Poised and elegant, Aleena Shah is an upcoming model and actress, who is gradually carving out a niche for herself in the industry. Currently a student of BBA, Aleena hails from Islamabad and it was nearly a year ago, when she was spotted by stylist Harry. He noticed her talent and made her realise that with her standing six feet tall, fair complexion and captivating looks, she can surely make it in the fashion industry.
Aleena began focusing on her modelling career and started doing shoots for renowned brands. She has been featured in shoots by big salons like Nabila’s, Allure, Faiza’s, Depilex, Jugnu’s to name a few. She was then noticed by photographer Khawar Riaz who further brought her opportunities to work on esteemed projects like Zahra Ahmed, NickieNina and Kamiar Rokni among others. Under mentorship of Khawar, Aleena honed her skills and dabbled in acting in a music video ‘Dil laavi na’ with Athar Bilal films. And now she is featured in ‘Naagin Ek Kahani’ directed by Shah Bilal. Let’s get to know the beauty secrets of this stunning model…
How old were you, when you started doing your makeup?
I’m told that I was only five years old when I used to show a lot of interest in makeup.
What should your everyday makeup look like?
I prefer nude makeup look.
When stepping out, do you wear makeup all the time?
Yes, I do wear makeup when I step out, but not every time. It depends on my mood and where I am heading.
Do you use sunblocks or any serums when you go to shoots?
Yes, I use Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen and it is amazing for every skin type. I also use the serum by The Body Shop Drops of Light serum, it helps brighten up tired looking skin.
Any tips for school and university going girls to deal with summers?
Wear light colours, drink lots of water to keep stay hydrated and also use serums to protect your skin.
Your favourite perfume:
I have a huge collection of perfumes but my favourite is Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty and Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret.
What are your favourite brands in lipsticks?
I’m not brand conscious; it really depends on the shades and quality.
Do you use lighter tones of foundations or warm tones?
I use warm tones.
When applying makeup, what do you fear the most?
Breakouts, as I own a skin that’s very sensitive.
After coming back from shoots, how do you remove the makeup and cleanse your skin?
I use coconut oil to remove my makeup and then I use my facewash or cleanser.
Hair gets damaged after straightening and blow drying. How do you manage?
I usually apply onion oil twice a week.
And what do you do to keep your hair healthy?
Oiling is the only thing that can keep your hair healthy so I always apply oil.
Advice for women who can’t buy expensive brands but still want to look good:
I think beauty is not about buying expensive products. Don’t be a brand-conscious, just look at the quality and quantity of the product and what suits you. Just be yourself and be confident.
One thing you can’t give up that keeps you healthy and fit?
Products that you cannot do without:
Serum and sunblock.
When it comes to cosmetics, which brand do you usually use?
I use different brands but I’d probably go for Huda Beauty.
What’s in your beauty bag?
Lipsticks, perfume, blush on and mascara.
Do you go to salon regularly for your facials?
No, just once in a month.
Your favourite local stylist or beautician:
Wajee is my favourite makeup artist and he has no match.
Your go-to place for hair and makeup?
No, I don’t let anyone touch my skin except for shoots, otherwise I used to do my own makeup.
Your beauty regimen?
Cleanse your face before bed, use reliable products which are best suited to your skin type.
Do you use anti-aging creams?
Do you use whitening creams?
Never, I love my tone and I’m confident too.
Where do you go for your makeup shopping?
Mostly I go to the malls where I could get access to all brands in one place.
What does the word ‘beauty’ mean to you?
According to me beauty is when you accept yourself the way you are.
Photography by Khawar Riaz