The New Year calls for fresh ways to beautify yourself. From nude eye shadows to hydrating lotions, Asha Ved helps you identify products that need to go into your vanity kit
Nothing beats the subdued glamour of clear skin and wash-and-go hair. It was seen all over the preview spring/summer 2017 shows across Paris and Milan. So this year is all about understated elegance with little bits of embellishments. We break down the make-up rules for the coming season and the products that are a must in your beauty portfolio.
Since the ‘no make-up’ look is having its moment in the sun once again, what with Kim Kardashian-West wearing no make-up to Balenciaga’s front row and Alicia Keys banning cosmetics completely, we thought it was a good time to work on helping you get the nude look right.
While bare skin seems a breeze, there is a lot of effort that goes into it. Start off with The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream Gel. It perfectly combines the delicate, reawakening fresh texture of a gel with the deeply nourishing properties of a cream. Caffeine is well known for its stimulating properties and this gel has just that. Its decongestive properties help shrink puffiness by reducing water retention. You can now say so long to tired eyes. The product is ultra-lightweight and needs to be lightly tapped around the eye contour once a week.
Follow this up with some smudgy eye make-up. Forget last season’s classic smoky eyes. Every beauty backstage artist is swearing by the new inspiration. If you look through shows from Balmain to Altuzarra, you will spot the smudge effect that looks like last night’s left over kohl. Adopt this trend with The Rock Nudes Palette by Maybelline New York. It features hues such as stone cold greys, smoky browns and edgy violets that guarantee vividly versatile looks for any occasion. The 12 stunning shades will let your eyes speak volumes when dabbed with gun-metal grey or interstellar blue. The stark nude tones are highly blendable and have a silken texture.
Indulge with L’Occitane en Provence’s limited edition Shea Butter Collection. The Ultra Rich Body Cream is an indulgent moisturiser for dry to very dry skin. With an exceptionally high concentration of shea butter, it helps in nourishing, protecting and restoring the skin’s hydrolipidic film. The hand cream is a luxurious blend of high concentration of organic shea butter which works to nourish, protect and softens hands.
Another must-have is Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula which traces its beginnings to villages close to the icy Norwegian waters where fishermen would sail to the end of the frigid ocean to catch the freshest fish. Despite the cold weather and icy cold water, however, these fishermen continued to have soft moist hands.
Neutrogena observed this phenomenon, investigated it and discovered what kept the fishermen’s hands moist. Norwegian Formula is inspired by the traditional balms and salves the Norwegian fishermen used.
All the products under this range use a unique glycerine-rich formula. Take your pick from Neutrogena Norwegian Formula’s hand cream which is apt for chapped palms or their body moisturisers that will make your skin soft with just one use.
La Roche Posay’s Anthelios offers the ultimate shield against sun damage. The range is derived from the Greek anti-helios (against the sun) philosophy. Its UV filters are enriched with the natural, soothing and antioxidant properties of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water that offer sensitive and sun-allergic skins respite from the powerful exposure.
The range also offers anti-shine face cream, body fluid to be applied as a lotion, ultra-light face cream and a UV protection spray. What’s more for your little one there is Anthelios Dermo Pediatrics SPF 50+. It provides very high protection from indirect exposure to the sun and is specially formulated for delicate or atopic-prone baby skin.
In terms of make-up, we love Maybelline New York’s Super BB Cushion, an innovative compact that helps create a radiant complexion and flawless skin every day. Just double tap the Super BB Cushion and you’re ready to take on the world! The product blends beautifully with Indian skin tones. It is light and gentle in its composition so it works seamlessly for daily and on-the-go applications. The soft application pad is also easily washable!
We also highly recommend FACES, Canada’s Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons. You can now say hello to gorgeous lips with their 23 vibrant shades. Dress your lips in statement shades with luxe lip crayons that let your lips do all the talking.
Featuring timeless matte finish with addictive colours and intense hydration, FACES Ultime Pro Lip Crayons are your perfect make-up companion from morning meetings to evening dos. From beautiful nudes to striking reds, to shades of pinks and corals, there is a shade for everyone in the expansive palette. In addition, the crayon glides effortlessly, redefining smoothness in just one stroke.
There is no doubt today that the benefits of organic beauty products outweigh the harmful effects of chemical-induced products by miles and all that with zero drawbacks. Take respite with Organic Harvest’s essential oils that will rev up your skin and give it a radiant glow. The tea tree oil is one of your best bets as it can fade blemishes, nourish the hair and scalp and leave you feeling light and fresh.
For an overall pick-me-up, get addicted to beauty and youthfulness with Oriflame’s latest offering—the Milk and Honey Gold range. It is extremely effective as milk and honey are both ultra-hydrating ingredients. Pick from Honey Gold Moisturising Shower Cream which is a rich shower cream enriched with the goodness of organically sourced extracts of milk and honey.
The rich ingredients in the product cleanses and moisturises your skin gently and the product promises you a hydrated, supple and silky soft skin.That’s not all, this exquisite range also has a Smoothening Sugar Scrub. The product is infused with a naturally sourced scrubbing agent—Hydrated Silica—which removes the dead skin cells from your skin. The sugar scrub gives you a youthful and smooth skin within a very short span of time. So look young and shine on!
In terms of make-up, we love Maybelline New York’s Super BB Cushion, an innovative compact that helps create a radiant complexion and flawless skin. The product blends beautifully with Indian skin tones and is light and gentle in composition