Vogue/Verve Excerpt of the 'Desi Kajal Look'

While I upload new pictures I thought I'd share another Vogue India/Verve scan. To me this is the quintessential desi look if I had to stereotype desi make-up preferences.

Shades of Bengal:
Make a strong statement with eyes fully done top and bottom. The wings meet and the look is completed with a pointed edge on the inside of the eye. For a variation, try using [an] electric-blue or [a] gold pencil to make a pointed edge at the inner corner of the eye. Recreate this look with: Bourjois Noir Beaux-Arts 21 Liner, M.A.C. Kohl Pencil 'Smolder,' Shaeyes Herbal Kohl.

image source: Vogue India or Verve India, I don't remember which one I photographed for this

So Busy With Things, Will Have Updates Tomorrow

Torrent of updates, like say a gazillion, coming up to make up for the lack of updates for the past month. It's been so hectic and tumultuous I don't know where to start.

Breakdown Request of the Eye Make-up in the Exhibit A P

I just reread the title and rolled my eyes. I so badly wanted to come up with a witty little title but I seem to be in need of some sleep for that. However, I had a request a while back on the make-up I used on my eyes in the pic of NARS Exhibit A.

Make-up used:

  • Wet 'n' Wild 3 of a kind stick in 728. This is completely optional
  • MAC Mulch
  • MAC Ricepaper
  • Ayur Herbal Kajal. I cannot be sure whether this has lead or not.
  • L'Oreal Panoramic Curl
Step 1:
I applied MAC Mulch on my lids and blended out from the crease and slightly into the browbone.

Step 2:
I highlighted my browbone with MAC Ricepaper and blended into the crease.

Step 3 (optional):
I applied the Wet 'n' Wild stick right under my eyebrows to give the highlight extra lift and drama.

Step 4:
I lined my eyes with Ayur Herbal Kajal.

Step 5:
I finished the look with L'Oreal Panoramic Curl mascara.

Smashbox's Fan Brush: My Favourite Tool for Blushes and Highlighters

Thank you ladies all so much for the warm wishes and congratulations. I will have pics up soon. I have a tutorial on applying pigmented blushes that I will have up as soon as my battery recharges. Until then, let me tell you a bit about a great tool to have in your arsenal when it comes to blush application.

I know I always recommend the MAC 187 but a lot of people gasp at the price and would like a cheaper alternative. Smashbox's fan brush doesn't quite multi-task the way the MAC 187 does, but it does apply pigmented blushes and highlighters beautifully. Also, it's a great quality brush that is less tan half the price as the MAC 187.

The Smashbox fan brush is a medium sized fan brush that feels very airy and soft. Fan brushes are usually advertised as useful for dusting away eye-shadow fallout but I find that this brush is perfect to use on pigmented blushes. It picks up a small bit of pigment and applies it evenly and very thinly on the face. It's my go-to brush for applying blushes such as Cargo Panama or NARS Exhibit A properly. I get great control over the amount of blush that is deposited onto my cheek and for function alone it rivals the MAC 187.

Highlighters can also be tricky because you can go from wanting to look glowy to looking like sweat was permanently plastered onto your face. Again, the strength of the Smashbox fan brush is that it gently places a very thin veil of highlighter so you can calibrate the application effortlessly.

The Smashbox fan brush also feels very luxurious and soft. It is definitely worth the purchase as it has become my preferred tool for the application of complicated cheek products. If you're a bit freaked out by the price of the MAC 187 brush but still want a great quality tool for blush and highlighter, I really recommend the fan brush.

image source: www.smashbox.com

Updates Coming Now

Alright so here's why I've been MIA: I just got engaged. I have a few updates tonight so I will have things up soon. I'm just super excited right now and jumping up and down with happiness.

Gauri Khan's Make-up

I got a request to do a breakdown of Gauri Khan's so here it is. I'm sorry I've been away for a while. I just needed to sort out a bunch of things but here I am back with a vengeance. Gauri's a bit too glowy for my liking so I'm giving you a more toned down version of her look. It's a lot more wearable and more subtle and I hope you like it.

Recommended Products:

  • LORAC Oil Free Luminizer in Pearl L1
  • Tinted moisturizer, concealor, and translucent powder of your choice
  • MAC Shroom to add punch to the browbone highlight
  • MAC Cork for deepening the crease
  • MAC Graphblack Technakohl
  • Maybelline Define-a-Lash mascara
  • MAC Dusty Rose blush
  • MAC Viva Glam V lipstick
  • MAC Viva Glam V lipgloss

You want your skin to look flawless and glowy so apply the concealor in thin layers. Be sure to apply concealor on your lids too. Then, mix the Lorac Luminizer with your tinted moisturizer and apply it all over the face. Touch up any spots with concealor if needed. Then set lightly with translucent powder. Your face should look luminous but not oily.


Apply MAC Shroom on the browbone to enhance the highlight.

With a crease brush, gently enhance the crease with MAC Cork.

Line as close to the top lash line as possible with the MAC Graphblack Technakohl and then line your lower waterline with the same pencil.

Curl lashes and apply one coat of a defining mascara such as the Maybelline Define-a-Lash mascara.

Lightly dust MAC Desert Rose blush on the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the temple.

Apply MAC Viva Glam V lipstick and top it off with the Viva Glam V lipgloss.

Updates Later Today

I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I'm just trying to get a hold of things. I will have some much needed updates a few hours from now.