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Florals are not just a favoured motif in fashion, they’re also a popular choice for nail art. From subdued blossoms to minimal daisy-tipped ends, this nail art design is amongst the season’s most popular trends. However, a quick internet search for the perfect floral tips will have you scrolling through elaborate artwork on long, sleek claws; a little disappointing for those of us who like to keep our nails trimmed down to the nail bed. The good news is that whether your canvas is long or short, this variety of nail art is easily adaptable to all lengths and sizes, with the right design. Read through our guide for a low down on the three easiest designs you can use to fit blooms onto your short nails.
Floral nail art designs with negative spaces
Pair your floral printed nail art designs with another one of the seasons biggest nail trends— negative spaces. Just leave the base transparent and add a colourful floral nail art design on top for a clean look. Try an ornate look of multi-patterned florals in pastel tones or mix-and-match neon flower nail art designs to create a new look. For a simpler version of this trend, try pieces of yellow and white daisies, or paint half of a flower on the tips.
Minimal floral nail art designs
If you love subtle designs, stick to a minimal nail art design that has subdued flowers on it. Try painting a floral nail art design on just one finger of each hand, or sticking to a small print that blends into your base polish. Another way to get the trend without overdoing it is to split up a flower design so you only see small pieces on each finger. Gelato-coloured ombré paint with a stencilled floral accent can help you get on trend while still staying under the radar. If you have a corporate job, stick to nude nails with a small flower print on one or two digits. This will keep you looking professional, but will allow you to play up this whimsical trend as well. And if you’re still loving metallic hues from the winter, try a pop of metallic flowers on one nail, paired with a soft colour on the rest of your hand.
Scroll through the slideshow for the best floral nail art designs you can try on shorter nails.
Acne is one of the most common woes faced by the universal population—we’ve all had it and we all hate it. The pesky skin condition brings many physical nuisances along with it, not to mention the embarrassment from unwanted spots. And while many suffer from it, not a lot of people really know how to treat it. We’ve tried everything from those endless lists of magic ingredients and products that claim to zap zits in a jiffy, but as Mumbai-based celebrity-dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty says, flawless skin comes down to using the right formula. For acne-prone skin, especially in a humid climate, gel-based products are the winning secret to a blemish-free complexion. Put your oily creams away and try gel-based products instead to get that coveted glowy skin, sans a shiny finish, on even the stickiest of days.
What the doctor says
To dig deeper into exactly why gel-based products work best for acne-prone skin, we got the low down from Dr Shetty. “Cream- and oil-based products can clog pores and add to extra oil secretion in acne-prone skin. Gel is much lighter and delivers the actives very well,” says the dermatologist. And if you live in a warm, humid climate, you need to take gel-based products even more seriously. “Humidity adds moisture from the atmosphere and makes skin more prone to an over-active sebaceous gland. Non-gel based products can cause extra stickiness to your skin in humid weathers,” she adds.
Here are some products you can add to your skincare kit:
Anti-acne cleansersVichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel
This cleansing gel gets deep into the skin to do its job. While it’s made for acne-prone skin, it works well for sensitive skin as well because it won’t dry or irritate even the most delicate faces. Buy it here
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
If you are looking for a non-drying gel cleanser, try the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. Its soap-free formula turns into a mixture of gel and foam on the addition of water. It removes impurities that cause acne without disturbing the natural moisture in the skin. Buy it here
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, add this one to cart. It not only cleanses the skin but exfoliates it at the same time. It also contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which leave skin feeling smooth, soft and clean. Buy it here
Lancer The Method: Cleanse Blemish Control
This anti-ageing cleanser helps to tackle blemish-prone and oily skin on a regular basis—perfect for those battling adult acne. Buy it here
Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser
This tube by Boscia is a non-irritating gel face wash, which comes enriched with willow bark extract to exfoliate and purify pores, rosemary leaf extract—an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient—and geranium, which supports natural circulation and improves skin elasticity. Buy it here
Moisturisers for acne-prone skinFirst Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturiser
This non-comedogenic gel has a lightweight texture which instantly disappears into the skin, controlling oil while also providing hydration to fight unwanted breakouts. Buy it here
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
The water-gel oil-free formula of this product contains the moisture-locking hyaluronic acid to hydrate without causing build-up or impurities, and is great for mature skin. Buy it here
Bioderma Sebium Mat Control Shine Control Moisturiser
This potent moisturiser contains ingredients like zinc and Vitamin B6 to create a smooth, matte look. Its shine-fighting properties keep the outer layer of the skin dry and residue-free. Buy it here
One of the biggest (and not so great) memories I have of my first year of college, is the sudden bouts of redness on my cheeks, leading to flaking, that appeared without any warning, at any given point. It was embarrassing, and the fact my mum didn’t think it was important (not because she didn’t love me, but because in those days everything skin-related was mainly left to safe home remedies) to take me to the dermatologist till I was 21 (as, by then, I was too grown up to give her that choice!) added to my angst.
Turned out I had seborrheic dermatitis, which was genetic as well as brought on by high stress, given the personality type I was, and still am. With the right medication and treatment, I was finally cured, but it left me scarred for a long time to come. Only those affected with this condition will identify with the trauma and low self-esteem issues something as seemingly trivial as redness of skin can cause.
To find out the common causes and solutions to skin redness, we spoke to one of Mumbai’s leading skin-experts and head of The AgeLess Clinic frequented by celebs, Dr Harshna Bijlani.
CAUSES OF SKIN REDNESS
A rigorous workout
A flushed face is one of the most common reasons for redness of skin. This happens due to increased vasodilation (flushing), generally caused post workout, on really hot day, or by eating really spicy food. This is an extremely common phenomenon and happens to almost all of us at some point or the other.
Another big cause is rosacea, which like the name suggests gives your face a red appearance like a rose. This could be triggered by genetics or aggravated by spicy foods, chocolate, wine, etc. Unlike flushing, which is a natural phenomenon and goes away in some time, the flush from rosacea stays long even after the trigger has gone. When accompanied with acne, rosacea is known as acne rosacea.
If you suffer from severe acne, it can give your face a reddish appearance, leaving behind reddish scars, brownish scars, pitted scars, indented scars, etc.
Redness can be related to certain food and other allergies like food, or can be a result of hives, which are commonly caused by mosquito bites. Redness could also be caused by using to certain skin products which do not suit our skin or we’re sensitive to. It can also be temporarily caused by strong skin products like certain strong acids, retinol, etc.
Another reason for red-looking skin is seborrheic dermatitis. Dermatitis means irritation or inflammation of the skin and seborrhea means sweat. So usually we tend to find this on the sweat bearing sites of our face like our hairline, eyebrows, around the nostrils, chin area, etc. This generally gives the appearance of flaky, red, irritated skin.
How to treat red or irritated skin
– First and foremost, find out what the redness is due to, whether it is normal flushing, or it is a medical condition. If you’re unsure, get it checked by your doctor.
– A tweak in your diet can help reduce the redness. Add some calming foods that are cooling for the body like coconut water, melon, cucumbers and seeds. Avoid spicy or heat-y foods like peppers, chocolate and coffee. Basically, anything that can cause inflammation should be avoided, and alkaline foods should be consumed instead. Wines, especially red wine, is extremely heat-generating for the body, so try to avoid that, and maybe opt for a different kind of spirit.
– In case of rosacea or acne rosacea, ask your doctor to prescribe you topical or oral antibiotics.
– In case of seborrheic dermatitis, wash your face regularly. In some cases, using tar-based or anti-fungal lotions and shampoos could help too. In certain aggressive cases, mild topical steroids may be required as well.
– If the redness is related to application of certain skin products, stop using them immediately. However, if they’re beneficial to the skin (like retinol) reintroduce them by using a lower percentage or using them for fewer hours—building your skin’s resistance to such products is one way.
– If your redness is related to an allergy, then using a cream-based calamine product may help calm the skin. In some strong cases, however, a mild topical steroid may be required.
– For redness due to sun exposure or sun burns, there are some excellent post sun lotions available. Look for the ones containing Vitamin E, shea butter and other calming ingredients.
– There are many lasers available that work on redness caused due to acne scars or rosacea. These lasers especially target the red pigments of the skin, helping reduce that unwanted flush.
– If the sun or working out are triggers, cooling down your skin with a cold shower could help.
I’d imagine walking on a crowded Seoul street without my tinted glasses would be a nightmare. I reckon all those ultra-luminous faces won’t be good for my eyes. But I also often wonder what it would be like to be one of those faces. Alicia Yoon, founder of K-beauty e-store Peach & Lily, is adeptly part of that shiny breed, and with her expertise non-Koreans might just be able to find that otherworldly glow in this lifetime. She charts her nine-step skincare routine to achieve long-term glassiness.
Start with oil cleansing to get rid of skin baggage. The Shangpree S-Energy Cleansing Gel (Rs 2,650) melts all oil-based impurities, and its skin-energising ingredients, like skullcap root extract, give your skin a fresh start.
Use a gentle low-pH cleanser that won’t disrupt the skin barrier and is also hydrating. The Lagom Gel to Water Cleanser (Rs 1,250) uses a special formula to hydrate and smack down inflammation thanks to panthenol.
Use a toner to kick-start hydration after cleansing while also balancing pH. The Be The Skin Purifying White Waterful Toner (Rs 2,000) uses both niacinamide and green tea extract to brighten skin and combat free-radical damage.
Essencing is a key step in achieving translucency. Eco Your Skin Layering Essences (Rs 1,700 each) include amino acids found in sugarcane extract that can help hydrate skin and plump up any fine lines or even deeply etched wrinkles.
Concentrated treatments like serums, face oils and ampoules come next. Femmue Lumiére Vital C Serum (Rs 6,000) has Vitamin C combined with a lot of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts that neutralise free-radical damage and help refine pores.
Eye care: Use Shangpree masks to plump up and illuminate the eye area, followed by Eco Your Skin Volufiline 15 Eye Essence (Rs 4,800)—it’s formulated to sink into the deeper layers of the eyes without causing milia. Meanwhile, volufiline and polylactic acid help fill in fine lines for creaseless makeup application.
Seal all of this in with a lightweight moisturiser that also helps to strengthen the skin barrier. The Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow (Rs 850) gives an instant glassy glow thanks to ceramides, soothing honey and brightening citrus extracts.
Exfoliating regularly keeps skin turnover high and the glassiness at optimal levels as dead skin cells are sloughed off. The Be The Skin Non-Stimulus Face Polisher (Rs 2,000) is the perfect gommage peel that’s also packed with extracts that soothe and nourish.
Finally, sheet masks! Sheet masking daily for five days straight is the fast lane to radiance. The Peach & Lily sheet masks (Rs 1,000/set) exclude harsh and drying ingredients like alcohol and synthetic fragrances and have ingredients like snail secretion filtrate, kidney bean extract, avocado extract and ginseng to give skin a lasting glow.
Kiyara was the hot topic at Lakmé Fashion Week winter/festive 2017, where she won an international modelling contract with IMG Models, the same people that made Gigi Hadid and Miranda Kerr global superstars. Hailing from the tiny town of Sangaria, Rajasthan, Kiyara now has representation in Paris, Milan, New York, London and Sydney. She’s already walked for Nikhil Thampi and Ritu Kumar, but on her runway bucket list are Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Versace. She loves powerful beauty looks, whether reviving the cat eye because it makes her feel like a superhero or eyeing the femme fatale vibe at NYFW.
“My first lessons in makeup were from my agency IMG Models. They taught me to be light-handed but to emphasise my eyes and cheekbones.”
“On one of my shoots they gave me a cat eye and I loved it because it’s feminine and I felt like a superhero.”
“Contouring! It doesn’t flatter anyone and complicates your look.”
“Linkin Park’s ‘Burn It Down’.”
“Never pluck your eyebrows! They are there to frame, to complement and protect your eyes.”
Like in every other industry, millennials are shaking things up for beauty brands too, redefining the space and moulding the business to their personalised choices. Whether it’s the demand for all-natural beauty products, the ‘less is more’ approach, or the importance of multitasking and quick-fix wonders, brands are working hard to cater to the unique needs of the millennial generation. We’ve list down 15 that seem to have gotten it right.
Founder: Colette Haydon The millennial mark: Are you a modern beauty lover living in a city, who travels a lot but doesn’t want to pay for extra luggage because of having to carry too many products along? Lixirskin, with its millennial pink packaging, is right on the mark for you. The brand blends universal essentials for everyday skin needs with a minimalistic approach to work around our busy but beauty-focused lives, and reduce the number of products we use. A good example is their Vitamin C Paste, which is a combination of a treatment and express morning mask, or the Electrogel Cleanser, a deep cleanser that doubles up as an evening mask.
Founder: Mazdack Rassi and Zanna Roberts Rassi The millennial mark: Milk Makeup’s USP is clean, cool beauty. It’s cruelty free, paraben-free and 100 per cent vegan. Fun, creative and easy to use with super nourishing formulas, fashion-forward shades and innovative application methods, the products can be applied without any tools, do not require touch ups, and come in wear-and-tear resistant packaging.
Founder: Susanne Langmuir The millennial mark: With ‘lip labs’ where their consumers can custom-make their own lipsticks, Bite Beauty is based on a simple idea—“what you put on your lips should be as good as what you put in your mouth”. They like their beauty to be clean, pure, unprocessed and safe and have a line of lip products solely made from all-natural, food grade ingredients, embracing food-inspired formulations.
Founder: An American cosmetic brand founded in Maryland, United States, by the Noxell Corporation (formerly known as Noxzema Chemical Company) The millennial mark: With the brand making cosmetics that are safe for human health and the environment, representing diversity in the beauty business, and keeping up with the trendiest product launches at reasonable prices, chances are that they have you covered with a wallet-friendly option. Less than $100 (Rs 7,000) spent on CoverGirl products will cater to all your cosmetic needs for an entire month.
Founder: Rihanna The millennial mark: Fenty Beauty caters to today’s millennial woman with its range of products—it is especially popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender. The real reason Rihanna made the line? She wanted everyone to feel included—women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures and races.
Founder: Jen Atkin The millennial mark: With Ouai, Atkin wanted to create a ‘breath of fresh hair’—a line for real women, with products that are simple and affordable. Ouai designs its wares to nourish the hair and bring out its natural beauty with shampoos and conditioners that are sulphate-free, and which repair and improve hair strength.
Kat Von D
Founder: Katherine von Drachenberg The millennial mark: From beginners to pros, Kat Von D’s makeup line is a creative outlet for everyone. The products are all cruelty-free, and the brand clearly believes in quality over quantity, and follows the ‘less is more’ approach.
Founder: Maureen Kelly The millennial mark: Naturally derived ingredients that are good for you have been central to Tarte, along with giving back to the environment by supporting the communities where their most iconic ingredients are sourced. The brand is always looking for ways to empower every Tartelette’s community. They combine glamorous makeup and natural ingredients to offer eco-chic, cruelty-free cosmetics and vegan skincare.
Founder: Joseph Shamah and Scott Vincent Borba The millennial mark: With a simple mission of making innovative, high-quality beauty products available to everyone, ELF believes in luxury for all at affordable prices. They work towards and get latest trends into one’s makeup bag with their irresistible price points.
Founder: Wife-and-husband duo Charlotte and David Cho The millennial mark: Known for the innovative ingredients, packaging and techniques used to create their wide range of products, Soko Glam tries to bring Korean makeup, skincare, K-beauty trends and innovations to a global audience. They celebrate and encourage the Korean skin-first philosophy, where you take care of your skin issues instead of simply covering them up with makeup.
Founder: Jessica Alba The millennial mark: With a comprehensive line of skincare and makeup that celebrates diverse beauty, Honest Beauty has developed a collection of eco-friendly products that is as effective as it is safe.
Spoil Your Body
Founder: Tanya Mehta and Guranjan Chandok The millennial mark: This brand believes that loving yourself is the first step to happiness—the main aim at Spoil Your Body is to provide homemade, organic, beneficial products that enhance natural beauty. Their au naturel bath products are just what you need to wash the day away, and their range caters to all skin types. As a plus, it is produced by methods which are all 100 per cent cruelty-free.
Founder: Rubeina Karachiwalla The millennial mark: With a range of makeup staples that are specifically meant for Indian skin tones and textures, Ruby’s Organics is infused with bio-active oils, butter and natural clays as part of their formulas.
Founder: Mamta Nihalani The millennial mark: With an in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda and aromatherapy from homemade beauty secrets passed down for generations within her own family, as well as her years of study in Switzerland and extensive world travel, Nihalani only uses the purest ingredients to create her line of apothecary beauty—intended to feed the mind, body and soul.
Founder: Mallyeka Watsa and Himani Singh The millennial mark: A natural paraben-free bath and wellness brand, Ayca creates products with pure, natural ingredients and extracted oils. Their commitment is to preserve ancient crafts and offer a holistic approach to the concept of refresh, replenish and revitalise.
If you need productivity goals, look up to Banita Sandhu. This year she starred in Shoojit Sircar’s October opposite Varun Dhawan, learned a new language (she couldn’t speak Hindi before this film), and worked toward a degree in English Literature from King’s College, London. It’s been a stressful year, by her own admission, but meditation, yoga, a killer workout track and a steadfast CC cream helped keep the stress off her face.
“My mum taught me that less is more; makeup is meant to enhance your natural features, not hide them. I do remember learning most of my tricks—like baking and fibre lashes—from YouTube tutorials as well.”
“I love a ’60s cat-eye and overlined lips, the kind worn by Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy.”
“Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’, every time! In fact, anything from Cardi B or Rihanna.”
“To be honest, I’m kind of over selfies. I love a fake candid instead!”
“I don’t touch them! I’ll occasionally pluck them if they’re getting out of control.”
Beauty blogging is serious business—you need to be updated about the latest in makeup, hair, skin and health and make sure your content keeps your followers coming back for that which is exclusively yours. Upon being diagnosed with PCOS while pregnant with her first child, Delhi- and London-based beauty and wellness blogger Shagun Khanna started paying careful attention to her health. This meant reading up expert studies and books on the topic and having multiple conversations with doctors, dermatologists and nutritionists to figure out a way to good health that worked for her. Khanna then started to document her beauty and wellness discoveries on her Instagram account just for family and friends, but soon turned it into a full-time business. On her blog, you’ll find everything from DIY beauty recipes, health tips to reviews of the latest in makeup and skincare. The mother-of-two, who is on this year’s Vogue Beauty Awards jury, spoke to us about her journey so far.
You’ve been writing your blog for the past two years now. How has that been?
I’ve learnt so much about social media. It has really helped me a lot. And I started this casually for my friends, but it suddenly picked up; I’m loving it.
When did you first find out you were suffering from PCOS?
When I was pregnant with my older son, 24 years ago, I went for an ultrasound and found out I had PCOS. But I wasn’t put on any treatment [as] there wasn’t too much information available back then.
How did you control your PCOS?
The only way to treat the symptoms of PCOS [then] was through regular exercise and healthy eating. After I gave birth, I immediately cut down on refined, processed foods and started working out five days a week—I made sure my weight didn’t go up. Regular workouts, healthy eating, meditation and health supplements; these were the lifestyle changes that I made [that were known to be] beneficial for women with PCOS. I didn’t want to be put on any kind of medication.
What did your healing process teach you?
My key takeaway was the power to know I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I can positively heal my body, my mind and help myself to live a better life—PCOS or not. Healing is not just physical—it’s a mindset. You have to want it, only then will you get it, only then will the process become easy.
What are your favourite superfoods?
I strongly believe in the powers of green superfoods; I think they work really well and are so easy to carry too. I usually go for moringa, wheatgrass or spirulina—just one kind at a time. It really helps in keeping your system alkaline. I drink a lot of water and use different ways to keep myself hydrated with coconut or infused water. They clean you from inside and keep your system alkaline, which shows on your face as well. I don’t touch dairy. Dairy for me is like, if I were on holiday then I might have a slice of pizza but it’s not good for my hormones. And I don’t eat gluten either.
Do you have skincare concerns because of your PCOS? How do you take care of them?
I sometimes experience maybe one or two spots around my chin area, which is adult acne related to my hormones. I don’t use any intense treatment as such. I apply some salicylic acid, some benzoyl peroxide and those work.
What does your everyday skincare routine look like?
I cleanse my face by washing it with Vitonomics Vitamin C cleanser, then spray it either with rose water or a mineral-based water and let it absorb. Next, I apply my serum and wait for that to absorb into my skin. I apply my moisturiser, followed by my sunblock. Sunblock is a must. Everyday. Indoors and outdoors. I can’t be without my sunblock. My nighttime routine is very easy. I wash my face and then either spray it with my Kama Ayurveda [face mist], or any rose water which I’m using at the time. And then I use retinol-based products. Again, I keep playing with the strength [of the products]. Sometimes it’s low strength [and] sometimes it’s strong, depending on my skin’s needs. And of course, my under-eye creams, one for day use and one for the night.
What are the top five beauty products you’re currently loving?
I’m using a Vitamin C-based serum by this pharmaceutical brand called Vitonomics. It’s an amazing serum with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and green tea extracts. A sunblock that I recently discovered is the Bioderma Aquafluide SPF 50—it comes with a slight tint as well, so you don’t need to apply foundation on it, and it has really nice coverage too. Then of course, the Clarins eye cleanser is one of my favourites. The Innisfree green tea wipes and Rene Furterer Complex 5 are also really nice.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has basically trademarked the sharp, jet black eyeliner and mascara look. The Fanney Khan star gave her favourite makeup a glossy update by pairing it with a dewy base and the ’90s staple: a lip gloss. Janhvi Kapoor too the channeled the lip trend last week in a bright pink, and paired it with soft highlights. Want to get in on the bandwagon? Here’s how you can get their look.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s eyeliner and glossy lips
The Nineties are having a moment currently in fashion, and why should makeup be behind? Last week, Rai Bachchan sported her signature black eyeliner with a pink, glossy lip—with her black and pink mane in tow—in Paris for an event last week. International celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Willer created the look for the actor.
How to get the look
To recreate Rai Bachchan’s look, start with a dewy, light-to-medium finish foundation for your base. Once you’ve concealed any pigmentation, use a gel eyeliner to line your upper eyelids from the inner to the outer corners. Give your lashes a lift with a lengthening mascara. Dab on a hint of matte bronzer on your cheeks, and coat your lips in a nude gloss. Buy your kit for this look here:
While Kapoor has been sporting fresh-faced makeup throughout the promotional events for her upcoming debut Dhadak, she wore all-pink, glossy makeup for an event towards the end of last week. Her makeup artist on the film and for the promotions, Vardan Nayak put the look together for her.
How to get the look
For Kapoor’s rosy makeup, prep your skin with a glow-boosting primer and a lightweight foundation. Then, use a dull pink-toned eyeshadow on your upper eyelids and apply a light wash under your lower lash line. Curl your eyelashes and complete your eye makeup with multiple coats of mascara. Wear a pink blush along your cheeks, moving towards your temples and draw attention to your cheekbones with a powder highlighter. Use a glossy pink lipstick for your pout to finish.