Monday, April 28, 2008

Bollywood Beauties at the 2008 Zee Cine Awards

Our favorite desi actresses stepped out in style last night for the Zee Cine Awards and they (and their makeup) never looked better! Pinks, mauves, bronzes and corals all came out in full force at the awards show, demonstrating that spring is definitely in the air!

Raima pulled off a cool, half black-half navy eye makeup look. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery white shadow such as MAC Shadow in Rite of Spring to the lids. Draw a thick line with black liner such as MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved on the top lash lines. Draw a thick line with navy liner such as MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Prussian to the bottom lash lines. Use a shadow smudger to smudge corners of the lines together. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Apply a shimmery rose blush to the cheekbones such as NARS Blush in Mata Hari. Highlight cheekbones with NARS Highlighting Powder Blush in Albatross.

Lips: Apply a dark rose gloss such as NARS Lip Gloss in Dolce Vita.

Anupama wore a toned down makeup look with smokey brown eyes and nude lips. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery light wood brown color such as Guerlain Tajine Metal Shadow in Blonde Metal all over the lid. Apply a darker coffee brown color such as Guerlain Tajine Metal Shadow in Brunette Metal to the outer corner of the lid, the bottom lashline and the crease. Line only the upper and lower waterline of the eyes with a black eye pencil such as MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony.

Cheeks: Apply a deep berry shimmer blush such as NARS Blush in Sin to the cheeks.

Lips: Apply a pinkish nude lipstick such as NARS Lipstick in Napoli. Blend the edges of the lipstick into the lips.

Dia wore my favorite beauty look of the night. Its all about the GLOW! Her features and skin are, quite simply, flawless and exquisite!! To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery white shadow (if fair skinned) such as Shiseido Hydro-power Shadow in Whitelights or champagne shadow (if tan or dark skinned) such as MAC Eye Shadow in Retrospeck all over the lid to the brow bone. Apply a rose gold shadow such as Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in IR Pink 100 in the crease. For Dia's feline eye shape, use black liquid liner (my favorite is Shu Uemura Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black) close to the lashes and flick up the line slightly at the outer corner. To soften the look, apply a dark brown liner (not black) such as MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee to the bottom lashes from inner corner to outer corner.

Cheeks: Apply a rose pink cream blush such as NARS Multiple in Riviera (for fairer skin tones) or Antibes (for tan to darker skin tones) to the apples of the cheeks. The cream texture will help achieve the glowy look Dia has. Top the cheekbones with a little highlighting poweder such as NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross.

Lips: Apply a petal pink lip gloss such as NARS Lip Gloss in Sweet Dreams or Tempest.

Body: Dia's skin shimmers from a sparkly body spray such as Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray. Just be careful not to go overboard with it!

Shilpa's pretty mauve toned makeup gives her a fresh spring appearance. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a lilac colored eye shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Crystal all over the eyelid. Apply a silver gray shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Silver Ring in the crease. Apply the same silver gray shadow to upper and lower lashlines by wetting a brush and dipping in the shadow for a softer look. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Apply a bronzer such as NARS Bronzer in Laguna in the contours of the cheek and a pink blush such as MAC Blush in Fleur Power on the apples of the cheek.

Lips: Apply a creamy plummy pink lipstick such as MAC Lipstick in Sequin.

Kareena switched up her usual makeup for a deep bronze, I-just-vacationed-in-Miami- look. She could have toned down the bronzer a bit as it verges on the orange, but the look works as she focuses on shimmery skin and keeps her eyes and lips muted. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a glistening, gold cream shadow such as Laura Mercier Eye Colour Pot in Solid Gold all over the lid. Line the upper and lower lashlines with a dark brown eye pencil such as MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Sweep a shimmery bronzer such as Guerlain Terracotta Africa Rhythm Pearly Sun Powder over cheekbones. Sweep a matte bronzer such as Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer up onto temples and down over the jawline. (Note: Avoid using the shimmery bronzer all over the face to avoid looking like a disco ball!) Apply a highlighting cream in a champagne color such as NARS Multiple in Copacabana to add dimension to the facial features.
Lips: Apply a shimmery bronze lip gloss such as Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bronze.
Lara went for coral tones to complement her tan skin tone. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery copper shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Mythology all over lids. Line eyes with a black liner such as MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved. Take a felt eye smudger and softly blur the liner into the shadow.

Cheeks: Apply a coral-toned bronzer such Laura Mercier Coral Bronzer Bronzing Duo (mix the two together) as to the cheeks.

Lips: Apply a deep coral lip gloss such as Christian Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Coral Lame 337.

Deepika went for a mod, edgy look with black, white and pink eyes and chalky pink lips...I'm personally not loving the lips as it verges on becoming Gauri Khan's Proenza Pink Lip Nightmare, but kudos to the model/actress for taking risks. To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a very light pink shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Pink Freeze on the lids. Use a chubby black eye pencil such as Benefit Bad Gal Eye Pencil to line the entire eye from corner to corner. Apply a very thick, sooty black mascara such as Christian Dior Dior Show Mascara in Blackout. Create strong eyebrows by filling in sparse brows with a cream/powder brow kit such as Benefit Brow Zing in 03 Dark.
Cheeks: Apply a warm pink blush such as MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix to balance out the pale pinks on the eyes and lips.

Lips: Try not to go too pale with the lips. Try MAC Lipstick in Angel (for fairer skin tones) or Lovelorn (for more tan tones).

Friday, April 25, 2008

Estee Lauder Lip Shaping Pencils

Estee Lauder has decided to reinvent a cosmetic that one wouldn't normally think to tamper with. Yet given the past few years' craze for lip gloss over lipstick, the Estee Lauder Lip Shaping Pencil is actually pretty intelligent product that can work in a variety of ways.
The pencils, which are meant for lining lips before applying gloss, go on very smoothly and silkily. The pencils can be used under lipsticks as a lighter alternative to regular lip liners. They can also be used on their own due to a fairly good color pay off. Finally, because the pencils apply so smoothly, in a pinch, they can be used as a creamy blush.

The pencils come in four colors, two pinks, one rose and one brown/pink. My favorite colors are the latter two, Sheer Cafe Rose (pictured above) and Sheer Tera, both perfect for a natural lip for all skin tones.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Steal the Look: Padma Lakshmi

Whether its hosting Top Chef or out partying, one of the things I love about Padma Lakshmi's beauty look is that it is very natural and very easy to achieve in a matter of minutes. There's no fake lashes or big hair for this lovely lady. At the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party a few days ago, Padma kicked up her natural look a notch with creamy, mauve lips and light lavender shadow that looks gorgeous on dark eyes.

To get the look:

Eyes: The eyes are the focus here. Prepare eyes with a good priming lotion such Urban Decay Eyeshadow Priming Potion to make the light colored shadow adhere and show up well. Apply a bright lavender shadow such as MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris from lashes to crease on the top lid, in the inner corners of the eyes and also under the eyes. Use a shadow with more shimmer for more drama and less shimmer for a more muted look. Blend out the edges well for a seamless look. Padma wears very little eyeliner in these photos so only line top lids with a black liner such as MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved. If you want a more dramatic look in which case you can line both the top lid and the bottom waterline. Finish with mascara.

Cheeks: Lightly apply a muted, plum blush such as MAC Blush in Breath of Plum such to the apples of the cheeks.

Lips: Line lips with a neutral liner and fill in lips with a soft mauve shade such MAC Lipstick in Midimauve so as to complement the shadow.

Note: No matter what brands/products you use, the key with using a bright lavender shadow like Padma's is keeping the rest of the colors on the face in the same purple color family to tie the look together. Avoid mixing in too much pink and brown and definitely no reds or oranges!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ren F10 Enzymatic Skin Smoothing Mask

A few weeks ago, I went searching around the internet for a face mask to repair the havoc that this winter has created on my face. Luckly, I found Ren F10 Enzymatic Skin Smoothing Mask, a gel mask that actually delivers what it claims.

The mask is formulated with Papaya rich in Papain (an enzyme that exfoliates away dead skin cells), Barbados Cherry (rich in vitamin C) and Arctic Blackcurrant (rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids)....basically, all the good stuff for your skin!

After just one use of the mask, my face was much smoother and more even toned. The enzymes in the mask works wonderfully to exfoliate away the small bumps on my face (especially the nose area) brought on by a build-up of oil, pollution and a bad diet choices. I only use the mask two times a week as it works as an exfoliator.

This is a great mask for individuals with normal, combination or oily skin, especially women who experience roughness and small bumps from time to time (those with acne should be careful with the enzymes). The mask does not have any harsh side effects such as tingling or tightening - in fact, I could barely tell it was working until I washed it off. An added plus of the mask is its smell - there is no chemical scent, just a fruity, papaya smell that reminds me of dried fruit!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Olay Quench: Lotion vs. Mousse

Following on the heels of its very moisturizing Quench Body Lotion, Olay has come out with Quench Mousse. The theory behind the mousse formula is that it is a much lighter form of the lotion, perfect for an upcoming, hot and humid summer.
Having loved the Quench Body Lotion, I had high expectations for the mousse. At first, I enjoyed the texture of Quench Mousse on my skin. The product has the same exact feel as hair mousse. The problem comes after the application. My skin tends to be in on the dry side and Quench Mousse is not as moisturizing as its lotion counterpart. Further, the application leaves an unenjoyable sticky feel on the skin...I imagine this stickiness would only get worse in humid weather.

The bottomline is to stick with the Quench Body Lotion which, although not particularly groundbreaking or creative, completes the basic goal of moisturizing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

MAC Shadestick in Sharkskin, Love It!

I had never heard of MAC's Shadesticks ($16.50) until a friend of mine sent me the link to this video, an excellent makeup tutorial on how to get Britney Spear's "Slave 4 You" eyemakeup look. The artist in the video uses MAC's Shadestick in Sharkskin both as a base colour, and as a liner, neat eh?

I love multipurpose products like this, so I decided to go check it out for myself. Shadesticks are basically creamy eyeshadow sticks that you apply like a crayon, and they never need sharpening. They come in an array of colors, but clearly the best shade to get, no matter what your skin tone, is the Sharkskin. MAC describes this color as a "Swimming sharp polished grey" and I'd say that's pretty accurate. I've been using this as a liner on my upper lid with mascara for an everyday look. It's a nice change from the basic black or brown kohl I usually use. For night, if I want to do a smokey eye, I line both upper and lower lashes with it, fill in my entire eyelid with the color, and apply a dark shadow on top. You could swing the shadestick alone for a smokey eye, but I think it looks much better if you put a powder shadow (or a combination of colors) on top of it. The artist in the featured video uses MAC eyeshadow in Blue Absinth, which is a fabulous shade on anyone, especially brown eyed beauties. But, I've found it also looks good with MAC Sketch eyeshadow for a plummy twist on the smokey eye. Play with it, I think this shadestick can give most any color in your makeup collection a whole new twist.

Note: The shadestick, once applied, has good lasting power and won't start running or creasing after a few hours, but will come off if you rub your eyes. It also washes off easily with soap and water, which is a plus or minus depending on your needs.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Vogue India, April 2008: Beauty Picks and Style Icons of Bollywood Stars

I came across a few Vogue India scans from the April 2008 issue so I thought I would share them with you ladies since the magazine itself is hard to come by here in the U.S.

Vogue India April Beauty Picks:

1. Lakme Tropical Island Nail Polish 024 - a pretty light gold shade but Lakme is probably only available in India.

2. Versace Eye Shadow Duo V2026-02 - Two blue hues, a sky blue and ocean blue, that would look gorgeous on tanned skin.

3. Azzaro Blue Charm Eau de Toilette

4. Dior Bronze Self-tanner Natural Glow - I have never used tanner in my life but for women of color it may be a good option if your skin is uneven in color.

5. Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Eye Palette - I have been wanting to try this palette for a while. It seems like a great choice for summer with both neutrals and cool blues.

6. Estee Lauder Amber Bronze Cool Bronze Loose Powder

7. YSL Palette Mustique - a palette with an array of absolutely gorgeous colors. It is sure to look great on a variety of skin tones.

8. Aromatica Shower Gel

9. L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Holographic Lipgloss Caramel

10. Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean Body Shimmer with Puff

11. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock High Shine Perfecting Glosser

12. Shiseido Sun Protection Cream - Shiseido has, hands down, some of the best sun protection lotions for face and body. A must if you are looking for one that doesn't make you break out.

13. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Veil

Vogue India also did a cute article on female Bollywood stars' favorite Hollywood actresses. Some of the ladies' favorites seem spot on while others are a little strange!
Bipasha Basu: "I think singer Rihanna is very cool. She's fit, fun, spunky, and trendy - very today. I love her hair in particular, and the way she changes it so often." Not a surprising choice from Bipasha as she is probably one of the only Bollywood actresses that takes some risks once in a while with her appearance...could this be the reason for her "Posh" bob a few months ago?
Urmila Matondkar: "Undoubtedly Nicole Kidman for her eternal charm, grace and style, but above all, her dignity, without which the rest would mean nothing." This is an odd one, in my opinion, as Urmila dresses more like Jennifer Lopez than Nicole Kidman.
Sameera Reddy: "Jennifer Lopez is the first name that comes to mind. I really respect her. She reinvents herself constantly and her style always looks effortless. She never has a 'bad' clothes day."
Vidya Balan: "I love Jennifer Aniston's understated style. Whether she's wearing an evening gown, work clothes or jeans and a tank top, they all look like a second skin on her. She looks comfortable in whatever she is wearing and that's what makes her stylish." Is it just me, or does Vidya slightly resemble Jennifer in facial features?
Gul Panag: "Salma Hayek because her style is that of a woman who's happy to be one, while most are trying to hold on to girlhood. Her style is feminine and sexy. She has a great body and is very comfortable in it." This an odd one as well since Salma does dress super sexy while Gul dresses more sweet...but maybe our style icons don't necessarily match up to the way we dress in reality?
Kangana Raut: "I admire Kate Moss's style because she is so effortlessly cool." Not a surprising choice, since Kangana is also a risk taker, like Kate.
Ayesha Takia: "I admire Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez for their style, espcially Lopez's ponchos, hoop earrings and sungleses. It is a very cool look. Of the younger starts, Lindsay Lohan's look is closest to my style."
Lara Dutta: "I admire Cate Blanchett because her style is very distinctive old-school Hollywood glamour. She has both class and poise." Lara is a gorgeous woman, but desperately needs help in the style department. I hope Cate provides plenty of inspiration for her!!
Tanisha: "It would have to be Audrey Hepburn and Catherine Zeta-Jones because they are classically elegant and timeless."

Kim Kardashian Blogs About Her Makeup Secrets

Previously this year, we blogged about some of pretty Kim Kardashian's makeup products that she uses on a daily basis. Now, on her own official website, Kim was cool enough to share some more products that she uses to complete her looks. I've cut and pasted her post below for those of you that admire her smokey eye, nude lip look. The concealer, foundation and powder Kim uses obviously won't suit everyone, but I think she has some great picks for cheeks, eyes and lips that a wide variety of skin tones can use (and you'll have to get past some of her spelling/grammatical mistakes though!).

"Okay, this is going to be a long post because I absolutely love makeup! And I mix so many different kinds.

Here we go... Just so everyone knows, my make up artist Stephen Moleski has pretty much taught me everything I know.Remember that everyone's color is different so please ask someone at the store where you purchase your makeup what works for you. Even if you think we have the same skin coloring, our tones can be different and I don't want anyone to waste money on concealer or foundation colors that aren't absolutely perfect!
STEP 1: I always start with a clean face. Then I put on Intuit 'Photo Shoot.' Intuit is a great company and I love the names of their products. Photo Shoot is a make up primer. I put it on after my moisturizer, which basically is like a moisturizer that will fill the pours on your face which will help set the foundation so it will last longer.

STEP 2: I use Cle De Peau concealer stick (it's super expensive, but works for me). It comes in two colors, I use Ocre, which is the darker of the two. I also use M.A.C. concealer (which comes in a little pot) if I run out of Cle de Peau. Everyone's color is different but I use NW25. I put the concealer under my eyes because I absolutely hate dark circles! I also use concealer to cover up blemishes!

STEP 3: After I put the concealer on I put on Make Up Forever liquid foundation. I mix one pump of No. 5 and two pumps of No. 4. I also have No. 3 for the winter time when I am really pale. I mix the foundations to get the perfect color. I blend them with the coolest make up brush. Its the M.A.C. brush No. 180.

STEP 4: Since I hate dark circles, after the foundation, I put on a little more concealer just under my eyes since the foundation makes it darker under my eyes. I use a lighter concealer from M.A.C. NW30 in a little lipstick tube-looking container and I select 'moisture cover.'

STEP 5: To set the foundation I lightly brush on with a big powder brush M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC 30, then to make me a little tanner I lightly brush on M.A.C. Powder NW 45.

STEP 6: Now its blush time! I'm obsessed with blush! I use a color called Gingerly to warm me up and give me a little color and then add a pink color called Cheek to give me rosey cheeks. I just started getting into cream blush and find it works a lot better and lasts a lost longer.

STEP 7: Time for the eyes! My favorite part! I first put down a M.A.C. Paint pot in a light color that matches my skin called Painterly. I just use my finder and put enough onto cover the lid. This creamy shadow makes it so that the powder eye shadow does not crease. Like, if you wear make up all day you will see that the eye shadow begins to crease and get oily, but if you put this paint color down first it won't! I love cream shadow and use the color cream pots too! I love colored shadow; so it depends on the color depend of shadow I plan to wear: If it's black smokey I use Carbon by M.A.C.; if its grey smokey I use Knight Divine or Print; if it's bown smokey I use Embark by M.A.C. I love a fresh shimmery look as well and use M.A.C. Pigment called Tan. Its so pretty! I love bright colors for eye make up! I absolutely love Make Up Forever and don't think anyone does pigment colors better than them. So again, depending on what color you feel like wearing, go look at Make Up Forever's colors to choose from.

STEP 8: I always use black pencil eyeliner. My favorite is Stilla black pencil.

STEP 9: Now its mascara time! Putting on mascara completes the look, but I have it when I mess up and get it on my eye lid and mess up the eye shadow. I used to use Lancome Hypnose, and still do, but I recently started to use M.A.C. Zoom mascara -- which is amazing! I take my time and put coat after coat. I love to layer mascaras so I will probably start with the M.A.C. Zoom and then put Lancome Hypnose on top. I always use a seperator brush to seperate my lashes. I am completely clueless on how to put false lashes on, so I only wear them for photo shoots sometimes.

STEP 10: The final touch is putting on lipstick! I usually use M.A.C. Lipliner called Stripdown (I use it very lightly) and a lipstick called Angel and put Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss on top. Or for my very nude matte lip I wear Nars Belle De Jour and I line my lips first with M.A.C. Subculture lipliner.

That completes the Kim Kardashian make up lesson! By the way, the inspiration for this post came from the many makeup questions I've read in the comments areas of this site!... including this one...'SEXY' said: Hey Kim... Just writing to let you I'm a huge fan of urs...... And I love ur makeup style, but please tell me the name of the shadows you buy from forever make up [at Sephora]?? ...PLEASE KIM in ur future makeup comments can u be more specific on brand and type Cause I love the makeup u wear!!!!! And what foundation do u wear and which lancome mascara ??? I hope this was helpful. Keep your comments and questions coming -- I love to read them!


P.S. Stay tuned because I'm planning to do a video blog of me actually putting my makeup on -- to show you all of my helpful tips in action. "

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fashion Magazines and Race: Can the Two Survive in Harmony?

Hi Ladies!! Sorry for the few weeks' Chic Mommy mentioned life has been a little crazy. I'm back now and to kick off my return, I would love to hear some your comments on a topic that a fellow blogger posted recently.

Racialicious has blogged about How Women's Magazines Whitewash Different Ethnicities. While this is not a particularly new debate, it is one that recurs every now and then just like the uproar over fashion models being too skinny.

I agree with some of Alex Alvarez's points, especially the one about magazines "creating a standard of beauty that will forever be just out of the grasp of most women - prompting them, of course, to wait until next month’s issue for more advice on how to be perfect." I have regularly read these magazines for the past 13 years and I can tell you that despite probably a million and one hair "tips," I STILL do not know what to do with my crazy, frizzy, curly hair. Yet I continue to read these magazines hoping for a miracle. I'm beginning to think the magazines really don't want my hair to look fabulous.

Also, I agree that when covers of these magazines do feature women of ethnicity, these minority celebrities are not exactly always representative of their communities. I think it is impossible to always represent every single person in an ethnic community given how varied our looks are. However, putting Jessica Alba, who looks more Caucasian every year that passes, hardly qualifies as representing Latinas. On the flip side, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez don't bother me as much as they do Alvarez. P.S. I posted the latest Vogue India cover featuring Laxmi Menon above as an ideal cover look that I would love to see one day in a U.S. fashion magazine!!

To be fair, there are some fashion magazines that have gotten better with features a variety of races and ethnicities over the years. Glamour and Marie Claire now regularly feature women of color and once in a while, you even see a desi girl! They are not perfect, but its something.

Take a read of the article and let me know what you think. Is Alvarez spot on about fashion magazines publishing images and articles that idealize the white woman? Or do you just think its impossible to represent every type of every ethnicity or race in America?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pink and Nude Lippies Dominate Lakme Fashion Week 2008

Sorry it's taken so long for us to update ya'll, we've been bogged down with responsibilities at work and home lately. You know how it goes, you gotta take care of the needs of the people in your real world before you can play in the blogosphere. In addition to just being too busy to write, I've gotta admit, I hadn't found something worth writing about lately. I mean, I love lipstick and beauty products like any other girl, but coming up with something new to rant about on a regular basis is hard. That is, until the pictures from Lakme Fashion Week 2008 came out on Santa Banta. Sometimes all it takes is a picture of Gauri Khan' s slick face to get you back in the swing of things, so here goes:

It seems the dominant lipstick color during fashion week was baby pink, complemented by shades of taupe, and nude beige, and on some of the runway models, cranberry red. Here's what some of our favorite Bollywood stars were wearing:


I love Vidya Balan, she always looks polished without overdoing her makeup. Here she's got a classic look of black liner on top, subtle peach toned cheeks and pink lips. Pink is a natural complement to the green she's wearing as well. I'm not quite sure exactly what color she is wearing on her lips, but it looks like something from Bobbi Brown's Pink Satin Collection.


Oh Rani, Rani, Rani, looking amazing as always. I love both the makeup and the outfit, especially the belt. That's a good trick to keep in mind, especially if you're top heavy like Rani, to use belts or fitted waists to show off your figure. Many times top heavy girls look either like they gained weight or are pregnant in the baby doll/flouncy tops that are in right now. Using a belt lets people know, without saying a word, that you're not fat, you just have a nice rack. :)

Anyway, I digress, this subtle makeup look on Rani is one I normally do for myself on a daily basis. The blush is MAC Blush Baby and the lipstick is most definitely MAC Pink Apertif with Plum lipliner (my favorite combo, especially for summer). Top it off with MAC lipglass in Viva Glam V for extra shimmer.


Are these two still denying that they're married? They look so married here. Know how I can tell? Saif's letting himself go with that nasty Hulk Hogan mustache and Black Sabbath t-shirt. Men often start grunging it once they've got the girl, or so I've noticed.

Kareena is still looking hot though, and I love the orange dress with the belt and pink lipstick. Her lipstick looks like Chanel Glossimer in Jaipur mixed with a rosey lipliner like Vasanti Thames or Bobbi Brown Pale Pink lipliner.


Another winning combo by Urmila. The lipstick is more of a peachy pink than true pink. To get her lip look, use MAC Spice Lipliner with NARS Dolce Vita lipstick, and then top it off with NARS Turkish Delight lipgloss. Sounds like alot of products to get one lipcolor, I know, but many times it takes a mix of colors to get that perfect shade. (NOTE: If the Spice lipliner washes you out, try using the lipstick and gloss combo with MAC Half-Red lipliner, the resulting color is a beautiful color, kind of like the fish roe on sushi, and looks awesome on dark skin.)


Kohl lined eyes and nude lips seems to be Kajol's signature look, she seems to wear it all the time. To get simple nude lips like Kajol's, especially if you're dark skinned like her, I recommend using just one product, Stila Lip Glaze in Mocha. Just swipe it on, and you're ready. If you want to add slightly more oompf to the color, line it with Vasanti lip pencil in Nile (MAC Subculture lip pencil would work too.)


As usual, we saved the bad one for last. We love Gauri Khan, but seriously, she needs to fire her makeup artist already. The last two times we've seen her she's had nothing but disastrous makeup going on. First it was the Pepto Bismol lipstick at Filmfare, now at Lakme, she's got an oil spill on her face. Blotting papers, girls with oily skin must never leave the house without blotting papers. They're so cheap, about $5 for a pack of 50 at CVS, you have no reason not to have these on hand, especially if you're going to an event. Adding more face powder in the middle of an oil breakout makes the problem worse, using blotting papers to absorb the oil first and then touching-up with powder provides a better finish. As for her makeup, it seems too neutral for a black dress. I would have liked to see a touch of gloss, like the new Viva Glam VI lipglass, to add a little more shimmer to her look.