On the latest issue of Verve, Chitrangada Singh looked every bit of a diva. Make up artist Mickey Contractor rimmed her eyes in black liner, then followed with a wash of citrusy gold liner on the bottom lashline. Next, he layered icy turquoise and silvery gray-green shadow along the crease, extending the colors, to wing them slightly. The effect was sculpted and dimensional, but still lighthearted thanks to the splash of color.
To try Sonam Kapoor's famous Cannes hairstyle, follow these easy steps, on either side of your head, roll back the strands along your hairline, adding more hair as your work your way backwards, just like you do with a French braid. (Tuck in a few pins if you find the twists are heavy and tipping forwards.) Wrap the two twists into an untidy bun and secure with pins and elastic. This style isn't meant to look prim, so don't worry about asymmetries or imperfections.
Sonakshi Sinha usually favors playing up her lips on the red carpet, but fon the cover of the latest issue of Vogue India, her makeup artist Mickey Contractor turned it up a notch. "I chose a combination of jet black shadows to bring out her gorgeous dark brown eyes," he said. Mickey started with a layer of long wear gray shadow, winged on the corners topped with a few swipes of a creamy black formula. "I lined her top lashline with kohl liner, then coated her lashes with black mascara for a feathery effect." Simple and stunning.
Usually it's a beauty no-no to pair dark lips with anything other than clear, flawless skin. But on the latest issue of Verve, Deepika Padukone's makeup artist Mickey Contractor helped the star get it exactly right, combining a matte burgundy lip with dramatic lashes and bronzy shadow. The brown and gold shadow make Deepika’s beautiful brown eyes radiate, plus, the lips tie the look together. The reason the two elements didn't compete? The absence of dark shadows like black and gray. By using warmer tones and just a touch of natural shimmery cheek color, the focus stayed on her gorgeous skin, eyes and lips.
You know summer is close on the horizon when make-up gets angelic and icy tones. Take Sonam Kapoor's look on the latest issue of Marie Claire India. Frosty finishes used to have an '80s stigma, but thanks to warm undertones, the look is romantic and flirtatious. If you want to try a similar look, keep the rest of the makeup on your face matte and subtle—here, Sonam paired her gloss with a flat but rosy blush and simple, mascara. That way, the iridescent tone avoids looking costumey.
There`s nothing sexier than looking like a golden goddess for the summer. We can all tan under the sun for the bronze but ladies, UV can be really damaging in the long run so why not just fake the healthy glow! In this post I will share with you ways to not look muddy (if you have dry skin) or shiny (if you have oily skin). I will also be providing you with my top 10 favourite bronzers of all time after much investigation and testing. As always high end and low end products will be equally represented so you can decide whether you want to splurge! Without further ado, let`s get bronzed!
How to use it
To use as a contour: Apply it in the hollows of your cheeks, sides of the forehead, temples, bridge of the nose and underneath the chin for that "I just lost 10 lbs" look. For how to achieve this look, please watch my How to contour your face and look 10 lbs skinnier video. Remember to select a matte bronzer that is 3-4 shades darker than your foundation for ideal results.
To use for an all over healthy glow/tan: Apply the bronzer all over the face, concentrating in areas where the sun would naturally hit the face such as the forehead, cheeks and sides of the nose. Use a larger and fluffier brush to get an even bronze. The trip is to select a bronzer that is easily blendable. You may choose a bronzer that has slightly more glitter and shine if you prefer the glowy look.
If you have dry or mature skin:
Stay moisturised under the summer as the heat and humidity may dehydrate you even more. If possible select a spray on bronzer or cream bronzer. Using this type of bronzer will not accentuate fine lines and give you a dewy and youthful glow. For a list of foundation reviews, please watch my Flawless Foundation Routine and Massive Foundation Review/Collection video.
If you have oily/combination skin:
Most people prefer powdered bronzer for ease of application and its long wearing abilities. Choose a matte or semi-matte bronzer that will absorb the excess oil from your face. The powder will not only mattify your face but also give your face a little more coverage so you can get away with less foundation.
Recommendations for best bronzers
Best high end bronzers:
NARS Laguna bronzer or NARS Casino if you have darker skin (powder) Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel (cream) Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (powder) Dior Bronze Sun Powder spray (spray)
Best low end bronzers:
NYC Sunny bronzer (powder) NYC Mosaic bronzer (powder) Rimmel Sun bronzer (powder) Elf studio bronzer in Golden (powder) Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Sheerest Cream Bronze (cream)