The Lippy Affair

What is the one product that all of us tend to reach for, especially with the slightest hint of winter in the air? That’s right – a decent lip balm. What we generally expect it to do is repair & protect chapped or dry lips. But some of the lip balms simply pose as a thick sticky layer on flaky lips. If you relate to this feeling, know that I am writing this post just for you.

Yes, it is possible for a tiny little lip balm to help you get those perfectly moisturized, healthy & non-greasy lips. The ones that instantly make you feel like a diva at work. Listing down a few things below you must keep in mind for that. But first things first, always try before you buy! If you notice that the dryness on lips still persists; or the balm has gathered in the corner of your lips; or your lips feel heavy; or your hair sticks to the balm on your lips, DO NOT BUY it.

  • Say no to Waxy Lips

Your lips balm may contain wax, but it should not cover your lips such that they can’t breathe!

Waxy Lips

  • Not worth it if your lips don’t absorb it  

Layer on lips

  • Contains SPF & has flavours? It’s the cherry on top


What brand to buy, you ask?

I have tried a lot of lip balms from various brands, and I still swear by my original Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.


Hands down, it’s the best balm for my lips. But I am not a fan of the Vaseline Lip Therapy sticks & would not recommend them.

All the lip balms you see below are my personal favourites & keep my lips hydrated for longer period of time without being sticky.

Lip Balms

So which ones are your favourites? Do let me know in the comments below.


Brush it right!

Of all the workshops I have conducted recently, the most common thing I have been asked is “how do you know when to use which brush?” or “Do I need to buy sooo many brushes?” or other similar questions. So I thought why not blog it out for you!

I understand that it can be intimidating to go to a beauty store & try to pick up the right makeup brush; or to already own 10 types of brushes & not knowing how to use them. With so many types of makeup brushes available in the market & little explanation of what each stands for, the process of choosing can be quite frustrating.

Let me start with telling you that using fingers for applying makeup it absolutely cool – It really helps blend the makeup into the skin. But for any sort of precision application, makeup brushes are the most useful & quick when used correctly. There are different types of brushes available for your face, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes & lips. I am listing below the few selected ones that I think you could invest in for everyday use:

  • Powder Brush/ Powder Puff – Use the brush to apply any sort of powder to set your foundation. Use the puff in case you plan to wear make up for a longer time – It helps set the base better.

Powder-Brush-SwatchPowder Puff

  • Concealer Brush – This is firm & narrow brush that is tapered at the end – Allows patting the concealer on a concentrated area.

Concealer Blush

  • Stippling Brush/ Duo Fibre Brush – This brush is a blend of synthetic fibers and goat hair. It is used for light powder, liquid or cream products. It picks up any sort of access product & gives you an airbrushed look.

Stippling Brush

  • Contour Brush – This one is used for applying a darker colour of blush and or bronzers to the contour areas for an extremely chiselled look.

Contour Brush

  • Eye shadow blending brush – It helps to blend the shadow on to the lid professionally, & also helps different colours fade into one another.

Eyeshadow Blending Blush

  • Angled Eye Brush – This one is my personal favourite! It can be used as an eyeliner as well as a brow brush. Its fine tip works very well to get those precise lines.

Angled eyeliner

You would need Eye shadow brush & a Blush brush as well, but lots of brands provide these with the palette itself, so choose your products wisely! If you like smoky eyes, opt for eye pencils that have a smudge brush at the other end.

Do reach out to me in case you would like to know more about any other makeup brushes you may have.


“Eyeing” the perfect look

We all know that we should choose our clothes according to our body shape. But did you know that we should also choose our eye makeup depending on our eye shape? Think about it… makes so much sense!

A look that looks amazing on your friend might not be great for you. If you want a look that emphasizes your gorgeous beautiful eyes, it’s essential to know your eye shape first.

Now there are six main eye shapes: Monolid, Upturned, Downturned, Hooded, Round & Almond.

Eye shapes

How do you figure your eye shape? Read on…. Ask yourself these simple questions:

1) Do you have a crease?

‘Crease’ is the indentation (or a line) right at the top of your lids.

If you answer no, then you have monolid eyes.

2) If you were to put a pencil across your eye, does the outer corner of the eye look like its lifting up or pulling down?

If it’s lifting up, you have upturned eyes; 

If it’s pulling down, you have downturned eyes. 

If your eyes don’t really pull either ways, then ask yourself…

3) Is your crease visible?

If no, your eyes are hooded; 

If yes, take a really close look at your eyes…

4) Can you see the whites of your eyes framing your iris (coloured part of the eye) fully when your eyes are opened normally?

If yes, then you have round eyes;

If no, then you have almond eyes

Now that you know your eye shape, let’s see how you can best accentuate them.

  • Monolid eyes – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. To create an illusion of a crease, apply a medium shade above the lid & contour. Line the upper lashline with a dark matte shade to accentuate & define the eyes.

Create definition & dimension

  •  Upturned eyes (perfect for smoky eye look)– Enhance the lid surface by applying a light shade on the inner half & a medium shade on the outer half of the eye. Line the outer corner of the upper & lower lash line with a darker shade.

Emphasize upward lift & enhance symmetry

  • Downturned eyes (perfect for Cat eye look) – The idea is to lift the eyes up with strategic shadowing. Sweep a light shade across the lid & inner corners. Apply a darker shade on the outer corner to lift it up. Line only the outer part of the upper lashline & add mascara.

Accentuate & shape the outer corner of the eye

  • Hooded eyes – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. Blend a medium shade to the crease, diffusing upwards. Line the upper lash line with a dark matt shade blending upwards.

Enhance visible eyelid space

  • Round eyes – Sweep a light shade across the lid upto the crease. Apply a medium shade to the outer corner of the upper & lower lash line. Using a dark shade, line upper lash line extending out & up at the corner to elongate the width of the eye.

Elongate the width to maximize the shape

  • Almond eyes (Most versatile shape for any look you want to achieve)  – Sweep a light shade across the entire lid. To add depth & make eyes pop, apply a medium shade to the outer corner. Using a dark shade, line the upper & lower lashes.

Increase depth & intensity

These are some of the most basic looks you can achieve. Of course there are many more techniques to highlight your eyes!

Drop in a comment for any queries.

That Lash Effect

MascaraWho doesn’t love that perfectly curled lash effect! Of course you can use false eyelashes, but for everyday wear, a mascara can do the trick if used correctly. After doing full research & actually practicing tricks to master the full lash effect, sharing these with you.

The Basics

  • Always curl your eyelashes before putting on mascara
  • Wiggling the wand in a zig-zag motion right at the roots of the lashes makes voluminous lashes
  • You may coat your lashes with mascara 2-3 times, depending on the intensity you want to achieve
  • In case you manage to put dots of mascara across your lid, don’t panic & wait for it to dry out. Once its dry, simply use a cotton bud to swipe dots out
  • Do not pump in the wand in & out of the bottle too much – this pushes air into the tube which makes the mascara dry out faster
  • Discard your mascara every 3-6 months

The Pro Tricks

  • Warm it up – If your mascara is starting to feel a little dry, add a few drops of saline solution to it and place the sealed tube in a cup of warm water. Saline solution revives flaky formulas and the warmth loosens up the product, allowing for smooth application.
  • Look down – As illogical as it may seem, most of us tend to look directly at the mirror and then upwards while putting on mascara or any eye makeup. Next time, try looking down at the mirror- You’ll be able to see what you’re doing better.
  • Blink – Blinking softly once you reach the tips of the lashes allows you to cover the topsides in mascara. Only do this for one coat to avoid clumps.
  • Hold the wand vertically – Flip the wand vertically when applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those small hairs from this angle. You’ll be able to coat them in mascara all the way down to the tips without getting mascara dots everywhere.
  • Use your finger – Gently press on your eyelid with your finger when applying mascara to your upper lashes. This pops them out slightly, but just enough so that you can get the wand right into the base of the roots. Your finger also shields your eyelid from stray marks.
  • Get a clump-free application – Lightly clean off your mascara wand with a paper towel first. Wiping off the excess product before you begin prevents clumps. If you do get a clump, use a clean spoolie to brush them out.
  • Powder your lashes
    • Do this between your first & second coat of mascara
    • Take an eye shadow brush, dust powder very lightly on the lashes (any loose powder or even baby powder will work)
    • The powder sticks to your lashes and the next coat of mascara grabs onto that layer
    • The result is fuller, thicker lashes that last longer

Do you have any other effective tips to share for the perfect mascara? Do add on to my list.

Multipurpose Lipstick: Look Fresh in under 5 minutes!

Shades-of-LipstickRemember the days when you managed to completely forget about a breakfast meeting with your client or boss? Then you frantically ran around the house to make it on time and ended up looking half asleep with swollen eyes.

Well, there are ways to look fresh, polished & awake (even when you don’t feel all of it) in under 5 minutes, using your favorite Lipstick, Moisturizer, Foundation & Eye pencil! You can do this before you get out of the house, while waiting in traffic jams, or on a quick visit to the rest room before your meeting.

Step 1 (50 seconds): Moisturize your face really well with the product of your choice. Spend the maximum time in applying this as it is the base of your makeup.

Step 2 (40 seconds): Apply a thin layer of your go-to foundation on your face using your ring finger and a light patting motion. The idea is to even out your skin tone. So focus on the areas around your under eyes, nose, lips and mouth, as they usually have the maximum discolouration.  In case you want to conceal anything, simply go over the spot with the foundation and dab it in using your fingers.

Step 3 (30 seconds): Choose your favourite moisturizing, non-matt, bright lipstick (preferably pink or orangey – depending on your skin tone). Using your fingers again, brush a very light layer on the apples of your cheeks just to give them a flushed look. Make sure you hide the harsh lines by really blending it in your skin.

Step 4 (30 seconds): Using the same lipstick, pat on a thin layer your eyelids.

Step 5 (20 seconds): Finally use the lipstick on your lips and build the shade according to the brightness you are comfortable with.

Step 6 (20 seconds): Line your eyes on the inside rim & outer corners using your waterproof eye pencil (Black or dark brown, depending on what you generally use). Smudge it slightly at the corners with your fingers and you won’t miss the mascara at all.

And that’s it!

Putting on makeup doesn’t need to be a difficult, time-consuming chore. With a little bit of know-how, anyone can put on a fabulous face in a jiffy.

Don’t you wish you knew this trick long time back?

Hoo-ha around Contouring

As intimidating as the word “contouring” may sound, believe me, it’s just as simple once you understand what it really means. Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face (by shading & highlighting) to enhance the facial structure through makeup. It’s not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition or an illusion. Remember:

  • Contours are meant to be matte, while highlight is meant to have shimmer
  • The contour shade should typically be two shades darker than your skin tone & highlighter should be lighter
  • If you’re using powders to contour, you’ll get a more matte finish; If you use creams (easier to blend & build), the result will be more dewy
  • Always always always blend it in & avoid any demarcation

Now, which part of your face you need to contour depends a lot on your face shape. I have tried to simplify this below using some examples to explain this. Oval Face Faces_Oval CELEB ADVERTS This is often considered to be the ideal face shape. You do not need to contour as your face shape is already symmetrical. Just remember that light shades appear more prominent and darker shades decrease the size of the area. Diamond Shape Faces_Diamond Scar;ett Contour at the cheeks to minimize width Highlight you forehead, under your eyes & your chin to draw attention to the center of your face Oblong Face Faces_LongKatrinaKaif Contour across the lower section of your chin to shorten your face length Apply blush to the apples of your cheek to widen your face Heart Face Faces_HeartDeepika Contour at the temples & cheeks to diminish the width of your upper face Square Face

Faces_Squarekareena-kapoor-latest-photos-8Contour the corners on either sides of your forehead

Contour on either sides of your jawline, blending up to the bottom of your ears Round Face Faces_Roundcameron-diaz Contour to your temples, cheeks & jawline to create an illusion of an oval shape Hope this helps you guys! Drop in a comment if you have further queries on contouring.

The right “foundation”

Its Valentine’s week guys… and one must celebrate it by doing what one loves. For me, these days it’s about sharing as much as I can on my blog. Yayy! 🙂 So read on…

FoundationThis one is all about foundations. Remember that the purpose of using foundations is to create an even, uniform colour to one’s complexion. It does not even out all imperfections on your face. That’s the corrector’s or the concealer’s job.

Types of Foundations 

Choosing the foundation by colours is not the only thing. There are various types of foundations available in the market like liquid, cream, powder & mousse. So how do you know what type of foundation is right for you?

Your skin type, what texture you’re looking for, and what finish you want – sheer, dewy, matt or heavy determine the type of foundation best suited for you. You might want a different foundation for different time of the day or year – depending on how your skin behaves.

While knowing your skin type, also take a good look at the product packages before choosing your foundation. There will be words that indicate what type of skin they are best suited for.

  • Dry Skin –Use hydrating liquids & creams; look for products that say ‘skin nourishing’, ‘skin replenishing’, ‘hydrating’, ‘moisturising’
  • Oily Skin – Use mattifying liquid, cream or powders; look for products that say ‘matt’, ‘mattifying’, ‘shine control’, ‘shine free’
  • Combination Skin – Use liquid or cream across your face & mattify the T-zone with powder

Now, I had always been sort of clueless when it came to mousse, because I never understood what it was until I discovered this:

  • A mousse foundation is simply a liquid foundation with air whipped into it. So it’s a light & fluffy texture & it often sets to a powder finish – perfect for oily skin. However, can be worn widely across all skin types.

Picking up the right shade 

Unless you are doing a contoured, tanned or lightening look, the colour of your foundation should be exactly matching your skin colour. Understand that the skin across your face will never be even in colouring. There are areas that look darker & some lighter. The thing to do is take a closer look to your jawline, neck or chest & look for that foundation colour. And oh yes, test the foundation on your jawline – NEVER on your wrist. If it disappears into the skin, it’s a true match!

A few tips on choosing the right shade:

  • Keep in mind the undertones of your skin (as explained in my earlier blog)
  • Always ask for samples before buying the product – keep the colour on for a while and see how your skin responds to it
  • Check how shade looks on your face in sunlight
  • Take a picture of yourself while wearing the product & see if it looks natural

You can always mix a few shades to achieve your skin’s exact match. There are no proportions – simply mix them & test on your face. In different areas if need be.

Again- foundations are NOT correctors of concealers. Never pile it on your face to get rid of that nasty spot.

Hope this of some help to you while you go shopping for your next foundation. Drop in a comment if you have any queries.

Happy Valentine’s!

The ‘Colour Correction’ Confusion

How many times have you heard people complaining “My concealer doesn’t hide my birthmarks”, or “the blemish on my skin just won’t go”, or “there is no way I can hide my dark under-eye circles” for example? Most of these flaws on skin are colour-related and we don’t realize it simply because no one has told us about it! It is actually either ‘brown birthmarks’, or ‘red blemish’, or ‘dark bluish under-eye circles’.

I told you guys about the colour theory in my last post. In this one, I will talk about Colour Correction. (Now, I might be getting too much into the theory of makeup, but believe me, if you know these basics right, half our job is done. I will make it as short as I can!)

Colour correctors, also known as neutralizers are meant to “correct” hard to cover skin discolouration as mentioned above. They are based on the idea that when you want to neutralize a colour, you place its exact opposite colour from the colour wheel to cover it.

color-theory-in-color-correctionUsing colour correctors is a mystery & is scary for most of us, because let’s face it – who in their right minds would want to put orange, red, yellow or green on their skin!? I am going to tell you in short – only what you need to know.

  • The colour green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the colour before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with this corrector.
  • Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discolouration. You will need a neutralizing colour such as orange or peach to counteract the darkness.
  • If you have yellow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin.

You must also know that Colour Correctors are used just before applying foundation or concealer. Apply a thin layer of it on the areas that need to be corrected.

Let me know if this helps or in case you have any queries.

Happy ‘correcting’! 😉

The Colour Theory & Makeup

A question I hear a lot is “what colours will suit my skin tone?” or “how do I pick a lipstick to match my eye shadow?”. I think it’s fair to say that most of us take a stab in the dark when it comes to matching our makeup and we seem to struggle to know what colours will work on us.

Well, there is no definitive answer to this, as there are no rules when it comes to makeup. However, there are a few guidelines you can follow if you are new to makeup and really don’t know where to start; or on days when you are rushing to office because you overslept before that very important presentation to your most crazy, yet important client.

The Colour Wheel – I cannot stress enough on the importance of this one.


This is a vast subject, but I will simplify it as much as I can. Here is what any makeup lover needs to know about it. (Please keep referring to the above colour wheel as you read further.)

  • Primary colours: Red, Yellow & Blue – These are the base colours on the wheel. All other colours are developed using them.
  • Secondary colours: The colours you get from mixing equal amounts of any two primary colours:

Yellow + Blue = Green

Red + Blue = Violet

Yellow + Red = Orange

  • Tertiary Colours: The six tertiary colours are made by combining a primary and an adjacent secondary colour. These colours are: yellow–orange, orange–red, red–violet, violet–blue, blue–green, and green–yellow.
  • Complimentary Colours: Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel—colours that tend to “vibrate” when next to each other, such as blue next to orange, or purple next to yellow. In my opinion, these look best when used on separate areas of the face, versus right next to each other. A blue eye makeup with orange lips can look stunning!
  • Achromatic Colours: Colours that are not a apart of the colour wheel – Black, White & Grey

When you add black to any colour, you get a SHADE of that colour (darker value of the colour)

When you add white to any colour, you get a TINT of that colour (lighter value of the colour)

If you understand these, you know that you have the power to create any colour to suit your skin tone, once you have the base colours!

Moving on… The colour wheel can be divided into:

  1. Warm Colours: These are bright, passionate and energetic, and tend to be eye-popping colours – red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colours. However, in makeup, reds can be both cool and warm. If the red is blue based (a red with purple or blue undertone), it is cool. If the red is orange based, it is warm.
  2. Cool Colours: These give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. Cool colours include: violet, blue, and green. However, the same theory applies with the colour green. If a green has more gold/yellow undertone, then it is warm. If a green contains more blue undertone, then it is cool. Whenever most colours have a blue undertone, they will always be a cool colour.

Now, there are three types of Skin Tones according to which you should choose your makeup.

  1. Cool Skin Tone: the skin has a little pink (rosiness) & tends to burn easily under the sun. If you have a cool skin tone, you will look good in silver jewellery & accessories & most of the time, your veins will be in blue colour (take a look at you wrist under natural light). If you wear a cool undertone red lipstick, you will look brightened up.
  2. Warm Skin tone: the skin has a yellow undertone or golden-olive undertone & tend to tan easily under the sun. If you have a warm skin tone, you will look awesome in gold jewellery & accessories than silver. Most of the time, your veins are in green colour (take a look at your wrist under natural light). If you wear a warm (orange) undertone red lipstick, you will look brightened up.
  3. Neutral Skin tone–the skin has both pink and golden undertones & you look good in both gold & silver jewellery. Most of the time, your vein is in both blue-green colour. If you have a neutral skin tone, almost all colours would look good on you.

In short, if you have Cool Skin Tone, use Cool Colours & if you have Warm Skin Tone, use Warm Colours on yourself.

I know all this can be overwhelming, and a lot to take in. I hope that a little bit of familiarity with colour theory and the colour wheel will help make sense of the makeup counter, and make navigating a little less daunting, and a lot more fun.

Drop in a comment if you have any queries regarding the colour theory or your skin tone.

Happy makeup-ing!