Don’t spend your Diwali in front of the mirror, struggling to get a complicated look just right before a party. Here are three looks that are easier than eating a laddoo.
Best for: Girls with thin lips who are sick of playing up their eyes every Diwali.
What you need: Opaque, non-shimmery red or wine-coloured lipstick (we love Revlon Really Red, M.A.C Russian Red and Chanel Coromandel among the reds; Maybelline Berry Brilliant, Chambor Silk Garnet and Inglot Slim Gel in 67 from the deeper wines). Fine gold eye shadow (most Lakme eye quartets will have one that will work).
Get it done:
Exfoliate and moisturise your lips (essentially, scrub them on a towel and apply a thin layer of Vaseline or balm).
Start with a coat and blot. Then apply a second layer. Remember, you’re aiming for rich and velvety, not patchy and overdone.
Using your fingertip, lightly blend out the edges of your upper and lower lip so the colours look less sharp.
And now the moment of reckoning. Dab one fingertip into your eye shadow and gently (gently!) stamp the centre of your lips with it. Dust away the excess.Forget lip gloss. This is all you need to glam it up.
Best for: Girls who hate shimmer and but still want to look dressed up.
What you need: Black eye shadow (Bourjois No 10, M.A.C Carbon or Dior Smoky Black), light peachy blush (NYX Menage a Trois, Jordana Coral Sandy Beach or Inglot No 40), black kohl liner (almost every brand makes one), mascara (Lakme Eyeconic, Maybelline Collosal Volum or Chanel Inimitable Intense), nude lipstick (NYX Tea Rose, Lakme Elegant Bloom, L’Oréal Paris Burnt Pink or Revlon Temptress, Mac Patisserie) and colourless gloss.
Get it done:
Line your lids with a thick line. It doesn’t matter if you get uneven edges or botch it up a bit.
Go over your work with the black eyeshadow in a way that lets the shadow creep past the edges of the liner. You want the look to be soft, but intense, so wet your eyeshadow brush if you think you’re not getting the intensity of black you want. Don’t let any colour get past the eyelid. You’re aiming for thick, sooty eyeliner, not a whole eye covered in charcoal.
Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and carry on up to the sides of the eye. Blend at the edges so the colour looks like it’s disappearing into your skin.
Put on one layer of lipstick and apply gloss only on the centre of your top and lower lips to make them look pouty.
Add as many coats of mascara to your lashes as you want. Don’t jiggle the wand — you want your lashes thick but unclumped. Sweep upwards cleanly.Now, pout and flutter your lashes and pretend you’re in a black-and-white movie.
Best for: Doe-eyed beauties who want to wear just eyeliner and floor the party with it.
What you need: Liquid or gel liner (we recommend M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack, Clarins Instant Liner and L’Oréal’s Gel liner), a pencil liner with a bright sheen (Chambor Teal Dazzle and NYX Retractable Liner in Purple or Golden Olive work beautifully), compact powder (The Body Shop and Make Up For Ever have ones that will do the trick) and a steady hand.
Get it done:
Line your upper lids with a thick line that’s thinner near the tear ducts but thickens up at the outer corners.
Carefully extend the lines further out, making a tip at the end. This is the part where you need that steady hand — the tips need to be even and not lopsided.
Now, bring on that steady hand again and use your pencil line to draw a line just above (but touching) your liquid liner. Match the thin-to-thick black line but extend your wings in a way that leaves a tiny gap between black liner and coloured liner. The space should be enough to show just a sliver of skin.
Lightly pat or brush on your compact to brighten up are area around and under your eyes and create a better contrast between the colours.
TLC for your skin
Wearing make-up regularly through the festive season isn’t doing any favours to your skin. Dr Sanjay Fernandes, dermatologist, Kohinoor Hospital, has some quick tips:
Cleansing is very important, before applying make-up as well as while removing it. Use oil-free cleansers and face washes to get a drying effect on oily skin. Also use astringent or toner, which must be dabbed on the skin after cleansing.
Those with sensitive skin should use soap-free cleansers like Cetaphil cleansing solution.
Use water-based cosmetics for oily skin and oil-based cosmetics for dry skin. On acne prone skin, use minimal or no make-up. Avoid facials and bleaching too.
Those having photosensitive skin need sunscreen of SPF above 30 for daytime make-up. Apply it at least 30 minutes before leaving the house.
While removing make-up, use a good cleanser and then apply a thin layer of moisturising cream without massaging hard.
(by Shweta Mehta)
5 international trends to adopt
Designer Ritu Beri points out five global trends for us to follow in India.
1.There is nothing crisper than a tailored pantsuit. Jazz up your everyday suit with a hint of colour or print. Fitted from the waist, these could be paired with a belt.
2.Don’t shy away from trying chaotic prints with one another. Combine heavy prints with bold colours. Try animal prints in different colours for a crazier look.
3.Leather is one of the biggest hits of all time. For a country like India, lightweight or perforated leather can be used to make separates or even just leather details on garments.
4.With everyone in our country opting for sheer and flowy fabrics and silhouettes, stand out by sporting a structured look. Opt for bold geometric structures in garments, shoes, accessories or prints.
5.Internationally, people go gaga over dramatic bold accessories, be it the form of heart shaped or granny glasses or skull print stockings or oversized rings and clutches and heavy feathered day hats. Ditch your regular pieces for a bolder statement.
(by Shweta Mehta)