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Piku-next-door gorgeous in 10 minutes flat!

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Breaking news! Piku that hit the theaters on May 8 is a runaway hit! If you haven’t seen it yet, head to the nearest movie multiplex and see it today. Personally, I loved the gorgeous Deepika Padukone in her latest avatar, fresh faced, whimsical and vulnerable girl-next-door. It’s also the first time that Deepika and Irrfan Khan have been paired together.
And when you add the cantankerous, hypochondriac yet loveable Baba, Amitabh Bachchan to the mix you get an unforgettable story that stays with you long after curtain call. The awesome threesome play out the story of our lives: Deepika is an architect and caregiver to her old father who doesn’t want her to get married. She knows she wants more out of life but isn’t sure what the future holds. Sounds familiar? We totally love Deepika’s kurta-palazzo and bindi vibe.
We totally dig the totally relatable outfit choices Deepika makes through the film. Most times, she pairs jeans and kurtis. Interestingly, though she wears light-colored kurtis with faded denims, they look perfect! She wears chappals and ties her hair in a regular bun and still manages to look stunning, proving once again that true beauty can only be found in innocence and easy style.
My team and I set out to create the perfect tutorial to help you master the fetching girl-next-door look. Let’s start with defining this girl you and me know so well She hits the snooze button a few times too many every morning, then runs around frantically finishing up chores, making tiffins, packing bags and more. But when it comes to herself, there’s no time to do more than run a brush through her hair and swipe on some kajal. If you relate to this woman, then this one’s for you. You’ll be out the door in less than ten minutes looking picture perfect and ready to face the day with a beaming smile.
Fast and furious a.m. routines
Did you know that you can skip your a.m. face wash routine as long as you follow a good beauty regime before hitting your pillow. Scrubbing clean at night (and removing makeup) is a must. Save time in your morning beauty routine by simply splashing your face with water or spritzing on toner. Eliminate another skincare step by swapping your foundation brush for fingertips, and apply a tinted moisturizer or BB cream.
When you’re not applying a full face of foundation, there’s an easy beauty trick to make you feel less naked and more put together. Make your pout the focus of your look. Try a brilliant pink like Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Alert – POW3 or a matte lipstick from L'oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Limited Edition Swarovski Lipstick - Raspberry Syrup, and your pretty pout will distract from the absence of perfectly applied liquid eyeliner.
Cream blush is a multitasking miracle product. Use it on cheeks for an instant flush. Add a dab to the eyelids to bring a sparkle to your eyes. Or skip the blush, and make it a one-product-makeover by using your lipstick to add color to your cheeks. Forget eyeliner, but fake the look of lined eyes with a thick layer of dark mascara right at the lash line. Hold a business card or credit card just above your upper lashes and move the mascara wand back and forth at the root. And voilà; eyeliner and mascara in one simple step! Use a volumizing mascara like L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara. It’s magical!
Washing your hair is probably the biggest time commitment in your beauty routine. Rather than shampooing your entire crowning glory, just rinse around the hairline or your bangs. This little trick with save you precious time with the blow dryer. And when all else fails, a chic top knot, sleek ponytail or effortless braid will solve all your styling dilemmas in a snap. If your strands are crying out for a wash, just spritz on dry shampoo like L'Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo. Volume and waves in a minute. Just love it!
Had a manicure that just won’t dry? Dip your fingertips in ice cold water for a minute or two (or as long as you can stand it) to harden the polish and speed up drying time. Or if you don’t mind slightly greasy fingertips, spray canned diet cooking oil on a wet manicure and dash out the door without fear of smudges.
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By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)
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