Since the wedding season will soon be approaching I thought why not write something to help the Brides-to-be in the make-up section. Do get yourself a kit or a Beauty bag which is available at all leading departmental stores. A vanity box is for professionals so avoid carrying a big box in your wedding trousseau unless you wanna do make-up for everybody else who comes to your wedding. Hope you don’t want to give an impression of the same once you enter the new household. Few essentials your beauty kit should be consisting of as given below. Of course it also depends what suits your face, skin & colour.
This forms the base of your make up. It sets a canvas for more colours to be added & give a neater, cleaner base. Choose the shade nearest to your skin tone. This is available in liquid & cream based. Test your foundation on clean skin – preferably on the jaw line – not on your hand. Always use a sponge to blend the foundation well. You can also use a concealer to hide the dark circles or scars on the face.
If it blends into your skin and disappears when you apply it, then it should be a match. Test your foundation on clean skin – preferably on the jaw line – not on your hand.
Once you have worked in the foundation round all the nooks and crannies, check that the foundation is well blended and not streaky. It’s better to build up layers than cake it on plus too much of foundation will show the lines and wrinkles on your face more prominently than hiding the same. You might end up looking much more older than you actually are. Avoid going in for a shade than your actual skin tone and vice versa. Search andsearch hard for the tone nearest to your skintone…………………it pays off to have a foundation well blend into your skin.
Recommendation : L’oreal True Match, MAC cosmetic Select SPF 15 foundation
My Favourite : Revlon’s New Complexion Oil Free Foundation blends amazingly without any streaking.
Basic black is a must have, since it goes on with every outfit & every style be it Indian or Western wear. You can add in liners other colours like brown which is very subtle during daytime, blue looks great at night giving a dramatic look to your eyes or the riskier colour green which you should be buying only if you have an outfit matching it and loads of confidence to carry this colour around. But today’s market place is flooded with colour eyeliner. You have the choice of picking pencil or liquid eyeliners. But a word of caution:- buy the liner which would suit your skin eye & the colour of your eyes. Saumya reminded me that an Indian woman’s make-up is totally incomplete without a kohl pencil or in our language better known as ‘kajal’. That is a must, must, must have coz even if you are just wearing kajal and a bit of lip gloss your look is actually complete for any time of the day. Thank you Saumya for reminding me about it…………..
Recommendation : Maybelline Liquid Eye Liner, MAC cosmetic Liquid Eye liner
Favourite : Lakme Eyeliners in liquid for the amazing jewel colours which look beautiful on the bride also Lakme kajal for those sultry eyes.
Face Powder or the ‘Compact’
The basic purpose of using a compact is to take of the shiny appearance and give the face a matt look. There are two types of face powder which you can use as per what suits your skin the best. The Oily skin tend to go in for oil free translucent powder than the compact.
Compact or pressed powders are great on the go. Easy to use and helpful with other make-up also since it has a mirror in it………………..no need to carry additional pocket size mirror al the time. Your face is does not appear oily for a long time…………but beware of using it too much. You might end up looking like a ghost ready to scare people off.
For a quick touch up, just block away shine with the puff by gently pressing the powder to get a matte finish. Excess can be brushed off or reduced with the help of a tissue.
If you prefer a sheer look put a little translucent powder on your brush, shake off any excess (careful not to get it all over your clothes!) then gently sweep over your face, making sure you work round all the nooks and crannies.
Powder puffs are also good for getting an even coverage but a professional brush works better with the powder. Just press and roll a little powder, and dust off any excess with a brush.
Recommendation : Clinique Loose powder, L’oreal loose powder
My Pick : Revlon Compact powder for even coverage
This is a magic wand that if used correctly can make your eyes look like a million dollars. If asked for a make up must have tool this would top my list. The basic black mascara is more than enough for every girl. You can experiment with colours available like brown, blue, green & purple. But make sure it suits you well & does not scare any person of. For people having heavy lashes you can use a transparent mascara just to enhance your best feature without making it look weighty. Once you have worked in the foundation round all the nooks and crannies, check that the foundation is well blended and not streaky. It’s better to build up layers than cake it on.
Recommendation : Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, L’oreal Volumnious Mascara
My Favourite : Revlon Water proof Mascara………I swear by it after using for years, Have never experienced clumps while applying it or after.
This no doubt is something any woman cannot or in other words should not do without. Lipsticks are very important from the point of view for making up or spoiling a look. For a bride to be 3 shades are important to have –pink, brown & red. These are the base shades with which you have to see whether you like these shades in matt finish, glossy look or with shimmer in it. Fair skins can go in for lighter shades like glossy baby pinks or nude browns for day wear & shimmer copper/gold or reds for evening wear. Darker skins can go in for brown shades with a transparent gloss for day wear. Do remember to add a matching Lip liner as well. Instead of buying a Lip liner in every other colour matching your lipstick, buy one in natural shade that goes with every lipstick that you wear.
Recommendation : All Lipstick range of Revlon, L’oreal and The Body Shop. Love the long stay lipsticks from L’oreal.
My favourite : MAC Cosmetic Lipglass for that ‘oh-so-glossy’ effect and stays long.
These add colour and enhance the shape of your eyes. Daytime makeup should be subtle & light where as you can wear darker shades or shimmer eye shadow for evening celebrations. Apply the eye shadow starting from the inner corner of your eye, sweep your brush (or finger if you’re using cream) across the whole lid. The colour should go over the entire lid and just above the crease.If you want to apply more than one colour you usually do the base colour first. Starting from the inner corner of your eye, sweep your brush (or finger if you’re using cream) across the whole lid. The colour should go over the entire lid and just above the crease.Blend away any hard edges to perfect your look
Recommendation : MAC cosmetic Eye-shadow for the professional effect, L’oreal Infinite Colour Quads and Bourjois Eye shadow pots.
My Favourite : Revlon Colour stay for it’s long lasting effect.
This wonderful makeup must have can change your look. Excessive of blusher looks artificial & too less of it will not reflect to enhance your cheekbones when you are photographed. Again daytime you should prefer lighter shade & a bit darker shade during evening. Commonly 2 types of blush are used – Powder Blush: This blush is in powder form, .colours range from pink, brown, plums & golden/shimmer. To apply the powder blush dust the blush over the apples of your cheeks for a perfect peachy complexion. Finish off with a clean brush to blend in the edges so you don’t look stripey and Cream Blush: Creams or gels should be added after your base but before powder, and they are best applied with your fingers.
Smooth on a little blush to find the right place, smile and apply it over the area where your cheeks puff out.
Recommendation : Clinique Blush and Maybelline mousse blush.
I Adore : Christian Dior Blush spreads easily and looks amazing.
Even if you are not much into make-up, that is not of much concern. But if you do not use a moisturizer, that is something you should look in for. A well moisturized skin is a healthy skin. Include an everyday use moisturizer that suits your skin type which you can use after bath. For an oily skin choose an oil-free moisturizer. You can look for moisturizer combined with SPF 15. There are a variety of moisturizers available in the market to suit your skin requirements. These days one can buy tinted moisturizers which are a mix of foundation and moisturizer so that you get even coverage without the heaviness of a foundation. Also check that your moisturizer is at least SPF 15 [Sun protection factor] so that even if you are not wearing additional sunscreen your skin is protected to some extent from the harsh sunrays.
Recommendation : Olay Total Effects and The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF 30.
My Favourite : Neutrogena Hydro Boost & Neutrogena Day cream with SPF 15 keeps the skin glowing and healthy.
Minimum requirement is SPF 20 when you spend more of your time out in the sun. Your Vanity case calls for this product for daytime outings. Sunscreen is used widely today, hence making it easier for you to choose for a range of different brands available. This is to be applied 15 to 20 minutes before you step out in the Sun for it to act effectively.
Recommendation : Biotique Aloe sunscreen, Kaya Skin Clinic Sunscreen and Lakme Sunscreen.
My favourite : Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 30 light and non-sticky.
How can we forget this essential beauty must have. For a bride minimum 3 colours – one in darker colour for party wear, one in lighter colour and third one should be transparent which u can wear as top coat also. Reds, burgundy, pinks, mauves, peach, are all bridal colours from which you can choose. Combine these colours with golden and silver which add the required shimmer. Avoid dark blues and blacks unless you wanna look like a vamp for a new bride. Remember, first impression counts a lot here even if you hate being judged. A nail paint remover should also be carried along.
Face wash & a face cleanser
Till now we have put in the things to make a bride look her best, but a face wash will assure that her skin is taken care of. Check your skin type before you buy the face wash. Oily skins should opt for an oil free cleanser and dry skins should choose a cream cleanser to avoid skin stiffness after wash. These days you will find a face wash under the name of every big skin care brand. But stick to the one which suits you.
Recommendation : L’oreal Revitalift facewash & Olay Total Effects facewash
I can’t do without : The Body Shop Chamomile Waterproof Eye make-up remover and Neutrogena Deep clean facewash
This is one product which can make or break your look. Avoid cheap brands under this if you want to smell fabulous. Departmental stores are filled with these products. Price range of a good branded perfume will start from Rs. 750/- to Rs 3000/- to as high as money can buy. In case you find it difficult to buy an expensive perfume, try essential oils like lavender, rose or jasmine; else buy a good body deo spray to leave you smelling like heaven. There are a hell lot of products in today’s Indian market, one can never be short of it. For daytime try a scent which is refreshing and light……….you don’t want to suffocate people in case your perfume is on the heavier side which is preferable in small amount during night time. Apply the perfume on your pulse points and behind your earlobes for long lasting effect……………Do not apply perfume or better known as Eau-de-toilette on your underarms……………..a deo stick is better for such nooks.
Recommendation : Calvin Klein ‘In 2 U’ for Women
My Favourite : L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume………………love the light fragrance which is easy to carry and can be used any time.
These product recommendation is purely based on my opinion. I have used each one of them and have listed the good ones in this post. The result of the same might vary as per person’s skin.
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