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July 2016

OWN YOUR NUDES : Choose the right shade of nudes for your skin tone !

 

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After seasons of smokey eye makeup and all the jazz up , this spring the runways were flooded with nude makeup. Back then it was all about covering up the real skin. The makeup colours were gray and ashy , but now nude lipsticks are just not limited to boring beige. Those of you who are minimalistic lovers , are definitely nude addicted. This sultry look is more than enough to complete a boring face without overstressed efforts. Nude makeup is something which not only goes with smokey dramatic eyes but one can also carry an all day nude look and still look up to the mark.

It may look very simple from the eye of an everyday passerby , but to get the perfect look you need to have knowledge about the perfect shade of nude to suit your body tone. One that looks natural yet brings out your facial features even more.

Here is a small guide for you of all the nude shades one must apply according to your skin tone.

1 ) OLIVE OR DARK SKIN TONE : Melted chocolate , Bobby brown or Coco cuddle are the best shades for you . Avoid shades that are lighter than your skin tone. Go for Colorbar Naked pink or colorbar bare. Colorbar has the best shades of nude lipsticks one could ever get. They give a creamy and a matte finish effect to lips . Stays for more than 5 hours with a smooth touch to it. Also , Loreal Paris by JLO and Frieda are to be tried on.

Celebrities to get inspired by : Priyanka Chopra / Freida Pinto

 

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2) MEDIUM DARK SKIN TONE : Golden – beige shades are the best for such complexion , it enhances our skin tone which is why JLO chooses to wear such shades at the Red carpet. Again, go for sheer shades that are not lighter than your skin. For a more outstanding impact go for shades in peach ( Nothing yellow please ! ) These shades warm up your complexion and don’t make you look all washed out. If you want a long lasting lip color , go for matte shades. My favriote picks would be Lakme 9 to 5 lip color – Toffee Nexus , Lakme Satin lipstick shade 599 , Maybelline Super Stay – Coral.

Tip : Rather than putting an outline on your entire lip , gently sketch an outline along the cupid’s bow and outer corners only.

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Sometimes on medium skin tones the outer lip corners appear to be a bit darker , In this case choose the color that suits the perimeter of your mouth so that it does not appear chalky around the rim of your mouth. So go for shades like salmon pink or hint of orange .

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3 )  FAIR SKIN TONE : You need to understand the difference between a nude color which looks pretty and the one that looks pasty. Start with moisturizing your lip with a lip balm.Applying a lip balm makes the application of the lipstick easier . Apply the lip color by using the side of the lipstick rather than the tip , it prevents harsh lines .Now when you are all set its time to pick up the pinky colors and decide which one suits you the best. If you want to go for pink then stick to all the rosy colors. Avoid matt finishes when it comes to nude lips for fair skin , it generally makes you look ghastly. Stick to the satin texture . Add a touch of bronz maybe to brighten up your complexion.Define your eyes with liner and mascara.Stay away from orangeish shades , this makes paler complexions look all the more boring . My picks would be Loreal Paris Rose remedy , Lakme Enrich satin , Lancome shade 201 , Marks and Spencers Autograph lipstick in nude , Loreal Paris color rich nude , M.A.C Mineralize Rich Lipstick Luxe Naturale , Revlon Pink cognito .

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MONSOON MAKE-UP MUSINGS / PART 2

RAINPROOF YOUR MAKE-UP !

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KEEP IT HYDRATED : Wash your face regularly with water or gently rub an ice cube over your face for a few minutes . This will allow breathing of your skin pores and help your monsoon makeup stay instead of smudging.

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TONER : If you have dry skin , use a good toner from brands like VLCC , BOUTIQUE , LOTUS ,BODYSHOP post the ice application, Use an astringent if you have an oily skin.

MOISTURIZERS : When it comes to moisturizers , nothing works better than a water – based product.  They will help your skin to perspire and will keep acne and skin oiliness at bay

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HAIR : Monsoon is not the time to go for elaborate hair – do’s . The hassle is keeping them in place . Stick to easy hairstyles like layers or bangs.  Wash your hair twice a week with a mild yet cleansing shampoo.

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EYEBROWS : It is advised to keep your eye brows in shape during monsoon. This is because you might not always be able to whip out your eyebrow pencil and touch up during a heavy downpour.

PRIMER IS ESSENTIAL : Apply primer underneath your foundation or moisturizer of any sort . This will help you apply everything on our skin smoothly , and also make the make-up last for a couple of hours.

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WATERPROOF EVERYTHING – Be it concealer , mascara or eyeliner , nowadays there are waterproof alternatives of almost every item. Switch from your regular lipstick to a lip stain or a matte shade that stay on longer.

POWDER PUFF IT – Well not too much . Just a light dusting of powder over the T zone will keep away oil. Make sure to pick one with finely milled particles to keep it away from looking patchy.

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CREAMY BLUSH – Although i spoke about this earlier , will repeat once again !  If you are going to wear blush , opt for a cream formula rather than a powder, while everything else on your face is matte  a cream blush will add just the right amount of glow to your face. They are also meant to last longer on the skin than powder.

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AVOID THE CAKE : Cakey makeup is NEVER  a good idea . But especially when the air is humid as it is , you would want to keep the layers on your skin as thin as possible. Switch your heavy foundation with a lighter , more breathable substitute.

ALWAYS CARRY YOUR ESSENTIALS : Carrying along your powder , concealer and lipstick will help you touch up whatever damage the humidity or rain has caused to your makeup. There’s nothing a quick touch up can’t fix !

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KEEP THEM PROTECTED : With all the levels of moisture in the air all the time , take extr care of your fav products specially while travelling. Keep them from getting spoiled. Switch to a waterproof bag !

KEEP IT SIMPLE AND FUN : Remember , the fewer the steps in the routine , the easier will it be to apply. Because, despite all the precautions , there’s always a chance you’ll get splashed by a passing car 😛

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I hope this post will be helpful for you guys during this season 🙂 For queries and suggestions email me at rchakravarty5@gmail.com

xoxo , Ria ❤

MONSOON MAKEUP MUSINGS : PART – 1

Hey there guys , Its been long since i haven’t posted ! I was kinda having a gala time with my girls here in Pune , and a little busy with my usual work too. I was flooded with emails where so many of you asked me to write a post giving you tips on how to makeup during monsoons so there you goooo !  It will be a pretty long post since i have so much to guide you with so i decided to post it part wise !

As rainy days tend to take over our lives , everyone looks out for ways to recreate the same makeup to – do- list or say heavy makeup without it being ruined. The reason is quite understood without saying – but ofcourse the RAINS. The heavy downpour would just mess up the complete look and leav you behind looking like a complete fool ! A disaster ! A DISASTER FOOOL !!! Now who wants to look like crap right??? Makeup must never be mundane. To get your creative juices flowing again , here is a lowdown on all that is trending in the world of fashion, beauty tips to follow during this monsoon season. Also , pointers on how to put your makeup on flawlessly without letting the season get to you !

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MAKE-UP BASE : It will be good if you keep your make-up base lighter so that your skin can breathe and does not sweat too much . Humid weather makes the skin sweat more and the base makeup is also likely to get patchy therefore keep the base makeup light . Light water based foundations and light BB creams are best for the monsoon season.   Try out BB creams from Revlon , Lancome , Maybelline.

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BLUSH : Rather than using powser blushes , you can use cream blushes . If you want some extra color then apply a layer of powder blush over the cream blush so that it will last longer and stays longer on your cheeks to give a glow and color to your face.

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COLOUR UP YOUR EYES : Are you ready for an 80s throwback?   Coloured eye shadows and kajals are on a roll this season , if you are all about the winged eyeliner, try switching conventional black for a shocking azure instead. For a subtler look try cobalt pencil and smudge it along your lashline. If you are too scared to go all blue then add some black kohl to darken the whole look or simply go for a navy blue liner. Pair it with nude lips and mascara on the eyelashes to finish the whole look.

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TIPS FOR LONG LASTING EYE MAKEUP ?

EYEBROWS : If you like to fill the eyebrows then use pencils and not eye brow powders. Pencils have a creamy texture hence they will stick on the skin better even if you sweat or get wet in the rain unlike the brow powder that would bring down the whole powder underneath your eyes to make your eyes darker. You can also apply brow gels.

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EYESHADOWS : You must be aware by now that any sort of powder base on the eyes will eventully wash away because of the rain and drip down your eyes making you look like some emo girl.  In the rainy season, when the humidity is higher , cream eyeshadows are the best to look out for.

 

METALLIC LIPSTICK : Kylie jenner’s influence on everything , beauty cannot be taken as a joke anymore. She was spotted with a black pout on her instagram account and it became a trend. Golden lips were also spotted on the runway of Spring 2016  , Prada collection. Featuring gold , bronze , silver , steel in metallic reflective colours. Nothing about this trend is subtle , but even though you love it or hate it , you can’t stop people from wearing it. Complement your metallic lips with eye shadow to match if you want to make a statement. Or simply let your pout do all the talking by being a star of the show and downplaying the rest of your makeup. You can also top any lipstick with shimmery gold bronze or silver eyeshadow patted in the center of your lips to give an ombre finish.

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LOOSE GLITTER : Lovers of sparkle and bling , its time to rejoice . you may have had to suppress your crafty side for years , but this season you can go all out with glitter without looking like a nine year old. The runways stand as a solid proof for this trend. Models were spotted wearing sparkles as an eyeshadow , also along the inner corner of the eye lids , which is always a great look. While this look may not be appropriate for work , but its perfect for nightouts  and festivals. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal and add a dusting of glitter above your eyes for a soft angelic look. Or alternatively . you could pack some loose shimmer over a smokey eye for a more intense version of this trend.  Ofcourse , how i mentioned earlier use a cream base to make the glitter stay . If its creamy / gel glitter then apply some cream on the eye lids before applying the glitter , that would make it stay for long.

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As i told you previously , this could take quite a while to highlight you with all the tips  , hence stay tuned for Part 2 and 3 ! I will post it in a day or two 🙂

Also , i will try to keep up with all the other emails you guys sent me, all of your suggested topics will be up soon 🙂

Till then , Take care !

XOXO ,

Ria ❤

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