Let’s face it, however painful it sounds, it’s true that perfect skin comes only from eating perfect food. That is, non-junk food, especially fruit and salad.
Since it may be a little too late for the fruit and salads to bring a glow to your face, here’s what you can do instead.
Face and neck
Dr Deepali Bhardwaj, a Delhi-based dermatologist running The Skin & Hair Clinics, firmly believes in natural ingredients.
“Since your face and neck are the most visible parts of your body, make a scrub using almond powder, multani mitti, sandalwood powder and rose water mixed with egg (if possible) or curd. This will not only bring a glow to your face but also help tackle problems of dull and loose skin,” Dr Bhardwaj suggests.
For some instant glow just before a party, Dr Meghna Gupta, cosmetic dermatologist and director at Delhi Skin Centre, suggests a simple home-made face pack. “Take a spoonful of honey and mix it with at least half a cup of fresh milk. Apply to your face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Then gently rub the pack for a few minutes to get a quick facial glow,” she says.
If you do have some time on your hands, Dr Gupta recommends a soft peel, a gel peel or a mild chemical peel. These will take care of dullness, get rid of dark spots and lighten scars.
According to Dr Aparna Santhanam, Vaseline Skincare Expert, the key to good-looking skin is simple: moisturising. “Using a body lotion not only prevents dryness but also protects skin and balances its moisture. Look for ingredients such as dimethicone and glycerine to lock moisture into the skin so that you stay moisturised and dewy all day long. If your skin tends to be normal to dry, look for more lightweight ingredients like aloe vera, which will moisturise your skin and not leave it sticky,” she suggests.
For instant shine, says Dr Bhardwaj, scrub your body not with soap, but with a mix of almond powder, multani mitti, sandalwood powder and besan with oatmeal.
A change of season is bound to result in two major issues: acne and blackheads. Both problems can easily be taken care of at home.
“Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and lemon juice with a pinch of turmeric powder and rub it gently over blackheads for about 5-10 minutes and wash off,” says Dr Bhardwaj.
To get rid of acne before a party, use lemon drops from a freshly cut lemon wedge on the affected areas. “The lemon juice should sting you a little as it is acidic and will kill bacteria, helping the acne to subside,” adds Dr Bhardwaj.
Let purists debate the au naturel v/s cosmetics polemics till kingdom come. This is the season of glitz and shine, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sparkle too. So here are the best ways to makeup at this moment.
“The current makeup trend involves using pop colours to highlight your best feature, whether it’s your eyes or your lips,” says Sushma Khan, national creative director of make-up at Lakme Salon. “For full or pouty lips, use a bright lip colour. First line your lips with a lip liner as this will help your colour last longer, and then apply lipstick in the same shade. But keep your eyes and rest of your face nude and finish the look by applying 2-3 coats of mascara on your lashes.”
Another makeup trend, adds Khan, are eyeliners and kajals in sea green and aqua blue; perfect for working women as they instantly brighten up the eyes. However, while focusing on one feature, it is advised not to forget the rest of your face. “So, if you want to emphasise on your eyes, then always use a concealer and corrector to take care of all dark circles and redness on your face,” suggests Khan.
Metallic colours is also a hot trend. But you need to be careful about how to use the palette. Aakriti Kochar, makeup and beauty expert at Oriflame India, offers a few suggestions.
If you want a metallic base, use a mineral base if that is available. Or else add illuminators (cream or powder) to your foundation on a palette first, and mix well before applying.
Don’t overdo the shine in your base as you might end up looking too bright. Technically, you need sheen only on certain areas of your face called the highlight areas. Adding sheen everywhere might just make your face look bloated, especially in pictures.
Stick to a cream-based metallic shade that is close to your skin tone (pearl white and vanilla if you’re fair; rose gold and copper if you’re darker) for the products on your face.
For metallic shadows, fair skin tones should opt for bright or dull silver and rose gold hues. Medium skin tones look best in soft gold and soft copper shades. Olive skin tones look best in warm gold and copper colours. Dark skin tones carry off rich copper and pewter (dull grey gold).
Colour it brown
Marsala (Pantone colour of 2015; a rich reddish brown) remains the colour of the season. However there are different ways of making this colour suit Indian skin tones, says Sushma Khan.
For eyes: If you want something dramatic or dark like smokey eyes, then use black, grey and brown as supporting colours, depending on the intensity you want. For extremely smokey eyes, use black as a supporting colour. If subtle is the look you want for your smokey eyes, then use brown as the supporting colour.
The combination of marsala and brown complements Indians very well. Grey and marsala add just that perfect hint of drama. As marsala is a warm colour, it is best suited for parties and weddings. If you want to wear it during the day or at work, opt for a lighter version. It also helps camouflage flaws such as skin discolouration.
Here’s how to have a hip, shiny mane for parties.
* To make dry and fizzy hair look glossy, leave-in conditioners work best, suggests Dr Deepali Bhardwaj. “For an oily scalp, apply plain white vinegar before you shampoo so hair doesn’t get flat soon. Also opt for argan oil rituals or a keratin treatment to take care of damaged strands,” adds Dr Bhardwaj.
* According to Shailesh Moolya, national creative director for hair at Lakme Salon, side swept curls are very on trend. Keep your hair wavy, with lots of bounce and movement. And wear it on one shoulder. This also highlights your facial features.
* An undone messy top-knot is extremely chic and practical as it also manages to keep hair away from the face when you’re dancing. It will also add height for those of you who want to ditch the heels and be light on your feet at the party.
* Braids are also trending – variations of the traditional braid are a big success. Experiment with waterfall braids, four strand braids, rope braids and fishtail braids. The key to thick braids is texture. Don’t make them too tight.
From HT Brunch, October 25
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