(Photo:formal dresses uk)Post makeovers for the party season, five Mirror readers found that highlighting just one facial feature can transform your personality.

The burgeoning cosmetic industry is perhaps proof enough that the choice of makeup and skin-care products differs from person to person. Their preferences are based on facial features, face shape, skin type and personality. When it comes to wearing a blush, it is important to first determine its texture -cream blush for dry or normal skin and powder blush for oily skin. For long face shapes, the blush must be applied on the apples and blended out towards the temples, whereas for oval faces, you need to blend it in a circular motion with a blush brush. Abhilasha Singh, business and creative head, Biguine Make up, India, and her team of experts all agree that all this is easier said than done, which is why they broke down five inspiring looks -just before jingle bells start ringing.


POOJA VYAS, 26, Student

Cute and unassuming, Pooja exudes the charm of the girl-next-door.Although her makeup kit comprises a compact, foundation, blush, lipstick and eyeliner, Pooja confesses that she was unaware about the varied makeup rules that apply to individual face type and skin tone and the order in which products need to be applied. “I always picked up a particular hue because I liked it, irrespective of whether it matched my complexion,” she says.


-Follow the CTM (Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing) ritual with a cream foundation and blend it well by using a foundation brush.

-Fill out the brows with brown brow powder and set them with two strokes of clear mascara.

-Starting from the inner V-corner, prep the eyelids with a metallic eyeshadow, and blend it into the crease with a blending brush to erase any harsh lines.

-If you have beautiful almond shaped eyes like Pooja, do a classic cat eye using a gel liner. Pair it with a kohl-rimmed lower lash line and generous coats of mascara.

-Contour the jawline and the nose using bronzing powder.

-Define those chiselled cheekbones with a hint of highlighter to create the illusion of a slimmer face.

-Top it with a peach blush on the apples of the cheeks for a natural flush.

-Opt for a loud mouth with a bright pink lip pencil, and wrap up with a high-shine gloss.

Hair- Team the look with a side-swept style. Accentuate it with a pretty barrette or a jewelled pin.

Smart tip- More often than not, a round face makes the eyes look droopy. Hold them up by applying the eyeliner in an upward direction.


KANCHAN KALE, 37, Language expert

You could call her a real life `Santoor Mommy’, because she just doesn’t look her age.Blessed with beautiful skin and enviable features, Kanchan never felt the need to put on makeup till a couple of years back, when her friend dragged her to a makeup workshop. “Many of my friends have pushed me to go bold with vampy hues and OTT eyes, but somehow, I always stuck to my regular kohl, beige eyeshadow and bright pink lipstick,” she says. Kanchan found it difficult to believe how one product could transform her look.”Just a few strokes of an illuminator on the nose and cheekbones sharpen my look in mere moments.”


-Begin with the basics of cleansing and moisturizing. Then, apply an illuminating foundation all over the face and neck. Blend well for an even coverage. The more you blend, the better the glow.

-Max up the cheekbones and make the nose look sharper with a high lighter. Set the base with dustings of compact powder. If you have brows that are too light, fill them out with a brown brow powder, and groom them in place with a spoolie wand.

-Using an eyeshadow brush, open the eyelids with a soft wash of earth tone eyeshadow.

-Outline the upper lash line with a thin liquid liner and the waterline using kohl, all topped with oodles of mascara.

-Apply a warm apricot blush starting from the apples of the cheek towards your temples. Dust the face with translucent powder for a lit-from-within glow.

-Hydrate the lips with a good lip butter and pucker up with a swipe of bright pink.

Hair- If you have fine tresses like Kanchan, transform them into voluminous locks using a curling iron.

Smart tip-To make the nose look thinner, lightly apply the highlighter from the top of the nose down to the ball of the nose in a thin line.


Nessie Mathew, 28, HR professional

Cosmetics in all their glory have always been Nessie’s Achilles’ heel. “I have always had a healthy respect for women who wake up early to nail that perfect look whilst juggling their responsibilities at home and work,” she says. Till her recent makeover, Nessie’s idea of makeup was just a swipe of kohl and a low-key lip gloss. “Not anymore!”


-After cleansing and toning, balance out an uneven skin tone by mixing a colour corrector with a blob of hydrating moisturiser and blending it all over the face and neck.

-Dot some concealer under the eyes and blend it well with your ring finger to camouflage dark circles. Mattify oily skin with pressed powder.

-If you have small, deep-set peepers like Nessie, make them look bigger by swiping on champagne shimmer or pearl eyeshadow over the eyelid using the cut crease technique. This will give the eyes a dramatic, well-defined crease.

-Apply a black kohl liner to the waterline on the upper and lower lash line. Smudge it to create a softer look.

-Add a few individual falsies on the outer corners of the lashes for that extra oomph and apply multiple coats of voluminising mascara to make the eyes pop.

-Contour the face with bronzing powder to make it look longer.

-Using a large round brush, apply a deep coral blush on the apple of the cheeks in an upward motion.

-Fill in the lips with a ruby red lip pencil and finish by dabbing the centre with a touch of peach gloss.

Hair- Straight, shiny tresses will always make the face look slimmer. Create some braids for a dash of texture or clip the hair on one side with a bejewelled slide.

Smart tip- If you’re not too confident about applying false eyelashes or using a lash curler, apply an eye primer or baby powder before swiping on the mascara to plump up those lashes.


Anusha Venkatram, 24, Writer

A beauty writer in the past, Anusha has coordinated plenty of editorial shoots. What is surprising is that while she assisted models as they prepped themselves, she never felt the need to try the plethora of products in the green room. “Sitting before the mirror for long hours and applying products one after the other always seemed a daunting task. It was never my cup of tea. Among my girlfriends, I was always the first one to get ready. That was also because my beauty treasure comprised two products: a face wash and a lip balm,” she laughs.


-Start with a fresh, clean base. If you have unevenly toned or pigmented skin, blend together a moisturiser and a colour corrector for a flawless base.

-Use a creamy foundation that will provide full coverage without making the base look cakey.

-In this look, the eyes take centre stage with dual-toned eyeshadows, smudged kohl, heavy amounts of mascara.

-Apply an eye primer all over the eyelids so the eye makeup stays clean for a longer period. Then, create a half smoky eye with eyeshadow hues in turquoise, dark blue and a hint of coral at the centre of the eyelid.

-Line the lower lash line with a gel liner and smudge it along the waterline.

-Complete the look with strokes of highlighter on the brow bone and generous swipes of mascara.

Hair- Blow-dry the hair for volume and apply a leave-in conditioner so the strands don’t turn dry. Accessorise the ‘do with a simple headband or a floral hair clip.

Smart tip- For a pear-shaped face like Anusha, always apply the blush at the centre of the cheeks to make them look fuller.


Tejasvi Patil, 22, Student

Fresh out of college, Tejasvi has an endearing personality.

Although she walked into the salon sans makeup, with her hair pinned high, too short for a top knot, she stepped out like a diva. “It’s not that I never use makeup. I have experimented with coloured liners in college, but I’ve only used the ones that look good on me,” she says. The sculpted pout and the effect of the hairstyling mousse on her face wowed Tejasvi.


-For a flawless skin like Tejasvi, stick to a barely-there base comprising a tinted moisturizer or a lightweight foundation.

-Cover up under-eye circles and skin imperfections, if any, using a concealer stick.

-Dust a little bronzer to add definition to a flat-face look.

-Accentuate the cheekbones with a peachy pink cream blush at the centre of the apples of the cheek to create a doll-like effect.

-Since the focus is on the lips, opt for understated eyes with a dab of shimmer on the inner V-corner of the eyes or a glitter liner in a colour that complements your outfit.

-Outline the lids with a swipe of kohl at the roots of the lashes.

-Emphasise the Cupid’s bow with a hydrating coral lipstick.

Hair- For curly or wavy hair, work up a dollop of mousse into damp locks and let it dry naturally.

Smart tip- Define the lips with a nude pencil liner before applying the lipstick to create the appearance of a soft, pillowy pout.Read more at:cheap prom dresses

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