Friday, November 21, 2008

Priyanka Chopra's Look From the Nokia Ad

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.


  1. I picked up the BB Berry and Beige Gold lipsticks after reading your post and I totally agree with you. Very flattering colors for us women of color! Thanks!

    What are your BB brush recs?

  2. Hey G, so sorry for the late reply.

    As far as BB brushes go, her powder and blush brushes, as well as her concealer brush are the best. For eyeshadows, I still prefer MAC, especially MAC 219 for smokey eye and 239 for packing on the shadow on the lids.

  3. Thanks Chic Mommy! If it isn't too much trouble, could you do a post on the basic brushes a decent make-up bag should have along with recs if you get time. I still use the little brushes that are sold with the products!

  4. Sure thing Geeko, actually I was just thinking about that when I read your post. I've owned most of my best brushes for at least 10 years, and by now I have a pretty good sense of what you really need and what you don't. And it's not always the most expensive ones that get the job done! (Although the ones from Bath and Body works shed and fell apart almost immediately, don't go there!) Will try to have it up soon!

  5. can you tell me priyanka's look from the IIFA awards? the look is here

  6. Hi glamshamGal, I actually posted that breakdown about a week ago. Check the archives for June 2009!

  7. hi this is glamshamgal...i did see that you posted her look from the IIFA awards, but in the link that i sent you, her lipstick and makeup in general seem somewhat darker...are they darker and different or did she just have the same makeup on that looked different in different lighting?


  8. Hi Glamshamgal - You're right, her makeup looks darker but I am pretty sure it looks that way because of the lighting. I checked all the other photos in that album and the makeup looks lighter. If you do find a more close up pic of her wearing the darker makeup though, I can do a breakdown for you.

    Thanks also for pointing me to this website - there are some great close ups of her makeup that I'm going to post!


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