“Treat your Makeup like Jewellery for the face. Play with colours, shapes, structure, it can transform you”. – Francois Nars.
A lot of time I hear people say don’t trust a girl if she has too much makeup on. But what I personally think is that makeup is not an necessity for any girl, its not that she has to do it. For makeup lovers like me, makeup is something we love to do. It is something that enhances your features which you already have. A lot of time people tend to think makeup is something that has been imposed on them because we have to meet certain society standards in terms of beauty. But I personally think makeup is something that you can do just to make yourself feel good.
So today, I have come up with a complete face makeup routine that you can do with products under ₹1000. Makeup products range from ₹100 to ₹10,000. And selecting the right product is a very difficult task. So I have come up with some really good products which give a wonderful finish and will not burn your pocket.
Using these products, create bold, soft, subtle and party makeup look to pull off on your parties, friend’s sangeet or mehandi functions.
Prep your Canvas by Priming them
The Importance of a face primer:
Makeup primer is a base for foundation or the face makeup that allows makeup to stay long and makes the application smoother and last longer. Formulas are available as creams, gels, and powders. Makeup primers helps in covering up any fine lines, wrinkles or large pores.
My recommendation: Colorbar perfecting primer -₹ 825
Product Description: Colorbar Perfect Match Primer is a satiny touch oil-free primer that masks fine lines and uneven texture, making skin marvelously soft and smooth. It is a perfect base for make up as it holds the foundation in place for longer hours.
• This primer magically reduces the redness on your skin and helps lighten the acne marks.
• It gently blends into skin without adding extra shine or oiliness.
• This primer can be used on oily skin as well as it doesn’t clog pores and controls the sebum production.
• The primer brilliantly smoothens skin’s texture and efficiently hides fines lines and open pores.
My take about this primer: I had only heard of the term “Magic potion” before trying this primer. I knew it was real when I actually tried this on. I have uneven skin tone and pigmentation around my mouth. One day I came across this magic potion and it worked wonders. It closes the pores. Keeps my make up on for over 6 hours without any touch up. I don’t see any more oxidized foundation. I would recommend everyone to try this once and you will fall in love.
Few other recommendations:
* L’Oréal Paris base Magique transforming primer– ₹806
* FACES Ultime pro base primer– ₹800
Paint your Canvas – Base It Right
The Importance of Foundation:
Foundation is an important facet of makeup – the blank canvas on which the rest of your makeup is applied. If you have any discoloration, pigmentation or scars, you can hide it using a good foundation. The base for your makeup is very important – it must be closest to your skin colour or your makeup will be a mess. Before you shop for a foundation, spend few seconds and learn about the kinds of foundation available in market so that you can choose the best makeup foundation for your skin type and colour. There are so many kinds of foundation like liquid, cream, mousse foundation. To know your exact shade of foundation always test your foundation on your jawline. The shade should match your actual skin tone exactly.
My Suggestion: Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation – ₹525
Product Description: (as given in the product) Fit Me Matte + Poreless from Maybelline New York goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit.
While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and Poreless-looking finish.
Dermatologist and allergy tested. Does not clog pores. Oil-free. Tone + texture-fitting foundation for the ultimate natural fit. Mattifies, erases pores and matches the natural tone. For Normal to Oily Skin.
My take about this Foundation : My skin tone is medium with a warm undertone and I am in the shade of Natural beige. Finish and Formula for this product is amazing! It is the exact dupe for any high end foundation. Works great with beauty blender, makeup brushes and hands. Fill in the pores and hides all imperfections and discoloration. It gives medium coverage. Foundation will work wonders on Normal and oily skin people but sensitive skin or dry skin people please stay away from this foundation. Staying power of this foundation is pretty good it will last up to 4 to 5 hours. It gives you wonderful matte finish and feels extremely light on your skin.
Few other recommendations:
* L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique 12H bright Mat Foundation – ₹594
* NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation – ₹900
Conceal those Dark Circles
The Importance of Concealer :
Concealer is the most important product in your makeup bag. It will conceal your under eye dark circles and blemishes. It will also act as a base for an eye shadow application. Always set or bake your concealer with loose powder so that it will stay in place all day long. Its helps to conceal any discoloration and gives an awake look with younger looking eyes. Always choose a cream based concealer to get an amazing results. Concealer is the key to achieve a professional finish. Cream concealer is also used for highlight purpose.
My recommendation: L.A pro girl hd concealer ₹ 535
Product Description : (as given in the product) With a crease-resistant, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture, the L.A. Girl HD PRO Concealer has a long-wearing formula that camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections.
• It evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.
• This blendable and buildable formula provides the ultimate complete and natural-looking customizable coverage.
• This must-have concealer includes a soft brush-tip for easy application.
• Try blending a couple of shades together for the perfect match.
• It is suitable for all skin types.
My take about this concealer: I have deep dark circles. To conceal those, I need something which is high on coverage and instantly highlights the under eye area. This one will be your life savior if you have dark circles like me. It amazingly covers my stubborn dark circles and blends so smoothly. There is less chance that you won’t find a colour that suits. I use these concealers for my cream contour and cream highlighter also. I use toast shade for my cream contouring, pure beige for highlighting and fawn shade for my dark circle concealing. It immediately brightens the under eye area. It is quite creaseless also.
Set your base
The Importance of Compact Powder:
Face powder helps to set your base and bake your concealer. Women always tend to get cautious about applying powder on their face since it gives you a cakey appearance or feels heavy on our skin and look much older. But its a myth, a powder is used to set your base so that it will not feel greasy once we sweat. It helps to control or reduce the shine if u have oily skin. So make sure you set your “T zone” area because that’s where we tend to feel oily most of the time. It act as a base for your eyeshadow or blusher for smooth application. If you have an extreme oily skin always go for a matte finish makeup using compact powder. It helps to even out your skin. Get rid of blemishes. By applying powder on your eyelids it act as a good base for eye shadow and prevent it from having a creased look.
My recommendation: L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique All in one pressed powder ₹ 400
Product Description: (as given in the product) Mattify your look and keep your makeup fresh all day long with this new magical pressed powder, and intensify your daily eye makeup, with the Magique range. L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder
• Keeps your makeup all fresh and in place for 12 hours!
• Comes in 5 different shades to suit the varying tones of Indian complexion.
• Comes with SPF 34 PA+++ that protects your skin against the harsh effects of the sun.
• Its special mineral formula absorbs excess sebum and keeps you fresh for hours.
My take about this compact: This compact is just perfect for everyday . It sets your base makeup on point. It keeps oil at bay for an entire day. Works well against sun stroke as it had SPF of 30. It gives u nice matte finish. Does not look cakey. It makes your make up much more comfortable. I am in total love with this product. Must buy guys.
The Importance of Contour:
Contouring helps to enhance your features and knocks out the double chin appearance. Contouring is one of the most finest art of makeup. All thanks to beauty queen Kim Kardashian, Who launched this trend that spread like fire all around the world and without doubt she does it the best contouring. Always play with dark colours which is 2 shades darker than your actual skin colour or foundation shades for the perfect contouring to enhance the areas of the face that naturally stand out.
Areas to Contour and Highlight
The idea is to contour areas that would normally have shadows on them and highlight those that would normally to bring light.
My recommendation: For cream contour as I’ve already mentioned L.A Girl pro HD concealer
For powder Contour: Freedom Pro Contour ₹ 795
Product description: Contour like a pro with Freedom Pro Contour Kit.
• Containing the perfect 2 shades to contour and sculpt the face.
• Available in 3 shade formats.
My take about this Contour: My shade is Medium 02. It gives you a nice contoured look. finish is good and gives a professional look. The powder is finely milled and it blends so easily. It suits almost every skin type and is amazing for a wheatish complexion. It stays long and is easy to carry.
Glow like a star
The Importance of Highlighter:
Highlighting is used in certain part or feature to bring focus or light. It helps to take out any flaws and gives a natural glow to our skin. Highlighting game should be on point or else u will end up looking like a disco ball and that will not look flattering.
My Recommendation: Makeup Revolution Pro Highlighter- Illuminate ₹ 850
Product description: (as given in the product)
• Brighten and highlight your face with this Pro Illuminate.
• By adding a subtle glow this creates a natural touch of illumination throughout the year.
• Using a powder brush, swipe against areas of the face to add highlight.
My take about this highlighter: “OMG just one word -Loveeee!”. As you guys know my love for makeup. I’m a big makeup junkie. I had been on a look out for a good highlighter which suits my typical Indian Skin tone, subtle and just glowing and oh god I did! The best part of this highlighter is whatever your complexion it will always look good on you. There is no fall, no chunky glitters. Its very creamy. It gives you a beautiful sheen that makes you feel natural and healthy. Buy this product and you will not regret it. It is the exact dupe for High end brand Mary Luminizer.
Blush your cheeks
The importance of Blush :
Blush is a very important part of makeup. The main purpose of blush is to add warmth to make up by imitating a slight natural innocent flush, thus making the skin look healthy, bright and attractive. Be careful while working with pigmented or pink blush because its very easy to go overboard with blush and end up looking like a joker.
My recommendation: NYX high definition blush ₹600
Product description:(as given in the product) A high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly. NYX High Definition Blush is a vibrant and silky blush that delivers bold colour with every swipe.
• Vibrant and silky.
• Blends evenly.
• Lightweight formula.
My take about this blush: This is just amazing. It is so pigmented. I have three shades – summer, rose gold, baby doll all these three shades are to die for. It is great for medium skin tone people. It stays for long and gives the perfect blushy look. Looks awesome in day as well as night. I doesn’t settle down in your pores. It is a must have product in your vanity.
Glam up your eyes
The importance of an eyeshadow:
Some women love makeup so much and they know the importance of eye shadow in eye make up and they, never skip this step. You need to be well trained and professional to get a perfect eye shadow look. The key for the perfect eye shadow look is blending. Blend all those harsh lines of your eye shadow. It gives an elegance and oomph to the eyes and makes them look much more expressive.
Product Description :(as given in the product) Mix and match 57 brilliant metallic shades to achieve stunning eyes in seconds. Pop your favourite shades into one of our magnetized custom shadow pro magnetic pallets for a totally personalized eye shadow experience. Easy to Blend which also are Pure Pigmented with a full Colour Payoff available in variety of Shades.
• Full colour payoff
• Achieve stunning eyes in seconds
• Brilliant Metallic Shades
My take about this eyeshadow : It is insanely pigmented. Perfect metallic and matte shades to suit all your needs. Easy to apply and buildable. Best for any kind of party looks. Create soft subtle look or bold classy look. You can achieve with these eyeshadow.
Few other recommendations :
* L’Oréal LA pallete nudes and rose gold
* Maybelline Nudes Pallete
* Essence All about Sunrise
* Essence All about Nudes.
Wing out your eyes
Harmonize eyeliner with your mascara; so that it frames and makes your lashes look thicker. Very bright pastels or frosted colour will draw attention to the eyeliner rather than your eyes. Eyeliner is important for people with little eyes. Using eyeliner, including the smallest eyes could look big.
Product Description :(as given in the product) Get the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. Add some drama to those eyes! Use the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner The eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely, then quickly dries down to a long-wearing, water-resistant finish.
• A long-wearing, water-resistant, versatile eyeliner.
• The non-sticky oil free formula glides smoothly and instantly makes your eyes look spectacularly attractive.
• Whether your go thick, thin, smudged, or smoky, your look will last, from day to night.
Also, read 10 Best Gel Eyeliners in India.
My take about this eyeliner: All I have to say about this gel eyeliner is just amazing. Totally worth every penny. It applies so easily doesn’t tug or smudge. It is waterproof even if you splash some water. I won’t irritate your eyes. It gives you the blackest black results. It is one of my most favourite gel eyeliners.
Few other recommendations:
* Sugar eye told you so liquid eyeliner
* FACES liquid eyeliner
* L’Oreal Gel eyeliner
Bold your eyes out with some kajal / Kohl
The importance of Kajal :
The Kajal is a very important cosmetic for the eyes. It is an essential eye makeup which has been in tradition from the very olden days. By applying Kajal in their eyes, they enhance the beauty further. Kajal acts as a coolant to the eyes and also acts as the protected against evil eyes. You can compare the beautiful eyes of those girls who applied Kajal and those who have not applied.
Product Description :(as given in the product) India’s 1st 100% smudge-proof 12 hour stay gel-based 2-in-1 kajal cum liner.Brilliant black in a single swipe & just- applied gel-liner-like look all day long.100% preservative-free & vegan kajal.
• Soft, creamy, gel-based single-swipe darkest black.
• 100% smudge-proof and water-proof.
• Brilliant black that looks “just applied” even after 12 hours.
• Preservative-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, paraffin-free
• Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested & approved.
• Rich in Vitamin E for care and protection.
• 100% vegan formula, not tested on animals.
• Full-size 1.2g pencil ? 4 times the kajal found in twister kajals (which contain 0.31g).
• Lasts at least twice as long.
Plum is always free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, SLS, DEA and PABA.
My take about this kajal : I have tried so many kajal which available in the store. But this one just amaze me. I have very sensitive and watery eyes. Trust me i have never been so happy with my purchases. This kajal stays for good 8 to 9 hours you can even sleep with this once you wake up it will be intact. It will not irritate your eyes. Its jet black, waterproof, smudge proof. Its my most favourite kohl ever how many kajals i have i always back to this one.
Add Drama to your lashes
The importance of Mascara:
Mascara is such an important part of your make-up look. Its a game changer. Volume and long lashes just make your eyes so attractive.
Product Description : (as given in the product)
Maybelline New York introduces the 1st of its kind Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara to deliver dramatic volume with a 45 degree lift. Superior Technology with cup shaped bristles and push up brush that scoops, coats and lifts lashes, bathing them in volume. Creamy plumping formula that glides smoothly onto lashes for a dramatic, instant charge.
• Super quick and easy makeup on the go.
• Instant plump formula.
• Glamorous new pack design.
• Available in a washable and waterproof format.
My take about this mascara: I have been using this since it was launched. I just love using this mascara everyday. It adds so much of volume to your lashes. It lifts and coats them evenly. It doesn’t make your lashes too clumsy. It gives you a natural plump to lashes. Application is so easy. It gives a false lash effect. Maybelline has always been my favourite when it comes to mascara and they just nailed it.
Few other recommendations :
* Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara
* L’Oreal volume Mascara
Shape your brows
Importance of Shaping your eyebrows
The most attractive features on any face is a beautiful smile with white teeth and eyebrows. So there is no harm going one step ahead to enhance those feature a step further. Shaping eyebrows makes you look younger, bold and more modern. They’re an inexpensive way to look great without having to resort to Botox. You can get away with little-to-no no makeup when your brows are shaped properly. It’s the easiest way to make you look like you had an eye lift.
Product Description: (as given in the product)
NYX Tinted Brow Mascara – 6.2g
No shame in wishing for a strong beautiful brow! NYX foolproof tinted brow mascara helps your dream come true. It sets, tames and tints brows for natural-looking wear. The dependable formula leaves brows feeling soft while maintaining complete control.
• Highly pigmented.
• Shapes, defines and sets brows in place.
• Provides natural look to brows.
My take about this brow mascara: This is a great product especially for when you’ve applied a full fledged makeup and are left with a washed out look because the eyebrows don’t look too dark enough. It blend seamlessly with natural brow hair. Stays on for an entire day does not transfer. Its waterproof and smudge proof.
Few other recommendations:
* Freedom brow promade
* Maybelline New York brow shape pencil
Don’t forget to set your Makeup
The Importance of Makeup fixing spray :
Now every step of makeup is done. It is really important to set your makeup so that it last all day long. Ever wondered how professional dancers and actors keep their makeup from sweating off. Setting spray has been their secret weapon all along. It is used to prevent all makeup, including foundation, eye shadow and lipstick, from creasing, smudging or fading. It should be applied after completing a full face of makeup, whether it’s your regular, minimal routine or a look that is more elaborate.
To use, shake the bottle, then close your eyes and spray it on in both an “X” shape and a “T” shape, about eight to ten inches from your face.
For dewy finish: Makeup Revolution fixing spray –₹1000
For matte finish: NYX long lasting makeup finish spray Matte finish- ₹875
Pout those Sexy lips
Lipstick is an important fashion product which has been loved by 99% of women. If you don’t want to apply make up but still want that oomph factor or you are in hurry that you don’t have time to put on some makeup. Apply some dark lipstick and you are good to go. It will just bright up your face instantly.
Wearing lipstick brings out the inner beauty in you and make your lips look attractive, beautiful, stylish, charming, gorgeous, glam, bold and sexy. Lipstick is perfect option in the dating game. It protect your lips from drying during winter’s. Lipsticks are worn to make the lips for perfect pout. For girls and women lipsticks are expensive than gold.
1. Maybelline New York Creamy Matte lipstick – Siren Scarlet
2. Lakme lip and cheek mousse – Cocoa soft
3. Lakme Lip and cheek mousse – Plum feather
4. Chambor extreme transfer proof liquid lipstick
5. FACES Ultime Matte Crayon lipstick
6. Colorbar kiss proof lipstick – Haute Latte
These are all my all time favourite lipsticks. I’ve given you options for reds, pinks, nudes, plums and maroons which suits almost every skin type. I have 100s of lipstick in my vanity but I always reach to any one of these whenever I have an important event or a party to attend. Because I know I can never go wrong with these shades.
Beauty blender: Sometimes applying foundation with your fingers can result in streaks and patchy finish. It will not look flattering. The Beauty Blender sponge was invented by makeup artist Rea Ann Silva to ensure even, natural coverage. Use a beauty blender to apply foundation, create blush and concealer for a natural and seamless effect. you just need to learn the right way to prepare the sponge and the proper techniques for the effect that you’re going for. Damp your sponge and squeeze out all excess water before using it.
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My Recommendation : PAC beauty blender
Makeup brushes :
Hope you guys now understood the basics of makeup. Do comment if you have any questions.