5 Items You’re Probably Passing by at the Cosmetics Counter…And Most Definitely Shouldn’t!
How many times have you been to a cosmetic counter/aisle, stared at certain products and wondered, who on earth uses that stuff? A possible question that probably precedes or follows that thought is – do I need it? Thus putting you in that oh so dreaded makeup dilemma- to purchase or not to purchase? We all agree makeup is supposed to make one look and feel absolutely fabulous. So I’m going to save you some effort and make sure you go from “What the…” to “Whoa…” by using these products that possibly aren’t number one on your list when you set out on your hunt for products that will make you look FIERCE.
Yes, you read right, I DID say the B-word. Now I know thinking about bronzer probably conjures images of an orange Aishwarya Rai (or for that matter Hrithik Roshan…) from Dhoom 2 that would give any makeup-ista nightmares for weeks. Besides since we’re blessed with natural tan skin, bronzer doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice of makeup for the desi girl. But here’s where we need a little shift in thinking from associate bronzer with brown to associating it with glow. Using bronzer is a great way to make your skin appear naturally luminous and a great substitute for blush.
How to use: Swipe with a large brush and apply and blend wherever sunlight hits your face for the most natural look. At night bronzer can be used for contouring (which we’ll save for another post).
My pick: Clinique’s True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer
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2. Eyebrow Pencil/Powder/Wax:
I’ve seen two emerging trends in eyebrows. The first is the bleached eyebrow, which isn’t too functional in my opinion; the other is the medium to full eyebrow. The next time you admire pictures of actresses Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, notice that these young actresses have something in common. If you haven’t guessed where I’m going with this until now, it’s a good, strong, brow (yes that rhymes, so now it’ll be easier for you to remember!) Remember: A strong brow frames the face and adds enhances to the eyes, while a stark brow, well, overpowers the face and does nothing for your features. Besides plucking/waxing/threading your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil or powder and wax kit will help you create a brow that best works for your face.
How to use: Fill in brows with a powder/pencil that’s a shade or two lighter than your natural brow color. Follow up with eyebrow brush for a cleaner look.
My pick: E.L.F.’s Brow Kit in Dark
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3. Bright Lip Color:
I’ve pretty much been a mauve, brown and plum lips kinda girl. Having recently jumped on the “let the lips pop” bandwagon I can’t stop raving about it. But here’s the catch if you like going heavy with your eyeliner, this style isn’t really for you. A bright lip color is the best way to play up your lips, keeping in mind the golden rule of makeup of course (play up only one feature at a time!). So go ahead and try out a bold red, pink and even purple (which happens to be very in this season) lip!
How to use: Go easy on eyeliner/shadow, let the lips be the center of attention. Feel free to use bright gloss instead of lipstick if you’re a little apprehensive.
- MAC Russian Red
- MAC Rebel
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Hot Pink Lips on a Variety of Skin Tones:
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Blair Warldof would never approve of this!
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4. Products with SPF
A question a lot of people have when choosing products with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is “Does sunscreen prevent tanning?” The simple answer is no. So if you’ve been avoiding SPF because you felt it’s going to impede your skin’s tanning process, feel free to slather up. On the other hand if you feel since SPF won’t help your skin keep from tanning and decide to give it pass here’s news for you- dermatologists suggest people of all skin tones (yes that includes all us brown beauties) use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. What are the benefits you ask? Sunscreen lowers your chance of getting skin cancer significantly and if that isn’t reason enough for you, sunscreen also prevents the skin from getting burned, aging prematurely and developing sun spots. Once you gear up with ample SPF protection feel free to step out into the sun and absorb its goodness.
How to use: For sunscreen lotions/creams apply at least 20 minutes before stepping out into the sun. This will give the skin ample time to absorb the sunscreen. You can also use lip balms and hair products with an SPF factor to protect your lips and hair respectively. If your favorite moisturizer is missing SPF you can use a foundation with SPF or a loose powder sunscreen.
- Lakme Sun Expert Lotion (Comes in SPF 15 and 30)
- M.A.C. Select SPF 15 Foundation
- E.L.F. SPF 45 Loose Powder (Picture Below)
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5. A Good Makeup Remover:
If you’re a fan of the “I haven’t slept in days that’s why it’s so dark around my eyes…” look or just believe that yesterday’s smuged kajal is your quick version of the smoky eye, this next product isn’t for you. For the rest of us (read: majority) it is absolutely necessary to use a safe, effective makeup remover, especially around the eyes. Along with a good makeup remover for the eyes look for a non-drying facial cleanser that unclogs all those pores (remember- old makeup+sweat+oil+dirt= acne…yeah eww).
How to use: Most experts agree the best way to use makeup remover is to dampen a cotton ball with the remover and then DAB around eyes. I personally like to moisten the cotton ball a little bit, then dampen and dab.
Tip: Just dap a Q-Tip (ear bud) in makeup remover to clean up any messes and give eye and lip makeup a more polished finish.
- Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover
- Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash
Hope these 5 products will make you look like a Perfect 10 . 🙂