Make up : Flash Ready

Makeup flashback is nightmare of anyone who owns and uses makeup, right? You have learnt all the tips and tricks, have blended the foundation away, but yet when you take a photo with flash, you don’t see yourself. You see a ghost on your gallery. If that has happened to you, welcome to this dangerous aftereffect of makeup called makeup flashback. But is it inevitable? Of course, no. So, what are the reasons for this? You need to look out for these ingredients :

  1. SPF
  2. Mica
  3. Silica

If you are familiar with reading the ingredients on makeup products, then these must be very common to you. These are the culprits which make you look like you just fell face down on rice flour. However, the tough part is that though market is flooded with products that are paraben free, sulphate free, blah blah blah free, you cannot find any product which claims to be free from the ingredients mentioned above. So, how do you avoid it?

  1. SPF or sun protection factor is often provided by ingredients by the name of “titanium dioxide” or “zinc oxide”. So, while reading the list of ingredients, watch out for these ones, even though there may not be any mention of spf on the cover of your foundation.
  2. Mica and Silica cannot be altogether avoided, so make sure that their place is towards the end of the ingredients list. If they are the last on the list, you have found a winner. But, keep in mind, you need to avoid translucent powder which mainly has these ingredients.

I now come to the next part. While you are on the quest to find the perfect foundation which does not give you flashback, I have rounded up on a perfect one which does the job well, and though it does have the above mentioned ingredients (argh!), however it has them in very small quantities (towards the end of the list). So, I have replaced Step 4 and 5 from my makeup routine about which I had mentioned in an earlier post with Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation as well as Compact. Maybelline saves my day whenever I have to be in front of flash (I need to use the 180 degree tiltable screen on my Sony WX500 in low light also right? :P)


Make up : Bring on the glam

My previous post on make up was about a natural simple “everyday” kind of look. But it can also be extended to get a party ready look :


Step 7 : Eyeshadow – Blue Heaven Eyeshadow Pencil / Lakme Illuminating Eyeshadow Palette (French Rose)

What is the laziest way to put on eyeshadow without having to worry about the brushes or the fallout? Using an eyeshadow pencil! And this one costs just Rs 60. It is super travel friendly and affordable enough to stock up on all the shades. It transfers a bit so remember to dust a lil translucent powder on it.

Or else, if you prefer a good palette with all the colours you would need for either a daily look or for an event, then go for this one which has 6 colours which are very versatile and it is below Rs 1000.


Step 8 : Eyeliner – L’Oreal Super liner Superstar duo

Out of all the steps of a make up routine, the most daunting one for a beginner is the eyeliner, what with the winged liner trend becoming more famous by the day. Solution? Felt tip liner. It is almost impossible to go wrong with a felt tip (Thin line, thick line, light line – there are 2 sides to this liner to suit different looks). Moreover, since I have a super oily face and an equally oily eyelid, I was amazed at the staying power. It is also waterproof, btw.


Step 9 : Lipstick – Iba Halal Lipstick & Himalayas Lip balm

No make up look is complete without lipstick, but since we consume all the toxic ingredients on the lipstick, it is better to use organic lipstick. Iba halal lipsticks are quite matte, so an organic lip balm can be used to add a little gloss to it.


Step 0 : Make up Remover – Kara Make up removal Wipes

Removal of makeup is very important before sleeping but after a tiring day, it can be quite cumbersome to take a liquid, put it on a cotton pad, then remove makeup bit by bit. So, skip that, and just take out a wipe and the work is done. 😉

Make up : I woke up like this

It is not possible to look flawless right after getting out of bed, but it is definitely possible to put on make up and still look natural by following these steps :


Step 1 : Face Wash – Clean & Clear Natural Bright Face Wash

A clean face is a vital pre requisite for beautiful make up. This face wash makes your skin fresh and has rose water in it, so it negates the necessity of a toner.


Step 2 : Moisturiser – Nivea Creme

It is an unlikely moisturiser for the face, I know. However, when one has oily skin (like me), one tends to pick up a lot of mattifying products. And when you use all the “oil free” products, you end up having dry patches all over your face. So, starting with a heavy moisturiser is the best bet. In case you have dry skin, then this is the best product to give your face the moisture it needs.


Step 3 : Primer – Lotus Herbals Ecostay Perfecting Primer

Beauty bloggers all over the world do not stop stressing the importance of a primer. It is, in fact, the unsung hero – the actual base for your foundation. It not only lets your foundation glide smoothly, but it also prevents any particles of it to seep into your skin and makes the make up last long. It is to the face what firewall is to the internet! I prefer to use this primer instead of the Lakme one which a lot of people use, because the latter gives a pink tint which I don’t like.


Step 4 : Foundation – Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse

This is the only foundation I have tried so far, and I am in love with it. I am in the shade Golden Medium which I am pretty sure suits many Indian skin tones. It has consistency comparable to whipped cream and has a mild citrus fragrance. It is easy to apply (no brushes/ sponges required), easily blendable and stays for a long time. It gives a little more than sheer coverage and stays true to its word – it looks very very natural. It also does a fair job of concealing as well. However, remember to apply less, as a little goes a long way……!


Step 5 : Setting powder – Myglamm Glow to Glamour

Glow to glamour has two components, of which one is a loose translucent fixing powder which can be used to seal the look. It does not impart any colour, so the natural look is maintained. It is also matte, which is another plus point.


Step 6 : Kajal (Kohl) – Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

The beauty of the beholding eyes can be enhanced by using kajal. This particular one stays for quite a long time and is also water proof.


Step 0 : Make up Remover – Kara Make up removal Wipes

Removal of makeup is very important before sleeping but after a tiring day, it can be quite cumbersome to take a liquid, put it on a cotton pad, then remove makeup bit by bit. So, skip that, and just take out a wipe and the work is done. 😉

A Nerd’s guide to Make up

Hello readers! Those of you who read my blog and those who know me would be astonished on reading the title of this post. “Aishwarya? Giving tips on make up? Good joke!”


But, no I’m not joking. I’m not a pro or anything at this, (considering that I have only just started doing make up), but, as they say, only a lazy person can tell you the easiest way to do anything. The first time I wanted to try all this, I went to the Departmental store and bought some BB creams (which do not have shades – okay, one shouldn’t be so lazy….). The result was, well, I ended up looking like a ghost (It is called “white cast”, which I learnt later). And then, some experiments later, I finally ended up with a good foundation (I just had to go to a beauty store and ask them for my shade – well that wasn’t tough!). When I finally tried it on, I actually loved how I looked.


Okay, let me clear this out – I am not a hypocrite. In my posts, I keep saying that girls should be independent and not let anyone’s standards define them. But, if  you like some thing, and it is not wrong, then you should definitely do it. And that is what I am doing. I don’t put on make up to impress anyone, or to “fit into” the society, but because I LIKE IT.


So, stay tuned for easy make up ideas from the laziest nerd around!