Highlight it right!

Mala Alford Gurung talks to Rojina Maharjan about her journey as a beauty therapist and shares an easy everyday makeup look.

Look fabulous everyday

“Painting a face is like a blank canvas, everyone is beautiful in their own way. You just need to know how to highlight the right features. Here is an easy makeup routine you can follow everyday.” — Mala

Step 1: Cleanse the skin with some collagen cleansing tissues. Moisturise using sunscreen. Apply primer as base.

Step 2: Apply Kate powderless liquid foundation with beauty blender on the face and neck. Follow it with concealer to cover the under eyes and blemishes. Finish it with Dior’s Airflash spray foundation.

Step 3: For the eyes use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It will eliminate eye creases and helps the eye shadow stay longer. Next shape the eyebrows with dark brown eyebrow pencil. Use deep purple Estee Lauder eye shadows with flat angeled shadow brush to give it a light smoky look. Highlight the brows with beige colour shadow. Line the eyes with MAC gel eyeliners and finish it with two coats of Lancome black mascara.

Step 4: Use Lancome blush to highlight and accentuate cheeks and highlight forehead.

Step 5: Lastly shape your lips with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil and apply Mac Plum Lipstick. Finish it off with MAC lip gloss.


How did you start your journey as a make-up artist?

It all began 15 years ago when I started training as a beautician with Kamala Shrestha. After that I went to the UK to continue my training and enhance my skills. While there I got the opportunity to work with a couple of renowned international brands.

Your definition of beauty…

It’s simple; beauty comes from the confidence within!

Must haves for a red carpet event…

Dior eye concealer, Estee Lauder double wear foundation and MAC


One thing that makes anyone their most beautiful selves…

Wearing kajal gives your appearance a drastic change, and makes you look attractive instantly.

Suggest an easy way to turn a tiring day look into an amazing night look…

All you need to do is change your eye makeup; use dark eye shadow and glitter eyeliner for smoky eyes. You can finish it off by applying some lip gloss.

Three make -up items women should not leave home without…

Foundation, eyeliner and a lipstick.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I will be coming back to Nepal to establish my own makeup academy and skin care clinic.

Mala Alford Gurung has made a mark as a successful beauty therapist and skin specialist and works with renowned international brands.

Photos: THT

Model : Basana Timilsina

Location : Si Taleju Restaurant & Bar,

Mangal Bazaar