The Beauty Diaries: Soraya Bakhtiar

BY Gemma Deeks / Sep 11 2017 / 16:04 PM

The London-based blogger and digital influencer can’t resist Dubai’s Salt burgers

The Beauty Diaries: Soraya Bakhtiar

Soraya Bakhtiar, Iranian/Egyptian, 28


Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation “Because it provides medium coverage yet still feels really light on the skin.” Go-to lip colour: “Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Popsicle gives me the most natural glossy look and adds a pop of colour to the face, so does Glossier’s Generation G lipstick in Zip.” Mascara: Dior Pump N’ Volume “Hands down the best one I’ve ever tried!” Signature scent: Gaiac 10 from Le Labo (Tokyo edition) Signature make-up hack: “I always focus on bronzed, dewy skin, which I achieve using a combination of products from Becca bronzers and Hourglass Blush Ambient Lighting in Mood Exposure.”

Dior at Sephora Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume mascara, Dhs150; Becca Cosmetics at Sephora Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast, Dhs174; Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Popsicle, Dhs185; Charlotte Tilbury at Net-a-Porter Magic Foundation, Dhs120


Go-to snack: “I always carry almonds in my bag, and sometimes dried mangos.” Workout method: “I work out every day and I like to keep it fun by mixing up yoga, barre, CrossFit, spinning and boxing.” Guilty pleasures: “When I’m in Dubai, definitely Salt burgers!” Beverage preference: “Iced matcha lattes and golden turmeric lattes.” Breakfast: “Iced coffee and granola, oats and coconut milk.” Food dislikes: “Anything greasy.”


Hairstylist: “I have it cut by Roy at George Northwood and Abby Haliti at Julian Farel does my colour. She travels for her Middle Eastern clients a lot, so really knows how to deal with dark hair.” Style secret: “When I curl my hair, I always make sure the ends are straight. It looks a lot more beachy and cool that way.” Favourite products: Philip Kingsley Swim Cap protects my hair so well from the sun and the pool in the summer. I also love the Oribe Gold Lust line of haircare.” Off-duty hair look: “My natural air-dried hair with a bit of Bumble & Bumble Anti-Humidity gel oil from their Curl range to define my natural curls.”

Oribe at Harvey Nichols - Dubai Goldlust Repair Shampoo, Dhs245; Bumble and Bumble at Net-a-Porter Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil, Dhs100; Philip Kingsley at Basharacare Swimcap, Dhs84


Skincare routine: “In the morning, I use Bioderma to cleanse my skin. At night, I’ll also remove my make-up with Bioderma, and I’ll follow up with Milk Jelly Cleanser by Glossier. I’ve been using the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W, it’s a gentle exfoliating and purifying toner which I use about twice a week. Since I don’t like moisturisers, I’ve switched to using serums, the Sunday Riley Good Genes more specifically.” Go-to product for skin emergencies: “Whenever I’m at Sephora in Dubai, I always make sure to stock up on SK-II eye and face masks which are my go-to. They de-puff my eyes after a long flight.” Flight essentials: “I don’t wear make-up on planes as I feel that it clogs my pores, except for my Erborian CC Cream and a Korres lip balm to hydrate my lips.” Miracle product: Good Genes and Luna Oil by Sunday Riley. Suncream: “Institut Esthederm with the highest sun protection for face and body.”

Sunday Riley at Net-a-Porter Good Genes Treatment, Dhs335; SK-II Eye Mask, Dhs500; Glossier at Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Dhs65