Beaut n y O

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - THE CONTRIBUTORS - FROM THE ED­I­TOR

I am one with Gwyneth Pal­trow when she says that beauty is com­fort in your own skin. Or a kick­ass red lip­stick. Es­pe­cially the lat­ter. While red lip­stick might be my weapon of choice, every­body has their own, a fact we de­cided to cel­e­brate in our first beauty is­sue. The Harper’s Bazaar team has spent the past four months find­ing the best prod­ucts in ev­ery cat­e­gory imag­in­able, and in­side lie the re­sults from the hun­dreds tested by. The ex­tra hour added to our daily rou­tines led to ev­ery­thing from stand­out ex­pe­ri­ences to break­outs, and heated dis­cus­sions on whether our gen­er­a­tion was turn­ing it into an ob­ses­sion, a topic that led to an ex­plo­ration of beauty by Nonita Kalra in the fea­ture, ‘How much is too much?’.

I be­lieve beauty is ephemeral, and there can be lit­tle con­sen­sus about it, yet there are some peo­ple uni­ver­sally lauded as beau­ti­ful. Chi­trangda Singh is one such. The ac­tress brought a daz­zling earth­i­ness to the pub­lic fore when she de­buted on In­dian screens in Sud­hir Mishra’s Hazaaron Kh­waishein Aisi (2003). Over the last 10 years, she has es­tab­lished her­self as an ac­tor who can take on any role and ex­cel, and for her first cover for Bazaar, the In­dian in Paris set the city of lights afire. In this is­sue, we have tried to ex­plore ev­ery as­pect of beauty, and punk fits right in. Punk was a move­ment that chal­lenged beauty, in fact, con­sid­ered it anath­ema, us­ing shock to make you re­con­sider set norms. Its re­vival on the cat­walk—it’s one of fall’s strong­est trends—is a com­ment on what we con­sider beau­ti­ful now, and whether, af­ter sea­sons of pretty prints, it’s time for some tough love. I know you will find the best red lip­stick in­side, but I also hope that this is­sue makes you think a lit­tle more

about beauty. En­joy!

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