Guide to chic Diwali makeup: Part 2

In our previous post, we gave you some ideas for Diwali makeup and hair styles. Here are some more ideas for a chic Diwali look.

Makeup idea 2: Hot lips

Reds, plums, rich coloured lips are in vogue right now. Try Lancome’s lipsticks for red-hot lips.

Speaking Chic tip: With lips the focus of your face, keeping the rest of the makeup to a bare minimum.

Lancome red lipstick

Makeup idea 3: Rainbow eyes

Lakme gypsy collection eyeshadowConfused what colour eye shadow to use: purple, cream or green? Use all three! I tried this idea last weekend, and the results were striking. It’s a bit tricky to pull off this look, but with the right choice of colour and a steady hand, you can rock it! (FYI: I got this idea from Lakme’s Gypsy collection.)

Speaking Chic tip:  Choose eye shadow colours carefully. Rule of thumb: use one colour to match your outfit, one neutral, and a third that will blend well soften your look.

Hair idea 2: Sleek & chic

Sleek hair at WLIFWMy meeting with TIGI’s Akos Bodi and the recent catwalk shows convinced me that sleek hair is tres chic this season. If you have straight hair like I do, you don’t need to use a straightener. Apply a heat-activated straightening product to wet hair, and blow dry your hair.

Speaking Chic tip:  Tie a tight ponytail to sleek hair, set the style with hair spray, then enjoy the rest of the day with touching your hair again!

 

 

 

 

 

How are you doing your makeup and hair this Diwali? Tell us!

Guide to chic Diwali makeup: Part 1

Makeup idea 1: Flicked liner, glossy lips

If you loved the 50s and 60s, you’ll love the flicked liner look. Give it a contemporary take with glossy lips. Check out Sophie Choudhary’s makeup in the pictures below. (Note the flicked-out liner in the second picture).

Sophie Choudhary makeup liner and glossy lips Sophie Choudhary makeup eyeliner

Speaking Chic tip: Pallavi Symons, Lakme Studio makeup expert, says: “Using the last lash as your guideline, create a fluid upward stroke with a light hand. Then continue the line inward toward the corner of your eye.”

Hair idea 1: Fun with accessories

Tie a loose or low pony, and use hair accessories to dress up your tresses. We recommend cute hair clips and pins, hair bands, or just a ribbon! Vidya Malavade has cleverly used a hair band to push back her bangs and has brought her long hair over the shoulder to resemble a side-pony.

Vidya Malavada hair band

Speaking Chic tip: Experiment with your hair and accessories before you decide on a style. So no last minute mess!

Coming soon: More makeup ideas for Diwali!

Chic Makeup: Lakme’s Gypsy Collection (Part 2)

You can read the previous part of our review of Lakme’s Gyspy Collection here.

Eyes: Eye Quartet

Lakme Gypsy collection Eye Quartet eye shadows

Just one sweep of the Gypsy collection’s eye shadows is enough to make your eye lids sparkle. The two eye shadow palette has the right colours for the season: pink, purples, grey and bronzes. Most of the eye shadows have a gold shimmer, which are perfect for gold embroidery we will be wearing this Diwali and throughout the wedding season. Very, very trendy! And I love the names too: Silk Route and Tanjore Rush.

The only downside: the eye shadow tends to “break” easily.

Black Satin Kajal

Lakme’s Black Satin Kajal is indeed satiny, it just glides over your eye lid, doesn’t smudge too much and is dark as night. Word of caution: Handle with care! I dropped the pencil without the lid, and my heart broke when the point broke. 🙁

Nail polish: True Wear Nail Color

I asked a friend to test the Gypsy collection’s nail polish. She headed to her neighbourhood salon for a pedicure, and asked them to apply the ruby red she was carrying. The pedicurist and the salon staff fell in love with the colour, said it was the right amount of shimmer, and they would be stocking up on the colour ASAP. 🙂

Other fab colours: Mystic indigo, henna gold, plush purple… awesome! Take a look:

Lakme Gypsy collection nail polish

Speaking Chic Verdict (entire collection): 4/5. Choose the colours to go with your wardrobe and you’re set to look gorgeous for the festivities!

Have you tried Lakme’s Gypsy collection of makeup yet? Tell us what you think!

Chic Makeup: Lakme’s Gypsy collection (Part 1)

Speaking Chic spent a few days trying out Lakme’s latest makeup range: the Gypsy collection. Here’s the first part of our review.

About the Gypsy Collection by Lakme

The idea behind Lakme’s Gypsy collection, made in collaboration with designer Malini Ramani, is to take Indian women a makeup range that will see them through the festive season: Diwali, weddings, Christmas, New Year and some more weddings (up to January).

Lakme's Gypsy collection of makeupWhat’s in the collection

Lipsticks, lip glosses, lip colours, blush, eye shadow, kajal, nail polish.

Colours

Mostly earthy undertones, with several vibrant colours. Each makeup product has a distinct colour palette.

Lips: Enrich Satin Lip Color

I started with the Enrich Satin Lip Color lipsticks and discovered, much to my delight, that they did feel like satin on my lips, as the name suggests. The colours ranged from rust to brown. I liked most of the colours (10 in all), and they’re bound to please women of all ages.

Application was easy and the colour came out well in the first coat itself. With just a couple of coats, the lipsticks stayed in place for 5-6 hours, and even after a meal. Lakme says that these lipsticks contain sunscreen, vitamins and olive extracts for soft and smooth lips. Must say that the lipsticks certainly didn’t leave my lips dry.

Sheer Satin Lip Gloss

I love lip glosses, and I can’t imagine life without them. The eight shades of Lakme’s Sheer Satin Lip Gloss were enough to satisfy my thirst for lip glosses, and I liked the slight metallic sheen some of them had. They lasted long (though not as long as the lipsticks), and smelled and tasted great. 😉 My favourite shade: No. 11.

Lip Palette

Lakme Gypsy collection lip palette

Lakme’s Lip Palette of five very earthy brown shades comes with a lip brush that will require basic skills, which you can learn in just couple of minutes. Some of the shades were similar to the Enrich Satin Lip Color lipsticks, but the difference was that these are slightly glossier. Most of the shades are suitable for women of all skin tones. (Hence makes a great Diwali gift.)

Have you tried the Lakme Gypsy collection’s lip range? Tell us what you think!

Coming soon: Part 2 of the review (Eyes and Nails)

WLIFW: Chic hair trends


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Sleek hair at Prashant Verma and Arjun Saluja

In Prashant Verma’s death-themed show, the designer depicted pain, grief and valour with printed kaftan dresses and wispy skirts in black, bottle green and grey. The models’ long dark hair was pulled back, straightened and flattened, even as their faces were bare, devoid of any makeup.

Sleek hair at Prashant Verma WLIFW

At Rishta by Arjun Saluja, models got a severe look with a centre parting and made into a firm bun. The designer used a similar look at his Lakme Fashion Week show last month (theme: Sleek Mystique).

Sculpted hair at Ashish N Soni

Ashish N Soni’s Interplay of Yin and Yang was based on a monochromatic colour palette. His hair stylist rolled, twisted, twirled and pinned up hair to mirror the garments’ pin tucks and pleats.

Sculpted hair at Ashish N Soni WLIFW

Which hair trend gets your vote?


Sleek hair is great for India: TIGI’s Akos Bodi

Akos Bodi is European Education Director at TIGI, the company that makes great hair products. He was at Lakme Fashion Week (thanks to Lakmé Studio) to promote TIGI Catwalk’s new range of hair products, called Sleek Mystique, which he used to style hair for designer Arjun Saluja’s show.

Sleek Mystique is a silky, straight-hair look defined by the Catwalk Sleek Mystique collection. The collection comprises six products to help women get smooth, soft and straight hair.

Akos Bodi at workAkos spoke to Speaking Chic about Sleek Mystique, why it’s  great for Indian hair, and dos and don’ts of hair care.

Tell us about the Catwalk by TIGI range of hair products and how Sleek Mystique fits into it.

The Catwalk range of hair products  focuses largely on shape: volume, curl and sleek mystique. The Sleek Mystique collection is a natural outcome of that.

What does Sleek Mystique mean to you?

To me, Sleek Mystique means simplicity. Women try to do too much with their hair, but Sleek Mystique gives hair a dramatic look, while keeping it simple. Sleek Mystique is inspired by the Orient, hence the combination of black and red colours on the product bottles. It’s a hair trend that won’t fade away.

Why do you think Sleek Mystique will work in India?

We’ve been focusing too much on volume and texture for the past few years, it’s time bring back something simple, yet dramatic. Sleek Mystique comes especially handy when women want to fight humidity and its effects on their hair. Layers are popular in India, but can sometimes be more difficult to handle with the humidity. The products add a very small amount of weight to the hair, but don’t weigh it down completely.

How do TIGI hair products fit into fashion?

We’re not directly involved in fashion, but the evolution of fashion and trends helps our involvement. TIGI’s been on catwalks in New York, Paris, Milan, London and now India.

I have only five minutes to do my hair in the morning, and I want a Sleek Mystique look. What should I do?

Use the blowout balm, it’s great on wet hair. It’s almost like a serum, you need to apply just a small amount on your hair. Or you could use the Work It Haute Iron spray and run a flat iron through your hair.

Sleep Mystique hair If I have the luxury of 30 minutes or more, how could I style my hair to get the Sleek Mystique look?

Go through the entire regime: shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, balm. There are various options you could choose from: do a ponytail, or use spray and backcomb your hair.

A lot of urban Indian women have short to medium length, layered hair. What do you suggest for them?

Use the Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm throughout your hair, and then brush hair from side to side to give it volume.

Time to bust hair myths. Most Indians neither use a hairdryer nor hair products, believing it will damage their hair, or grey early. What do you think?

Yes, heat can damage your hair, but only if you overdo it. Heat dries out the hair’s natural moisture. So you should use the hair dryer, but don’t use it all the time.

Product overuse can be harmful as well. Here’s a simple thumb rule: the finer your hair, lighter the product should be.

That’s a rule I’ll remember. Finally, any handy hair tips for us?

Firstly, use a high quality shampoo  and conditioner; very few people realise their importance in maintaining their hair.

Use good products to style your hair, but make sure you know how to use them correctly. And remember the rule: the finer your hair, lighter the product. So if you have thicker hair, use a stronger product or more of the product.

Finally, don’t overdo on the heat.

PS: CATWALK by TIGI’s ‘Sleek Mystique’ range (and other products) are exclusively available at Lakmé Studios and select Lakmé Salons.

Would you try the Sleek Mystique look this festive season? Tell us!