Hello Desi Ladies,
I’ve noticed a lot of you carrying around fake or substandard versions of high turnover cosmetics in your makeup bags – no, the Naked2 Palette you picked up for a total of 10 dollars is not the original. Some of you even request family and friends visiting the beautiful south asian sub-continent to bring over your budget trash stash.
Shady brands be fine cause they got the shine? I think not! Cheap makeup melts a lot faster in our south asian oven heat. Makeup from brands like Chanel melts too, but it melts classy. When your face sweats up, it melts downwards in an orderly fashion.
OK, I just made that up =P Please dont be pennywise (i hate you clown!) and pound foolish. By the time you enter your 30s (or maybe sooner), the damage these fake products will do to your ‘natuwal beauty’ will require a lot of investment to reverse. So unless you have a good loan plan in mind please reconsider the next time you draw up your makeup inventory.
Anyways fret not – you don’t necessarily need endless flows of cash to look good (especially when you have to pay a premium for most products purchased at home -_- ). Just invest in the the right one(s) and use them ‘multi-purposely’. I strongly suggest you get your hands on bobbi brown’s shimmer brick (mentioned in an earlier post) in bronze or rose for a polished non-tacky look.
Although its supposed to be applied over blusher, I use it on its’ own as blusher for a sunkissed or peachy look. The hint of color on your cheeks looks understated but very classy. Its’ especially suitable for daytime outings in our never ending summer.
I also use it for contouring. I apply a dash with a brush or very frugally with my pinkie on the nose, forehead, under the eyes, cheekbones, jaw line and blend it. I prefer Bronze for contouring, but Nectar works too. Try using only the top two shades for contouring though.
For the ultimate sculpted look (great evening wear) mix up both – use Nectar as blush, and Bronze for contouring.
Bronze makes a great gold eye shadow btw. It is very shimmery, so you have to save it for parties or desi weddings. Also, remember that if you’re using Bronze as an eye-shadow, go for a warm pink glossy lipstick and hold back on the blush.
If you want to use Nectar as eyeshadow, focus on the top two (lightest) shades. I’m not a fan of pink toned eye shadows so I’d recommend you use it to add shimmer over matte eyeshadows in the brown family.
Finally, you can use both Nectar or Bronze (top two shades) as a highlighter (under your eyebrows) day or night 🙂
Oh and a quick tip for you blush lovers (and non lovers too – please refer to my earlier post Blush Me Pretty if you still do not grasp the importance of this tool :). If you ever run out of your favorite blush and wont be able to get your hands on the replacement for a while, use pink lipstick ( I recommend Mac’s Satin) as a substitute – dot two splotches of the lipstick on your cheek and blend, blend, blend.
Hope this helped beautiful ladies!
Have an awesome (remaining) weekend and make-up well 🙂
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