Friday, 23 May 2014

Eye makeup to match denims!


Hi beautiful people,

Yesterday I wore a denim shirt paired with black leggings to train young Lakme Makeup Artists in Delhi! I wanted  to apply minimal eye makeup so I came up with a cool combination for eyeliner- grey and blue! Since I had around 100 different Lakme products in my hotel room so I was experimenting with them..

Scroll down to read up on how to get this look... 


Instagram pic

Original pic
Let me break it down for you:
1. Draw an eyeliner with a blue pencil 
2. With an angular brush, wing out the liner slightly.
3.  Spray some water on the brush and dip it into a grey shimmery eyeshadow 
4. Dab it on the blue liner to create a gorgeous blue-grey eyeliner!
5. Repeat the same on your lower lash line and finish off with mascara :)

The products I used:
1. Lakme Forever Silk Eyeliner- Electric Violet (I have no idea why its not called Electric Blue!!)
2. Lakme Absolute Illusion Eyeshadow- Smoky Pearl (the grey shimmery eyeshadow)
3. Lipstick: Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict- Pink Passion

Smoky Pearl
        



Electric Violet


Do try this out and tell me what you think! If you want me to do a video for this look, please comment below!! :D 

Love,
Akriti






Thursday, 1 May 2014

Bridal Makeup Video | North Indian

I'm super duper excited to share this video with you guys!!! I've been wanting to shoot a Bridal Makeup video for the longest time! I haven't used an actual bride though, I asked my friend Radhika Patel if she could volunteer for it and she sweetly agreed.. Thank you Rads!! The focus on this video is MAKEUP, if I planned this shoot earlier, I would have definitely got my Hairstylist to give her a nice hairstyle and drape her lehenga.. but this was so last minute since I'm traveling on work for a month! 

Let me know what you think!! :D 




So finally, you get to see the magic of airbrush makeup! It's just flawless and natural at the same time as it's mixed with air and sprayed on.. 

Nishita Solanki is a saviour for helping me shoot this video so patiently!! :* Thankssss!! 

The gorgeous Jewellery is from Anmol Palce ( Ispahani Centre) in Chennai.. they have beautiful sets (al different types from across India) there which you can buy or rent incase you want to wear it for your wedding! If you give my name, you will get a special rate! ;) Hehe! 


I hope to do other Bridal videos soon.. maybe once I'm back! Meanwhile, have an awesome day, be happy and keep smiling!! 

Lots of love,
Akriti 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The best way to exfoliate your body!

I'm so in love with these exfoliating gloves from The Body Shop!! Been using them for over 2 years now, wish I bought them earlier! Ohh well, it's never too late! :D They are available in plenty of colors... I wanted PINK (as usual) but it was sold out so i picked up yellow!

How to use them: Take 3-4 drops of shower gel and scrub your entire body in circular motions. It gets rid of dead skin cells, dirt, impurities etc. and makes your skin super soft!  If you have sensitive skin, please be gentle because this is pretty rough.. I recommend you use thee beauties 3-4 times a week because over exfoliation isn't good for you skin!! Oh and plsss don't use it for your face, it's wayyy too harsh! 

Upon regular use, it keeps your skin healthy, tone and firm! Showering will not be the same without them, guaranteed!! 

After your shower, apply a body lotion to soothe and nourish your skin! :)

Price: Rs.395/- 
Exfoliating Gloves- The Body Shop

Happy Showering gorgeous people!!! ^_^

Love,
Akriti

Saturday, 21 December 2013

No eyeshadow makeup... Minimum effort, maximum impact!

It's December already!! Ahhh can't believe this year is coming to an end!! :O As clitchéd as it sounds, this year has flown by too quickly!!

Anyway, last night when I went out with my friends, I decided to live up to this festive season by wearing a bronze sequined top.. I actually bought it 4 years ago while I was on holiday in London. It's amazing how it doesn't look that old, thats the beauty of sequins!! :D 


Top: Miss Selfridge 
        Black waxed jeans: Zara
   Watch: Michael Kors


When it came to my makeup, I decided to go for "minimum effort, maximum impact" haha.. I had a looooong day yesterday and I couldn't be bothered to dress up! Plus, less is MORE sometimes!

I went for the no eyeshadow look! I literally used a black kohl pencil and a bright red lipstick!!
Okay, you can stop there if you want it to stay for one hour, but for your makeup to last all day it's really important to layer it up! So On top of the black kohl, I used black eyeshadow to set it in place with a pencil brush from mac called #219. 

Coral Red- Oriflame, M.A.C Smolder 


Let me make this simpler:

1. Draw a line on top of your eyes and below with a black kohl pencil. I used M.A.C Smolder as it's jet black and smudges alot!! Now you must be wondering why I would like a pencil that smudges..? For this look, I've just smoked out my eyeliner and smudged it with a smudge brush so it's easier to use this pencil instead of one that is stubborn and smudge proof.

2. Smudge this with a smudge brush- M.A.C #219

3. Dab on some black eyeshadow on top with the same brush so that it sets the kohl and it remains in tact all night long!!

4. Curl your lashes and apply some mascara!

For my lips, I used a gorgeous Coral Red lipstick by Oriflame from the Demi Moore Collection. It's long lasting so there's no need for touch ups!! :D 

I also used some foundation before I started my makeup to even it out since my skin has been acting up lately!! 

Hope this was helpful! :)

Have fun. party hard and make the most of 2013!!!

Mwah :*
Akriti 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Makeup for a bright yellow dress!

Helloo lovelies! After I posted this pic yesterday, a lot of you'll had asked me about the blue on my eyes and the shade of my lipstick.. It's such an easy look which I have to share with you!


           
With a shade like yellow, it's better not to match your makeup with it since it will just get lost on your face! I suggest using contrasting, complementary colours that will make your yellow pop! The first thing that came to my mind was SUNSET! I used colors that would combine together to form a beautiful sunset. A blue/purple eye pencil instantly makes your eyes sparkle against the yellow. Now I can't go too bright on my lips since I've used a blue so I decided to go for a peachy-orangey-pinky lipstick.. Pls help me out guys, what color do you think my lipstick is ? I can't decide between peach and pink!


Eyes: First I used a Colorbar navy blue pencil called Electra 04 to line my eyes. I love this pencil because it's long lasting and they come in great shades! To really make the blue pop, it's important to apply a matching eyeshadow on top to set it. For this, I used an angular brush by M.A.C #208 ( any angular brush would work). Slightly dampen the brush and dab it on the blue eyeshadow (make sure the brush is not too wet). The eyeshadow I used is a limited edition MAC mineralize eyeshadow called Blue Sheen which delivers a rich indigo blue vibrant color. It immediately adds a pop to your eyes. This is my FAVOURITE eyeshadow and I use it with kanjusy/kanjoosy (however you spell that haha!) because it's limited edition, it's not available any more. All you beauties who have attended my workshops would have definitely seen this or used this, it's my star possession! :D On my lower waterline, I applied a black kajal by Inglot (forgot to put it into the pic). To complete the look, I applied one coat of the Lakme Eyeconic Mascara.

Lips : If you've been following my blog, you must know that I love to make my own cocktail when it comes to lipsticks.  I just mix and match a couple of shades! To add softness, I used a pale bubblegum pink lip pencil by Bourjois called Rose (number 15) and applied it all over my lips. After getting a pink base, I used an orangey peach lipstick by M.A.C called Vegas Volt. Vegas Volt is a gorgeous colour but on Indian skin tone, I prefer mixing it with a warm lip pencil for it to look good!


Hope you like the look :)

Mwah!
Akriti

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Makeup Course with Celebrity Makeup Artist Cory Walia! :D


I've been in Mumbai for the last 16 days since I enrolled in Cory Walia's 2 week intensive makeup course. I finally graduated yesterday with a fun bunch of girls who I will terribly miss! :( 

 Cory Walia :)

Cory Walia and his team have taught me some amazing techniques of applying makeup and how you don't need to have the most expensive products to achieve a flawless look.. It's all about the application and blending! :)

It was so nice to be in an environment with Makeup Artists, sharing and learning tips from each other! 


Cory is such a gem of a person, he makes sure you understand the art of makeup in your own creative way! I'm so glad I did this course, sooo worth it! Now I can't wait to get back to Bridals and try out these new techniques! :)

Akriti
xxx


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

How to get rosy glowing cheeks! :)

Hey guys! I had quite a few queries on how to get that rosy glow on my cheeks when I posted this pic on my facebook page the other day.. Ofcourse, I will share with you the products that I used.. But before that, I have to admit, that lighting and camera makes a HUGE difference to any picture.




While taking this pic, I faced the morning sunlight which makes my face look bright, smooth and even.. and my iPhone camera brought out the glowy-ness! If you see me in person, you might not see the rosy glow but when you take a picture, it reflects the makeup and enhances it! The point I'm making here is that, you might not see the full effect of the makeup unless you take a picture with great lighting! So when you are applying products on your cheeks or wherever, don't go overboard, even if you can't see the highlighter you've applied on your cheeks, it will be visible on camera! :)


Left: Liquid Highlighter ; Right: Cream Blush


I picked up the NYX Cream Blush in the shade Tea Rose from Mumbai (It was from one of the Beauty Centres in Khar West). I bought it for Rs.650/- which is not bad since it's great quality and lasts for agesss! NYX is available all across the U.S, it's one of the affordable makeup brands that have great quality products! They have loads of different shades, I wanted a natural looking blush with not too much pink, so this worked for me! While buying yourself one, I suggest you to try them on first since they look different on different skin tones. To apply the cream blush, smile into the mirror and dab some on the apples of  your cheeks with your fingertips. Blend till it creates a subtle wash of color. If you have acne prone skin, avoid cream blushes!

The Benefit High Beam is a brilliant highlighter that accentuates your cheekbones and gives you a face lift. It's packaged like a nail polish, it's a beautiful pearly pink with sheen.. you just have to dot your cheekbones with it and blend with your fingers. You'll see that your skin looks fresh and dewy! A highlighter shouldn't be applied all over your cheeks, that looks a bit messy! Only on your cheekbone (below your eye socket and above the apples of you cheeks) You should feel your cheekbone with your finger and then apply the highlighter so you apply it precisely.

In the pic above, I used a teeny bit of both these products since it's for the day.. At night I would apply a tad bit more since artificial lighting at night tones down the makeup!

Thats it for now!

Have a beautiful day and keep smiling! :)

Akriti
xxx