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Clarins is a trusted brand name among the beauty-loving population of the country. The brand stocks its much-loved skincare products at Parcos and Shoppers Stop outlets across the country, and also have its Clarins Skin Spa in Mumbai and Spa by Clarins at the W Hotel in Goa. After all these years, the French beauty house is finally allotting a space for itself in the country, with the launch of its second standalone India store, in Mumbai.

Situated on the second floor at Mumbai’s Palladium Mall, the store will bring all their hardworking face masks, creams and body scrubs under one roof, along with its extensive makeup line, which is coming to the country for the first time. Expect everything from lightweight lip tints to a skin-firming foundation and the all-in-one coloured eye and lip pens. It doesn’t hurt to know that each of the brand’s makeup products come with good-for-skin ingredients, so you know you’re not torturing your delicate skin with daily use. With on-ground skincare experts, who’ll help you with custom solutions for your skin troubles, and a sample wall where you can pick the products you’d like to try and test at home, there’s enough reason for you to be planning a trip there now.

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Hair colour these days can fall anywhere between the usual blond or brown hues to exuberant unicorn ombres. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you lead towards, it is imperative that you arm yourself with all the knowledge you can find before you head to the salon for a colour job, to ensure that you make the most out of your appointment. Some hair colour formulas can take a drastic toll on your health, others can fade out extremely quickly, while some post-care shampoos may not be compatible with your colour of choice. So exactly does one navigate this minefield to reach that photo-ready balayage? We got Mumbai-based hair colour expert, Anchal Morwani (popularly known as Hot Hair Balloon on Instagram) to draw up the precise roadmap to nailing the hair colour of your dreams. Here’s what we learned.

How does the process of hair colouring work?

Hair colour works differently on different people, depending on your original colour and texture. And it helps to have a clear idea in mind of what you want before walking into the salon, to avoid any surprises later. Morwani agrees, “I always start out with a reference picture of what the client wants as different people can have a surprisingly wide variety of ideas about what a red looks like, or even a simple shade like brown. Once you’ve narrowed down the exact hue that you’re looking for, have a discussion with your hair colourist about style to opt for—whether it is partial highlights, balayage or complete hair painting.”

After finalising the look, it’s time to sit back and let the pros do their work. “I usually play around with five to six shades to come up with a customised shade that will suit the client’s hair structure the best. Once the formula is in place, it is applied on the desired sections of the hair and left in place for 45 minutes, post which the hair is shampooed and styled,” she explains. Your hairstylist will likely check in at regular 15-minute intervals to check how the hair is responding to the colour; don’t be worried if it isn’t exactly what you’re looking for as the dye works in stages on lightening the hair. “It generally takes 10 days after the treatment for the colour to settle in and truly come into its own. Also, it is essential to bear in mind that hair colour opens up with time, hence the fade that you’ll notice as the colour later starts to wear off,” she adds.

What are the different hair colour formulas available?

The main distinguisher here comes in the form of whether your formula contains bleach or not. Both present their own set of pros and cons, and the deciding factor is derived from the final look you’re opting for. “When done correctly, formulas without bleach can lift the original hair colour up to three levels and can be used for yellow-centric looks, such as blonde and brass. Bleach, on the other hand, can lift the original hair colour up to eight levels and comes into play for extensive transformations. However, bleached hair requires extra care as it strips the stands of melanin,” she advises. For best results, always consult a hair colour expert on how to find the right hair colour for you, and the results you can expect with bleaching.

What kind of post-colour care is required?

The formula you’ve opted for will dictate the kind of aftercare you’ll need to allot into your daily hair regimen. “If you haven’t opted for hair bleaching, a general colour-safe shampoo and conditioner routine should do you good and delay the process of fading for as long as possible. You’ll also find a friend in pigmented shampoos that help preserve colour; for instance, the Amethyste Silver Shampoo neutralises yellow undertones and keeps blonde highlights intact for longer,” explains the Mumbai-based hair colourist.

And while bleach will open up the possibilities of the colours that you can opt for, bear in mind that the stakes are comparatively higher for the aftercare. Which is why you’ll only ever find Morwani conducting bleaching processes in conjunction with treatments like Olaplex or Smartbond, that maintain the pH balance of the hair without altering its texture.

If your head has been spinning around in circles with all the jargon being dropped at the salon, allow her to draw up a simple analogy. “Hair is basically made up of tiny amino acids or proteins—picture these as small Lego blocks connected with bridges. When opting for strong salon processes, these links often break and take a toll on the health of your tresses. This is where treatments like Olaplex come in that literally work as cement and fill in the gaps in your hair, nurturing it back to health,” she decodes.

How to preserve hair colour till your next salon appointment

There’s no denying the magic of a good colour job, but unfortunately magic isn’t enough to delay the inevitable process of root regrowth, wherein the hair close to your scalp begins growing back in its original colour. Fret not; there are a host of quick fixes that you can rely on until you have time to pencil in another salon appointment for a touch-up.

“The easiest way to cover up root regrowth is to turn to your eyeshadow palette and dab some on the problem areas with a makeup brush. You’d be surprised at how effective it is,” says Morwani. “Some smart hairstyling can also work wonders for concealing any errant pops of your original colour. The rule of thumb is to simply change the partition to the other side, but you can also look to certain hairstyles like a top knot or a half-up hairdo as an easy fix when you’re on the go.”

For those looking to stave off a retouch session for longer, there are a host of beauty buys that will come to your rescue for the in-between period. Morwani’s top picks include the Label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo which is great for covering gaps and providing a matte texture that helps camouflage any uneven regrowth. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer also delivers on exactly what the name promises and provides evenly blended coverage with one spray.

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“What hurts more than a break up? Hair fall.” While this might make for a funny meme, it does have its roots in truth. There is something sinister about watching more strands than usual on the hair brush. And here is the thin line we walk on: panic too much and the stress of losing hair will lead to further hair fall. Turn a blind eye and you can leave the underlying causes unaddressed, sometimes leading to irreversible hair thinning. The trick lies in acing the balancing act and taking an informed step.

Understanding the hair growth and hair fall process

Experts agree that it’s normal to shed 50-100 hair strands on a daily basis, as that shows that the growth cycle is in place. The old hair has to shed to make room for new strands to grow. In a nutshell, the growth is cyclical, and every year, there could be a time you are losing more hair than usual. If this phase is lasting for a few days only, there’s no cause for concern, as it could just be a sign of renewal. It is usually observed that the hair sheds a few extra strands during change of season, especially in monsoon. But if it lasts for more than a few days, for over a month, it’s time to sit back and take notice. If the hair loss is changing your hair texture, making your strands thinner than their natural form, see a professional, preferably your dermatologist, immediately. Even if the hair thickness is fine but you are observing more hair loss than usual, it is a sign that something inside the body is not letting the organs or systems operate at their optimal efficiency.

Why hair falls

Physiological changes such as puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause and nutritional deficiencies are some of the most common causes of hair fall. Hair damage (caused due to the way you wash, manage and dry your hair on a daily basis) comes a close second, but in that the hair fall is not from the roots. The first step is to understand the cause. That’s why a reputed dermatologist begins the treatment after the preliminary blood tests. “Post assessment and counselling with blood work, we treat hair fall with a combination of medical treatments as well as home care. This would include recommendations in diet, the products (Minoxidil sprays, etc) and supplements (biotin and zinc) along with advanced treatments including advanced PRP, stem cells, hair transplant and micro-pigmentation,” adds Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, founder and director, ISAAC.

“If the patient is losing hair and the hair texture or thickness of existing hair is as before, then nutritional supplements can fix the problem. You should begin with the treatments when there is miniaturisation of hair follicles and hair bulbs that’s leading to hair thinning,” says Dr Satish Bhatia, Mumbai-based dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon. His niche clinic is packed with patients from the Middle East who fly down all the way to restore hair loss through PRP (plasma-rich platelet) therapy. This is recommended when the problem persists even after dietary supplements and topical application of Minoxidil sprays. With a thin needle, your own blood plasma is injected into the scalp which can promote hair growth. The results are visible within four to six weeks.

Hair fall remedies: Diet changes for good hair health

“When women (and men) suffer from hair fall, they change their shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments. But have you changed your diet?” questions Dr Harpreet Pasricha, nutritionist and diet consultant. “The condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. Sudden hair loss could also result from crash weight loss diets that eliminate certain food groups leading to nutritional deficiencies. Iron deficiency is a common reason people start to get flaky hair that starts to shed. Zinc deficiency too leads to hair loss and a dry scalp. To counter hair fall enrich your diet with five nutrients—zinc, biotin, Vitamin D, iron and protein.”

You need to eat healthy, not just to lose weight, but also to maintain good skin and hair. Excess sugar and processed foods interfere with absorption of certain minerals. “Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. Your hair is primarily made of protein. Dry, brittle and weak hair is a result of low protein diets. The amino acid lysine is particularly important, since it’s commonly found in keratin. A good hair diet should include chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, legumes and nuts and eggs,” states Pasricha. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin which is used to synthesise Keratin Growth Factor, the hormone your body uses to synthesise keratin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Pasricha shares a page from her anti-hair fall diet plan here:

— Spinach is one the top superfoods to treat hair fall problems as it is rich in iron, protein, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C, which enables the body to balance out hormones and to produce essential oils in the scalp. These nutrients condition the scalp, eventually leading to an increase in hair growth.

— Seeds of pumpkin, flax and sunflower are rich in zinc, Vitamin E, oleic acid and Vitamin B6 which make them the perfect diet addition to combat hair fall. These nutrients strengthen your hair strands and improve oxygen and blood flow, while making it a viable environment for your tresses to grow.

— Egg is packed with biotin, protein, sulphur, zinc and Vitamin E, which rejuvenates hair health from the roots of your strands, making it possible to have a healthier regrowth.

The relationship between stress and hair fall

If the hair fall continues once your diet is fixed and your blood tests reveal no major hormonal imbalance, it’s probably more organic to visit a psychiatrist before you consider hair grafting sessions. The inside out approach to hair fall helps in tackling the problem from the roots. Hair fall and stress are intimately linked in a sort of never-ending vicious cycle. Stress causes hair fall, and that leads to more stress. “Anxiety causes certain immune system changes, which in turn affect your entire body and also hair,” explains Mumbai-based Dr Rohann Bokdawala, consultant neuropsychiatrist. The different types of hair loss commonly seen are: Trichotillomania, where people with this disorder have an obsession of constantly pulling and breaking their hair; Alopecia Areata, when the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking your hair due to stress; and Telogen Effluvium, where stress does not allow the normal hair cycle to get completed, and sends most of the hair into the resting stage—so whenever you brush, it just comes off. The last is the most common from the three. We have hair fall every day but in stress, due to free radicals it gets exaggerated.”

Home remedies to counter hair fall

The internet is brimming with hair fall remedies of all kinds. But let’s get to the base of all Indian home remedies—Ayurveda. “Targeted therapies such as Thalapothichil (which is a gentle head massage with amla, curd and triphala paste) give very good results,” advises Dr Priyanka Sampat, senior doctor at Birla Ayurveda. “In our texts, a paste of hibiscus leaves and flowers works as an antidote to hair fall when applied as a cleanser. To arrest hair fall, don’t wash hair with hot water (bathing above shoulder with warm water is not allowed as per Ayurveda). Use room temperature water.” This a something that modern hairstylists also believe, as the cold or room temperature water is used to rinse off conditioner at most salons of repute.

Regular oiling of hair is recommended to boost blood circulation in the scalp as well. Vivek Sahni, co-founder, Kama Ayurveda, traces the popularity of the brand’s Bringadi Intensive Treatment Oil to its potent formulation. “This traditional Ayurvedic recipe consists of power herbs extracted into pure sesame oil and milk. A natural conditioner for lush hair growth that nourishes deeply while cooling the scalp. Indigo, Eclipta Alba and gooseberry to promote hair growth. To arrest hair fall, we recommend using the Bringadi Intensive Treatment Oil every time you wash your hair. Don’t wash your hair more than thrice a week and try and use a hot towel or warm oil while doing the same,” adds Sahni. Before you get on your way to correct your hair fall problem with oils, a word of caution comes from hair expert and trainer, Pawan Om Duggal. “Here you need to know your hair type. Hair oiling is a great ritual for those with normal to dry scalp. If your scalp is oily, massaging it will oil and keeping it overnight will lead to more hair shedding.”

Don’t press the panic button at the first signs of hair fall. Sit up, breathe and analyse what your body is trying to tell you.

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How to pick the best shampoo for your hair type

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Think about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and your mind will instantly served with an image of the actor with a red pout—she has favoured the hue so many times that it has become her signature. But Rai Bachchan is known to play around with her lipstick palette too. We spotted her in that pastel purple lipstick—the one that got people talking—at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and it was all the proof we need to know that she’s willing to take beauty risks without hesitation. While there are no doubts that a bright red lipstick is her absolute favourite, looks like it hasn’t always been her go-to. Recently, the actor shared a throwback picture with her mother where she wore a transparent gloss, quite unlike the looks we’ve been seeing on her off late.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s love for red lipstick

While black might be the hue she prefers for her outfits, red is definitely her favourite lipstick colour. From weddings here—like Sonam K Ahuja’s reception—to events and appearances all around the world, case in point: this year’s Cannes Film Festival—Rai Bachchan always has her ruby matte pout intact. Naturally, she pairs it with pitch black eyeliner, winged on most occasions by her favourite makeup artist, Mickey Contractor. Another thing you’ll notice about her lipstick routine is that unlike most people who highlight and define their cupid’s bow, the actor actually masks it by applying her lipstick over it, thus making her pout look plumper.

For the days that call for pink or nude lips

The actor does venture away from the scarlet family from time to time, and takes to nudes and pinks on those occasions. She wore a pop of coral for a press meet in Cannes, a velvet nude at a football match with husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya, and has often been spotted sporting a creamy pink with her Indian ensembles and formal gowns too. The new hue we’ve been seeing on the actor? A matte dusty rose. If there’s one thing we know when it comes to Rai Bachchan’s beauty picks, it’s the fact that she never disappoints. Flip through the gallery for a complete look at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s favourite lipstick colours.

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Disha Patani opted for minimal makeup and bouncy curls for an event last week, giving her sporty look a touch of freshness, while Alia Bhatt’s glowing skin and that sleek, low ponytail gave her ethnic outfit a regal finishing touch. Scroll on to find out how to recreate our favourite Bollywood celebrity makeup and hairstyles from last week.

Disha Patani’s voluminous hairstyle


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Patani was recently announced as the wellness ambassador for a chain of luxury hotels. For the event, the actor chose to keep her makeup minimal, and wore her hair in big, bouncy curls.

How to get the look

To start off, keep your base very simple with a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Pick a warm, peach-toned blush for the cheeks and use the same on the eyes as well. Use a few coats of mascara to open up your peepers and use a soft, creamy pink lipstick for your pout. For her hairstyle, divide your hair in a side part and bring both sections to the front. Using thick, two-inch sections of hair, start to curl them from mid-length. Use some volumising mousse or cream on the crown, to give your hair added bounce and let the curls open up a little before you set them in place with hairspray, for a natural look. Here’s your toolkit.

Alia Bhatt’s fresh makeup and sleek hairstyle


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Bhatt is often seen preferring the no-makeup makeup look, and for an event last week, the star stuck to her basics. While you’ll usually spot her in an open-curled blowout, this time around, she decided to wear her hair in a sleek, low ponytail.

How to get the look

To recreate Bhatt’s makeup look, use a lightweight, dewy finish foundation to give your base a flawless finish. Then, dust a nude eyeshadow on your eyelids and apply a lengthening mascara for your lashes. Brush your brows in place and finish the look with a matte pink blush and a rosy pink pout. Depending on your hair’s natural texture, blow-dry or straighten your mane, and tie it into a low ponytail to replicate her hairstyle. Wondering which products to buy? Have a look at our suggestions here.

Check out our edit of all our favourite Bollywood celebrity beauty looks from last week.

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Acne, even during the times when it’s not on the face for the whole world to see, is just as troublesome. Body or truncal acne, a condition where acne affects the chest and back, is often a sign of hormonal imbalances within the body, and is more than just a superficial discomfort. Like facial acne, it can dent the confidence of the many people who suffer from it. But unlike its counterpart, which calls for immediate action, unfortunately body acne is ignored till the time it becomes painful or widespread. In some people, body acne could be an external symptom of suppressed anxiety and chronic trauma as well. The right treatment begins with the right diagnosis.

Identifying body acne

“Before you start with any DIY remedy or topical medication, visit a trusted dermatologist,” states Mumbai-based dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon Dr Satish Bhatia. “White heads, red papules or pus/blood-filled lesions on chest, back and buttocks are often misdiagnosed as milairia, a fungal infection that mimics symptoms of body acne but is caused due to sweat retention.” Deep truncal acne could also cause keloids, which can be best described as overgrown scar tissues which result in a discoloured raised lump on the skin.

The best treatments for body acne

The causes of acne could be environmentally-driven, due to exposure to pollution, gases and sunlight. Hormonal imbalances, dietary deficiencies, polycystic ovaries and fibroids can also be other deep rooted reasons behind persistent breakouts on the body. To effectively cure the condition, the root cause should be addressed. This is why a series of blood tests are prescribed when one is diagnosed with body acne.

Known for his expertise in acne management, Dr Bhatia explains, “Monitoring of insulin resistance is critical, as many acne patients have a tendency towards being diabetic. Even thyroid levels are checked to see if that’s the cause of disruption in the skin. Depending upon the severity and type of body acne, we can start on oral antibiotics (doxycycline and Limecycline) or oral retinoids. It takes three to six weeks for the effects to be visible. Topically, we can apply glycolic acid 6 per cent and azelaic acid 10 per cent creams, gels or body spray. Alternatively, we can use chemical peels like salicylic acid, phenol or TCA peels at the dermatologist office.” Use of salicylic and glycolic acid soaps is also recommended to keep the skin cleansed and prevent further acne. Exfoliation typically helps remove the dead cells, but in the case of deep-seated acne (which is red or pus-filled), it worsens the conditions and may lead to scarring and pigmentation.

The Ayurvedic approach to body acne 

Ayurveda too, much like the modern sciences, believes that acne is a result of improper blood circulation that impacts its purification. “When toxins are not released out of the body, pores get clogged, resulting in acne,” explains Gita Ramesh, joint managing director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group. “Body treatments such as abhyangam, followed by cleansing with an Ayurvedic herbal powder like Kairali’s ‘Kairbal’, help in external detoxification. For home care, we recommend swapping regular soaps with natural ubtan—made at home with chickpea powder mixed with rosewater. In Ayurveda, internally cleansing is equally important, if not more essential, than topical remedies. Start your day with amla juice—that’s a natural blood purifier.” Another remedy is to grind fresh neem leaves with turmeric, and have a teaspoon of this mixture daily to keep the system clean. Taking a bath with neem water regularly has shown wonderful results as well. Neem decoctions are anti-acne elixirs, as the leaves have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties.

How diet can get rid of acne

While topical medication and cosmetic treatments would help address the symptoms, you can speed up the recovery process by making dietary changes. To begin with, remove skim milk and processed cheese from your diet. “Skimmed milk is clinically proven to aggravate acne and should be immediately stopped,” asserts Dr Bhatia. “Zinc deficiency can lead to acne. In such cases, the skin condition improves dramatically if put on zinc supplements. Consumption of zinc-rich food such as broccoli, peas and green leafy vegetables also helps. Probiotics, in form of yoghurt or oral medication have been found very effective in clearing up acne,” he adds. Vitamin C is an acne elixir, as it rejuvenates the skin giving it a healthy and brighter appearance, and good healthy fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids, help you on your way to smoother skin too. Dr Bhatia advises his patients to eat fish and avocados to clear acne from the inside out.

Shruti Agrawal, Mumbai-based genetic health counsellor, recommends adding lots of liquids and water-dense vegetables to your diet. “Coconut water, buttermilk, fresh lemon water and sugarcane juices should be consumed more frequently. In fruits and vegetables, opt for cucumber, watermelons, muskmelons, lychees, bottle gourd, ridge gourd and green leafy vegetables.”

Topical applications will help, as will cosmetic treatments and DIY remedies, but a holistic approach will ensure that you are on the fastest route to recovery, and that your body acne never stages a comeback.

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Suffering from acne well past your teens? We have the help you need

The best skin treatments for acne, wrinkles and more in your city

What does your acne really mean? A dermatologist clears the air

Could Ayurveda be the secret to balancing your skin?

The best Ayurvedic Indian superfoods you should eat based on your dosha

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It’s called the skin vitamin for good reason—doctors love it, it is a vital part of any conversation about bright skin, and without a few (or many) drops of it, flawless skin might just be a distant dream. Vitamin C is that wonder vitamin that not only fights cold and flu from the inside, but also defends skin against dark spots, signs of ageing and sun damage when applied topically. It also boosts glow and evens out your complexion. How does it do all this? We asked celebrity dermatologist Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, founder and medical director of ISAAC (International Skin & Anti-Aging Centre) in Delhi to tell us more about the miracle vitamin that can make your skin cross over to the bright side.

What exactly is Vitamin C? How does it work on your skin?

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s a powerful antioxidant present in both the epidermis and dermis of the skin. As it’s water soluble, it’s not stored in your body in significant quantities and the excess that is consumed gets eliminated through the body. This is also why regular replenishment is important. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralises free radicals in the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, so it heals and hydrates the skin too. It also has an anti-ageing effect as it boosts collagen production, which in turns helps to reduce the formation of wrinkles.

Why should I use Vitamin C?

Vitamin C application has been known to improve fine lines and reduces both pigmentation and inflammation. The vitamin also empowers skin with potent antioxidant activity, which helps neutralise the oxidative stress developed due to various environmental stressors and pollution. You can use it for photo protection as well—it’s equally effective against both UVA and UVB damage and to ward off pigmentation. Vitamin C works beautifully on pigmentation and uneven skin tones as it inhibits the tyrosinase activity (oxidation), thus decreasing the melanin production.

What role does it play in correcting sun damage?

If retinoids are the gold standard then Vitamin C is the silver standard for reversing photo-ageing of skin. Although Vitamin C in itself is not sun protective, topical application protects you against the photo damage. The vitamin works by deactivating UV-induced free radicals.

What’s the best way to store and preserve Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is water-soluble and oxidises easily when exposed to air (oxygen) and loses its effectiveness. Store it away from light in a dark corner. When buying a Vitamin C serum, look for ones with additional antioxidants like Vitamin E, ferulic acid or alpha lipoid acid, these help in stabilising the formula.

Is there an order in which Vitamin C should be applied?

After gentle cleansing, pat toner on the face. Let it dry and then apply Vitamin C with fingertips on the face and neck. Let it get absorbed and lock it in with a moisturiser, followed by a sun block before stepping out in the sun. You can use it only during the day if photo damage is your major concern or you can use it at night, if restoring the skin and anti-ageing is on your agenda. Always use it before you apply any makeup.

What ingredients are safe to use with Vitamin C?

— Vitamin E: It increases the effectiveness of Vitamin C fourfold by acting on different compartments of the skin cells when used together. This combination is also good because Vitamin C can regenerate oxidised Vitamin E, which acts as the front-line defence against UV-radiation-induced free radical damage.

— Ferulic acid: Some studies indicate that it can increase the effectivity of Vitamin C and E by eight times, and it also helps in stabilising the antioxidant effect of a mix of Vitamin C and E. This triple antioxidant combination is available in C E Ferulic, a product by Skinceuticals.

Which ingredient should never be mixed or worn with Vitamin C?

Retinol and Vitamin C should not be mixed together because retinol is best absorbed at a pH of 5.5-6 and vitamin C at 3.5 or lower. Therefore, the efficacy of both ingredients decreases when used together. They should preferably be used at different times of the day.

Should I be popping a Vitamin C pill too?

Vitamin C plays an important role in our body. It’s needed to maintain the health of skin, cartilage, bone, and blood vessels. It also protects body cells from damage due to its powerful antioxidant nature. It is necessary for collagen synthesis, and higher intake is associated with better skin appearance. Normally people get enough Vitamin C in their diet; however, a low dose of Vitamin C can result in a medical condition called scurvy which can present itself as a rash, muscle weakness, tooth loss or joint pain, among others. I recommend a 500 mg dose twice daily.

Scroll through the slideshow and choose from our picks of the best Vitamin C serums and creams. Whether you want to save or splurge, we have an option for you.

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It’s that time of the year again—the Vogue Beauty Awards 2018 is right around the corner, at the end of July, the theme for which will be ‘Red, Black and Gold—the classic colours of beauty’. Before the event, it is imperative that you know the people who are responsible in bringing the best from the year’s beauty crop to you. From makeup and hair pros to dermatologists, philanthropists and Bollywood celebrities, our panel this year features 10 industry experts, along with our in-house jury, editor-in-chief Priya Tanna and beauty editor Nidhi Sharma Punjabi. They’ve swatch-ed, blended, buffed and spritzed hundreds of bottles, tubes and jars over the last few months to help pick the best of them all. Meet the judges of the Vogue Beauty Awards 2018.

MICKEY CONTRACTOR


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

To wear black clothes, red as a lip colour… I’ve always loved red, and gold is great for eyes.

What’s been your favourite beauty trend this year?

I think the metallic trend that had started off in the past… it has really caught on this year. I have been using a lot of metallic eyeshadows, also a bit of metallic lips.

What’s the one lipstick you can’t live without?

Actually, I’d say I can’t live without my palette, which I have made over the years. Because once I open that, I can just about make any colour. I have almost every colour possible in this palette. 

What surprised you the most during the judging?

Quite a few new brands that I saw this year. Quite a few good products. Particularly one company that I have started to fall in love with already. Can’t name it but I discovered a lot of products from this company and I think I’m going to start using them.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

I saw this shiny black liner, which one used to use like 25-30 years back, which I had completely given up on and started to use a lot of matte liners. But maybe, if an occasion comes up, maybe I’d like to use that shiny liner again.

Are you taking back anything specific from the judging?

To never think that we have it all. There’s always something new to find.

SHAGUN KHANNA


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

Red lipstick—I prefer matte over glossy. Nars has beautiful shades of red. Black, of course, black eyeliner. Gold, subtle gold, maybe a touch of highlighter.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

Serums.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty for me is not only about your face. I feel beauty is more about your heart. If you’re a loving, caring, kind person, then you’re a beautiful person.

What’s your favourite way to wear eyeliner?

I prefer kajal, to be honest. I don’t like the liquid eyeliners too much because my hand shakes every time I apply them. Those are not for me, but I love kajal. And for me, just a thin line and then in the evenings, just smudge it a little—that works.

Is there a beauty tip or trick you’ve learned recently?

What really works is applying an ice pack on your face before you apply your makeup, before your moisturiser. I think that really, really works. For me, [if I’m] in a hotel, you just get a can of coke and gently dab it around your eye area to reduce the puffiness.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

Yves Saint Laurent Opium. Because that really reminds me of my mum, and that generation really loved Opium.

JAYA RAHEJA


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

I love black lipstick actually. And gold, probably just eyeshadow.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

My Clarins SPF.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty, for me, is more inner than outer; and if you’re a beautiful person, I think that shows on your skin.

What’s the one lipstick you can’t live without?

My Guerlain lipstick.

What’s your favourite way to wear eyeliner?

To smudge it and get that smoky look.

Is there a beauty tip or trick you’ve learned recently?

Sleep, a lot of sleep. It’s that simple.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

Yes, the Calvin Klein fragrance; it just reminded me of college.

SHAHEEN ABBAS


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

Red, of course, lips for sure. Black, anything to do with kohl. I love that whole smudgy, undone, unfinished [look] because I think it looks a little sexier. The whole vibe is very easy and chill. Gold, definitely shimmer shadows and highlighter.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

My Vitamin C serum. I can’t live without it.

What does beauty mean to you?

When you wake up, even without the layers of everything, you should wake up feeling good about yourself, beautiful without any makeup on. But when you’re really happy or you’ve had a really good workout, or you’ve had really good sex, it actually shows on your face, like you look happy, your eyes are shinier, your mood is better. A lot of these little life things plus your beauty products go a long way in making you look and feel good, from inside and outside.

What’s the one lipstick you can’t live without?

Anastasia Beverly Hills, the liquid lipstick in a shade called Lovely.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

The HD foundation from Make Up For Ever, because I used to use it a lot but I haven’t used it, I think in the last four years.

ROD ANKER


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What’s been your favourite beauty trend of the year?

What’s been going around for a fair amount of time is the beach waves, the soft kind of more textured look of hair vs overdone hair. Something I think we’ve spoken about a lot before, and not it’s hit the street. It’s filtering down to the masses, and I think people accept it now and want that, as opposed to their weekly blowout.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

Hair serum, and leave-in serum is something I cut and blow-dry with.

What does beauty mean to you?

For me beauty isn’t a look, or it isn’t a product. It’s a feeling that you get, whether it be looking out of a window, or whether it be the feeling you get from using a product, or whether it be the feeling you get from being with someone. Beauty is far more than just a look, season or trend.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

The L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray.

DR HARSHNA BIJLANI


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

Red lips, black mascara and maybe gold shimmer on the eyes.

What’s your favourite beauty trend of the year?

Sheet masks.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

Moisturiser.

What does beauty mean to you?

Being confident.

What surprised you the most during the judging?

There is a lot of new stuff that is really nice, a lot of new entries which was exciting and a lot of new innovations in packaging which I thought, was quite nice; it intrigues the customer.

KULSUM SHADAB


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

Black is the smoky look that I always go for at night, red is definitely red lips and maybe a gold eye shadow with the smoky look—I like to combine it but I don’t like too much of gold on my face.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

Sunscreen.

What does beauty mean to you?

I feel your face is the map of your heart, and what you are on the inside reflects on your face, and that’s beauty for me. It’s what you feel and what you think all day long.

What’s the one lipstick you can’t live without?

See Sheer lipstick by M.A.C. I use that and I use a gloss called Fulfilled from M.A.C as well.

What is your favourite way to wear eyeliner?

I like the smudged look but if it’s a night out with bold red lipstick, it’s definitely the winged.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

Yes, the Kiehl’s cleansing mask.

NEHA DHUPIA


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What are your favourite ways to wear red, gold and black?

I think I would go with red on my lips, jet black hair and then gold, maybe just a hint somewhere like toenails—I’m not like a gold person—or highlighter.

What’s the one beauty product you cannot live without?

Moisturiser.

What does beauty mean to you?

I personally feel that my most beautiful time is when I finish working out and I’m really hydrated, and I feel beautiful.

What’s your favourite way to wear eye liner?

A winged tip.

Did you spot an old beauty product you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I used to use it many years ago.

HUMA QURESHI


Image: Deepti Hiranandani

What are your favourite ways to wear red gold and black?

Red on the lips obviously, it just makes or breaks a look. Gold on the eyes or as a nice highlighter and black nails, mascara or eyeliner.

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

I would say my moisturiser, my La Mer. I use it before my makeup, I think it just makes my skin so much better, younger and supple.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty to me is healthy skin.

What’s the one lipstick you can’t live without?

I would say the Lady Danger by M.A.C, I think it’s beautiful. There’s a lot of NYX shades I love, almost all the liquid matte shades.

What’s your favourite way to wear eyeliner?

Winged, there’s no other way.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

The Lotus sunblock, I haven’t used it in a while but I remember I used to use that with Lacto Calamine, back in school and college, and it used to be really amazing for Delhi heat.

RAVEENA TANDON


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What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

I think lip gloss. Just having a clean face, and that little bit of lipgloss to give your lips that little shine.

What does beauty mean to you?

I think beauty is when you enhance what you already have. Makeup should be used to actually bring out the best in you, not to overshadow your natural beauty.

What is the one lipstick you can’t live without?

I think it would be the red.

What’s your favourite way to wear eyeliner?

On top of the lids as a wing, that’s essential.

Is there a beauty tip or trick you’ve learned over the years?

Earlier on what we used to do to make your lips look fuller if you had a thinner upper lip, and a fuller lower lip, is to equalise it with the use of a pencil. To overline it, above your lip line. I did it first when I was, I think, 16 and a half and I did it for an ad called Dollops, where they made my lips really pouty, and I was supposed to have a scoop of ice cream. I was just a model then. That’s the time I remember. It gave them a completely different look; they were much fuller because they wanted a huge pout, and that’s where it hit me. Then I started doing films, and it was something that I carried with me into films.

Did you spot an old beauty product that you used to love but haven’t used in a while?

Biotique. I used their Green Apple Shampoo a lot in the early ’90s—it smelled so good!

Also read:

7 luxurious red lipsticks your party makeup kits are incomplete without

12 waterproof eyeliners you can trust even on the rainiest of days

15 eyeliner tricks from Bollywood makeup pros you didn’t know you needed

How to apply highlighter like a make-up professional

10 runway beauty trends that work just as well at music festivals

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When it comes to your daily beauty routine, nothing can be as frustrating as dealing with unmanageable hair. You can usually get by with running out the door with no makeup on, but leaving your house with wild locks just looks sloppy and unkempt. Managing unruly hair can be an ongoing battle, since so many factors contribute to problem ends. One of the easiest fixes for a wide number of hair concerns are hair oils. From frizzy and puffy ends to stubborn hair fall that can be embarrassing, we’ve broken down the most common hair woes, paired with the best oils to tame your mane all year long.

Hair oils for dry, damaged and frizzy hair

Dry ends can be difficult to manage throughout the year, but during the monsoon, hair tends to get even frizzier. To beat dry, damaged locks, try the Josie Maran 100 per cent Pure Argan Oil. It’s best known for combatting fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, but it’s a nourishing hair oil too.

Argan oil is known for making hair shiny and lustrous, while hydrating your mane. If you suffer from extra-coarse hair, Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Oil is a fast-absorbing oil that provides hydration to even the thickest hair. It makes coarse hair frizz-free and protects it too, leaving you with smooth, shiny, healthy and hydrated hair. It has a high-tech, weightless patented ‘Healthy Hair’ molecule too, which blocks humidity and makes hair smooth and manageable—it is ideal for humid temperatures.

If shine and high gloss is what you are seeking, look no more. The Ouai Hair Oil smoothens out frizz for a high-gloss, super smooth finish. It protects against colour-treated hair and is packed with African galanga, ama oil, and Asian borage oils to keep colour from fading.

The Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum is a cult-favourite around the world. It smoothens, conditions and seals strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free for any weather. An added bonus is that it comes with a sweet, candy-like smell.

L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment repairs hair with its Keratin Healing system. It boosts hair strength and adds elasticity to dry, damaged ends. Keratin protein reconstructs the inner layers of the hair to add body and bounce, while the Phyto IV Complex rehydrates hair so that it is soft and silky smooth. And if you love using heat to style your hair, this oil provides thermal protection for up to 260 degrees celsius.

Multi-purpose hair oils

If you don’t have a major hair concern but still want nourishment and protection, try the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. It’s a multitasking hair oil that instantly softens, tames, de-frizzes, and detangles hair.

You can also opt for the Verb Ghost Oil, which is a transparent oil that restores and revitalises hair from the roots to the ends. It contains a moringa blend that coats the hair shaft with essential nutrients.

Hair oils for hair fall

Another great option formulated for hair fall is the Himalaya Herbals Anti Hair Fall Hair Oil. Enriched with the goodness of bhringaraja and amalaki, it strengthens root shafts and prevents hair fall. It also contains fenugreek, which is rich in root-nourishing lecithin.

Another wonder and age-old oil for hair fall is castor oil. Finn Naturals Organic Castor Oil For Hair Growth is pure castor oil without any harmful chemicals or impurities. It promotes hair growth, treats scalp infections and prevents premature greying.

Also read:

How to make your hair grow longer and healthier

The only hair colour guide you need to read before your next appointment

We asked 3 curly-haired Indian women for their ultimate hair care tips

How to do the perfect blow-dry at home—tips from a celebrity hairstylist

5 secrets to healthy hair your hairstylist isn’t telling you

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Dress, Falguni Shane Peacock

For spring, hairstylists rumpled hair into ’70s-style blowouts, served up breathtaking braids and adorned it with an accessory or two. Actor Diana Penty models the season’s major hair moments created by mane master Michel Baltazar.

Photographed by Errikos Andreou; Styled by Priyanka Parkash; Make-Up: Sandhya Shekhar/Faze Management

LET IT SLIDE


Jacket, Zara. Diamonds set in 18K gold button pins (worn on head), matching earrings; all Estaa. Necklace, Flowerchild by Shaheen Abbas. Ring, Misho

The season’s hair necessity: a simple slide that marries form and function. “Sliders add polish and elegance to sleek, straight hair,” says Michel Baltazar, creative director, Jean-Claude Biguine. Take a cue from the Versace spring runway and match your hair accessory to your jewellery. Baltazar positioned three individual hair pins in a row to give the impression of a slider, allowing maximum grip.

UP AND DOWN


Jumpsuit, Verandah, Earrings, necklace; all Flowerchild by Shaheen Abbas

Braids took home the hairstyling gold this season and made a guest appearance in all styles, including updos. “I wanted to revisit the hun (half bun) and create cool braided buns, so I weaved in cornrows into the look. Ensure a good balance of textures to keep it modern—too messy will make it look ethnic and bohemian, too sharp will give it an uptight and outdated finish,” warns Baltazar.

BLOWN AWAY


Dress, Deme by Gabriella. Earring, H&M

The deep side part, the tousled waves, the sexy volume—the ’70s inspired hairstylists to create a luxurious blowout. “For me, the highlight of this look is freedom—from pins, sprays and tools. Choose the part depending on the texture—a middle part balances volume for thick hair and a side part adds an illusion of fullness to fine hair. Wear it with a middle part for a hippie chic vibe or a side part for a more glam look,” adds Baltazar.

THE BRAID-Y BUNCH


Bralette, striped jacket; both Saaksha & Kinni. Earrings, Suhani Pittie X Swarovski Confluence. Cuff, Misho

The humble braid evolved with an edgy, tough makeover for spring, with boxer braids popping up everywhere from your Insta feed to the runways. “Boxer braids were born in Africa and have existed since centuries. Work a gel through your strands before you start braiding—gel gives grip and helps achieve neat braids, which is crucial to this look. Tie them together with a leather ribbon for a cool twist,” says Baltazar.

Also read:

The best monsoon-ready hairstyles and hair care tips for long hair

All the hair products and colour trends you need to know about this June

28 best celebrity wedding hairstyles of all time

Diana Penty’s complete beauty evolution

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