Beauty Expert Samaanta Dwivedi answers queries of myShaadi Brides
Q1. Hi Samaanta, I'm getting married in July monsoon which is humid & sticky, and I'm extremely confused about the kind of makeup I should opt for, I have recently heard about air-brush makeup. Can you suggest if it's a good idea to try it or stick to the conventional manual makeup? -Nupur, Delhi
Samaanta : Hi Nupur, Congratulations on your wedding! Air-brush is the latest thing to hit the market here in India. It's supposed to be waterproof & is able to hold on to the skin for hours in any kind of weather. Just make sure that you set it well with a translucent powder so that your foundation stays put throughout the function. Personally, if I were to choose between air-brush & the conventional method, I'd choose doing it by hand... I feel nothing blends better than your own hands & brushes! The air-brush finish can be achieved by doing it manually too. You could choose all waterproof makeup again - foundation, mascara, kajal etc. Hope this helps you decide.
Q2. I am getting married in a month and facing severe dandruff & hair fall issues. Can you suggest some home remedies for the same? -Priya Chawla, Dehradun
Samaanta : The best solution for getting rid of dandruff is to massage lemon juice on your scalp before going for a shower. Wash your hair thoroughly after 15-20 minutes. This treatment will help remove stickiness, prevents dandruff and makes your hair look radiant OR Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 5 tbsp of coconut oil and then apply the mixture on the scalp. Leave this mixture for about 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with a good shampoo. Remember that lemon has a tendency to dry out the hair, so make sure to use a conditioner of your choice after your final rinse. Apply it only on the tips of the hair & refrain from touching the roots. You can also use a concoction of coconut oil mixed with half the amount of Amla oil. Just add a dash of lemon juice to this mixture and you have an effective, dandruff-fighting and scalp-healing concoction that arrests receding hairline.
Q3. How do I get the 'Smokey Eye' look on my own at home? Please give some tips. -Saheba, Chandigargh
Samaanta : Hi Saheba. The main thing that you'd need in doing a smoky eye is a black smudgeable pencil, a pencil brush, a fluffy dome shaped brush, a black eye shadow, any pearly color as a highlighter, a matte light brown shadow (close to your skin color) & any color of your choice like bronze, blue, green eye shadow to add a pop of color. To begin with, start applying the black pencil on the upper lash line from the inner corner to the outer corner. The line does not have to be perfectly straight as it needs to be blended with the pencil brush. Blend the black line with the brush upwards in a way that the black looks like it's fading out. So the color needs to be intense at the lash line and fade out as it goes higher. Next take the black shadow with a fluffy brush & run it over gently on top of the black pencil. Blend. Then take the brown matte shadow & blend over the crease so that there are no prominent lines visible. Use a shimmery pearl kinda color under your eye brow as a highlighter. Wear kajal in the waterline & smudge it a little below & smoke it out with the help of the same pencil brush on the lower lash line. Finally, if you want to add some color to the smoky eye, apply the bronze, green or blue or any other color of your choice in the center of the eye, i.e. on the eyeball and blend a little bit so that a line is not visible. Remember to keep your lips almost nude as the focus in this look is the eyes! (Image courtesy: Pinterest)
Q4. What are the basic skin care products that a woman must have? Any specific brands that you can recommend? -Samyukta, Guwahati
Samaanta : Hi. In skin care, I would strongly recommend using the cleanser, toner & moisturizer routine for each & every one unless you have been advised not to do so by your dermatologist in case of any skin allergies, acne etc. The earlier you start the better it is for your skin. Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Biotique or even plain & simple Johnsons Baby Oil are good cleansers. For toners I would recommend - Nivea, Clinique, Body shop seaweed, Fabindia rose water. For moisturizer I suggest going for Olay total effects (for any age & skin type) & Suncros Aquagel (found at pharmacies) in case if you have acne prone or sensitive skin. Make sure to wear a moisturizer indoors too as bulbs & tube lights harm the skin. And before going to bed, don't forget to remove every speck of makeup, however tired you are, as this will allow your skin to breathe at night.
Q5. Can you suggest a beauty regime (diet, exercise, skin care) that a bride can follow a month or two before her wedding? -Kirti, Kolkata
Samaanta : Hey. Since a bride would wish to look her best on the wedding day, I would suggest that she eats healthy - eat more fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits (avoid papaya, pineapple & mangoes as these might lead to break out's) & drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water. Do not deprive yourself of any cravings - if you feel like eating a chocolate or brownie or ice cream or pastries, eat it! But make sure to stop at one! And not more than once a week. Try taking out time to exercise - do something fun like spinning or Zumba or aerobics & pull your friend along as you'll be motivated to follow through each day of your work out. Also a month earlier, start your pre-bridal skin & body treatments like facials, body polishing, massage, spa etc to help relax your body & mind. Surround yourself with friends & family who matter & do things you like - so that you don't get too stressed & you look as fresh as a flower on your D-day!
Q6. I am extremely fair and foundations make me look pale. Is there an alternative or can I skip a base all together? -Orvana Chopra, Mumbai
Samaanta : Hey. Generally we Indians have a golden or brown or warm undertone. Some Indians who are extremely fair, might have a mix of pink & golden undertones. If you have already been to a makeup counter & tried different shades of foundation on your skin & concluded that foundation makes you look pale, I would suggest going in for a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. If you have good skin, either of these 2 will work for you not making your skin look pale or different but would just give it a very sheer, natural finish. In case if you have some spots or dark circles, use a little bit of concealer on those areas & then use the tinted moisturizer or BB cream over. If your skin is oily, make sure to use a translucent powder over so that the skin doesn't look too oily after a while.
About Samaanta Dwivedi
Makeup and Beauty are my passion. It all started with MAC cosmetics, where I worked for 1.5 years starting in 2008. A year into the job, in 2009, I did my first bridal makeup. Seeing the bride happy, feeling like I had contributed in my own way to "the happiest day in her life", and hearing her feedback, gave me immense satisfaction. Since then I have been lucky to help 40+ brides feel beautiful about themselves on one of the most important day of their life. It is an amazing feeling to help transform a bride! Blog,Facebook,Youtube