I have recently been crushing on my latest purchase from M.A.C. As you may know I’m a professional make up artist, so for me no amount of make up is ever enough. I always find myself digging into my kit looking for a particular tint-tone-shade of a lipstick/ lipgloss/ eyeshadow etc. only to realise that it’s missing and that I need to buy it. To explain my point better to y’all I will cite an example-
So ‘Red’ is not just one colour for a make up artist ( you must think I’m crazy). There are so many variations of the colour red- such as, coral red, blue toned red, pinky red, maroon red, rusty red etc etc…. the list goes on. I think now you must be getting the gist of what I’m trying to explain.
Anyhoo, so recently I felt the need to buy some nice bright shades for my lipstick collection. I bought 5 lipsticks, all of which are bright, bold and beautiful. M.A.C lipsticks are priced at Rs.1450 a pop. I know they are a little bit on the pricy end but for me they are like an investment as I end up getting a lot of wear out of them for myself and my clients.
Here are a few pictures of the summer bright lipsticks I picked up :
1.) RELENTLESSLY RED
Texture – matte
Colour- the most perfect pinky red.
Colour payoff – strong
Stay on time – 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
Colour- deep rusty red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
3.) LADY DANGER
Colour- super vibrant orange red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
4.) RUBY WOO
Texture- retro matte ( basically means super dry-powdery matte)
Colour- the truest blue toned red available in the market
P.S. – This is my most favourite red lipstick in the whole wide world 😀
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 6-7 hours (then it requires a touch up)
5.) CANDY YUM YUM
Colour- super vibrant blue pink
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up
I hope this gives you ladies some inspiration to wear these crazy, sexy bright lip colours and step out to beat the crazy Delhi heat.
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BUDGET FRIENDLY FOUNDATIONS :
WAKE ME UP FOUNDATION, RIMMEL LONDON.
I really like this foundation by Rimmel London. I’m in the colour ‘400- Natural Beige’. You need the tiniest amount for the entire face. It contains tiny specs of shimmer in them which provide a lovely radiant glow when the product is nicely buffed into the skin. I personally prefer wearing this foundation for a night out because I don’t like wearing products on my face with shimmer in them during the day time. This foundation in particular looks gorgeous in dim light/yellow light.It claims that it provides an anti-fatigue effect and I couldn’t agree with it more. It really does uplift the skin and makes it appear more radiant, glossy, plump, dewy and more hydrated. Use either your clean fingers to apply the product or a buffing brush. Unfortunately this brand is yet not available in India but you can easily get your hands on this online on amazon.com or on feelunique.com
Within the price range of Rs. 800 – Rs. 1000.
Provides sun protection as it has SPF 15.
Gives medium to buildable coverage.
Gives a lovely dewy effect to the skin.
Comes with a pump, completely non messy.
Has a tendency to stick to dry patches and can sometimes make the skin appear blotchy.
Doesn’t work for blemish prone skin.
DREAM LIQUID MOUSSE, MAYBELLINE NEW YORK.
This is a brilliant foundation in this price bracket. I’m in the colour ‘Pure Beige, Medium 2’. If you are new to the world of make up and are just starting to wear foundations, then this will be a great buy for you. It gives a satin matte finish, which basically means that it appears very natural and skin like. The key point to keep in mind while wearing this foundation is – the more you buff it into the skin the better it looks. The mousse-y texture applies beautifully with fingers. Just warm up the product first by rubbing it between your fingers and then apply onto your face. Two drops of this good stuff is more than enough for your entire face and neck. Maybelline being one of the most popular drugstore/ departmental store make up brands this product is widely distributed and available at all their counters.
Within the price range of Rs. 550- Rs. 650
Excellent for all skin types but especially for combination to oily skin.
A little goes a long way.
Provides a very natural and yet air brushed finish to the skin.
Medium to full coverage.
Blends very easily into the skin.
The pump comes with a lock mechanism which makes it leakage proof. Just twist the pump to the left to lock it.
Doesn’t have an SPF. Make sure you wear a moisturizer underneath it with an SPF.
This foundation is my latest purchase, I have worn it just about 3-4 times and what do I say, I’m already in freaking love with this little guy. It’s hands down the best foundation for the summer time. Why did I not buy this earlier?? It comes in two formulations – normal to dry skin and combination to oily skin. I obviously picked up the combination to oily skin formulation. It’s basically a water based and completely matte finish foundation. I get very shiny on my T zone area during the summer months and whenever I wear any foundation/bb cream etc. on my skin, pretty much all of them enhance the shine and oiliness, but fortunately not this guy. It claims that it lasts for 24 hours on the skin. I don’t know about this though, I mean come on! who wears foundation for 24 hours on their face but still i would definitely agree that it’s pretty long wearing and absorbs really well into the skin and stays put. This product is easily available across all Revlon counters.
Within the price rand of Rs. 800 – Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection. Contains SPF 15.
Sheer to medium coverage but it is buildable.
Quick absorbing and long wearing.
Excellent for blemished skin, as it’s completely matte and non greasy.
Brilliant for long- hot- humid days.
Has to be quickly worked into the skin, otherwise can cling to the skin and appear patchy. Work it into one part of the face really nicely before moving to the other parts of the face.
MAGIC NUDE LIQUID POWDER, LOREAL PARIS
This foundation has the most unique formula. So basically it’s a super liquid-y product but the moment you apply it to your face and start to blend it, it almost instantly turns into a powder finish- like a vanishing effect. It’s really interesting. I’m in the colour ‘328 Sun Beige’. I love wearing this foundation when I want my skin to look like it has nothing on it. It’s extremely light weight and non greasy. Absolutely Brilliant for an everyday-office wearing foundation. There is no need to dab any powder on top of this foundation as it anyway leaves a powder finish to the skin. So all in all a really non fuss, quick, easy breezy, one step base. This foundation is not so easily available on all Loreal counters, but you can easily find it online. It’s available on Nykaa.com
Within the range of Rs. 800- Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection, has SPF 18.
Super quick and fast absorbing product.
It’s light consistency provides a very breathable and non- heavy appeal to the skin.
Gives sheer coverage, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who requires a lot of coverage from their foundation.
Doesn’t come with a pump and as the product is super thin, it can spill very easily.
I wouldn’t recommend it for very dry skin, it can make your skin appear even more dry as it provides a powder finish.
What is it about basics? Why do they always look so bloody good?
One can never ever go wrong with simple basics, such as; skinny blue denims, black high heels, a black ganji and a grey shrug. Throw it all together in a jiffy and voila! you have yourselves a sure shot good looking outfit. The day I wore this outfit I got ready in a real hurry. To brighten up my look I threw on some bubble gum pink lipstick, wore my hair down( pretty much how I wear them all the time :p) and stepped out of my door. The best way to describe a basic outfit in three simple words is, it always looks CRISP, SIMPLE & CLEAN.
Being a make up artist by profession I often get the opportunity to prep & dress brides for their special day. The other day this got me thinking about how blessed I am. I’m in a profession where I get to contribute a little something in someone’s big day. The look that I see on the bride’s face as I finish her make up and she puts on her jewellery and gets into her wedding day outfit and finally looks at herself in the mirror, that moment is the most gratifying moment in my line of work. The sheer glow that comes from the happiness on her face says it all!
I recently did make up for my client Shradha Jain for her wedding day, she truly made the prettiest bride. So I thought that why don’t l do a blog entry de-coding the look that I did on her. So here is a full list of the products I used to achieve this lovely feline look for Shradha;
GROUNDWORK paint pot – M.A.C (Eye base)
COCOA BEAR eyeshadow- Makeup Geek + CARBON eyeshadow – M.A.C (In the crease)
I thought I will do a #fotd ( face of the day ) post today. Yesterday night was just one of those nights when one feels like doing the whole glam-shabang.
You know what I mean, when you wanna spend an hour or so just doing your hair and make up. Make up is my numero uno vice. I love it, applying make up on myself and on others brings me a lot of peace and creative satisfaction. So basically I’m one of those girls who either will not make the slightest effort to look even presentable, I mean either you will find me in my track suit+converse+high pony tail, the complete non fuss look or else you will find me all dolled up. So there is just no middle ground/path.
So whenever I do decide to wear a full face of make up I leave no stone unturned. I then enjoy each and every step of it. I have always preferred to highlight and focus on my eyes more than any other feature. I spend the maximum time doing my eye make up and everything else I wrap up quickly in 5 minutes. I guess that’s pretty much the case with everyone ( right? ).
So here are a few pictures of the products I used and the look I ending up wearing on my face.
I hope you guys like the look and the products I used to achieve it 🙂
If you are an Indian then you exactly know what I’m talking about. It’s that time of the year again people, when there is a slight nip in the air, the onset of autumn and the festivities are in full swing. For as long as I can remember, Diwali has been my favourite festival out of all the countless festivals Indians celebrate. According to Hindu mythology Diwali is celebrated because lord Rama and his brother lord Laxman along with goddess Sita (Rama’s wife) returned home after a 14 year exile and after winning a rather trecherous battle against the most evil demon ‘Raavan’. It is celebrated by lighting candles, diyas and fairy lights. The entire city lights up to celebrate the auspicious day.
For me Diwali time means lots of get togethers, dressing up, eating a gallon of sweets, drinking lots of wine 😉 , a whole lot of laughter and basically just spending time with family and friends and having a gala time.
Here are a few pictures of me all dressed up for a Diwali party;
The hero of this outfit has got to be my footwear. Can we all just stop for a minute and admire how gorgeous these pink leather chappals look.
The moment I laid my eyes on them, I knew it was love <3. I love how the craftsman has used silver-gold wire and multi coloured threads to adorn these simple slippers. The intricate work adds so much beauty and uniqueness to them.
I chose my clothes for the day in a way that they would flaunt the beauty of my footwear. I kept it simple and neutral with white cotton palazzo pants, a white knee length kurta and a Lehariya dupatta/stole.
Pink chappals- Dastkar’s Rajasthani & Gujrati fair at Kisan Haat, New Delhi.