Category: Make up

4 Steps For An Easy Smokey Eye

A couple months ago, I wrote about some tips to get the perfect smokey eye. This time it’s going to be a quick tutorial on how to actually do smokey eyes.

Some things you need, 2 eyeshadows, one dark and one light (you can opt for any colour you want), an eyeliner, eyeshadow brush, blending brush and an eyeliner brush.

Smokey eyes are known for being dark and smouldering, but you can also keep it light if you want to. Also opt for colours that compliment your eye colour.

 

STEP 1: Apply

Apply a dark eyeshadow to your crease. Start with your upper lash line and work your way up to the crease.

Apply a lighter shade below your eyebrow until it reaches the crease.

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STEP 2: Blend

Make sure you blend both colours properly so that there are no lines.

 

STEP 3: Line Away

Apply an eyeliner to your lower lashes and smudge. The eyeliner can be metallic colours or softer colours like brown or grey.

Now using a black kohl eyeliner, draw a line on the top lash line. Smudge this as well.

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STEP 4: Mascara

Make sure you curl your lashes before you apply mascara. Two coats of mascara should be enough.

 

-Neha

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love makeup? I feel absolutely naked leaving home without applying my mascara or lip tint! On other days, I’ve got to do a full makeup look, if I’m going out for an event. Here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found useful!

 

FACE

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- Before applying foundation, It’s important that you apply primer. It helps by making your makeup last longer.

- Apply your foundation before your concealer. If there are blemishes or spots still visible after you apply the foundation, cover them up with concealer.

- It is very important that your foundation matches your skin tone. Your concealer should be a shade lighter.

- Use a stippling brush to apply foundation on your face. This ensures that you don’t have any streaks on your face.

 

EYES

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- To avoid your eyeshadow from creasing, it’s essential that you apply an eye primer. The eye primer prevents the eyeshadow from creasing.

- The eyeshadow needs to complement your eye colour. If you have brown eyes, you can pull off almost any colour, but the best colours would be blue and purple. If you have green eyes, then it’s deep plum or colours with red undertones. If you have blue eyes then peach or colours with an orange undertone.

- Make sure you curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.

- If you have small eyes, it’s better to avoid lining inside your lower lash line. Your eyes would look bigger with a cat eye.

 

EYEBROWS

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- Eyebrows frame your face. Your eyebrows should be well groomed. It’s essential that you do your eyebrows since it’s one of the major features of your face.

- Your brows should start from the inner corner of your eye and should end at the outer corner of your eye.

- The arch of your eyebrow should be a diagonal line going through your pupil and ending at the tip of your nose.

- To fill in your brows, opt for brown or dark brown brow pencil, it’s more natural than black.

 

LIPS

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- To make your lips soft, use a scrub made of granulated sugar and olive oil to remove the dead cells.

- If you are wearing lipstick, apply a lip liner, to the edges of your lips and then colouring them in, it will make the lipstick last longer.

- If you’re planning on applying a red lipstick or other dark colours, keep your eye makeup simple so that it balances out.

- The best shade of lipstick is a colour that’s two shades darker than your natural lip colour.

 

 

- Neha Prasad

 

How To: The Natural Makeup Look

With the heat soaring higher every day, It isn’t advisable to be putting a lot of makeup (Unless you stay indoors) as most of it would melt away as soon as you start sweating under the sun.

A natural makeup look is a good choice for summer and if you actually don’t like putting a lot of makeup on. Here’s a quick checklist for you to get that natural “no makeup” makeup look!

 

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Cleanse

One of the must haves for the natural make up look to work is good skin. Concentrate on perfecting your skin. Before you apply any makeup, you need to cleanse your face and apply a light moisturiser if your skin is dry.

 

Even Out Skin Tone

Even out your skin tone by using a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. It is lighter than foundation. And you don’t have to worry about matching the colour to your skin tone, as the tinted moisturiser or BB cream is sheer.

 

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Conceal Spots and Blemishes

Use a concealer to cover up any blemishes or spots you may have, as well as dark undereyes. It is essential for the concealer to match your skin as close as possible.

 

Powder and Blush

If your skin tends to get shiny, you can apply powder to help absorb the excess oil. Add a bit of colour to your cheeks. Opt for a cream blush than powder blush as it gives your skin a more dewy look.

 

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Eyes

The key is too be light handed. For eyes, opt for a shade of brown a bit darker than your skin tone and apply it to the crease and lower lash line. Blend it well. If you prefer lining your eyes than eye shadow, go for a dark brown eyeliner than black. To finish off, use mascara.

 

Lips

Opt for a tinted lip balm  that matches your lips and apply lightly and blend if required.

 

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- Neha Prasad

Supermodel Beauty Secrets

On MAKEUP

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“Use a great concealer, it can hide a multitude of sins, apply a small amount over any blemishes before you add foundation, as you may find you don’t need more coverage.” – Claudia Schiffer

 

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“My favourite Rimmel products are their eyeliners. I can’t live without black eyeliner – it’s my absolute essential.” – Kate Moss

 

On HAIR

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“Use intensive masks on your tresses and have it trimmed regularly, I also take vitamin supplements to keep my hair healthy from the inside out.” – Eva Herzigova

 

On SKIN

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“Patricia Wexler is my dermatologist, and 10 years ago, she told me to start wearing SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day. I said, “I have dark skin, I don’t need that high of an SPF every day!” But I took her advice, and I’m convinced that’s why my skin has stayed in such good condition.” – Iman

 

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“My skin is sensitive so I use mostly natural products. Less is more in my opinion. I use coconut oil for body and tea tree oil and green tea face wash.” – Candice Swanepoel

 

On BEAUTY

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“Get your eyebrow shape right, it can make a real difference to the structure of your face” – Naomi Campbell

 

On BODY

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“For fitness, I mix it up and always remain active. I mix boxing with cardio and pilates. If I’m not busy or working, I’ll work out every day. If I am busy, I’ll try to at least sneak in 30 minutes or try to work out every other day.” – Joan Small

 

- Neha Prasad

Interview: Natasha Zaki

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Zaki who recently moved to Dubai and has a wealth of experience in fashion and beauty having worked with the Godmother of all make up artists, Pat McGrath, the legend in the international fashion arena. We welcome Natasha and look forward to collaborating with her on future projects and workshops and of course beauty posts! (Of course if you have any questions for Natasha, send us an email and we’ll get you the beauty advice you request).

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SO: Natasha, Tell us a bit about yourself and how did you get started?

NZ: My passion for makeup started when I saw 10.  My mother was obsessed with lipsticks and had a draw full of them – she used to buy one every time we went shopping!  I knew I wanted to become a make up artist and went against the normal university path to do a high fashion photographic and media makeup course at The London School of Beauty and Makeup.  I gained a lot of experience by working for Mac cosmetics and was also chosen as a backstage artist for their events and shows. My first EVER fashion show was with Pat McGrath for Aquascutumn. Assisting Pat on all of her shows gained me the most respect in my field.

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SO: Career highlights so far?

NZ: Being escorted on a motorbike through the bustling streets of Paris to arrive Backstage at the Galliano fashion show.  

 

SO: How would you describe the look you feel you do the best?

NZ: The look I do best is the perfect natural dewy skin and contour.

 

SO: Favourite summer make up tips?

NZ: Summer makeup tips – always use factor 50 no matter what!  Use benefit primer if you suffer from oily skin in the heat and switch to an oil free foundation.

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SO: Favourite products you can’t live without?

NZ: I can’t live without Tom Ford Bronzer, Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes and Illamasqua foundation.

 

SO: Favourite models?

NZ: My Favourite models are the ones with the best personality to match their looks so far Cara  Delevingne has both for me!

 

SO: Fashion icons in your opinion?

NZ: My fashion Icon is Queen Rania of Jordan she is effortlessly beautiful and elegantly glam. 

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SO: What do you like about living and working in Dubai?

NZ: Since moving to Dubai i feel it is so glamorous compared to that edgy London look so I have really enjoyed the kind of shoots that I have done here. I do a real mixture of work both high fashion and personal make overs – I love both.  My family moved here with me and we all love it and enjoy exploring all the new restaurants and hot spots!

 

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Favourite Make Up Products

Everyone have their cult favourites, which they keep going back to again and again. Here my cult favourites; fingers crossed that they won’t be discontinued so that I can buy them in the years to come!

 

MAC Face and Body Foundation

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

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Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal

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Maybelline New York Colossal Volum Mascara

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

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Tom Ford Black Orchid

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Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

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- Neha Prasad

How To Get The Perfect Smokey Eye

I’m pretty sure all of us love to do a smoky eye, but my smoky eye usually looks like someone punched me than sexy and smouldering. Here are a couple tips that helped me out tremendously.

Primer

A primer helps the eyeshadow you apply last for longer. It also prevents it from creasing. My favourite primer is Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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Concealer

The downfall of smoky eyes are dark circles. Using a concealer below your eyes will cover up those pesky dark eyes. Set it with loose or transparent powder. My favourite concealer is MAC Pro LongWear.

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Highlighter

Use a highlighter below your brow bone and in the inner corner of your eye. This makes your eyes seem more bright and open. My favourite highlighter is The Body Shop Shimmer Waves.

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Mascara

Your lashes play a big role in a sexy smoky eye. Make sure you curl your lashes before you apply a coat or two of mascara. My favourite Mascara is Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes.

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- Neha Prasad

The Perfect Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

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If you are Pale – Nude lipsticks and glosses. Peach coloured lipsticks. Red Lips create a va-va-voom look. Choose shades that have equal undertones of warm and cool.

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If you are Dark – Pure reds, purples, pinks and berry shades.

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If you are Olive Toned – Shades of reds, nudes and pinks with blue undertones

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If you are Asian – coral lipstick or  lipgloss.

Indian

If you are Indian – Orange based shades for a neutral look, Pinks for a day look, Brick red for nights.

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If you are Middle Eastern – Nude lips

 

If you have Warm Undertones – Blue-based reds. Nude tones with gloss. Bronze shades for a monochromatic look.

If you have Cool Undertones –  Peach tones for a softer look, orange based shades or brick reds.

-Neha Prasad