Top Five Picks with Glamour


Beauty is a billion-dollar industry with millions of people across the globe of all ages, ethnicities, lifestyles, and body types looking for ways to look and feel their best. Beauty bloggers are experts whose similar goal is to share their passion and knowledge of skincare, fashion, and lifestyle routines to uplift, inform and empower their fans.

While makeup and skincare blogs launch all the time, we continue to go back to certain experts over and over again, whether that’s because they’ve been pillars of the beauty community for a long time or their expert knowledge is simply unrivalled.

Shazna Ilham is a beauty and modest fashion blogger, who is currently based in Switzerland. Her monochromatic approach to modest fashion is elegant and timeless. From neutral earth-tone shades to pretty pastels, Shazna’s Instagram feed features an array of simplistic yet stylish looks, amplified by statement accessories.

She was born and raised in Switzerland to Sri Lankan parents. Her skincare and makeup routines are delightfully pleasant to watch and packed with plenty of tips on how to achieve a healthy-looking complexion with a natural glow. Shazna has worked with many international brands and is a modest fashionista who certainly knows how to serve face and style. She is also a mother of three kids and wife to an extremely talented cook.

Whether it’s a floral dress with matching shoes and hijab to boot; this fashionista formulates styles with high street to offer up covetable modest looks, while making mother duties look like a breeze. “I describe my style as modest. I like to show as little skin as possible and try to wear loose clothes. I am not a person who follows trends. I like timeless pieces which I can wear every year and on many occasions. I am a Sri Lankan Muslim who was born in Switzerland. So, I have three different styles –  western, modest and traditional. I often combine western and modest together,” Shazna stated. Her Instagram page showcases her approach to fashion and style whilst maintaining her modest stance. Shazna is always honest while reviewing the industry’s most coveted products and collections. If you’re just starting to build a robust skincare routine, turn to her page to discover the latest and greatest.

She is not one to back down from colour; her beauty formula includes glowing skin and stunning shadows, from bright to muted lilacs and bronze tones. Her highly-curated Instagram consists of editorial-inspired shots featuring new products and looks, while also posting easy-to-follow tutorials and self-care tips.

In Shazna’s account, you can find uplifting messages on self-love, make-up tutorials, including how to cut that crease, plump up your lips, and natural skincare remedies. Her uploads are an assortment of bright and bold make-up, as well as natural daytime looks that feature feathery lashes, flicked-out eyeliner and nude lip liners. Swiss-based beauty is also the founder of La.oud, an accessory brand.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means being you! You have to feel comfortable in what you wear and be yourself. You must feel confident in what you are wearing. Fashion is how well you carry yourself.

In my younger days, I always tried to follow trends which didn’t even suit me or I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing them.

Once you start to shop timeless pieces you will start to think twice before buying something. Ask yourself if you would wear it more than 10 times or if you can combine it with other pieces. Buy clothes wisely. Purchasing consciously is not only good for your pocket but also the environment.

We asked Shazna what her top five make-up products are and why?

Milk Makeup

Hydro Grip Hydrating Makeup Primer – It’s the best primer for a dewy makeup look and it stays in place all day long.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Joy – I use this not only as a blush but also for my lips. I love the coral-orange colour as a blush for summer.

Estée Lauder

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation – Using this foundation for almost over 10 years now. It’s a full coverage foundation.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper – I never thought I would be a fan of glosses again, but this heat plumper is a must have.

RMS Beauty

Living Luminizer Highlighter – If you want a healthy glow without too much glitter particles, this is it. I would repurchase it again and again.

By Shafiya Nawzer