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South Indian Wedding Guest Makeup

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Ohh hello, October, or shall we call you "WEDDING SEASON". South Indian weddings are mostly day affairs, and not many wedding halls have AC facility, adding heat and humidity to the mix, there is one thumb of rule to follow "Less Is More".

Let's run down on the South Indian Wedding Guest Makeup (Beginner-level), shall we?

Note: I would preferably start with my eyes first before my base. You can go with either based on your preference.

Eyes


If you are wearing a silk saree, it's a safe bet to go with a bronze or gold eyeshadow. You don't have to mix a multitude of colors for a blended look, as I bet, half of the wedding guests don't care whether you have used 1 eyeshadow or 10 to create the Oscar-worthy look.

Lightly pat your bronze or gold eyeshadow on your eyelid (use your fingers or flat brush) and go heavy in the kohl and liner department, no one's gonna judge you.

Product Suggestions

PAC eyeshadows in 05, 06, 08.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal
Maybelline Mascara

Personal Favorites

ABH and Makeup Geek Foiled eyeshadows
Sephora Eye pencil
Zoeva liquid liner

Base


As most South Indian weddings are day affairs, and the region is oh-so-famous for humidity and heat, I would suggest keeping your base airy and light. If you are a beginner, a tinted BB cream, or a light to medium coverage foundation is the way to go.

If you are oily, go in with a mattifying primer (extremely dry skin girls should use a hydrating primer), else you can skip this step altogether. Try to match your foundation shade to your skin tone, as aunties are quick to judge a pasty base.

If you are closer to my skin tone, check out my Foundation Matrix post.

Product Suggestions

Nivea After Shave (as a hydrating primer), Maybelline Fit Me Foundation/Colorbar BB CreamLA Girl Pro Conceal

Personal Favorites

Becca Matte Primer, MUFE Foundation Y405/Y15, Tarte Shape Tape

Blush: If you are tan skin, be wary of applying bright blushes, go for something a little deep, like apricot or dusty mauve shade or a bright pink if you are fair to medium skin.

Contour: Well, you ain't gonna kill anyone with that sharp jawbone of yours, so unless, you have an intermediate makeup application skill, I suggest better not be a Kim K wannabe. Contour if not selected and applied properly can look patchy and muddy.

Highlight: Glow like Nikkie Tutorials. Apply a bright golden/champagney highlighter on the high points of your cheeks.

Product Suggestions
Makeup RevolutionEssence BlushMilani Highlighter

Personal Favorites
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, ABH That Glow Kit

Lips


Play with color here, if you like muted colors, go for a nude tone that suits your undertone, and please for the bride's and groom's sake, skip the oldy-marron and brown shades. Switch it up with a pink lip or better even, go for red. It is better to apply a liquid lipstick, as lipsticks tend to wear off after the heavy sadhya *burp*.

Product Suggestions
Nykaa So Matte LipstickChambor Liquid Lipstick

Personal Favorites
Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick, ABH Liquid Lipstick

Close everything off with a setting spray (Urban Decay Setting Spray).

Happy wedding hopping guys!

Brush Cleaning Essentials

Monday, October 2, 2017


There is something about taking care of your little fur babies that soothes my inner makeup momma bear. While the cheat days are an everyday activity in my makeup routine, Spa days are reserved for my dull and dry weekends!

I  spot-clean my brushes post every use and then deep clean the brushes once in two weeks.


Cheat Day

Johnson's Baby Wipes l INR 69
Easy peasy lazy hack. Take a wet wipe and run your dirty brush to instantly sanitize it. Not a foolproof method, but something that you can do to quickly sanitize your dirty brushes.

MAC Brush Cleanser l INR 1050
My brush-love, I use a teeny bit on a paper tissue and run my brush over the tissue. MAC cleanser instantly spot cleans my brushes without ruining the bristles.

Spa Day

PAC Solid Brush Cleanser l INR 595
PAC solid cleanser is a spa day essential. Lightly wet your cleanser and brush and directly swirl your dirty brush in the tub. The solid soap smells like baby soap. The only con I can think of is keeping the brush cleanser clean. I let the product air-dry post use.

Brush Egg l INR 154
The broke cousin of the Sigma Brush Cleansing mat, I purchased this from Amazon for a fraction of the cost. I use a tiny bit of baby shampoo and swirl my brush on the brush egg. The item effectively removes the grim and powder on my brushes making it squeaky clean.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo l INR 72
I use baby shampoo to wash my brushes, as they say, keep your bristles soft like a baby's bum. Well, with the recent research proving that even baby shampoos are not void of harmful chemicals, I bet any shampoo would do the cleaning trick. I pair the shampoo with my brush egg for deep cleaning my brushes.

So, these are some of my brush cleansing essentials. What are yours?

Worth It? Mini Vs Full Size

Saturday, September 23, 2017


I love me a good mini, easy to throw in your purse, easy to travel with, and definitely gives me a sense of achievement when I hit pan (let's be real, minis are the only makeup items I will be able to hit pan on). I get my mini fix from Sephora, either as part of Sephora Favorites kit (check out their holiday kits, they are total value for money), samples, or straight from the Travel Section.
One question that frequently daunts me is  "Am I getting a better value out of a mini?". Not 99% of the time, but does it make any sense to invest in one?. Let's put the question to test!

These are some of the minis/samples that I am lovin':


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
I do own the full-size of the product, but I prefer the lil one for travel. The bronzer is slightly warm, I use this to contour and not bronze per se. Nevertheless, the product is smooth and blendable, does not turn patchy or fade over time.

Is it worth it?
Size
Weight (g)
Cost ($)
Cost/gm 
Verdict
Full
10
30
3
Full size is the better deal. 
Mini
4
15
 3.75

There is not much price difference if you break it down to cost/gm. So, if you contour every single day, full size would be a better option, else go for travel size.

MAC Prep and Prime
Again I do own a full-size of this product, and I keep the mini one in my purse for quick hydration. I am not a big fan of the micro glitters, but on days when I don't use foundation, this product gives my face a glowy luminous look.

Is it worth it?
Size
Weight (ml)
Cost ($)
Cost/ml 
Verdict
Full
50
42
0.84
Mini is the better deal.
Mini (not shown in the pic)
30
12
 0.4

Surprising, I am still baffled by the calculation. There is a huge price difference between the mini and full size. One of the rare times, when David outshine Goliath.

Sephora Collection Eye Pencil
This is one of my favorite kohl pencils. The jet black pencil does not smudge on my watery eyes. I tried a mini that came in one of the Sephora Favorites set, and I loved it so so much that I purchased a backup from the Bangalore Sephora, and I then again purchased two more backups from Sephora US.

Is it worth it?
Size
Weight (g)
Cost ($)
Cost/gm
Verdict
Full
1.2
10
8.33
Full size is the better deal.
Mini
0.7
6
8.5

There is not much price difference if you break it down to cost/gm. I would suggest going in with full size as you don't get much use out of the mini anyway (that is unless you use a blade to sharpen the lil dwarf).

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Perfume
Jo Malone produces some of the most unique scents in the market. I only own the sample in Blackberry and Bay, and whenever I wear the scent, I can't stop sniffing myself. As much as they are unique, they don't have a good wear time like Dior or Chanel. I am planning to buy the 30 ml bottle during the VIB sale. The hefty tag of 135 dollars for 100 ml is a major Debbie Downer.

Is it worth it?
Size
Weight (ml)
Cost ($)
Cost/ml
Verdict
Full
100
135
1.35
Full size is the better deal.
Mini
30
65
2.1

The difference in cost/ml baffled me. There is a huge difference between the mini and full size. Now, whether you want to purchase the full size totally depends on your ability to drop 135 dollars! I may still go in with a mini as it is easier on my purse.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Creme Lipstick
Marc Jacobs lipstick formula is really comfortable on my lips, long wearing and there is a shade for everyone. The 'worth it' calculation was surprising! I couldn't find the mini for the lipstick, but the calculation was based off on this set.

Is it worth it?
Size
Weight (gm)
Cost ($)
Cost/gm
Verdict
Full
3.4
30
8.82
Mini is a better deal.
Mini
1.41
10
7.09

If you get to try Marc Jacobs, mini lipstick, I would definitely suggest you look at the holiday kits as they are totally worth the hype and moolah.

So, what do you guys think? If given a choice, would you prefer mini size or full-size product?

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