Tina Chang / The National
Tina Chang / The National

The Beauty Spy: highlighters to hide your flaws

You won't see her, but she's there in the salons, spas and shops, and she's happy to share her secrets on the best highlighters.

Highlighters can do two things. They can either give you the kind of glow usually reserved for brides on their wedding day, or they can make you look like a disco ball in Saturday Night Fever. I know which one I'd prefer. The "art of glow" is a lesson I learnt very early on in my career. I was given a dressing-down when working with one famous make-up artist. She described my highlighter as "war paint" and told me that my "go-faster stripes" didn't give me radiance, or mean I'd get get the job done any quicker. This observation made me flush from my toes upwards although now I feel it was a very good (if harsh) lesson to learn. She taught me how to apply the elusive lotion; the best way is to tap it on with one finger and then blend with another. And it should be placed high on the cheekbone, nowhere near the wrinkles, where it will only serve to make crevices look even deeper. It's also nice when added to the bridge of the nose, the cupid's bow on your upper lip to add some volume - much needed in Beauty Spy's case - and on the tear ducts of the eye, to make you look more awake. Most important, I was to keep blending until hard edges disappeared. What's really vital is getting the texture right.

Lotions can be the most effortless and natural way to highlight, so those are the ones I go for. One product that's easy to apply is Olay Complete Multi-Radiance Daily Illuminating Lotion with SPF15. You can't beat it, not only on price- it's a mere Dh27 - but also for the subtlety factor too. It doesn't matter if some ends up on your nose - as the glitter is so slight it is not going to show up any large pores. And if your face looks like a putting green, then steer clear of the more sparkly options anywhere near the T-zone.

When it comes to colour, opt for the same shade as your skin tone, or a few hues lighter. There are a couple of classics that I can't live without. One is YSL Touche Éclat - I've tried every doppelganger of this product - but nothing measures up to the original. The nib makes for precise application and the formulation can be tapped on to the top of the cheeks and brow bones to offer glow in an instant. It brightens up the under eye too. The other is Prescriptives Magic Cream Potion. However, as it can be hard to find, I usually track it down on eBay and get it from the US. It knocks years off my old complexion and is so reliable at giving a decent glow.

For more of an impact and for evening use, try powder formulations. Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick is a great combo of cream and bronzy colours in one compact. But, being a powder it can fall absolutely everywhere, so use a small blusher brush and tap off any excess before it reaches your face.

NIVEA, DH6 This toiletries staple has done wonders for our dry, sun exposed, air-conditioning damaged skin. Mix it in with your serum before going to bed to ensure glowing, moisturised skin in the morning.

VASELINE, DH5 When it comes to chapped lips and cracked skin we always turn to our childhood favourite. If you find it too sticky, rub it into the palm of your hand for a smoother application.

GLYCERIN, DH10 Has the benefit of a delicious taste as well as being easily absorbed and intensively moisturising. Place the bottle in a bowl of hot water before showering to heat up and slather on when you step out.

Nicola Clarke, hair colourist to celebrities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss, shares her secrets on the new surf-girl streaks:

• The trend for natural colour is back, so avoid the skunk look, by communicating well with your hairdresser. Your hair should have dimension, so ask for natural-looking, random streaks.

• Ones that frame your face, are placed around the crown and top layer of your head work well. This is where the sun would bleach your hair naturally.

• The cut should accentuate the colour, so if you're after surf-girl streaks then ask your stylist to add layers, and then use a sea-salt-based product to keep the texture nice, but naturally messy.

Tried&Tested: Laser teeth whitening

WHAT I EXPECTED OK, I wasn't expecting to end up with teeth as white as those of Twilight's Jacob Black (they look ridiculous, but happily one's eyes are normally distracted by his six-pack) but what I did want was whiter teeth, in part because discoloured teeth are very ageing. Did you know that as we grow older our teeth actually get darker? Really annoying. Fortuitously, my dentist has just acquired a new laser teeth-whitening machine.

WHAT HAPPENED First of all, I went for a cleaning session before the treatment. Then my dentist fixed some awful rubber thing in my mouth to protect my gums and expose only the tooth. Then he coated my teeth with hydrogen peroxide. After this I was told to close my eyes under my protective shades as the ultra-violet light from the machine activated the peroxide. "The light is rather nice," my dentist informed me. "It's rather like swimming in a glass of orange juice." Well, I'm glad he was enjoying himself. After four turns of around 10 minutes each (every time with more hydrogen peroxide) I was bored, uncomfortable and my tongue was starting to burn.

"Soon you will look like an American," he assured me. "Only another 200 seconds to go." Two hundred seconds is a long time in a dentist's chair. The real pain though didn't begin until that night. I woke up at around 4am with terribly sore teeth. I took a couple of painkillers and managed to go back to sleep but the discomfort was with me for the rest of the following day. But then it disappeared.

THE VERDICT My smile is so white and sparkling I could get a job as an American news anchor. I show it off whenever I can. No one has actually said: "Good heavens how white your teeth look," but every time I grin at myself in the mirror I notice the huge improvement. And now at least if I ever meet Jacob Black we can discuss teeth whitening. Teeth Whitening at the American European Medical Centre costs Dh1,500 but is partially covered by most healthcare plans. For more details call 02 445 5477.

NUIT DE TUBEREUSE L'Artisan Parfumeur makes fragrances for those seeking a signature scent and to rekindle memories. Our first whiff of Nuit De Tubereuse reminded us of watching our mothers get ready for a big night out. It has the same base tones as its classic fragrances but less musky with stronger sandalwood notes. Nuit De Tubereuse was inspired by Parisian nights and the glamour and grace associated with the city after dark. L'Artisan's 1930s art deco-style bottle, complete with a heavy gold top and pale, floral stencilling, will also make a beautiful addition to your dressing table. Spray moderately for the daytime and add an extra spritz for the evening. Dh370/490, L'Artisan Parfumeur, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8261


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

Men from Barca's class of 99

Crystal Palace - Frank de Boer

Everton - Ronald Koeman

Manchester City - Pep Guardiola

Manchester United - Jose Mourinho

Southampton - Mauricio Pellegrino

'Spies in Disguise'

Director: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane

Stars: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan and Roshida Jones 

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

match info

Maratha Arabians 138-2

C Lynn 91*, A Lyth 20, B Laughlin 1-15

Team Abu Dhabi 114-3

L Wright 40*, L Malinga 0-13, M McClenaghan 1-17

Maratha Arabians won by 24 runs

Joe Root's Test record

Tests: 53; Innings: 98; Not outs: 11; Runs: 4,594; Best score: 254; Average: 52.80; 100s: 11; 50s: 27


Who: France v Italy
When: Friday, 11pm (UAE)
TV: BeIN Sports

How it works

Each player begins with one of the great empires of history, from Julius Caesar's Rome to Ramses of Egypt, spread over Europe and the Middle East.

Round by round, the player expands their empire. The more land they have, the more money they can take from their coffers for each go.

As unruled land and soldiers are acquired, players must feed them. When a player comes up against land held by another army, they can choose to battle for supremacy.

A dice-based battle system is used and players can get the edge on their enemy with by deploying a renowned hero on the battlefield.

Players that lose battles and land will find their coffers dwindle and troops go hungry. The end goal? Global domination of course.

The specs: 2018 Infiniti QX80

Price: base / as tested: Dh335,000

Engine: 5.6-litre V8

Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic

Power: 400hp @ 5,800rpm

Torque: 560Nm @ 4,000rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 12.1L / 100km


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone


West Asia Premiership

Jebel Ali Dragons 13-34 Dubai Exiles

Dubai Knights Eagles 16-27 Dubai Tigers

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★


Company name: HyperPay

Started: 2014

Founder: Muhannad Ebwini

Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Industry: FinTech

Funding size: $55m

Investors: AB Ventures, Amwal Capital, INet, Mada VC, Mastercard, SVC

Guns N’ Roses’s last gig before Abu Dhabi was in Hong Kong on November 21. We were there – and here’s what they played, and in what order. You were warned.

  • It’s So Easy
  • Mr Brownstone
  • Chinese Democracy
  • Welcome to the Jungle
  • Double Talkin’ Jive
  • Better
  • Estranged
  • Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
  • Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)
  • Rocket Queen
  • You Could Be Mine
  • Shadow of Your Love
  • Attitude (Misfits cover)
  • Civil War
  • Coma
  • Love Theme from The Godfather (movie cover)
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb cover)
  • Wish You Were Here (instrumental Pink Floyd cover)
  • November Rain
  • Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover)
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Nightrain


  • Patience
  • Don’t Cry
  • The Seeker (The Who cover)
  • Paradise City

Elite men
1. Amare Hailemichael Samson (ERI) 2:07:10
2. Leornard Barsoton (KEN) 2:09:37
3. Ilham Ozbilan (TUR) 2:10:16
4. Gideon Chepkonga (KEN) 2:11:17
5. Isaac Timoi (KEN) 2:11:34
Elite women
1. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:19:15
2. Hawi Feysa Gejia (ETH) 2:24:03
3. Sintayehu Dessi (ETH) 2:25:36
4. Aurelia Kiptui (KEN) 2:28:59
5. Emily Kipchumba (KEN) 2:29:52


6.30pm: Dubai Millennium Stakes Group Three US$200,000 (Turf) 2,000m; Winner: Ghaiyyath, William Buick (jockey), Charlie Appleby (trainer).

7.05pm: Handicap $135,000 (T) 1,600m; Winner: Cliffs Of Capri, Tadhg O’Shea, Jamie Osborne.

7.40pm: UAE Oaks Group Three $250,000 (Dirt) 1,900m; Winner: Down On Da Bayou, Mickael Barzalona, Salem bin Ghadayer.

8.15pm: Zabeel Mile Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,600m; Winner: Zakouski, James Doyle, Charlie Appleby.

8.50pm: Meydan Sprint Group Two $250,000 (T) 1,000m; Winner: Waady, Jim Crowley, Doug Watson.

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets


Director: Spike Lee

Starring: John David Washington; Adam Driver 

Five stars


Stoke City v Tottenham

Brentford v Newcastle United

Arsenal v Manchester City

Everton v Manchester United

All ties are to be played the week commencing December 21.

match info

Athletic Bilbao 1 (Muniain 37')

Atletico Madrid 1 (Costa 39')

Man of the match  Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)

The specs

Powertrain: Single electric motor
Power: 201hp
Torque: 310Nm
Transmission: Single-speed auto
Battery: 53kWh lithium-ion battery pack (GS base model); 70kWh battery pack (GF)
Touring range: 350km (GS); 480km (GF)
Price: From Dh129,900 (GS); Dh149,000 (GF)
On sale: Now


Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

De De Pyaar De

Produced: Luv Films, YRF Films
Directed: Akiv Ali
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jaaved Jaffrey
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Power train: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and synchronous electric motor
Max power: 800hp
Max torque: 950Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed auto
Battery: 25.7kWh lithium-ion
0-100km/h: 3.4sec
0-200km/h: 11.4sec
Top speed: 312km/h
Max electric-only range: 60km (claimed)
On sale: Q3
Price: From Dh1.2m (estimate)


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

The specs: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Price, base / as tested Dh220,000 / Dh320,000

Engine 3.5L V6

Transmission 10-speed automatic

Power 421hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque 678Nm @ 3,750rpm

Fuel economy, combined 14.1L / 100km


Manchester City 6
(D Silva 26', Sterling 38', 81', 87', De Bruyne 61', Jesus 68')

Watford 0

Man of the match: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)


June 3: NZ Provincial Barbarians 7 Lions 13
June 7: Blues 22 Lions 16
June 10: Crusaders 3 Lions 12
June 13: Highlanders 23 Lions 22
June 17: Maori All Blacks 10 Lions 32
June 20: Chiefs 6 Lions 34
June 24: New Zealand 30 Lions 15 (First Test)
June 27: Hurricanes 31 Lions 31
July 1: New Zealand 21 Lions 24 (Second Test)
July 8: New Zealand v Lions (Third Test) - kick-off 11.30am (UAE)


Los Angeles Galaxy 2 Manchester United 5

Galaxy: Dos Santos (79', 88')
United: Rashford (2', 20'), Fellaini (26'), Mkhitaryan (67'), Martial (72')

12 restaurants opening at the hotel this month

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Estiatorio Milos
House of Desserts
Jaleo by Jose Andres
La Mar
Ling Ling
Little Venice Cake Company
Malibu 90265
Nobu by the Beach
Resonance by Heston Blumenthal
The Royal Tearoom 


Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends


Company name: Bedu

Started: 2021

Founders: Khaled Al Huraimel, Matti Zinder, Amin Al Zarouni

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: AI, metaverse, Web3 and blockchain

Funding: Currently in pre-seed round to raise $5 million to $7 million

Investors: Privately funded

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