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Aishwarya to Sonam: Their make-up artist Karim Rahman offers tips

Ace French make-up artist Karim Rahman, who has made many Indian actresses like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor look their best on the Cannes red carpet, tells us why all women should keep mascara handy.

fashion and trends Updated: May 18, 2016 11:11 IST
Ruchika Kher
French make-up artist Karim Rahman has been responsible for many celebrities’ awe-inspiring looks on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival over the years.
French make-up artist Karim Rahman has been responsible for many celebrities’ awe-inspiring looks on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival over the years.

From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Freida Pinto to Katrina Kaif and Sonam Kapoor, French make-up artist Karim Rahman has been responsible for many celebrities’ awe-inspiring looks on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Here, he tells us why all women must carry mascara with them, and also reveals a few beauty secrets.

Read: Five waterproof, sweat-proof make-up to get you through the summer

What are the most essential make-up items according to you?
A good foundation is a must. Some blush, to create contrast and sculpt the face, is also important. Mascara and black kajal should be used to give some depth to the eyes, and always keep a balm handy to keep your lips moisturised.

What is the one make-up item that a woman should always carry with her?
Mascara! In my opinion, it is the absolute weapon of seduction and femininity.

What is in vogue at the moment — glossy lipsticks or matte varieties?
Matte lipsticks; they offer that subtle touch for a chic and elegant look.

One piece of beauty-related advice you would give a woman?
This may sound surprising, but please, do not choose your make-up according to your eye colour, hair colour, or even what you are wearing. Ask yourself the right thing: what kind of a woman do you want to embody? Follow your instincts, and your spontaneity. Feel free to dare.

What have been the hottest make-up trends this summer?
The focus is on the eyes. The inspiration are those ’70s, hippy music festival-inspired sculpted eyes with a lot of mascara. A fuchsia lipstick and a pink eyeshadow palette are being preferred too.

Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s purple lips at Cannes make Twitter laugh

What is the best way to remove make-up?
These steps are important and require delicacy. Start with your eyes and your lips with a soft oil-based cleansing lotion. Then, clean your face with a micellar lotion. I prefer using a cleansing lotion, which is even lighter than milk. A touch of thermal water on the face is also required to refresh the face. Then end your routine with a good moisturiser.

One definite no-no when it comes to wearing make-up?
Avoid demarcations; for that, you must blur textures and merge your products properly.

Karim Rahman’s Favourite looks:

2015: The green eye pencil complemented Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beautiful eyes and the stunning outfit really well. I also like how she added a dash of colour to her outfit with the dark red lip colour. (WireImage)
2014: Freida Pinto’s look was so summery. Dewy make-up, light smokey eyes, and a red pout beautifully accentuated her lovely Indian features. (Getty Images)
2015: I loved Katrina Kaif’s smoky eyes and nude glossy lips with this classic black gown. It was subtle, but effective. It looked very elegant. (WireImage)
2015: Sonam Kapoor looked ravishing in this cobalt blue gown with matte orange lips, and gorgeous praline brown hair. She really made a bold statement on the red carpet with this look.

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