Five beauty trends to fall in love with
Easy glam takes center stage.
From exotic oils and Ayurveda therapies to chic nails and non-invasive beauty treatments, beauty trends are evolving to a higher, even austere plane. It’s time to forget in-you-face, brash, big bucks beauty and make a statement with softer, easier styles that remind you of a gentler time. The best part, many of these trends are just what grandma cried herself hoarse espousing.
Middle partings make a comeback.
Anyone who saw period film Lootera is raving about Sonakshi Sinha’s vintage middle-parted hair. Already one of the hottest 2013 hair trends, a center parting—a throwback to the popular ’70s style—is one of the easiest hairstyle to emulate. Spotted on the catwalks at fashion shows everywhere, there are countless ways you can sport the trend. Hairstylist Ahlan Lo says that many of her clients are going back to this ‘vintage’ style. “It’s a look that works with all hair types, curly, straight, short and long, pulled back or in a messy updo
Emerald green rules on and off the ramp
Ever since designer Stella McCartney’s models donned emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year at the Spring/Summer fashion shows, the color refuses to lie low. Emerald is “a lively, radiant, lush, vivid, verdant green” says Pantone, inspiring our sense of well-being and promoting balance and harmony.
From eyeliners and mascara to nail paints and eye shadows, it’s a color to embrace in all its hues. The best part, it looks stunning with typical Indian complexions. Eyeliner is a great way to embrace the trend without taking it too far. Try Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen (Glazed Green), Deborah Glitter Eye Liner (Shade 3) and Street Wear Metal Eyes Eyeliner (Gorgeous Green). More adventurous girls could give NYX Professional Makeup Avant Pop! Shadow Palette and Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow (Tenacious Teal) a try. We also love OPI Nail Lacquer Swiss Collection (Cuckoo for this Color) and Colorbar Pro Nail Enamel (Magical Green).
Exotic oils are here to stay
Oil is having a moment. There’s no dearth of face, body and hair products made with exotic oils. While coconut, olive, almond, eucalyptus and mustard oils have been touted for decades, it’s now the turn of argan oil (of Moroccan oil fame) and marula, an extract from the nuts of marula trees in Africa to take the spotlight.
Both oils are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, exalting them to the position of ‘miracle moisturizers’ and the answer to hair and skin woes. Whatever the problem—dull, frizzy hair, split ends, rough or sensitive skin—enter exotic oils to the rescue. Take your pick from a host of oil offerings like Dove Elixir Nourished Shine Hair Oil – Hibiscus & Argan Oil, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair And Scalp Treatment, Schwarzkopf Bonacure Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatmentand Lotus Herbals Kera-veda Growoil Herbal Oil For Falling Hair.
Lunch time procedures the hot new flavor
We all lead frenetic lives. Who has the time to hide out for a fortnight after an aggressive laser treatment or invasive facelift? Not surprisingly, non-invasive, microcurrent beauty treatments are on the rise. Women are taking better care of their skin and preventive therapies but naturally are all the rage.
Skin tightening using Radiofrequency or Pulsed Light is the gold standard for painless skin tightening that visibly—and miraculously—delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As Nykaa skincare expert and laser therapy practitioner Dr. Dhimant Goleria says, “The procedure has little or no recovery time, minimal risk of infection or scarring, and very beautiful, natural outcomes,” he says, adding, “I’m impressed with the results.” In fact the beauty of microcurrent treatments is that skin tightening continues long after the treatment is over. Say hello to pain-free tighter, refreshed skin. The only downside, more than one session may be needed.
Affordable, all-natural beauty makes a resurgence
Forget chemical and additive-laden beauty potions. Just as awareness of the health benefits of organic, natural foods grows, there’s a growing trend towards gentle, all-natural and organic beauty treatments and products.
As Nykaa skin expert Ambika Bhavnani says, “My clients are very conscious of making safe and effective skincare choices without compromising on efficacy and luxury. They want to feel pampered but with natural, affordable ingredients.” Take you pick from a host of organic and herbal brands such as Fabindia Haldi Chandan Mud Face Pack, Khadi Orange & Lemongrass Face Wash (For Dry Skin), Biotique Honey Gel Lightening Foaming Cleanser and AromaMagic Grape Fruit Face Wash.