Interview: Zohra Atash

1 Posted by On October 1, 2013 In Interviews, Music

Zohra Atash

For years, I admired the raven-haired beauty Zohra Atash from afar. Although we had met, we were not close, but I was always drawn to her dark and mysterious nature. Soon after circumstances finally brought us closer together, we formed a coven (known as Brides of the Isles) and embarked on a wild cross-country adventure that is documented here. Since witnessing her former band’s first show at Wierd some time in the mid-aughts, I have been a fan of her angelic, breathy vocals especially in her new project Azar Swan. Never one to shun style in favor of substance, Zohra consistently graces the stage in black fringe, bejeweled accessories and intense, glamourous make up. Below, Zohra shares her eyeliner tips, habits and icons…

How long have you been wearing eyeliner?

Since I was in the 6th or 7th grade. Right around the time I started collecting records on my own, not dipping into my sister’s or my dad’s.

What made you start? An inspiration?

Musical awakening. It was cool cos, at the time I decided to rip the kinderwhore look, I was just phasing out of wearing barrettes and bows unironically. So in order to graduate from just being a kid to kinderwhore, I needed lots of black eyeliner and red lipstick.

Always liquid/cat eye, or did you experiment with other styles?

I experiment by using different kinds of cats, and birds, for inspiration. Of late, I’ve been going for a less exaggerated cheetah eye. They have this line that extends from the tear duct which is sick. It takes precision, to be sure. I’ve always been obsessed with bestial beauty.

What is your favorite brand?

For the water line and eyelash line, I use L’Oreal Smoldering Eyeliner. The tip is large, and it spreads smooth, which is essential for such sensitive areas.

I use a MAC 209 brush and MAC BLACKTRACK Fluidline. The liquid in a pot to do the initial sketch. The 209 brush is thicker, which is great for bold lines.

I don’t use the cat eye brush cos the bristles on that brush always lose their shape and look messy which is no good.

To finish the look, I use Make Up Forever Aqua Liner. The black is bolder than the MAC in a pot, and the tip is fine.

OF LATE, I’ve been going for a less exaggerated cheetah eye. They have this line that extends from the tear duct which is sick. It takes PRECISION, to be sure. I’ve always been obsessed with BESTIAL BEAUTY.

 

What is your favorite style of line?

Any line that elongates the eye.

What other products do you use for your look?

Primer – either MAC basic primer, or Urban Decay’s Primer Potion “Greed”, thick exaggerated eyelashes, and usually a champagne or gold and brown eyeshadow. Sometimes a subtle cranberry, when I’m feeling devilish.

 


Azar Swan – Bugatti (Cover)

Any tips for putting it on… or taking it off?

Never ever look like the girls who work at the MAC store. It’s too much. Decide what the focal point is and stick to that. Bold eyeliner? Then hold off on super colorful eyeshadow. And the key to a good smokey eye is keeping it subtle, cos that can start to look like a shiner real fast.

Also, best not to look like a Lisa Frank sticker book. Lay off the bright colors and glitter. That shit ain’t timeless.

Favorite eyeliner icons?

A lot of 60′s era icons: Barbara Streisand, Brigitte Bardot, Mariska Veres, Nancy Sinatra. And, it probably goes without saying, I have a lot of love for Theda Bara and Siouxsie Sioux.

Zohra Atash
Photos by Zohra Atash and Jason Rodgers

 

Zohra’s Look

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1 Comment

  • ALBERTO VASQUEZ October 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm Reply

    LOVE!!!

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