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How to get the glow, the perfect party look

brunch Updated: Jan 28, 2012 18:29 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
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Naturally pink cheeks. That’s one fallout of one of the sharpest winters we’ve ever had, and we think that’s really cool. But let’s not believe that cold winds alone can transform us into radiant, glowing beings. All of us could do with a little cosmetic help. Because the party season is not quite over yet, but winter will soon be through. And we’ve got to go with the glow.

Jafra"Great skin will have its own glow, but not all of us are lucky enough have it," says Avleen Khokhar, national training and communication manager at JAFRA Ruchi cosmetics. "So it’s important to use a base that covers all imperfections smoothly."

This season, dress your face for the day in minimal or nude makeup, which means a flawless complexion (with a little help from your base), contoured cheeks and skin-coloured lips, says Shveta Bhatia, beauty expert at Revlon. "For a more special occasion wear brown or pink eyeshadow, and light red tints on your lips," Bhatia suggests.

eyeshadowIn the evenings, though, jewel tones are in, says Jonas Wramell, Oriflame’s global artistic director. "While red lips continue to be a big hit this season, other colours like coral, chocolate and burgundy are also hot for the s," he says. "And to get the trendy party pout, apply lipstick over a lipliner and go for it."

lipTo balance the strong colours on your lips, your eyes must make an imapct too, adds Wramell. "So use a subtle shimmer shade over your eyelids and apply lots of mascara to get the fluttering eyelashes effect. That’s very hot this season."

Bold eyebrows are the most innovative makeup trend this time. "Contour them, but leave the rest of your makeup light, don’t even use mascara," says Khokhar.

mascara"Create a perfect natural complexion with a bit of concealer and foundation. For perfect eyebrows, take a brow pencil and contour the upper line. Brown solid shadow will help you fill in any nude spots - and the dramatic look is ready."

And then there are your cheeks. Let the cold winds blow. Or else highlight them with shimmery rouge, says Wramell. How to look your best

The body basics

Choose a good moisturiser and apply your makeup over it, so that it lasts for a long time.

Opt for a powder foundation over liquid.

Use a lot of mascara. Big, bold eyes are in this season.

Avoid red and pink if you tend to get skin redness in winter.

shimmerAvoid hues of yellow, beige as these tone down the complexion.

Use a finishing powder on top to make sure that your makeup remains perfect, especially if you will be exposed to the cold weather.

Courtesy: Shveta Bhatia, Revlon

The colour palette
Stick to Mother Nature’s autumn colour palette: reds, oranges, browns, rusts, and yellows. At the same time, jewel tones add a rich and interesting twist to the traditional autumn colour scheme, so mix them with metallics – gold, copper, bronze.

Written in tone

metallicEvery woman should know the colours that suit her best. And those colours will generally be based on her skin tone. Is it cool or is it warm? Get this right and you’ll have men falling over themselves to gaze into your eyes. Because colours change everything.

So what’s your skin tone?
Simply look at the underside of your arm. If your veins appear bluish, you are cool toned. If they appear greenish, you are warm toned. Cool tone colours include ‘jewel tones’ – blues, greens, pinks, purple and blue-based reds. Warm tone hues include ‘earth tones’ – yellows, oranges, yellowish greens and orange based reds.
Courtesy: Avleen Khokhar, JAFRA Ruchi

From HT Brunch, January 29

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