You need not go as far as Aishwarya Rai did at the Cannes Film Festival this year; but some OTT beauty trends can be worn without turning heads the wrong way.
Imagine grabbing a marker pen and drawing a broad, black, bold line, mimicking the line of the eye, somewhere below the brow. The artsy graphic liner of 2016 is a lot closer to sketching than beautifying. If you don’t wish to go black, try a pop of colour and a funky design – anything from dots that stretch into a cat eye look to quirky creations with lines. When applying the graphic liner, keep the eyebrows natural and well groomed. Skin should be matte and natural with petal-stain lips. To sum it up, let the overall look be very clean and minimal.
After fashion, ‘androgyny’ has burst into the beauty segment. For gender-bending make-up, go for an extremely raw, edgy and grungy look. Think deconstructed glamour – no distraction in the form of fancy eye-makeup or bright lipstick. It’s important to prepare your canvas which is your skin. A good exfoliator and a BB cream can work wonders for a naturally-glowing skin. To create a sculpted and defined brow, tweeze away any stray hair, but largely leave your eyebrows looking bushy. Complete the look with a smudged or smokey lower lash line and wet, just-out- of-the- shower, gelled hair.
While the Japanese are known to have great skin, they also have distinct eyebrows. If you are not used to experimenting with your brows, start with this Japanese-influenced look for a good amount of change. The strong samurai brows add a dash of quirk to your face and contrast well with the clean and minimal make-up palette. To create the statement arch, grab an eyebrow pencil in the ideal shade and darken your brows. Then, using a natural soap bar, cover the outer corners so that the little tail at the end is hidden. You are almost done after you eliminate the tail; give a finishing touch to your brows with the pencil if needed. For the skin, go for a perfectly sculpted look.
Tip: For some more fun, add a flash of orange on the lower lash lines.
RETRO CHIC HAIR
The vintage look never really goes out of style. This year, hair updos all over the international ramps showcased big, retro hair – scarf-tied updos, finger-waves, perfectly-coiled locks, baby bangs or smooth upswept rolls. These timeless hairstyles exude feminine charm and mystique. The real challenge is to wear them without looking like you’re caught in a time warp. A clean finish is what matters most with pin-up hairstyles. Keep the look soft and romantic by picking a rosebud stain for lips and cheeks instead of bright red. Finish with a thin eyeliner, dash of mascara and sheen on inner corner of the eyes, bridge of your nose, cheekbones and Cupid’s bow.