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Shine like the models

Read on to find out those little make-up secrets directly from make-up experts to sport the perfect model look worth a fortune.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 26, 2010 01:50 IST
Zofeen Maqsood
Zofeen Maqsood
Hindustan Times

The fashion week is not only about new silhouettes on the runway, but also about new hair and make-up trends for the seasons to come. We get some of the make-up artists from India, who work extra hours getting the rouge and the lipstick right on models, to share those little make-up secrets that make the models look like mega bucks.

What is the trick to make your make-up last longer, especially during the monsoons or under strong lights? Make-up artist Pallavi Symons, who worked on models at the Lakme Fashion Week, says, “The key is not caking up the products on the face. A rich moisturiser under the make-up will provide a good amount of hold.” What is the most effective way to cover up a zit on the face? Symons says, “Just putting a concealer over it and setting it with powder will do the trick.”

How can one improvise on a bad hair day? Celebrity hair stylist Sudeep Grover says, “Apply a gel crème mid-length onwards and to the ends to keep your hair moisturised. A serum spray helps to add volume and give your hair that lift. Blow dry with a round brush and create your style.”

What steps should we take to make our skin look fresh and radiant after a late-night party? Well-known make-up expert Sushma Khan says, “To avoid obvious signs of duress on the skin, go for a mild facial as it will relax the tensed muscles. Herbal facials are known to rejuvenate your skin."

Are there any treatments to revive hair that has gone lifeless after excess blow drying? Grover says, “Use a leave-in conditioner to detangle your hair. Avoid overload of products and use a shine serum."

What can one do to cover up dark circles or puffy eyes? Symons says, “Moisturise the eye area and use a concealer with a round brush so that the area doesn’t look excessively lined and cakey. There is no way to completely disguise eye-bags. But light-coloured concealers can be used cleverly to bring forward shallow areas and dark uploads to push back those eye-bags." Also, using make-up to distract from the bags would be advisable (like smokey eyes, dark lines or even a strong saturated lip colour)

If you have to pick one trend from the catwalk that real women can follow this season, what would it be? Khan says, “Considering it’s the festive season, the trend would be the gypsy-look. One can go in for contrasting colours for the eyes like blue and green.

Some products you can choose from:

Go for eyeshadows in dual contrasting shades to follow the catwalk craze. Choose for eyeshadow duos in loud hues like ocean blue and green from FACES for R599 or choose a bright orange or pink from Inglot at R650

Use a nourishing hair serum from Kersatase for R1,400 or opt for a conditioner from The Body Shop for R695

Get a good moisturiser like the Iraya honey moisturiser for R195 or Forest Essential day lotion for R975

Perfect match
: The key to a natural make-up is the right shade of foundation. A secret tip experts swear by is to mix two closest shades of base together. This way, you will be able to get the right blend you need for your face. Also, it’s a good idea to blend together a yellow tone moisturiser with a pinkish base to get that right shade. You won’t end up looking too pale or too rosy.

Conceal it wise: Concealer is one of the trickiest things to apply. To effectively camouflage any spots or blemishes on the face, its better to use a thin brush. Just smear a little on the zit or spot you want to cover up and then gently spread it using your ring finger. Be gentle in your movements as a smooth gliding will give a better finish.

Colour happy: The catwalk make-up trend is celebrating the return of happy, rich hues. But to bring in more than just a dash of colour to your make-up routine, choose your shades carefully. Mixing green and blue is a good idea but take care that one of the shades is towards a toned up side. So, a dull green with bright blue or a shocking pink with grey eyes works wonders.

Kohl trend: Kohl-lined eyes are a global trend now. If you like the smudged look, go for dull silver eye shadow to enhance the punk effect.

First Published: Sep 25, 2010 17:45 IST