattan speaks to Bassam Fattouh, Lebanon’s most renowned makeup artist.
Renowned beauty expert and Savoir Flair beauty editor, Huda Kattan, sits down with celebrity makeup artist Bassam Fattouh to pick his brain about beauty. With two experts at your disposal, there is much to learn inside these pages. Bassam spills all to Huda, including common beauty mistakes, his favorite beauty products, and his preferred decade for beauty looks.
How did you get into the makeup industry?
I’ve been into art ever since I was a little boy. It grew in me; I started loving colors and the different ways art is portrayed. I later studied cosmetology and aesthetics and fine-tuned my skills through experience.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career?
Earlier on, I was the first makeup artist to advertise and follow a marketing process. Now, my Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics line is the highlight.
Do you have a signature look?
My signature look is glamorous. There is no single makeup look that can work for every woman. Makeup evolves with you. I analyze a woman’s face as soon as I see her, and, in that moment, I can envision what look I will go for and the end result.
If you weren’t a makeup artist, what would you be?
I would be an interior designer.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
The success and continuity of my BFC line, which has succeeded through years of hard work and research and will continue succeeding and presenting new launches and innovations.
What are your favorite five products to use?
They are from the BFC line: Backlighting, Velvet Blush Cameo, Eyebrow Pencil, Blush Tint, and Two Way Cake.
What do you think is the biggest mistake most women make with makeup or beauty in general?
Blending, blending, and more blending is the most frequent thing that women forget to do. Makeup should be melted into the skin with the best adherent, which is the reason why investing in brushes and accessories would save us a lot of time.
Which decade is your favorite in terms of beauty?
The 50s and 60s were my favorite because they were filled with glamour. There were no stereotypes and the women represented real beauty in their natural body shape, as opposed to the thin models we see nowadays.
You have become incredibly famous for your celebrity clientele, with Haifa Wehbe being one of your biggest clients. How has this affected your career?
Though I agree that my famous celebrity clientele has added to my resume and affected my career positively, I strongly believe that my fame is attributed to my talent. I started out as a very young artist and made a name for myself even before my contact with celebrities. At that young age, I collaborated with Haifa, who was a young and talented model at the time, and both our careers evolved.
Who would you love to work with that you haven’t already?
I would love to do makeup for Megan Fox, who, other than being beautiful, has a slight Mediterranean touch to her complexion, which is in contrast to other looks.