7 Fascinating Beauty Secrets From India, the Middle East, and Beyond

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There's no doubt about it: Our sisters across the pond know their beauty stuff. We’ve already established that Asia is light-years ahead of the U.S. when it comes to skincare technologies and innovations—but what about an area of the world where beauty secrets are passed down through generations, lovingly shared by mothers to their daughters? We’re talking about South Asian countries like India and Pakistan, as well as areas in the Middle East. There, beauty rituals are more about understanding the importance of ancient, natural-based rituals that have withstood the test of time—because they work.

“Ever since I was very little, I remember my mother encouraging me to use natural things at home,” celebrity makeup artist Kirin Bhatty says (she’s worked with everyone from Jessica Paré to Alessandra Ambrosio). “Of course, as a kid, all I wanted were the chemical-laden things my friends had—but now, as a makeup artist, everything has come full circle.” We asked asked if she could share these natural-minded beauty secrets, and lucky for us, she was happy to divulge.

Scroll through for seven beauty secrets from the Middle East, India, and beyond.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.