Last Word: Make-up artist Hannah Lisa
Celebrity make-up artist Hannah Lisa has made her impact on the Middle Eastern market in a very short space of time. Moving to Dubai in 2014, she has worked on a number of high-profile fashion and club events for the likes of Cavalli, Mahiki, and Blue Marlin while establishing an elite client list that includes members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family and Djibouti presidential families. Originally from London, where she made her name on a number of popular TV shows, adverts and music videos, Hannah also offers a range of different make-up packages and tutorials.
What was your last major fashion splurge?
It was yesterday at Yas Mall. I have a lot of beach and pool parties coming up and felt I had nothing to wear, so bought up lots of bikinis. It is funny thinking “I have nothing to wear” and solving that by buying bikinis!
Who was the last famous person you made up?
Becky Anderson, the anchor of CNN International’s flagship news and current affairs programme, Connect the World. I’m at CNN every day to do her make-up.
What was the last memorable meal you ate?
It was actually over Christmas. I went to Spain to celebrate with my partner’s family and we had a huge meal on Christmas Eve – they served a delicious seafood dish and we ate outside. It was so lovely and so different to festive meals I have experienced previously.
What was the last film you watched at the cinema?
"In the Heart of the Sea". I hated it, if you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time. It’s just awful. I didn’t know anything about it before seeing it, but I just didn’t like it and I don’t rate Chris Hemsworth as an actor. I don’t get the hype around him.
What was the last thing that made you really angry?
I really try not to feel angry. It’s hard to feel annoyed when it is so sunny out all the time. That said, when it rained recently it instantly put me in a bad mood. It’s days like that, when the weather just brings you down, I remember why I moved over here. Some people were saying it was nice and felt cosy, but I think they must be mad!
What’s the last thing we will ever see you wear?
I’m not into designer clothes and hate it when people wear head to toe in one designer – especially when it is showing off a designer print like Burberry checks or the Louis Vuitton logo – it just looks terrible and I don’t know why people do it.
What was the last great piece of advice you heard?
To remember to be happy and not take all the negative things to heart. It sounds really simple, but I think a lot of people forget to remember to be happy. When was the last time you ate fast food? Last October. We had nothing in the fridge so ordered in a Burger King. It reminded me of why I don’t eat fast food. I much prefer to cook at home. I cook every day, but my specialty is a mean roast dinner.
When was the last time you felt homesick?
I always miss my Dad and my little sister, but last night I was Skyping my two best friends back home and just thought “I wish I was there!” Then I think it’s lovely we can talk to each other so easily, unlike 20 years ago. We’d have to write to each other!
Who’s the last person who really wowed you with their make-up?
I saw Jennifer Lopez on a news website today and just thought her make-up looked incredible. I don’t know who did it, but it wasn’t out of the ordinary. She just looked really stunning.
What was the last place you visited for the first time?
Puro Beach in Dubai. I tried their brunch and the setting is just amazing, really beautiful and it was a lot of fun.