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Beauty Of The Month: Faryal Makhdoom Khan

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This post is a special one, for quite some time now to the team and I; introducing to you our favorite feature: The Beauty Of the Month series. The thoughts behind the BOM Series are to connect with a beautiful (inside & out) personality and take inspiration through their life-lessons, vision, wisdom, beauty tips they swear by and what keeps them happy and going.

The BOMs are based on a list of carefully selected beauties around the globe and I hope you have as much fun reading them as we did putting them together.

Introducing our first Beauty Of the Month

Faryal Makhdoom Khan 

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Faryal’s bang on-trend and versatile lipstick taste coupled with her natural red carpet-like elegance puts her on the A-list of divas to follow, yes I agree. But there’s much more beauty to Faryal than what the world credits her for, the journey of a Yankee teenager to a Mother in Bolton (UK). With a double major grad (Political Science and Journalism – oh yes!), responsibly carrying the Pakistani heritage, Faryal has seen the world change with her fairy-tale love affair that broke the hearts of millions across the world. If all this wasn’t enough at 22, her husband fights for a living and a good one too; Boxing World Champion and a Silver Medal Olympian Amir King Khan. But the most revered of them all are Faryal’s own makeup looks sought after by almost a million followers of her own social networks! When we found out that Faryal’s very own beauty channel on YouTube was on the way, it was no second-guessing that Faryal is the beauty that inspires us like no other.

I got an opportunity to chat with Faryal and discuss the so-many points and questions I had in mind. To start-off, Faryal is a very sweet and kindhearted person – two minutes from the first ‘hi’ we were chatting like it was a catch up due to her friendly style and down-to-earth personality. I had a great time, and here’s what we chatted about:

Tell us about how you met Amir. Was it love at first sight?

We met when he was in New York for a photo shoot for Prada. I was also there around the same time and we met for dinner with a few mutual friends.  Ever since, we stayed in touch.  I don’t really believe in love at first sight but Amir does, he always used to say to me “I’m going to marry you one day.” and I used to think he was just joking around, but it actually happened!

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How has life changed since you got married and moved to Bolton, UK?

 Anyone can tell you that getting married is a brand new chapter in a person’s life, but add to that marrying a celebrity, and moving to a different continent – well yes, life is very different! It’s been an adventure and I’m very thankful. The hardest adjustment has been being away from my family, I’m very close to my parents and brother and it’s not easy waiting for months at a time to see them. Life in the UK is busy! Everyone knows us here, so it becomes hectic but like I said, I am very thankful.

I’m a city girl, and New York is my city. I was born and raised there. So moving anywhere, even to a great city was always going to be a little difficult. It takes time to adjust and Bolton particularly is not a cosmopolitan city.

I have an amazing husband who’s always been supportive and likes to keep me busy. We make sure to go to London at least once a week. So it’s actually quite good!

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Before you met Amir, you were studying corporate law.  Do you plan on going back to school?

Growing up I was passionate about law and determined to pursue that career-path…but you know what they say about making plans? At this time, I’m reevaluating what I want to do with school, since I only have a year left. With traveling along over the world with my husband, and being a new mom, I’m just settling in to my new roles – I’ve got some projects in the works for 2015, that will allow me to expand my brand without having to compromise my time with Lamaisah. It’s going to be very exciting!

How have your views on life changed after becoming a mother?

Being a mother has not changed me in a lot of ways, I’m still outgoing, fun and social.  I don’t think your life has to stop simply because you’re a mother. Of course my priorities have changed. Motherhood makes you think outside the box and my daughter is my first priority.  Everything I do now, my whole future, and all I’ve planned, is based on her.

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Amir has a huge fan following. Did you ever image that you would have your own large, growing following? How do you feel about fans wanting to know about your life? How do you handle it and do negative comments bring you down?

Before I met Amir, I used to have everything on private.  I wasn’t into social media as much and then my husband pushed me into it, “get people to get to know you”.  Now I’m hooked onto it and I really enjoy sharing my life with others; I like interacting.  I do enjoy posting pictures, letting people get to know me, which is why I’m starting my own YouTube Channel. I want people to get to know me and instead of judging me they can get to know me and how I am through videos.  I enjoy it and I do have a good following.  It makes me happy and makes me want to do more for them.  You get love and you do get hate. It’s a balance.

Bullying, of any nature, is something I take very seriously. I hope that I can reach out to people and model a more positive attitude. I am very spiritual and that has definitely helped me handle the bad, I’ve reached a point where I can actually laugh at the things people say. With the bad comes the good and I appreciate the people who stand up for me. It’s a learning experience: whoever you are, you will always get hate and you have to learn to take it.

Being married to an athlete, does he push you to eat healthy? Do you work out?

He is a health freak.  In the mornings, he usually makes the vegetable juices and I make the breakfast.  We do have unhealthy days where we have fried stuff once a week.  But usually we have healthy vegetables and boiled food just to keep him clean when he’s not training.  And it pushes me to eat healthy as well.  I feel like, when I eat healthy, I feel more energetic, clean, and refreshed.  Good food should always make you feel energetic. I stay active as well – whether it’s a short jog, a dip in the pool, or 30 minutes at the gym.

Do you guys eat desi food?

Yes we do eat desi food, we are desi 🙂 !  We have a cook at home and he is from Pakistan so he makes us desi food. Since most Pakistani dishes are meat based, I always tell him to add vegetables to make it healthier!

How did you lose your baby weight so quickly? Do you have any tips for new mothers looking to bounce back?

I breast fed for 5 months and I would recommend everyone to do it if they can as the effects are life-changing on the child and your bond.  My stomach literally went down in 2 months from breast-feeding; I didn’t really have to exercise as much though I do exercise when I get the chance.  Running helps the stomach go down.  But I really don’t eat fatty foods.  I really recommend breast-feeding, jogging, and eating clean.

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What is your skincare regimen?

I drink lots of water, which help flush the toxin from my body.  Water, really is the key to good skin, it makes your skin brighter. I also exfoliate at least twice a week.  I love Dermalogica for exfoliating.  Eat well, drink lots of water and exfoliate.

There isn’t a bad picture of you anywhere online; your makeup always looks flawless! What foundations do you use?

I don’t think foundation is what makes my makeup look flawless, but how I apply it. Your foundation is your base and I think perfecting the technique takes time. I’ll be sharing my technique very soon with my followers!

When it comes to foundations though, I don’t use just one.  Sometimes I use Armani, sometimes I use Cover FX and then sometimes I go for MAC.  I do have a lot of foundations, but I think it’s the way you apply it that makes it look flawless.  Sometimes I use a brush and other times I use a damp beauty blender.  I moisturize my face, then I use a primer, I love smash box primers.  Then I put my foundation on to give my skin that flawless look.  I don’t think its so much the foundation because I have different foundations that I love for different looks.

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How did you learn how to apply makeup so well? How long does it take you to do a look?  Any tips for girls who want to improve their own skills?

 I’ll be giving lots of tips on my Youtube channel.  My channel will be about everything that makes up fashion and beauty.  The primary reason I’m doing this is to give tips to girls who want to know how to apply it.

 I’m not a makeup artist, and don’t know these things as well as a makeup artist would.  I always loved makeup even before I was married and when I was young.  I always loved doing it.  Practice makes you better and better.  And I always explored makeup and I try new tricks. I’m not that fast at doing it, something I take an hour doing a big heavy look, and my husbands keeps telling me to hurry up!  A normal everyday look takes me about 15 minutes to put together.

On an interview with BCC you mentioned that you plan on coming out with your own makeup/skincare line specifically for South Asian girls. Can you tell us more about it?

Inshallah I will be doing that soon, I just have so much on my plate right now.  I am a perfectionist. I want to make sure that once I’m not only satisfied but also ecstatic with the products I create, I will happily share them with everyone. As for now, I am concentrating on launching my YouTube channel. I am excited about sharing my life and my passions with my followers and connecting on a more personal level.  I’m not going to do a whole range of makeup, but concentrate on specific products.

You get a lot of comments on your social media about your hair. Can you tell your fans how you take care of your hair and which brand/color does your stylist use to color your hair?

 I’m not sure which color exactly she uses, but I know that she uses a few colors to blend into my hair.  I do have a base of a light golden brown, then I have blondish highlights but they are so blended in that you can’t really see the highlights.  I do oil my hair quite a lot and I also steam my hair.  I like to use all different types of oil, like mustard, and create a mixture. I oil my hair at least twice a week; it helps hair growth and makes it soft and shiny. Getting a trim every two months also helps.

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You have become a style icon for Desi girls globally, how do you feel about it? Does it put pressure on you? Can you give some advice on how a South Asian girl can develop her own personal style while still remaining true to her cultural roots?

Well, a global style icon? That’s very humbling and honestly, it feels great! I am still evolving my own style, so at times I do feel pressure, especially because my looks are so heavily scrutinized. I think the key to having a great style is confidence – love who you are and enjoy what you wear. Style and beauty are subjective; there are no rules, other than feel good! If you’re comfortable in what you wear, you’ll look good. Pleasing anyone or everyone shouldn’t be a part of the equation. As for cultural roots? I think we’re lucky that the South Asian fashion is so diverse. We can pull from our heritage and create looks that are timeless and enchanting. I’ve received criticism for wearing outfits that people find too liberal for Muslims. I think modesty, to some degree, is also subjective. But, I am not dressing up as a role model.

 You can always personalize looks to fit your own comfort level, like wear stockings under a dress.  Or wear a shawl with a sleeveless dress. It’s really how you style yourself.

 What are your plans for 2015? What can your fans look forward to seeing from you?

First off is the YouTube channel, which will be up soon.  I’m not only going to be talking about skin, makeup and fashion but also about my life with Amir so my viewers will gain real insight on how we are as a married couple.  This will also include a glimpse into me as a mother.  Eventually I’ll be coming out with my makeup line, I’m also looking to do a shoe line.

 

It was great talking to Faryal about love, life, family, career and more. There’s just so much to this lovely lady that the world needs to know of. We wish her all the best for her YouTube channel, soon to be launched. Read about it first on desibeautyblog.com !

 

 

37 Comments

  1. Nishat Zaman

    January 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you Nilo Haq for this blog…..guess I never or knew or thought this side of Faryal existed….this is a good blog on Faryal very personal level

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      January 26, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      🙂 glad you enjoyed it xx

  2. Sana Mirza

    January 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    What a feature on Faryal!!! I love her

    • admin

      January 27, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      thank you 🙂

  3. Zoha

    January 26, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Faryal is a really beautiful and simple person and her fans who write bad comments on her Instgagram account should all read this!!

  4. Javeria Shahnawaz

    January 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I didn’t know that she is so young 🙂 very down to earth personality !!
    By the way, loved the idea!!

  5. Farah

    January 27, 2015 at 2:30 am

    This was so needed. People had only judged her thats it! ) Allhumdolilah I am happy that people will see the REAL Faryal now. And not the one they have portrayed in their minds. I strongly believe the people who hated Faryal will be her biggest fans once they get to be a part of her like through Youtube communications. You go girl Xx Bless you and all the best for everything x iA : )

  6. Sundus

    January 27, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Faryal is gorgeous MashaaAllah… people need to stop hating on her…

  7. Zee

    January 27, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I love to see her happy healthy success full life with her family

  8. Zee

    January 27, 2015 at 4:43 am

    I link to see her happy healthy and successful life

  9. Sannu

    January 27, 2015 at 4:47 am

    This girl is extremely overrated and I find it very sad how some girls are looking up to her. Girls should’t be looking up to plastic girl who has had a complete face transplant. She doesn’t get “hate” because she is “beautiful” she gets hate because she is fake. She always deletes anyone who mentions about her getting work done because she doesn’t want anyone to know that. She has had numerous surgeries to get “beauty” and it’s so strange people would think others are jealous of her just for stating that. What’s there to be jealous about? She wears colored contacts most of the time, wears hair extension, dyes her hair, had botox done, had a nose job, chin job, and her lips have been attacked my fillers. Is that what girls are supposed to be jealous of? I don’t know how some of her followers are so in denial about her getting surgery done. Also, she over-edits her pictures on IG and looks nothing like that in real life.

    • Zeb Khan

      January 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Hope you are getting paid to spread this much hate in one comment

      • zara

        January 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

        You need to chill. Its her business what she does to her face. Focus on seeing the good in people.

    • Sana

      January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

      Keep rotting…she could care less about that one person sooo jealous of her…

  10. kay

    January 27, 2015 at 5:11 am

    I really enjoyed this i love faryals look but i never knew she was so open about her secrets how sweet cant wait for youtube channel xx

  11. Sofia

    January 27, 2015 at 5:21 am

    . Why do people judge her if they dont know her. Personally I love watching her videos and seeing her differant looks. Very inspiring. Beautiful lady.

  12. Saba saeed

    January 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Thank you nilo haq for such a wonderful blog. I am a big fan of faryal and her beauty. She is perfect as being a wife& mother. The gorgeous lady indeed. Absolutely beautiful mashaAllah. Love her.

  13. zaiba khan

    January 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Please do not use the Front Cover of a Magazine and remove credits on it. The name of the magazine has been removed and images are my work. The magazine own the copyright of thier front cover and have not allowed usage on this blog by cropping images.

    • admin

      January 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Zaiba, the cropping is not done on purpose to hide the name of the cover. This image, like all others on the blog, are from google search – as discussed in the email response to you this morning. If this image is still an issue, please let us know and we will change it right away. Of course we would love to keep it as there are is no image of Faryal like this one, its amazing work. Thanks.

  14. Zeb Khan

    January 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I love this whole blog and Faryal is my inspiration for what’s possible in a very small passage of time! Love her and may Allah give her and her family joys for life.

  15. Rubab

    January 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I am Dying for a heart to heart with Anam Falak, she is the real inspiration not someone who married a boxer for fame and money and had a million botox filler procedures but a doctor and a successful businesswoman she is an amazing MUA and has her own makeup line! And she’s almost Faryal age too that is inspiration.. 🙂 U r doin fab nilohaq

  16. Maryam

    January 28, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    This article brought out a very friendly, down to earth side of her, so that was refreshing. I also really like how it was written- great work Nilo Haq.

  17. zaiba khan

    January 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I do not have a problem you using the cover but all parties must be credited as this is my work and a cover I have sponsored. If your a beauty blog then surely you have to credit all parties involved. Please credit myself and Viya if you would like to use it x otherwise I’m going to kindly have to ask you to take it down x

  18. zaiba khan

    January 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Please display the fill cover I know the magazine have already sent u an email and please give full credits

  19. Faria

    January 29, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Anam Falak please next Nilo! She is one girl with no connection to any media or celebrity entirely self made so going and she is a doctor! True inspiration not these fame hungry husband using plastic girls! Not a role model!!

  20. Sidraah

    January 29, 2015 at 1:59 am

    ANAM please please! She’s my inspiration and this Zaiba Khan needs to stop making a fuss B grade Makeup Artist thousand people do faryal makeup so what she is just a boxer wife trying to gain fame using him! Thanks Nilo! Zaiba you chill pleaSe!!!

  21. humaira

    January 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    MashAllah!

  22. humaira

    January 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    You are very pretty faryal

    • Michelle Phelps

      February 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Overjoyed with her make up tutorials!

  23. Kanwal ansari

    January 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    i wish you good luck faryal ,, stay blessed..

    • Michelle Phelps

      February 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      She’s my inspiration!

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  25. Michelle Phelps

    February 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    She’s got the life!

  26. Michelle Phelps

    February 15, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I am obsessed! lol

    • Michelle Phelps

      February 16, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      I’m a special idiot! lol

  27. Alanajones

    July 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Great written and nice post to showing natural beauty.

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