Lovers of matte can try Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Plump Perfect lipsticks (Rs1,050). The 22 shades glide on smooth and make your lips look fuller, just as promised. They’re not dry and cakey like matte lipsticks, and if you don’t want your lips glistening like the site of an oil spill, these are for you. Shiseido’s Shimmering Lipsticks (Rs1,200) look light, glossy and super juicy, but be prepared to leave behind imprints on glasses, cheeks and shirt collars. If you want the best of both, try Max Factor’s Lipfinity (Rs525). This product has a long-staying colour and gloss in one stick. The colour stays plastered on till you take it off with a heavy-duty make-up remover, and the gloss, which needs to be re-applied, keeps the lips juicy and moisturized (a huge improvement on the previous Lipfinity series.) But if you’re looking for a showpiece, Rouge Interdit by Givenchy (Rs1,195) won’t embarrass you if your handbag spills its guts. It’s a lipstick that looks so good that the product will always be overshadowed by the black lacquer case, grosgrain ribbon and the metallic tube with the geometric logo.
Face wash is a great refresher, but if you’re looking to go from day to night and need cleansing to remove make-up, try one of these: Vichy Laboratories’ Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Lotion (Rs790) and Gladerma’s Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion (Rs105). These are both effective cleansers and make-up removers for the most sensitive skins, with an added benefit—they don’t really need to be washed off. Squeeze a small amount of product on a cotton make-up pad (too much will leave a residue) and apply. Wipe off with another damp cotton pad (keep a few in your bag—they’re softer than tissues and don’t leave behind cotton strands).
Getting your brows to stay streamlined is a constant struggle. But there’s help to get wayward brows looking sleek. Givenchy’s Mister Eyebrow (Rs1,025), a brow-fixing pencil, is a simple colourless wax. Smoothen your brows with a finger and, using short, individual strokes, set the hair in place with the pencil. Don’t press too hard, or you’ll end up having your eyebrows plastered to your forehead. This one lasts a couple of hours and gives a medium-hold. A better option is MAC’s Brow Set (Rs830). It comes in clear and brown shades, and is essentially a tinted gel which can be swiped on with a mascara wand (not a far fetch from using clear mascara to keep brows in shape). Test the shades before buying one. The clear shade just keeps them in shape without any colour, the tinted ones can make your brows look like they’ve been highlighted. Brands such as Shiseido have options, too.
If there’s space for only one eye product in your make-up kit, it should be a black or brown kohl stick. Can manage two? Throw in some mascara. Actually, why not just make it three, because once you try Givenchy’s Magic Khôl (Rs785), it’ll become an essential. The pencils are so intense that you don’t need to bother with eyeshadows. Available in blue and green, the product almost melts onto your eyes. The iridescent colour looks great, smudged over the eyelids or worked under the lower lashes for a more subtle effect. Line your inner rims with black or brown kohl, swipe on some mascara and that’s it.
This one’s a miracle fix alright. Tony&Guy’s Refresh-It Dry Shampoo (Rs775) is a mist spray which will save you a few greasy hair days. No time to shampoo, but your hair needs to look like it has been washed? This is the easier version of the talcum-powder-sprinkled-in-the-roots trick. Shake the can, hold four inches away from your roots and spray. The result: The excess oil has disappeared, your hair isn’t plastered to your head, and all’s well with the world again. That is, till tomorrow, when you actually will need a shampoo. Or maybe just another quick spritz.
A shimmery highlighter lotion is a must-have for any make-up-on-the-go kit. We like Red Earth’s Secret Potion (Rs1,650) and MAC’s Glimmershimmer (Rs790). These can be mixed with a liquid foundation for a dewy look, and are great for that natural glow if you blend it sparingly on your cheekbones for a highlight, instead of a blush. Dot and blend into your brow bones, just under your eyebrow—it’s a more natural looking alternative to a highlighter. Or use for a sheen all over your eyelid. It can be used to highlight collarbones and shoulders, too. Just don’t do all of them together, or you’ll look like Arwen in ‘The Lord of the Rings ’.
All brands available at leading cosmetic counters in major malls, except:
Vichy Laboratories and Gladerma’s Cetaphil (both at all major pharmacies)
MAC (at Dynamix Mall, Juhu, Mumbai and Raheja Point, Magrath Road, Bangalore)
Red Earth (at Atria Mall, Worli, Mumbai)