Friday, 30 December 2011

Few Facts About Blushes (How To Apply & Why They Crumble)

Ok every one knows how to apply blushes and where to apply them but here are a few facts you might have missed out about blushers. The main aim is always to get the perfectly flawless finish.

  1. If you are not applying any pressed powder over your foundation then it is advised that you dont apply a powder blusher on top of the foundation. As the foundation has a creamy consistancy the powder blusher will stick to it and it will not blend well. And if you are not very good at blending then you might end up having patches on your cheeks.
  2. Always apply creams over creams. That means if you are not applying any pressed powder over your foundation then apply cream blusher which will easily blend out and give a very natural flushed and healthy look.
  3. If you dont own any cream blushes you dont need to worry as lipsticks can work really well as cream blushes. For best results try not to use very glossy lipsticks as they would be more emolient and have less colour concentration. Try out a few different finishes of lipsticks as cream blushes and you would soon realize which one works the best for you. Play around with makeup and you would see how you can use different product for different purposes.
  4. If you want your blusher to pop them apply a little bit of cream blusher underneath and this will act as a primer for the blush and it will give a vibrant colour pay off.
  5. Always use a soft blush brush such as synthetic taklon bristled brush as it will pick up less product at a time and you wont end us having too much product on your cheeks like pink circles. And also the soft brush blends out the blusher very well.
  6. If you feel that your blushes are dusty and crumble alot when applying, then check your blush brush, its bristles might be too coarse and scrape on the surface of your blush and make it dusty. A soft brush will be gentle on you blusher and it wont make it crumble.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

How To Get The Perfect Glowing Skin

A beautiful glowing skin is an image of perfection. It shows that the skin is well nourished, healty and moisturized. But this can also be attained by using the right kind of makeup products.

There are different kinds of foundations available in the market. Foundations with matte finish and also the ones which claim to give a dewy finish. But sometimes the dewy finish of the foundations isn't enough to get the perfect glowy finish you need to use shimmery highlighters.

I have heard people often complain about when they use shimmer products, they dont get their desired flawless glowy look. The reason is that they are not using the correct shade of highligter.

If you are buying a highlighting product for the purpose of creating a glowy finish all over and not just to highlight the cheek bones, then there are a few thing you have to keep in mind.
 First of all you have to know the undertones of your skin and the shade of the highlighter should be according to your undertones. If you have golden undertones, then a golden highligther would be the most suitable and will make your skin look naturally glowy. Similarly if you have olive undertones, you should apply an olivey gold highligther. If you have pink undertones then the best one for you would be a light rosegold hightlighter. If you are not sure of your undertones, try to ask a makeup assisstant to assess it for you. If not then grab several different shades of highlighters from pale pinks, off whites, pale golds to olive, rosegolds and try different shades and see which highlighter appears to be the most natural on your skin.

The second most important thing to remember is that the highlighter should have a satin to shimmer finish and not any glitter particles in it. Use a glittery highlighter only if you are going for that kind of look. But if you want to look naturally glowy then there should be no glitter particles in the product otherwise you would end up looking like a glitterball.

There are many different types of highlighting products available in the market, they could be liquid, cream or powder. You just have to find out which one you are most comfortable with, and which one is best suited to your skin tone and you will have the perfect glowy skin!

Disclaimer: Picture has been taken from google for referrence only.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Smokey Eyes: Smokey eyes don't necessarily mean blacks, greys and browns.

Smokey eyes don't necessarily mean blacks, greys and browns...

Somkey eyes mean that the colour is concentrated at one place and then it gradually fades into nothing. Smokey eyes can be created with any colour, even lighter shades of colours. There are several ways to do smokey eyes. The most common type is when the colour is concentrated near the lash-line and is blended and fades towards the brows. 

The second type is when the lid colour is a lighter shade and the darker colour is concentrated at the outer corner of the eyes and blended inwards.

The third is when the lid is light and the crease is darker and blended above towards the brows.

Smokey eye looks can be created with any colour, it doesn't  even need to be a darker shade of colour. Here are some examples of colourful smokey eyes...

Lighter and softer shades of colours can also be used to create subtle smokey eyes.

The the term Smokey Eyes can be used for a variety of different looks. Only the blending of the eyeshadows gives the look the name of Smokey Eyes.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.


These Q's have been asked alot and I couldn't stress enough on the fact that you have to eat right rather than to use creams/ointments/medicine/prodcts etc. Here are few simple things you can do to improve your skin, hair growth and bones:

1. Take 1 x multivitamin + 1 x Cod liver oil capsules everyday with breakfast. (Good for hair, skin, eyesight, teeth, bones)

2. Drink plenty of water.

3. Include eggs in your diet.

4. Drink atleast 1-2 full glass(es) of milk everyday.

5. Proteins are an extremely essential part of your body, and your body needs proteins for the development and regeneration of new cells so include protein rich foods in your diet such as chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, lentils etc.

Just these 5 simple & easily available things will greatly improve your skin, hair growth and YOUR BONES which is very important to avoid oestrioperosis, artheritis & post pregnancy lower back aches and problems later on in life.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.


Eyebrows play an important role in how you look as they frame your face and we all know how important a frame is aroud a picture. Some people naturally have thin brows but some people are fortunate enough to be born with thicker bows.

Thicker brows look more natural and they make you appear younger. Try not to over puck your brows, keep them as close to your natural shape as you can because that gives an appearence of youthfulness where as over plucked eyebrows or very thin and strongly defined eyebrows are usually associated with maturity. And I am sure all of us have noticed that all the walt disney villians have thin arched defined brows. So remember to keep them as natural and soft for the sweet innocent look.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.

THE IDEAL MAKEUP SEQUENCE (Steps of how to apply makeup)

You can apply makeup products in any order you are comfortable with but I personally think that the products when applied in a particular order can provide best results and can last longer. So today I am going to share my version of an ideal procedure of applying makeup.

1. Cleanse ( if you already had old makeup on)
2. Tone (Toner will remove any traces of cleanser left and balance the oils on the face)
3. Apply a serum
4. Moisturizer ( oil free if you have oily skin)
5. Face Primer
6. Eyeshadow Primer
7. Eyeshadows (do the eyes first so you can clean up fallout)
8. Color correctors ( peach/salmon under the eyes, green for reddness on the face etc)
9. Concealer ( under they eyes, and on the face where needed)
10. Foundation
11. Pressed Powder to set foundation and concealer
12. contouring
13. Blusher
14. Highlight
15. Lips

This how I usually do makeup on my clients and on myself. You can follow this sequence to get the ultimate results from your makeup products. Used in a proper order makeup will give the best results and will last long.
Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.


Wearing your blusher on the apples of your cheeks isn't actually the best way to go as it makes you look of age and also makes your face look rounder like the jolly old Santa. The best way to apply blusher is according to your face shape.

If you have a rounder or chubby face and you want to make it look more slimmer then apply the blusher at the back of your cheek high on the cheekbones and then contour the hollows of the cheeks. Highlight the highest point of the cheekbones. This will make your face look more chiseled.

If you have a very thin face and you want to look healthier then apply the blush lower on the apples of your cheeks. DO NOT smile and apply it on the round of your cheeks, instead keep your face straight and apply it below the area which makes the round of the cheeks while smiling. Dont contour, only highlight the cheeks bones lightly. This will give you a more healthy and fuller look.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.


Dark pimentation on the facial skin is a very common problem. The dark patches could be on any place on the face usually they are seen to be around lips, nose, on the chin area or the forehead. And they could range in sizes. The dark pigmentation has usually been observed in people of colour. I have been asked this question several time of what is the best way to cover these patches, as underneath the foundation and concealers they appear ashy and become more prominent.

These dark patches are the most difficult to cover up as the use of colour correctors or concealers makes them appear more ashy and not very attractive. The best way to cover them up is to use a darker shade of foundation ( darker than your usual) on the patches. If you wish you could apply it to your whole face or only apply it over the patches and blend it into your shade of foundation ( full coverage foundation)  really well so that there aren't any streaks or lines. This will even out the skin tone in a very subtle way and the pimentation will be less visible.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.


It is very important to keep your brushes clean not only when you are using them on others (friends/family/clients) but even when you are only using them on yourself.

The brushes used for cream/ liquid products such as foundation, concealers, gel eyeliners, cream eyeshadows etc. are necessary to clean very often as the germs (bacteria) can grow and multiply very quickly in such enviroment and if the brushes are not cleaned and used on the face again, then you will be applying germs onto your skin along with the makeup, which will end up giving you break out, or even reactions on your skin.

Even though bacteria does not multiply at such a fast rate in dry powder enviroment but still it is good for your eyeshadow/blusher/contour/ powder brushes, especially the natural haired brushes, that you also keep them clean.

Give your brushes a quick but thorough bath every night if you are using them everyday. All you need is a little bit of baby shampoo and few drops of olive oil to condition the bristles. Mix them both to make a solution.

Remember always use lukewarm water to wash the brushes as the brushes would spray after drying if the water is too hot or too cold.

Take a drop of the solution in the palm of your hand and swirl the wet bristles of the brush in your hand. Keep swirling and washing on the palm of your hand under running water till all the residue is washed out.

Then squeeze the excess water out and let them dry upside down on a special brush stand or just lie them down on a kitchen towel.

Always keep the brushes upside down when wet so that water or saopy liquid wont seep into the farrell of the brushes and loosen the glue binding the bristles.

If you keep your brushes regularly, they will perform well and last long.

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples.