Smoke it out ,and say it loud.

I am obsessed with black.
And it shows.In in wardrobe,in my makeup, in my whole existence.
The fact that black can glam up any dull day,and at the same time enhance your personality to the boss level..this is the colour that can neither go out of fashion nor out of the makeup industry.
Though it is safe to say that smokey eyes have taken by the whole industry by storm since past a decade,but still..for something to not go out of fashion on the international runway and even on the more local platform is still a big deal.Huge actually.
But obviously everything comes with its own cons.From being such a huge hit when done properly,smokey eyes can turn into panda eyes in no time.
And there have not been any less instances when this makeup wonder has become a makeup disaster.
Well,I hope this look is not a makeup disaster.

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Bridal trends that are here to stay in 2019..


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The wedding season is here and so are the different bridal looks of the season.

Weddings are once in a lifetime event for most of the people and therefore every bride wants to look her best on her big day. From ethereal dresses to extravagant jewelry, nothing looks complete without “the” perfect makeup.

So to make things more easy and less stressful here are some of the most done, seen and clicked pictures of the makeup trends of 2018 and the trends that will stay on in 2019.

Fresh face look– Not long ago did we see Anushka Sharma rocking the fresh face makeup for almost all events of her wedding. She kept it simple and minimalistic to the core .From her eyes to her lips everything was kept neutral, natural and nude. And did the makeup police approve it? Well yes! The fresh face was a big hit this season .From international runways to the desi brides, almost everyone was swoon over by it.


 The Bronzed goddess– Recently when Depika donned on the exquisite white chikankari demi sari she made sure that she looked like a goddess. Rather than going for an over the top look with the over the top dress she decided to bronze things a bit and of course she made a statement. From bronzing the cheeks and forehead to adding warm tones to the eyes the look was kept such that it exuded the goddess vibes and also did not take the attention from the extravagant attire.

The No Makeup look– We are still not over with the royal wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Not only were the dresses absolutely stunning and gorgeous there was also one thing that was very noticeable. Her makeup .Priyanka went for a no makeup look for both the Hindu and the Christian wedding .The warm eye look helped to balance the softness of her fresh skin. As for her lips, the makeup artist gave Chopra a subtle red stain, a color she typically wears on the red carpet. Letting the dress take the limelight her makeup was kept to the basic for the occasions making this dusky beauty look ethereal in her own skin.

Smokey blown out look– This year was a year of mainly the fresh, natural and no-makeup makeup looks. From runway to the red carpet and on the brides as well this was the most photographed look of the year. But this has also not prevented the makeup lovers from keeping the smoky look alive. Although there was a slight variation. Rather than the strong smoky tape shaped eyes that was the trend till last year this year the makeup junkies opted for a more blown out look. This look not only accentuates the eyes but also makes you look years younger.

Bridal trends 2018.

Bridal trends 2018.

The wedding season is here and so are the different bridal looks of the season.

Weddings are once in a lifetime event for most of the people and therefore every bride wants to look her best on her big day. From ethereal dresses to extravagant jewelry, nothing looks complete without “the” perfect makeup.

So to make things more easy and less stressful here are some of the most done, seen and clicked pictures of the makeup trends of 2018.

Fresh face look-Not long ago did we see Anushka Sharma rocking the fresh face makeup for almost all events of her wedding. She kept it simple and minimalistic to the core .From her eyes to her lips everything was kept neutral, natural and nude. And did the makeup police approve it? Well yes! The fresh face was a big hit this season .From international runways to the desi brides, almost everyone was swoon over by it.


 The Bronzed goddess– Recently when Depika donned on the exquisite white chikankari demi sari she made sure that she looked like a goddess. Rather than going for an over the top look with the over the top dress she decided to bronze things a bit and of course she made a statement. From bronzing the cheeks and forehead to adding warm tones to the eyes the look was kept such that it exuded the goddess vibes and also did not take the attention from the extravagant attire.

The No Makeup look– We are still not over with the royal wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Not only were the dresses absolutely stunning and gorgeous there was also one thing that was very noticeable. Her makeup .Priyanka went for a no makeup look for both the Hindu and the Christian wedding .The warm eye look helped to balance the softness of her fresh skin. As for her lips, the makeup artist gave Chopra a subtle red stain, a color she typically wears on the red carpet. Letting the dress take the limelight her makeup was kept to the basic for the occasions making this dusky beauty look ethereal in her own skin.

Smokey blown out look– This year was a year of mainly the fresh, natural and no-makeup makeup looks. From runway to the red carpet and on the brides as well this was the most photographed look of the year. But this has also not prevented the makeup lovers from keeping the smoky look alive.Although there was a slight variation. Rather than the strong smoky tape shaped eyes that was the trend till last year this year the makeup junkies opted for a more blown out look. This look not only accentuates the eyes but also makes you look years younger.

FRESH FACE MAKEUP- HIT OR MISS?

FRESH FACE MAKEUP- HIT OR MISS?

Is oodles of mascara,7 pumps of foundation and heavily kholed eye,and Oh! how to forget ounces of highlighter your “ritual” makeup routine?
Then you definitely need to check out this post!
In the beginning of 2018, Instagram was filled with women flaunting heavily smoked eyes and tons of highlighter. Standing right in the direction where the sun shone the brightest ,these pictures gave out so much ‘radiance’ that there was even a slight chance that you might get blind in one eye!
But just as fashion trends change every season,so does makeup.
And in the spring/summer 2018 shows in New York ,THIS is exactly what happened.
Everyone from Victoria Beckham to Alexander Wang confirmed that “NO MAKEUP” was the new trend.

In fact Lizo,the lead make-up artist for Nars quoted “Think of this make-up as a good reality check for all the heavy social media make-up”.And when a trend hits the floors of the VICTORIA BECKHAM/ALEXANDER WANG show,what are the odds that it will not be a hit.That season people witnessed models rocking a completely bare face with just as much highlighting on the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow that it looked like the inner radiance shining outside.
“This look is all about skincare” explained Pat McGrath who was the head artist for the Victoria Beckham show.”Its a very fresh,very natural look.It sure involves grooming but the look is very natural” she continues to explain revealing that the team applied beige liner on the eyes,a touch of gold highlighter and a stroke of lip balm.

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At the ALEXANDER WANG show that season,things were no different.”It is all about celebrating the models’ individual beauty” said Diana Kendell who only used colours to enhance their features and even out the complexion.

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Since then the makeup trends that hit not only the runway but also events such as MET GALA,OSCARS etc were focused largely on keeping it natural,simple and minimalist, thus, emphasizing on a concentrated skin care routine,because good skin doesn’t come easy.

SOME MET GALA 2018 FRESH FACE LOOKS THAT MADE STATEMENT THIS YEAR

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Here are some tips to get the RUNWAY LIKE FRESH FACE LOOK in just 5 minutes:
1. MOISTURIZE~ THIS step should be your skin care ritual.It is not only important to moisturize your skin before this look but, it is even more important to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day and especially at night.

2. CONCEAL~ The next important step is to conceal.Even though we are looking at a no makeup look, but concealing your under eye is important to give your eyes the necessary lift, so that ,they don’t look droopy and tired.

3. FOUNDATION~ For this look I would suggest you go for a powder foundation. But if you have a dry skin,the powder WILL make it worse and therefore, go for a mousse foundation.

4. BLUSH~ Since we are going for a no makeup look,a slight pink/orange or brown blush would be enough to give the required definition.

5. NUDE LIPS~ For this look I would suggest to use just a good quality lip balm.However a brown/natural pink shade can also be used.

6. MASCARA~ We DON’T need oodles of mascara for this look.Just 1-2 strokes on the upper lashes and you are good to go.

7. NO LINER~ If you are someone for whom liner is as important as oxygen then a brown liner just along the upper lashes will help you survive the day.


Bridal attires to SWOON over in 2018.

“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is a runway.”~ Coco Chanel

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Hola to all the brides-to-be and to all the girls,mothers,aunt,relatives and everyone else looking for the perfect dress to slay on the biggest runway show of their lives: their own wedding.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the social media has changed the wedding culture entirely. With every step of the bride being documented and uploaded on the social media the brides of today are in more pressure than ever to look perfect on not just their D-Day but for all the other ceremonies.

And though this can be exhausting and frustrating at times but it is definitely not an impossible task altogether.

Here in this blog, I have tried to pen down certain bridal attires that are definitely drool worthy and will sweep you off your feet.

The BRIGHT FLORAL BRIGADE

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If you are that bride who has always been fascinated by brights and florals then this is your time to shine.With the antique gota details and artisanal hand-embroidery, including zardozi, aari, mukesh and intricate appliqué work, accented with Swarovski crystals – this bridal attire is just perfect for a host of festivities including wedding events and sangeet soirées.

BLACK is the NEW RED?

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So, you are that bride who is obsessed with black.Your entire wardrobe is black,and, black is the colour you have always wanted to wear on your wedding too.But everyone around you says no?

Well this is the time to make them rethink.With these beautiful  Swarovski embedded floral designs this can definitely be a hit on your big day!

The WHITE GODDESS

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Who doesn’t want to look a flamboyant white goddess on her wedding day?It is playing on the idea of fairy tales, and the moment where dreams meet reality.

These heavily embellished crystal, zari and motif works are nothing less than a dream dress.Simple yet dramatic. Isn’t it?

GO HEAVY ON THE DUPATTA AND CHOLI

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Dupatta has always been both important and symbolic in a bridal attire. The dupatta has long been a symbol of modesty in dress from the Indian subcontinent as its main purpose is as a veil.

But more often than not we find that the bridal dupattas are not so extravagant when it comes to their work and intricacy.

However,this year the bridal attires were given a new dimension with minimizing the work on the lehenga and going over the top with the dupatta.

GO GREEN!

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Such a beauty!

This dress is such a show stopper in itself that it would be impossible for anyone to take their eyes off.

Possibly one of the best bridal attire inspiration you will come across.

Love the emerald green shirt with gold dabka, nakshi, beads and sequin hand work along with the cut work on the shirt and drop stone finishing on the sleeves and the bottle green lehenga with gota booti chan.The delicate border on the organza dupatta compliments the heavily embellished dress very well giving it such a beautiful touch of class and royalty.

THE FAVOURED COLOUR.

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Can you ever go wrong with this colour?NO!

Red has always been a symbolic colour when it comes to choosing from the colour palette for the bride.Brides are generally asked to wear red during the wedding proceedings since it stands for prosperity and fertility.

And without a doubt no bride has ever not looked ravishing when in this colour.

This deep red bridal gown with worked bodice and fully embellished sleeves,gold mesh handwork on shirt bodice and floral patterned embroidery of tilla, beads and stones and the rust orange net dupatta with embellished floral borders on all four sides is nothing less than a vision.

The ULTIMATE COMBINATION.

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This IS the ultimate colour combination.

Traditional and old school,this combination can give life to any bridal outfit.These bridal outfit are on the list today because of how rich and wearable they are in a  host of festivities including wedding events and sangeet nights.

THE MODERN DAY BRIDE

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Yes,we all love the traditional brides .But,we can also not deny how appealing these dresses look – a form of modern silhouettes in emerald green, peachy tones and pastel hues.

A beautiful fusion of two different cultures: East and West.While these dresses look imaginative and creative,they are definitely in line with the current trends.

A treat for the new, the fearless and the dynamic generation of strong women.

OUT OF THE BOX

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These are gorgeous.

A fresh take on the bridal attire. You have seen enough of the lehenga designs,so now its time to see something out-of-the-box.I especially love the overcoat style.The style is not only great as a bridal outfit for ceremonies like mehendi or engagement but it is also great for other festivities.

What catches your attention in the jacket and the palazzo style is the extravagant embroidery both in the front and the back of the jacket and also the palazzo.

Again, a perfect dress for cocktail,mehendi or any other ceremony.

So,to all the brides-to-be and the ones who have already tasted the wedding madness,hope this blog was as much of a delight to your eyes as it was for me to write.

XOXO

 

Lobe Loves Of The Season: Hello Hoops!

Lobe Loves Of The Season: Hello Hoops!

I wouldn’t be surprised if you spotted everyone from Khole Kardashian to Bella Hadid donning hoops like never before. Its officially hoops season and I’ve got just the hoops you need. Some classic while some slightly more edgy- be all ears for some hot hot hoops!

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Multitasking is what we know.

If there are any hoops that up the ante in the boardroom and festivities alike, it’s these ones! Their minimal filigree bodes well with ethnic ensembles while their pint-size makes it ideal for work wear.

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Bling me up!

Embellished, empowering and enthralling, these baubles add some much-needed oomph to your outfit. Take them out in the sun with cute camisoles or pair them with edgy LBDs for the night.

 

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Hoop-A-Loops

When your ensemble is missing some spice, these ear candies save the day. Throw them on with a pair of denims and crisp white shirt for brunch dates or with pantsuits or gowns for some over-the-top glam!

 

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The XXL

These are the hoops that get you through the day. Floral sundresses, maxi dresses or even the simple jeans and tee look lit when teamed with these. P.S. Don’t you spare them while accessorizing for the beach!

 

AND A LITTLE MORE INDULGENCE IS NEVER BAD.RIGHT?

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