German Moyano, Lancôme’s International Makeup Guru, talks to our beauty editor, Huda Kattan, after his recent trip to Dubai.
Moyano joined the Dubai Lancôme team for a special beauty event, and we were thrilled to catch up with him afterwards to pick his brain about beauty and his impressions of the Middle East. In this interview, he divulges his passion for makeup and how it started, his newfound appreciation for Middle Eastern women and their extraordinary beauty, and tailored Arabic makeup tips that will delight Savoir Flair readers. Read on for Moyano’s insights in this installment of Q&A With HK.
Tell us a bit about your background? How did you get to where you are today?
I started out in the world of theatre as an actor and singer. I later discovered the universe of the makeup thanks to Lancôme. I learned about the diverse styles of makeup from around the word and began talking with different people, journalists, and makeup insiders, looking for a new and fresh way to adapt makeup to women’s personalities.
Have you enjoyed your trip to Dubai?
I enjoyed it so much. This country has a beautiful energy; the people are always smiling. They’re also very interesting and so fashionable. The weather is beautiful.
What is your perception of Middle Eastern women and their approach to beauty?
I think beauty is an important seduction tool in this region, and it is a way to channel personality. The eyes are a very important element of that, so women look for beautiful lashes, liners, and big eyes.
Are there any Arabic icons that you would love to work with or already have?
I love the face of Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, who I’ve already worked with. She has a simple but perfect oriental and Mediterranean beauty. She is such a sweet, passionate, and incredible woman.
What inspiration have you taken back from your experience in the Middle East?
The intensity of colors and the open attitude and eagerness to learn of the women who were listening to my tips. The colors in this country are very intense – the yellow of the desert sand, the blue of the sky, the black color of the abayas. You can create a beautiful palette of colors in a harmonious contrast.
What beauty product would you recommend to Arabic women?
Liner and mascara, of course!
Middle Eastern women tend to have very strong features. What is the best approach to makeup in this case?
Work with a small quantity of product. When applying colors on a beautiful and transparent skin – worked and prepared with a bit of foundation – the colors should be pure and strong. The pigments will catch the light better and the end result will be more chic.
What advice can you give women who may have softer features but love the Arabic makeup look?
Go for natural skin and strong eye makeup. The pleasure of playing with makeup and creating a new look everyday is very interesting. I think it gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself day after day as a new woman, so play with colors to discover your own trend of the day.