For the cosmetic appeal
Dressing up is about more than just the clothes you wear. Paint yourself right is the mantra today.
IN THE words of French critic, Roland Barthes, "Every new fashion is a refusal to inherit, a subversion against the oppression of the preceding fashion." This refusal to inherit gives fashion great `newness'. Each fashion season rushes in multitude of ideas marked by a new look.
The fashion world operates on numerous levels with varied components driven in by the fresh season. One of the levels is the `cosmetic fashion' that invariably captures the apex of the fashion tree, a level without which no styling is ever complete!
Make-up is shorthand for being human. Expressive intentions of the stylists chart a `spirit' this summer that talks of no-fault, smooth make-up.
Marked by geometry, this summer talks of reshaped eyes in coal with graphic placement ideas reflecting in the glossy eye-shadow. Also, two-tone lippers are a perfect match to the ultra square hairstyling. The `lip-service' exists in scarlet, lime, orange. Work creative with French manicure to give hooplas, spikes, polkas or vibrating stripes in white over nail paint.
The summer sun has interesting connotations with a make-up style that is both sophisticated and `aged'. This calls to treat yourself in oxidised metal tones.
Precious little treasures like glittering stick-on (body and nail) stones and metallic mesh tattoos form a part of this story.
In addition to tangy tones, this season talks of non-glossy camel, beige, chocolate, terracotta, tan, mahogany and rosewood - a perfect painted setting for cheek highlight.
Sherbet tones like pinks and oranges top the style charts. Fruity cosmetics with smudged, high shine ideas rule supreme.
Nail paints exist in watercolour effects. Transparent liquids create an element of interest in the lip zone. Colourful transfers to be fixed over nail paint are a new arrival gripping the fashion scene.
This summer also talks of magnetic make-up with a range of polysensorial products with ambivalent textures. Vibrant coloured mascara, scribbled doodles as nail paint, chalky lippers ... all from a part of this narration.
Avoid pairing strong eyes with intense lip colour. Do one of them. Remember, red lips dress up. For the day, apply make up in daylight, near a window.
The results are more natural. For summer, a sheer loose powder is a necessity for setting foundation and not letting the make-up melt as quickly. It also makes the skin look smoother as it minimises pores.
Today, dressing up is about more than just the clothes we wear. Painting our eyes can make us appear softer and more feminine or strikingly dramatic.
It is about painting our portrait! So, make sure that you paint yourself right.
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