Amidst this unfamiliar reality, we continue to stay above water and adapt to what we call the ‘post-COVID world’. A world that has led us to a path that we never prophesied. Now, while none of us really hold a map through this perplexing maze, we were thrilled to notice that the beauty sphere remains robust. On that positive note, my fellow colleague (Hi, Synjini Nandi!) and I thought we’d try our hands on two of the most talked about trends that beauty has to offer this year. The experience, somewhat therapeutic.
We challenged ourselves to what we call the ‘minimalist vs maximalist’ venture. Synjini went minimalistic with a basic approach, featuring glossy skin, neutral shadows and peachy cheeks. While I went all in and undertook the maximalist route. I embraced beauty in excess with doses of neons, galaxy-inspired pigments and splashes of glitter. We break our look down and share this experience with you. Here’s how it went.
EDITOR: Lakshmi Nayar
The look: Tribal Meets Bohemian
What: Maximalist beauty. A challenging trend that could either go right or awfully wrong. That said, I decided not to play safe this time by throwing my inhibitions out the window (which was liberating, tbh). I call this look ‘tribal meets bohemian’. It involves rich blue falsies, lush pink for the shadow and a crisp tribal black strip for the lips. Any regrets you ask? None. Heck, I'd even wear this look to the grocery store. Pinkie promise.
Where: Virtual birthday parties, Netflix and chill, yoga class and the local grocery store (because, why not?)
EDITOR: Synjini Nandi
The look: Smoky Eye 2.0
What: If you love a smokey eye as much as I do (and want to wear it from AM to PM), then this one is just what your glam squad ordered. Swap the black eyeshadow for a subtle shimmery nude-brown hue on your lids and line the upper lashline with a navy-blue liner (I prefer a winged liner). The clincher: smudging dark brown shadow on the crease of your eyes to highlight ‘em peepers and make a statement. I have paired this with glossy skin and creamy rosy nude lips that balances the look perfectly.
Where: Wear it to your morning Zoom meeting, while running errands or even for cocktail hour with your girls.
It’s safe to say that this challenge was certainly worth every smear, swish and swatch.
Though Synjini opted for more of an ‘easy as pie’ approach, she highly recommends the minimalist direction being equally impactul for uber glamorous occasions as well. My takeaway was leaning more towards breaking conventional stereotypes for OTT looks. Even if that means heading out to the local market to restock my fridge. I’d love to know what you’ll think of our looks. Most importantly, which one would you go for?