IIFA Looks Part 1: Shriya Saran

I guess I'm so used to Shriya being in Tamil movies so much I forgot she made a Hindi movie recently too. Or she might have many Hindi movies, not sure. Here is a breakdown of her look at the IIFA Fashion Extravaganza. It's a gorgeous look but personally I would have chosen a different blush. I feel it's much too warm for the colour palette her eyes and lips comprise of. I've offered a substitute that I feel would have balanced the tones better. Ignore it if I'm being pompous.

Also, I'm going to start off recommending you start doing the eyes first so that the flyaway shadows don't mar your foundation and concealor.

Recommended Make-up:

  • Concealor, foundation, and translucent powder that you love
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Concrete eye shadow.
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow Gel
  • MAC Nehru eye shadow
  • MAC Shroom eye shadow
  • MAC Smolder eye kohl
  • L'Oreal Voluminous
  • MAC Coppertone blush. Alternative: MAC Blushbaby
  • MAC Twig lipstick
  • MAC Soar lip pencil
  • Blistex or Carmex that comes in the tub.
Prep eyes for eye shadow with some Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Shreya's brows are strong but not harsh. I recommend using Concrete to define eyebrows because it's a lot softer than black and doesn't make me look like I have an ongoing feud with everyone who has the power to dehair me. So dip a brow brush into the Concrete eyeshadow and with small strokes define your brows. Be sure to follow the natural shape of you brows. Set the brows into place with the Define-A-Brow gel.

Use a patting motion to apply Nehru to your lids so you get the deepest version of the colour all the way up to the crease. I find that patting on colour intensifies the shadow instead of stroking it all over the lid. Blend the edges of the crease slightly towards the brow bone. With a pencil brush such as the MAC 219, blend out the shadow near the outer edge of the eye to make a wing towards the end of the eyebrow. Don't take the shadow all the way to the edge of the eyebrow and stop short of it by 1/2 to 1/3 (depending on the level of drama that you want) of the distance between the outer corner of the eye and the end of the eyebrow. Apply a medium-thin line of Nehru along the entire lower lash line.

Apply Shroom to your brow bone and blend into the crease.

Line the top and bottom lash line with Smolder. Make the liner on the top lid medium-thin and blend it into the Nehru eyeshadow. On the bottom lid, keep the liner thin and as close to the bottom lash line as possible and smudge into the Nehru that you applied on the bottom lid. For the finishing touch, line your bottom waterline with Smolder.

Curl lashes and generously apply two to three coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes. Use a lash comb to get rid of clumps.

Brush off any shadow fallout and start applying a medium coverage satin finish foundation. Then, conceal any problem areas. Set with translucent powder.

Apply a sheer dusting of Coppertone on the apple of your cheeks and blend into the temple. I personally like Blushbaby better with this look as I find it fits the colour palette better. Again, just pretend that last line isn't there if you think I'm annoying.

Line the rim of your lips with Soar and use a lip bush to blend the outline into the lips. Then, using the same lip brush, apply Twig onto the lips. Apply some balm if necessary. I find Twig's formula quite drying and it doesn't look like Shriya's wearing a high shine gloss, so I think my trusted Carmex or Blistex (the clear pot versions) would work wonderfully for this.

image source: www.filmicafe.com


Anonymous said...

anu i love her makeup.
can you do a breakdown on deepika,kareena, or diya's look for iifa too.

can you please tell me a mac matte blush. my foundation color is nc42.
i bought gingerly but didn't like it.

6:03 PM
Spikez said...

Hi Anu,
I recently discovered your blog and am very hooked. Have been experimenting with some looks and like your tuts.

I have two requests, one is Kareena's IIFA look (http://www.highheelconfidential.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/kareenaiifagold1.jpg)
I think it's very soft and different.

Also i need some advice on how to approach my Mother's makeup. She's in her 50's and the droopy eyes are so tricky. I love Hema's look,
or http://www.janubaba.com/wallpapers/images/wp_Janubaba_HemaMaliniRaniMukherjeebyravi020949_200610222245267ZWEMQ.jpg
While Hema has great eyes i need some advice on bronzers/blushes to use to highlight cheeks like they do with Trinny,

7:10 AM
Anu said...

hey anonymous:
i will get to it asap :).

i LOVE mac's blushbaby. it is one of my most favourite blushes by mac. it's a beautiful subtle colour. desert rose is also stunning. if you're not scared by the colour, also try fleur power. all of these colours are really pretty and are matte. with fleur power, use a light hand :).

hey spikez:
i will definitely have kareenas iifa look up.

some of the things I do for droopy eyes it to apply a soft highlight on the inner corners and the brow bone. i find that a little 'lift' at the browbone wakes up eyes a lot. also, curling lashes wakes up eyes beautifully. another essential is to really keep eyebrows impeccable. it just adds so much much impact to lift the eye. keep the rows natural but as thick as possible. fill them in and set them in place if need be.

are your mothers eyelids heavy or do the ends angle downward? i hope you know what i mean because then i can give you better shadow suggestions. but the above mentioned things are very useful for both types of lids.

on the right most person in the pic it looks like she's wearing nars orgasm. if you're darker like me try something like lancome rose nuage (beautiful on n42s and lighter. looks good on 45s but it belongs to the nc42 and lighter range really) or make-up forever sculpting blush in no 22. another blush that would look amazing is from scott barnes' samba palette, nars deep throat, bobbi brown apricot (one of my favourite blushes of all time for a beautiful pop of colour), mac springsheen (depending on your skintone) or even mac fleur power. apply it to the apple of your cheekbones and take it back to your temples. you can add the blush as a pop of colour to bronzer. hope that helps

12:20 AM

spikez said...

hey anu thanks for the tips.
my mum's prob a NC42 (she's very reddened up tho on her summer holiday so i don't know what i'm going to do to cover up the ruddiness)

she's also got some dior lumiere bronzer that i was going to use to highlight her eyes and face. any tips? I think her ends curve down so her eyes tend to look smaller than they are.

how also what would u suggest are a good uses of traslucent powder when the face has a heart face.

8:17 AM
Anu said...

hey spikez:
what i like to do when the ends of the eyes droop down is to use liner to life the top lid a bit.

when applying the liner on the top lid, start off with a thin line and as you approach the oute 1.3 of the lid, make the line a bit thicker. you don't have to do this too dramatically but the thinness at the inner 2/3 and the thicker line at the outer 1/3 will lift the outer edges a bit.

also, a good tip is to use sunscreen during the summer and maybe use a colour correcting primer. make-up forever has a great one that neutralizes redness. The Makeup Stick Foundation Control Color by shiseido is also something you could look into. ladyleelu on youtube raves about this and a few make-up artist friends love it too. you tap it on the red parts, which the shiseido product neutralizes, and then follow up with the foundation of your choice.

translucent powder is basically colourless on the face (or it ought to be) and it sets your make-up. theres no know-how involved in applying it to any face shape so enjoy the simplicity :)

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