What do I do with my too dark and too pale lip colors?!

Even with the best sense of color makeup people do have a few unwanted pieces of lip colors! Not that it’s always a bad buy, often our choice changes, so does the trend. 90% of us admit never being able to throw away those pretty pieces. Then, what do you do with those? Remember the fabulous words “When it comes to your makeup, don’t be afraid to be an artist.”

Here are some cute ideas to use the lip colors rather than letting it sit unwanted at some corner of your makeup drawer.

Too pale for me:


  • Make a new shade of the same color family- Mix them with deeper hues of the same color family to create a new medium shade.



  • Make a complete new shade – Mix it with a darker lipstick of a different color range to create a complete new color. Don’t melt the whole lipstick at the first go since it will be a waste if you don’t like the new shade. Mix a little of the colors to see how the new color comes out. If you like it, go ahead!


Tips: You could mix an orange with a pink to create a beautiful coral lip or take a pale nude lip and add a pop of pink to make it a pinky nude.

  • As a pop color – I recommend starting with a bright or deep base shade applied all over the lips, then use the pale shade to highlight just the center of the lips. This creates a beautiful gradient and makes the lip look voluminous.
  • A new cream blush – If the color is of pink, coral, orange or brown family, dab a little on the apples of your cheek and blend well to get a flush of color.

Tips: Be careful not to use a matte lipstick for this. Start with a little lipstick and then build up in case you need to. Think of it as you would add salt or pepper to taste.

  • How about a new cream eye color? – Just like the blusher use it as an eye color. But again, be light handed in the beginning.


  • To lighten too-dark shades – Pale colors mixed with a too-dark shade can give you a lovely medium shade. That way, two unused lipsticks, one “too pale” and another “too dark”, comes to use.
  • Create ombre lips – Take a dark lip liner, line your lips till mid region of your lip. Apply the pale lipstick at the center of the lips. With a lip brush gradually blend the transition of the dark and pale to create beautiful ombre lips. The hot ombre lips will make a statement wherever you go!


Too deep for me:

Unless you want a stunning look for autumn or winter or a fan of Goth lips, too dark shades are a bit difficult to wear.

too dark

  • Light it out the shade- Dab a peachy-nude the center of your lips and blend the edges with your fingertips or brush to mix the colors together. If your concealer is peach-hued, you can use that, too.
  • Gloss over – Try using a shimmery lip gloss over the dark color. The shimmer in the gloss will reflect the light, making the color overall appear lighter.
  • Use as a lip stain – Apply your dark lipstick generously and then after a couple of minutes with a tissue, dab away most of it. The color that remains on your lips is light, natural and pretty long lasting. You can even set it with a setting powder to make it more matte. Another way to use dark lipstick as stain is to tap some color on your fingertip and tap the color on your lips till you get suitable finish and color.
  • Try creating ombre lips – One of the hottest trends of lip makeup. Start with the deep shade as a base applied all over the lips and then use a light shade to the center of the lips. Make sure to blend the transition area to create an awesome effect.
  • Use it as a lip liner – If your dark lipstick is matte or have a long-lasting formula, use the sharp edges of the stick to line lips.
  • Make tinted lip balm – Melt a little of your dark lipstick with shea butter or petroleum jelly or any transparent lip balm of your choice to make a nice tinted lip balm. Store it in small containers to make a lovely palette.

lip balm

  • For smokey eyes – Dark shades like garnet, plum, chocolate can double up as a creamy eye shadow for your eyes. Just be careful to use a good eye shadow primer to avoid clumping or creasing. And, also, use a moderate amount.
  • Make your signature eyeliner shade – Seriously! I jumped around for whole 15 minutes when I tried this. Add eye pencils and gel eyeliners into lip products to get signature hues. Mix them together on the back of your hand using a lip brush to create a velvety texture. Start small and build. I mixed a maroon lipstick with a little brown gel liner to an unbelievable shade.

lipstick as eyeliner


  • Use directly as an eye liner – Use an eyelinerbrush and bury it into the lipstick so that you make a little divot in the bullet. Line your top lid, staying close to the lash line, and extend up and outward to your brow. Connect the outer corner and drag in the color across your lower lash line as well. Liquid lip colors make the task even easier!

lipstick as eyeliner 2

Hope you lovlies liked the tips! Let me know your ways to use dark and pale lipsticks.


Say “Goodbye” and save money!

 What if you can save a good few bucks from your makeup budget? Here is a simple guide to bid goodbye to a few products we can absolutely do away with. Psst! I have tried and never ever went back to buy these.

  • Goodbye Waterproof Makeup removers

Nothing will work better and faster than coconut oil. And don’t forget the nourishing benefit you get from it. Take generous amount of oil, massage and let it loosen the makeup for about t minute. Clean off with a good cleanser.

Take care to choose pure virgin coconut oil for best benefits. While you massage avoid letting it into your eyes. And last, but not the least, double cleanse with a cleanser or face wash. No matter how well you wipe, traces of oil mixed with makeup might stay back doing harm to your skin.


  • Goodbye Strobing Powders

Do you have a good highlighting eyeshadow that compliments your skin tone? Or universal shades like, champagne or neutral gold? Then you already have something which can be used for strobing. Apply the powder carefully and strategically on the areas and be the glowing Goddess.

that glow

  • Goodbye eyebrow gels

Use a disposable mascara wand or a soft toothbrush, spray a good hairspray on it and set your brows. Easy and effective.

  • Goodbye cheek stains

Dab a nice sheer lip color on the apples of the cheek and dab with a finger or damp makeup sponge to blend well. An absolute favorite for the frequent travelers.

  • Goodbye contour powder

A nice matte brown eye shadow that is just 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone is perfect for contouring. Make sure that it is of your skin tone and avoid muddy or too dark shades.


  • Goodbye lash primers

We’re all for thick, voluminous lashes, but between your eyelash curler and a good volumizing mascara, you’re more than covered.

  • Goodbye lip exfoliators

Dry flaky lips? Dab generous amount of Vaseline or oil or lip balm, go around to do some other work. Use a soft washcloth or soft tooth brush to scrub away the softened dead skin and you are good to go. Easiest way is to dab lot of balm when you go to bed and scrub away in the morning while cleaning face! No extra time or money to have petal-soft lips throughout the day.

  • Goodbye volumizing lip gloss

Shimmery glosses, lining lips, using concealer around lips, so many are the ways to fake a fuller pout. If you still want to add some more volume to your lips scrub your lips gently, dab some peppermint oil. Wait for 5 minutes, dab and repeat the oil. Repeat this for 3-4 times. Full pout is all yours. This process might cause little tingling effect as the lips skin is quite sensitive compared to skin of body. You can substitute this with cinnamon oil.

  • Goodbye eyebrow powder

A matte brown eye shadow that matches the color of your natural eyebrow hairs and a eyebrow or angled brush. This is all you need to fill your eyebrows like a pro. Set it with hairspray! If you want two shades to create a natural gradient of color, use two shades of the same family. Remember to choose a matte shade unless you want the fancy glittery eyebrows that are trending everywhere now a days.

Let me know some more tips to streamline the makeup stash and say hello to more space and more money!

Secrets of building basic makeup kit

“What does a woman need in her makeup kit?” This one of the most-Googled beauty questions of all times!

When the market is overflowing with thousands of products being launched every month, how does a woman decide what are the basics to stock?

Most of the woman, whom I get to talk in my sessions are very scared of makeup because they are confused and lost, if not alarmed with the variety of products. They just don’t know where to start. No matter what the internet says, unless you are a makeup artist or a makeup enthusiast, you don’t need a trunkful of products, period.

The quality and color selection according to your skin tone is a more important factor than number of products you “should” buy. By quality, I don’t emphasize on buying very high end brands; the drugstore has a good stock. Your wise selection is all that counts.

Now, on the trail.


Even if you are not a heavy-makeup person and love to keep your look natural, unless you have a flawless skin, you need foundation! Don’t worry about looking cakey. If you choose the color and texture correctly, a foundation will never ever make you cakey. It will even out your complexion and make your skin flawless.


For a complete guide on how to choose foundation according to your need,

All foundation worries, finally, settled!


Tips: If foundation feels too heavy for you, a tinted moisturizer, and BB and CC creams are lighter options that are great for every day.

The lucky 13 tips on foundation that most of us don’t know!



I am sure to have invited quite few eye-rolls with this. Yes, even if you think you can do without a foundation, a concealer is a must. The under eye area, the minor spots, marks, sits, redness, hyperpigmentation everything needs a concealer.

Even on days when you want to skip the foundation, you just use concealer with your tinted moisturizer, and BB and CC creams and go.

Mostly, our under eye area needs a specific concealer according to need.

Best tips for choosing under-eye concealer!



Many of my dear ladies shriek in horror when I say this. No beauties, a blusher doesn’t make you clownish. A perfect blush for your skin tone is a must-have all year round. The right shade will instantly brighten up your face and accentuate facial features. It might take you a little work to find the right color, formula and that doesn’t leave you looking over made up. If your skin is more oily or acne-prone, go for a light, mineral blush that will let your skin breathe. If your skin is dry, cream blush will give a lovely color without making you cakey.

Blushes with a light iridescent sheen creates a lovely highlighted flush on your cheeks.

Some tips on choosing the color.

 blush fair

blush medium

blush dark

Nude/Neutral eye shadow palette

An eyeshadow palette with beiges, tans, taupe, browns, greys in it will have you set for the lifetime. You can go from a natural, everyday look to a glamorous smokey eye with just one palette.

See, the remarkable difference neutral eye shadows can bring when used with basic eyeliner and mascara.


An eyeliner/eye pencil

Even the least-makeup person uses this. Black and brown are the eternally flattering colours to match all your needs. You might think you need a black liner only, but dark brown is more wearable for every day, more so, if you are fair-toned. Depending on your skill level and preference, you can go for a pencil, or a liquid liner.

Tips: Smudge the liner for a pretty, brown smokey eye look, or layer it on thick for a mod style.


This again is a scary piece for many. Many have expressed concerned about poking eyes, smudging or creating a mess. Yes, it takes a little practice to perfect the application technique but once you know how to apply, you can’t ignore it ever. Cause? It lifts your eyes, makes them larger, more prominent, darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define the eyelashes. The overall effect lifts the entire look.

Tips: If you have porcelain in complexion, you can try brown instead of black. This creates a pleasant and natural effect.



The love of womankind! Yes, most of us have enough of these to swim in. But if you ask me, what is the bare minimum or basic color range? Here it goes

  • A Your-Lips-but-Better Color: For a natural look or to balance a dramatic eye makeup, a color just a few shades deeper or brighter than your actual lip color is ideal. These colors contain mauve or pink undertones. A great way to find your perfect shade is by matching it to the inside of your lip! The difference between this color and a standard nude is that this one should be slightly more pigmented and look “natural” rather than muted or washed out.
Politely Pink

MAC Politely Pink

  • A Nude/light Brown: For a muted effect when you want to go absolutely natural or is sporting a heavy eye makeup one should have a brown nude that doesn’t wash out complexions. You can top it with a clear or pearly gloss for an added effect.


 Get your perfect nude lipstick!


  • A nice Pink: Packs a powerful punch without being loud.

MAC Silly

  • A subtle Rose: A versatile shade. Creamy with no shimmer, this brownish-rose serves as a great neutral lip color for all skin tones. This might double up as your A Your-Lips-but-Better Color.

MAC Plumful

  • A Berry or Plum: A berry or plum lipstick is versatile. Though the deeper shades are intimidating, it’s hard to go wrong with rich reddish and purplish shades, because they’re super-flattering and mimic the skin’s natural “flush.” Magenta tinged-plum is a universally flattering shade, no matter what your undertone.
  • A comfortable red: My use of the word “comfortable” is conscious. Red seems to be quite daunting or too-bold-for-my-choice for many. But it has different shades, right from subtle or muted to bold or fiery. Try a range of color and choose the one that you are comfortable in.

This article is particularly helpful for choosing lipstick:

This knowledge can entirely change the way you dress and make up


This is mostly the basic to cover the needs of a minimal-makeup person. For makeup enthusiasts, there are different higher levels when numerous other products, tools and application techniques are adopted.

Readers! Is there anything you think I missed? Would love to hear those from you!






Best tips to make your hooded eyes stand out

How do I know if I have hooded eyes?

Hooded eyes feature excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the lash line, which fully or partially obscures your crease. Many of us have this eye shape from birth, but it could also be the result of your lid drooping with age.

The Secret to Perfect Eye Makeup according to your Eye Shape



Problems faced with hooded eyes and Makeup tips to tackle it:

Though it is one of the most common eye shape, typically this eye shape features a shrink in the eyelid area and can make you look drowsy.

The makeup techniques for typical, almond-shape eyes don’t always work for hooded eyes. The key is learning how to select and use the eye makeup that will make your eyes look wider and more awake.

Here are the winner tips!

Problem 1: Tired-looking eyes

Lack of lid space can close in hooded eyes, making you appear tired. Strategically placed highlighter can help you with this.

Technique: Blend a champagne (or similar shimmery shadow) in the inner corner of your eyes and across your lid, bringing the shade up toward your brow bone. Be generous with the shade at the inner corners to bring light and create an illusion of space to that area. Apply a little on your lower lash line as well. Add a few coats of lengthening mascara to your top and bottom lashes to help open up and define your eyes.

probem 1

Problem 2: Downturned look

To balance the downturned look of hooded eyes, you need to extend and lift the liner on the upper lid a bit higher than you normally do, creating a cat eye.

Technique: Gently pull the skin of your lid up to give you a little space to work with. Run the liner in a fine line along your lashes, stopping a few millimeters from the outer corner of your eye. Hold the lid up for a few seconds to let the liner dry so it doesn’t leave a mark on your lids. Release, and then flick the liner up toward the tail of your brow, starting where you stopped your line earlier. Finish with a coat of mascara.

Tips: Keep the wing short for a subtle lift, or lengthen it for a more feline effect.

probem 2

Problem 3: Perfect smoky eyes

Smoky eyes are especially tricky for people with hooded eyes. Hooded lids hides the shadow, so you’ll need to apply it slightly above the lid to create a crease where there isn’t one naturally. Top off the look with thick coats of mascara, particularly at the outer lashes to open your eyes way up.

Technique: Blend a medium-toned brown shade onto your lid, and look straight ahead into a mirror. With your eyes open, you’ll be able to see when the shadow starts to become visible. Blend the brown shade up past your socket, up towards your brow bone area. This technique contours your socket into looking like a crease, lending a defined vibe to your look.

Next step, blend the same shadow along your bottom lash line. Rim your water line and upper lash line with a black/deep grey/deep brown liner, and use a light champagne shadow to highlight just the inner corners of your eyes to avoid your eyes looking closed-in. Finish the look with mascara on your top and bottom lashes.

probem 3

The must-follow tips:

  • Accentuate the natural crease of your eyes – To repress the droopiness of hooded eyes, it is tremendously important to work on the natural crease. The result is an open appearance of your eyes. Apply make up to the closed eye, start from the outer side and work towards the inner side.


  • Only use smudge-proof eyeliner and mascara- Due to hooding, there is a higher chance of the eyeliner and mascara to be smudged. So, smudge-proof products are the safe bait.
  • Arch your eyebrows upwards – This will make your eyes look much bigger and will give you that perfect arch that is essential for balancing the drooping lids.
  • Don’t be afraid to liner lower lash – It makes hooded eyes more prominent.
  • Curl Lashes For Hooded Eyes – This opens up the eyes and counteracts the droopy effect of the hooded eyes.
  • Choose the right kind of fake lashes – Hooded eyes makes it very difficult to have full or long fake eye lashes because the long fake eye lash almost reaches the brow and makes the eyes overdone. The solution is to trim them according to your eyes or face. Another cool trick is to use individual lashes more towards the outer corner of the eyes; this creates the pretty effect without overwhelming the eyes or the makeup.

The best looks for hooded eyes

Whether you want to appear more bright-eyed for your day or bring the drama for a night look, here are some of the best tried and tested makeup looks for the hooded-eyed beauties!

Look 1 – Shimmery natural day-time look:

A subtle gleam and thin liner create a pretty, refreshing effect, perfect for work or low-key makeup looks. Shimmery eye makeup wakes up this eye shape by creating the illusion of light where there is usually darkness.

Technique: Select a champagne or beige frosted shadow and blend it across the lid and above the socket. Dust a little into the inner corners of your eyes to catch the light. Next, use a liner to draw a very thin line across the upper lash line, thickening it a bit towards the outer corner of your eye. You can give it a little upward flick, as mentioned before, to create an uplifting effect. Be very careful not to overdo the effect. End with generous coats of mascara, leaving your bottom lash line bare if you wish. An alternate to bare bottom lashes is gliding a brown pencil lightly for a naturally defined look.

Tip: Add a little shimmery base shadow below the tail of your brow to lift your eye and make it look more upturned.

look 1

Look 2 – Understated Cat Eyes:

A subtle cat eye lets you rock the look without being over dramatic.

Technique: Take a pencil liner and trace around your upper and lower lash lines, keeping the line thinner towards the inner corner. Extend the upper line into a slight wing, just a little past your eye. Connect the wing to the lower lash liner. You can color waterlines with the pencil, top and bottom. Add a touch of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them up and Finish with a coat of mascara.

Tip: You can line all around your eyes and waterlines if they’re hooded, as long as you extend the wing slightly beyond your lashes to keep them looking open.

look 2

Look 3 – Dramatic Cat Eyes:

Ideal for a glam night or to turn head with edginess. A striking cat eye compliments hooded eyes by lengthening and lifting them.

Technique: Get the most out of on the lower lash line area, since the upper lid’s space is less. Take a pencil liner and make a thin line along your top lash line, stopping at the outer corner of your eye.

Line your bottom water line, following the curve of your lower waterline up and out, into a strong wing. Curl your lashes and add coats of mascara.

look 3

For lots of tips on hooded eye makeup, you can watch:



Hope you find the article informative. Don’t forget to add tips and observations under comments.

25 beauty rules ready to be tossed away!

Here are 25 beauty rules ready to be tossed away!

  • Wearing makeup every day is bad for your skin.Wearing makeup consistently won’t actually make your skin worse. While wearing layers of heavy makeup daily for long hours might not be very good for the skin of our face since it can clog pore but the real culprit of skin damage is not cleaning your makeup properly.


  • Only apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.Makeup artists recommend blush wherever you would naturally flush. For most of us, that means a bit on cheeks, across the bridge of your nose, just a touch on your forehead and yes, a lightest dusting on the ears if you are light complexioned.
  • Don’t use frosted lipstick: if paired wisely with bronzer and lightly defined eyes, frosted pink lipstick finishes a look well. Light frosts in nude or natural color gives polished finish.
  • White eyeliner brightens up your eyes: Don’t break this rule but just change it because the rule works. But we have started to realize that nude eyeliner is even better. A light frosty nude even creates a lovely natural sheen on the waterline.


  • Use highlighter only on your cheekbones: Break the rule and dust it wherever it’s natural for your face to get light and glow. That means ideally the areas to highlight are, the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, under the brow bone, inner corner of the eyes, cupid’s bow, center of forehead and chin.
Recommended reading:

Why my highlighter does not give me “that awesome” glow?!


  •  Concealer should be slightly lighter than skin: Instead, try one that’s just your skin color but more intensely pigmented that your foundation. Lighter concealer actually just draws more attention to the blemish, and that’s the opposite of what we want. If still see a dark impression after layer your concealer properly, try color-correctors like green for redness, orange or salmon for bluish tint under the eyes.
  • The same concealer always works for acne, blemishes and under eyes: It might but it doesn’t for most. Mostly, the under eye area had different concern than your other blemishes. First comes the color mismatch, the bluish or purplish dark circles under or around eyes is a different issue than reddish acne or rosacea, so you need different for each problem. Next is the formula. The skin around our eyes are not the same as face.
Don’t miss:

Best tips for choosing under-eye concealer!


  •  Don’t wear eyeliner or mascara on bottom lashes: The older theory suggest that dark eyeliner or mascara on the bottom lash line can age a face, make eye appear smaller and can form dark shadows under the eyes. Unless you have unusually small or very deep-set eyes or very puffy under eyes , this rule is meant to be broken immediately. Some even claim that it drags your eyes down, but it all depends on what kind of look you’re going for.

When applied properly (I mean, the right product, right color and without smearing), it creates an awesome effect to highlight your eyes. Invest in a good mascara and liner that won’t smudge or run. If pencil or liquid eyeliner looks too stark, go with a powder lining instead.

undereye shadow

  • Fake Eyelashes Are For Night: Fake lashes were once reserved for high glam showgirls mostly because falsies long ago, used to be too long, dense and heavy. They were absolutely not suitable for day wear.

But now with the hundreds of varieties of improved quality lashes, indulge anytime. To get a more natural look, try strips with well-spaced lashes, or glue individual lashes at your outer corners only.

  • Highlighting goes hand in hand with contouring: No, you can highlight even without contouring. If you know “strobing”, you already know how to highlight without contouring. But even without a proper strobing often just a subtle highlight only creates a naturally glowing look. This is my favorite process when in a hurry or need to look absolutely natural. Dust your highlighter lightly on the right areas and people with notice you glow.

highlighter gradient

  • If you are cool-toned your makeup should be strictly so and vice versa: yes, understanding warm and cool tone is really most important when you’re picking foundation and concealer. But in terms of which eyeshadow, blush and lipstick hues, you can bend the rules. I don’t suggest you to go extreme but a slight variation or going neutral at times help you to move out of the color rut.
 This knowledge can entirely change the way you dress and make up


  • One makeup primer is enough: If you are blessed to have no major issues, a single primer is good enough for face but would suggest a separate primer for eyes. But if you have to combat a few issues or want different result in different parts of the face, localized priming with different products is the option.

Does this sound tiring? But the result is worth the hard work. Example, if you have open pores and redness in some parts of the face, it’s best to color correct your face with a color-correcting primer and then layering the pore-minimizing primer. In addition to these color-correcting primers, there are other primers designed to help with specific concerns, like sometimes when my skin is dry or patchy at certain areas, I dab a very small amount Nourishing Primer on my cheeks before my usual primer.

 The complete guide to get the best makeup primer for you


  • Powder only after foundation: You can throw the rule out the window and for an airbrushed finish, apply your powder before your foundation. A light dusting of your finest setting powder under liquid foundation will actually grab the liquid resulting in more pigmented, fuller coverage. If your preference of finish is matte, then you’ll absolutely love the powder-foundation-powder technique. Makeup Guru Wayne Goss shows you the technique.


  • Only use lip liner only to your lips: The name suggests so but this product has come up with more useful functions. You can fill your lips with the liner and then apply lip color for a long-staying vibrant effect. Again, to alter the lip shape for a gorgeous effect, nothing better than lip liners.
  • Steer clear of blue eye shadows: Yes, compared to the neutrals or plums, they are harder to carry. For fairer complexion, sheer pastel with hint of grey is the best choice. Olive or tan complexions can carry the jeweled tones well. if you have blue eyes, stay clear of exact match with the iris but choose lighter or darker shades for a nice pastel.
  • You cannot wear bold lips with smoky eyes: Heavy lids and bright lips can look intimidating. But that doesn’t mean you can wear nude or natural lips only. The key word is “balance”. In case you want to wear bold lips with smoky eyes, stay away from pure black shadow or extreme smoky effect. Indulge in the greys, brown blending gradually to neutral colors towards the brows to lessen intensity.

red lips

  • Makeup brushes have strictly specific function: Yes, most of the brushes have a very specific function but like all makeup rules it can be bent according to need! Blending brushes can multitask easily in any part of the face; it can be used for highlighting small areas. The setting brush can help to dust glitter or shimmer and can help to highlight. A powder brush can be pinched to create nice contour brush. There are just few to mention. Let the makeup-guru in you take a leap and go ahead to experiment with all.
  • Hairspray is just for hair: You can almost do away with eyebrow gel. Spray a bit of hairspray onto a toothbrush, or spoolie and then swipe it over brows for a long-lasting hold.
  • Hair needs a trim every six to eight weeks:If you have bangs to be maintained at a particular length or are trying to grow a cut out, or have got split, damaged or thinning ends, this might be true but, otherwise, there’s no real need for such frequent or strict haircuts. It really depends on the requirement.
  • Got oily skin? Stay away from facial oils: On the contrary, facial oils mildly dissolve the oily debris that clog pore and help to remove them. Logically speaking, oil dissolves oil better than water or anything mixed with water. Isn’t it? Numerous brands are launching facial oils every day. They clean and moisturize oily skin very well. Even the regular old jojoba oil will do the moisturizing trick without clogging pores. Make sure you clean face well after using oil.
  • Coconut oil is just for the kitchen: Coconut oil pulls additional duty as a body moisturizer and hair mask. You can leave it on half an hour before showering for a deep conditioning treatment, or rub some in after showering for soft skin. Might not be very suitable for face in case you have oily or sensitive skin as some dermatologists say it’s comedogenic.
  • One suitable shampoo is good for your full hair care: This again might be good for many but not all. When you shampoo your hair, you wash your scalp and the entire length of hair. For many, these two parts have different concern. Say for me, my scalp is extremely oily and a dirt magnet while the tips of the long strands are dry. If I use a shampoo which cleanses my roots well it dries my strands and moisturizing shampoos leave a sticky feel at the roots. Solution? Two shampoos according to zone and viola! Perfectly clean and moisturized silky locks. The issues might be different but judge and if required don’t be afraid to combine products for best results.
  • If you only use hot tools on your hair once in a while, you don’t need heat protectant spray: Regardless of how often you use heat styling tools on your hair, you should be using a heat protectant spray each time.
  • Natural or herbal ingredients are always safe; you can use without testing: Natural ingredients have a host of benefits, and because they’re not synthetic. Ideally, they should be easier on your skin, or so you might think. But, certain natural ingredients and essential oils can trigger reactions when used on sensitive skin. Some of the most common oils that can cause irritation include clove, peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, and tea tree oil (OMG!). If you’re going to go natural, study the ingredients well and do a testing before use.
  • Only a curler is required to curl hair: You can curl your hair with a flatiron. Take a one- or two-inch section and begin to pull it through your straightener. Once you get to about ear-level, flip the iron in the opposite direction by twisting your wrist so the strand is wrapping around the edge of the iron, and continue to pull it through the ends. This creates cool, bendy waves instead of barrel curls.

Let me know about any beauty rule/s that you have done away for good. Would love to see the list growing!


Decoded: All MAC lipstick finishes and textures

MAC lipsticks are all about color and texture. While most people probably pick lipstick shades because they find a color suitable, most MAC lipstick lovers find themselves selecting MAC lipsticks according to their formula and finish along with color. I, personally, have formula preferences. The finish, texture, lasting power and colour opacity of MAC lipsticks can vary quite considerably between different formulas.

Here is a complete guide to understand and choose MAC lipstick texture and finishes. Enjoy!


True to the claim the MAC Matte lipsticks are matte, completely opaque with mind-blowing high pigmentation, lasting power and coverage. The only con is that they are drying, both whilst on the lips and afterwards. So, if you are a matte lover, you need to strike up a friendship with a good lip balm. Alot of the matte shades are varying shades of red also (Russian Red, Ruby Woo).

Staying power: These last about 4-5 hours on most. These tend to fade out rather than disappear in patches off the lips.

Few of the most popular of this line:  Chili, Dangerous, Runway Hit, Steady Going, Matte Royal, Instigator, Antique Velvet and Stone, Studded Kiss, Persistence, Whirl, Naturally Transformed, Men Love Mystery, D for Danger and Pink Pigeon


Retro Matte 

Very similar to the matte formula, but the formula is more matte and more drying on the lips. You have to tug on your lips a bit to apply these, but the pigmentation and the finish are OMG, gorgeous! You definitely need to exfoliate and moisturize your lip to saturation to ensure perfect application and stay. Some find this range as one of the trickiest to work with.

Staying power: These last more than 4-5 hours.

Few of the most popular of this line:  Ruby Woo, Relentlessly Red, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up.


Amplified/Amplified Crème

The Amplified line comprises of mostly bright, popping colours, as suggested by the name and some of the colours are particularly vivid (say, Impassioned).

These have the pigmentation is rich like a matte lipstick and dry to a semi- matte finish, and give full color on their first swipe. They are quite creamy and hydrating. They do not parch your lips like some other MAC lipsticks, like Retro Mattes do.

Staying power: Lasts about 3 to 4 hours (depending on skin condition, application technique, meals etc) before you need to reapply.

For Amplified cream, because of the glossiness, the wear-time might not be long, with a tendency to feathering or bleeding over the lip line. I suggest using a good lip liner with these.

Few of the most popular of this line: Girl About Town, Impassioned, Vegas Volt, Brick-O-La And Dubonnet, Chatterbox, Show Orchid, Morange, Craving, Fast Play



Good colour payoff with medium to high frosted shimmer-to-shine finish. These can appear metallic/shimmery/iridescent on the lips. Some of these are a bit drying. The pigmentation can be quite hit or miss. The finish varies from some very frosty to just shimmery sheen.

Few of the most popular of this line: Angel, Coconutty, Delish, Eden Rocks, Bronze Shimmer, Frenzy, Jist



These lipsticks are super soft and creamy and have a finish on the lips which is somewhat like a creamy gloss. These are not as pigmented as the Amplified or Matte ones but still fairly full-coverage. The Cremesheen formula comes in many neutral shades and that’s probably a reason of this being one of MAC’s most popular lipstick finishes. These are definitely amongst the most comfortable lipsticks to wear because they feel quite moisturizing for the lips.

Staying power: I also find that they only last about two hours before they need to be touched up.

Few of the most popular of this line: Shy Girl, Crème d’ Nude, Crème Cup, and Lickable


Cremesheen Pearl

As the name suggests, these lipsticks’ formula and finish is the same as the Creamsheen, but with a bit of frostiness throughout. They feel very similar to the regular Cremesheens, but are a little less pigmented and creamy.

Few of the most popular of this line: Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl Pop


The Satin finishes are quite matte like the Matte formula, but with a bit of added sheen and a little less drying on the lips.  They give a pretty opaque coverage. These, kind of, have a matte finish with a slight hint of shine/shimmer- but only very slightly. Do make sure that the lips are well moisturized because these can be a little unforgiving for the drier lips. They are creamier than the Matte line but not as creamy as Cremesheen range.

Staying power: They wear for about 5 hours

Few of the most popular of this line: Rebel, MAC Red, Myth, and Snob



These are not very pigmented, and probably the most sheer of all MAC lipsticks. It provides the most natural finish, while looking glossy. They give a finish like a lip gloss than a lipstick, in my opinion.

Staying power: They are also not that long lasting- I would get about two hours maximum wear out of this.

Few of the most popular of this line: Hue and Pervette



This formula gives sheer coverage, with a sheen. The finish is very similar to the Glaze line, but with a bit more coverage and buildable color coverage. They are glossy, so they are not the most long-wearing. They are very comfortable to wear on the lips.

Staying power: Because of the creaminess, you can get about 1-2 hours of wear.

Few of the most popular of this line: Plink, Syrup, Hug Me, Jubilee, and Patisserie.


Beyond standard finishes, there are,

Pro Longwear Lipcreme: The finish is uniquely intermediate between matte and glossy. MAC claims the staying power of the lipstick to be around 12 hours. I find that it lasts an impressive 8 hours with minimal fading and no trace of feathering. In spite of being long-wearing, they are not very drying.


Sheen Supreme: They have the color pay-off of a lipstick, but are very glossy like a lipstick. They wear about a good 3 hours. The lighter shades will wear for less. Some complain that the lighter colors tend to settle into lines on the lips. They are very comfortable to wear as they are moisturizing. Despite being glossy, they are not sticky on the lips.


Mineralize Rich: This formula really is fantastic. This line boasts a formula comprised of 77 different minerals. It is a very rich and creamy lipstick formula, even creamier than the Cremesheen formula. The color glides on opaquely, but still gives a nice sheen. They are extremely comfortable to wear and last for about 3 hours.


Mattene: These lipsticks are creamy to apply and comfortable to wear. They give completely opaque coverage. They last for an impressive 4 hours before they even begin to fade. Mattene lipsticks are not a permanent product for MAC (big sigh!), but are released with limited edition collections from time to time.


Dazzle: This contains micro-glitter to the maximum effect. For an analogy, think Dazzleglass but in lipstick form! The formula isn’t gritty, but there is a noticeable texture of glitter. They are very glittery, shimmering, and dazzling. The effect may be too much for some to wear alone.  Though MAC claims this to be long-lasting the glitter stays on for longer but the base color fades.


Lip Treatment: Not really a lip colour though. This is Colour-free, texture-free. This care product provides natural healthy-looking lips.

What is/are your favorite finish/es? Don’t forget to share.

Why my highlighter does not give me “that awesome” glow?!

Why my highlighter does not give me “that awesome” glow?!

that glow

The world, today, is crazy for the dewy, luminous skin that looks fresh and healthy. Most of us have hoarded enough key brightening products and highlighters to ensure that your face will glow more than JLo on the red carpet, raked through all vblogs…. But it is still elusive!

Yep! A very common concern, I come across. Let’s ask you the questions and get the right answers!

A little bit of theory that needs to go!

What is a highlighter? Why do we use it?

A highlighter contains very tiny flecks of pearly material that glow like healthy skin when the light strikes them. Although other shimmering creams and powders have been popular in the past, highlighters are not quite the same as older frosted products; they have a much subtler finish. The overall effect of highlighting the face should be one of dewy, smooth skin rather than a frosted or metallic shine.

Healthy skin has a radiance to it that sometimes gets hidden beneath foundation and concealer. Highlighter restores that luminous look with a subtle gleam that gives the skin a smooth, soft and airbrushed finish. When used at the right areas of the face, they also emphasize facial contours creating greater balance and symmetry through a few clever optical illusions. We use highlighter to make cheekbones more prominent, refine the nose, and make eyes look luminous.

Which areas of the face, we need to highlight?

Use it right on the bits of the face the light hits your face naturally and you want to draw attention to.

There are a few key points to highlight on the face and generally these are the areas where the sun would naturally hit which are:

  • The top of the cheekbones – a layer a glimmering product with your blush to create a rosy glow on the apples of your cheeks.
  • Bridge of the nose – a swipe an illuminating product down the bridge of the nose to bring all the attention to the middle of your face.
  • Under the brow bone – This emphasizes the shape and detracts from any stray hairs.
  • Near the eyes – A favorite place for makeup artists to highlight is the inner corner of the eyes. Not only does a dab of highlighter there illuminate the eyes, it also minimizes under-eye circles.
  • Cupids bow – to give your lips a fuller appearance.
  • Center of forehead – To create a pleasant curvature to the face. Mimic a light-kissed look by applying highlighter in the center of your forehead. Then lightly brush outward to diffuse the product.
  • Chin: Heighten your faux glow with a touch of highlighter on the middle of your chin, and blend in a soft circular motion.

Some less common but still often used places to highlight the face

  • Makeup artists sometimes apply a dab of highlighter just above the iris to add more dimension to the eyelids.
  • Underneath the outer corner of the eyes & lips, the inner corner of the eye, to make eyes appear larger and to minimize the appearance of dark circles.
  • On either side of the nose just above the nostrils.

The image below is an easy guide to effectively recognize the areas that ideally has to be brought up or highlighted.

 areasaraes 1

Word of caution: Stay far away from highlighting problem areas like pimples, puffy skin or anywhere where you have wrinkle or deep folds as highlighting will bring unwanted attention to these not-so-flattering features.

Quick tip: A common technique used to give light to the face is to mix a pea sized amount of illuminator/light liquid or cream highlighter with a foundation or tinted moisturizer for a elegant all over healthy glow.

Now, let’s try to get into the real issue! Why even the best of the highlighters doesn’t are not giving you the expected result?!!

Question to you!

Is your skin healthy and smooth?

80% of the battle is won if your skin is good! So sad, there’s no way around it. The luminous skin effect is difficult to fake, if the canvas isn’t smooth! You can’t just dust on shimmer powder and hope for the best. Because what’s really beautiful about dewy skin is that it is a natural glow that looks like it’s coming from within your complexion, not on top.

Sounds discouraging? Please don’t be. Luckily, this isn’t that hard to do. The key is good nutrition, dedicated skin care and you are set!! Your skin is constantly craving good nutrition and care; so if you give it the right mix it, your skin will give a helluva reason to thank for.

Nutrition: Eat healthy. Nothing can beat good nutrition. The mirror will tell you.

Browse through the following for most of the knowhow you would need about diets for great skin.

“Superfood for skin, hair, nails”


“Young skin, forever!”


Regular care: You just cannot avoid this if you want your skin to remain problem-free. Even if you are not wearing any makeup, your face is what the world sees! Keep the daily regimen simple with usual Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing with suitable products. Preferably, at or after mid-twenties you can start with serums and eye creams. But whatever steps you follow, do follow religiously; sporadic care will not help in the long run. It’s like, if you gorge once a week, you remain hungry for the rest of the time!

A quick read that might help you!

“7-step plan to revive tired and neglected facial skin”


Exfoliate: There is plenty of choice according to your need, a peel, scrub, or glycolic-infused cleanser. Nothing helps to restructure your skin to smoothness like sloughing off dead skin cells. Try to exfoliate in one way or another at least twice a week to keep your complexion looking fresh. Please don’t go overboard to the extent that it irritates or damages; be gentle but be regular.

“Choosing a suitable face scrub – For oily and combination skin”


Hydration, inside, out: Your skin craves moisture, and not only topically. Drink enough water to keep it hydrated from inside and of course keep applying moisturizers on your skin regularly.

Face mists are just excellent to keep your skin thoroughly hydrated throughout the day, no matter where you are.

“Face mist – Why? and How?”


Posts to help you to keep hydrated from inside:

“Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water”


“Real sneaky tricks to ways to make you drink more water”


 Remove heavy fuzz: Soft fuzz on your skin looks very natural and also gives a nice velvety finish to the skin. But not that all of us are so lucky; heredity, ailments, improper grooming often leaves pretty noticeable fuzz on our facial skin. Remove them to create a soft and smooth canvas for your makeup. Options are galore; shaving, waxing, threading, laser.

Some more posts to keep your skin, just, enviable!!

“Did you know about these 5 mistakes that are ruining your skin?”


“4 absolute easy habits to keep patchy skin away!”


“Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!”


“6 facts about oily skin that will change your life!”


 Are you choosing the right formula of highlighter?

Highlighters are in a variety of different formulas. Choose according to your skin and requirement.

  • Liquid Highlighter

Highlighters in liquid form are the easiest to blend and cover. Liquids can also be mixed with moisturizer to create a subtle shine or with matte foundation to give it a dewy finish. Used alone over bare skin, liquid highlighter counteracts dullness; over foundation, positioned correctly, it adds dimension. This formula is great for dry or mature skin.

Oily skinned beauties should choose this with little caution. Moreover, if you are using powder foundation or very strongly matte base; this type of highlighter will pose a little bit of a problem when it comes to blending.

  • Cream Highlighter

Cream highlighters are generally more strongly pigmented and shimmering than liquid highlighters. These concentrated formulas also have more staying power. They are easy to apply and blend, but beware; they are concentrated that it is also easy to overdo them. Makeup artists recommend working with cream and stick highlighters a layer at a time, start with less, build up if required.

Creams are a good choice for highlighting near the eyes because these thicker blends stay where they are applied instead of fading over time.

A secret: Often, the professional perfection of highlighting is not achieved by one product only. A gradient of highlights is created with a judicious blend of the sheerest layer covering the widest area going on to layering more concentrated highlighting to the spot you want the shine to concentrate. Cream highlights can be used to that point where you want the highest concentration of light to reflect.

The image will help you to understand better. Note, the model has a specific area of built-up glow on her cheek.

highlighter gradient

  • Powder Highlighter

Powder highlighters are versatile, easy to apply and blend. They are safely the beginners’ first highlighting option. You can lightly dust and blend, check and build up if required. Also, is a favorite product for most of the experts, particularly for creating a soft, luminosity. Any, shimmering powder that is close to the natural skin tone can also work as a highlighter. Powder formula is great for oily-skinned beauties. Note to be moderate with the amount of the product as excess can settle in the fine lines accentuating them.

Word of caution: When buying a powder highlighter, test the product on the hand first; some powders have a more intense sparkle to them that can work for the eyes but looks too shiny for use elsewhere on the face. Choose according to your need.

Are you choosing the right color of highlighter?

A big question, “Which shade to highlight with?” that very less people ask. Highlighters are translucent but not transparent. Most of them contain a small amount of pigment as well as reflective particles so that they look less glaring against the skin. Light colors appear more prominent, so choose a highlighter that is just a shade or two lighter than the natural skin tone.

While most shades of the soft bisque or champagne-shade family can be universal for some skin tones it’s best to use the most flattering shade for the best result.

  • Light Skin Tones: Lighter skin tones (porcelain/fair) are best flattered with pink, cream, egg shell and off white shades. Avoid anything with a prominent golden base will just result in an orange looking finish.
  • Medium Skin Tones: Medium skin tones are best suited with shades which are a little in between such as soft golden colours and rose gold colours, Avoid anything dark or light; you’ll risk looking unnaturally orange or pink.
  • Dark Skin Tones: Darker skin tones are best suited with golds and bronze shades. Avoid anything too pink or too light will look very unflattering on the skin. Highlighters are supposed to be blended sheen not standout layers.
  • Very Dark Skin Tones: Skin tones which are very dark is better off sticking to warmer and darker shades such as burgundy, dark chocolate, coppers and any dark bronze shades.

choice of color

Word of caution: In addition to the base color of the highlighter, the shimmer itself can have a color cast. Golden or ivory tints are often most appropriate for skin tones. Products with a green or blue iridescence should be kept near the eyes only and never used on the cheeks.

Are you choosing the right finish of highlighter?

Makeup near the eyes can have more sparkle and still look natural, but highlighters meant to go on the cheeks, nose, and chin should have a dewy gleam instead of a noticeable shimmer. Products for skin typically have a pearly finish in the container. A highlighter with a metallic or sparkly finish can create beautiful special effects for eyes, but they leave the skin looking shiny or slick instead of dewy.

Do you prep your skin right before makeup?

Back to the “smooth-canvas” theory! A well prepped skin helps the makeup to get the best effect. Don’t forget to clean, moisturize and prime before applying makeup.

For all primer queries,

“The complete guide to get the best makeup primer for you”


“How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro”


Are you blending your makeup well?

“Blending” the key point of high-impact makeup. Blend with the right tool (brush or sponge), right direction, right motion and force.

With special light on the highlighting, blending is the most important step of achieving the pro-finish. Don’t leave any visible line of transition between shades of colors but at the same time be gentle enough to let the layers of highlight leave undisturbed to speak for them. If, after all the hard work of layering, everything merges together… phew!

“Blend your makeup like a pro!”


A few points to remember, when it comes to highlighting:

  • The color of the highlighter should enhance the skin tone without radically changing it, so avoid heavily tinted highlighters in favor of subtler hues.
  • Consider where the product will be worn when picking shades, too; a cheek highlighter might have a peachier undertone than one worn near the eyes.
  • Don’t try to use highlighter for coverage, especially for areas of hyper-pigmentation or redness. The shimmering tones will only serve to draw more attention to the problem zone.
  • Highlighter only works in contrast to other areas of the skin that are left free of highlighter. Applying the product everywhere results not in an all-over dewy gleam, but a hard, slick shine. Overusing highlighter spoils its impact!

Don’t forget to leave your precious comment if you find the points are mentioned are good!! Also, please do pour in your ideas and observations on highlighting!