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SMITA IYENGAR

Unravelling the make-up trends for this festive season.

Legendary style guru Yves Saint Laurent once said, “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion, but cosmetics are easier to buy.” Inner beauty puts that glow on your face. No matter how hard you try to hide outer flaws, one cannot hide the real self. But we live in an illusory world and so toe the worldly line and match the moods of the seasons.

With a long festive season ahead, celebrity hair, beauty and makeup expert Lata Khanchandani feels that it’s always better to balance makeup with the occasion, your skin tone and the facial feature you want to highlight. “If you are going in for gorgeous eye makeup with bright eye shadow and coloured eyeliner, the trendy colours are turquoise blue, bottle green, mauve, silver black and multi-colours. But go easy on your lips with a nude lipstick or lightly tinted lip gloss. But if you’re going in for mild eyeliner, a bright lipstick and light blush will work wonders!” Lata suggests meticulous tips for different skin tones and complexions.

Indian Skin

Foundation and powder: Your complexion will look radiant and natural if your base has a little yellow in it. The powder should be fine and match the foundation.

Lips: Use sheer pinks; otherwise stick to plum colours with brown, red or mauve undertones.

Eyes: Cool dark grey works well for defining. Iridescent in sheer pale shades work well for Asian eyes adding light silver shadow that brightens and adds lustre. Darker brows can be highlighted with an eyebrow pencil. Curl the lashes for a more open look.

Cheeks: Apply light pink-brown powder blush lower down on the apples of the cheeks. Skirt the inside, then go higher and progressively narrower on cheek bones.

Fair Skin

Foundation: Paler complexions do not support heavy make up. Always go with a lighter, more liquid base formulation and loose powder.

Lips: Soft warm pinks look pretty and understated for the day, while darker shades like deep plum red for the night out would be stunning. Add sheer gloss for extra zing.

Eyes: Black or brown mascara looks ravishing with natural eye shadow. If you have light eyebrows, define well with a brown pencil filling it lightly.

Cheeks: A little colour goes a long way. Keep the blush tone soft and delicate by scaling up a few shades darker than your natural skin tone. Soft pink with golden peachy tones lends a very seductive yet innocent look.

Dark Skin

Foundation: Check out cosmetic brands that offer colours for dark skin. They are usually better in terms of tones that are more yellow and not red

Lips: Deep berry shades will complement this skin tone, while dark burgundy, blackberry and terracotta are equally flattering.

Eyes: Shimmering beiges and deep browns like copper, bronze and mahogany accentuate your eyes. The transparent texture enhances the skin tone dramatically. Metallics shades magically bring out the natural luminosity of dark skin. An ink-black mascara that coats the lashes evenly works well as a finishing touch.

Cheeks: Warm light brown peach to cinnamon tones in light translucent textures softens the look to a mellower wisp.

Mature Skin

Foundation: Only a small amount is needed to work magic on mature skin. Use foundation as you would a concealer under eyes: around nose, a little on the cheeks. Matte textures are a no-no as they make the skin look dry and undernourished. A light reflective foundation will minimise lines and give the skin a luminous quality.

Blush: For dry, flaky skin, a cream blush creates a fresh dewy finish.

Eyes: Powder-based pencils are softer, blend more easily and crease a lot less. Go ahead and smudge for perfect finish. Avoid heavy cream pencils as they could crease.

Lips: Colour on lips can give your skin a boost. With age, lip lines get weaker, so define use lip pencils to match your complexion.

Home made remedies

To cope with the bewildering array of food, oily and otherwise, late night celebrations and long hours of social interaction, Lata also suggests effective home- made face packs.

For Oily Skin

Mix 2 tbsp fresh orange juice, 1/2 tbsp sandalwood powder, 1/2 tbsp Fuller’s Earth, a pinch of camphor into a paste. Apply evenly. Once dry, wash off with water.

For Dry Skin

Mix 1 tbsp milk powder, 1/2 tsp almond powder, 1/2 tsp sandalwood powder, Rose water to create a paste. Use as above.

For Normal Skin

Mix 1 tsp Fuller’s Earth, 1 tbsp Honey, A pinch of Amba-Haldi powder. Apply and wash off once dry.


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