Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Getting Real Smoke

This look is an inspiration of real 'smoke' that rises when something is burning, during evening. The taupe-grey ash that rises blends into the purple-blue sky with bits flying hither thither. Looks very dramatic and is quite inspiring.

Lets see how to do it,


  • Clinique Super Balanced Foundation
  • Shiseido Natural Cream Concealer
  • Clinique Blended Loose Powder

  • MAC Lipglass in Full on Lust


  • Urban Decay primer potion all over the lid.
  • MAC paint pot in Groundwork over the lid blended into the crease.
  • Apply MUFE eyeshadow in bright purple on the outer corners of the lids and also in the upper outer crease with a dome shaped brush.
  • I used LE MAC mineralize eyeshadow in Midnight Madness. I used the shimmery taupe over the entire lid onto the crease.
  • Then I appled a loosely packed golden shimmer dust of the other side of the duo eyeshadow on the entire lid and then as a highlighter.
  • Comb the brows with brow gel.
  • Apply lashings of Max Factor False lash effect mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

Its an easy breezy fast smokey eye that fits into any time and any occasion.

Do try it!!

Till then,


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

She Spoke Blue!

Winters is all about dark and smoky smoldering colors in lots of finishes. This time I did a matte navy blue eye with a twist. The twist is that instead of using shimmer on lids, I used a sparkling shimmery charcoal eyeshadow in the crease.

I used my BH Cosmetics palette to do this look.


  • Dior Nude Foundation
  • Bourjois Anti-cernes Pinceau concealer
  • Clinique Blended Face Powder


  • Clinique High Impact Lipstick SPF 15 in 01 In a Nutshell
  • MAC Dazzleglass in Phiff!


  • Start with UDPP for lid. (My Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Girlactik Pearl Base are on its way and will be featured on the blog soon)
  • I used MAC Paint pot in Quite Natural on the lid and blended into the crease to blur out any hard lines. This acts an additional adherence for the eyeshadows.
  • I used the Charcoal shimmer on the outer corners, the crease and the lower lid. Then I blended a brown taupe mushroom colored eyeshadow in the crease to give the eyes more of a dimension.

  • I used an Ivory soft gold eyeshadow as highlighter and in the inner corners. Then patted matte Navy Blue on the lids and blended it with the rest of the shadows.
  • Traced the eye rims with Bourjois effet smoky ultra black liner and finished with oodles of Clinique High Definition Mascara.

I hope you enjoy the look!

Till then,


Friday, November 18, 2011

Myths: Busted and Solved

Working and consulting on makeup, I came across makeup ideologies that blew my mind. As an educator I like not only to share tips on makeup but also correct people if they are wrong.

Here are some of the silliest myths I have come across about makeup application and I would want to put light over the misconceptions.

Myth: Give me a light foundation as it makes me look fairer.

Buster: it may make you fair or ghostly or may make you look like some remote tribe in deeper regions where time has forgotten to move. Looking fair with foundation invites lots of makeup faux pas including the fact that you are highlighting your unevenness more by doing so. Also fairer foundations look like a mask and easily look cakey. In photographs they look ashy grey and you fit into the zombie character really well.

Solution : use a foundation matching your skin color to look healthy and glowing. Match your undertone or opt for a fail safe yellow undertone foundation that makes everyone look nice. Opt for glossier versions if you have dry skin for this flattering dewy finish. Btw for "fairness" and to tackle concerns like pigmentation and uneven skin tone, Clinique makes a foundation called Even Better Makeup SPF 15 which takes care of the concerns like uneven skin tone and discoloration when used on a long run.

Myth: Whichever mascara I apply clumps on my lashes.

Buster : I agree all mascaras don't have the same formulation and they do clump when applied but I must say that this is a human error.

Solution: if your mascara is clumping, its either old and drying or you are overloading your lashes with mascara. Discarding old mascaras is better as mascaras are harbingers of numerous viruses and bacteria that can cause minor eye infections to severe forms of eye diseases.

Myth: One must stretch their eye lids so that they eye liner glides better and gives a perfect line.

Buster: Stretching your eye lids or tugging at it can invite future lines, wrinkles and thinning of under eye skin. Our under eye skin is deficient in sweat and sebaceous glands that cause skin lubrication and have thinner pads of collagen and elastin with numerous capillaries. Eye area is thence sensitive and shows signs of wear and tear easily.

Solution: the dot-dash-dot technique of applying eyeliner is the best way to get a straight line without tugging and pulling.

Myth : If lots of black kohl is applied in the inner rims, eyes look bigger.

Buster : too much black kohl in the inner rims makes eyes look smaller and sometimes even tired with under eye circles accentuated. Bigger eye shapes can use this method to make their eyes smaller and elongated.

Solution : for small eyes especially apply black kohl on the lower lashline than the inner rims and then a beige or soft ivory white in the inner rims to create wide eyed look.

Myth : I need too much of blush so that I look bright and healthy. I have seen one woman doing this and she was a makeup artist and she was telling her friend to do so.

Buster : too much blush can make you look ridiculously stupid especially if its a very dark blush. Blush gone wrong could look like a bruise or an allergic rash.

Solution : apply blushes tastefully of course following the shape of your face. Avoid applying blush below an imaginary horizontal line drawn from the tip of the nose to the upper part of the ear lobes and from an imaginary vertical line drawn from the iris of the eye when looking straight ahead. This is the real topographical positioning of the blush and a perfect guide for amateur makeup users

Makeup is a constant learning process. Every new day that comes in the life of a makeup artist brings in a new trend, idea or inspiration and enables them to create masterpieces and inspire others. And that's why myths of makeup have to be busted as they get out of trend when time passes away and some ladies linger in that era.

Hope you like the article.

Till then,


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Metallic Glam!

I wanted to do some easy breezy makeup looks and add a touch of my own into the glamorous dressing and fashion for fall/winter. I know its all about choosing darker colors to compliment pale skins but adding some sparkle quotient is a must too.

Inspired from Tom Pecheux Modern Mercury look, I did an altered more wearable version of it using almost the same colors (of course from other brands). It is all about using metallic colors to contrast the matte fabrics and wools that are used during winters. In Mumbai winters would start soon and people would pull out those sweater and shawls....Gee I'm so excited!!

Lets get to the look,

  • Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15
  • Benefit Boing Concealer
  • Clinique Blended Face Powder
  • Clinique Blushing Blush in Smoldering Plum

  • MAC lipstick in Dubonnet applied as a lip stain and not full on.

  • UDPP on the entire lid.
  • MAC Daisychain eyeshadow used as a highlighter.
  • MAC Mothbrown eyeshadow used in crease and outer corners for definition.
  • MAC Pandamonium applied with a damp brush onto the upper lid middle area and also on the lower lid for metallic smoky lid.
  • A touch of MAC pigment in Frosted White in the inner corners (it looks silvery in the pictures)
  • Inner rims are traced with Clinique Kohl shaper for eyes in Black Kohl
  • Finish with oodles of Clinique High Impact Mascara only on the top lashes.

This is a dark glamour look and mostly suitable for evenings.

Hope you like it!

Till then,



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