Hermaine Khan – Not JUST a Makeup Artist
Hermaine Khan is a certified cosmetologist, hair colourist, make-up artist, hair stylist, has been in the industry for 6 years and is only 26!
“I have always maintained as a doctrine that when the voice and vision that dominates the inside becomes more profound, clearer and louder than the superficial opinions on the outside – you have mastered your life. Stroke of a makeup brush is a movement I have grown up with, and I pursued it professionally 6 years ago. All I needed was someone to have faith in me, believe in me and trust me that this would be a perfect path for me.”
Coming from a family of doctors, bureaucrats, lawyers and military professionals, I was never, not even once questioned about my passion and dreams. The minute I said that being “practical” and studying law is not for me, my whole family jumped with excitement and relief. Excitement, because at the age of 19 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, and relieved because they are all so tired of the same monotonous jobs the society wants all of us to have; doctor, engineer, and then wife.
So at the age of 19, I packed my bags and went to Hollywood with a heart full of dreams, my eyes full of sparkle, and my mind full of ambition.
Hermaine is now THE ONLY CERTIFIED AIRBRUSH MAKEUP PRO in Islamabad! She studied in L.A. in 2012 and 2013 and attended L.A. Makeup Academy & Form Academy where she gained hands-on experience with a celebrity makeup and hair stylist in Hollywood. She is also a proud Mac Pro Member since 2012.
WHAT IS AIRBRUSHING!
“You may have heard of airbrushing in relation to magazines and many big beauty companies now boasting an “airbrushed finish”, but I am sure you are all interested in knowing what exactly airbrush is?
It is an air-operated tool that sprays foundation by a process of nebulization. It gives a sheer, flawless finish, giving you the most amazing even skin tone that feels perfect and light as a feather”
At a very young age, Hermaine has developed quite a formidable fan following due to her excellent work and knowledge in the beauty, makeup, and skin care world. Her Instagram page has 57.5K followers and growing. As someone whose opinion matters, (and we think so too), Hermaine gives us some great makeup and skin care tips; her go-to makeup brands and makeup do’s and don’ts to live by. Don’t take her advice lightly, she might just be the influencer you follow in 2019!
HERMAINE’S TOP 5 MUST HAVES
Moisturizer: Kiehl’s and Tatcha
Concealer: NARS and MAC
Lip Balm: Sephora
Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills
HERMAINE’S TOP 5 “DO NOT EVEN TRYS”
1. No Primer: I don’t like to put a barrier between my skin and makeup!
2. Never use the same colour for Brows: I love to create a subtle Ombre for my eyebrows, I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in medium brown to fill in outer corners and then switch to light brown as I move in! Its softer and sweeter looking when the eyebrows aren’t so heavy at the inner corners.
3. Never do a single eyeliner coat: Always coat your eyeliner at least 3-4 times. First, MAC eye kohl deep into the base of the lashes, coating with Mac liquid liner, lifting it up lightly at the outer corners slightly, and finishing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.
4. Do not walk out without a concealer!
5. Do not go too light with your foundation tone.
HERMAINE’S GO-TO MAKE UP BRANDS
Givenchy: It’s super light coverage!
NARS: No one does it better
MAC: All-time Favourite
Fenty: The lip shades are to die for
Armani: Best Foundations ever
Anastasia-: People call me Contour Queen – thanks to Anastasia
Marc Jacobs-: Try the new O! Mega Glaze – Glow like a star!!
YAY OR NAY
Eyelash Extension or False Eyelashes?
Natural eyelashes, please! I love how naturally curled eyelashes look! Hold the mascara brush at the base of the lashes for a few seconds and slowly move it around. A thick eyelash base gives you dramatic intensity.
Contouring or Botox/fillers?
At the moment contouring is working, but if Botox works for you, good for you!
Made up or Natural?
I feel sexier when I’m made-up. Not a lot of makeup, but concealer and mascara make me feel like I’m on top of the world.
Eyebrows or Lipstick?
Eyebrows – you can’t walk out without filling them in
Matte or Glossy?
Matte Lips. Glossy Face.
Glitter or Subtle?
Generally subtle, but New Year’s and Birthdays – A girl’s gotta shine!
Baking under eye or baking everywhere?
Under eye only – You don’t want to look like a cake. Ever!
Highlighters are tricky. I have seen brides and girls covered in it, and it feels like staring directly into the sun. It’s painful and blinding! Let your whole look shine by applying the highlighter in measured proportions and amount.
Brushes or Sponges?
BOTH are very important! Sponges for face- brushes for enhancing the features!
HERMAINE’S SIGNATURE STYLE
“My signature style is effortlessly chic and I love to mix and match. Most people think that in order for us to look ‘chic’ or ‘glamorous’ we must be covered in designer goods from head to toe. That is false! And even though I have been a victim of that myself in the past, I do not do that anymore. Over time, I have learnt that being comfortable in your own skin is the key to looking good and feeling good. For me, my signature style is confidence and comfort!”
A SABYASACHI BRIDE
“I have to admit that my wedding being all over social media brought me a different kind of spotlight. People knew of me in Islamabad and surrounding areas, but now girls message me from all around the world”.
My wedding day outfit was by Republic and my reception outfit was by Suffuse. My favourites have to be Sabyasachi for my Nikaah and Nomi Ansari for my Mehndi. They made me feel like a princess. And when I got a message from the super sweet Nomi Ansari himself, and when he posted pictures of me on his Instagram feed and his website, I felt like a Queen!
Falak Amaar Khan is a member of Team FUCHSIA, heading the Fashion section in her capacity as a fashion designer, stylist and choreographer. As a writer, Falak covers fashion, community and entertainment. This super busy mother of two is working towards supporting a cause through her work. She would also love to integrate more into the Singaporean community, and explore the island in a more realistic manner.
Her motto in life? GET ON WITH IT!