How to Make the Most of Your Features
Cheeks: Pink Blossom
Perfectly sculpted cheekbones have become a definite must-try as it's just amazing what can be achieved by simply and strategically applying a subtle, sheer-finish colour on them. Pastel pinks and peaches have won our hearts this season. Illuminating your cheeks with a rosy, light-infused powder will ensure that you have all eyes on you. A whisper-soft application will leave a perfect veil of pearly radiance. Use a sponge applicator, as it catches light and plays with matte and gloss contrasts.
Tip: Choose a silky powder blush that glides on with the brush and colours and contours your face flawlessly when applied.
- Inputs by Stafford Braganza, National Makeup Artist, Lancôme, India
Eyes: Smoke(y) Alarm
This season, the focus has drastically shifted to eyes! At both, the Derek Lam and Anthony Vaccarello Spring/Summer 2013 shows, models' eyes were enhanced with a tint-colour has never looked so effortless and felt so fresh! Create an oval eye shape in a black-burgundy shade. To underscore the look, add a little bit of white, matte eye shadow to the inside corner of the eye and under the eyebrow, which will create greater contrast and volume around the eyes. For an intense after-work look, you can opt for a softer base, and then build around it to bring in glam sophistication with the darker shades. For au naturel beauty, a nude face and eyes with lots of mascara and black eyeliner will definitely earn you praise. You can also play it up with graphic eyeliner.
Tip: To get the perfect dramatic eyes, after you have covered the lid with eye shadow, define your lashes with extravagant, voluminous mascara. This will add a touch of drama to an otherwise understated look, while keeping them full, thick, curled and soft. With the mascara wand, start by coating the top of your lashes in a downward motion, followed by the underside in an upward motion, then hold for five seconds at the tip of the lashes and finish by lifting off. Holding for a few seconds allows the formula to freeze in and set the lashes in a beautiful curl.
- Inputs by Matthew Tyler, Regional Training Manager, Estée Lauder Middle East and India
Lips: Red Alert
The love for red has only grown deeper! Bearing testimony are trend forecasts that suggest that red and burgundy lips will rule the roost. Although the textures allow you to experiment with anything from matte to creamy, too much gloss is not on our recommendation list. However, follow a step-by-step guide in order to prevent your reds from fading. Use a lip liner to outline and fill in your lips. Follow up with a lip colour, and then with a single ply tissue, dab some translucent powder onto the lips. Apply the lip colour again and you can rest assured for a long colour stay. Avoid stainers as they can deposit into the lines of the lips with unflattering results.
Tip: It's best to keep the rest of the face neutral when your lips are painted red. For the cheeks, use a soft contour blush while the eyes can be highlighted with kohl and mascara. Some sheer eye shadow is also welcome.
- Inputs by Clint Fernandes, Makeup Artist and Hairstylist
Photos Courtesy: Lancôme, Estée Lauder, and Bourjois