Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Makeup shoot!!

Recently I had a chance to work with talented photographer Adrian Gomes and a super-famous model Jaslene Gonzalez. It was a concept shoot where is Adrian wanted to create the looks of a woman who goes through different phases of life and potrait her surreal persona. It was quite a creative shoot and the model was very pretty and cooperative. Know more about Jaslene here.

Here's what we did and came out with.....

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Photography - by Adrian Gomes
Styling and Hair - by Shane Lonen
Makeup - by Neeraj S Navare for

Lets see how to do this happy makeup look..........

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Naked Strangers Inspired!!

This is an inspirational post with sources taken from the Illamasqua's Summer collection called Naked Strangers.I know there are variants and the model does look different when she gives a side pose, but I have considered the picture shown below.
For the entire post on Illamasqua's Naked Strangers please click here.
This look can get as bold as you want and it will still have a glamorous charm.

This look is an easy smokey eye and can be applied in varied intensities as per required.
So lets see how to do this look..................................................

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer duet : Coral Crush!!

For the last runner in the Summer Duet series (which would again start next year) I wanted to apply an eyeshadow which I have never used before. I have never done a look with 'coral' eyeshadow although I have used it on eyes, especially in the crease. For the inquisitve, I have used a darker eye liner (black) so that the coral color does not make my eyes look irritated. This is a trick one must use if they are apply pinks or corals or reds on eye lids.

These colors are from the BH cosmetics 88 Tropical eyeshadow palette and although its a huge palette I stayed with my promise and used only 2 eyeshadows. (eye liner is not calculated as eyeshadow. LOL).

Although in the pictures it looks a bit pink, its still a coral eyeshadow. I was awed with the fact that how a Coral color could look pink when shot under tubelight light which is a fluorescent light. If it was sunlight, I guess the orange part would have looked obvious.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Duets - Steal the teal!!

I always wanted to do a 'teal' liner. Eyes the ones from Chambor but somehow never bought them. Always thought that they were too dark and stark for brown eyes and it would not brighten the eyes and never bought them.
While perusing through NYX retractable pencils and slide on liners, I came across the shimmery bright teal that I always wanted and quickly picked up this color.

Its like creating a solo post with 'Teal' liner as the main focus of the look. Btw this is one of the second last summer duets that I will be doing till the end of June.
If you have beautiful brown, hazel or ebony eyes, this is the color for you. It enhances the eyes giving it a 'Power eye' effect and the contrasting inky black lashes can awaken any complexion. So this is a must try product as the pencil did last (when I used it on a model the other day).

Lets see how to do this look.....

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guest post : How to find the perfect Cosmetic Dentist

This is a guest post from Top Dentists. It is about cosmetic dentistry and what should one do to get a procedure done. They highlight on relevant points that could act as a source of knowledge for anyone pursuing to do so.
Please read....

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Duets - the Caribbean Queen!!

Monsoons are soon to start in India and I have a back up of three summer duet looks to come. This is inspired by the turquoise blue Caribbean sea and the fauna around. A matte aubergine purple meets a soft shimmery turquoise pearl, glamorous enough to add beautiful accents to eyes and easy enough to be done in just few steps.

To create this super easy look, I used BH cosmetics palettes, the 88 Tropical Shimmer palette and the Jenni Rivera eyeshadow and blush palette.
So lets see, how to do this look.......

Thursday, June 14, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow review...........

Gone are the days when there was time to dress up like a boudoir, or when women had a lot of time to look after themselves. In today's busy world everyone including makeup artists have to look for faster solutions to look glamorous. L'Oreal answered that difficult question by releasing a platter of lovely eyeshadows that are not only long lasting and water proof but also incredibly easy to apply and they promise not to budge.

Presenting the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows.............I got 3 colors (would be buying all of them sooner or later) Forever Pink, Hourglass Beige and All Night blue...

Formulated to stay longer, these silicone based eyeshadows are no less than genius. I would call them an affordable replica to Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows, with almost the same effect but less complexity of the former. Giorgio Armani loooks expensive in packaging and quite complex shade wise and these colors look like a cheap substitute for those who can afford.

They are proven to last for 24 hrs which I did not try out but till the time I tried it did a wonderful job. I had the honor to apply Hourglass Beige on Avantika Mallik with a touch of Forever Pink as well (but I guess I havent mentioned that). What I don't like about L'Oreal is that they sometime treat us differently and unfairly compared to their American counterparts who get a lot more products to enjoy. (L'Oreal didn't even bother to launch HIP in India).

The Infallible eyeshadows come in a plastic casing with silver imprints and details about the company et al. The plastic casing is unboxed and can be a bit tacky to look at, but at the price of 450 INR one cannot expect miracles. 
The texture of these eyeshadows is mentioned as 'loosely bound pigments' which means there are certain binding agents but the eyeshadow is not pressed. To keep the product from running hither thither, the company has provided a plastic guard which presses upon the color to hold the loose pigments. That was very thoughtful, smart and futuristic idea of packaging pigments in order to save spillage et al.
The eyeshadows are extremely easy to carry and come in a wide array of shades out of which I will be mentioning the three below. 

I have purpose taken the images in a lower light exposure to show the true color inspite of the flash. You can see how brilliantly it swatches in just one swipe.

So let's see some details about each color and some looks I did exclusively with these colors.....

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Makeup Story!

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Photographer - Shilpa Mukerji (blog)
Stylist and Model - Tia Paranjape
Makeup - Neeraj Navare for
Hair - Ayesha Devitre

I got to work with an amazing group of ladies to conjure up another beautiful and flattering makeup to exhibit a collection (whose details I cannot give.)

So lets see how to get Tia's natural makeup look (products mentioned within the look).......

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee....a tribrid in the making!!

Although late in reviewing, I guess I will do enough justice to this review. When people were crazy buying NARS and all sorts of stuff from online sites and bragging about it, there was a hidden gem found by me. Immediately I and Rashmi of Indya beauty got this and trust me, we would have regretted if we didn't have it.

Estee Lauder's Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee in Modern Mercury is not a new launch. It just took its well deserved time and patience to hit the Indian shores and trust me, it did with a bang.

(Btw the box and the packaging is pathetically prone to finger prints)

I bought this uber chic product from Estee Lauder Store at Palladium for 2712 INR.
It comes in their signature Estee Lauder glossy navy blue box with a luxurious EL imprint in a shiny blue. The golden print over the box truly feels rich and gives a touch of understated elegance, something what Estee Lauder is known for.

The case is a plastic case in golden color with Estee Lauder embossed on it. Not only is it elegant and luxurious looking, it is also sturdy and practical.

I would explain this highlighter as a shell pink champagne iridescent pearl that add highlights to any part of the face wherever used. The intensity is buildable and can go from a subtle aura to really intense dramatic results by just adding a couple of brush strokes.
It certainly gives an appearance of POLISHED SKIN.

The formula of this product can be a bit tricky to categorize. It looks like a hybrid or a tribrid between a powder, a jelly and a cream highlighter. It feels like a refridgerated chocolate mousse or cheese cake in texture. To elaborate the explanation, I would share my points,
  • On appearance it looks a powder but is designed in such a way that if feels like it is moving in the case.
  • On touching the product, it feels like jelly. That means, the surface is smooth and slippery and so soft that you could burrow your finger into the powder.
  • When applied on the face it looks like a creamy highlighter. It does not have the heaviness of a powder product and looks as if it is floating on the skin.

There is a sponge tip applicator provided with it and is of good quality. But like all other applicators that I know of, provided in the casing, this one has limited usage. I would specifically not recommend it to highlight the face subtly as it does pick up a lot of product although it diffuses it very well.
The best part of all the talking about the review is that, even after heavy application or swatching, the fish scaled embossing on the product went through minimal damage and defacement. The formula is intense on pigments and I would advice a light hand and layering than an aggressive digging within.

So lets see how to use this highlighter....

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


This look is inspired from a series of Lisa Eldridge videos that showed an influence of a beautiful smokey eye with coppery sparkles. Instead of the classic look what Lisa Eldridge did, I opted for reddened bronze sparkles and some gold sparkles in the inner corners.

I was also inspired by smelting of metals and the splinters that fly hither thither. Hope this one makes sense. Btw I must say that the glitter I have used is dirt cheap and yet photographs immensely well.

So lets see how to do this look.............

Just another NATURAL makeup!

This is a breather from some of the dramatic looks that would be coming in the month of JUNE. Its a warm neutral eye makeup that can be modified from day to night with just a simple liner. Also I have drawn few lines hither thither to create a masquerade like effect getting inspired from Val Garland and Alex Box.

This is a natural and beautiful makeup that can enhance any eye color and add a feel ranging from casual to formal.

I have used the Urban Decay NAKED palette to create this look. The shadows marked with star have been used. This is a palette that I use sparingly with the fear that it would get over. LOL

So lets see how to do this look........................ 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

5 Must buys for MAY - What I bought!

For those who remember this post, it is re-published. I'll be sharing all the products that I got in MAY along with the mentioned ones.

With April being a very busy month, I am happy to get a breather for MAY and do a beauty travelling to see some amazing stuff out there.This month I am inspired by a lot many things to jot down to just '5'. But thats the fun as you struggle within your mind and fight and try to decide with the best products out there. Anyway....

Most of the products I am writing or talking about have been already launched internationally and I am sure everyone has read rave reviews of them everywhere. Unfortunately due to their late arrival on Indian shores they did become a hassle to look for but now since I have found them, they inspire me even more.You can also read about the month of MAY by clicking on the link here. Its quite interesting.

So lets see what are the must buys..... this MAY 2012.......

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Simply Green!

This look is a monochromatic green look using cooler green to enhance eyes. I wanted to use one of the new NYX Slide on pencils I got and there wasn't a better reason to do so than this.

Why love Green eyeshadow?
  • Green as a color is very soothing and cooling to look at. (with certain exceptions)
  • It enhances the color of the irises that are brown or hazel, making the eyes pop.
  • Green is very wearable and not OTT.
  • There are a million shades and options available.
Anyways lets see, how to do the look......

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Celeb Makeup : Avantika Malik Khan

Photograph Courtesy The Daily Honey

I was lucky enough thanks to Tia Paranjape , Fashion Stylist to work on a makeup job for Imran Khan's wife, Avantika Malik (Extreme Left). I was told to do a simply elegant and beautiful red carpet makeup that flattered Avantika's Emerald one shoulder Badgeley Mischka dress. I looked at enhancing her natural radiant glow and making her red carpet beautiful.

These are the products that I used,

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
  • Estee Lauder Nutritious Moisture Cream
  • Clarins Instant Smooth Perfect Touch primer 
  • Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer
  • Lancome Teint Miracle #03
  • Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer #04
  • Benefit Boing Industrial Strength Concealer 02
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
  • Clinique Fresh Bloom All over color in Peony
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
  • Bourjois Khol and Contour liner in Ultra black
  • L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige
  • Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Quad in Spicy
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Gel liner in Black
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Lengthening Mascara
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
  • Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipstick in 202 Beige Tulle
  • Clinique Long last lipgloss SPF 15 in Airy Kiss

Hope you enjoy the look!
Thanks to Avantika, Tia and Ayesha.
Hairstylist : - Ayesha Devitre

Till then,


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