Gifted gene pool aside, even celebrities need some help looking flawless for those red carpet events. At a press conference recently, Bipasha Basu revealed that the secret behind her shiny legs was a mix of baby oil and moisturizer. We got celebrity make-up artistes to reveal their tricks for giving the stars their picture-perfect looks.
According to Ambika Pillai, contouring (or cutting, as local make-up artistes call it) is the “hand of god.”
“What I can do with contouring the face is magic,” she exclaims. “It’s a technique by which we can slim down the larger parts of the face. I have used this technique for everyone from Sonam Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra.” One of the most popular spots for contouring is the nose. She advises, “Just remember that darker tones minimise the space, while brighter tones stand out. This trick helps celebrities look chiseled all the time.”
Contouring the nose
Take foundation that is at least two tones darker than your skin.
Draw two lines on either side of your nose, starting from the inner eyebrow to the tip, avoiding the bridge.
Blend it carefully into the grooves of your nose.
According to Stafford Braganza, head make-up artiste for Lancome, a trick he uses to cover up his celebrity clients’ dark circles is to blend lipstick with concealer. “Hectic schedules and lack of sleep leads to dark circles, something that celebrities are familiar with. Using just concealer makes that part stand out, instead of blending in.”
Hiding dark circles
Use a red lipstick with a bluish base.
Put three dots under the eye, one in each corner and one in the center.
Using a concealer that matches your skin tone, press and roll using your fingers to cover the dark circles.
While he won’t reveal the names of his clients, Braganza outs another trick. “Sometimes, if a celebrity hasn’t had the time to groom their eyebrows before an event, we have a trick to make them look camera-ready. Using a little Vaseline, slick back the eyebrows upwards and outwards using a mascara wand. You can even use hair spray directly onto the wand and then run it through your eyebrows.”
Make-up artiste Clint Fernandes recommends working a light coloured mascara into the eyebrows if your hair colour is lighter than your eyebrows. “Many celebs colour their hair, but can’t lighten their brows. The mismatch tends to look odd, so we use a mascara wand on the eyebrows to lighten them.”
But he warns, “Don’t try and correct too much, because some features work best with the rest of your face. The idea is to enhance your best features and correct the obvious flaws.”