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Velvet Touch

Heavy make-up gives way to a fresh, radiant palette this fall, finds Faye Remedios

Come fall and the make-up palette overflows with dramatic, sensuous colours. Velvety hues in smouldering mauves, purples, golds and reds make an eye-catching statement. Verve gets experts to tell you how to pull off this magical look.

Make-up Magic
“Glamorous, chic and confident sums up the look for this season. It focuses on the eyes and has strongly defined, rich, sumptuous tones. Create this chiaroscuro effect with a dramatic interplay of soft colour, contrasting shadow and shimmering light,” says Dinaz Jehani, brand manager, Shiseido. Meeta Awatramani, training manager, Clarins, recommends pinks, peaches, corals, reds and oranges for the lips and cheeks combined with foundations with pink undertones and greens, plums, magentas and pinks for the eyes for fair skinned girls. “For wheat and dusky girls, shades with orange pigments like corals, bronze, deep red, brick tones and auburns accentuate lips and cheeks. Intense greens, smokey greys and bright cobalt blues make the eyes pop,” she elaborates. Shailesh Moolya, salon director, Juice Hair advises using different shades of red depending on your skin tone, for the lips.

Perfect Palette
For a stunning evening look, Jehani advises pink tones and discretely highlighted vividly coloured lips while the sexy, modern look comprises elegant tones of browns blended with warm, golden tones.? For an easy, natural day look, Awatramani suggests just a hint of colour on the cheeks with the Clarins powder blush in cinnamon and plum eyeshadow with brown eye pencil for defined peepers. A chic evening look would entail using the Clarins True Comfort Foundation to impart a sheer, velvet finish, eyes go smokey with a graphite grey and black combination followed by lashings of mascara. For the lips, Hazelnut from Joli Rouge completes this look. Charmaine Rao, make up artist, YSL recommends using the Perfect Touch Colour and the Pudre Sur Mesure to get a radiant complexion. “For the day, go with subtle eyeshadow and a bold lip shade but for the evening do the opposite. Play up your eyes with lashings of mascara, kohl and smokey hues but keep the lips nude with just a hint of gloss,” says Moolya. Leave hair tousled or lightly scrunched to get pretty waves.

Trade Tricks
One tip to keep in mind irrespective of the skin colour? “Do not overdo it ever. Make-up should be used to look your best in the easiest way possible – never over accessorised,” cautions Jehani. Instead ensure your eyes and lips complement each other?–?If the eyes are intense and glam, keep lips simple and vice versa. Always cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin before applying make-up and set foundation with loose powder, advises Rao. “To prevent the eyeshadow from spilling on to the cheek, create a barrier of loose powder below the eye that can be dusted off once your make-up is done,” says Awatramani while Moolya recommends blending blush well to avoid looking like you have been boxed.

Text by Faye Remedios and Photograph courtesy - Shiseido

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