USING ANIMATION FOR INSPIRATION
FATIMA's START WITH BEAUTY
I didn't start wearing makeup until my first year of University. It was the first time I ever lived alone and I kind of just started wearing foundation and eyeliner. I don't know, I really liked eyeliner. Foundation, I felt like it was necessary at the time, but I think what made me really love makeup was when I found black lipstick. When I discovered it I was like, "What is this magic?" I started wearing it all the time. I just felt inclined to wear full faces after that. Then through that, YouTube and pictures of other people that I've seen, and I got more and more into it. It became a lot more fun.
CHARACTERS AS INSPIRATION
Basically, I just love cartoons and I just love anime in general. I just love how crazy it looks, so then if I could replicate it on my face, I try to do that as much as possible. I really love colour, if I can interpret that in any way to suit my skin tone, or my eyes as much as I can, then I would love to do that. It's a lot of fun. I just feel like when I do a basic look, it looks nice, I'm like, "Yeah, I look pretty." But when I do something crazy, and I go out with that, I'm just like, I just made art on my face. I really love it.
How do you navigate beauty spaceS with your identity?
I feel like it's much easier now, the time I decided to get into it. There's just so many black Muslim hijabi makeup artists on Instagram. They do a lot of the same stuff, but they're famous or popular in their own way. It's much easier to post a picture and not feel like there's gonna be a backlash, because, there are a lot of people expressing themselves and they all get along and support each other. I really love that.
Products she swears by
The Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette, that's my absolute favourite. Anytime I can use it, I'll use it. NYX lipsticks, they're always so creamy, probably the best cheap lipsticks I've ever found. Then Trophy Wife by Fenty Beauty, of course. Trophy Wife is a staple! It's very bright, it catches light very easily cause it's just really crystal like.
FATIMA ON WEARING THE HIJAB
I feel like for me wearing the hijab is very normal in my life because I went to Islamic school. I started school, and I wore it ever since. Now I'm more relaxed about how I wear it, but I still don't ever see myself taking it off. I don't know, not really attached to my hair as much. I'm very ready to cut it off whenever I don't like it. I prefer it short. When I see it, I'm just like, "how do I just make sure it's not dead?" That's all I care about.It stays attached to my head. Otherwise, I don't really care, and of course I like it when it's curly. I'm glad I have curly hair.
FOLLOWING BLACK OWNED BRANDS AND TUTORIALS
Black Opal, that one's nice. I follow an Instagram page called Makeup for Black Women. They post a lot, that's how I get my information. I think the only makeup pages I follow are Black Opal and Suva. Makeup tutorials, Jackie Aina, Alissa Ashley, ItsMyRayeRaye and Monica Style Muse.
favourite beauty trait
My nose is very soft, very flat. I like making it more noticeable, so I use highlight. People don't really like highlight on the tip of your nose, but I love it. It just makes me look so cute. I think it looks so cute. What else? I think my eyes when I wear eyeliner.
THE MAKEUP LOOK SHE'S MOST PROUD OF
I made one that was hot pink on my eyes. It was yellow, and then orange. That was my favourite one because the pink was so nice and the blend was the best blend I've ever done. I got that inspiration from, @rocioceja_. She does rainbow eyes all the time. She does crazy eyeshadow.
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