The Stunning Luminary in Cruelty-Free Makeup Art

December ‘17

With her alluring flair and spellbinding performance, the stunning Mariam El Khosht has captivated our sensations in ‘La Totfea Al Shams’ (The Sun Will Never Set). Aside from rising to prominence after her role as Shaheera, Al Khosht amalgamates her predilection for makeup art and fondness for animals to focus attention on the controversial issue of animal-testing.

You fling yourself into various activities, from makeup art and acting, to TV presenting and animal advocacy. How did you get involved in all of them?

This goes back to my character; I’m a very inconsistent person who can’t settle into a routine or hold a daily job. I believe that the only way to be no slouch at what I’m doing is to appraise new things. I majored in Art, which ignited my passion for makeup art, which went alongside my love for animals. I also used to work in dubbing when I was ten, which somehow paved the way for me to be a radio presenter. In general, I enjoy diversity in my experiences.

Tell us about your acting experience in ‘The Sun Will Never Set.’

I’ve always took exceptional pleasure in acting, ever since I used to dub cartoons and participate in college plays. I became more obsessed about theatre because it was my mother’s field of study, to the point that I took a year off after I graduated and did nothing but performing plays. I got many offers to play good roles in series and movies, but I was constantly anxious of going commercial and appearing on screens. ‘The Sun Will Never Set’ was different since working with director Mohamed Shaker Khodeir was one of my dreams. I’ve watched his two recent masterpieces ‘Tariqi’ (My Way) and ‘Grand Hotel’, and I was expected to participate in the latter, but that didn’t work out. So when I got the opportunity to get casted, I seized it with both hands. It was an overall unique experience and a brilliant kick-start with a talented and cooperative group.

When did you discover your profound love for animals? Do you have any pets?

Seeing as the only sport I’ve ever practiced was horse riding alongside the fact that I’ve always kept animals growing up, I naturally began looking at my pets as part of the family.

What do you think of the use of animals for medical research in general, aside from beauty industries?

Utilizing animal-testing is necessary for medical research to conduct experiments on recently-invented drugs; however, there are a number of countries in the Middle East and abroad who endeavor to find alternatives because the results of these tests aren’t even accurate enough to be applied on humans, regardless of being inhumane. A stem cell research is currently in progress with the primary aim of mimicking exact human cells, which could be used to test the effectiveness of new drugs.

How can our readers replace their cruelty-free makeup on a budget?

It’s pretty simple because cruelty-free products have a wide variety of prices and qualities that suite different social levels, just like other regular products. People only need to go over more brands and collections.

How do you advise we live a cruelty-free lifestyle in Egypt?

Well, it is far to be an easy task, yet it demands nothing but firm belief. For intance, if you’re religious and live in a liberated foreign country, you can find the ways to resist habits that don’t comply with your religion. I’ve been living a cruelty-free lifestyle for nearly three years, but it’s surely difficult to find cruelty-free toothpastes, detergents, and medicines. I usually don’t turn to medicine unless it is an emergency; instead, I use natural cures like ginger, honey, and lemon out of my faith in that a chemical-free body is way healthier.