Ready, Set, Make up!


Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, we say in present times it lies in the hands of a make up artist! Make up is an art indeed! If done the right way it can do wonders to help enhance your features and boost your self confidence. It’s not just about what you put on your face but how you put it is what makes all the difference. Skill, Technique, Application!


Meet Aleen Rehman, an exceptionally talented makeup artist from the capital of Pakistan. She talks to Wings & Strokes about her journey and passion for makeup, has some beneficial tips for summer make up, and offers great advice to the upcoming talent.

Let’s begin

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Ms.Aleen: I am a beauty blogger/makeup artist. I love fashion and shopping. Beyond that, I adore my little dog who always brightens my mornings by waking me up. Lastly, I enjoy traveling and hope to visit Turkey in the near future.

W&S: Where is home?

Ms.Aleen: Islamabad, Pakistan

W&S: What inspired you to be a makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen:  I got inspired by a lot of makeup artists around the world. Especially by seeing their makeup videos on Youtube. The list is endless but my original inspiration was Pixiwoo

W&S: What do you specialize in?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup and hairdos

W&S: Who are some people that have inspired you throughout your journey?

Ms.Aleen: My husband is the one who has inspired me the most. He has always been very supportive and helped me achieve my goals. He has inspired me to do more with my life, to follow my dreams and to be passionate about things that I never planned on doing on my own.


W&S: How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?

Ms.Aleen: Its just been over a year, and I started on a very small scale, trying and testing on my family members. They enjoyed being pampered and I enjoyed pampering. In hindsight, it worked out well.

W&S: What do you love most about make up?

Ms.Aleen: Makeup is so much fun to play and experiment with. I love how many colors, combinations and textures there are. And who wouldn’t want to experiment  with their look and different colors? One day you are Maleficent and the other you are Harley Quinn. All it takes is your imagination and you can use it to do lots of amazing stuff.

W&S: If you weren’t a makeup artist, what else would you do?

Ms.Aleen: Definitely become fashion designer, given my love for clothes, dressing up and being obsessed with reading fashion catalogs.

W&S: A website or blog you often visit, or a magazine you swear by?

Ms.Aleen: Harper’s bazaar –  its an American fashion magazine.

W&S: How would you describe your signature look and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other makeup artists?

Ms.Aleen: My signature look is pretty simple. Winged liner, mascara, some peachy or pink lipstick.


W&S: Did you have any formal makeup training?

Ms.Aleen: Yes

W&S: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist?

Ms.Aleen: Well, I wake up early-ish(thanks to my dog), view my makeup blog and then head towards breakfast. During the day time I usually read on-line articles on makeup and tend to follow up by viewing Youtube videos on the same. If I am motivated enough, I will most likely set up my dressing table and practice a certain makeup style just for the heck of it. Its good for the mind and keeps me sufficiently occupied. My evenings are usually fun TV sessions with my husband. We watch a lot of shows together and just chill.

W&S: Summer is here and we know the challenges women have to face to make their make up last longer, what would you advice?

Ms.Aleen:I would suggest everyone to use oil-free foundations and stick to SPF. Set the makeup with a translucent powder or makeup setting sprays. And try to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara.

W&S: Today’s woman is busier than ever. What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?

Ms.Aleen: Well if I had to turn my day look into night I would apply bronzer on the hollows of my cheek, apply a bright lipstick and  some highlighter on the high points of my face and I’m good to go.

W&S: What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?

Ms.Aleen: Mascara, lipstick , concealer.


W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?

Ms.Aleen: Diversity in today’s world has become essential. If you think you are good at something, you should pursue it. Sometimes people shy away from their true-calling and often pursue a lifestyle for the sake of it. However, in my opinion, keeping your options open and diversifying is key in achieving your goal. The more you test, the faster you learn about yourself.

W&S: What brushes do you work with?

Ms.Aleen: Real technique and Mac

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Ms.Aleen: Head is a Jungle by Emma Louise

W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Ms.Aleen: The Other Woman. Its hilarious

W&S: Photographers that you like to work with?

Ms.Aleen: Its my dream to work with Sebastian Kim. His work can be found in Harper’s Bazaar, muse and many others.


W&S: What’s your take on selfies?

Ms.Aleen: I have never been into selfies but sometimes I have to take them for by blog.

W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?

Ms.Aleen: The city of Bangkok.

W&S: If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?

Ms.Aleen: A lot of stuff, especially a concealer, mascara, lipstick and setting powder. My kit is incomplete without these essentials.

W&S: How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles? How do you incorporate them into your makeup repertoire?

Ms.Aleen: Its pretty overwhelming, because trends change in a blink of an eye. So to know what’s ‘hot’ and what’s not I follow online fashion, beauty magazines, Youtube tutorials and makeup blogs. They have got almost everything one needs to know about styling trends, fashion and makeup.

W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Ms.Aleen: I designed my wedding dress so no regrets on this front.

W&S: How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?

Ms.Aleen: Cleaning your makeup brushes is actually a really important process you shouldn’t skip for the sake of your skin. And I wash them at least once a week. In order to prolong the life of the brushes, we need to take care of them and it really depends  on how you are storing and/or cleaning them.


W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

Ms.Aleen: Not one that I can think of to be honest.

W&S: What have you learned from your journey?

Ms.Aleen: Life isn’t perfect; nor do always get what you want. Regardless, pursuing your passion to the extent that it becomes the thing you enjoy the most is the type of happiness one ought to experience. Put simply, you only live once, might as well make the most of it.

W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Ms.Aleen: I believe its more important to focus on making the present count than spending too much time fretting about the future. Making my mark now will most likely determine my future.

 W&S: Tell us about your upcoming projects/work?

Ms.Aleen: Upcoming work includes learning many more makeup techniques and showing my followers the best way to master them. The great thing about makeup is that you can be creative and your upcoming work is always spontaneous and can be anything which people don’t usually do. With regards to projects, I hope that I establish myself to the point where I run a cosy salon. Fingers crossed! 

W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?

Ms.Aleen: Like I’ve been saying, pursue your passion and don’t let random indicators deflect your talent. Never shy away from what you fear. Practice makes perfect so if you think you are good at a particular thing, don’t’ think twice, just go for it!


Follow Aleen Rehman for stunning tutorials and make up tips on 

Instagram: Aleenrehman

Youtube: Aleen rehman


Happy Summers Everyone! Ciao!

My BIG to do list!

Endless chores,endless tasks, daily lists, weekly lists and monthly goals…we all have these written somewhere…but then one day i sat down to make a list of all the things i want to do in the next 5 to 10 years….my BIG to do list! And no this isn’t just about regular routine things, this gives some meaning to my everyday life. it gives me something to look forward to..things that i always have at the back of my head but i don’t talk about them or write them down. So today i decided to jot everything down…(well not everything,but a few of them…)

So here is my BIG to do list:

Travel the world


Start my own preschool


Learn to swim


Learn to play the guitar


See the northern lights


See the pyramids


Write books for children


Hot air balloon ride


Take kids to Disneyland


Watch the world cup final-live


Visit a palace

Holyrood palace Edinburgh

Deep sea diving


Ride a bike


Help build a mosque


Play volleyball again


Horseback riding


Make a difference in someone’s life


Learn to cook different cuisines from the world’s best chefs


Be part of a flash mob


Read more books


Buy my own house


Enroll my daughters in a ballet class


Dance with the man I love


Be my own boss


Try new things in life without any hesitation


I’m sure if i keep sitting here, a gazillion other things would start popping up in my head so let’s wrap this up! i would love to hear about your BIG to do list, share the top 3 things on your wishlist 🙂

Be happy, keep others happy. Life is too short, make each day count. Try not to hurt the one’s your love or the one’s who love you. Cherish each other before the time is gone…each second lost will never come back…Here’s to dreams! Cheers!


Through the lens


We begin our interviews this month and first up is someone from the infinite world of photography. He is very passionate about his work and today he tells us all about it.

Meet Mr. Rizwan Gill, a photographer whose work speaks for itself and creates images that are emotional, edgy, original and capture a unique moment in time.


Let’s begin!
W&S: It’s often been said that mathematicians do their best work when they’re young, philosophers when old, and photographers…?

Mr. Rizwan: Photography and photographers do not have age limits and they are best at every stage of age with new innovative and interesting ideas to capture in their camera what they want to.

W&S: Tell us about yourself

Mr. Rizwan: I’m a Pakistani national, born 4th October 1989. I have done my BBA Hons in Marketing and currently working in the corporate sector. I started off with photography but then entered the world of videography and currently my focus is weddings and I must say I’m immensely enjoying myself.

W&S: Where is home?

Mr. Rizwan: For me Home is Family. Doesn’t matter where we are as long as I’m with my family. Home is located in the twin cities of Pakistan.  


W&S: What inspired you to be a photographer?

Mr. Rizwan: It’s a quite interesting and funny story actually. At first I was interested in modeling and because of my interest my photographer friend often clicked various shots of me. The final result seldom came out according to my expectations and I often picked out errors and faults in them from them being out of focus to wrong angles and well the list is endless. That’s what compelled me to learn more about cameras and use of different lenses etc. My research and interest led me to this wonderful field and then there was no stopping me. I wanted the pictures to be saved for my entire life and that’s why I started capturing moments for myself as well as for others. I challenged myself and went onto the journey of becoming better with every click.

W&S: If you were to pick one moment that describes your entire past life, what would that be?

Mr. Rizwan: One moment would be difficult to choose, I guess.

W&S: What do you specialize in?

Mr. Rizwan: I believe that there should not be a photographer who specializes only in one area only

W&S: What type of camera do you shoot with?

Mr. Rizwan: Canon 7 D and Canon 60 D

W&S: What lighting equipment you like working with?

Mr. Rizwan: It really depends on the location and the subject in case of lighting equipment. Sometimes it’s the daylight, sometimes the ambiance light and of course our own speed lights and LED’s.

W&S: Can you as a photographer relate to the importance of using Photoshop?

Mr. Rizwan: I do not relate photography with Photoshop because it takes the true essence and feel of a photo. What I believe is that a person should take a perfect picture using the camera and it should not require photoshop.



W&S: A website or blog you often visit?

Mr. Rizwan: Facebook and the good old google. I’m a simple guy (laughs)

W&S: A photographer who inspires you?

Mr. Rizwan: Joe McNally

W&S: How long have you been a photographer and did you go to school to study photography?

Mr. Rizwan: It’s been almost 7- 8 years that I have been photographing and I did not go to any school to study photography.


W&S: How do you deal with difficulties of the ever changing weather?

Mr. Rizwan: For me, if you really want to capture a memory or you really want to capture whatever the situation is, there is nothing that can stop you.

W&S: Each location can have many different stories so how do you decide what you want to craft out of it?

Mr. Rizwan: Whatever the location is there are always moments that can be captured and there is always a storyboard that can be made from beginning till the very end.

W&S: For people who want to get into photography, what kind of images do you want to see in their portfolio? How do you build to attract clients in this industry?

Mr. Rizwan: I would like to see photos that are able to portray a complete story and reveal its true essence and that’s what a client is attracted to.


W&S: How important is it today to diversify, to work with multiple clients, or do you work solely for yourself?

Mr. Rizwan: Diversification in today’s world is very important. You can get complete different stories from different clients.

W&S: Books that have inspired you?

Mr. Rizwan: I don’t really read much.

W&S: Your favorite song of all time?

Mr. Rizwan: Right here waiting for you by Richard Marx


W&S: Your favorite movie of all time?

Mr. Rizwan: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

W&S: Artists/photographers that inspire you?

Mr. Rizwan: Ray Rommans and Joe McNally

W&S: Your take on selfies?

Mr. Rizwan: I’m not a selfie fan and I really do not like to take selfies


W&S: What do you think is vastly overrated?

Mr. Rizwan: I think that would be Photoshop

W&S: You have many images that talk to this, you picture environments that feel very personal either to you or the subjects in the photos. The spaces seem emotionally invested, feel like part of a scenario. Is this something you work for?

Mr. Rizwan: Yes, that’s the main purpose of photography.


W&S: What is that one thing you wish you had designed?

Mr. Rizwan: That’s difficult to say, so many wonderful things out there. How about a camera, I have to admit that I would have loved to design a camera of some sort.

W&S: Any particular assignment you would have wanted to take up?

Mr. Rizwan: I just wanted to be a part of any feature film as a cameraman, DOP or in direction, as I love doing this.

W&S: What have you learned from your journey?

Mr. Rizwan: People out there and our society is very unpredictable. I had good and bad critics at the same time but obviously hard work, passion and honesty makes you and your work just amazing.


W&S: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Mr. Rizwan: I would like to see myself as a free teacher of photography where people who really are interested in learning can eventually learn and implement.

W&S: Lastly, if you could wish upon a star, what would you ask for?

Mr. Rizwan: World peace lol. No seriously I want everyone to live peacefully, there is so much pain, so much misery around the world that it breaks my heart. I wish people would accept each other and live in harmony.

W&S: Final words of inspiration for upcoming talent?

Mr. Rizwan: Work hard, have patience and just be yourself. No matter what, Just believe in yourself and your work.



Thank you very much!

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Hand Painted Denims

Hand painted denims remind me of the awesome 90’s. The best thing about denims is that you can take your old ones, paint them and turn them into a magnificent new pair. Imagine what all you can do with a little paint and your imagination, customize all your jeans if you want to.


So when are you planning to start your jean project?

Let us know when you find or create your perfect pair!