French toast and coffee, Diwali and mithai, LBD-stilettos and date nights, some things just go well together. It’s the same in the world of beauty; smoky eyes are made for batting at the boyfriend and red lipstick is for times when you need just a little swipe of confidence. There’s no dearth of beauty products that also pair well together. We asked Nykaa fans, beauty experts and in-house makeup addicts to divulge their favorite product pairings and here are six of our tried and tested beauty duos you should try together.
FOAMING FACE WASH-EXFOLIATING CLEANSER
Rare is the woman who doesn’t use a face wash. Living in the city exposes your skin to pollutants, excess oil, makeup and grime. The best way to get rid of these impurities is a gentle foaming face wash like that works on all skin types and protect skin from free radical damage. But face washes may not be 100% effective. The best way to get a squeaky clean complexion is to follow a facial foam like L'Oreal Paris Age 30+ Skin Perfect Facial Foam with an exfoliating cleanser like Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Mild Foam Scrub that contains antioxidant grape seed oil to gently buff away dead skin cells for a smoother, more hydrated complexion.
FOUNDATION AND PRIMER
There’s no debate, this is a match made in heaven. The two go hand in hand for a flawless, dewy finish. If you’re trying primer for the first time, you’ll immediately realize its velvety texture glides onto skin, instantly softening it and cancelling out redness and sealing pores. Then apply your regular foundation. Think of primer as the glue that keeps your foundation in place for hours. It creates a barrier between the product and your skin and allow your foundation to ‘stay put’ in hot weather. And you get the best of both worlds, great coverage and natural, radiant skin.
ILLUMINATOR AND FOUNDATION
Want to look High Definition photo ready? Then this is the perfect duo to give you the healthy, soft focus you crave. Foundation by itself can sometimes look too flat while shimmer can get too glittery. But when blended together, illuminator and foundation can give you that beautiful, illuminated glow. How? First apply foundation, then sweep on illuminator where the light naturally hits your face, that is, your cheeks, brow bone, chin and bridge of your nose. Magic!
HAIR MOUSSE AND SPRAY
Who doesn’t love a big blowout? The best way to get voluminous waves is using a hair mousse like Schwarzkopf Osis Upload Lifting Volume Cream in conjunction with a volumizing spray like BBLUNT Blown Away, Volumizing Leave-In Spray. The Panthenol infused formula adds moisture to condition, smoothen and add body to hair, and pairing it with a root uplifting spray will give you massive volume.
FACE MASK AND FACE OIL
This is the perfect duo for gals who want to add some moisture back to dry, parched skin. In fact, this is an unbeatable combo skin regime for you if you’re in need of major hydration and a boost in the glow department. Start by applying Votre Anti Wrinkle Peel Off Masque that removes impurities and dead skin, lightens skin and penetrates upper layers to nourish skin from within. The follow up with Aloe Veda Distil Face Massage Oil - Anti-Aging (Dry Skin), a quick absorb formula made from a healing blend of pure essential oils and enriched with Vitamins E, C and D. Talk about instant gratification. You skin will look dewy, plump and kissable.
FOUNDATION AND MOISTURIZER
Often times, foundation just isn’t enough. Seasonal changes can leave your normally flawless foundation looking cakey. The best way to blend it effortlessly into skin for a smooth, dewy finish is adding a drop or two of moisturizer into your regular foundation. This satiny mixture will give you full face luminosity especially in drier months when your skin needs more moisture. If your skin feels particularly stretched and dry, first apply a thin layer of moisturizer and then blend over with a mixture of foundation and moisturizer for an even more enhanced glow.
REJUVENATING OIL AND HAIR SPRAY
This is for gals who use hot hair styling tools more than a couple of times a week. It’s not enough to use a heat protection spray. Your hair needs a little more TLC. Start by applying a dollop of a non-greasy hair oil or serum like Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Serum that forms a protective layer of hair lengths, and then spray on the heat protection spray before reaching for your blow dryer. These two products together really moisturize strands and provide lightweight hold throughout the day.
Comment below on your favorite beauty pairing.