Beauty How To's
by BY JAHNAVI PRASAD for ELLE.IN
GET THAT DEWY GLOW
Let’s borrow Coco Chanel’s fashion rule of taking one accessory off before stepping out, for our make-up routine as well. Make-up artists have adopted it already; did you ever wonder how models sent down the runway have the most luminous skin? It’s all in the art of wiping excess make-up off. Here’s how:
1. When you’re going for full-face coverage, choose products that don’t sit too heavy on the face. You don’t want to look cakey.
2. The next step comes before you apply finishing powder. Two minutes after layering on the foundation, take a facial wipe (not a make-up removal wipe), which is moist enough but not dripping, and dab all over, avoiding your eyelids. This will help settle the make-up, remove excess foundation and give you fresh looking skin.
3. You can follow this up with a finishing powder, but lightly dust it on.
EVEN OUT YOUR HAIRLINE
We can’t all hope to have Kate Middleton’s perfect hairline. But we do have the secret to camouflaging monkey hair that refuses to grow out or side-head root gaps.
1. Choose a matte eyeshadow that matches your hair colour (if you have a black mane, stick to a chocolate shade instead; black eyeshadow can be stark).
2. Cover areas on your scalp that you’d like to camouflage, with a moisturising serum. Ensure it’s not a very sticky formulation.
3. Next, brush shadow on to the scalp in upward strokes while the serum is a bit gummy, and then blend really well. Soften the edges. And you’re done!
GET TOUGH NAILS
We’ve all been there; brittle, chipped nails that send us running to the salon for a manicure. It’s time to take caring for your fingertips into your own hands.
The worst of nail nightmares, they’re impossible to grow out, so your only option is to trim. Even lacquer chips faster due to the uneven texture.
Solution: Steer as far away from gel polishes as you can (we know, we love them too). Giving your tips a break from them for a while will help strengthen otherwise filed-down nails. Also skip buffing for that extra sheen; instead opt for strengthening polishes like China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier, Rs 500.
Who would’ve thought hydration could actually become a problem? If your hands are frequently immersed in water, or if you’re in the habit of biting them, you could end up causing the nail beds to absorb water, expanding in the process and then contracting as the moisture evaporates.
Solution: Hand creams and cuticle-care products should travel with you at all times. Products with humectants (moisture-laden) like glycerine and occlusives like Dimethicone, help retain the moisture level that prevents nails from going dry and chipping. Try Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, Rs 1,295, and Inglot Cuticle Oil, Rs 600.
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Photographs: Farrokh Chothia