Sonic Sarwate, senior make up artist, M.A.C
With much buzz surrounding their January 2013 Prep & Prime Natural Radiance launch, we couldn’t resist interrupting M.A.C. senior artist Sonic Sarwate’s promotional city run. Nail the look this Christmas and New Year’s with some expert M.A.C. advice for party make up tips this Autumn-Winter season
Trend breakdown for the party season?
Lips: Think country girl, flushed skin, and focusing on one feature. Your colour palette ranges from red to wine tones depending on what complements your skin tone. For those who aren’t comfortable sporting bright colours, a good trick is to take neutral colours but play with highlights, mid-tones and lowlights of the same shade. This will help you create a glamorous effect, contour your face and enhance your features without going too bold.
Eyes: Metallics all the way! Caution: It’s very easy to go overboard with this trend, so learn to create an aesthetic balance. If the eyes are metallic, do up the lips in tamer shades. Another trend is graphic eyeliners (Amy Winehouse people!), so ditch the predictable winged liner. Using coloured eyeliners also helps mix things up.
Cheeks: Warm gold tones tend to suit and complement Indian features. You can opt for gold, bronze and champagne tones, but this is not to say that you should steer clear from blush rouge tones. It’s just that the golden girl look is glamorously in sync with a party at night.
Your trick to long-stay make up for the party season?
Look for words like smudge proof, long-lasting, water resistant on your products. M.A.C. does a fabulous range called prolong wear catering to the exact same need. Also keep in mind that cream based products tend to bleed and strip off with your sweat, so it might be a good idea to opt for powder or mineral based blends if your’re going to be out all night or in warmer temperatures.
Tip: When you apply make up, remember that it will lighten through the night so it might not be a bad idea to start off with a slightly more intense colour palette. I’m not saying over use or put dollops of the same product, I strictly mean use darker shades that have an impact even if they begin to fade.
A tip from the POV of a make up artist…
Play up one feature—don’t overkill. Just because bright lips are trending doesn’t mean it is for everybody. Recognise what is the most striking feature in your face, highlight it, and keep the rest elegantly glamorous.
The M.A.C. Glamour Daze holiday collection
Easy ways to touch up?
The obvious would be a quick redo of your lip colour, but my magic trick would have to be the blot film. M.A.C. has the most amazing blot sheets that absorb the oil but do not lift the water from the skin. This leaves your skin hydrated and is way better than pounding on compact that leaves your face patchy and flaky.
Celebrities you admire for flawless make up?
I think Deepika Padukone is always well turned out and her make up is well executed. She focuses on one feature, and it’s never overdone, but on the other hand internationally I really love the statement Lady Gaga makes. She is a complete contrast but the point is, that girl can carry it off! Her style is individualistic. But if I had to talk about a classic trendsetter it would have to be Marilyn Monroe.
3 M.A.C. products everyone must have?
Black kohl—M.A.C. Smoulder or Feline
Red lipstick—M.A.C. Ruby Woo
And particularly for the party season it would have to be the M.A.C. Glamour Daze collection. It’s a special holiday limited edition that’s totally targeted to the party circuit.
Make up removal regime
People don’t realise how individualistic this is. Your make up decides your remover. I mean think about it, a water-based remover will not work on water proof make up… so it is best you opt for something oil-based, it’s that logical. Another thing, the trick to removing make up is to saturate the remover and let the make up dissolve and then gently clean it off. Most women go rogue with their cotton swabs not realising how damaging it is to the skin, especially around the eyes.
Most common make up faux pas?
Stop matching everything ladies! A green dress doesn’t necessarily equal green eyesahdow. Learn to use complementary colours… experiment… think beyond the obvious.
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