Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s signature beauty look can easily be called our favourite from last week. Everyday we’re served with beautiful makeup looks and hairstyles by Bollywood celebrities and their entourages (that come complete with some of the best beauty experts in the country). In the celebrity beauty Instagrams from last week, we particularly loved Bachchan’s along with Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Malaika Arora’s looks. Here’s a complete breakdown of each of their beauty looks and tips on how to recreate them yourself.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s signature eyeliner and lipstick
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan could trademark the black, winged eyeliner and red lipstick combination and nobody would bat an eyelid—it’s the one look she’s most often seen in. It comes as no surprise that Rai Bachchan’s favourite makeup artist Mickey Contractor put this look together for her for an awards ceremony this weekend, which she paired with soft, large curls.
How to get the look
Still figuring how to get that winged eyeliner right? Start with a regular line across your eyelid (here’s a guide to all the different kinds of eyeliners you can use). Grab some tape and place it in an angle that extends to the outer corner of your brow. Then, draw a thin flick across the edge of the tape, using it as a guide. Take the tape off and you’ll have yourself the perfect winged eyeliner. To make sure your matte lipstick makes your pout look soft and plump, use a lip scrub to get rid of any dry, flaky skin first. Once you’ve wiped it off and used a little bit of balm as a base, use a lip liner and then swipe on your favourite matte red lipstick for the perfect pout.
Anushka Sharma’s half-knot hairstyle
While Anushka Sharma isn’t one to try many different hairstyles—she’s mostly spotted in beachy waves or open curls—her take on the hair knot from last week by celebrity hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori definitely made it to our list of must-trys. She coupled her hairstyle with effortless, nude makeup that balanced out the sharpness of her do.
How to get the look
The key to getting this hairstyle right is to be mindful of technique. Start by pulling your hair back and holding it like you would for a ponytail. Twist a hair tie around your mane once. Pull your hair halfway through the hair tie for the second twist and secure it in the middle so half your hair is twisted on top and the rest is free below the hair tie. Using bobby pins, secure the twist on the back of your head. Finish the look with a spritz of hairspray to keep it in place.
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s nude makeup look
Trust Kareena Kapoor Khan to make nude makeup look glamorous, whatever time of the day it may be. The actor went with a pink-toned nude lipstick and softly accentuated eyes at a dinner in honour of her father, Randhir Kapoor’s 71st birthday. She pulled her hair back into a basic, sleek ponytail for the event.
How to get the look
What’s most important when trying to create a nude makeup look is to make sure that your base makeup is done well. Colour correct if you need it and use a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser to give your skin an even tone. Then, follow with a grey/brown khol pencil and use it on your upper and lower lash line with just a single coat of curling mascara to open up the eyes. Pair it with a nude lipstick that lifts your skin tone with a hint of colour—here’s our guide to picking the best one for you.
Malaika Arora’s braided ponytail
While Malaika Arora loves her basic blowouts, the actor sported a braided ponytail for an event last week. What we loved about the look? It makes for a great way to style second- or third-day hair, in case you don’t have time on your hands to wash and dry it. Her barely-there makeup look let the focus remain on her hairstyle.
How to get the look
Start with sectioning your hair into three parts and work with the middle part to create a French braid; once you reach the back of the head, weave the length into a regular braid and secure the end. Pull all your hair back into a ponytail and secure, leaving the braid out. Use the braided section to wrap around the hair tie to conceal it. Secure the end with a pin to finish.
Check out the gallery below for our complete edit of Bollywood celebrity beauty looks we loved from last week.
Committing to one hairstyle to be captured for posterity in your wedding album can sound intimidating, but when you find the right one, you just know. Unfortunately, that process sounds deceptively easier than it actually is, as anyone with a round-shaped face will have you know. Bangs are not always helpful, short haircuts can take away from the contours of the face and blunt haircuts don’t do much for the jawline either. Which is why we roped in celebrity hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori to help you find the most flattering hairdo for your big day. Thank us—but mostly him—later.
How to know if you have a round-shaped face
If you aren’t sure that your face shape qualifies as round, pull your hair back, pin it up on the crown of your head, and observe closely. If you have a face that is about as wide as it is long, congratulations, you share your face shape with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra among others. And once you’ve established what your face shape is, make a conscious decision to avoid hairstyles that add volume to the sides of your face. When it comes to your bridal look, allow Tsapatori to lead the way.
How to pick a bridal hairstyle for a round-shaped face
What’s the key principle that the man who’s a frequent member of Anushka Sharma’s entourage want you to keep in mind? “No matter what the shape of your face is, when you’re picking a bridal hairstyle, you need to first decide on the outfit you’re wearing, and then consider options for your hair and makeup. Likewise, your hairdo needs to work in harmony with the makeup you’re opting for to create a cohesive look,” he advises.
Since, as a country, we take great pride in our heritage, and Tsapatori wants you to embrace your traditions to stay true to your roots. Work in a little bit of yourself into the bridal aesthetic you have inherited, and you’ll be golden.
Bridal hairstyles that work best for round-shaped faces
“The key here is to look for anything that creates the illusion of a longer face and makes it look softer,” explains Tsapatori. For your big day, he recommends adding some drama to your look with a high ponytail that has some volume at the front.
If you’re looking to channel the didn’t-try-too-hard vibe, you can opt for a wonderful compromise between volume and softness. “I also find that adding volume on the top with an updo with some gentle wisps framing either sides of the face works wonders for brides,” he adds.
Not big on taking a gamble on the most important day of your life? Fall back on the tried-and-tested classics by literally leaving it all loose. There’s no denying the wonders that a textured blowout can do to you; for best results, Tsapatori advises opting for a blunt middle or deep side parting.
What to avoid for bridal hairstyles for a round-shaped face
Unfortunately, not all hairstyles and updos are your friend. Sleek, pulled back hair falls under his list of no-nos for round-faced brides as it attracts too much attention on the shape of the face.
Likewise, hairstyles that add volume to the sides of your face can elongate your visage horizontally, which may not read well in the photos that you plan to cherish for a lifetime. When in doubt, look for updos that add volume and definition vertically.
Flip through the gallery below for bridal hairstyle inspiration from what the most stylish round-faced celebrities swear by.
There’s no hairstyle as classic as a blow-dry—this is true for every face shape and hair density. It adds bounce to fine hair, tames an overly frizzy mane and looks good on everybody. However, while it’s key you use the right technique when giving yourself a blow-dry at home, using the right tools is as important. ICYMI, the much-awaited Dyson Supersonic hairdryer is finally in India—they just opened their new store at DLF Promenade in Delhi and are retailing online on Dyson.in.
Why this may be the best hairdryer on the market? It’s light in weight (no arm workouts anymore), makes almost no sound and won’t burn your hair off. In fact, it comes with three heat settings—none of which go higher than 150 degrees Celsius—which also means you can happily skip the heat protectant spray; nothing you need protection from anymore. Expect to be left with a smooth and shiny mane, without any frizz at all (thanks to its ionizing technology). One of Bollywood’s top celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists Namrata Soni bought it two years ago when it first launched overseas and now owns three of them—one for herself and two for her clients. She shares her masterclass on getting the best blow-dry with the Dyson Supersonic.
Your tool kit for the perfect blow-dry
A Dyson Supersonic hairdryer
A hair serum
A round brush
A paddle brush
How to get the perfect blow-dry
If you like the natural texture of your hair, you can very easily finger-dry it and skip the brush. Start with applying serum through your damp hair. Then, run your fingers through it section by section as your blast dry your hair, moving the Dyson Supersonic from left to right.
First work your way with the left side, then the right and finally the back. After you’re done with all the sections from the top, turn your head downwards and move the dryer on the back of all the sections. Flip your hair over for a boost in volume.
If you want to smoothen your hair, while you split it section by section with the clips, grab one section with your paddle brush (for a straight blow-dry) or a round brush (for one with curls at the end) and use your dryer while combing the section, moving outwards. Don’t worry about overheating your brush or burning your hands if you’re using the Supersonic—it checks its temperature 20 times per second to ensure it never becomes hotter than it should be.
If your hair is soaking wet, run the Supersonic over it to dry it at least to 50 per cent and then section it for the perfect finish.
To make your blow-dry last long, make sure you use a volumising shampoo to begin with and then end your blowout with a few spritzes of hairspray.
Love them or hate them, body moisturisers are the beauty staple you can’t ignore. While some love slathering them on their damp skin post a shower, others will only and only use one when they start to spot particularly dry skin. We put to test five body moisturisers that promise smooth, hydrated skin, with every single use. Here’s our verdict.
Moroccanoil Fragrance Originale Body Butter
“I’m going to put this out there first thing—I hate moisturisers. While I’ll happily put on a face oil or massage my body with one on a weekly basis, I’m not a fan of any kind of moisturisers. A body ‘butter’ is my worst nightmare. But this product, with the signature Moroccanoil scent in an almost solid (as opposed to creamy) texture convinced me to try this out. The result: The skin on my legs (which seems to get the driest) was smooth and I could still put my jeans on without having to struggle. No stickiness, and a softness I could feel till my shower the next morning.” – Anjan Sachar, beauty writer – Vogue.in
Thalgo Nutri Soothing Rich Cream
“Thalgo’s marine-inspired rich cream is moisturising without being too sticky, even when applied in large quantities. This makes it perfect for people living in warm cities like Mumbai. For someone with sensitive skin, it did not cause any redness or irritation, which is something I constantly struggle with when it comes to moisturisers. I also like that the smell is not too sweet or overpowering and is mild and almost natural. If you get the mini version, it’s perfect for a weekend getaway or as a staple in your handbag.” – Neharika Manjani, fashion features writer
Forest Essentials Velvet Silk Body Cream Indian Rose Absolute
“I’ve always been a fan of Forest Essentials, having been to their little workshop in the mountains where everything is handmade under the toasty Uttarakhand sun. The Indian Rose Body Cream feels soft on the skin, almost like whipped cream. But once you apply it, it’s dense and moisturising without being sticky through the day—perfect for winters. The rose fragrance isn’t overpowering either. But then again, I’m biased towards rose-scented beauty products, which made this moisturiser the perfect pick for me.” – Ankita Chandra, photo editor
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Body Treatment
“The weather in Mumbai rarely demands heavy moisturisers. Only when the air gets really dry around this time of the year does one feel the need to be regular about their moisturising routine. I have given up on all kinds—I normally use baby oil a few times in the week at night that keeps my skin hydrated for the next few days. I tried the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free moisturiser from a line of products that have been recommended by makeup artists and models since its launch. The fragrance-free part is great if you have allergies, but I feel like moisturisers with a mild scent are a little more endearing. Personally, the moisturiser fell short on the hydrating effect. I felt very little change in my skin and tried the product for a good three days in a row. The only redeeming quality was that the cream didn’t leave a greasy residue or make you feel like your pores are clogged when you step out during the day. I would say it is a good option for someone with normal skin but definitely not the best for dry skin.” – Rujuta Vaidya, fashion writer – Vogue.in
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion For Sensitive Skin
“Come winter and I start scaling and shedding like a snake, which is super embarrassing. I’ve to think twice before wearing anything above my knee, or even a sleeveless top. So, naturally, I was kicked to try Aveeno’s daily moisturising lotion, which promised to free me from my worst winter woe—dry, scaly, itchy skin. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients, what I loved most about this moisturiser is that while it kept me well-hydrated for 24 hours (as promised), the texture was non-greasy and light, unlike many other dry skin moisturisers that stick to your skin like glue. My skin felt soft, smooth and naturally healthy. The only minus for me (which actually is a positive for any one with dry as well as sensitive skin like mine) is that it has no fragrance. I am a big fan of fragrance but I’d say it is a very small price to pay, given the amazing benefits.” – Sheree Gomes Gupta, contributing editor
Ever since the popularity of liquid matte lipsticks came to being, nude lipsticks have become a favourite—everyone wants their perfect nude. However, if you thought finding a bright pink lipstick that perfectly matches your skin tone was the problem, nudes are even harder to pick. You want to look like you’re wearing a “my colour but better” hue, but ashy is a definite no-go. We got Bollywood celebrity makeup artists Mitali Vakil and Puneet Saini to give us their expert guidelines to picking your perfect nude lipstick, based on your celebrity twin. “Shopping for a nude lipstick can be quite a hit and miss,” says Vakil. “Always try on a nude lipstick in natural light and keep your undertones in mind. Pick a formula that works for your lips–stay away from liquid mattes if you have very dry lips. If you do want to use one, make sure you use a scrub before to prep your lips in advance.”
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan has a pink undertone to her skin and has pink lips as well. “When your skin colour and lip colour are in the same family (either light or dark) you’re able to work with a lot more colours,” says Saini. If your skin colour is that like Kapoor Khan’s, wearing pink-toned nude lipsticks or cool ones will work perfectly for you. Vakil warns that you should try to avoid colours that are too pale, as these can wash out fairer complexions. “If you have dark circles, a common issue for Indian women, and don’t like to conceal them too much, stick to a rosy, pinker nude lipstick as that flatters this skin more,” she says.
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Alia Bhatt
Bhatt’s skin tone is neutral when it comes to undertones, more on the yellower side; however, she has naturally pink lips. “If your skin is like Alia’s, you can try a cool nude lipstick, but if you’re creating a smoky eye, I’d suggest using a beige colour to keep the focus on the eyes. Using a pinker one can draw attention away from the eyes and towards the already pink lips,” says Saini.
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Sonam Kapoor
Kapoor has wheatish skin and her lips are fairly light in comparison to her skin; it’s the best to try a rosy, warm nude to brighten up the face. “It’s the same rule as contouring—if you want to make an impact with the colour, go two shades darker,” says Saini. However, stay away from browns and traditional beige and yellow lipsticks. “They can make your skin look washed out, especially if you have a dark under-eye area,” says Vakil.
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone has a caramel-coloured skin tone, however her lips are a little darker than her face. “Wear a light brown, close-to-skin hue to balance out the lip colour and then wear a rosy brown lipstick—that’ll be your perfect nude,” says Saini. Vakil agrees, warning that directly wearing a warm-coloured nude can make your skin look ashy.
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is famous for her bee-stung pout, and if she is your skin tone twin, you wouldn’t want to use a nude that bleaches your skin out. Vakil believes that a brick rose colour lipstick will be the most flattering on you. However, we’ve seen Chopra pull off everything from a grey to a lilac lipstick with ease. If you plan to do the same, be careful of your base makeup. “If you’re going to be wearing a warmer-toned foundation, opt for a deeper brown, as opposed to a lighter one,” says Saini.
Your Bollywood celebrity skin twin: Lisa Haydon
If your skin tone is like that of Haydon’s, warmer, gold-toned browns are your perfect nude lipsticks. “Anything with a peach or apricot hue will work very well on you,” says Vakil.
Flip through the gallery for our edit of the best nude lipsticks to try based on your celebrity twin’s skin tone.
While concealers are a holy grail product in the vanity kits of most women in their 20s itself, a lot of us carry on using the same one from college well into our 40s. We know that our skin starts to show signs of ageing as we hit our 30s, which means there’s a need to re-evaluate the products that go on our faces, including makeup. While a concealer can never replace your eye creams and serums, using one that comes with good-for-skin ingredients will make sure your eyes look less puffy and smoother instead; no fine lines in sight. We’ve scoured the racks for the best anti-ageing concealers to help you find the right one. Take your pick, whatever your budget may be.
Anti-ageing concealers under Rs 1,000
Any makeup that has skincare ingredients will set you back a bit more than regular makeup, because of the active ingredients. If you want a concealer that does the job on a budget, try the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer. It comes with a sponge tip that makes it easy to use directly under your eyes, and contails goji berry and haloxyl that help reduce dark circles and creases around the eyes. Another product you can use directly from the tube is the Deborah Age Reset Concealer, which comes with a special Osilift complex that claims to reduce wrinkles and puffiness, and contains SPF 20 too.
Anti-ageing concealers under Rs 2,000
The Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer and the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift And Firm Concealer come in lip gloss-like tubes with spatulas that allow you to scoop out as much of the cream as you need. While the former works smoothening and firming the area, the latter is a high-coverage concealer enriched with Cellular Plumping Technology, vitamin A, C, E and SPF 15. It’ll moisturise, brighten your skin, give it a lift, cover dark circles, tone the area and reduce sagging, all at once. Those looking for a solid formula, should try the Thebalm Timebalm Concealer for its vitamin-rich blend.
Anti-ageing concealers under Rs 4,000
If you’re feeling indulgent, this is the list to pick from. The Chantecaille Bio-lift Concealer is a lipstick-like tube of pigment that comes with a solid, clear centre, containing a potent dose of hexapeptide with SPF 10 and vitamin E; all great age-fighting and hydrating ingredients. If you’re looking for a tiny tube to carry around with you,try the Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer. It contains tensine, an active ingredient that firms up the under-eye skin and looks after any discolouration and pigmentation. In case you’d like a brush top on your concealer, the powerful Delilah Future Resist Fadeaway Concealer is a great option and offers buildable coverage.
Have a look at the gallery below for great anti-ageing concealers for all budgets.
You’ve not really mastered eyeliner till you’ve mastered gel eyeliner—it’s most definitely the best formula there is. While regular kohl might seem easy to apply, and your liquid eyeliner has been working fine to create a graphic eyeliner look, think again. Noticed bits of your kajal falling onto your cheekbone by the end of the day? Or your liquid liner trailing down your eyelid after a few hours of dancing? We hear you. Gel eyeliners, on the other hand, are thick, pigmented formulas that are creamy and can be used on your upper or lower lash lines without the stress of flaking or smudging. Here’s our selection of the best eyeliners on beauty shelves in every kind of packaging you’d want—from must-have pots to travel-friendly pens and pencils.
Gel eyeliners in a pot
Think gel eyeliners and the first visual that comes to your mind is probably that of a pot and brush. The flat brushes that come with a gel pot are extremely easy to pick product out of it and draw straight onto your eyes. You have complete control over how much product you want to use at once and even the liberty to deposit back in case you dip into too much. Our favourite gel eyeliners include cult classics like the Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Water Proof Gel Eyeliner, L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza 36H and Faces Ultime Pro Supreme Gel Eyeliner Black.
Gel eyeliners in a pencil
Haven’t been able to master a brush and pot application yet? Go back to basics and try a traditional pencil gel eyeliner. Super easy to carry around, these formulas give you the convenience of a sturdy stick with the long-stay promise of a gel. Our top picks include the Deborah 2-In-1 Gel Kajal and Eyeliner, NYX Professional Makeup Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner and the Sephora Collection Gel Crayon Intense Waterproof Pencil. If you’re looking for a gel eyeliner in bright colours including pinks and yellows (and one that won’t break the bank), the LA Girl Glide Gel Liner is your best bet.
Gel eyeliners in a pen
Makeup enthusiasts are mostly divided into two camps; those who love pencils and those who love pens. While a pen eyeliner usually brings a felt tip one to mind, gel pen eyeliners are a little bit different. The Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Gel Eyeliner Pen and M.A.C Rebeleyes Gel Liners come with a slant tip that releases product upon twisting the bottom. The tip makes it easy to draw on your eyelids by fitting into the inner corners as well, so you don’t have to compromise on your eye makeup look of choice. In fact, gel eyeliner pens also come in the classic twist up, kohl-like format, if those are your preference. Try the Body Shop Gel Pen Liner or the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner for everything from basic eyeliner to a classic wing that won’t budge all day.
Check out the gallery below for our favourite gel eyeliners.
You may not buy into Karan Johar’s world of picture-perfect romances, but Valentine’s Day is the one time of the year to send your inner cynic on vacation and let those stars in your eyes sparkle as bright as your on-point highlighter. Give in to the season of love with some fairy-tale pastels or dial up the drama with va va voom smoky lids—whatever your poison, Bollywood’s best-dressed names have got all the inspiration you need to make the most special day of this year one that he won’t forget anytime soon.
Valentine’s Day beauty looks for the minimalist
You may be a card-carrying member of the less-is-more club, but that doesn’t mean that your options are limited. Beauty chameleon Sonam Kapoor ditched her showstopper threads to serve up a lesson in easy basics with power nudes on her lips and lids to go with her grey sweatshirt. When in doubt, take notes from Alia Bhatt and opt for some bold strokes of mascara with a head-turning highlighter to play up your cheekbones. Likewise, you’ll find Katrina Kaif sticking true to her minimalist aesthetic with pale hues on her lips and plumped lashes.
Valentine’s Day beauty looks for the eye makeup lover
Given the staggering number of trends that the world of eye makeup is loving right now, nobody blames you for singling out your peepers in your beauty look. Kapoor loves herself some exaggerated eyeliner, but her go-to weapon of armour is metallic lids and gravity-defying lashes. Anushka Sharma, meanwhile, is complementing her newlywed glow with killer smoky eyes for the promotions run of Pari (2018). Kangana Ranaut can go off the grid for months together, but when she does appear in public, she makes it a memorable outing—most recently, with a monochrome makeup look that played up her eyes with an enticing hint of shimmer on her lids.
Valentine’s Day beauty looks for the matte fiend
You don’t have to run a million-dollar beauty empire like the Kardashians to swear by this beauty classic. Kareena Kapoor Khan has an all-matte everything approach to makeup that has her stepping out in statement nudes, enchanting bronzer on her famed cheekbones and pigmented browns on her lids. Likewise, Vaani Kapoor brings her dewy fresh aesthetic with delicate pastels and a clean matte base. Matte maven Priyanka Chopra has space for all colours in her lip kit, from grunge red to fresh corals, but you’ll only ever find her dressing her pout in solid matte.
Valentine’s Day beauty looks for the glamazon
Looking for something with more of an impact? Valentine’s Day is the occasion to let your inner showstopper loose. When it comes to lip colours, the unanimous vote rests with head-turning dark shades. While Ranaut boldly contrasted her ivory top with vamp lips, Deepika Padukone favoured a marsala in her beauty palette to ensure all eyes on her. Kapoor Khan brought her love for mattes to the table with a monochrome espresso brown look, while Chopra makes an interesting case for going matchy-matchy and coordinating your lips with your eye makeup.
Ready to take the plunge? Browse through our edit of all the Valentine’s Day date night-worthy makeup looks that come approved from your favourite Bollywood celebrities.
While perfumes make for quick and easy presents for everyone from your best friend to your parents, there’s something special about gifting a perfume to your loved one. It could be a fragrance you usually love on them and don’t want them to run out of, a scent you tried at a duty-free outlet that you think he or she will like, or just a new one you want them to test out. We made your task a tad bit easier—you’re one day away from Valentine’s Day, it’s rush hour now—and put together an edit of new fragrances for men and women that’ll make for great presents.
Best perfumes for women for Valentine’s Day
If your main girl always finds herself picking fruity scents off the shelves, get her the Moschino Fresh Couture that makes for a cool shelfie and has a blend of pink grapefruit and sweet blackcurrant whiffs. If floral notes are more her preference, shop for the latest by Forest Essentials called Nargis Perfume Intense or the Lancôme La Nuit Trésor à la Folie for a mix of pink pepper, rose and warm base notes of vanilla and tonka bean. The newest by Narciso Rodriquez, Fleur Musc For Her, gives fresh pink flowers a heady, woody twist as does the Chloé Absolu de Parfum.
While the scents of a perfume are extremely important, eye-catching packaging is an essential part of its appeal as well. The classic Marc Jacobs Daisy celebrates its anniversary with a new frosted yellow, embellished bottle and Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl takes the shimmer route—perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day, we’d say. The Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection will take you straight to a beach bar with a combination of Italian red mandarin, pomegranate juice, orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli. Dior Poison Girl Unexpected takes a spicy turn with notes of ginger, rose, vanilla and musk and the Bulgari Splendida Magnolia Sensuel is the perfect blend of fruity, floral and sweet scents with neroli, magnolia, jasmine, patchouli and musk for ingredients.
Best perfumes for men for Valentine’s Day
Haven’t bought a Valentine’s Day gift for him yet? Go the classic route with the Hugo Boss Boss Bottled scent or try the new Calvin Klein Obsessed For Men for a fresh, oriental perfume with a hint of strong leather and vanilla. Is your SO more of a CEO in jeans and a T-shirt as opposed to a suit? Gift him a sporty variant of a perfume like the Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Sport or the Cartier Pasha Noire Sport. For a woody perfume with hints of citrus, buy the Missoni Parfum Pour Homme, complete with its notes of green lemon, pomelo, jasmine and birch. In case your man is a Mont Blanc loyalist, get him the latest from their stable—the Legend Night perfume is a mix of spicy like peppermint and cardamom, the not-so-surprising lavender as a middle note and vetiver and musk to seal the scent.
Flip through the gallery below to have a look at our complete perfume gifting edit for Valentine’s Day 2018.
When it comes to picking a tube of lipstick for a night out (especially that Valentine’s Day date), the most important trait to look for for is the lasting ability. Nobody wants a coloured pout that only lasts till the third bite of your entrée. Whether you need a kiss-proof formula for a night out with your beau, or demand long-term colour through sips of the “Galentine’s Day” Prosecco with your best friend, we’ve got 10 long-wear lipsticks for the special day. So, don’t forego your boldest shade this year because rest assured, if you choose one of these transfer-proof lipsticks, your colour is definitely bound to stay. We’ve rounded up some of the most promising formulas in all kinds of packaging—traditional lip tubes, liquid lipsticks and lip crayons.
Long-lasting lipsticks in a tube
If a classic tube of long-lasting colour is your thing, we’ve got your covered. The Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color (for just Rs 480 a pop plus a shade range of over 30), promises to deliver all-day results. With a built-in primer which guarantees transfer-free colour, this lipstick won’t go anywhere for at least eight hours. The smooth, matte finish and intense colour payoff makes this tube a definite winner. When it comes to the Clinique Long Last Lipstick, the name says it all—expect a feather-proof, long-lasting formula for hours. The Givenchy Le Rouge is a comfortable, semi-matte, creamy-finish tube that gives a comfortable feel on the pout, while staying on for hours. An added bonus? The leather case with magnetic closure gives an extra plush feel to an already luxurious product.
Long-lasting lipsticks in a crayon
Known for their easy-to-carry packaging and no-mess application, lip crayons can also deliver kiss-proof results as efficiently as a tube. If you’re looking to shop for more than one (Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to treat yourself), there really isn’t a better option than the Faces Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayon. Think intense pigments, long-stay power and all at Rs 799. If earthy tones are more up your alley, get yourself one of the Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil. You could go through an entire meal and multiple cocktails and still not need to touch up your lipstick. Plus, trust us, they’ve got a nude for everyone.
Long-lasting liquid lipsticks
Liquid lipsticks are often known for their long-wear powers, but a lot of times the formulas don’t live up to our expectations—it’s a shame, yes. In our tried and tested opinion, the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick and the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, both guarantee bold, yet lightweight colour with mega-lasting power for up to eight hours. While the former is available in seven hues, the latter gives you 18 options so you’re covered to match your outfit and mood for the night. If you aren’t into reds this holiday, invest in the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, which offers everything from a true nude to a bright coral orange, with an all day long-wearing, transfer-free formula.
Check out the gallery below for our favourite kiss-proof lipsticks that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.