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Make It Count


Issue Date 11 - 17 Feb, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Looking for the perfect look to go with your special dress this V-Day? Crafting an enchanting look is less complex than you might imagine. There are a few basic techniques that you need to know at the back of your hand and a few classics that you need to be aware of in order to nail any look. Here’s what you can do.

Smoke it out
Getting this look right is nothing less than a fine form of art. What you want is to go for something smudge-free. Don’t go overboard and blacken out the entire lid, a subtle fog is what you should focus on. To get the crayon effect on your eyes, use a kohl eyeliner on the top and bottom lash lines that produce a similar effect, then smear it with a sponge or brush. Finish with taupe eyeshadow on the lids and black liquid eyeliner to the inner waterline of the lashes to define the shape of your eyes.

Classic never fails
Red lipstick has been around since ancient times. Something about the tint makes the lips more alluring – just check out the number and variation of red shades in a cosmetic store (or any woman’s beauty stash, for that matter). If you are planning on wearing an impressive pout, one that leaves a long-lasting impression and not stains on every glass you drink from, then opt for a formula that guarantees to stay on longer. The trick to making the crimson colour last is to start off by filling the lip with a liner and then erase any smudges with a concealer.

Work those lashes
There are so many plus points to donning this look – fuller lashes have the power to simply transform your face by making your eyes look more mysterious in a beautiful way. Opt for lashes or mascara that are feathery and voluminous to the maximum. The first step to flawless falsie application is to curl your natural lashes. Then, make sure to trim the lashes to fit your eye shape. Also, using tweezers will help get them as close to your lash line as possible. If you are using a mascara, apply double coats.

Glow like a candle
If you wish to glow, and for your glow to follow you wherever you go, then a touch of highlighter is all you need. The product is known to give a lit-from-within kind of complexion. If you have an Eastern skin tone, get an illuminating powder in gold tones. Sweep this illuminating powder over the cheeks, down the nose, on the forehead and on your chin. If you are wearing a deep-neck top, add the excess bronzer on the brush down the centre of your chest and across your collar bone.

The perfect manicure
It is understandable that you want to get a red manicure as well since it’s the day when love is aplenty and you want to overuse a stereotypical colour associated with love to point out just how much pro you are at it. But the right shade and amount of colour is something that you should think of before making your choices on the day. An oxblood manicure is always a more subtle and beautiful option to go with. If you still want to opt for bright red nails, then mix purple and red shades to get the right combo, or dim the brightness through some nail art, or glitter.

The bouncier, the better
Use a big round brush if you wish to wear your hair in an enviable blowout. If you don't have time to run to the salon, you can fake a blowout by pulling your hair back into a loose ponytail and using a round brush on the ends. Then, spritz hair with dry shampoo for a voluminous finish. If you can't pull off the blowout look, then the next best thing is the just-rolled-out-of-bed beach wave à la Mahira Khan. The tousled texture will remind you and the on-lookers of beach days. Start by curling your hair with a big barreled iron, and instead of using hairspray, finish the curls with a salt spritz to get the bed-head texture.

A sophisticated up do
If you plan on going somewhere fancy this very night, try a sleek bun Hollywood-red-carpet style. This style of hair brings glamour to your entire look and can transform a simple dress entirely. To recreate this look, flat-iron the hair straight and gather it into a high ponytail. Simply wrap the ends around into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Tame any fly aways using a toothbrush sprayed on with hairspray.

All-natural flushed cheeks
All a blush aims to do is add a nice tint of colour to your cheeks, one that doesn’t look fake and makes your skin glow. But this can easily become the product that you unknowingly end up abusing. Get inspired by some Hollywood divas who are the best at rocking gorgeous no-make-up looks. The old pinch-your-cheeks trick might not always work, so start by using a coral blush that sets well with your complexion. Apply some on the apples then blend toward the temples using a figure-eight shape and a fluffy angled brush.



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