How to get a beauty makeover
The festive season is almost upon us. So, if you think you are in dire need of a makeover, now is the time to meet that goal! Sometimes, following the basics and tweaking your routine a bit can go a long way in ensuring a mesmerising overhaul. Fixing an appointment with a professional beautician can always help, but a DIY makeover can perhaps be a more rewarding experience in itself. Therefore, hereâs a basic guide to staying ahead of the beauty game with these effective makeover tips.
Reboot your beauty routineHave you been neglecting such fundamental steps as CTM these days? Have you not been keeping up with the new age techniques that can make a difference? Well, the makeo ver programme should ideally begin with redesigning your beauty regimen, incorporating fresh elements and at the same time, adhering strictly to basic care.
Detox your skin: Skin detoxification has become as important as breathing these days. At a time when pollution levels are rising to alarming levels in almost all our cities, a beauty regimen aimed at ridding the skin of dirt and pollutants is imperative. There are now various therapies on offer that can rejuvenate your skin. But you must remember that no detoxification therapy is complete if you do not follow the basic steps dealing with cleaning, toning and moisturising the skin. Add to it oiling. A CTOM (cleansing, toning, oiling and moisturising) routine is a must. "CTOM forms an integral part of oneâs daily skincare diary. Clean your face thoroughly and he lp the skin stay nourished and moisturised by sticking to a CTOM routine twice a day," says Samantha Kochhar, celebrity makeup artiste.
Exfoliation: Yashodhara Khaitan, director, Solace spa and salon, Kolkata, advises exfoliation with a light scrub or with an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) product once or twice a week, as part of your skin detoxification routine of course. "You must also use a face pack once a week," she says.
Facials: These help too. Salon professionals across India are experimenting with facials that can be beneficial for skin detoxification. For instance, oxy facials are a much sought-after skin detoxification technique these days. Usually conducted in a clinical or medical set-up, these facials are more or less results-oriented. In fact, oxygen facials or jet peels are being considered a new ki nd of detoxification process that is relaxing and painless. Experts say that the basic principle is simple and results can be highly gratifying. Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, consultant dermatologist, Dr Trasi's Clinic & La Piel, explains, "Pressurised air accelerates a jet of micro droplets and this micro jet is used to gently and painlessly cleanse and exfoliate your skin. The jet delivers moisture, vitamins and nutrients into your skin (without ever touching it and without needles). Using a unique hand piece, the practitioner will scan your skin and gently pressure-wash it. Your skin will be hydrated, nourished and imbued with nutrients.â
Before you opt for such techniques, do reassess your skin type and consult a trained skin therapist.
Banish dangerous and useless productsYou need to curb your overdependence on certain cosmetics, if you are not fully aware of their hidden dangers. You must exercise caution while trying out newer cosmetics. An overall idea of the ingredients could help one prevent unwanted side effects. The first step on your part would be ascertaining your skin type before applying any new cosmetics.
Dermatologists advise patch tests before applying new cosmetics. "A patch test is especially necessary for those who have sensitive skin," says Dr Sachin Varma, a Kolkata-based dermatologist and a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and International Society of Dermatology. "You can do a patch test yourself by smearing the cosmetic a little on the forearm skin or, even better, on an area 2 cms lateral to the eyebrows. You should leave it overnight and observe the area for any reaction for 24 hours. Cosmetics should be ideally tested over 4-5 days before terming them safe for use. If any reaction occurs a t the tested area of skin, it is better not to use that cosmetic at all."
Patch tests are also essential for those who are suffering from diseases such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis and urticaria (hives).
What's more, you also need to have a basic idea about the ingredients in cosmetics that you should avoid at all costs. Skin specialists cite a few substances which can harm the skin. Dr Trasi Nerurkar advises looking for ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sopropyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine). "These may cause skin and respiratory tract irritation and may be carcinogenic," she says.
Also, refrain from using useless, gimmicky products â" in other words, those products that are generally described as the âsnake oilsâ of the beauty industry. Experts say one should ideally stay away from such unnecessarily extravagant products as anti-cellulite creams and bust gels.
Fitness makeoverExperts say that you need to supplement your beauty routine with a rebooted fitness regimen. If you have been lackadaisical about sticking to a basic fitness programme, you need to shake off lethargy and chalk out a basic fitness strategy. Or if you have been following a particular routine without any results, consult a fitness trainer and try newer options. Sometimes you can mix and match exercises â" for instance, you can draw up a weekly roster that includes yoga, swimming, brisk walking and so on. All in all, no beauty makeover is complete without making some lifestyle changes that incorporate exercises and healthy eating. You must cut off junk food to ensure a healthier skin.
Helpful ti ps:
Drink lots of water.
Choose a cleanser that is natural, chemical free, and pH balanced. Avoid any harsh soaps, foaming cleansers or coarse scrubs.
A bath once a week or twice a week with epsom salts and ginger or baking soda or vinegar detoxifies the body.
Dry brushing with a soft brush daily for a few days helps; it improves muscle tone, sloughs off dull, dead skin cells, encourages skin cell renewal and reduces puffiness.
A good mask with natural ingredients once a week or a body wrap with natural ingredients can help in doing away with skin impurities.
Detox diets can be followed for a few days once in every 6 months as it cleanses the entire gastrointestinal system and helps rejuvenate the skin as well.
(Source: Dr. Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, MD Skin, Consultant Dermato logist, Dr. Trasi's Clinic & La Piel)
Hair makeoverLet's face it, there is no makeover without a new hairstyle. So, go for a radically different hair cut. âTo be sure, the first step to changing your look would be cutting those long tresses off if you havenât done it for a long time,â says Aleisha Keswani, TIGI educator. âTry a new look, maybe change your hair parting from a side to the centre. Or try some bangs.â
Remember that each face is unique. So know the cuts that will suit your face. Try out new hair trends - for instance, this year, bobs are back and funky styles such as cornrows are also ruling the charts. But first make sure if itâs going to look good on you.
Riot of colours: Needless to say, cut and colour go hand in hand. Go for a hair colour tha t will be a perfect match for your personality and skin tone. A new colour can enhance facial features too. If you have been âsoberâ, in terms of hair colour, for some time, go one step further and choose a bolder hue. âTry something like a multidimensional colour,â says Keswani of TIGI. âIf you never had any colour before, then using warm amber tones, closer to natural hair colour, will work better. If you want to be bold, then go all the way â" from platinum blonde to pastel pinks to violets.
Hair care: Hair makeover will go awry if you do not follow a proper regimen for your tresses. Know your hair type, use the right kind of shampoo and conditioner. For instance, thick and curly hair, which is dry and frizzy, may need an intense moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Regardless of hair type, a regular deep conditioning ritual must be followed to keep your hair nourished.
Ace the brow gamePerfectly shaped eyebrows can change the look of your face completely. This can be the most effective step to achieving a beauty makeover, believe it or not. So whether it's the first time you're getting your brow done, or whether you have been neglecting your brows of late, you need to know how to shape your eyebrows right. And just as all haircuts do not suit all face shapes, brows need similar specifications. You need to know what works best for the shape of you face. For instance, if you have a square face, softly rounded brows will look best. In this case, your brow shape shouldnât be too angular. But be cautious, donât make too round â" avoid the rainbow shape.
Makeup for makeoverAfter ensuring a hair and skin makeover, you need to re-strategise your makeup game. Samantha Kochhar, managing director, Blossom Kochha r Group of Companies, offers a few tips. âApply two shades of blush for the perfect flush of youth,â she says. âBetter still, apply blusher before applying foundation to make it seem that the glow is coming from beneath the skin.â Mascara can be applied before an eyeliner to create âa perfect cat-eye flickâ. As natural makeup look is in, Samantha offers yet another trick to create a natural lip colour. âPull the bottom lip down and look at the colour inside. Choose a shade that is either lighter or a bit deeper but along the same tone as the inside of the lip to get that natural look,â explains the celebrity make-up artiste.
And you should also stop believing in these makeup myths at all costs.
Myth 1: Primers are not essential Experts say priming is one of the most overlooked and underrated practices in ma keup. "Every feature, whether it's the eyes or lips, has a dedicated primer," says Bijon, Director of Artistry, MyGlamm. "Primers give your makeup longevity. They also have optical diffusers that manipulate light to give your skin a polished look by blurring away fine lines, open pores and creasing." So make the primer an essential part of your makeup. Consult a makeup artiste for a tutorial.
Myth 2: Nude lipsticks suit everyoneWith Hollywood celebrities often sporting the nude makeup look, this trend has gained immense popularity. Nude isn't for everyone though. Each person has a different complexion and undertone. So consult a makeup artiste and understand your undertone to find the perfect neutral shade for your lips.
Myth 3: If the foundation shade matches your wrist, it's the one for youThis is a common myth. Experts say our face is exposed to the sun and hence more vulnerable to tanning. So while the foundation might match your wrist, it might be a shade or two lighter than your face. So instead of your wrist, try foundation on your jawline.
Myth 4: It is okay to share makeup"Bacteria and germs are present everywhere, even on our makeup products. When we share makeup, we run the risk of transferring germs to one another," says Mehra.
A footnoteMakeovers can be either fun or scary. Take some time out and do some research. âYou need to be mentally prepared for makeovers,â says Aleisha Keswani. âNowadays the Internet is the best tool to figure out some great looks that you may actually want for yourself.â
And if you want an Instagram effect, here are a few DIY tips:
Start with hydrat ing your skin
You can use BB or CC creams as makeup primers. BB creams have a little base in them (Maybelline, MAC and Bobbi Brown) They help close the pores a bit.
For a seamless look, use a good brush. Veteran makeup artistes will say finger tips are the best.
You can use a cream base/foundation. Blend foundation into your neck as well. If your neck is darker than your face, you can use a dark base.
For a base that will last longer, use a BB cream. For a lighter foundation, use something else.
Hide spots with just dabbing some foundation on them
If the face looks flat, start contouring. Coverage is important. Please take care of your dark circles.
Start with a basic eyeshadow â" matte or shimmer and sheen eyeshadows
Check the shape of your eyebrow. Follow the line of the eyebrow.
Use a nude eyeshadow
Start applying eye shadow on the centre of the eye and then move up, down and centre.
You can use eye primer for a smoother base
After primer, you can use a light eyeshadow.
Make a support line at the corner of the eyelid
Use a cake or gel liner.
Red is a colour for all seasons. You can choose either glossy red or matte red.
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