Morocco is one of the most beautiful and culturally-rich countries in the world. From its warm, must-try hammam experiences to the colorful spice markets, there is something about this kingdom that makes you feel like royalty just by walking its streets. Rustan’s celebrates this culture with its month-long Moroccan experience called Fall In Love with Morocco.
Embracing the country’s rich and distinct aesthetic into your beauty routine would be a fun and creative way of saying one final farewell this year to the colors of that magnificent Moroccan summer. Whether you’re missing that Marrakeshian vibe from a trip from long ago or looking forward to your upcoming holiday to this glorious kingdom, these looks are for you.
There is nothing quite like watching the sun set from a rooftop in Morocco — it is, after all, widely known as “the place the sun sets”. Overlooking the cityscape painted a delicate gold, seeing the curved silhouettes of the mosques and marketplace is a sight unlike any other. Here’s how you can achieve this golden glow.
Start with MAC Cosmetics Lightful C+ Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion to cleanse and prep the skin, making it look like it’s lit from within, like the sun’s rays are just beneath your skin. Prime your face with the Murad Prebiotic 3-in-1 Multimist to ensure that you nourish your skin while preparing it for foundation. For that fresh, radiant finish that lasts all day long, we recommend Sisley Paris Phyto-Teint Expert. Set your liquid foundation with the Kanebo Control Finish Powder to accentuate your natural glow.
Evoke that sense of warmth that only comes from a Marrakesh sunset with a mix of bronze eyeshadows. MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Eye Shadow in Golden Hour is aptly and perfectly named to achieve this look. Make sure to concentrate the darker shadows along both the outer corner of the eyes and the lower lash line to create depth and definition. Match this look with the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack for a striking, matte line that defines your eyes, making you look wide awake.
Neaten your brows with the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil for a polished, perfected look. Add a bit of Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer with a touch of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact – Bronze for a sunkissed look that has just the right touch of shimmer. And lastly, for the lips, keep it subtle but still soft and kissable with a light layer of MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Spice.
True romantics know all about the allure of Kalaat M’gouna, Morocco where it celebrates an annual Roses Festival every May. The picturesque city streets are literally covered in the soft, delicate petals of these royal flowers and it’s an experience like no other. Try on this look to get you feeling like this year’s Rose Queen, any time of the year.
Firstly, get your hair up in soft, loose curls that frame your face like a crown. You can achieve this easily when you brush through your soft hair with the Acca Kappa Pneumatic Large Paddle Brush to make styling easier and then use your trusty Babyliss Curl Pods to get them curled and ready. Lock your hairstyle in place with the Phyto Phytolaque Miroir – Medium Hold for a long-lasting hairstyle that still feels soft to the touch.
Next, to achieve this makeup look, keep it as soft and sweet as a rose.
Add a touch of Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Starlight in the inner corner of your eyes and Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma in the middle of your eyelids to achieve an eye-catching halo-effect. Use the Sisley Paris So Intense Eyeliner for a bolder line that really ties this look together.
Make your eyes look bolder with the MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Maximizer to condition both your top and bottom lashes first, let it dry to a clear base, and then top it off with Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara to lengthen your lashes without falsies.
For your cheeks, go for the natural, nourishing radiance that comes with Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour in Sweet Rose. Finish off this look with a polished, professional-looking lip using Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Brown Berry to line your lips and the MAC Cosmetics Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer all over for that muted rose pout.
One of the most popular beauty looks in Morocco has to do with the Aker fassi, a natural product made from bright, red poppy powder and pomegranates. It’s a staple look among Moroccan women and it’s only right to have a beauty look dedicated to this incredibly iconic product.
As the Aker fassi is used more as a lip stain when used as makeup, for this color, we’ve gone with a more wine-deep red. To get this lip look, first, line and fill your lips with the Clinique Quickliner for Lips intense in Intense Cranberry for long-lasting lips that wear and fade beautifully. Next up, use MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me as the base and topped with Sisley Paris Le Phyto Rouge in Rose Granada.
Keep the eyes simple but still enhanced with touches of gold shadows. We used MAC Cosmetics Dazzleshadow in I Like 2 Watch and jane iredale Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Eye Shadow Kit to achieve this dimensional eye look. For mascara, we looked no further than the Sisley Paris So Curl in Deep Black for thick curled lashes.
Lock in this gorgeous look with the L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Fresh Moisturizing Mist for an instant hydrating boost that also sets your makeup in place all day long, even under the heat of a summer Moroccan sun.
Coastline for miles
Morocco may be known for its Alpine zones, spice markets, and sandy, desert dunes — but its seaside coastal towns are not to be overlooked as they are as charming as a fairytale and truly unforgettable. This beauty look will have you dreaming of the gorgeously blue, Moroccan coastline in no time.
To get this look, you first need to get your hair cascading like soft waves slowly rolling into the shoreline. This is an easy task when you’ve got your trusty Vidal Sassoon Swarovski 38mm Curling Iron as its large barrel lets you create captivating, loose curls that look effortless. Get this hairstyle looking sleek and voluminous when you use the Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse before you blow dry your hair, curl it, and then spray a generous amount of the Phyto Phytovolume Actif when you’re done styling, to keep your hair looking bouncy and lush all day long.
Get fun and creative but still wearable with your makeup when you add your own coastline by your lower lash line using a mix of the Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Amethyst and Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Vivid Sapphire. Keep this line the star of the show and add a skin-like, dark brown shadow to your eyelids with the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork to create depth and definition.
Finish your look by adding a soft, feminine pink color to your lips with a mix of Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory and Clarins Joli Rouge in Joli Rouge. Set it all in place with the MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ (Shimmer) in Pinklite for a radiant, pearlescent finish with tiny specks that catch the light, getting you camera-ready for any light or angle.
Try on any of these looks and you’ll be feeling those Moroccan vibes in no time.
Photographers: Oliver Tam and Frances Ulit
Creative Director: Teej Nepomuceno
Art Director: Hans De Barras, Kevin Dexter Magno
Producers: Jonnah Dayuta, Patty Mendoza
Stylists: Nana Valdueza, Camille Oliveras
Makeup: Bianca Vela
Hair: Francis Guintu
Model: Victoria of Mercator
Shot on location at Museo de Padilla
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