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Isha Ambani’s nuptials with Anand Piramal have doubled up as the stuff dreams are made of. Tinsel town’s biggest names came in full force for the grand ceremony at Ambani residence in Mumbai, Antilia, last evening. While we loved the glamorous ensembles donned by the celebrities in attendance, it was the wide spectrum of off-the-moment beauty looks they put forth at that caught our fancy.
Kiara Advani’s dewy makeup and middle-parted ponytail
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Advani attended Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding in a gorgeous ivory Manish Malhotra creation, with natural makeup look to match. For the actor’s long mane, hairstylist Seema Mane created a messy yet romantic ponytail and finished it with some pearls. If you aren’t already convinced to go back to the basics with your makeup after seeing her beauty look, this easy decode may just do the trick.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been seen sporting one glamorous look after another for a long time now, and anybody who doesn’t know this already only needs to take a peek at the star’s Instagram profile. For the Ambani wedding, she chose a stunning concept sari by couturier Tarun Tahiliani, and complemented with glistening makeup by artist Ajay Shelar.
Get the look
Begin with a luminous finish foundation like the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40, followed by Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Strobing Stick to sculpt. Let the focus be on the eyes by creating a soft smoky look. To do so, start by using a nude eyeshadow as a base. Then, take a dark brown eyeshadow and apply it to the outer corners and the crease, blending it in to create depth. Add a glittery pink eyeshadow to the top of your lids, before finishing it all off with two layers of mascara and an iridescent pink lip gloss. For the hair, a big voluminous blow-out, held in place with a strong hold shine spray, is all you need to look to ape Shetty Kundra’s look.
Karisma Kapoor’s bronzed makeup and fuss-free bun
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Karisma Kapoor befittingly donned a timeless Raw Mango ivory and gold sari, and paired with a statement pearl choker from Jet Gems for Isha Ambani’s wedding celebrations. The actor completed her look with bronzed makeup and a simple bun that came adorned with flowers.
Get the look
Prep with a long-wear foundation like the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation to build coverage and hide imperfections. If you deal with dark under-eyes or have spots on you face, you can use a concealer as well. For your eye makeup, start with a light brown shadow all over the lid. Using a darker brown shade, create a smudged outline as close as you can to both your upper and lower lash lines. The intensity of the makeup comes courtesy the full brows—so make sure you fill yours in with a pencil well—and that glossy lipstick. For the hairstyle, create a middle parting after lightly backcombing your mane. Tie it all up in bun at the nape of your neck, and intersperse it with mogras to complete the look.
Deepika Padukone’s remastered red lip and low bun
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Newly-wed Deepika Padukone has made a compelling case for red lips time and again through her many appearances, and Isha Ambani’s wedding was no exception. The actor dressed up in an ivory sari and red blouse by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for the opulent nuptials, and went with a complementing beauty look to bring it all together. Padukone’s makeup artist Sandhya Shekar chose to use a crimson shade similar to that of her outfit on the actor’s lips, keeping everything else elegant and minimal.
Get the look
Use a sweat-proof full coverage foundation like the Chanel Ultra Le Teint all over your face and neck. Use a palette of browns and golds, such as the ones found in the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette – Warm Brown Obsessions, to create a soft eye look that imparts a warm glow. Keep it simple though, because you want the attention to be focused on your lashes. Apply multiple coats of mascara to open up your eyes, and complete the look with a red liquid matte lipstick. To recreate Padukone’s chic, chignon bun, make sure the hair is completely smooth and tangle-free. Create a side partition before you secure your hair at the base of your neck in a bun, and wrap the exposed ends with pins for a neat finishing touch.
Alia Bhatt’s rosy, sun-kissed radiance
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The 25-year-old actor made her appearance in a shimmering white and blue Manish Malhotra lehenga, and Bhatt’s makeup artist, Puneet B Saini, levelled up the backless number with an easy beauty look—dewy skin and gloriously flushed cheeks.
Producer and interior designer Gauri Khan stood out in a beautifully embellished red Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla sari at the Ambani celebrations. She strayed away from a done-up, saturated makeup look, Khan worked a fresh and clean version, proving an utterly flawless beauty look doesn’t need pounds of product.
Winter isn’t just coming any longer—it is here, and you likely knew of its arrival when your hands and the delicate skin around your cuticles started showing signs of flaky dryness. During the rest of the year, hand care may clock in as an indulgent addition to your daily skincare gig, but the colder months make escaping those two extra minutes of moisturising in the mornings unavoidable. To keep all your excuses at bay, skincare brands have been parading luscious, smell-me-now formulas that lock in the essential moisture in your skin, without leaving behind a greasy film during the day. Whatever your budget or your mood, scroll ahead to take your pick of the most effective hand creams on the shelves right now.
Cetaphil Intensive Moisturizing Cream With Shea Butter
You’ve accepted this drugstore staple’s prowess in your rack of face washes, and now it’s time to invite it into your hand care kit as well. Headlined by meadowfoam oil and the all-time favourite shea butter, set this hydrating cream directly to task on your toughest problem areas. Buy now
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Yes, the word ‘salve’ is a spoiler alert for exactly what this number from Kiehl’s does. For hands that have been left cracked and dry with hours of typing, double tapping and clicking, this soothing emulsion seeps right in and gets to work with the holy trifecta of oils—avocado, sesame and eucalyptus. Buy now
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Can’t really swing a high maintenance hand care regimen into your packed schedule? This no-fuss, no-muss cream from L’Occitane sinks in without leaving behind a greasy film, and can be applied just once in the morning for visible results. Sounds like a win-win, yes? Buy now
Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream
Looking for a lingering scent to serenade you through the day? Jo Malone’s Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream plays to the Brit perfume house’s strengths with the vibrant fragrance of geranium and walnut delicately bottled into a lightweight formula. Buy now
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream
You’ve heard your grandma philosophise about the virtues of honey in your winter skincare regimen more times than you can count on one hand. Now, it’s time to follow through on her gems of wisdom with this calming hand cream that treads delicately around dry, sensitive skin by nourishing it with trade honey from Ethiopia and almond milk. Buy now
Nykaa Hand & Nail Creme
Show your hands and cuticles some love with this creamy concoction, which pairs crisp floral fragrances with hyaluronic acid, the ‘it’ skincare ingredient that works miracles on drawing moisture from the environment and preventing further loss of hydration from your skin. Buy now
Moroccanoil Fragrance Originale Hand Cream
This concentrated lotion comes in firing on all cylinders, with the nutrient-dense argan oil complemented with the virtues of cocoa, avocado and shea butter. Tempered with a delicate touch of the signature Moroccanoil scent, this weightless formula absorbs quickly without leaving behind a sticky residue throughout the day. Buy now
Chanel N°5 L’eau Hand Cream
Indulge your hands with some pure, decadent luxury with Chanel’s hand cream, here to claim its rightful spot in your fragrance routine. The dainty echoes of cedar and musk are layered with lemon, mandarin and orange to make for a multi-sensory experience that might just have you discreetly stealing a few quick sniffs during the day. Buy now
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
There’s a reason why you’ve been spying this tube perched prettily in the flatlays of Instagram A-listers around the world. The old-timey metal packaging houses a hydrating balm that glides on smooth and turns matte upon contact, with the oil-free botanicals going straight to work on replenishing your skin’s defences against the wear and tear of winter. Buy now
Byredo Suede Hand Cream
If you like your moisturiser with a side of luxury fragrance, look to Byredo’s Suede Hand Cream, which occupies the happy intersection on that Venn diagram. The breezy floral notes are a treat for the senses, while the hydrating, non-sticky formula works behind-the-scenes to restore the skin’s moisture. Buy now
Diana Penty is the ultimate girl next door. She started her career on the modelling circuit, before earning her big Bollywood break as Meera in 2012’s Cocktail. Today, the actor has been seen in multiple roles, and has won a number of awards for her work, but truth is, she’s still just like all of us—all the way from her love for her mum to her foundation mess-ups, and her vow to drink more water in the new year. We spoke to the newly-minted ambassador for Estée Lauder India (she’s the first one!) about her signature beauty look, her favourite muse and her makeup kit must-haves.
Diana Penty’s first beauty memory
“My earliest makeup memory was watching my mum do her eyeliner when I was very little. And I remember being very inspired, and that was the first thing I asked her to teach me how to do.”
A makeup tip she learnt this year
“I actually learned this early on that Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair can actually be used in many different ways. When mixed with your foundation, it gives the dewiest, natural finish, which I love. You can also use a few drops as a subtle, natural highlight to your face.”
Diana Penty’s signature look
“I’ve always loved defining my eyes. In fact, the first beauty product I ever used was eyeliner and I haven’t been able to do without it since! I avoid wearing too much makeup in the day, but I do like to define my lashes with mascara and [add] a hint of colour to my lips with lipstick.”
“Wearing the wrong shade of foundation is the biggest beauty faux pas in my opinion and I’ve been guilty on that count a few times!”
Her beauty muses
“Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss. But closer to home, my icon would have to be my mother! To me, she is the epitome of beauty and grace. From her, I have learnt that less is more and that beauty lies in simplicity.”
Diana Penty’s signature scent
“I’ve always liked fresh, light fragrances that are not too sweet. Chanel Chance has been my signature scent for over a decade now.”
Her beauty resolution for 2019
“Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! Hydrated skin makes your [makeup] application absolutely flawless!”
Do a quick show of hands around your immediate circle, and you’ll likely find every woman between the ages of sixteen and sixty battling hair fall on the daily. As our lifestyles grow increasingly complicated, the erratic sleep patterns, lack of consistent nutrition and mounting levels of stress combine together to take a toll on the health of your hair shaft.
While it may be easy for your brain to spiral into a doomsday scenario, (give us an aye if you’ve ever received an SOS message from your bestie who’s convinced that she’s got a prematurely receding hairline) help is at hand. We brought in the experts from the biz to aid you in understanding which products actually work on reducing hair loss. Here’s what we found.
What to keep in mind when shopping for anti-hair loss products
Dr Madhuri Aggarwal, Mumbai-based dermatologist, believes that consistency is key for a healthy haircare regimen. She advises, “Avoid changing your hair products too frequently, and try to stick to a stable haircare routine. When picking products, allow the condition of your scalp to be the deciding factor, and accordingly select products for an oily, dry or dandruff-prone scalp to avoid further worsening hair loss. While shopping, read the labels and pick products that are sulphate-free, and it also advisable to maintain a safe distance from volumising shampoos and conditioners for hair fall.”
Dr Viral Desai, Mumbai-based trichologist, agrees, adding, “Keep a vigilant eye out for advertising gimmicks and tall claims; read the labels closely when shopping, and only allow products that are devoid of parabens and sulphates into your haircare regimen. Do not be worried if it doesn’t smell as good or lather as well as the other mainstream choices.”
And above all, when in doubt, do not make the cardinal error of self-diagnosis. “It is imperative to consult an expert before opting for an intensive treatment or harsh products, as these are often accompanied by specific instructions which can be explained better by an expert. A thorough consultation is necessary to determine which products are best suited for your specific condition,” advises Preeti Singh, director of Rock Paper Scissor Salon in Bengaluru.
Coconut oil, and other expert-approved products that help reduce hair loss
Dr Agarwal recommends, “Coconut oil is the best and most easily available product for respite from hair loss. This over-the-counter oil is lightweight and contains essential good fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft easily. This helps inject nourishment and moisture directly to the hair and reducing dryness. The Sebamed Anti-Hairloss Shampoo is another popular choice that has worked for a majority of my patients, as it gives density to the hair and supports treatments that reduce hair loss. It contains caffeine and gingko biloba that improve the circulation of blood in the scalp and strengthens the hair from inside out. You can also choose to beef up your regimen with the Hair Fact Cyclical Therapy For Women, a power-packed oral supplement that works on hair loss and regrowth. It contains multiple micronutrients and antioxidants that are missing in daily diet, and helps rebuild the strength of hair strands. Kera-XL Hair Growth Serum is another effective product for combating hair loss. It contains Biochanin-A and Acetyltetrapeptide-3, which are peptides that give strength to the hair follicles and help in reducing hair loss. It is advisable to apply it overnight daily for at least two to three months for noticeable results.”
“Look to medicated shampoos to restore the pH balance of the scalp and provide relief from consistent hair loss,” Dr Desai adds. “The easiest solution would be the Johnsons’ Baby Shampoo, as it has been specially formulated sans harmful chemicals to provide gentle care to the hair strands. The Anaphase + Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo is another clinically proven option, which works by readying the scalp for optimum absorption of hair loss products while also promoting hair growth. Renocia Hair Revitalising Shampoo and Ducray Nutricerat Intentse Nutrition Shampoo are other worthy contenders for your anti-hair loss regimen, as they work on boosting the health of the scalp and fortify hair strands from the roots.”
At the end of each year, Google compiles a list of the things we’ve all been searching for through the past 365 days. This is usually indicative of the biggest trends of the year across beats, be it fashion, beauty, lifestyle or anything else under the sun. We’re coming up on a year that was filled with big celebrity weddings, glamorous events, parties and heavily celebrated festivals—and the most searched beauty terms of 2018 certainly reflect that. The theme is undoubtedly party, as fun, going-out looks ruled the charts. Want to know which ones came up top? Here are the top five most searched beauty trends of 2018, in the order they were searched for.
1. Dewy makeup
Self-care has been a trending term and practice for 2018, so it makes sense that dewy skin (the sign of a happy, well-adjusted body) is extremely high on search. Dewy makeup is the best way to fake that glow, and thankfully there’s a whole slew of products that can help you do it. From products like the Peach and Lily Glass Refining Serum to leave skin translucent, to highlighters like the Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter for an all-over hydrated sheen, you can easily fake it till you make it.
A dewy makeup product is usually infused with light-reflecting ingredients, has a creamy formula, covers up redness, evens out skin tone and leaves behind a lustrous glow that has the user looking like they slept a full nine hours. Meghan Markle’s fresh-faced wedding makeup inspired women everywhere to keep things natural, glowy and flushed. And at Balmain’s AW18 show too, the models had an even base and barely-there highlighter.
Vogue tip: Apply a hydrating primer, then follow with a velvety base and cream blush like Anushka Sharma for an “I woke up like this” look.
Smoky eyes are bold and shouldering, and are super flattering on mostly everyone. They look timeless, classy and can amp up any nighttime look in a jiffy. In fact, AW18 made it extremely clear that the smoky eye was well and truly back—Tom Ford’s models wore a grungy smoky eye, while the version seen at Anna Sui was jewel-toned. At the Lakmé Fashion Week SS18, Kotwara saw an updated smoky eye with lots of mascara paired with a nude lip.
Vogue tip: Keep things interesting with a red carpet smoky eye like Sonam K Ahuja, who wore black kohl on the bottom and top of her eyes, with heavy mascara on the lashes.
Glitter eyeshadow is not a new trend, but it certainly has major staying power. Throughout the year, makeup artists, celebrities and party girls got inventive in using glitter in all its forms around the eye area.
Across the pond, at the Oscar De La Renta show for AW18, the models had pink glitter on their eyelids, while at the Alice and Olivia presentation, the makeup artist used black glitter all around the eye. Janhvi Kapoor wore glittery silver eyeshadow to the Lux Golden Rose awards, and Margot Robbie recently wore red glitter eyeshadow for a movie premiere too. But that doesn’t mean glitter has to be reserved for the red carpet. A swipe of a silver, gold or copper eyeshadow on the eyes can make for an updated evening look that doesn’t need you to put in too much effort.
Vogue tip: Do like Olivia Wilde and apply a glitter copper eyeshadow all over the eye for an ultra-glam party look.
Not just for millennials anymore, pink was undoubtedly one of 2018’s most popular hues. Traditionally the shade of femininity, fun and romance, it’s also the easiest way to add a pop of colour to the face. In 2018, though, people wore pink in all its shades—from a powdery, cloying version to a bright fuchsia.
Glossier built a whole brand upon the colour, Kim Kardashian West’s KKW Beauty launched a whole 15-piece collection inspired by cherry blossoms, and celebrities all over the world embraced pink, like Priyanka Chopra, who utilised all the rose hues across the palette for that light metallic pink eyeshadow she wore to a Chanel dinner in January. That’s not all. She turned heads with her magenta eyes and lips at the 2018 Grammys, and then wore a berry rouge lipstick on her wedding day. Even on the runways, Jeremy Scott leaned into the all-pink look on the spring/summer 2019 runway, while Nishka Lulla’s models had soft, kissable pink lips.
Vogue tip: Do a pink-on-pink-on-pink combination with pink eyeshadow, a pink flush on the cheeks and lipstick for your next brunch party. Use Alia Bhatt’s monochromatic look as inspiration.
Gilded, metallic makeup is one of the best ways to amp up your holiday party look, and it’s clear that beauty enthusiasts think the same. First seen on every famous set of eyes at the Met Gala 2018—Gisele Bundchen, Priyanka Chopra and Selena Gomez—the golden eyeshadow trend was given Rihanna’s approval with the launch of Fenty Beauty’s cult favourite, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife—a very pigmented gold powder that can be used as an eyeshadow and highlighter.
Then, at the autumn/winter 2018 shows, Akris had models with gold leaf on the eyelids, and Preen has actual flecks of gold glitter on the model’s foreheads and hair. Closer to home, the spring/summer 2019 runway at Vrisa by Rahul and Shikha saw models walk with washes of gold at the inner corners of their eyes.
Vogue tip: Apply a gold shadow at the inner corner of the eyes a la Gigi Hadid, who wore gold eyeshadow, gold nail polish and a golden Versace dress to her 23rd birthday party.
The months of December & January come with a surge of big fat Indian weddings and glamorous social happenings. With events like Christmas and New Year’s Eve also being right around the corner, the pressure of looking your best is at an all-time high. The new range of GelColor from OPI is here to help you amp up your style quotient by giving your nails a flawless finish! Skip the tiresome process of constantly removing and re-applying your nail polish with this revolutionary ‘in-salon only’ service by OPI, featuring 100% gel lacquers that apply in minutes, for Manicures/Pedicures that last up to 3 weeks with intense wear & shine!
An ideal product for the woman on the go, the results of OPI GelColor are high-endurance manicures and pedicures that keep your tips looking pretty and polished while also being gentle on the nails. You can now do your daily chores and travel without worrying about tarnishing you nail color! The all new OPI GelColor is created with advanced technology that makes sure your nails retain their gloss and have a chip-free color through all the celebrations and festivities. Unlike other gel-lacquer and gel-like polish hybrids, OPI’s GelColor formula is 100% gel, which lasts up to 3 weeks while maintaining its color and sheen.
OPI GelColor, comes in iconic OPI bottles and is LED UV-cured for 30 seconds per Coat with OPI’s new dual cure lamp. Natural nails are painted with OPI GelColor Base Coat, then two coats of OPI GelColor (available in 36 bestselling OPI shades) and finished with OPI GelColor Top Coat for glossy, high-endurance manicures and pedicures.
The 30-minute service can be availed in top OPI salons only, via professionally trained OPI nail technicians to ensure best results! OPI GelColor’s breakthrough formula specifically ensures easy & gentle removal in just 15 minutes at the salon, without any compromise on nail health (Easy soak-off removal without surface filing of nails).
The range comprises 36 sought after hues such as Big Apple Red, Malaga Wine, Strawberry Margarita and many more. OPI plans on launching additional colors of GelColor through the year in seasonal collections with latest trends. So, go on and head to your nearest OPI salon to experience the luxurious OPI GelColor service today!
Changing seasons can be taxing for your skin and how—it’s hot during the day, cold at night and the dryness that comes with the end of the year is hardly appreciated by anyone. When winter truly hits and you find yourself taking hot showers and slathering on any moisturiser you can find in hopes of soothing your skin—turns out, you might be doing more harm than good. Winter skincare doesn’t have to be a puzzle that takes rounds of trial and error to solve when you’ve got the best dermatologists at hand. We spoke to three skincare experts about the best ways to look after skin during the cold months—here’s what we found.
Stay away from alcohol (at least in your makeup and skincare)
“It is highly advisable to avoid using products with alcohol in it, as they dehydrate the skin, leading to dryness and dullness. You should instead use organic homemade masks with ingredients like honey, aloe vera, almond oil etc which will bring back the moisture in the skin keeping it healthy and glowing. Such ingredients with moisture content help you deal with common winter skin problems like dryness, sensitivity and tanning of skin,” advises Dr Chhabra
First up, hydrate your skin from within
“Drinking water is a very essential part of protecting your skin from becoming flaky and chapped. A little warm water with lemon or honey can help you feel refreshed and hydrate the skin from within. Try and incorporate seven to eight glasses of water in your everyday routine,” says Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, director and consultant dermatologist at Skin Alive, New Delhi.
As much as you want to get in the hot tub every chance you get, don’t
Dr Kiran Sethi, celebrity dermatologist and founder, Isya Aesthetics, has a rule of thumb for the winter months, “Baths bad, showers good! Interestingly, the more water you submerge your body in, the drier your skin gets. So cut your showers down to five minutes a day. The hotter the water, the drier your skin gets because it evaporates water from within the epidermis. It’s best to stick to lukewarm water.”
Be mindful of your soap
According to Dr Jaishree Sharad, Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologist, soaps can be harsh on the skin as they alter the pH of the skin and make it more alkaline.“This could cause dryness and flaking of the skin, especially in winter. You should use a soap that has emollients and oils such as those by Dove, Pears, Oilatum or Hidrate. If your skin is really dry, use the Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion as it maintains the pH balance of the skin as well as cleanses your skin well.”
Moisturise—day and night
“Regularly using lotion and moisturiser should be a part of the daily regimen. Freshly moisturised skin has a healthy sheen can help even out any existing blemishes too,” says Dr Chhabra. “It can help your skin look healthy, clean, and wrinkle free. Make sure you’re choosing a moisturiser that works for your skin as there are a whole range of different products for dry and oily skin. You could also apply a thick layer of moisturiser or a lotion and let it seep into the skin overnight.”
And use it the right way
“Use a body lotion that contains ceramides and natural moisturising factors like urea, sodium lactate or lactic acid. Apply it immediately after you get out of the shower on wet skin, so that your body also absorbs more water,” says Sethi. Dr Sharad emphasises on the use of the right skincare ingredients, like ceramides and fatty acids, as well. “Moisturising is key to rebalancing the skin barrier and replenishing your skin’s beneficial fats. A damaged skin barrier can take weeks or even months to repair,” she says.
Winter doesn’t mean you ditch the scrubbing
“Exfoliating is essentially done to get rid of all the dead skin cells. When the skin is smooth and exfoliated, it absorbs the moisture in a better and quicker way. If you don’t exfoliate and scrub off the dead skin cells, then the cells will block and not let the moisture soak in. For winters, it’s advisable to do a mild exfoliation,” says Dr Chhabra.
Don’t forget your lips in your new skincare routine
“Use a lip balm or even ghee for your lips. Do not lick your lips as this will further dry them out. Avoid matte lipsticks. Use a lip gloss instead,” says Dr Sharad.
Grey winter skies don’t mean that the sun isn’t around
“A good sunscreen is very important as it is said to increase skin smoothness and brightness. Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job in offering protection against UVB and UVA rays. In winters, one feels like basking in the sun, thus a layer of sunscreen will be useful in protecting the skin and keeping it radiant. It is also advisable to keep yourself covered by a scarf, gloves, coat and hat to reduce exposure to harmful rays,” says Dr Chhabra.
Your feet need special care in the winter
“If you are developing cracks, you need to take care of your feet daily instead of once in a while pedicures. At bedtime, soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes. You may add a few drops of an oil free cleansing lotion or even salt to the water. Slough dead skin off with a mild loofah or exfoliating scrub, and then apply a thick moisturising cream. If possible, wear cotton socks at all times,” says Dr Sharad.
Real talk: dark, moody lip colours for fall are about as groundbreaking as florals for spring. But that’s not to sat that they don’t work. As the temperature outdoors takes a dip, it is time to invite your beauty kit along to the party with icy blue tones and frigid aubergine taking centre stage. From celebrities to street style stars, everyone is leaving the candy pastel lip colours, along with the flirty summer dresses, at the back of the wardrobe, and are instead making friends with deep wine hues and vampy shades of merlot and purple. So, how do you get in on the party? Here’s a handy all-you-need-to-know guide to help you ace this trend.
What to do: How to pull off a dark lipstick
Oxblood, aubergine, deep berry, midnight blue: there’s a wide roster of moody colours to play spin the wheel with, and no, your choices aren’t just reserved to goth black. The good news is that, unlike the more demanding shades on the colour wheel, dark lipsticks are universally flattering for the average Indian skin tone, meaning that there’s something for everyone. Since this statement-making trend necessarily commands attention, opt for the colour that makes you feel the most confident and work on making it your own.
What not to do: How to avoid a moody lip faux pas
It is indeed possible to have too much of a good thing, and you are going to want to keep a vigilant eye on the beauty look that you are pairing your dark lips with. A goth purple pout is all well and good, until you bring a dramatic cat eye into the picture. Look to subtler alternatives instead, like a dainty glitter eye. Darker lip colours can also be unforgiving when it comes to smudges on the teeth, so ensure that you do a quick check before heading out. If your hand happens to slip a bit and you accidentally colour outside the line of your lips, resist the instant reflex to wipe it off, as darker pigments can leave behind a telling trail. Instead, try to dab away the excess and use a concealer to cover up any remnant blemishes.
An inky pout is the easiest way to take your look from desk-to-drinks, but pay attention to the rest of your beauty choices. A vampy lip with a dense smoky eye can easily spell Comic Con cosplay, instead of after-hours with your colleagues. If you are just beginning your journey with dark lip colours, play it safe by sticking to basics for the rest of your face: start with an assured hand with the concealer and dust a light hint of blush on the cheeks. Go easy on the liner, and instead double down on the mascara for lashes out till there. Whichever lipstick hue you pick, opt for a pigmented formula that provides full coverage, as smudges and blank spots can show up easily against the white of your teeth.
Let your favourite Bollywood stars show you the way
Don’t let the commanding nature of this trend fool you; just as versatile as your go-to red lipstick, moody colours have been gracing a wide number of celebrity beauty kits across the board. Thought that you could only work these head-turning colours at your next night out? Take notes from Priyanka Chopra, who has been adding a dash of bold purple to her monochromatic day looks, including head-to-toe tweed from Chanel. Likewise, Sonam K Ahuja went where few had gone before and juxtaposed a heavy duty wine-hued matte against an airy floral dress from Erdem. With the wedding season around the corner, allow Deepika Padukone to play muse with her choice of a deep berry lippie to go with her layered Anamika Khanna ensemble at the TIME’s 100 gala.
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Ready to take the plunge? Here are the darkest, moodiest lip colours on the market that deserve a spot on your beauty shelfie.
2018 was a gamechanging year in the beauty world. As social and cultural developments opened up bigger conversations around sustainability and technology, the beauty industry—known for always being ahead of the curve when it comes to advances—is aligning too. Here are the most talked about beauty moments in 2018.
Clean beauty movement
Sustainability is on everyone’s mind and beauty brands are no exception. There’s been a significant move towards “clean” beauty, or at least cleaning up the act of how products are formulated, produced and packaged.
Drunk Elephant, the no-nasties California-born brand that launched in 2014, gained a cult US following before rolling out globally to Australia, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand, landing in the UK this October. Its products are formulated with sustainable ingredients, using “clean actives”— i.e. ingredients that avoid synthetics and are biocompatible with the skin, enabling them to better penetrate the dermal layers and reducing further impact on internal health.
Haircare is on a similar trajectory. This year, L’Oreal Professional launched a vegan, plant-based line, Source Essentielle, created using 80 to 99 per cent natural origin ingredients. Sustainable packaging is also on the rise—seeing a return to glass as an alternative to plastic, the use of recycled materials, as well as refilling services and initiatives. The question is, will checking in with your favourite brands’ “clean criteria” become as instinctive as reaching for your re-usable coffee cup?
New classic scents
This was the year of new classics. The last few years has seen a shift away from the idea of having one signature scent; instead perfume has become as a transient as changing your clothes every season. But this year saw a resurgence of classics that might bring us back full circle.
Chanel launched a limited-edition of their iconic No 5, the reassuringly grand, powdery scent, reimagined in a red bottle to mark the holiday season. Dior’s new classic, a nouvelle vague if you will, Joy, spells intimacy and warmth in a grown-up fragrance, heady with sandalwood and musks. And Tom Ford launched Lost Cherry, syrupy sweet with cherry notes and tobacco, perhaps a bottled invention of lost youth.
Inner health has been high on the list of priorities this year. The gut has taken centre stage—linked to healthy skin, hair and an overall preventative immune boost, it’s been dubbed the “second brain”. Turbo-charged probiotics, such as Symprove, have gained popularity and supplements have become much more targeted, with multi-ingredient formulas to best fit your needs. Hum Nutrition targets everything from sluggish digestion and energy levels, to skin health. Dr Frank Lipman, the functional medicine expert behind the celebrity favourite Cleanse programme (a 14- or 28-day series of digestive enzyme pills, shakes and dietary guidance, for a deep internal cleanse that promises to improve gut health, sleep and immunity) has now created Be Well supplements to sit alongside the Cleanse, which aim to enhance the condition of hair, nails and skin. Lyma—a premium supplement that supports the immune and cardiovascular systems, lifts energy and reduces stress levels—was created by fitness specialist Russell Bateman to optimise our health under modern day stresses. The days of taking a hit-and-miss cocktail of vitamins are over.
Year of glitter
This was the year of the “Kira Kira” sparkle filter, which influenced beauty trends from the catwalk to our makeup bags. Once considered OTT, glitter now has a much more wearable aesthetic. Taking inspiration from space-age films, Gucci SS18 saw inner eyelids covered in turquoise glitter, applied with gusto. And at Anna Sui SS18, little drops of silver glitter were painted in a vertical line from the centre of the lower lashline.
The trend extends to nail art too, sealed under a gel top coat leaving the finish infinitely wearable and elevating a demure nude nail to something more indulgent—perfect for party season.
Leave it to the genius of Fenty, by Rihanna, to bring a trend that on paper feels out there, but in practice makes complete sense: yellow-gold highlighter across the cheekbones. Their Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife can be applied generously over the cheekbones to create flattering dimensions. Chanel did the same at AW18, with washes of gilded yellow. Welcome to a new era in contouring.
Beauty gadgets have come a long way this year. James Dyson demonstrated his Dyson Hair Wrap in New York—an instant styling wand that creates waves, glossy straight locks and more, with just the touch of a button, literally.
Technology is developing at pace, and while some beauty gadgets may sit in a higher price bracket, other handhelds are more accessible, even linking with phone apps to get the very best out of your skincare. Foreo, for example, offers light- and heat-emitting handheld devices that track and respond to internal and external factors affecting the skin. The Foreo UFO uses LED technology and hot and cold sonic waves to stimulate skin cells and boost the penetrative prowess of face mask ingredients. The app that you download alongside it times and instructs on how best to apply the device, for truly visible results.
Always at the forefront of home-beauty technology, Dr Dennis Gross launched the SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, an FDA-approved face mask charged with blue and red LED lights that target the appearance of wrinkles and improve acne and skin conditions. After two weeks of daily three-minute sessions, you’ll notice a visible difference. The future’s bright.
The potency of active ingredients has grown ever stronger as we demand more and more from our skincare. Highlights this year are: Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules with retinol; Clinique’s seven-day vitamin C-packed programme, full of antioxidants to brighten the complexion; and Glossier’s Exfoliating Solution with glycolic acid, one of its first core products. No longer solely the domain of dermatologists, whether it specially formulated acids or added vitamins that speed up skin cell regeneration, expert skincare has now gone beyond the prescription.
Low maintenance hair styling
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The anti-blow-dry movement has been going strong for some time, but the trend this year has been about little details that require minimal effort for maximum effect. Alberta Ferretti created neat ponytails with a carefully tied rope-like finish. Ann Demeulemeester effortlessly styled low-slung plaits with ribbons at the ends. And Victoria Beckham had barely tied, half-ponytails with a loop to keep the hair out of the face. An easy, chic and infinitely wearable trend to suit everyone.
Acne is, and will always be annoying. But its more annoying cousin, body acne—of the butt and back kinds, can be harder to fight. But the holiday season brings with it weddings, parties, backless blouses and dresses, which means getting ahead of the problem is a priority. We spoke to Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, founder and medical director, ISAAC, as well as Mumbai-based dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon Dr Satish Bhatia, on their advice if you want the acne gone, stat.
What causes body acne?
Turns out, the back has a higher density of glands that produce oil and sweat than other areas of the body, making it especially acne-prone. The primary reason for the flare ups are the same as the angry zits on the face—oil and dead skin cells block pores and lead to a growth of the P.acnes bacteria and inflammation. Adding to this, the very location of the back on the body means that most people don’t exfoliate and wash the skin on their back enough, leaving the dead skin cells and oil to fester. But a tardy exfoliation routine may not be the only cause. “Any aberration on the skin, the largest organ of the body, is indicative of something amiss internally and requires investigation. While there can be various external causes as well, such as tight clothes and dandruff, acne is often one of the earliest symptoms of hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS),” says Dr Gupta.
The skincare tips you need to prevent and treat body acne
Be a stickler for post-workout hygiene
If you are struggling with bacne, the easiest step you can take to relieve the condition is to wear loose clothes in breathable fabrics. “Tight clothes cause blocking off of pores and excessive friction, which could lead to clogged pores,” advises Dr Gupta. The idea is to keep the area clean and dry. Make it a habit to shower right after your workout to avoid the sweat creating a breeding ground for the pimple-causing nasties. Another important tip is to change out of sweaty T-shirts and sports bras immediately after working out.
Maintain shower integrity
Another common underlying cause of back acne is also an oily dandruff-infected scalp. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo will ensure that flakes don’t fall on the back and shoulders, and clog pores. Ironically enough, washing your hair can also cause bacne breakouts, if you’re not careful. If not removed, conditioner residue can settle on the back and clog pores, so rinse the body after conditioning to prevent this. Also, change loofahs as you would change your toothbrush (a doctor recommended three month schedule)—they can be a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Look for a shower gel or body wash containing skincare ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid and use an exfoliating scrub to prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking your pores. Even though it sounds counter-intuitive, make sure to moisturise post-shower to soothe and repair the skin barrier.
Rely on targeted skincare treatments
Spot pimple treatments and masks aren’t just for your face. A balancing clay-based mask with tea tree oil and salicylic acid, which calms the redness on your face, can relieve inflammation on the body as well. However, don’t be disheartened if a cream or a pack that miraculously clears up your face does not work wonders for your back. The penetration of skincare products varies, as the skin on the back is the thickest compared to other areas of the body.
If the symptoms don’t alleviate within a few weeks, visit a trusted dermatologist before you start any home therapy or topical medication. Whiteheads, red papules or pus/blood-filled lesions on the chest, back and buttocks could also be miliaria, a fungal infection that mimics symptoms of body acne but is caused due to sweat retention. The treatment would vary in that case, cautions Dr Bhatia.
“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, you can can apply 6 per cent glycolic acid and 10 per cent azelaic acid creams, gels or body spray,” advises Dr Bhatia. Alternatively, for immediate and quickest results book yourself for chemical peels like salicylic acid, phenol or TCA peels at the dermatologists’ office. Only make sure that you leave enough time between your appointment and the event you need to attend—peels can leave your skin flaky, so you need to factor in for the downtime.