New Delhi: Festive season, the busiest time of the year with countless events and parties, has arrived!
With the summer slowly saying goodbye and winter approaching, it's a good time to start thinking about necessary makeup items that will make you sparkle all through it.
With Diwali and wedding season fast approaching, everyone is aiming to add an extra glow to enhance their look for cosy get-togethers, and fancy work dinners. Getting holiday make-up right can be tricky when you have stunning cosmetic, advanced skincare tools, and a ton of lust-worthy hair and nail products.
According to beauty expert Shahnaz Husain, "Different functions may take place at different times of the day. If you want to look your best, you have to select the make-up keeping the time of the day and occasion in mind. Make-up needs to be carefully done and colours should be chosen with care during the day, because daylight is harsh and shows up flaws easily."
Here are a few tips on essential make-up products that are needed for the festive season:
1. If you have a clear skin, leave out the foundation. After cleansing, apply a moisturiser for normal to dry skin, or astringent lotion for normal to oily skin. Wait for a few minutes and then apply compact powder. Press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer. If you wish to apply foundation, a water-based one is better for oily skin during the summer months. Add one or two drops of water for a lighter coverage. The foundation should be as close to your skin colour as possible. After foundation, apply face powder to set it. Then apply blush-on.
2. For eye make-up, use eye pencils during the day. Or, you can line your eyelids with brown or grey eye shadow. This gives a softer effect. Then, apply mascara, which helps to make the eyes look darker and brighter. You will also need lipstick for the day. Avoid very dark colours and go for mauve or pink if you have fair skin. For slightly darker skin, go for copper, bronze, wine, or dark pink. Get yourself a lip gloss too. "So, for the day, the products you will need are tinted moisturiser or foundation, loose face powder, or compact powder, eye pencil, kajal, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and lipgloss. Products with a matte (non-shiny) or creamy finish are better for the day. To add glamour and shimmer to your day make-up, include light coloured shadows like mauve, or light brown over the entire eyelid area. Dull gold or silver shadow can be used to highlight under the brows," said Husain.
3. For the night function, you can use gold foundation to provide a golden glow to the skin, along with golden tinted powder. For eye shadow, brown and darker brown shadows can be used for the eyelids and the crease of the eyes. Include gold highlights. For glamorous eye make-up, brown, bronze and gold eye shadow should be part of the make-up kit. Gold can help to highlight and also to shape eyes long the bone line.
4. For lipstick, go for warm earthy colours and reddish colours. Dark pink or rose-red would look good too. Even brick-red may suit. Blusher colours need not match lip colour exactly, but it should be in the same colour tone. Include dark eye pencil and eyeliner, as well as mascara.
Husain also said that one should carry a few items in your hand bag, so that you can freshen up your make-up.
"One of the most important things is a powder compact, which contains pressed powder. It is very useful for touching up foundation, or removing oiliness. Carry some tissues too. First, dab your face with the tissue to remove oil and sweat. Then, apply the powder all over, or only on oily areas. To touch up lipstick after lunch, first wipe off with a tissue. Apply powder on the lips and then reapply the lipstick. A small mirror, comb and brush are absolute musts for the hand bag. You can even carry a small bottle of cologne to refresh yourself," she concluded.