Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Makeup Breakups : Sushmita Sen

( the image used above is only for illustration purposes and does not have anything to do with publicity of the actress. Its just a fan following and I hope this is taken in a casual manner. I solemnly declare that the image used above is only to guide my readers to the makeup look and does not involve any personal matters. So please take this in a healthier way.)

Sushmita Sen is one of my favorite actresses and I have always loved the way she carries herself with elegance and panache. She is a typical Armani woman with demure and understated elegance but tough and bold enough to carry a Versace gown with the same panache. She is a very strong woman and her makeup reflects her brighter side. I have never seen someone who would apply bronzers in the most perfect way and never look overdone still. It needs guts and Sushmita has them in tones….

The glowing golden complexion of Sushmita is probably her trademark. The makeup she sports is more of skin than eyes or lips. Everything seems to be in equilibrium and balance when Sush is concerned.

So lets see how we could get inspired from the makeup on this diva….

For FACE: -

After a cleansing, toning and moisturizing, apply a primer that would cover pores and fine lines of the face. I prefer Clarins Instant Smooth Perfect Touch, which is very waxy and soft to feel but goes on amazingly on the skin. I like to use complexion enhancers to mimic the glow of the summer that is warm and enticing. This is the simplest way to sport any look from understated natural to divinely glamorous. I have always trusted YSL Teint Parfait in shade no.3 which has a slight amount of shimmer enough to give a dewy radiance. I prefer applying it under the foundation first and then over it if required as I want an illusion of the glow from within.
My foundation of choice for such alluring makeovers is Clinique’s Perfectly Real Makeup. This foundation glides like butter on the skin and the texture is so smooth and the coverage is sheer to medium and build able. This foundation sits on the skin like second skin. I use a foundation brush to apply this foundation starting from the centre of the face and all over. Sometimes I mix the complexion enhancer with this foundation and apply an extra hand over the heights of the cheeks and all areas where the light hits to make them glow even more. I finish and set the foundation with Clinique’s Super powder double face powder for an added coverage especially under the eyes where I prefer not using concealers if not required. This powder foundation does the trick and looks more natural under eyes than a goopy concealer. Of course in photographs sometimes a concealer may be necessary.
A dusting of translucent powder with a hint of shimmer like Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Loose powder over the highlight areas suffices over a blush at times.

Before dusting the loose powder, I prefer applying a crème bronze blush just to add on to the healthy effect. The application should be light and not look like a fake tan. I prefer applying with fingertips on the apples of the cheeks and blending it towards the temples. My choice has always been Shiseido’s Accentuating Stick in S1 Bronze Flush. This crème multi purpose stick can also be used as a lipstick and on eyes to balance the look.

After dusting the loose powder over this crème blush, I just add on some more glow using Shiseido Multi shade Enhancer in No.2 for a summery radiance. The amber color in the palette is my favorite and I apply it very sheer. A bit of dusting in the contours brings out the structure of the face. To balance the look dust whatever remains on the brush over your forehead, Nose Bridge and chin to look perfectly bronzed. Care should be taken in using the least amount of product to start with.

For EYES: -

I prefer applying an eye shadow primer or a base and my favorite is MAC paint pot in Painterly which is this beige pink base that matches the color of the lids and does not look pronounced. Then I use a gel based liner like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to create a base for the eyeshadow to stick on and accentuate the lashes. A bronze brown eyeshadow from MAC mineralize eyeshadows from the Red She said collection in Inter-view can be dusted on the lids near the lash line and blended well for a it of smoked effect. Apply the same eyeshadow in the outer half of the lower lid.
Then I apply Lancôme’s Color Focus eyeshadow in platinum brown on the lid and blend it into the crease and highlight the brow bone by using a shimmery bone color from Lancôme’s Color Focus Quad in Chic.
These palettes are my staples and they create some of the most extra ordinary eye looks. To end with the whole thing and so that eyes draw maximum attention I dust on a lustre eyeshadow from MAC called Honeylust which is a slightly bronze color with lot of shimmery particles. This is just a party time touch added to the already sophisticated eye makeup. I glide a black or charcoal color kohl eye pencil from Clinique in the inner rims and prefer not to use a liquid liner to keep the look soft and subtle.
Generous coats of YSL Faux Cils or Clinique's High Definition mascara in Black follow and complete the eye makeup. Lush lashes are always in…..

For LIPS: -

I apply the Shiseido accentuating stick in bronze as a base coat and then glide on Lancôme Color fever gloss in Boogie Brown for a natural looking pout. Other favorite warm taupe colored gloss of mine is Clinique’s Impossibly Glossy lip gloss in Soda Crème. Just love it.
Sometimes a touch of Lancôme juicy tube in Pamplemousse does the trick too but just as an accent.

Other products that can be used are: -
1) Elizabeth Arden Bronzer
2) Lancôme Star Bronzer
3) Lancôme Maharani Jewels Elephant palette
4) Clinique superfit makeup foundation
5) Estee Lauder Double wear foundation
6) Clarins Color quench lip balm
7) Shiseido Lipgloss in G4 Petal
8) Givenchy Prisme Bronzer
9) Clinique Color Surge eyeshadow quad in Spicy
10) Dior Bronze Harmonie in Sunset Party
11) L'Oreal Eva Longoria eyeshadow palette
12) Chanel Exceptionnel de Chanel mascara
13) Dior Highlighting powder in Amber Diamond

I’d strongly recommend good quality bronzers as the medium ones are either too orange or too red and could spoil the entire look..

Do try this look at home and give me the inputs.

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