Tuesday, December 30, 2008
So I've already revealed to you my obsession with Gossip Girl and now I'm a little embarrassed to say that I'm starting to get into The City, a spinoff of The Hills. The one good that has come out of this 1/2 hour waste of time is that I found an amazing way to make brown eyes pop, courtesy of The City star/New York socialite Olivia Palermo. Her makeup, especially eye makeup, is absolutely flawless on the show so I went hunting for some photos to replicate her look.
To make brown eyes pop:
1. Apply a mid-tone taupe (brown-gray color) like MAC Eye Shadow in Omega or MAC Eye Shadow in Patina to the eyelid. Build the intensity of the taupe shadow until your lids appear slightly darker than your normal skin tone.
2. Apply a medium brown shadow like MAC Eye Shadow in Cork lightly in the crease to contour.
3. Apply a shimmery gold shadow like MAC Eye Shadow in Ricepaper under the eyes from inner corner to outer corner.
4. Apply black liquid liner like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to the top lashline, winging the liner out just slightly at the outer edges of eyes.
5. Apply a dark brown pencil like MAC Technakohl Liner in Brownborder to the lower waterline of the eyes. To increase the drama, use black pencil.
6. Apply a lengthening and volumizing black mascara to both the top and bottom lashes, making sure to get the tiny inner and outer lashes. A trick to applying mascara to the lower lashes is to place a small piece of kleenex or toilet paper underneath the bottom lashes and apply mascara to the lashes over that.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
1. Brush your hair back and up into a high ponytail at the crown. Secure with a ponytail holder.
2. Take one to two inch pieces from the ponytail and pin the middle of the pieces to the crown, leaving the ends free. Continue until all parts of the ponytail are pinned up. If the ends of the hair that are pinned up look straggly, curl loosely with a curling iron.
3. Slide a metallic braided headband on. Go for colors that will complement everything in your wardrobe like, gold or silver. Try this cute gold headband on Ebay. Go for one or two or three headbands to achieve Sanaa's look and hold in place with pins. For Lopez's look, use a braided headband made from synthetic hair like this headband made by Braidies. Then, slide a simple headband in any color next to the synthetic braided headband.
Friday, December 12, 2008
The key to wearing coral in the winter is to go for a very rich hue, mixed with brown or bronze, as shown by Dayana above and Deepika below. The brighter coral hue that Bipasha wears works as well, although its slightly more suited to spring and summer.
How to wear it:
Mix coral with golds and bronze like Dayana to make your face glow.
1. Apply a gold shadow all over the eyelids. Apply a bronze shadow in the crease. Apply a dark brown or black eyeliner to line eyes and finish with black mascara.
2. Apply either a coral blush or bronzer to the cheeks (see product recommendations below). Apply a slight bit of gold highlighter to the cheekbones.
3. Apply a neutral colored lipliner to the lips. Fill in the lips with a coral hued lipstick or lip gloss (see product recommendations below).
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
On the other hand, you'll rarely see Gisele Bundchen, another beauty with small eyes, with tons of dark shadow on her eyes. In an Elle magazine interview (month unknown), Gisele gave the following advice on eye makeup, "If you're wearing smoky eye makeup, a little beige or gold pencil on the inner eye corners will open up the area, but you only want to do it if the shadow is really dark. Otherwise, light pencil makes your eyes look too far apart, like a fish. And I put black mascara on my top and bottom lashes because I have tiny little hamster eyes. With mascara, they seem larger."
True to her Elle interview, Gisele often keeps her eyes totally natural or if she does have eye makeup on, she applies light metallic shadows with tons of mascara. In the photo above, for example, Gisele has on a light gold shadow, black liquid liner on the upper lids only, a bit of brown liner on the bottom lids and black mascara.
Eyeshadows: Stick with light colored, shimmery shadows that light up your eyes and bring your eyes forward rather than causing them to recede. Cream (MAC Shadow in Shore Leave), champagne (MAC Shadestick in Shimmersand) and gold (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Gold) colored shadows are great neutrals to use for work or for going out. To add some color, peach (Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Golden Peach), light pink (NARS Shimmer Eye Shadow in Fathom), and lilac (NARS Eye Shadow in Night Fairy) colored shadows help break out of the neutral territory.
Eye Liner: Try using dark brown, gray or navy blue liner (try Bobbi Brown's Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Granite Ink or Cobalt Ink, for example) instead of black, as black tends to be a harsh color and surrounding the eyes in the black liner makes them look smaller. If you must use black liner, follow Gisele's lead and apply black liner on the upper lashline only and apply a dark brown pencil liner to the lower lashline.
Mascara: Any mascara that opens up the eyes works. Go with a formula that suits your lash needs, whether its lengthening, volumizing, or curling. Make sure to comb out your lashes to keep away any clumps and to open up your eyes.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Vitamin E Oil is an extremely concentrated oil that can be applied directly onto skin to quickly moisturize and heal chapped skin. The oil is used in tons of moisturizers and lotions that are on the market today - just check out the ingredients lists on these products and you'll see it!
Vitamin E Oil is thick and has no offensive smell. I simply dabbed the oil on the dry patches of my skin and blended into the skin. After using the oil once, the patches looked and felt significantly better. After using the oil for about three days, the dry patches were practically gone!
For extremely dry body skin, one can mix a little bit of the oil with regular body lotion and rub on for an extra moisturizing treat!
Vitamin E Oil is quite easy to find and can be purchased at numerous places online or at health food stores.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I've pretty much given up on the fact that I will ever get a body as perfect as the Victoria's Secret models now that the gym is a mere thought rather than a reality. However, that doesn't stop my fascination with the VS models' makeup. I scrutinize close-ups of the models' photos, hoping that their beauty secrets will pop out and reveal themselves...
Well, luckily, blogger friend Phyllis at Makeup For Life has the scoop on the makeup used at the Victoria's Secret fashion show for 2008 that took place a few weeks ago (the show will be aired the first week in December):
"The models' eyes were drenched in shimmery gold and brown eyeshadows like Silky Eyeshadow in Chills, Mystified, Behind the Sheets, and Champagne and lined with Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate." Per the video below, Starry Eyed Silky Eyeshadow was used all over the lid. "High Definition Mascara in Blackest Black was applied to both top and bottom to give the most luscious lashes."
And now check out this video on how to get the Victoria's Secret makeup look!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Fashion Insiders Peg India as the New Brazil
By SHEILA MARIKAR Nov. 25, 2008
They've been around since shortly after the beginning of time. But only now is the modeling world finally taking notice of Indian women, realizing their potential and versatility in selling high fashion.
The buzz in the industry claims India is the next Brazil, the country to comb to find a budding Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima. Lakshmi Menon, a Ford model, recently scored campaigns with Givenchy and Hermes. Kangana Dutta, newly signed with IMG, posed for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.
That Indian women embody style and beauty is not news. But according to Padma Lakshmi, the current "Top Chef" host whose past modeling work turned the industry's eye to the subcontinent, the so-called trend is a long time coming. "We're clearly having a moment," she said in a recent interview with ABCNews.com. "You're seeing more diversity in advertising, not just in the magazines, but also editorially. "When I started modeling, a lot of people didn't really know where I was from," she continued. "They were so unfamiliar with Indian faces that they didn't know if I was mixed, or Brazilian or Indonesian or maybe Hawaiian."
"A lot of times, when I would be booked on jobs for editorial, it would be a lot of ethnic clothing," Lakshmi added. "Or a photo shoot on an island or Morocco, or something ... many times, they would book me when they were looking for someone quote-unquote exotic. Now, we just have a broader definition of beauty."
It may not have the cache of France or Italy, but India has provided inspiration for fashion types for decades. Before emerging as a player in Indian politics in the 1960s and 70s, the princess Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur, was named in Vogue's "Ten Most Beautiful Women" list.
So, to Barney's creative director and "Eccentric Glamour" author Simon Doonan, it seems insulting that the industry is only now embracing Indian models in a big way. "We're talking about a country where women wear pink saris and jewels just to do ordinary tasks," Doonan said. "It seems like a no-brainer to me. I can't believe people are touting it as a new thing. Style and India are inseparable. Go to an Indian wedding, hello."
And frankly, times are tough. Mainstream designers and brands have to reach out to regions like Asia and the Middle East, whether they like it or not. The rising popularity of Indian models parallels the rising status of India as a global powerhouse, with a growing middle class of consumers who want to see themselves reflected in advertising and marketing. "I think as corporations look at their bottom lines, particularly now as our economy is failing, they're going to look to other countries for models," said Marvet Britto, founder of The Britto Agency, a New York-based PR and marketing firm. "Maybe Americans don't have money, but they sure have money in the United Arab Emirates, in China, in Korea."
Britto also believes the fact that President-elect Obama is of mixed race will force designers and brands to diversify, fast. "You're going to see more and more faces of color in advertising than we've ever seen, particularly now that we have a man of color in one of the most important offices in the world," she said. "Everyone's going to want to say, 'Hi, look at me, I'm diversifying.' Any company that doesn't diversify won't be seen as a forward thinking, progressive company."
As with any models of color, there's the danger of Indian models being typecast, posing in "exotic" clothing, as Lakshmi did, or landing campaigns only to have their beauty bashed in the name of mainstream appeal. (When Loreal first signed Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai to its roster of spokeswomen, the company dubbed her voice with a less-accented lilt for select American versions of her TV ads.) But Britto sees an end to all that.
"I don't believe that exotic people and exotic models should only model exotic clothes. That's like saying Americans can't eat exotic food. It would be shallow and ignorant for anyone to think that someone of exotic origin should be relegated to modeling only things that speak to their ethnicity," she said.
The time is ripe and the time is now. If a pop culture accustomed to all-American models like Cindy Crawford and Nikki Taylor was able to make household names out of Brazil's Bundchen and Russia's Natalia Vodianova, the Duttas and Menons of the world can catch on, too, if they put in the work.
Asked if she had any advice to offer up-and-coming Indian models, Lakshmi said, "Don't consider yourself an Indian model. Just consider yourself a model. And if it's harder for a brown face to get a cover, that just means you need to work harder to get it."
Photos via IMG and U.S. Vogue, December 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tell us about your beauty regime? I wash my face with Clinic DRX. My skin is oily and this face wash suits me best.
Must-do beauty ritual before leaving home? I never leave home without applying a light base sunscreen.
Home beauty tip? A mixture of sandalwood powder and rose water works wonders. I apply this pack at least once a week. It helps cool down the skin after exposure to sunlight.
A make-up tip? Too much liner and eye make-up makes you look older. One should use a heavy mascara with gloss instead.
Earthy tones or vibrant colours? Earthy tones enhanced with a good vibrant blush and lipstick.
A strict no-no? Using heavy make-up on the eyes and lips at the same time is a bad idea.
For what you visit Parlour? Hair. I love to pamper my tresses at a hair spa.
Your beauty wish-list? To be able to sleep more – it helps the skin glow.
Your best feature? My hair.
You pamper it with? I massage it twice a week with aroma oils and even use leave-in hair products.
Beauty icon? Catherine Zeta Jones
A brand you love? There are two, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
Can't stay without? Lip balm
Beauty quick fix? I rub cucumber slices and ice cubes on my face. It's a great wake me up ritual.
Bedtime ritual? I cleanse my skin with a make-up and eye make-up remover. I follow it with an overnight cream and an under eye cream.
How do you tackle a bad hair day? After shampooing, I use a serum and a leave-in conditioner. It makes the hair soft and easier to manage.
The secret to good lips? A mix of lip gloss with drops of lip plumper.
Your Beauty message? Age gracefully or I want to age gracefully.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Take a chunk of hair in the front, about the width of your eyebrows. Tease in the back for a pouf and pin in front of the crown. Curl the ends of the hair loosely - no tight Shirley Temple curls here.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Priyanka Chopra is just sizzling in her latest ad for Nokia, and we've been getting lots of how-to requests for both her "just rolled out of bed" look and her "clubbing with the girls" look.
I normally cut to the chase and just start listing the makeup colors, but I have to say, the best thing about her look in this ad is her hairstyle - a fabulous, care-free, blunt-cut bob which she can wear either with a center part, or a sultry side part. This is such a good cut for her, and very much like the one Gwyneth Paltrow has been wearing in Hollywood. Nicely threaded eyebrows to frame the face are also an absolute plus.
Next up, she's not wearing much complicated makeup in either of her looks, and I'm sure most of you already have many of the shades used to create them. Here's my take on how to get Priyanka's looks:
Just Rolled Out of Bed
Makeup here is at an absolute minimum. Concealer to hide the under eye circles, and a little tinted moisturizer (if you need it, if you already have clear skin, skip it) and the face is ready. Put a hint of a natural looking blush on the apples of the cheeks, like Bobbi Brown Blush in Slopes, dusting a little on your chin and the sides of the forehead as well. For the lips, I recommend Bobbi Brown's Heather Beige lipliner. Put some chapstick on your lips first so the lipliner can glide more easily and then line and fill in your lips. If your lips are highly pigmented and you still don't get that "natural nude" lip color from lipliner alone, try swiping a semi-matte lipstick on top, like Bobbi Brown's Heather Buff lipstick. (Darker skin tones, try MAC Mystic lipstick.)
Priyanka's Night Look
After prepping with concealer and foundation that matches your skin, rub on a golden beige cream eyeshadow onto your lids. My picks, either MAC Shadestick in Beige-ing OR Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Malted. Glide it on from your lashline to your crease and blend with your fingers to even the color out.
Line the upper lashline with jet black cream/gel eyeliner, like Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, apply false lashes if you have them, (if not, skip it, I'm not that great with falsies either) and pile on the black mascara on the top lashes only. Putting mascara only on the upper lashes is a trick that gives you the illusion of false lashes without the extra effort.
For the cheeks, use MAC Mocha blush, dusting lightly just under cheekbones.
Line and fill the lips with MAC Stripdown lipliner and top with MAC Oh Baby! lipglass. (If Stripdown washes you out, try a darker nude color, like Bobbi Brown's lipliner in Cocoa).
That's pretty much it to get her lovely look in the red dress. :)
On a side note, I know I'm heavily pimping the Bobbi Brown and MAC colors all the time (peppered with shout-outs to Clinique), but these are the lines most readily available to me at my mall, and seem to cater most to women of color. I must say though, that I've become much more of a Bobbi Brown devotee as of late. I was telling Kohl Girl this morning about an old saying among us beauty junkies; that many of us start out being crazy about everything MAC and as we get older and more experienced with makeup, we start switching over to Bobbi Brown. I used to think Bobbi's colors were too "sober" when I was in my 20's, but now that I'm in my 30's, they're just perfect for me. My current foundation, concealer, favorite makeup brushes and lipsticks are all BB these days.
Speaking of Bobbi Brown (as if I haven't plugged it enough) be sure to try out the following lipsticks from the new Metallic Lip Color Collection: Beige Gold and Berry. The Beige Gold is formulated so well it looks good on every skin tone, from the fairest to the duskiest of ladies. I love this for evening looks with a nude beige lipliner. The Berry is another one-color-suits-all shade, the perfect pink berry color for the evening (or day, why not?). And don't hesitate to ask for samples of these lippies to take home and try at the Bobbi Brown counter. They usually give you samples when you buy something, but a purchase is never necessary to get a sample. Just ask, and you shall receive.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Cosmo India's November picks:
1. YSL Golden Gloss - YSL makes high quality makeup and I imagine these lip glosses are no exception. The glosses, all containing gold flecks, are a beach vacation in a tube!
2. Revlon Custom Creations Foundation - This is the foundation touted by Jess Alba in all those commercials. I've never tried it but hey, if its good enough for her, its good enough for me! Readers - if you've tried this foundation, let us know what you think!!
3. The Body Shop Sparkle Range - I live around the block from The Body Shop but rarely go in...these eye shadow palettes are making me seriously reconsider that. The colors are gorgeous, especially the warm range.
4. Lakme Bridal Sutra - The jewel toned shadows and lip glosses in sapphire and ruby would look gorgeous on eyes and lips. I'd rethink the gold lipstick though unless it was used on top of a dark red lip to add some dimension.
5. Manish Arora Eye Palette - Pop culture colors, just like Manish Arora's clothing, in one palette. Definitely for the daring...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I love Cologne's hair twist to jazz up stick straight hair. Starting at the front of the hair and from one side of your the part, begin twisting a one inch piece of hair from the roots to the tip. Do the same with a one inch piece of hair from the other side of the part. Join both pieces of hair at the back of the head with a small rubber band. This style looks equally pretty with a side part or a middle part.The little hair twist that Lindsay Price wears to the side is lovely but simple. Taking a small chunk of hair at the front, split it into two and twist it loosely a few times. Pin loosely to the back of the head, hiding the pin under the rest of your hair. This style looks so pretty on soft waves like Lindsay's or even super curly hair.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
A big thanks to our lovely reader, Geeko for sending us the picture! Enjoy.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Such a time is now and such a celebrity is the beautiful Geeta Basra (did you know that this Bollywood actress is actually born and bred in the U.K.?!). This lady really is beautiful but dang, she went nuts with the bronzer for a recent event.
Geeta loaded way too much bronzer on her cheeks and jawline to the point where her face looks slightly ruddy. The beauty of bronzer is too look "glowy" and "sunkissed," definitely not sunburnt in a George Hamilton sort of way.
So if you're having a bit of trouble of bronzer, make sure to pick the right color bronzer (stay away from those that are too reddish bronze or orange bronze) and sweep it on lightly with a fan brush which helps control the amount you deposit on the face.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Even better, it looks like Mahima Chaudhary, below, decided to forego her usual pageant curls for a slightly edgier haircut with long bangs and layers.
It can be hard to say goodbye to old styling habits (especially when Bollywood remains stuck in a style rut itself), so kudos to the ladies who mix things up once in a while!