By Marnie Kunz

Middle Eastern women are well-known for their exotic beauty and elegance. Among the famous Middle Eastern celebrities are reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who is half Armenian, and performer and TV personality Paula Abdul. Middle Eastern beauties can teach all women some time-tested Arab beauty tips, which can help women look young and exotic.

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Skin Protection

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Arab women maintain beautiful skin by staying out of the sun and covering up with scarves and clothing. Sun exposure is one of the fastest ways to age skin, so avoid going out during peak hours and stay covered with clothing and sunglasses; or if you must go out in the direct sun, wear a strong sunscreen. Arab women also believe in using high-quality beauty products and value top brands and ingredients over saving money.

Inner beauty

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Women in the Middle East eat more fresh food than women in the West, and it improves their overall health. Processed foods contain a number of ingredients that can clog pores, cause weight gain and contribute to overall sluggishness. Choose fresh fare from farmer's markets and cook at home instead of eating out to get the healthy, radiant glow that many Arab women possess.


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Arab women in general believe in using makeup to enhance their natural beauty. Middle Eastern women are known for their beautiful, exotic eyes, which they emphasize with makeup. Use black liquid eyeliner with gold and brown tones of eye shadow to get an exotic, dramatic look. Line the eyes on the upper and lower lids starting from the very inner eye. Extend the lines outward and upward to create a dramatic, almond-shaped accent. Finish your look with false lashes or thick black mascara.


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Middle Eastern women believe in the power of rejuvenation and spas. They use steam rooms to purify the skin and natural mud masks to cleanse facial pores. Arab women also use argan oil, which comes from Morocco, for its anti-aging, moisturizing and blemish-blasting powers. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E, carotenes and fatty acids, which promote the skin's healing, growth and elasticity. Argan is available from cosmetic companies and online.

Cosmetic surgery

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Some Arab women, especially wealthy ones, believe in cosmetic surgery as a way to enhance or restore beauty. According to BBC News, wealthy Iranians are opting for plastic surgery more and more. Common procedures that Arab women undergo include liposuction, breast implants and rhinoplasty, as well as anti-aging treatments such as restylane and chemical peels.