Spot the makeup!


WKND - - Get That Look When Less Is More - By anamika CHAT­TER­JEE

ast year, when Kate Mid­dle­ton made­her de­but as Vogue’s cover girl, a lot of her ar­dent fans were pleas­antly sur­prised. Trad­ing her makeup sta­ples — rosy cheeks, smoky eyes — for a more un­der­stated look made quite a few heads turn. De­scrib­ing her look, The Daily Mail noted, “Kate nor­mally favours heavy eye­liner, but Vogue makeup artist Sally Branka has per­suaded her to try softer, blended eye­shadow and a dark brown brow pen­cil. The out­come? She looks so much younger and fresher. Branka has matched this with a tawny lip­stick and warmed her com­plex­ion with a light dust­ing of bronzer. The re­sult is fresh- faced and ‘ nat­u­ral’, though a sur­pris­ing amount of cos­met­ics will have been used for this ‘ no makeup makeup’ look.”

No makeup makeup might sound like an oxy­moron, but it is a trend that is mak­ing its pres­ence felt the world over. As a con­cept, the look pri­mar­ily aims to high­light nat­u­ral fea­tures of a face by ap­ply­ing makeup that is translu­cent. The Duchess of Cam­bridge is not the first in­ter­na­tional celebrity to have sported this look, nor will she be the last. But like most trends, no makeup makeup be­came a talk­ing point af­ter the Vogue cover, much like con­tour­ing got a wider at­ten­tion af­ter Kim Kar­dashian posted pic­tures where well- de­fined strokes ac­cen­tu­ated her fea­tures.

The trend was first ob­served at the New York and Paris fash­ion weeks a few years ago, where it has now be­come com­mon to spot mod­els sashay­ing down the ramp in nude makeup. What be­gan as a trend on the ramp grad­u­ally moved to Hol­ly­wood’s most cov­eted red car­pets with A- lis­ters such as Jen­nifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Ali­cia Vikan­der, among oth- ers, sport­ing the look with élan. In Bol­ly­wood, too, lead­ing ladies such as Deepika Padukone, Ka­reena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Ka­t­rina Kaif are in­creas­ingly ex­per­i­ment­ing with the no makeup makeup look with re­sults that are noth­ing short of fab­u­lous.

As celebri­ties around the globe are in­creas­ingly em­brac­ing the no makeup makeup move­ment, one won­ders where does the UAE — the hub of new­est makeup trends — stand? The dom­i­nant trend in this part of the world has been makeup that is dra­matic and pro­nounced. Thick, neatly drawn eye­brows, elab­o­rate eye­lashes and bold eye­lin­ers are of­ten con­sid­ered in­dis­pens­able. Yas­min Hus­sain, the MD of The Lip­stick Makeup In­sti­tute that of­fers 14 dif­fer­ent cour­ses on makeup, says, “Be­cause fash­ion is chang­ing, so are makeup trends. To­day, many of our clients gen­uinely be­lieve less is more.” The best part of this trend is that it has some­thing to of­fer ev­ery skin tone. UAE- based beauty blog­ger and makeup artist Ki­ran Fa­rooq says lately she has re­ceived quite a few re­quests from Asian brides to do a no makeup makeup look for their big day. She is hope­ful that this kind of makeup will make a big­ger im­pact in days to come. “Slowly but surely, this trend is mak­ing a come­back in Dubai as well. We see women sport­ing a more nat­u­ral, glow­ing look as op­posed to the ex­tremely con­toured look we saw up un­til a few months ago. Women in the Mid­dle East are a lot more wel­com­ing to makeup trends sim­ply be­cause ‘ glam’ is a way of life here. Whether it is heavy or nat­u­ral makeup, women here like to look pol­ished even if it’s just for a quick lunch at a res­tau­rant.”

Mar­ry­ing the fine art of con­tour­ing with a ju­di­cious, not min­i­mal, use of makeup, the no makeup makeup look en­sures the prod­ucts en­hance your key fa­cial fea­tures in­stead of cov­er­ing them un­der a thick layer. “What es­sen­tially varies is the in­ten­sity of the use of makeup. For in­stance, the con­tour­ing done for a no makeup makeup is more un­der­stated. Sim­i­larly, for lip­stick, you would choose a shade that is more likely to go with your nat­u­ral lip colour,” says makeup artist Livia Redeg.

The look can be repli­cated on any skin type. But the key as­pect, as Livia points out, is to use shades that go nat­u­rally with your skin tone. “The idea is to give a fresh and young look. When you choose to go with a base shade, which is lighter than your skin tone, your skin be­gins to look ash- y. So, al­ways opt for some­thing that matches your com­plex­ion.” Re­cently, wknd. went for a tu­to­rial on achiev­ing the no makeup makeup look at The Lip­stick Makeup In­sti­tute. If you think it’s a 15- minute job, then you’re in for a sur­prise.

In the UAE, the dom­i­nant trend has been makeup that is dra­matic. Many beauty ex­perts are now re­ceiv­ing queries for a no makeup look that de­fines nat­u­ral fea­tures in­stead of cov­er­ing them

Up­per brows Try and fill th­ese with a shade lighter than your eye­shadow Lower Lids High­light with beige liner for nat­u­ral def­i­ni­tion Cheek­bone Use a light blush for a day­time look eye­brows Brush them gen­tly to give a nat­u­ral shape Cen­tre of THE Fore­head Brighten this area with a cream high­lighter Tem­ple Do light con­tour­ing here Un­der eyes Ap­ply a cor­rec­tor and use a cream high­lighter to cover the area Cupid’s bow Light con­tour­ing here Li­pline A lighter colour should line the lips

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