Beauty Hacks every WOMAN should know

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  1. If you're short on time or beauty supplies, use lipstick to add some color to your eyes, lips and cheeks. Just blend it in so the glow is subtle.
  2. Have no energy to take your makeup off at night? Keep some makeup remover on your nightstand. Removing your makeup prevents infections and breakouts, so turn to this extra stash in a pinch.
  3. Having a battle with fly-away hair? For fine hair, spray a little hairspray on a toothbrush (one you don't use to brush your teeth, of course!) to tame fly-aways along the hair line. For coarse or thick hair, spray hairspray directly on the fly-aways and smooth it with a toothbrush.
  4. Does your lipstick not last all day? Apply lipstick and then hold a tissue over your lips. Lightly dust translucent powder over the tissue.
  5. Have you had enough with frizzy hair? After a shower, grab an old but soft tee. Then, pat—don't rub—hair dry. This method will help prevent the breakage and frizz you can get after towel drying.
  6. Is you mascara dried out? Revive dried mascara with a few drops of contact lenses saline solution. Just toss the mascara if it's more than three months old; otherwise, you may get an eye infection.
  7. Headed out after work but no time to redo your makeup? Spritz on a face mist. It will help absorb any cakey-looking concealer or foundation. You'll be left with skin that appears fresh and dewy.
  8. Are you out of makeup remover? One of coconut oils many uses is that it can remove cosmetics. Put some on a cotton pad. Wipe over makeup
  9. Green tea- In addition to being great when it comes to detoxification, green tea is excellent for skin care. This tea eliminates redness and swelling and helps to remove dark circles.
  10. Long lasting waves- If you don’t want straight hair, but don’t have time to go to the hairdresser and everything you have on hand is the hair straightener – don’t worry. All you need is to make some braids, and then press the hair straightener over them. Spread the braids and here is the hairstyle!
  11. Mascara is the perfect eyeliner – You go to work and you realize that you have spent eyeliner. Don’t worry, if you have mascara you can solve the problem! If you have an eyeliner brush, simply grab a little mascara and apply above the eyelashes.
  12. Long lasting perfume- If you want to keep the fragrance of perfumes longer on the skin it is necessary to apply it immediately after the shower as the humidity of the body will help in this.
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Skin Care Tips For Women - All You Need To Know

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All you need to know about Skincare

Coco Chanel once said, and I quote, “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty

One too many shades of concealer can make your skin look cakey and flawless for a girl’s night out, but only a dedicated skincare routine handing you the right skincare tips for your skin type can prevent the breakouts and open pores that follow the morning after. Like any other goal, you must incorporate a routine to achieve that flawless, no-makeup look and hold yourself accountable to follow through with it - every single step of it

Quite frankly, your everyday skincare routine doesn’t even have to be too elaborate. While many beauty bloggers swear by the 10/12-step Korean skincare mantra to achieve great looking skin, in reality, all you need to have healthy skin is a habit-forming attitude.

In case you want to get the glass skin look you can follow the video by Kimdao

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Small things, but effective things that will add on each day to bring you that spot-free, glowing skin. Don’t be intimidated by what you see on social media. There's a wave of advances in the field of skincare but none of them is useful if you don't get your basics right. 

If you’re a beginner who’s new to the world of skin-care and don’t know just where to begin, mazel tov! You’re in the right place. This blog covers all that you need to know about finding your skin type, various products suitable to each skin type and essential products tips that you’re going to have to incorporate in your routine to achieve your skin goals and beauty hacks

First things first. How to determine your skin type? 

Your skin happens to be your body’s largest organ so you'd best be treating it like a regularly-attended-to priority. Before you decide what products to use on your face, you need to know what's most suitable for your skin type. Different skin types have very different (almost contrasting) needs, so without this first step of determining your skin type, you may end up drawing out a routine that’s utterly useless if not detrimental to your skin. 

Types of skin

Broadly speaking, your skin type could fall under one of the four categories: 

  1. Normal 

  2. Dry

  3. Oily

  4. Combination 

In order to determine your skin type, you can use one of the two methods: 

The first way to test your skin type is to wash it thoroughly using a mild cleanser (nothing too harsh because this might disturb your skin’s natural PH levels). Wait for about 30 minutes and start observing your skin. If you notice an oily texture or a mild shine on your forehead, nose and chin - you most likely have normal or combination skin. Besides these regions, if you find that even your cheek region has turned greasy, you probably have oily skin. Wait for another 30 minutes in case none of the two happen. If your face feels parched, especially when you try to move your facial muscles around - then you have dry skin. 

The other and quicker way to do this is by using a blotting paper. Rub a piece of blotting paper across your forehead, nose and chin first. If you notice that the blotting paper is soaked with oil, repeat the procedure on your cheeks. If it gives you the same result, you most definitely have oily skin. If the paper has no oil, you have dry skin. And in case of excess oil only in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), you more likely have combination skin. 

Once you’ve established your skin type, you can go ahead and select products that are well-suited to your skin. But before we get into the details of what goes inside your shopping cart, here’s a list of basic things to bear in mind for each skin type: 

Skin Care Tips For You Depending On Your Skin Type:

Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

Dry skin is generally a consequence of either aging, hormonal changes, or extreme weather conditions. It can also be caused as a result of certain ingredients in soaps/cosmetics, long hot showers (apologies to have burst your bubble, but someone had to say it) and even some medications. 

What helps:

  1. Shorter baths, preferably with lukewarm water if not cold. Avoid hot showers. 
  2. Avoid scrubbing while bathing
  3. Use gentle, mild soaps/cleansers. Nothing too fragrant-y 
  4. Dab on a rich moisturizer right after taking a bath
  5. Try not to get the temperature too hot while you’re indoors 

Skin Care Tips For Oily Skin 

Oily skin too can be caused by many factors, the most popular ones being: hormonal imbalances, puberty, stress or excess humidity. Oily skin is as bad as having dry skin as it leads to frequent breakouts, large pores and blackheads. 

What helps:

  1. Wash your face twice a day. (Not more)
  2. Again, it is recommended you use a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubbing
  3. DO NOT pop/touch/squeeze a pimple. This increases the chances of your acne multiplying by spreading
  4. Use skin care products that have the word “noncomedogenic” in them. In simple terms, these won't clog pores.

Skin Care Tips For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is easily triggered by external factors, so every product you use has to be tested beforehand on a patch so you know exactly what your triggers are and can avoid them. 

If you have sensitive skin and are struggling to find a routine that is right for you, follow Anokhee Oza's advice on how to deal with sensitive skin issues with this easy-to-follow skincare routine.

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Before drafting your skincare routine, here are 5 non-negotiable rules you MUST follow no matter what skin type you have if you want to look your best: 

  1. Sleep for 7-9 hours every day (they call it beauty sleep for a reason)
  2. Use sunblock every time you step out (one that blocks UVA and UVB rays)
  3. Stay hydrated throughout the day
  4. Always take your makeup off before going to bed
  5. Moisturize everyday

Without sticking to these 5 rules, all your efforts and massive bills spent on the best products available would, quite frankly, be in absolute vain. 

It is true that you are what you eat. But a more superior truth is that you look like what you eat, too. You’re probably aware either because of being told by a doctor/elderly or by experiencing it yourself, that when you eat a lot of certain food groups such as processed/fried foods, your skin starts to appear lifeless and in some cases also elevates acne. Also eating the right food is good for your mental health.

What to EAT and what to AVOID for healthy-looking skin?

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is known to be one of the healthiest fats available and does much to prevent any diseases that are associated with ageing.
  2. Organic tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that not only heals but leaves your skin glowing.
  3. Essential fats present in avocados, salmons and nuts help maintain a balance of good oils in your skin.
  4. Green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidising properties and also helps protect collagen (the main protein in your skin)
  5. Vitamin C rich foods such as bell peppers and citrus fruits
  6. Eggs contain biotin, a substance that helps prevent and heal dry skin
  7. Legumes are known to repair damaged skin due to their high levels of protein
  8. Leafy greens like spinach, kale and other greens such as broccoli and brussel sprouts and rich in Vitamin K - a vitamin that helps improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation. I guess our mothers had a point when they insisted we ate our greens, didn’t they?
  9. Oatmeal, miso and artichokes (besides being gut-friendly) are rich in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent acne breakouts.

  10. Find out superfoods for glowing skin in the video below!

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Skin-wrecker foods that you are better off avoiding

  1. Alcohol causes dehydration that in turn leads to dry, dull-looking skin and in extreme cases, even breakouts or rashes.
  2. Deep-fried food (although tastes amazing) is an absolute no-no for healthy skin. It induces excess oil and also tows with your skin complexion.
  3. Dairy products including cheese, butter, milk, chocolate are known to increase oil secretion that lead to breakouts and blackheads. 
  4. Caffeine, much like alcohol, causes dehydration and can lead to dry skin
  5. Sugary treats like doughnuts, cookies and croissants are high-glycemic foods. In simple terms, they’re responsible for early wrinkles and premature ageing. Remember this when you opt for a second serving of that birthday cake. 
  6. A majority of people are known to have a low-tolerance towards gluten and they aren’t even aware. So if you’re dealing with inflammation issues and have no idea why - it might be a smart decision to cut down on those white breads and pastas.
  7. Sodas are high in sugar and tend to be bad news for your skin. Try alternating your soda intake with tender coconut or a fruit juice
  8. Whey Protein (although it happens to be a great source of your daily protein requirement) are proven to raise insulin levels and spike acne. 

Establishing a skin-care routine (that’s personal to your skin type) 

You’ve found out your skin type. You’re fully aware of the best natural skin-care practices to incorporate in your lifestyle according to your skin type. You know the 5 golden rules, and you know how to eat right. So far, so good. Now you can successfully move on to decide the kind of products that are most suitable to you. 

6 key steps of a basic skin-care routine: (along with a list of natural products for skincare that are Indian-made and science-backed)

Step 1: Cleanse

It is important to thoroughly cleanse your face by washing it twice a day before applying anything on to it. You’re constantly in contact with a lot of dirt and pollution and you owe it to your skin to use a cleanser mild enough to maintain your skin's pH level yet effective enough to remove pollutants causing clogged pores, dullness and acne. Find out in the video below how to choose the right cleanser and facewash 

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1. Dr.Sheth’s basic brightening daily cleanser 

2. Conscious Chemist Ritual Face Cleanser With Matcha Green Tea & Hemp Seed Oil

3. ENN Wipe Out Chlorophyll Facial Cleanser (Most suitable for acne-prone skin) 

Step 2: Tone

Toners are used right after cleansing your face and before putting anything on. Although traditionally people preferred to apply toner by saturating a cotton pad and swiping it across their face, beauty experts advise the application of a toner with clean hands. This ensures that you don't lose a lot of product in the process of application. 

Note: Although most toners can be used in the morning and at night, those with exfoliating acids should be used only at night. 

What do toners do? 

Toners happen to be one of the most underrated skincare products out there. Besides removing excess makeup and dirt, they tighten your pores, balance your skin’s pH level and add an extra layer of hydration to your skin. 

Different toners serve different purposes, so aim to incorporate one that caters to your needs specifically. While selecting the right toner for your skin, look for either of these ingredients: 

Alpha and beta hydroxy acids in case you’re looking for one that helps remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate damaged, dull skin

Hyaluronic acid

Rosewater or green tea if you happen to have sensitive skin since both these ingredients help calm any redness or irritation 

Vitamin E and C to prevent aging due to dust and pollution 

1. Khadi Natural Herbal Skin Toner Rose Water

2. Dr. Sheth's Gulab And Glycolic Toner

3. ENN Rice There Face Toner

4. Juicy Chemistry 100% Organic Bulgarian Rose Water Mist (For Normal To Oily Skin)

5. Neemli Naturals Witch Hazel & Vetiver Facial Toner

Step 3: Exfoliate (Optional) 

Although exfoliating your skin wouldn’t be considered a necessity every single day, (in fact too much exfoliation could prove to reap negative results) it’s good to get rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating your face 1-2 times a week in order to avoid clogged pores and allow your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

You could either choose to exfoliate your face with a scrub or use a liquid chemical exfoliant in case you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. To exfoliate mechanically with a scrub, gently apply some on your face with a finger and rub it in circular motions. Wash this off with cold or lukewarm water in a couple of minutes. 

In case of a chemical exfoliant, apply the liquid using a cotton pad or a washcloth but be sure to consult a dermatologist to know which of the two types of exfoliation is best suited for your skin type. 

1. Mamaearth CoCo Face Scrub with Coffee & Cocoa for Rich Exfoliation

2. Ilana Organics Energizing Face Scrub Walnut + Plum

3.  Pahadi Local Gutti Khal (Apricot Meal) Scrub

Step 4: Moisturize 

The one product that doctors recommend for every skin type and one that all beauticians, celebrities and make-up artists swear by is using a moisturizer. Our skin gradually loses its ability to retain moisture as we age, and it's very important to prevent this loss of water by using a suitable moisturizer that hydrates and softens the skin (amongst other things). 

How to pick a suitable moisturizer for your skin 

  1.  Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion (for all skin types)

  2. Khadi Natural Rose & Honey Herbal Moisturizer - Paraben Free (Best suited for dry skin) 

  3. Khadi Natural Almond Saffron Herbal Moisturizers (Best suited for sensitive skin) 

  4. Khadi Natural Peach And Avocado Herbal Moisturizer (All skin types) 

  5.  Khadi Natural After Sun Aloe Vera Moisturiser (Best suited for oily skin) 

  6. Conscious Chemist Indulge Facial Cream With Matcha Green Tea & Hemp Seed Oil 

  7.  Mamaearth Oil-Free Face Moisturizer With Apple Cider Vinegar (For Acne-Prone/Oily Skin)


Step 5: Protect (SPF) 

With the lives we lead, moisturising alone does little to protect our delicate skin from external damage caused by the sun and other pollutants. Enter the last step of your skincare routine: Application of sunblock. The daily application of sunscreen resolves imperfect textures, fine line and wrinkles and is the secret to young-looking skin. 

A few things to bear in mind:

i) Pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

ii) Doctors advocate using a sunscreen that contains a combination of both physical (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) and chemical (such as oxybenzone and octinoxate) blocking components. This will protect your skin against both - UVA and UVB rays and won't leave any visible residue. 

iii) Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to sunlight 

iv) Re-apply every two hours

  1. Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 PA+++ 

  2.  Khadi Natural Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 UVB PA++

  3.  Mamaearth Ultra Light India Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ With Turmeric & Carrot Seed


Besides these 5 golden steps, if you wish to go that extra mile to see remarkable results for your skin, incorporating essential oils are a great (and natural) way to elevate your skincare game and take it to a whole new level. 

Best essential oils for skincare (based on your skin type) 

Essential Oils For Normal Skin

Although normal skin does perfectly well with most essential oils without causing any harm, some suggested oils for this blessed lot are:

1.Rose Oil

The numerous benefits of rose water are already known to most Indian women. Just like rose water, rose oil has the potential to nourish, heal and hydrate your skin and also reverse ageing in the process if used regularly. 

2. Ylang Ylang Oil

Not a popular name today, but Ylang Ylang helps moisturise and enhance your already healthy-skin making it one of the most suitable essential oils for ones who fall under the normal skin type category.  

Essential Oils For Dry skin

1. Argan Oil

Rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants, pure argan oil is a must-have product to incorporate in your daily skincare regime. Not only does this timeless miracle nourish and hydrate your skin, but it also helps you age backwards by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A combination of vitamin E and fatty acids creates a noticeable difference in your skin almost instantly. 

2. Chamomile Oil

Another revitalising harvest for dry skin, chamomile oil (diluted with coconut/jasmine) helps hydrate your skin and is especially recommended for those with rather sensitive skin instead of using it as is. 

3. Marula Oil 

Rich in essential proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, marula oil is most suitable if you’re suffering from dry skin. It feels light on application while simultaneously providing ample moisture to your skin. 

Essential Oils For Acne-prone skin 

1. Cedarwood Organic Oil

If you’ve been dealing with stubborn acne for a while now, chances are you’ve been advised to stay away from the application of any kind of oil on your face. Applying oil leads to excess secretion of oil and hence increases acne is a myth you’re going to have to toss into the trash today. Cedarwood oil has an acne-fighting formula that can help you get rid of the most stubborn spots. 

2. Tea Tree Oil

Fun Fact: Meghan Markle in a magazine interview once claimed that tea-tree oil was her “little cure-all”. The fact that this miraculous antimicrobial formula fights acne, fungus, dandruff and is royally-approved? There’s a beauty hack that has me sold!

3. Neroli Essential Oil

Another antimicrobial and antifungal wand, neroli essential oil is the safest pick when it comes to acne-prone skin. Besides having anti-oxidising properties, it also has a rich fruity scent that will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling great too! 

Essential Oils For Oily Skin

Again, contrary to the popular belief, people with oily skin need sufficient moisturization too. Some oils work wonders to fix oily skin problems, leaving them soft yet non-greasy. 

1. Grapefruit Oil

Anything that has the word citrus attached to it is most likely going to benefit you if you have oily skin. Besides working wonders to revitalise dull-looking skin, grapefruit oil also helps heal acne. 

2. Organic Orange Oil

Known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, sweet orange oil gives your skin a vitamin-C boost making your skin brighten almost instantly. Its light moisture is just about enough to make it perfect for someone with oily skin. 


1. BB and CC Creams: What's the Difference? 

A BB or “blemish balm” cream is a great multi-tasker in the sense that it acts as a moisturiser, foundation and sometimes even a sunscreen - all in one. So it’s a great alternative if you wish to incorporate the benefits of 3 different products in a single bottle or simply don't want the feel of foundation on your face but still want to look good nonetheless. 

CC, on the other hand, stands for “colour correcting” and is a product used to address issues such as redness or uneven skin tone. While BB creams are lightweight in texture, CC creams tend to be more cakey and opaque. Although the two are marketed to be very different products serving dissimilar purposes, they’re both pretty much the same. 

2. Is Double Cleansing Necessary?

If you want all that gunk and grime completely off your face after a long day’s work, double cleansing works great. As the name suggests, it involves cleansing of your face twice - once with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. The first one helps take off any makeup, excess oil or dirt from the day and clean your face. The second will cater to your particular skin type and would have ingredients to fight acne, hydrate or exfoliate your skin. (depending on your needs)

3. Does a Cell Phone’s Blue Light Hurt Your Skin?

The long-term exposure to your phone’s blue light can cause skin damage in the form of pigmentation, inflammation or worse - long-term effects like ageing and weakening of the skin.

4. What Is Cleansing Oil?

The whole cleansing oil craze is not unknown to women thanks to social media influencers and all the hype around it. Cleansing oil uses all the “good oils” in your skin to remove the bad ones. The oils present in your skin can be sebum (naturally produced) or ones that come from makeup and other products. After rising if off, the “good oil” takes away the “bad oil” with it. Oil cleansers also contain ample antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients that amplify the appearance of your skin. The good news is, they can be used by all skin types. 

5. How to Keep Your Face Clean Before and After Your Gym Workout?

A gymnasium is a pretty gross place to be at if you take into consideration all the minute details such as combined sweat and germs of hundreds of people(barf). This makes it important to take extra care of your delicate skin to ensure that no harm is caused. 

Pre Workout

1. Do not wear makeup to the gym. Makeup mixes with sweat and creates an unwanted pore-clogging situation that you’re better off avoiding. 

2. Make sure your hair is tied up and not in your face. Sweat + hair during a workout will only lead to more bad oil clogging the pores on your skin.

Post Workout

1. Wash your face immediately after your workout to remove any sweat residue/bacteria accumulated during the workout. Preferably carry a cleanser to do so. If not, wash your face thoroughly using cold water. 

2. Carry toner pads to wipe off any excess oil or dirt from your skin after washing it.

3. Use a gym towel that doesn’t have many nooks for bacteria to hold on to. New brands have emerged with silver induced towels, specifically for people who workout. These towels possess antimicrobial properties that make it fit for reuse. 

6. Does a vegan diet benefit my skin? 

Veganism is a diet that promotes abstinence from any animal product such as meat, dairy or eggs. Going vegan may be beneficial for your skin for the simple reason that restriction of dairy means lesser breakouts and consumption of foods high in antioxidants such as vegetables and fruits will make your skin more radiant.

7. What are some skin care tips to calm redness? 

First off, discontinue every product you’re currently using. (skincare or makeup). Look for lotions with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Licorice extract, Allantoin, Boswellia serrata, Beta-glucan, Centella Asiatica, Salicylic acid and only use these for a while. Stay away from dairy, alcohol and caffeine completely. 

8. Why are fragrance-free products best for everyone? 

It is a matter of concern to many people (or should be) that manufacturers of skincare products can hide a lot of synthetic chemicals in the name of “fragrance” under ingredients. Thousands of chemicals are being ingested and absorbed every single day due to these cover-ups and have resulted in the most number of adverse skin reactions. 

While many fragrances are made to mask the scent of skincare ingredients that don't smell so pleasant, the negative effect of these chemicals outweigh the advantages of natural ingredients. It is hence the best option to select fragrance-free products that your future self will thank you for. 

Disclaimer: The author and publisher of have used their best efforts in preparing the article. They make no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the contents of this article. The information contained in the article is strictly for educational purposes and we do not endorse any product mentioned in the article. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained in the article, you are taking full responsibility for your actions.

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The only products you need while you are starting out with makeup

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Make up for Beginners


Do you feel a tad bit overwhelmed when you open your Instagram, watch a couple of makeup bloggers explain to you in 1-minute time-lapse videos how to ace a smokey-eyes for a girl’s night out, and before you can even remove your amateur brush, the video is over? If this sounds anything like you, chances are that you’re a beginner at caking with cosmetics but before you watch another “beginner makeup tutorial” that’s probably a promotional strategy, read this first. 

Let’s just start by acknowledging that there’s one of 3 things a makeup product would ideally do for you: 1. Accentuate an existing feature 2. Draw out a feature that you don’t have already 3. Brace your skin for another product’s application 

Although the first two are pretty obvious to most, the third has an element of skincare which makes it the most important of the three. More often than not, beginners who are new to makeup jump right into the first category: Makeup that accentuates your features (especially going overboard with their mascara and lipstick)

This might seem like the obvious thing to do if you're in a hurry or possess no knowledge of what goes on top of what. But this is the least advisable way to go about things- ask anyone in the makeup industry and they’ll tell you that you have to ace your base before progressing further. 

In fact, the ideal way to go on about selecting a set of makeup products is to start backwards from category 3 to 1. 

What products must a beginner invest in?

I cannot emphasise enough, the importance of a good base.

If you’ve just begun venturing into the world of makeup, it’s very normal to feel overwhelmed by the number of products in the makeup aisle. Any beginner would be puzzled by the fact that there’s a skin primer. There’s a lip primer. And then there’s an eye primer. (What even, right?) 

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. A good base comprises of 4 essential must-haves:

1. A Good Moisturizer

I can’t stress the importance of moisturizing your face before you start off with any kind of makeup application. Although the product doesn’t necessarily fall under cosmetics, it is the perfect base for your makeup. Not only is a moisturizer so very crucial to hydrate your skin, but it also makes sure your foundation and concealer blends into your skin like a dream. You’ll often find (especially with dry/combination skin) that your skin starts to get flaky if you directly apply foundation on it and that’s a makeup blunder you’re better off avoiding.

2. Primer 

If you want all of that makeup to stay put throughout the day, a primer works wonders. It creates a smooth and flawless base and also makes applying your foundation a whole lot easier. So, if you’re dealing with issues like large pores or redness, you can bank on your primer to take care of it all, giving you soft velvety skin and minimizing the appearance of pores. If you have never tried it, it’s about time you do because it makes a world of difference to how your makeup looks towards the end of the day.

3. Foundation

There’s only so much you can do to get a naturally flawless looking skin - the rest you can leave to your foundation. (Quote me if this isn’t a saying already) Then again, it's always hard to get this one product right when it comes to your makeup routine. Why? Because there are so many things to consider before making the right purchase. Does it sit well with your moisturiser? Does it give you the right coverage? Does this work for your skin type and undertone? 

If you’ve never applied foundation before, it is important to either test it (ideally on your jawline) before buying it. Better yet, head to a cosmetic store and let a makeup artist/connoisseur pick a shade that matches your complexion. 

What to know: Apply foundation using a damp beauty sponge to blend it in for a flawless finish!

4. Concealer

Your makeup stash would be truly incomplete without concealer in it. People often assume that concealer can be swapped with a foundation but both of these products serve very different purposes. Whether you wish to cover up blemishes or dark under-eye circles – your concealer works like a magic wand. Ideally, it is best to apply concealer after your foundation because if you do it the other way round, you’ll end up smearing it. If you don't want too much makeup on you and feel like going easy on the number of products you use, I would recommend you simply dab on some concealer on those uneven spots, ditch the foundation, and you’re good to go!

While it might seem tricky to find a concealer of perfect consistency and coverage, there are a lot of varieties available (even at drug store prices) for all skin types ranging from liquid, cream to powder or a stick concealer. 

What to know: For under-eyes, pick a shade that’s maybe a shade lighter than your natural skin tone (not any lesser). You don’t want those bright white rings under your eyes making you Halloween-ready. For your face, select a shade that exactly matches your foundation.

What’s next? 

Once your base makeup is in check, you can now move on to select a bunch of products to accentuate those eyes, lips and cheeks to bring in that oomph factor and step up your dress-up game. 

Start small. Start with the least number of (most essential) makeup products:

1. Blush

The oldest hack in the book and everyone’s go-to for an instant facelift up - say hello to your best friend on even the dullest days - AKA ze blush. The trick with blush is that you have to choose a colour that complements your skin tone. Something that’s too bright for your tone is likely to look loud and fake. Pick a shade that subtly adds colour to your face and seamlessly sculpts your cheeks. 

If you're a beginner, start off with a powder blush. For application, pick a rather fluffy brush that’s tapered along the sides. Remember to always apply your blush with a gentle hand, and use circular motions to blend out the colour. Blend a bit into your hairline, the tip of your nose, and your jawline for that natural-looking flush of colour!

2. Eyeshadow Palette (Optional)

As a beginner in the world of makeup, an eyeshadow palette might not be your go-to along with the other items on your starter pack - and that’s ok. Eye makeup is a rather complex affair and this one doesn’t necessarily have to be on the list. Nevertheless, if you choose to go with an eye shadow, a nude palette is all you need to begin with (at least till you’ve had a good amount of practice). All the colours on a nude eyeshadow palette are incredibly versatile and they help you create the perfect natural look that honestly never runs out of style.

3. Mascara

No “basic makeup essentials list” would be complete without mascara. Mascara is everyone’s absolute favourite makeup product of all time! It’s astonishing how one coat of mascara makes you look awake and fresh almost instantly. Even without the application of any other eye makeup products, such as eyeliner/eyeshadow, it enhances your eyes and gives a more fresh-faced appearance.

4. Lip Product (of your choice) 

And the last on this list of beginner makeup essentials has got to be something for your lips in a rather gorgeous, flattering shade that really finishes off the look perfectly. Select a lipstick/lipgloss in a shade that you personally feel you can pull off. One that makes you feel confident. If lipstick/lipgloss isn’t your thing, you could also try a tinted lip balm instead. They still look really natural, only with a hint of colour for that extra radiance. 

In order to help you find the best items for a beginner’s makeup kit, we have taken the liberty to curate a list of makeup products for you that are the some of most recommended/loved out there:

Budget: (Low-Medium) 

  1. Maybelline New York Volume Express Colossal Mascara
  2. Maybelline New York Hypercurl Mascara
  3. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation 
  4. Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation
  5. Chambor Volumeyes Mascara
  6. L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Primer
  7. Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer
  8. Faces Ultime Pro Perfecting Primer
  9. Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Palette Eyeshadow
  10. Nykaa So Creme! Creamy Matte Lipstick
  11. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick 
  12. SUGAR Cosmetics Matte As Hell Crayon Lipstick
  13. SUGAR Cosmetics Magic Wand Waterproof Concealer
  14. Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer
  15. Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Blush Duos
  16. . Maybelline Fit Me! Blush
  1. Lakme Face Sheer Blusher

Budget: High

  1. M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
  2. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
  3. Too Faced Damn Girl! Mascara
  4. Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer
  5. L'oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base Face Primer
  6. Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
  8. SEPHORA COLLECTION Profiling Beauty Cream Lip Stain
  9. L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour
  10.  M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer
  11. M.A.C Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer
  12. Bobbi Brown Blush
  13. Too Faced Natural Face Palette

Common Myths About Makeup 

Myth 1: You must discard your mascara only when it dries up

This is not entirely true. Mascara has a very short shelf life of about 3-4 months after its first use. It becomes a breeding ground for bacteria over time, causing dry eyelids or even an eye infection. So don’t wait for your mascara to dry up before you toss it in the trash!

Myth 2: It’s not necessary to remove your makeup before bed

As a rule of thumb, you must always remove your makeup with a mild cleanser/makeup remover before you go to bed. Leaving on makeup overnight causes pores to clog, causes skin dehydration and infections.  

Myth 3: It’s OK to apply waterproof mascara every day

If you’re sure not to get drenched in the rain, or get your eyelids wet somehow, then I would recommend you use a washable mascara for daily use. The effort it takes to get off waterproof products from your eyes and all the excessive rubbing could easily make your eyelashes weaker. 

Myth 4: Makeup is bad for your skin 

Honestly, not all makeup is bad for your skin. Or at least not as bad as Indian moms make it to be. Makeup can clog pores if you don't take enough care of your skiing, but when it comes to wrinkles, patchiness, or altering your skin type, makeup isn’t to be blamed. It’s all biology, environmental factors, smoking and stress that cause the latter. So if you’re worried about ruining your skin with makeup over time, disown that thought because it's one hundred per cent false.

Myth 5: Apply concealer before foundation

Quite the opposite, actually. It's recommended by makeup experts to apply foundation first, then hide other skin imperfections using your concealer. This way use as much product as you need, and your makeup will look more natural.

Myth 6: You should over-line your lips to make them look fuller

While this might work well in photoshoots, in real life over-contoured lips look quite unnatural. Any makeup that makes your face look artificial fails to serve its purpose. But there is a trick that does work. Take some light shiny eyeshadow or highlighter and dab it over your Cupid's bow. Apply some shiny lip gloss in the middle of your lower lip and thanks to the play of light, Voila! Hello, gorgeous lips.

Myth 7: Expensive makeup is better

Fact: The only difference between designer and drugstore makeup brands is the price. There are plenty of great drug store products available for people who aren’t inclined to sticking with high-end brands and these are just as good. You’re not necessarily paying for the quality, only the name. 

Now that you’re almost familiar with the do’s and don’t of makeup as a beginner, let's look at current makeup trends that you could try too. 

Makeup Trends That Went Viral In 2020

What “I did it for the Gram” looks like:

Too Much Blush?

A trend that really caught on was blush being used as an all-purpose makeup product - extended up to the temples and onto the eyelid for an ethereal, ultra-romantic look. You can try popping blush in pinks and corals and make a statement - go ahead and diffuse it into your eyeshadow too. 

The Animal Print EyeShadow

If you follow any Instagram makeup account, you couldn’t have possibly missed this one. Channel your inner Carole Baskin with this super creative look that takes your eye makeup to a whole different level! 

Note: If you’re a newbie still trying to figure out a basic eyeliner, you might have to give yourself some extra time to ace this one.

Neon EyeLids

Initially, this whole allover neon look on the feed was starting to get a little tiring. Then came in fresh, minimalist makeover with hints of neon and quite frankly, I was sold! Neon really brings out the colour of your eyes and makes for the coolest statement. 

The Floating Eyeliner

Every makeup blogger's current favourite obsession, the floating eyeliner look has honestly rescued people who can’t get their eyeliner right to perfect a simple stroke that even a newbie can ace. Good news ladies: It’s 2020 and your eyeliner doesn’t have to stick to your lash line anymore! Who knew? 

Subtle Lip Stains

Have you ever woken up one winter’s morning, washed your face with cold water and noticed how your lips turn all flush and red. The subtle lip stains look recreates something very similar. If you’re not one to go bold, you can try out this “barely-there” lip stain trend to give you a fresh and natural look. 

The Mismatched Eyeshadow Makeup Trend

If you’ve tried any other mismatch trend that the fashion industry had to offer before, chances are - you’re a risk-taker. Instead of sticking to one eyeshadow colour for both eyes, try a different shade on each eyelid. You can even choose to go bold and wear two shades that are completely opposite each other on the colour wheel like blue and orange or be a little bit more subtle by selecting two similar hues. 

Glass Skin Trend

This one’s got to be our personal favourite. The glass skin trend has been used on models for so long and has finally made its way to become a thing of the commoners, if I may. It’s basically slathering a mixture of moisturizers, cream highlighters, and oils to achieve glowing, glass-like skin and it looks utterly fabulous!


Your Daily Dose Of Beginner Makeup Inspiration

A list of Instagram influencers to follow for all things makeup: 

  1. Makeup by Nayanika
  2. Ishitta Chowdhary
  3. Hamsha Thavaseelan
  4. Isha Mahabal
  5. Makeup by Aishu
  6. Gurnaz
  7. Mathusha
  8. Valine Punamia
  9. Mrinali Gupta
  10. Simmy Goraya
  11. Neyha Verma
  12. Astha Talwar
  13. Rav Flora
  14. NIKKI
  15. Mouli Chakraborty
  16. Malaika Lunkad 
  17. Srishti S Bhatia
  18. Mayuri Varma
  19. Gurishq Kaur
  20. Aleena Rehman 

We hope this article unleashes the makeup guru hidden inside of you.

You GLO girl!

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