Body Talk with Dawna Sanderson
What are the differences you've noticed between Indian women and their western counterparts, especially when it comes to using beauty products?
The different grooming habits of women around the world are so interesting. Indian women don’t use foundation as much as their western counterparts, which, in my opinion, is a missed opportunity as it can really help even out the skin tone and minimise shine on oily skin. An Indian woman focuses on the eyes when it comes to makeup, compared to Western women, where they tend to emphasise the lips. Open an Indian woman’s handbag and no doubt you would find an eyeliner and mascara, compared to a compact powder and a plethora of lip products in a Western woman’s handbag. Finally, Indian women really pay a lot of attention to grooming and treating their hair. I think women in the West could learn a thing or two from them.
Having interacted with Indian women during your trip to India, what according to you are the common makeup mistakes we make?
Generally, Indian women pick foundation shades that are too light, which unfortunately make the skin look ashen or grey. Secondly, eyeliner is sometimes used without eye shadow, making it very stark. Finally, dark under-eye circles are a common concern for Indian women.
What are the solutions for these problems?
The correct way to choose foundation is to find a shade that’s as close to the skin’s natural shade. Always test the shade of the foundation on the jaw line and not on the hand, because the shade of the hand differs from that of the facial skin. Use one or two eye shadows and mascara for a more blended and natural eye look. Use concealer and foundation to minimise the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Choose a concealer that is yellow-toned and one shade lighter than your foundation. Also, use a product that does not cake under the eyes as the skin around the eyes is very thin and fragile.
What skincare tips would you give to our readers?
In order to maintain a healthy and glowing complexion, it’s essential to stick to a regular skincare regimen, which should include cleansing, toning, treating specific skin concerns, if any and finally, moisturising and applying a good sunscreen.
In terms of makeup, which colour is expected to rule the roost this season?
Pink will be the colour of spring this year when it comes to makeup. For Indian women, the best way to incorporate this will be to play with lips and cheeks.
Any beauty tips you'd like to share?
Follow a proper skincare regimen day and night. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated and have a healthy diet– this will help to enhance your complexion and promote a natural glow. Finally, choose the right skincare products which are suitable for your skin type to avoid unnecessary skin irritations and sensitivity.
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