Karim Sattar, International Make-up Artist Dr. Hauschka,beauty business

. Posted in Hamburg


When you know how to inspire and entertain a woman, it's only a small step to your next flight upgrade, as we find out


When I first meet Karim, watch him introduce the new beauty look for fall 2012, I can't help but be captivated by the charming way he has with women. He makes them laugh, he makes them smile, well... he makes them feel beautiful. 

Now, 36, Karim Sattar brings over 15 years of industry experience to Dr. Hauschka's team that he recently joined as the new international make-up artist. Having worked his way up the ranks with the likes of Annie Lennox and Jane Fonda, Karim has built his international reputation over the last years.

Now he shares his beauty tips at Dr. Hauschka. A brand so grounded, that it couldn't feel more different compared to Karim's funny, entertaining personality. But maybe that's exactly what it needs, to create balance. And balance is what WALA, its parent company, strives for after all. To live, develop and create in harmony with the nature around us. The company that was founded back in 1935 puts particular importance on creating products that are manufactured using a process that allows the preparation of plant extracts without the use of alcohol. Dr. Hauschka's skin care range uses the finest natural ingredients and herb extracts to stimulate your skin's natural functions and self-healing properties. 

Before meeting Karim, I was lucky enough to take a walk through the company's own bio-dynamic medicinal herb garden. I tell you, it was a special place. 4.1 hectares cultivate approximately 150 medicinal plant species and harvest about 5,000 kilograms of roots, leaves and blossoms each year. But I'll let the images speak for themselves.

"Make-up is all about creating and about an approach that works for you. There’s no right or wrong.

When it was about 1999, I was with my mother and I remember seeing her applying mascara with her mouth open, because that’s what women do! It must be some kind of reflex. And I thought, there must be a way to come up with a technique where women don’t have to open their mouth anymore when applying mascara. [laughs] So you just bend it. But just once, otherwise you break it and then you have two.

The truth is, that everything inspires us. All the people worldwide we work with, the nature. It’s not that we work with trend agencies and say, oh in 2013 there’s this specific type of ingredient and therefore you all have to get this particular product. It’s much more basic here at Dr. Hauschka, it’s about the nature and people around us.

Generally, if you need a bit more energy, I recommend the lemongrass body lotion and the illuminating powder for a natural glow, you just have to apply it in the center of the face, and all around the décolletage.
Why I became a make-up artist? Well, I initially started to train with hair, and many years I did hair, and I love to work creatively but I just got sick of hair. And I didn’t like to work as a hairdresser and have that routine every day and then I started to do make-up. I’m not one of those make-up artists that knew at the age of 12. But I knew that I love to do something with art and colours and knew that creating things was always something that I loved. Whenever I felt stressed I would draw and paint and then I would feel better. And make-up was very coincidental.

Most rewarding I think is the look in a woman’s eye when she sees herself for the first time. Not so much a celebrity but a regular woman, a normal consumer. The moment she would look into the mirrow and be 'wow'. That for me is still a phenomenon and then this is just a compliment in itself. And that’s how I keep my job exciting on a daily basis. It’s a decision I make every morning and I did that this morning at 4.30 to meet you. [laughs]

I know some of the ground staff of Air Berlin and Lufthansa as I fly often. And I compliment them, not just to get an upgrade, sometimes that works though [laughs]. But I would give them tips about what compliments their eyes. And it makes a huge difference sometimes for them. I love to share. That’s where you have to differentiate between commercial make-up artists and very artistic ones that work mainly in fashion and on shows. I think the sharing has become a part of me. I don’t care, I like to share my expertise. I learn so many things every day from women or situations and then I can be the one that some other people might benefit from. And I love the diversity. My days don’t look the same. Every single day is different. Last week I was in Italy and yesterday I was at a photo shoot in the most spectacular location in Berlin, today I’m with you. So that’s the best thing about my job, that it’s not a routine every single day.

I have a couple of very good cooperations every single year where we’re supporting awards shows and tv programs. But I’d love to meet Nicole Kidman or Meryl Streep. And I know what all the beauty editors have thought and spoken about her but I still love her and I think she’s a fantastic actress and I’d love to give a little bit of Karim touch [laughs].

Beauty is tolerance and respect and everything that you can’t describe what you feel in a person. There are so many shades in between. Beauty comes from the inside, no matter what great dress you wear or fantastic new eye shadow you wear, if you don’t have a beautiful soul… You have to love yourself in order to be beautiful, self-esteem makes people beautiful. I think every face I've met so far has something beautiful, it might be the lashes, could be a small detail in the face.

I think that whenever you start covering what you are supposed to enhance, there something goes wrong. I would look at my features and say, what could I enhance to look better and not what do I have to apply to cover. And that goes back to self-esteem.

An eye shadow should enhance your natural eye colour, so with blue eyes women often go for blue eye shadow. A lot of women think that makes their eyes look more blue, it’s wrong. In the end it’s like you have a blue present and you put a blue ribbon around it. It's better to look at the opposite of your natural eye colour. So for blue eyes you use copper, bronze, reds… anything that has orange in it will let your eyes look more blue. Women with brown eyes again, can wear any type of colour, anything works.

Now concealer, where to apply concealer really depends on where you have a shadow but 90% of women don’t have a shadow around the outer corner of the eyes, you know where you have mimic lines. Then women look into the mirror and go: I look so much older [makes a sad face]. And that has to do with the fact that those powdery concealers will sit in your lines. And also nobody will come close to you and stand right in front of you and say ‘what a great make-up!’ So don’t worry too much, but still… they’re supposed to be applied only in your inner corner or where you have darker shadows." 

—as told to LOCALSPOTTER

Images: PR; LS

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