Cosmetics For Personal Grooming: Ask IMBB


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Madhuri T. asks:

Hello IMBBians,

I am getting married this December, I know its quite a lot time, but still I am on a bridezilla spree 😛  I hope you beauties out there would help me out with my bridal makeup shopping.  My sister-in-law is returning from the United States and I am planning to get myself a lot of cosmetics and personal care stuff through her.  Can you please suggest good makeup stuff for the D day and some skin and hair care products for grooming myself in the coming months.  About myself, I am 25 years, dusky complexion with combination skin 🙂  Kindly suggest cosmetics with long staying power and those that come out well in photographs.

Thanks in advance 🙂


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28 thoughts on “Cosmetics For Personal Grooming: Ask IMBB

  1. you are lucky!!!! get MAC cosmetics from US or MUFE ie MakeupForeverHD foundation..its perfect for special occasions and photographs really well, even MAC face n body foundation photographs well..MAC is available in india too so go and get your shades checked and then later order the same from US 😀 big price diff between Indian n US 🙁 for eyeshadows I highly recommend checking out inglot since they are very reasonable and have huge variety ..color swill depend upon your needs…from MAC colors like woodwinked, satin taupe, bronze, expensive pink etc are very pretty for special occasions

    For concealer – hands down MACs pro long wear is the best provided you find your shade or even mac’s studio finish concealer is good..another grt option is MUFE full coverage concealer n little less expensive but works well is from revlon photoready concealer.

    For lipsticks I feel Revlon really makes some great ones..check that out or MAC is another good option for high end

    MAC Fix+ or Urban Decay’s Fixing spray would be must for u since it will keep your makeup in place for long hours…also primers! MAC’s primer is good or even inglot’s face primer

    Compact – MAC Studio Fix powder foundation or Mineralize skin finish

    Blushes – MAC/inglot/Nars/The Balm, for drugstore – Milani makes some great blushes even NYX has decent blushes
    eyeshadow bases – hands down MACs paint pots! – since you are on duskier side check out Grounwork paint pot..works veyr well for my NC42 skint one…also Indianwood (Golden) paint pot and Rubenesque(peachy pink with golden shimmer) are must haves!

    eyeliners – milani ones are quite good or even colorbar n faces from india 🙂

    Highlighters – A bride must have a highlighter!! – MAC’s extra dimension, Soft and Gentle/Inglot has various liquid highlighter..u can check in stores in india, The Balms Mary Lou-Manizer is freaking awesome..i have reviewed it on imbb do check it out

    I too have combination skin and I love using Vichy’s Normaderm range..u can even check out clinique’s products..especially its clarifying lotion in type 3 and dramatically different moisturizin gel ..both are for combi skin n r excellent!

    if you have pimples, white heads etc get yourself checked with a derma or another option is to go for mild glycolic acid peels every month..this will basically exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin layers revealing brighter skin beneath..these peels are beneficial especially for marks, pigmentation, spots, acne, pores etc

    phew long post but i hope this helped 🙂

  2. Congratulations Madhuri 🙂 Good that you are planning ahead. If your sis in law is coming down from US, Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret shower gel, fragrance mist should be in your list. Foundations, concealers, compact, should all be bought by you personally from stores, some of the brands to try are MAC, Clinique, TBS, Revlon, Bourjouis. I have found Clinique Superbalanced foundation to be great. Eyeliners you can pick from ELF and other such brands. Eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks from Wet n Wild. There are a whole lot of options abroad, will add in later 🙂

  3. Awwwww….. i am feeling so so happy to be among u wonderful girls….. thank u parita and jomol… i will definitely start preparing my list now…. me super excited right now 😀 😀

  4. you should get a variety of shades may be drugstore ones to try on what works for you
    wetnwild, elf, LA colors lippies are good..
    NARS foundation i think is really good it will be a good investment 🙂

  5. Thank u parita for the amazing list of products… i will deinitely post my haul as soon as i receive my products…. 🙂 🙂

  6. Thank u neha…. 🙂 I just cant decide on foundation shades… I guess i need to try them out first at the stores here and then get them from abroad… is NARS available here?… i stay in hyderabad… 🙂

  7. 1) MAC Prep & Prime Natural Radiance, this is a new primer by MAC for combination/oily skin types

    2) MAC Fix + Spray https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-fix-spray-review/

    3) MAC Brushes 217, 219, 187/188
    https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-brushes-imbb/
    https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-219-pencil-brush-review-photos/
    https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-187-duo-fibre-brush-review-photos/
    https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-188-small-duo-fibre-face-brush-review/

    4) MAC Brush Cleanser https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-brush-cleanser-review/

    5) MAC Eyeshadows https://makeupandbeauty.com/15-mac-eyeshadows-imbb/
    https://makeupandbeauty.com/mac-eyeshadow-swatches/

    you may get an empty palette from US and buy refills later on from india

    6) Neutrogena makeup Remover Towelettes https://makeupandbeauty.com/neutrogena-makeup-remover-cleansing-towelettes-review/

    7) BENEFIT highlighters (sun beam, high beam, watt’s up)

    8) BENEFIT tints (benetint, cha cha tint, posetint) https://makeupandbeauty.com/benefit-benetint-review-swatch-fotd/

    9) Inglot 30T brush https://makeupandbeauty.com/inglot-30t-eyeliner-brush-a-must-have/

      1. my pleasure madhuri 🙂 ..i’l also suggest Chanel’s lipstick in Mademoiselle …i think it is one lipstick every girl should have 😀

  8. Congratulations and yayyy you are from Hyderabad too….nice..

    here are my recommendations

    Primer – MAC prep+Prime/Colorbar
    Foundation – Clinique Super balanced/MUFE HD
    Concealer – MAC prolong wear
    Compact – MAC skinfinish mineralize
    Eyeliner/pencils – maybelline gel eye liner in balck or brown/gold swirl. Colored eye pencils from Faces (long wear)
    Lipsticks – Loreal last very long. Faces is very creamy 🙂

    but like they have said above do check the shade personally to know what suit you. You can always order from the US post that. The advantge of going with brands in India is that it will always be available for you incase you need to restock

  9. Bioderma h20 crealine – very mild but one of the most effective skin cleaner/ makeup remover
    no wonder why many Super Models rely on it……
    Avene thermal spring water – a multifunctional product that can be use as makeup setting spray/ in skin rashes , sunburn etc
    Blistex lip balm – super cheap but super effective
    Eyeshadow palettes from Coastal scents

  10. You can try Smashbox photo finish primer the best for photo’s (no shipping chargers) , Bobi brow foundation are best suited for dusky skin, you can try coastal scents / BH cosmetics eyeshadow pallette a single will be worth and also shipping charger are lesser in US. You can get inglots/MAC eyeliner or gel liner both are worth giving a try. Lipsticks i feel inglots refills are good with large variety of shades. Try NYX blush , bronzer and Highlighter.

    Skin care you can try Clinique, TBS, Biotherm and Kérastase shampoos according to your problem.

      1. SmashBox primers are better compared to MAC. you can try MAC in some indian stores and also read reviews of both mac and smashbox and decide.

  11. madhuri my sis too got married some months bak and i did her entire makeup on the D day..by experience i vote for mac studio fix for foundation n concealor, i used mac eyeshadows on her n trust me they didnt need any kinda touch-up. i used a deep red chambor lipstick on her( which i was scared,would not last)..but that too behaved quite well..i would like to ask u to arrange for benefit high beam..that works fantastically as a highlighter..u can also get benefit pore professional which works good as a base under ur foundation:)

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