This Is What Makes the Middle East’s Women Glow

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When it comes to makeup artists synonymous with the word “glow”, no one tops Charlotte Tilbury. Not only do her products work to give skin natural radiance, but she also works her makeup magic on stars and celebrities around the world by using the transformative powers of light. That Victoria’s Secret show glow? All thanks to Tilbury. And just when we thought she was done, she outdid herself with the ‘Glowgasm’, a collection of glow-getting products designed to mimic the beautifying effects of happiness.

As Tilbury explains, “In my glow-powered new range, I have bottled the beautifying effects of joy, love, and ecstasy. The glow of the best memories, the best happiness… because if you look glowing and you feel glowing, the world glows with you!” There’s a reason she’s dubbed the “Queen of Glow”.

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In celebration of these shimmery new superheroes, Savoir Flair discovered how influential, empowering women in the region get their glow on and what brings them joy. While getting glammed up at Charlotte Tilbury’s incredible ‘Beauty Wonderland’ in The Dubai Mall, plus-size model Ameni Esseibi, fitness entrepreneur Marina Miller, and film director Nayla Al Khaja revealed their top glow-getting tips, what song gets them going, and when they feel their most beautiful.

Ameni Esseibi

Tunisia-born, Dubai-bred Ameni Esseibi is widely recognized as the region’s first plus-sized model, frequently speaks up against Photoshop, and has appeared in campaigns for Farfetch and Namshi – all at only 20 years old.

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What makes you glow?
My confidence, but also the fact that I respect myself, I love myself, and I know my worth – you always have to know your worth.

When do you feel your most beautiful?
When you get the right tan.

What’s your top glow-getting tip?
Getting the perfect glow is definitely about having an intense and strong skincare regimen. You can’t expect to have flawless skin if you don’t have good skincare!

Who is your ultimate beauty icon?
A mix of Rihanna and Beyoncé.

What’s your favorite feel-good song?
“Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj.

What are your words to live by?
Beauty beyond size.

Marina Miller

Alongside her husband, Marina Miller founded The Platform Studios, a boutique fitness destination in Dubai. Fueled by a passion for being active and healthy, she has helped both men and women in the region fall in love with fitness.

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What makes you glow?
My husband and two boys are the delights of my life, and they are the number one reason for my glow. Equal to that is my love for being active and working out. Growing up, I was a competitive athlete. My passion for sport and knowing how good it feels to be healthy and active was the initial spark for me and my husband to conceptualize and open The Platform Studios.

When do you feel your most beautiful?
When I have that sun-kissed look and feel after a beach vacation.

What’s your top glow-getting tip?
My absolute go-to is my bronzer. However, I’ve recently discovered the Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, and it’s safe to say that I can’t get enough of the subtle glow it gives my skin – it goes hand in hand with compliments like, “Oh wow, you’re glowing today!”

Who is your ultimate beauty icon?
Cindy Crawford. She’s the epitome of natural, effortless beauty and gets even more striking with age.

What’s your favorite feel-good song?
“I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li.

What words do you live by?
Be the best version of yourself, every day.

Nayla Al Khaja

Dubai-based film director and producer Nayla Al Khaja founded Dubai’s first ever film club, The Scene Club, and works with the Dubai Film and TV Commission to actively support and mentor local talent. She frequently travels abroad to speak at international keynotes about cinema, entrepreneurship, culture, youth motivation, and female empowerment in the Middle East.

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What makes you glow?
When my husband returns from a trip, he always surprises me with a beautiful date night at fun places and arranges everything. I can definitely say that I glow a lot during those romantic date nights!

When do you feel your most beautiful?
I feel the most empowered and beautiful when I am on my film sets, directing my narrative among the most creative people in the film industry. I feel super alive and beautiful in that moment.

What’s your top glow-getting tip?
I think it’s very important to apply a primer before makeup and especially before ‘Glowgasm’! It makes your glow last longer. I would also end with a setting spray.

Who is your ultimate beauty icon?
I grew up loving the aura, personality, and beauty of Linda Evangelista. She is known to be on the cover of 700 magazines! And she was the muse for well-known photographer Steven Meisel. She’s also known as “the chameleon” as she can change her looks so drastically and easily.

What’s your favorite feel-good song?
I absolutely love “Africa” by Toto because it evokes stunning memories of my life, but moreover, it is a fantastic feel-good song for any car journey or with a group of friends singing along. It always makes me dance, it’s such a great song.

What are your words to live by?
Live and let live.

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