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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Opt for bright make-up this festive season or the dazzling lights of Diwali could make your face look washed out, says Shahnaz Husain

During festivals, the lights tend to be bright, so for your make-up at night, you will need bright colours, otherwise your face will look ‘washed out’.

First, cleanse the skin and apply a liquid moisturiser. For oily skin, apply an astringent lotion with cotton wool.  Wait for a few minutes. Then, cover blemishes with a concealer, before applying foundation. Or, use a lighter colour foundation on dark blemishes and then apply normal foundation on the entire face. While choosing foundation, if you have a very fair ivory skin, go for beige with a rosy tint. If the complexion is fair, but pale (yellowish), avoid pink tones and go for a beige or biscuit shade. Darker complexions look better with brownish beige.

Highlight the cheeks with a blusher. Apply on the cheekbones, going slightly upwards and outwards. Then, apply light coloured highlighter on the cheekbones. Blend well. Blusher colours for the night need not match lip colour exactly, but it should be in the same colour tone.

For eyes, apply lighter brown shadow on the upper eye lid and dark brown eye shadow in the crease, to add depth. Outline the eyes with dark eye pencil or eyeliner. For a smudged effect, a dark eye shadow also works well on the upper lid, close to the lashes. Extend it a little beyond the outer corner of the eyes, slightly upwards. Smudging can be done with a sponge tipped applicator. Eye liner or dark eye shadow may be applied on the lower lid and then smudged. For festival night, you may want to try gold, silver or bronze shadow to line the eyes over your eyeliner on the upper lid. Highlight under the brows with gold, ivory or a light coloured eye shadow.

Then apply mascara. Roll-on mascara is easy to apply. While applying mascara on the upper lashes, look downwards. Apply it both above and below the upper lashes, for a thicker look. Apply on lower lashes too. Wait for a while and apply a second coat. Then brush out the lashes, with a small eyelash brush. To make lashes appear thicker, apply powder between two coats of mascara.

Gloss is popular for the lips. Use a lip liner the same colour as your lipstick. Apply lip gloss in the centre, after applying lipstick. 

For a normal Indian complexion, go for warm earthy colours, like coral, wine, plum, strawberry, red and shades of red in lipstick. One can also mix two colours to create the desirable effect.

A bindi is an integral part of make-up for festivals. Look for a decorative bindi, to match the colour of your dress. A bindi, studded with small sparkling stones, combined with a bright colour would be most attractive.

Here are some quick ‘pick-me-up’ tips

If you want a quick  ‘pick-me-up’ face mask: For oily skin, apply egg white with a few drops of lemon juice; For dry skin, take egg yolk and add a half-teaspoon honey. Apply on the face and wash it off with plain water after 20 minutes.

If your eyes look puffy after a late night, apply two potato slices, or cotton soaked in potato juice, on the eyes, like eye pads.

To brighten tired eyes, take two used tea bags, soak them in a little warm water, squeeze out the water and apply on the eyes like eye pads. Cotton wool, soaked in rose water, can also do the trick.

The festival is tomorrow and a pimple makes its appearance. All you need to do is to apply foundation over it. Wait for it to dry and then apply foundation on the entire face. Touch up the pimple again with foundation.

To conceal pits left by acne scars, use concealer, or a foundation which is a shade or two lighter than the one you use on your entire face. Apply the light foundation into the pits, using a fine brush. Then, apply your normal foundation on the rest of the face.

If you suddenly find your hair has too much static – or a “fly away” hair problem. All you need to do is to wet your hands with water and smooth your palms over the hair. And avoid too much brushing.

Shahnaz Husain is founder chairperson and managing director of The Shahnaz Husain Group

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