Nykaa x Le Mill: Holiday guide to Japan
Date: 15 june 2017

Cherry blossom season might be over, but the flower still inspires our beauty looks on our Japanese sojourn. Just add experimental, monochrome fashion, and you’ll fit right in - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

We’re joining forces with the stylish folks at Le Mill to bring you a series of blogs, where beauty and fashion come together to offer plenty of summer inspiration!

The land of the rising sun is popping up way more than usual on Facebook and assorted social media—not that we would ever need an excuse or a reminder to visit.

Keep your beauty look clean and minimal, with a subtle nod to Japan’s beauty traditions. Though essential scent oils cannot be extracted from Japan’s famed cherry blossoms, we still want to pay tribute to this luscious bloom with our fragrance. L’Occitane Fleurs De Cerisier Eau De Toilette, with its notes of cherry blossom (this note is lab-created, yet exquisite), rose, orchid and white flowers, makes it the perfect offering.

For a day-to-night beauty look, trace on an easy-peasy, flirty kitten eyeliner (the cat eye’s demurer sister). This involves black liner as per usual on your top lid, with the outer end flicked up ever so gently. We use M.A.C Fluidline Pen - Retro Black or Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen – Black for this delicate operation. Make lashes flutter with a few swipes of Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara – Black mascara.

The only other makeup you need is a lip pencil to create cherry blossom lips. On a moisturized mouth, dab and blot M.A.C Lip Pencil in Cherry, for a flushed, blurry shot of colour.

Travel with your lip pencil, because you’ll need touch ups after you get your sake and soba fix. Home-grown label Sacai should help you fit right in with its functional yet experimental silhouettes. With your fashion and beauty looks just-so, you’ll be elegant enough to head over to Jimbocho Den even after a day of seeing the sights, to enjoy its fine dining with a generous helping of improv comedy.

Pack swimsuits by Lisa Marie Fernandez for when you need to Snapchat from the hot springs of Hokkaido. Wear minimal monochromes from Tome as you hit the temple trail in Kyoto. And don’t forget to unwind with traditional tea at the legendary Ippodo.

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Nykaa x Le Mill: Holiday guide to Japan
Parizaad Khan Sethi

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.