Like your favourite instant noodles, these beauty tricks take just two minutes, but pack a powerful punch - By Parizaad Khan Sethi
First orderFor summer, black liner is a banned makeup item. In its place, we’ve stockpiled a collection of brightly coloured pens,
crayons and pencils to paint our eyes in pops of colour that would make a kindergartener proud.
And just in time, to really help our coloured eyeliner take off, comes a sister trend: coloured mascara. We’re rocking a coloured cat eye with matching mascara, and it’s been turning heads. The method is so simple that it doesn’t really need explanation: line your eyes with a coloured pencil or liner (try M.A.C Technakohl Liner, M.A.C Fluidline Pen and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner) and coat lashes with a matching coloured mascara (look out for M.A.C’s upcoming Work It Out collection, with a range of bright-making mascaras.) There’s just one rule: no colour is taboo.
Ok we’re cheating, because this is a 30-second tip. It’s fail safe, is brilliant on any skintone, and for all occasions and moods.
It’s a French girl’s top makeup secret, as it works wonders if your skin is having its best day ever, or even its worst.
A bold lip is the easiest way to make a big impact. Bright shades, such as red, coral and pink brighten your complexion, make teeth seem whiter and lift your whole look. Plus, it takes no talent to swipe on a few coats. Really pigmented lipsticks even offer a bonus: they wear beautifully as the day goes by, and you’re left with a soft stain by evening, which is an attractive beauty look of its own. Even if you’re not the reapplying-lipstick-after-lunch type, this is a winning proposition.
We love Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer and M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick.
We all have those days when our faces truly are our fortune. If you don’t want to smother your complexion with foundation on a good skin day, just top it with serum for a far-out glow. Tap a few drops of serum onto cheekbones, temples and the Cupid’s Bow (basically everywhere you use highlighter). It’s a subtle highlight that will magnify la peau’s natural gleam and bounce. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II really makes our skin sing. Loud and proud.
is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.
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