Q: How can I pull off super-dark lipsticks?
A: Goth lips are no longer reserved for Halloween, you can totally work them IRL. Test shades to find one that brightens up your face. Precision is key, so apply the lipstick with a lip brush (as dark hues can get messy!) Use a lip liner after to intensify the colour. Keep the rest of the make-up minimal: fine, black liner, mascara, and a hint of bronzer.
Lancôme Absolu Rouge Definition Lipstick in Le Pourpre, ₹2,300
Q: Will spraying perfume on my clothes make it last longer?
A: This can actually ruin your clothes (especially fabrics like silk) as the fragrance contains alcohol. Also, when sprayed on skin, the perfume spreads with body heat, which doesn’t happen with clothes. The best way to make your scent last longer is to spray it on the right pulse points: your neck, below your midriff, inside your elbow, and behind your knees. Or mix the scent with some lotion or petroleum jelly (like Vaseline), to make it last longer on your skin.
Versace Eros Pour Femme, ₹7,700/100ml
Q:Dark liner and shadows make my eyes look really small. Is there an alternative?
A: This tends to happen with dark liners and shadows. If you are a fan of dark shades, then trace the ‘V’ corner of your eyes with silver or gold liner to instantly brighten up your peepers. As for dark liners, use the liner only on the top lash line. To make your eyes pop, trace the waterline with a nude or white pencil.
Colorbar All-Day Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick, ₹850
Q: Do I really need to use heat protectants before styling my hair?
A: Yes! Whenever you are using heat tools like straighteners, curlers or dryers, you need to prep your hair with a heat protectant. This spray or cream adds an extra layer of coating, which prevents your hair from breaking and damage. Bonus: heat protectants add moisture, which gives you smoother, shinier strands after styling.
Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist, ₹750