Summers! here they come! I have always enjoyed summers more than winters, somehow I feel dressing up is more interesting in summers compared to winters, most of my friends believe in the contrary though… This summer, I am definitely wearing more warm tone makeup looks, quite facinated by the peaches and corals these days. Here is my first look for the season. Do checkout the tutorial for a step-to-step guide on how I acheved this look.
Bronze can be a very interesting option when choosing a smoky eye effect. It gives the required drama without being exaggerated. Also one thing to be kept in mind is, a smoky eye is paired best with a soft pastel lip shade, can be glossy, matte or creamy. In this look, I have paired soft bronze smoky eyes with a creamy nude brown lip shade.
For the eyes I have used the quad from ‘The Nudes Palette’ from Maybelline, reviewed here.
For the face, As usual uses a sheer coverage for a more natural look. I absolutely detest a veneer of foundation or compact, the reason for which I use it is to give a finish and control oil or shine on my face, absolutely NOT to redefine my complexion.
For the lips I used a shade created and invented my ME 😀 (I mixed all the leftovers and got this beautiful shade), but I can help you find a dupe of it, its Maybelline (yes maybelline again! I am such a Maybelline Lover! I hope they notice this and start sending me free makeup 😛) Totally Toffee Lipstick, you can use it for a very similar look.
Summers are my absolute favourite for the fact that all the colours are at my disposal and I have the power to use them in anyway! Here is a quick summer makeup which is quite colourful and gives a fresh bright look.
Coloured eye-liners have always been my obsession. They instantly add an exciting twist to your makeup. The eyeliner I am wearing here is Maybelline Colossal Kajal in the shade Crushed Emerald. Though the colour is attractive and beautiful, but the fact that the product smudges after a few hours and doesn’t retain the sharp neat look, disappoints me. Otherwise it can be happily worn for a few (4-5) hours.
One of the base I often use for summers is the Loreal Liquid Powder which is reviewed here. I really like it for summers for its all-day-shine-free look.
The lip colour is from one of my favourite range, the Lakme Gloss Addict Lipstick in the shade Coral Lustre, reviewed here. This range is all about sheer translucent shades which work so well during summers (well, even winters!). You must have one of the shade from this range. It’s a must have!
A detailed list of products used in this look are listed below.
I love summers for the fact that they allow you to be colourful in every aspect! clothes… nail polishes… lipsticks… It’s absolutely okay to go bright on lip colour selection but in my opinion, sheer translucent shades looks cooler and more breathable. One such pretty shade is the limited edition Marks and Spencer Lipstick in the shade “Chiffon”. Chiffon is a sheer soft pink-mauve shade in a creamy-glossy texture with minute glitter particles. Not prominent enough to be tagged as glittery but subtle enough to give an overall shiny look. This can be a good pick for most of you but not a very suitable shade for majority of the skin types. So you must try it once before purchasing.
Packaging: The packaging is very similar to that of ‘Lakme Enrich Satin”collection. A silver case paired with a transparent cap. Basic and simple. Not very impressive though, the lipstick holder isn’t very firm, the lipstick twists and rolls down by itself while applying, so you have to hold it firmly. Moreover the cap doesn’t have a very good locking mechanism.
Quality and Texture: From the very first instance of application, the lipstick feels soft and smooth. Glides on easily and evenly leaving no patchy stains. Overall, it looks and feels soft, creamy and even.
Colour Pay-off: The colour stays intact till the time you do not eat anything. After which.. whoosh! disappeared completely not even leaving behind a mark of its existance! Reapplication is required time and again. On an average stayed on for 5 hours.
Price:INR 599/- for 4gms (But bough it for INR 290/- as there was a sale running on some of the M&S Lipstick collection)
Why it couldn’t make 5/5?
Though marks and spencer Lipstick did a good job at the given price of INR 290/- , had it been for the original price of INR 599/-, the rating would have been lesser.
1. The packaging is too basic and not very sturdy. It kinda says ‘Handle me with care’.
2. The colour last for about 4-5 hours after which it vanishes completely!
Spring has arrived and so has the spring make-up trend! Of course there is no such rule book that says what shades to wear and what not to wear. Generally speaking, light make-up goes quite well during this time. If you are bored of pinks or peaches and want to bringing in a twist, yet maintain the subtle, soft fresh look… Mauve is the shade for you! Though not a very universal shade but yes a soft mauve makeup can be worn with quite a number of options like black, grey, purple or silver.
Here is how I chose to wear it for a day outing. I paired soft matte mauve lip shade with a glitter mauve winged liner (was too bored with the black-liner routine) and used highlighter for the extra dewy look. I was happy with the overall look and I am sure would suite most of you.
I do have quite a few nude beigish-pinkish-brown lipsticks and glosses but a pure “Brown” is not what I prefer. I am more of a “pink-peach” Lover.
For a change I did bring in “Mysterious Mocha”, a creamy matte lipstick from Maybelline (I have reviewed this range here) and well I was quite impressed! Though still not a very big fan! Brown, somehow I feel makes you look dull. In order to prevent myself from looking dull and boring, I wore this pretty mocha shade with a neutral eye-shadow, thick black eye-liner and not-so-heavy face make-up, and I quite liked it. I think the look can be carried off quite well for day or night outings.
If you too are not very fond of a “brown” lipstick but want to wear it and are not sure how to carry it, this can give you a few ideas.
Maybelline has recently launched a new range of creamy matte lipsticks in 20 shades, tough I have come across only 12 of them! I personally prefer matte lipsticks as they are long lasting. But the only reason I ever give it a miss, is how dry and sometimes even patchy it feels during and after application. I picked 4 shades:
1. Peach Personality – It’s a nude orangy peach lipcolor perfect for day or office wear. I have noticed this shade turning slightly patchy, but works well if you apply it with a brush or just rub it slightly with a finger. You can see me wearing it here.
2. Lively Violet – This one is a soft mauve, a shade I have never worn before.
3. Rock the Coral – A bright coral which I often wear during dinners and parties, Its highly pigmented, lasts really long but one thing disappointing about this shade is that it changes color to a bright magenta pink after a few hours! You can see me wearing it here.
4. Mysterious Mocha – A soft brown, browns I usually don’t wear, this is by first buy!
Here is my take on the product:
It comes in a matte black hard plastic case with a strip of color.
The lipstick feels extremely smooth, silky and creamy during and after application. And the look is rich matte. Ever since I have started using this creamy matte range, I have quit using my other matte lipsticks!
The color stays easily for 8 hours, I don’t have to give it a touch up every now and then.
All the shades come with a soft fruity fragrance which makes you want more of it. I absolutely love the soft scent which lasts for about 30 minutes even after the application.
Maybelline is always so pocket friendly!!
4.25/5 (Highly Recommended for Matte Lipstick lovers)
Why it couldn’t make 5/5?
1. Slight patchy look in the shade peach personality
2. Its prabably too soft and fragile, 2 of the 4 lipsticks already broke (got separated from the base, but still very much in a usable condition) inspite of my careful handling!
This has been a perfect makeup base for everyday and for special occasions as I prefer light weight medium coverage base. I love the perfect velvety matte finish it gives to the skin. But in a week or so I shall be switching back to BB creams. Its almost offset of summers and my skin has started to be less oily and more flaky on the sides of my nose and lips. Its time to put this product to hibernation, I shall now bring it back in use next summers only.
This perfectly pastel pink creamy-matte long lasting lipstick has come to my rescue almost every time I am in a hurry and can’t spend hours coordinating the perfect makeup look. It somehow happens to match my every outfit, all the time! I don’t have to worry about reapplying it as it stays for more than 8 hours.
‘The Nudes Palette’ is so sleek and compact that I have been carrying it every time I am travelling. Its texture is smooth and easily glides on to the lids and has a lasting finish. Moreover the shades are so wearable and the look up guide at the back is a time saver! It saves me a lot of time, looking for the perfect combination.