Monday, March 2, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: Punk Rock Beauty

IF VINTAGE OMBRE IS not your thing, a harder, more contemporary look is easy to achieve with  grey-black eyeshadow, smoked up to the browline for added drama and thickly lined lower lashes.  Balance the look with a peachy coral lip and tanned skin.  Brows should be neatly groomed but not overly drawn.  Set it off with some tribal jewellery and bold black and jewel tones to complete the rock princess look.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Designs on Love: White Space

BECAUSE IN LOVE, saying very little can speak volumes. A simple curving mehndi design which cleverly uses the empty spaces to enhance the beauty of the artist's handiwork is a gorgeous take on Arabic henna design.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: Ombre Oxblood Lips

Soften a classic red lip by finishing with an updated ombre.  Oxblood pairs beautifully with cream and black and thick, doll-like eyelashes.  Add some bronzer and sweep your hair back into a bouffant bun with a thick braid for accent, to achieve that classic sepia-toned vintage vignette.

{via Border and Fall, make-up artistry by Ralph Daniels}

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: MAC Cosmetics for Rohit Bal

IN A DEPARTURE FROM THE usual matchy matchy style of Indian bridal, where the groom's sherwani matches the bride  and he never vies to outdo her, designer Rohit bal opted to deconstruct the bride's outfit and let the groom's outfit pop in candy colours.  Lenghas, sarees, and shalwar suits were kept to a strict palette of the lightest tone of ivory and an antique yellow gold.  To keep with this neutral theme, the makeup was a diffused smokey eye, coffee-coloured lips and wispy, doll-like lashes.

{All images via MAC Cosmetics on Tumblr}

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tricks of The Trade: MAC Cosmetics for Manish Malhotra

TO COMPLEMENT THE painstakingly embroidered pieces in his collection, Manish Malhotra often chooses to go with a rather bare finish for his models.  We stay focused on the gold zari and ivory threadwork set against wine-red and champagne suits.  And, as our eyes are eventually drawn upwards, one can't help but be captivated by the flawless finish of the models' skin and their big, bright eyes, set off by the perfect set of false lashes.

{images: 1, 3, and 4 via MAC Cosmetics.  2 via Pout Pretty}

Friday, March 28, 2014

Picture Perfect Bride: Painterly Couture by Rajdeep Ranawat

COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED BY coursework and end of term papers, and feeling a bit winter-weary, with the cool weather relenting every now and then to let in a bit of thaw, I am currently looking for an escape.  Is it any wonder I was drawn to these images in my lightbox, featuring the designs of Rajdeep Ranawat, photographed by Ashish Chawla.  Fantastic and painterly, the net and silk sarees with elaborate and detailed threadwork.  Beautiful bright colours and elaborate backdrops make for a beautiful escape...

{all images via Amarcor Agency}