M·A·C and Mickey Contractor. A little bit of the brights of Bollywood, a lot of the natural glamour of Hollywood, and definitely something that will fit in every woman‟s makeup bag today. All Ages, All Races, All Sexes, indeed. Mickey Contractor: Director of Makeup Artistry – India He’s a makeup artist who turns heads when he walks down a Bombay street, a talent who literally changed the face of Bollywood and he’s M·A·C Director of Artistry, India. He’s Mickey Contractor whose career started in an extraordinary way – by meeting a muse. As a young lad what came first were the movies. Watching films from age 10, he became transfixed by an actress whose onscreen persona was both cabaret dancer and vamp. At age 10 he may not have known the culture behind the looks, but he knew what fascination felt like. With eyes that flashed, hair that piled high above her head, feathers that rose cockade-like above her head, she was “awe-inspiring.” Her name was Helen Richardson Khan, Bollywood’s legendary “Helen.” Unlike traditional Bollywood queens, she was trendy. Of exotic mixed heritage, she found her inspiration in English glossies, and took to mimicking the trends of the ’60s and ’70s. The sexy eye liner flicks, the loose bouffant, the sense of sex and liberation. Young Mickey was drawn in. Something about the hairdo and the feather must have stuck, for upon leaving school Mickey went to work in a hairdressing salon. Amid the perms and updos of Bombay’s stylish, there was one customer in particular who he was thrilled to work on, Helen. One day, shampooing her hair, she asked him what he wanted to do with his life and suggested that he learn makeup. Giving him some insider advice, she told him to go and assist a Bollywood makeup artist. Mickey was hardly going to ignore his beloved muse. With no formal schools in makeup art in Bombay, apprenticing was the way to go. Unlike Western culture, makeup artistry in India was at that time a family profession and techniques were passed down father to son like family secrets. Because of this laissez-faire, no trends were created. Mickey, on the other hand, had no family connections and was an outsider. Finding a makeup artist willing to take him on, he was taught the basics in foundation. Assisting for eight months, he began to create his own tricks; after all, he had no family secrets to be the keeper of, he was free to ad lib – and he did. His techniques became savvy and he started to develop a reputation. Stepping out, he initially worked the provincial film studios, working on C-list movies – learning but financially barely scraping by. His kit was a mishmash of local brands of makeup and a few brushes he had bought from an art store. He was also inadvertently networking. The faces he made up in the provinces were also cast in Bollywood. Eventually he was asked to be the makeup artist for a trio of actresses. This was getting closer to his mission, but he was learning something about Bollywood, too – makeup artists weren’t esteemed. The combination of low pay and shabby treatment made Mickey react. A rebel with a cause, he quit and went to work in commercial advertising. There he earned more, and was allowed a different kind of creativity, one that was more receptive to trends. Finally, he had the freedom to create and develop his look. Dipping into six-month-old fashion magazines, he would look, see and reinterpret in his own style. As his reputation grew, Bollywood’s interest in him returned. Wooed by director Rahul Rawail, Mickey dug his heels in and made unheard of contractual demands. Despite himself, he got the job. But there was no shrinking back to the status quo. When the director screamed, he screamed back. He began to get a reputation. But if his screaming was loud, his work spoke louder. Juggling Bollywood and commercial work, he attained an unheard of celebrity status in Bollywood and around Bombay: he became a makeup superstar. Movies meant location work and one year he found himself in Canada shooting a Bollywood film in the Rockies. On the way home he popped into a makeup store in a shopping mall in Vancouver – M·A·C! Struck by the colors, he picked up something he never thought he could find; perfect nude lipsticks – M·A·C favourites Malt, Twig, and to this spontaneously added a deep burgundy Diva. Back home he experimented and got hooked. This was just the start. As his reputation grew and his fees increased, he built his M·A·C collection. With no source in India, he would pick it up here and there. In London he would buy a Cork Lip Pencil…Then next port of call he would dip into the browns, rusts, and coppers he would find in the eye shadow collection. He built his collection on one inspiration: the color spectrum of the Indian complexion. As his status rose, he began to influence a whole new generation of Bollywood makeup artists – and his fame outside the country was growing, too. Scouted by M·A·C for their first store in Bombay, Mickey had no hesitation. He still does Bollywood and commercial work, but his work with M·A·C is a passion. Between M·A·C Master Classes round the world, in-store appearances, new store openings (after Bombay, there was Bangalore), Bollywood and its Award Ceremonies, and Delhi Fashion Week, he has little time for much else. His inspiration comes from the West…from the backstages of London, Paris, Milan, New York, and from the glossies, and where he needs to, he tempers them for the Indian taste and skin. As he says, “In India – unlike Paris – you don’t do looks that are so nude you look like you just got out of bed.” He may not realize it, but when he takes a trend, and modifies it, ever so slightly for the Indian market, he’s echoing his muse, Helen who in the ’70s looked at a photo in Vogue and copied it in her own way…And as for those art brushes, with which he learned the art of the liner, yes, he still has them – but only as keepsakes.
Mickey, how long have you been working with M·A·C?
It's been 32 years since I started working as a makeup artist and this is my 6th year with M·A·C. I’ve collaborated with the brand since they launched in India. M·A·C wanted to work alongside a makeup artist with credibility, experience, the ability to inspire who was also an authority of goodwill in the industry. So when they came to me and said, “We’d like you to collaborate with us, we’re opening a store in Bombay”: I thought, “This is a Godsend for me”. Working with M·A·C was an opportunity to really convey my vision. They have such incredible authority and influence in the industry and becoming a part of that was incredibly exciting to me.
Had you already been using M·A·C products? Yes, I'd been using M·A·C for years. I first discovered M·A·C when I was in Canada about 15 years ago where I bought Twig, Malt and Marrakech lipsticks. Those kinds of shades just weren’t available in India. In fact, so little makeup was available in India back then! I’ve been a huge fan ever since. What’s your beauty philosophy? For me, beauty is about a natural-looking woman who wears makeup, but wears it so cleverly that it doesn't actually show. She's also somebody who carries herself with a lot of confidence, not just someone who's pretty, but who also has a lot of character. For me…that defines beauty.
Who have been your creative influences throughout your makeup artistry career? I began my makeup career thanks to Indian Bollywood star and 60s Item girl, Helen. I also used to look at Linda Evangelista’s pictures in the 70s and 80s and be utterly inspired by her beauty. Linda, Christy Turlington, Paulina Poritzcova- they were the models who really inspired us because all we really got to see were advertising campaigns in the very few foreign magazines that were available to us.
You’re known as the Master of Modern Bollywood. How has Bollywood changed since you started working in it? In terms of makeup, by the 90s I had managed to influence Bollywood a lot. My whole idea was to try and minimize the old Bollywood way of makeup as much as possible – we used to be into panstick and pancake makeup, which looked really thick. I wanted it to look more modern, more real, more today, closer to what Hollywood does…because it makes it more believable. That was my contribution to this culture. I was doing a lot of movies at this time, so when people saw the makeup they realized what I was talking about and they all started to copy it. A lot of actresses would send their own personal makeup artists to see what I was doing and make them watch me. Most of the A-grade actresses were taking a lot of tips from me, asking what color foundation they should be using, what kind of look they should go with, etc.
You’ve said that the ‘no makeup’ look requires more effort than a full-on makeup look… how come? The “no makeup” look in India is about using everything you need to use but making it look like nothing! That’s the reason it’s so much more difficult, because your blending has to be perfect, the contouring need to be perfect, you have got to be able make an exact match to the color of the skin tone…it's very, very difficult. But the products and tools in this collection all work together to make achieving this look so much easier.
What have been your biggest creative challenges? It's taken me almost 20 years to take the Bollywood makeup “down” to what it is today. I’ve been saying “cut down on the makeup, cut down on the makeup” for many many years. Yet there are not a lot of women who are willing to change their makeup very quickly because it’s something they’ve been doing the same way for years. Since M·A·C brought me into the picture it was much easier, though, because I had many more products to play with, and of course M·A·C is an authority in the industry. As a Director of Artistry for M·A·C, people took me even more seriously.
You’ve already worked with M·A·C on product development in the past haven’t you? Yes, three years ago I created a few foundation shades for the Middle East and India, because so many people wanted to use M·A·C foundations yet felt that they couldn’t find the exact shade and tone they needed. They didn’t have enough yellow undertones in them, which caused them to appear grey on Indian skins. The foundations did so well that M·A·C realized that it was the right time to do a whole collection and expand on this.
What was your inspiration for this collection? My USP is skin. I am one of those makeup artists who focuses a lot more on the complexion and contouring rather than just color, so I wanted to split the collection into two parts: “Face” for creating the perfect skin and “Color” to add definition. The inspiration for this collection really came from what I felt Indian women needed. Pigmentation and discoloration problems around the mouth and under the eyes is something that most people in India have a problem with, so creating the concealers was really important to me. They really work to address these issues on any olive-based complexions and outside of India they’ll also work beautifully on Hispanic, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern skins, which can also have similar issues with pigmentation. Because creating beautiful skin is always my priority as a makeup artist, I wanted to focus on that, as well as developing the best colors to accentuate it with.
Tell me a bit about the Face range… I do a lot of in-store appearances, whether that means promoting Viva Glam on World Aids Day or doing one-on-one appointments with the customers. When I meet these women and identify their needs, what it comes down to is that they all want the perfect shade of concealer. So, I created four new shades of Select Moisturecover Concealer that really are perfect for Indian women’s skin tones and anyone with an olive-based complexion. Select Moisturecover is by far my favorite concealer formula in the range. It’s texture works on all skins, even on more mature skins and really doesn’t cake up under the eyes. The double-ended color corrective concealer looks amazing.
How did you come up with this idea? This product is ideal for taking a concealer or foundation you already have to almost the exact shade for your skin. If it's too dark you mix some of the yellow in to make it lighter. For whiter skins the yellow also works beautifully to counteract the slight greyness or blueness that Western skin tones have. If it's too light you just add a couple of dots of the coral to it to make it darker, and the orangey tones neutralize the dark brown or red undertones that Indian skin often has. You can dab them on as color correctors and then wear your usual concealer over it.
How about the Color range? How does this reflect your signature style? I love using browns and earthy tones on the eyes, so I have designed an eyeshadow quad of my perfect neutral colors. I took existing shades of Folie and Carbon, to which I’ve added two new shades, Viva (which means “marriage” – it was great to give the products Indian names), a new golden-y coppery brown, and Jaan (which means “my life”). The name of the quad – Athma – means “soul” because the colors in it really reflect the look that I am known for. I’d say it pretty much defines the makeup that I do in terms of color.
The lip products are gorgeous and so wearable… I always prefer to give attention to one feature, and my signature look is really a smoky eye with a mouth that’s really simple and neutral. You can use the lipstick with the gloss, or just one or the other to play around with getting the texture you want, but still have beautiful natural color. Of the lipsticks, Yash (which means “fame”) is an almost nude-beige-brown and Mehr (which means “grace”, also my wife’s name) is a pink-nude. Any brown tones read as nude on Indian skin, which on white skin will actually read as a stronger color, but these shades look beautiful on both skin tones.
The four single eye shadows are gorgeously strong shades. In particular, the bright pink is really striking. What led you to this vibrant color? Yes, they are. For example, in India a bright pink is known as Rani pink – Maharani’s in Rajasthan used to use a lot of strong bright pinks in their outfits, so I created the strong fuchsia eye shadow, Rani, to reflect this. It looks a lot hotter in the palette than it does on your skin – you can wear it as a light wash if you’re delicate when applying it.
The two Fluidlines are very vibrant and unusual too? What inspired these? The Fluidlines came about because on the last few films I’ve worked on I’ve been using a lot more color. I reached a point where I thought that just gold and black would be boring so let’s use a little bit of color! To create shades like this bright turquoise and green I previously had to use an eye pencil and then put a powder shadow over it. Since everyone was coming to me asking how to recreate them, I thought “why not make it so they can have it in one pot and just paint it on?”
So, from neutrals in the quad to the brighter single colors, there’s something for everyone, then? Yes, between the quad and the singles you get the full spectrum of choice – a little bit of color and some neutrals, some matte and some frost. Of course there are so many wonderful colors in the existing line up, but I created what I felt were some of the M·A·C colors that were missing in my kit.
What was important to you in terms of texture? I like shadows with a little more pigment in them so that they have a very smooth application with great longevity and strength of color. The single eye shadows have more of a pearl undertone to them – Indian women do love to wear shine and frost. I really love the formulas that we’ve got to now. There was a lot of back and forth with the labs to get them exactly right, but they’re really amazing now!
How do you cope with the challenge of working in the excessive heat in India? It must be hard on you…and the makeup! It's a huge challenge to work in the heat. For years the majority of film studios in India weren’t air-conditioned, and even some today. If you were working outdoors, it was sometimes a nightmare as you could be working in conditions that would dry the skin and also melt the makeup. That’s why I’m so happy with the textures we created in this collection as they really do stand up to the heat with great staying-power and don’t look heavy on the skin.
Is having the opportunity to create your own line of products your dream? Of course I think it should be every makeup artists dream to create their own line of products.
Will these products work on everyone, not only Indian skin tones? Absolutely. These colors will work on almost everyone, not just Indian women, but particularly Hispanic, darker Mediterranean and Middle Eastern skin tones, too. Of course you can play with the shades and use them differently whether you're a makeup artist or a customer, but everyone will love them I’m sure!
What are your star products in the collection? The Select Moisturecover double-ended corrector is my star product. In terms of the color, the Athma eye shadow quad is something I’ll use all the time, and I also really love the Lipglasses. I’ve finished almost all the final product testers that I have – especially the lipsticks and Lipglasses, which I'm using on a daily basis. I couldn’t be happier with the products that M·A·C has created for me. They’re all perfect.
On the January cover of Vogue India Padma Lakshmi channeled a natural care-free look. To get her look, dust a soft bronze eye shadow lightly over the lids, stopping at the crease. Using a black eye pencil draw a thin line on your upper lashes only. Padma has gorgeous full brows, fill in and slightly darken your brows with a brow pencil that matches your natural brow color. Use short strokes, then run through brows with a spooley brush. Brush several coats of mascara on the top and bottom lashes.For your cheeks, rub on a generous swirl of cream bronzer starting at the apples and blending up your cheekbones. Mix a luminizer with moisturizer and dab the mixture just above the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and in the cupid's bow. Apply a lipstick that is closest to your lip tone directly to lips, then blot lightly with a tissue to make it look matte and stainlike.
Fall’s sexiest eye make-up trend could easily be navy. Teal, sapphire or indigo, this season celebrated the colour blue in all it various hues. All-out and high-brow drama at Derek Lam, shiny metallic blues at Diane von Furstenberg and Dsquared and bold glitter-navy wings at Yohji Yamamoto, marked the comeback of this Eighties OTT color. The color blue is universally flattering: whether you opt for a dramatic sapphire sweep like Sonam Kapoor, or a line of cerulean glitter eye liner, it's guaranteed to make your eyes pop, making it perfect for the party season.If you’re beauty forward, high-impact blue lids are a great way to make heads turn. Take a cue from Derek Lam’s beauty backstage and sweep the color from your inner eye corners to way up high till your eye brows. Skip the eye liner and keep the lips light in shades of brown or copper to re-create Tom Pecheux’s, Blue Dahlia look to perfection. If full blown indigo eyes are not your thing, opt for eyeliner in electric blues. Draw bold lines, ending in wings aka Yamamoto or create a smudged cat-eye effect like Dsquared. You can even reinvent the classic smokey eye by blending in shades of blue with the usual grey-black palette.Subtle, sophisticated or sexy, whichever way you incorporate navy into your eye make-up this fall, we hope a little blue goes a long way.
Diya Mirza made her bangs more versatile this winter by growing them out on the latest issue of Andpersand. This way you can push them off to the side or pin them off of the face. Before you blow dry, prep hair with a styling aid to give them a little hold and flexibility. Aim the nozzle of your blow-dryer down and away from your face, and mist your bangs with hairspray to keep it in place.
At the unveiling of her latest cover on Filmfare, Katrina Kaif went the natural route: Flawless skin, minimal eyes, and a delicate burst of color on her cheeks. Peach-based shades will give you a sun-kissed glow, but a faint pink shade can have just as much impact. Keep your face bare and swirl a peony hue on the apples of your cheeks. A swipe of pink lip gloss on the lips will keep the look from feeling too plain.
On the latest issue of Elle India, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan channeled a modern Audrey Hepburn with winged eye liner and nude lips. To get her look, use a black liquid/gel eye liner start at the middle of the lower eyelid, and staying as close to the outer lash line as possible, line eyes all the way to the corner, then extend the liner upward approximately a quarter inch. Trace along the top lash line all the way to the outer corner and finish off the look with mascara. For the lips, apply a nude lipstick on top of a coat of lip balm.
At the IFFI Festival in Goa, Freida Pinto may have been honored for her work in Miral, but her makeup was a touch less regal. Shimmery copper shadow is warmer and cheerier than traditional gold hues. Smudge it above and below your lashes for look that's festive and undeniably gorgeous!
Pacifica's Indian Coconut Nectar is full of good-for-you organic ingredients and natural essential oils. Inspired by travels to faraway destinations, this warm fragrance is at once sensuous and fresh. It blends coconut, delicate vanilla, and creamy vetiver with exotic floral accords of ambrosia to leave skin beautifully scented. The Indian Coconut Nectar-scented luxuries come in in various forms. A body butter, body wash, perfume roll-on, spray perfume and solid perfume make up this adorable collection. The packaging is super cute as well, with gold, orange and turquoise Indian inspired designs all over, it surely reminded me of rangolis!
Lady: Ice Queen Falls in Love Begin with ice blue shadow, extended halfway to the brow. Add a darker line in the crease of the eye. Add dark mascara and a touch of white or silver liner on the inner rim. Use a rose pink gloss and blush.
Vamp: Tough Girl Goes Chic Begin with deep plum or burgundy lipstick. Go over with black or plum lip gloss to enhance the color. Plum blush and a touch of on the eyes complete the look. Hair: Add some fringe extensions to heavily volumize the hair - the bigger, the better.
Lady: Channeling Grace Kelly Begin with a lip liner in the same red as your lipstick, and fill in. Go over with lipstick blot with a tissue, and repeat one more time. Use a blush in the same shade to highlight this look. Keep eyes soft with a hint of brown liner and caramel shadow. Finish with a defined brow. Hair: A middle part makes this updo seem less severe. Keep it slightly volumized.
Vamp: When Hard Meets Soft
Begin with a nude lip. Sculpt cheeks using a bit of bronzer. Create smoky eyes using teal eye shadow instead of using black/gray. For a more dramatic take use a waxy pencil in jade green to fill the eyelid, contour and go over with eye shadow. Hair: Tone down the volume for this look. Keep it tousled and unkempt with side swept bangs.
This is not the first time that a major company has been inspired by India when developing a new fragrance, Kenzo and various other companies use Indian notes such as sandalwood and jasmines in their fragrances regularly. Escada Taj Sunset is a limited edition fragrance for 2011. As per Sephora, Escada is described as a scent of tropical sensuality, it opens with a burst of citrusy blood orange and the exotic, fruity aroma of the Alphonso mango—the first fragrance to capture this unique note. Next, floral and fruity heart notes emerge, including watery blossom, sweet primrose, and raspberry. The scent lingers on a sexy, beach-inspired base of coconut cream, musky notes, and sandalwood. This fragrance takes you on an exotic and sensual adventure, evoking a summer spent in Goa, the region in southern India known for seducing visitors with stunning beaches, white sand, and a feeling of relaxed warmth. The fragrance has notes of Alphonso Mango, Blood Orange, Watery Blossom, Sweet Primrose, Raspberry, Coconut Cream, Musk, Sandalwood. The bottle has a gorgeous henna-flower paying homage to India.
On the latest issue of Femina, Zarine Khan amped up the glam factor a couple of notches! Subhash Vaggal the make-up artist for the shoot said, "I was going for a warm and glowing monochromatic look, and really took my inspiration from the S/S '11 runways." One of the key components of the makeup? He blended NARS South Beach Multiple with orangey undertones onto Zarine's cheeks, and topped it off with NARS Orgasm Illuminator to make her skin glow from within.
Not sure about you but I am personally not a huge fan of wearing fake eyelashes every day. I prefer wearing them for special occasions only. Besides, falsies aren’t exactly the most natural makeup accessory to wear everyday. Finally we have a solution to have real full, long and fluttery eyelashes; a lash growth serum. Yes, finally something that works. Read on about this falsies replacement serum: Rapidlash.
What it is:
Rapidlash is a lash serum that helps to lengthen, thicken, curl, multiply and fortify the lashes.
How long does it take?
Time varies between individuals but as a beauty advisor who gathered testimonials from my customers, it usually takes 3-6 weeks to see significant changes.
How much and where do I get it?
Here in Canada you can find this at Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs for around $60 plus tax.
How do I apply it?
It applies like a liquid eyeliner at the base of your eyelashes once a day.
Length- The length of my own lashes increased by 40%. Thickness-The fullness of my own lashes increased by 200% Number of lashes- I noticed my lashes are densely packed together and new lashes are growing at the roots
Bonus- It also works on your eyebrows too. I used it to correct my sparse eyebrows.
My personal experience
As a beauty advisor working for a beauty store, I was skeptical about this item at first. I’ve heard multiple gimmicks about growth serums and they never seem to work. However, as each of my beauty advisor colleagues have tested this product, each and every one of them received astonishing results right before my eyes. It was then I decided to try it. After 4 weeks, my short study asian eyelashes grew like crazy and here I am today recommending this product to all of you girls who aren’t blessed with long, lush lashes. We have a cure!
I got my Rapidlash at this beauty site on OMG beauty shop. It is the cheapest place to buy it compared to anywhere at drugstores on the internet as other places retail for $60 and they sell it for $39.95! Below is their link:
B ig, B old and B right eyes scream charm and beauty. Let’s face it girls, not all of us are blessed with Angelina Jolie’s dolly eyes that make guys go gaga. I, for one, long for bigger eyes that will frame my wider face. I’ve spent years trying to master bigger eyes on myself and others and would love to share some of the tips with you. Master bigger eyes when you focus on these concepts below and soon you will make your eyes look at least double their size.
1. The Dark Eyeliner to “define your eyes”
Both liquid and pencil liners will do the trick.
When using liquid eyeliner, remember to draw a thin line on the inner corner and a thicker line as you go towards the outer corner. This will give your eyes an eye opening effect.
When using pencil eyeliner, remember to smudge the line in order to create a smoky effect that gives the illusion of depth in your eyes.
Tight line with a kohl liner to give the illusion of thicker lashes that will instantly magnify your eyes.
2. The Light Eyeliner to “enlarge the parameter of your eyes”
Rim the lower waterline with an eye brightening eyeliner.
If you are fair skinned, you can use white and still pull it off.
If you are darker tanned skinned, use a peach or skin colored eyeliner so it looks more natural and does not compete with the whites of your eyes.
3. The Eye shadow and highlight to“draw light to your eyes”
Champagne, light golden, silvery gray, light taupe, beige, light blue will draw light to your eyes so that the dark eyeliner will pop.
Sweep a light dust of these colors all over the lid stopping below the eye brow bone.
Choose a lighter shade and pop it right under the eyebrow bone to highlight and give definition to your eye region.
4. The Eyelashes to “open the eyes up endlessly”
One of the most important steps. Eyelashes instantly make eyes larger because the eyelashes extend the eyes so that the shape of the eyes are less confined
Choose lashes that are longer on the outer corners because it opens the eyes up. Cut them if needed
Use mascara to blend the fake lashes with your own and curl them
5. The contour to“add dimension to your eyes”
Fake deeper set eyes by using a contour powder or any matte light or dark brown eyeshadow depending on your skintone.
Using a wind-shield wiper motion, start with a gentle hand and create a contour from right above the outer corner of your eyes and dragging it in a semicircle to the middle of your lid.
To find the natural socket of your eyes, tilt head back and look down.
If I were stuck on an island and I was given the choice to bring one make up item with me, it would be an eye liner. Wouldn’t you? Eyeliners are the quickest way to make any eyes look defined or sexy. Despite that, eyeliners can be tricky to work with and sometimes we end up with raccoon eyes. Whether you are an au natural girl or a smoky eyed city girl, I will list some tips, looks and some of most appraised eyeliners to make your life easier.
Skip the eyeliner. Use a black or dark brown eye shadow with an angled eyeliner brush, smudge it along your lash line for a barely there look. Finish off with a coat of mascara. To intensify and prolong the shadow, wet the brush before application.
My product recommendations:
Lancome color design eye shadow in new black
Clinique color surge eye shadow in color surge
Revlon Color stay 12 Hr Shadow in Sterling Rose (dark gray color)
Use a pencil eye liner. For a smoky and more natural look, a khol works better than a wax or cream based eyeliner but keep in mind that the khol may not be as long wearing. When using a pencil eyeliner, use short strokes and keep it at the base of the lash line. To prolong the wear of a pencil liner, set the line using an angle brush with eye shadow of the same color over the line.
My product recommendations:
Gosh or Bourjois Kohl
Lancome le stylo waterproof eyeliner in black
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in point zero
Liquid or gel liners will give you the definition for va va voom eyes in an instant. They tend to stay on longer but also require some practice. Before using it, practice drawing several straight lines on the back of your hand. Keep a q-tip by your side in case of mess ups. Use short strokes again and for an extra kick, add a wing at the end of each line.
GIRLS, as much as we love the sun, sun damage is no joke. You may not see the visible damage of the harmful UVA and UVB rays now but trust me it is perfectly concealed and will show up in your future. By that time, it may be too late. So let`s list a few simple sun screen rules to follow for these sun shining days.
1. Use a sunscreen whenever you go out
Don`t neglect those cloudy days because around 80% of the rays do penetrate. There can be damaging rays even on the cloudiest days that isn`t visible to the eye. Apply at least an SPF of 15 for cloudy days and SPF 30 for sunny days.
2. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen
This means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. So do look for sunscreens that target both rays as they both can be damaging
3. Use an oil free or non-greasy formula
The worst thing you want is to look greasy, waxy and white all over. Choose a non-greasy formula that can be easily absorbed into the skin. This will also prevent clogging of pores and breakouts.
4. Reapply often
Even the strongest SPF sunscreen requires constant reapplication. I would recommend reapplying at least once every 1-2 hours depending on the intensity of the rays. Please don`t be lazy. Research also states that an average individual only applies 30% of the effective dose of sunscreen so please apply a generous amount to your body before heading out.
5. Incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine
Tinted moisturizers are the hype right now and some of them have SPF 30 which is very impressive as it does the trick of 3; moisturizer, light coverage foundation and sunscreen. Other than that, a finishing power or foundation with SPF 15 is sufficient for cloudy days. A moisturizer with an SPF of 30 can also be used during the day time to kill two birds with one stone.
My Personal Recommendations
Shiseido Ultimate Sunscreen Protection SPF 55 – Winner of Sephora`s sunscreen award. Best sunscreen I`ve tried personally.
La Roche Posay and Vichy Sunscreen- Great texture, broad spectrum, easy to apply and relatively affordable.
Clarins UV PLUS Protective Day Screen SPF 40 Oil Free- It`s oil free and feels like a moisturizer. It has great protection and is small to fit in the purse. Great on the go sun screen.
Clinique City Block Oil Free Face Protector SPF 40 or 25- Love the tint in this sunscreen along with its non-conventional smooth and light texture. It does even out the skin tone a bit without looking greasy.
Summertimeand no one wants to look as pale as snow. Having a natural sun kissed tan not only makes you look leaner, healthier but more attractive overall. That’s all fun and dandy but the worst mistake you can have with tanning is looking orange and uneven all over. So I’d like to share with you through my experience with many products as well as dealing with customers regarding my top tanning product recommendations to look perfectly tanned for the beach. Depending on your own personal taste and preference, I bet one of these will work for you.
Instant instant instant. For those of you who just want to fake that tan you wish you’ve always had! Go to the beach and spray away. The easy application delivers smooth, radiant, matte finish to your skin without streaks. It feels like an airbrushed tan only it’s easier and has a smooth powder soft finish that leaves your skin velvety smooth. The finished result- Naturally smooth and glowing skin.
Lancome Flash Bronzer
This product magic if you want an instant even tan. Apply this and you’ll accomplish a natural glow that compliments every skin tone. The little specks of shimmers in this product gives your skin a sun kissed irresistible glow under sun. This is transfer resistant so you don’t have to worry about it once you apply.
Clarin’s Delicious Self Tanning Cream
The best thing about this product? The smell! Once applied, the coconut and cocoa flavour takes you straight to nostalgia of palm trees on the beach. Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is also great for those of you who want an even and more gradual tan. Not to mention the texture is velvety and smooth and applies evenly on the skin. It’s not as instantaneous as the Lancome Flash Bronzer but it really works judging from many testimonials at my work.
Lancaster Ultra Natural Bronze care
For those of you who want to be even more conservative and prefer a gradual and natural looking tan. Lancaster is known for its quality. Although not advertised as much, I do believe in this product. The product is moisturizing and the patented Tan-Color System exfoliates and preps the skin for a natural golden glow. This product is also great for sensitive skin and is proven to have neutralized 80% of free radicals. The small dose of 6SPF also puts those of you who are a little anxious about tanning at ease.
I've been inactive for so long and I'd like to say I'm sorry about that. I've been trying to juggle school and work so it's been difficult. Update on me, I got a job as a beauty expert/ cosmetician and now that I have more knowledge on a wide array of products, I can't wait to share with you what I love and what I don't. Anyway, I'm back and I'll make a pledge to blog on a regular basis. I do like to take requests from all of you. Hope you are all enjoying your sizzling summer! Please stayed tuned for much more of me:)