beauty Q&A

From the latest Halal nail polishes, to modern make-up techniques and lightweight skincare protectors, Emirates Woman’s Beauty Editor Samantha Hamilton-Rushforth answers all your beauty-related questions…

Q.) As a Muslim I take off my nail polish to pray. Are there any new products to help me remove the varnish, quickly and easily without damaging or drying out my nails?

A.) If you want to keep applying and removing your polish, Bourjois have just launched a handy little pot that will take your lacquer off in seconds. Simply remove the lid, place your finger in the sponge, twist, and it’s gone! Alternatively, The Nail Factory have just launched a range of Halal polishes that allow water to reach the nail so you can keep them on whilst you pray.

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Left: Miraculous hand & feet nail polish remover Dhs65 Bourjois. Right: Halal nail Polish Dhs60 The Nail Factory, Beauty Connection Spa.


Q.) I’d like to get more adventurous with my make-up over summer, but I don’t want to stray too far out my comfort zone, what do you recommend?

A.) Sephora have created a great capsule collection for the upcoming FIFA World Cup so I would suggest having a look at some of their bold lipsticks and nail polishes to brighten up your look for summer. Try their double-ended eyeliners and add a classic black cat-eye on your top lid, while taking the bright blue or green colour underneath your lower waterline for an unexpected twist.


Rock’in Brazil Liner Dhs85 each Sephora

Rock’in Brazil Liner Dhs85 each Sephora

Q.)  I want to start wearing a sun cream under my make-up but I don’t want anything too heavy or greasy, what do you recommend?

A.) It’s so important to use a daily SPF especially as the weather heats up so I’m glad to hear it’s become a part of your daily routine. There are some great high-protection creams on the market that don’t leave a greasy residue like Dr. Dennis Gross’s Sheer Mineral Sun Spray that mists on, dries sheer and is totally waterproof. Apply it 15 minutes before you leave the house.

Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Dhs255 at

Sheer Mineral Sun Spray Dhs255 at

Send all your beauty questions to Samantha at or on Twitter @samrushforth