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Posted at: Nov 12, 2017, 12:14 AM; last updated: Nov 12, 2017, 12:14 AM (IST)VANITY BOX

Make up your mind

Every woman should own some makeup essentials; here are some tips for the newbies

Manpriya Singh

When Aditi Rao Hydari came calling to the city for the launch of a beauty store, conversation and queries on make-up (but obviously) followed. However, any mention of make-up must haves had the actress stressing on skin care. Are you a make-up person? “I’m more of a skin care person,” she had said before elaborating, “If you don’t have a good base, no amount of embellishment is going to do justice to your look.” Is it any wonder that skin care essentials are the first to be mentioned in any celeb’s beauty must haves? Five make-up must haves inspired by celebrities; we only skip the ones endorsing beauty brands for any possible lack of honesty.

Tinted Moisturiser/ BB cream

A holy grail moisturizer has often (nah always) been cited as an in flight essential by celebs. However, only the moisturizer gives way to a slightly more versatile tinted moisturizer or better still a BB cream. Celebrity make-up artist Adrian Jacob during his visit to Chandigarh had spoken about how he gives the foundation a complete skip when working on actress Athiya Shetty’s face, thereby using only a BB cream. One of the products by beauty industry to have made a smooth transit from make up to skin care, a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream forms the list of make-up must haves.


Opens up the eyes, the way even kohl can’t. Alia Bhatt, though a brand ambassador for a beauty brand, once shared about having both a kajal, lip balm, mascara in her bag.

While most Indian girls go crazy with the kohl rather than the mascara, it’s time to reverse the trend. Make-up artist Saloni Arora, from online beauty chain, Make-up Mafia, once pointed out, “One of the things where a lot of women go wrong is in applying kohl. We think it automatically suits all women and all eye shapes, which is wrong.” Whereas the truth is that mascara opens up all the eyes, irrespective of shape of the face or eyes.


“Typically, your make-up must haves are the ones that can be found in your bag at any point of time. They should ideally be products that are versatile and can double up as something else too. For instance a blush,” shares Patiala based make-up artist Neeraj Sawhney. He adds, “It can impart an immediate and healthy glow to the palest looking cheeks.”

Actress Blake Lively has admitted to using blusher on her scalp, top of her nose, eyelids to achieve an over-all warm tone on her skin. “I also like to have a light lipstick in my purse - just a kiss of colour. I’ll blot on my cheeks and eyelids. I learnt that from a make-up artist years ago - you take blush and put it on your cheeks, on the tip of your nose and wherever your parting is, as that’s where you get the most sun. That way it never looks like blush, it looks like the warmth showing up on your skin. Not like make-up,” she’d once said.


A zit, a freckle, a dark spot, under eye circles; one needs to conceal all the time. Which is why a concealer is the most carried and least confessed make-up must have. “A lot of complexions can get away with just a BB cream and just a few dots of concealer here and there,” adds Neeraj. “I have seen girls use foundation all over the face just to hide a few spots, which is wrong. Just conceal and blend the problem areas and get away with minimal make-up look.”


A lip balm, a gloss, a red lipstick, take your pick but every women must have that one stick that imparts both colour and moisturizes lips at the same time. A dab of colour, easy, peasy!



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