Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Modern Vintage

Reference: - Christian Dior

I love makeup that exudes sensuality and has a modern touch. A luminous radiant complexion, smoldering bedazzling eyes, super model cheek bones and full luscious pouted lips is all what I dream of when I have to do makeup on someone. All this is done in a subtle way and that's what compliments the au naturale look. Modern vintage is about smoldering greek goddess like eyes with a slick of gloss to add modern touches. Let's see what we need to do:-


Prime prime and prime with MUFE HD primer INR 1770 all over the face for a long lasting complexion over a well moisturized skin and sunscreen during day time. Light weight radiant foundation like Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation INR 950 in an appropriate color. Take a pea size on the back of your palm and with a foundation brush like Clinique Foundation Brush INR 1770 dab and blend starting from the centre of the face working it outwards and downwards towards the perimeter of the face. Smooth and blend the foundation like it was a part of the skin. Conceal under eye circles, discolorations and blemishes with Clinique All About Eyes Concealer with a concealer brush. I love the Estee Lauder concealer brush INR 1360 as it is shaped and feels like a finger. Set loosely with a loose powder like Clinique's Blended Loose Powder INR 1600 with a fluffy powder brush like Lancome's powder brush INR 2050 approx. Dust only the shiny and oily areas preferably keeping the cheek areas bare to give appearance of dewy cheek bones.


On cheek bones I like to dust a matte bronzer like MAC bronzer in Matte Bronze INR 1250 and dust a shimmery peach or coral blush like MAC's Peachykeen INR 1080 or Clinique's Blushing blush in Precious Posy INR 1550 on the cheek apples for an iridescent peachy glow. Keep it subtle as we don't want to out-focus the eye makeup.


Prime the lids with Elizabeth Arden's eye fix primer INR 950 to prevent creasing. Liquid eye primers may not be reliable but I love them because we are able to see the true color. As a base apply NYX Jumbo pencil in French fries INR 375 from the lash line to lid and blend it in the crease with MAC 217 brush INR 1100. On the crease apply MAC eyeshadow in Brown down INR 900 shading it as needed. I prefer deeper crease for that bedazzling effect. Highlight with MAC pigment in Naked INR 1350 for a halo of color. You can use some on the cheeks as well. With a flat eyeshadow brush like Shiseido's Eyeshadow brush in Small INR 1200 dab on MAC pigment in Mauvement INR 1350 flat on the entire lid. On the outer corners apply MAC eyeshadow in Smut INR 900 blending it downwards on the lower lid and upwards in the crease to continue with the deep brown eyeshadow. To add a dimension you can also blend Clinique color surge eyeshadow in Foxy INR 1050. The silvery brown soft shimmer creates a lovely bedazzling effect very apt for nights. In the inner corners highlight with Naked pigment. Wet 217 brush and subtly layer MAC Reflets antique gold (Limited Edition). The fluffy brush is used as the sparkles need to be diffuse and subtle and not opaque. In the inner rims apply black eye pencil like Bourjois Intense black INR 385 and apply coats of Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara in INR 1075.


Dab Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Nude Beach INR 1025 and add a dash of lipgloss like Clarins color quench lip balm in Toffee INR 950

Do try this look and lemme know.

Till then,



Neeraj Navare

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quick Picks But Not Repented

Its all about the 'impulse' when it comes to makeup shopping. 99 out of 100 times it wrong and we repent. This post is all about that 1 per cent that is right. Yes these are the impulse buys I have never ever regretted. Yes, while purchasing them there were other things that I'd planned but somehow I chucked those or maybe they were out of stock and I bought these and loved it. I'm sure everyone has a story to tell and this is mine. Some of the most impulse-yet-good purchases I never felt sorry for.

1. MAC 217 brush.

I was never fond of this brush and I thought a brush with white bristles would be such a waste as they wouldn't be white any more. Contradictory to this I planned to purchase the thin dome shaped 222 which was out of stock and I bought this as my friend @ MAC suggested so. And then there was no looking back. Its best for everything and I tend to sometimes use this brush on face and lips also.

2. Chanel Tweed blush in Tweed Amber.

 I was carried away with the rave reviews tweed corail and tweed pink had got when they were first launched by Chanel in Oct 08 in India and frustratingly both were out of stock. It pissed me off and I bought tweed amber and its one of the perfect blushes I have. Just the right amount of shimmer and orangey brown makes this blush really versatile in many aspects. Used as a blush for a neutral effect or bronzer when needed, Tweed amber doesn't fail.

3. Givenchy Prisme blush in Euphoric Orange.

 Long story short version. Had saved money for something from YSL and I was irritated due to some undisclosed reasons. Bumped into Givenchy counter and browsed and browsed. At last I found a blush that's all season if worn carefully. A quad blush, its a must have in your kit.

4. Clinique Lash Power mascara.

Working @ Clinique I always feel I should buy something and the urge in me made me buy this last piece left in our inventory. Its the most decent up to the mark mascara in the market. No false claims, no clumps and no under eye staining on washing this mascara is like a dream.

5. Estee Lauder Cyberwhite SPF 50.

 Never thought I'd buy such an expensive sunscreen. But no regrets even after planning a re-purchase

6. Bourjois Healthy mix foundation in shade 56.

 I sometimes apply foundation if I feel low on a day or to look glowing. I had read quite good reviews about Max Factor Second skin foundation (which I eventually had got) but I couldn't help stopping by the Bourjois counter. The ad was catchy and the product is/was/ will bw uber amazing. Definite re-purchase

7. Clinique Blush brush.

 It was the last piece left amongst 12 pieces and I knew it wouldn't be found easily. Bought one and never regretted.

8. Bourjois liners are always a mistake proof impulse purchase.

9. MAC powder blush in Dollymix which I got as the color was very attractive. Its a mantra for rosy healthy cheeks.

And last but not the least,

10. Lancome Color focus quad in Fleur de peau.

The best set of nudes in the cooler tone and the most expensive impulsive purchase.

There are many more and more regrets too but in the next post.

Till then,


Friday, June 17, 2011

Purple Hues..

This look is inspired from Marni where the key makeup artist was one of my favorites, Monsieur Tom Pecheux. Its all about a luminous complexion and easy chic. The makeup should be effortless and still make a statement.

Let's see what we need to do;


To add luminosity doesn't mean you have to put too much of shimmer or glitter and end up looking like a disco ball. Its all about playing with light. So the key role is of optical diffusers. One must always use a sunscreen (even in rains) and an oil free sunscreen does an amazing job for your makeup to stay put. I love Clinique's Solar Smart SPF 30 INR 1100 or even 50 if you are that sun exposed or love higher sunscreens. This sunscreen goes absolutely invisible on your skin and is perspiration resistant and long wearing. Apply sunscreen all over the face and also your ears and neck. In case you have a problem skin a makeup primer is advisable. Dot on an oil free primer like MUFE HD primer INR 1770 for the first step towards getting a flawless perfection. The foundation is super sheer and dewy but I have a trick that will help oilier complexions look dewy too. Mix a dot of primer into your favorite light weight foundation, I suggest Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua INR 2700 and apply with a foundation brush blending with fingers wherever necessary. The light diffusing pigments in the foundation will give you that no makeup look effect. Use a thin concealer like MAC's Select coverup INR 1000 in a shade closer to you and blend with a fluffy brush like MAC 217 or my favorite Clinique's large shader brush. Dot on some powder only if required and if you're in hot sun. Powder tends to mattify the complexion and that doesn't add luminosity. You can also mattify just the T zone.


Eyes exude drama but without being dramatic. For this we use an array of textures and layering of different products. Start with a clear eyeshadow base like the one from Elizabeth Arden INR 970. You can use concealer to hide any discolorations and put eye base over that. Start with a rich black eye pencil like MAC's Smolder INR 970 that is soft and a bit smudgy. Blend with MAC 217 keeping it close to lash line and on the lids. Blend a plum purple eye pencil like Bourjois Smokey Effect in Dark Purple INR 275 or Clinique's quick liner for eyes in Grape INR 990. Again smudge but upto the crease this time. Layer soft matte to soft shimmer eyeshadows like MAC's Nocturnelle, Fig 1, Hepcat or reddish purple eyeshadows from cheaper brands like Inglot and blend. On the lower lid apply thin layer of eyeshadow and then trace the lids with a carbon black pencil. Use a lengthening mascara like Clinique's Lash Power mascara in Black Onyx.


Dust a soft plummy purple blush like MAC's Plumfoolery and Coygirl INR 1080. The blush must be on the cooler side to give that much needed pop of color yet subtle effect.


For the subtle nude lip apply some foundation on the lips (in your color) and then smooth out with a hint of Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipgloss INR 1450 in Opulent Opal.

Try the look and let me know.

Till then,



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