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2017’s beauty trends revealed

It’s about being soft, natural and quintessentially you

brunch Updated: Feb 18, 2017 23:07 IST
Sujata Assomull
As things go more natural, your approach to eyebrows needs to be more relaxed, much like Cara Delevingne’s
As things go more natural, your approach to eyebrows needs to be more relaxed, much like Cara Delevingne’s(Getty Images)

The first few months of any year are often when you begin to think about a new you. This usually involves a new look or an intensive detox. But it’s easy to get caught in the beauty trap: the one that makes you load up on products that actually do not fit your lifestyle. So it’s best to remember one simple thing: update. Do not overhaul.

When it comes to beauty, 2017 is the year of nourishment; of keeping it natural, both in terms of the products you use and in terms of how you style yourself. So, trade in chemical peels for organic face packs, contouring powders for glow kits and make natural oils your skin’s new best friend.

1. Oil and water

Reams have been written about the importance of the CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturising) routine, and that of drinking 10 glasses of water a day. An addition to this list is face oil. It is a superfood for your skin and a natural botox. You need the right blend of essential oils for your skin, so do your research. Collagen loss causes lines and wrinkles, and one of the best ways to boost collagen is through Vitamin C-rich essential oils. Collagen is a protein that keeps skin supple and smooth, so the more you produce it, the better. So oil up!

Beauty Buys

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: Its blend of plumping oils will make your skin seem brighter.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid: This Ayurvedic blend of oils makes your skin look fresher and gives you a glow.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid, Rs 1,890

2. The real first base

Foundation is not the real base of make-up. Primer is. Available in gel, cream or powder, it helps make-up stay on longer, gives you a glow and smoothens the skin. If you have rosacea, the green-tinted primer will help – it cuts the redness.

Beauty Buys

Benefit’s The Pore Professional: It’s been a bestseller since its launch six years ago. Smooth and lightweight, it hides fine lines and minimises pores.

Bobbi Brown’s Instant Confidence Stick: This line smoother is perfect for more mature woman, blurring fine lines. It’s a new release, so it’s selling fast.

Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick, Rs 3,024

3. The big bang theory

Changing your hairstyle can be daunting. So here’s a simple way to update – bangs. As Delhi-based celebrity stylist Rod Anker says, “Bangs are the biggest trend and give the biggest and easiest transformation.” Go for a fringe if your face shape allows it (they tend to suit long and oval faces), or cut flicked outside bangs. If bangs are good enough for Gigi Hadid, Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Johnson, they should work for you.

Bangs work beautifully for Reese Witherspoon (Shutterstock)

4. Go cheeky

Blush was the beauty essential of the 1980s, and since fashion is having a retro moment, beauty will of course follow. “Blush Draping” is new the contouring, meaning you use colour around your natural cheekbone to give you a more sculptured look.

Beauty Buys

Lancôme Blush Subtle, Rs 3,500

Lancôme Blush Subtle: It’s as smooth as silk and has a shimmer. So it is great for an evening out. It is also easy to build up, so you make the colour go from subtle to intense.

Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duo, Rs 600

Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duo: These two-tone blushes have a natural feel, yet they enhance those cheekbones. You can also darken or lighten the blush depending on what works for your look that day.

5. Wing it

The beauty pundits talk about underlining and smudged liners, but the fact is women love their winged eyeliner, and we are not giving it up! The testament to that is all the new eyeliners that are being launched. Perhaps you need not go full-on Amy Winehouse but there is nothing like that touch of a graphic, sharp cat’s eye for a dash of drama. The trick to that perfect eyeliner is to angle the tip with the corner of your eyebrow. Some people like art pens, others prefer gel. The old-fashioned liquid liners are still popular with few. Try them all and figure which your hand is steadiest with.

Beauty Buys

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner: It has an easy- to-use felt tip and doesn’t smudge. For that smoky eyeliner look, just blend some eyeshadow on top.

Diorshow Art Pen: It’s easy to apply, and the result is a graphic and sharp line.

6. When dull is good

While glitter was big last year, matte is now fighting its way back, especially when it comes to lipstick. A trend that Kylie Jenner made popular through her own cosmetics brand. Keeping up with a Kardashian (or in this case a Jenner) may not be your thing, but seems Kylie is spot on. Matte lipsticks can be drying, so always apply some moisturiser on your lips before applying.

Beauty Buys

M.A.C matte lipstick in Ruby Woo, Rs 1,142

M.A.C Matte lipstick: Their red matte lipstick, Ruby Woo, has been a bestseller since it debuted in 2007.

Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Lip Kit: Long-lasting, kiss-proof, and available in a range of colours.

7. The Glitter Handshake

If bling is your thing, keep the glitter restricted to your nails. Glitter polishes that do not chip easily are like jewellery for your nails. While they’re a bit flashy, some sparkle is always welcome.

Beauty Buys

Yves Saint Laurent Sparkle Clash La Laque Nail Polish in Silver Cash: It adds an instant look of opulence. Wear it on its own or as a top coat over your favourite nail shade for some subtle sparkle.

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Nail Paints: These are easy to apply, and with intense colour, so you do need to layer up the polish. While it has a look of glitter dust, it’s still quite smooth.

8. Framed

The eyes are windows to your soul, which means your ‘soul’ is framed by your eyebrows. As things go more natural, your approach to eyebrows needs to be more relaxed. This year, microblading is the way to keep the eyebrows in shape. It needs to be done by a professional who uses a special tool that gently deposits colour. It is more about enhancing the eyebrows than just drawing on new ones. The one downside is that it is semi-permanent, so be sure you want those Cara Delevigne brows.

9. The daily spa

Turn your daily showers into a daily dose of indulgence. Replace soap with scrub to buff your skin. Finish the process with some bath and shower oil for baby soft skin. This will slow down the ageing process considerably.

Beauty Buys

Kama Ayurveda Ubtan soap-free body cleanser, Rs 595

Kama Ayurveda Ubtan: This leaves your skin smooth and glowing.

Pahadi Local’s Gutti Khal: This apricot-rich scrub helps reduce whiteheads and blackheads.

Forest Essentials moisture replenishing Ubtan soap-free body cleanser, Rs 1,675

Forest Essentials Bath and Shower Oil in Indian Rose Absolute: This comes with a decadent aroma which stays on all day.

10. Health is wealth

This is the most important take home from 2017’s mantra of beauty and wellness. Put yourself first. Go to the gym not to look slim, but to be fit. Go to the spa not to look young, but to de-stress. The only rule to follow is to do what brings you happiness.

Sujata Assomull was the launch editor of Harper’s Bazaar Indiain 2007 and is currently fashion editor at Khaleej Times in Dubai. Her keen interest in fashion and beauty make her a respected name in the industry.

From HT Brunch, February 19, 2017

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