Lipstick Tips

In today’s world, lipstick is a part of every woman’s life. There are so many brands of lipstick available today, and Many of us are addicted to different and beautiful shades.  Many women do not step out of the house without lipstick on their lips and in their purse!

However, many of us come across problems like lipstick bleeding, lipstick not lasting long enough. We wonder how the celebs wear it so perfectly?  How do they get that beautiful sheen to their lipstick? How long does it last for them? Keep in mind, celebs use professional makeup artists to do their make up for any public appearance. These professionals use some simple tricks such as:

To make the lipstick long lasting, first apply a coat of lipstick, then blot it with tissue, then remove the tissue and lightly dust the lips with translucent powder, then add the next layer of lipstick. This trick will makes the lipstick last much longer.

If you want a matte effect to the lipstick, first apply a coat of lipstick, then dab your finger with powder blush (select color of blush nearest to the lipstick color), gently press the blush on the lipstick and you get a beautiful matte finish with brilliant pigmentation.

Ever wondered why red lipstick does not suit you? There are different shades of red available, but first you must know what your skin tone is. If you have a warm undertone, then you must select red lipsticks with yellow or orange red undertones. If you have a cool undertone, then select red lipsticks which have blue or pink red undertones.

Ombre is the flavor of the season! If you are bored of wearing a single color lipstick, try ombre. Use a darker lip liner and fill in with a lighter tone of lipstick on the inner part of the lips and blend in so that the two colors shade in to each other which gives the ombre look. Ombre gives a beautiful look to the lips. Ombre can be tried with more than two colors too.



The Basics of Make Up Contouring

Contouring is the most basic and important step in makeup. It helps in enhancing the face shape by giving it a nice effect. Contouring can be used to give an amazing cheekbone appearance, reduce the width of the nose, make the eyes look bigger, and reduces the chubby look of the face.

Contouring  should be done with minimum make up and a light touch. Usually the appropriate contour shade will be one tone darker than the skin tone. There are different products available for contouring like powder, foundation, concealer, matte bronzer. Blending is very important or  else it will give the face a harsh and artificial look, thus one should use a proper contour brush.

The purpose of the contouring is to achieve an oval shape as it is the most ideal shape for the face. Contouring also helps in achieving a nice, straight look for the nose. It has to be done in a way that defines the nose and does not look artificial. Highlighting cheekbones can give a lot of definition to the face. It also gives an illusion that one has lost a few pounds. Contouring the jaw lines can enhance the whole look of the face.

An added advantage of contouring jawline is it hides the double chin and separates the face from the neck. Contouring eyes can give a nice depth to the eyes and any makeup will look lovely with great contouring. It also makes the eyes look big. It also helps to camouflage the dark circles and gives a young and fresh look to the eyes. Contouring the brow bone gives an instant lift to the face, and makes the face look much younger and eyebrows more defined. Contouring the chin is a finishing touch achieving an oval shaped illusion to the face.


Which Young Celebs Have Great Brows?

The latest trend when it comes to eyebrows are making them thick. Thicker eyebrows come in various forms, some are bushy but well-groomed, some are well arched, some are bold, some are long and lean, and so on. Whatever shape or size the eyebrows are but they increase the looks, and  there are some younger generation celebrities who are making a style statement with the kind of eyebrows they are sporting.

Sarah Hyland – Sarah’s brows are bold but yet they are beautifully groomed and look very neat. It totally enhances her looks and defines the shape of her face.

Cara Delevingne – This bewitching English Model actually restarted the whole thick eyebrow trend. Her name is synonymous to beautiful, thick, and bold eyebrows. She is blessed with these naturally thick eyebrows. The intentional ruffled look of her eyebrows gives her that young, wild, and raw look.

Kirsten Stewart – This young Twilight Saga heartthrob is another famous example of beautiful eyebrows. Although she does not have thick eyebrows, they are long and lean and perfectly shaped. It adds to the cute twinkle in her eyes.

Emma Watson – This sassy little seductress has the perfect pair of eyebrows. They are neither too thick nor too thin. They are neither too light nor too dark. They just sit there perfectly arched and making her look all the more beautiful.

Lily Collins – This delicate, porcelain beauty has one of the best eyebrows in the movie industry. She is gifted with naturally thick brows and needs very little maintenance. She looks ethereal with a flawless fair skin and a contrasting dark, thick eyebrows.

Chloe Moretz – This fashionable Kick-Ass femme fatale is an exquisite and enchanting beauty. She has a pair of well-groomed and thick arches which makes her face look all the more cute and dazzling!

Join the young eyebrow revolutionist brigade today!

The Magic of Inner Beauty by Sumita Batra

I always been fascinated with Asian beliefs. There is a science of face reading in Chinese which is thought to be derived from Daoist philosophy. According this classic Chinese facial reading, a beautiful, flawless, and radiant face is destined to have a better life and fortune. Thus, the shapes of the facial features, the wrinkles, and the moles all affect the person’s life, health, and fortune in many ways. Literally, your face defines your destiny!

Although it is an ancient art, it might have some truth, because the outer beauty is the index of the inner beauty. In this context, inner beauty need not be limited to soul or mind but can be taken literally, because we are talking about the inner organs of the body. When all the organs of the body are functioning well, then the body automatically looks healthy and beautiful on the outside.

Eating healthy is the first step towards looking great. What you eat is what you are going to be. Eating wrong food like junk food and other fried food can affect the tissues and cause premature aging of the skin. Premature aging and wrinkling is also caused by food having sugars and saturated fats. On contrary, healthy food like green leafs, fruits, berries, beans, walnuts, yogurt, oats, green tea are all good for health and most of them have antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties that lead to radiant and glowing skin.

Kidneys, liver, gall bladder, colon and lymphatic systems are the organs that play an important role in eliminating toxins from the body and help in repairing mechanism. When these are not functioning well, then the outer beauty is affected. Dark circles can also indicate poor kidney function. Good kidney function also improves luster of the hair and brings brightness in the eyes. Poor lymph function can lead to lack of nourishment to the skin. Poor liver and colon function can lead to wrinkles and pimples on the skin. It also can lead to skin blemishes and foul odor of body and breath.

A stressful lifestyle can also cause the person to age soon. Hence resorting to calming and rejuvenating process through Yoga, meditation, and detoxification can lead to inner health and outer beauty. So taking care yourself inside will automatically take care of your outside!

Where did Eyebrow Shaping Come From?

The main function of eyebrows is to prevent the sweat, water, and other debris from falling into the eyes. It is also the main device for facial expression. The eyebrow shape changes according to the expression of the face showing expressions such as anger, surprise, happiness, curiosity, etc. Nevertheless, lot of importance has been paid to maintain these twins since age immemorial. It is hard to say, when humans started tending and shaping their brows, but there are a few records which show this practice even in the ancient times.

In Egypt in order to pay homage to the God Horus, Egyptian men and women wore makeup on their eyes and eyebrows. It was also believed that it would help ward off disease and evil spirits. Eyes were kohl lined and eyebrows were either shaved off or tweezed and were applied with a lead-based black powder called galena.

The Romans used tweezers, razors made from flint, creams, and stones to remove hair. Having body hair was considered uncivilized in the Roman times. Roman women favored unibrows and used false brows made out of dyed goat’s hair which were attached to the skin with tree resin.

In the Ancient Greek women paid much more attention to eyebrows. They used powdered minerals or soot to paint the eyebrows black. THe Unibrow was famous among Greek women,too. They also used false lashes to enhance their looks.

The Unibrow was also famous in the ancient times. A mosaic image from 548 A.D. Shows empress Theodora with shaped unibrow eyebrows.

In Japan, during the Heian period, the court ladies shaved their eyebrows off and would redraw eyebrows high on the forehead.

In Europe during the medieval times, thin eyebrows were very famous. They would pluck it to achieve that thin-eyebrow look. Queen Elizabeth I made this look famous.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, thick eyebrows were a rage and women again started using false eyebrows which were made from the furry mouse skin. They would stick it up high on the forehead.

During the 20th century, several cosmetic companies introduced eyebrow fillers.

Eyebrow shaping is an integral part of makeup industry and it has traveled a long way.

Some Make Up Tips by Sumita

Applying perfect makeup is a mixture of art as well as science. It requires a certain amount of knowledge, talent, and trial and error. Not all makeup suits every face. Makeup differs due to the shape of one’s face, eyes, nose, lips, and eyebrows as well as skin complexion. While many think makeup is just splashing on a little foundation and some lipstick and eyeliner, it is way more complicated than that. Here are some suggestions to avoid make up mistakes,

For contouring, always use a matte bronzer in a cool undertone, or else it will look unnatural. Do not apply foundation with a flat brush, it causes streaks and gives an uneven finish. Use a large brush and blend in the foundation in a circular motion to get a neat airbrush finish. Also take care not to mismatch the foundation. The face makeup should match the complexion of the rest of the body. Avoid talc and use powder sparingly. Too much powder makes the face look caked up. Use a puffy and clean brush in applying blush. A light application is the key, start small and build in.

Never use too much eyeliner or smudge it too much, else you end up looking like a raccoon. Always use a clean brush for blending eyeshadows. Always use a windshield wiping motion for blending eyes-shadows. Never apply shadow after concealer. Remember to use at least mascara if you do not want to use eyeliner along with eyeshadow. The eyeshadow always needs to be defined either with eyeliner or mascara to complete the look. When applying mascara, one coat in a single stroke is never enough. Apply two to three coats of mascara from the root to the tip to get that neat curl. Avoid clumpy lashes, it causes an unnatural look.

Lip-liner should look natural and match the natural lip color. Use the liner to shape and contour the lip. Fill in the lips with liner first and then apply lipstick. Even gloss will stay for a longer time this way and it also avoids bleeding of lipstick. Lipstick looks good on lips, not on the teeth. Blot the excess lipstick onto a tissue paper to avoid this.

When it comes to eyebrows, the rule is if you have blonde hair, your eyebrow should be two shades darker than your hair, and if you are a brunette, eyebrows should be two shades lighter. Over-plucked eyebrows are history! While filling your brows do not draw harsh lines and also do not forget to blend the lines well. Use pencil to shape the brows, powder to fill in, and gel to make them all stay together.

Every woman loves the confidence a perfect makeup gives to her!

The Beauty of Make Up

Women have taken refuge in makeup to look good since time immemorial. When we look at history, we see that many powerful women have not only been known for their strength, but also their beauty. A great example was Cleopatra. She was a powerful monarch, but she also known to mesmerize men with her beauty and sexuality. It is known that she used formulas prepared to make her skin glow, her lips blood-red as well the infamous and cat eyes liner look. Earlier Mesopotamian, Greek, and English women were also known to use makeup to look beautiful. What is the necessity to do makeup? It is a domino effect, makeup makes a woman look beautiful and when she knows she looks beautiful it automatically increases her confidence and her beauty and confidence in turn impresses others.

The color of the lipstick a woman chooses sends out different signals to people. Red oozes sexuality and confidence, and catches a person’s attention immediately. Pink and peach makes a girl look gentle, romantic, and feminine. Orange and coral brings out energy and excitement. Purple and burgundy makes the woman look intense and dignified. Brown and nude says that the woman is down to earth and grounded.

Eye makeup has similar effect on people. Beautiful smokey eyes create a curiosity in onlookers. It is intriguing and very sensual. Beautiful long lashes makes men get lost in those beautiful eyes. The feline eyeliner gives a wild but sophisticated look to the eyes. Using interesting colors like green, blue, golden, or metallic can make men go crazy.

Neatly shaped, thick or thin eyebrows also make women look confident and intelligent. Very thin eyebrows are outdated and make a woman look plastic.

Makeup manipulates age and makes a woman look much younger than her age. Make up hides the flaws in the skin and makes the skin look perfect. Everybody appreciates a woman who takes good care of herself and is well groomed. Many poems have been written on woman’s beauty describing her eyes, lips, hair, etc. To all the women, there is no age limit to look good, just take care of your health, stay fit, and make yourself look even more attractive with a touch of makeup!

Bold Brows are in and Why Pencils are the Reason

I recently perused several beauty magazines and blogs and noticed a pattern. The latest trend in makeup are thick, dark eyebrows. Bold is in. Every woman wants to have eyebrows like Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins and why not, the thick eyebrows do make the person look a few years younger. However, this trend is a big draw back for those who have thin eyebrows due to over plucking or who naturally have thin and faint-colored brow hair. Many fashion gurus have come up with so many solutions for women with thin eyebrows that one can get overwhelmed.

Many prefer using either pencil or powder as they are easy for application. Both have their own pros and cons. Pencils tend have a waxy texture to it (for ones that last, try Sumita Products).  Care should be taken to apply pencil in short and soft strokes else you might end up getting a severe and unnatural look to your brows.  Pencil is also preferred by those with dry skin as well as those with overly plucked eyebrows. Pencils allow for a more defined look and makes the brow hair stay in its place for a much longer time. Also once applied, one need not bother much about a touch up. It is also easier to carry and cheaper compared to eyebrow powder.

I strongly recommend that you utilize a pencil due to the ease, cost and creativity one can experiment with. Happy Brow Pencil shopping!

Celebrating Independence

Our independence day has come and gone, yet I still have the glow of gratitude for what an amazing holiday it was. I love how we celebrate the 4th of July. It is a time of fireworks, family gatherings, appreciation of those who have or are serving. I also hope that many take a moment to reflect on the fact that we live in a country that celebrates independence fearlessly. I still hear the random pops of fireworks, and I smile at the excitement they create inside me.

As someone who experienced Independence Day in a different country when young, I am struck with some of our similarities. India is the largest democracy in the world and hosts a great mix of ethnicities, religions and beliefs inside its borders. The main difference to me is the focus put on freedom. It is not just about freedom to do what we please, but the right not to as well. We focus not on just the majority’s view but alone the minority to  have the right not to follow that view.

Too often, I catch myself getting involved in just the fireworks of daily life, but then come certain days like the 4th of July which remind that there are those who have fought for me right to just enjoy freedom. And that is the most freeing thought ever.

Friendships Don’t Die

Last week, I ran into an old friend who was getting her eyebrows threaded at Ziba Beauty. When I say old friend, I mean from twenty years ago, and surprisingly she looked exactly as I remembered her. When I asked her why she didn’t call me, she said she just assumed I was out town (which has been the case lately). She thought  Just seeing her instantly brought back warm memories of the younger me when I was not married, and just a brash woman who was out to prove the world wrong.

My friend and I took different paths, but those few hours over a cup of tea and then later on dinner reminded me all over again why we had been such good friends. Sure,the distance had the communication difficult but a chance encounter reignited our friendship. I truly believe that are no chance encounters. Those moments always have something to either teach you or remind you of what life can be. Seeing my friend allowed me to experience our rich history, and how much we missed each other. We both saw our outer older selves, but inside we were still the girls when we first met.

That’s something I will always cherish.