By Asif Khan
Tue, 11, 22

This week in our beauty section, model and actor Zara Hayat Khan shares her makeup secrets with our readers...



Zara Hayat Khan stepped into the world of glitz and glamour nearly a year and half ago; when photographer Khawar Riaz spotted her and convinced her that she has the looks and personality of becoming a successful model. Her shoots with designers and brands like Mantra, Gulahmed, Nishat linen, Sana Safinaz, Limelight, Hemstitch and TVC for Jazz, she was able to make a place for herself with her positive attitude and unmatched ‘can do’ spirit. With serial ‘Pehli Mohabbat’, she made a smooth transition into acting, proving that she is more than just a pretty face. Currently, she is busy in the shooting of her upcoming serial ‘Susralis’. Soon she is going to make her big screen debut with the movie ‘Thapar’. This week in our beauty section, this gorgeous model-cum-actor shares her makeup secrets with our readers...

How old were you, when you started doing your makeup?

During my teenage years.

When stepping out, do you wear makeup all the time?

Not all the time but, yes mostly I do.

Do you use sunblocks or any serums when you go to shoots?

I just apply a sunblock of Jenpharm or Neutrogena when stepping outside.

To deal with winters, any tips for school and university going girls?

School and university going girls must be careful regarding skincare, especially in winters. Increasing your water intake will help hydrate your skin. Don’t forget sunscreen. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the sun isn’t affecting your skin. Switch to an oil-based moisturiser in the winter; your skin will appreciate it.

What is your favourite perfume?

Oriflame Blossom. It’s so light and refreshing.

What are your favourite brands in lipsticks?

Medora and Maybelline.

Do you use lighter tones of foundations or warm tones?

I prefer lighter tones when it comes to applying foundation.

After coming back from shoots, how do you remove makeup and cleanse your skin?

I immediately clean it with a good makeup remover. I then use Neutrogena face wash and Guinot’s radiance cream to keep my skin smooth.


Hair gets damaged after straightening and blow drying. How do you manage?

Regular oiling helps to combat such damages, and also if the right hair serums are applied before blow dry and irons then the damage can be mitigated.

What do you suggest to keep one’s hair healthy?

Look for products that are right for your hair type - oily, normal, or dry - and target any problems you have, such as dandruff. Try to avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients, such as ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate. Get your hair cut regularly - every 10 to 12 weeks - to keep hair healthy and prevent split ends.

What is your take on natural makeup or zero makeup?

I prefer nude or natural makeup in daily routine.

Advice for women who can’t buy expensive brands but still want to look good:

Beware of your skin type and use products accordingly. Some local brands are really good and don’t put a dent in your pocket.

One thing you can’t give up that keeps you healthy and fit?

My love for organic food and regular fitness exercises.

What is one cosmetic you cannot do without?

Lip gloss.


When it comes to cosmetics, which brand do you usually use?

There are many but Kiko, Mac, Chanel, L’Oreal, NYX and the list goes on…

What’s in your beauty bag?

Lip gloss, blush and eyebrow sculpt pencil.

When applying makeup, what do you fear the most?


Do you go to salon regularly for your facials?

Not really, whenever I can spare some extra time.

Your favourite local stylist:

Khawar Riaz.

Your favourite photographer:

My mentor – Khawar Riaz.

What is your beauty regimen?

Cleanse, tone, moisturise, and repeat!

Your go-to place for hair and makeup and other services?

Khawar Riaz’s salon.

Do you use anti-aging creams?

Not at all. I am too young to use anti-aging creams. (laughs).

Where do you go for your makeup shopping?

I don’t have a favourite out let.

Do you use whitening creams?

I don’t think I need them. Haha!

What is beauty to you?

Beauty is skin deep.

Photography by

Khawar Riaz