Q. How do I get that warm, glistening glow that was all over the runways this season?
A: Even though it looked like models walked down the runway bare-faced, there’s a considerable amount of skin prep that makes it look like that. But, good news: it’s easier to achieve than you think. While obviously ‘done up’ faces are no longer trending, it’s important to conceal obvious imperfections like spots and dark circles. Once done, use a shimmer-less bronzer—ideally a powder or cream formula—to warm up your complexion. You can extend the coverage to your neck and décolletage. Final step: a hint of liquid, shimmer bronzer on the high points of your face and collarbone to make it seem like the sun’s rays are directly falling on your face!
HUDA Beauty N.Y.M.P.H. Not. Your. Mama’s. Panty. Hose. in Aurora, Rs 4,050
M.A.C Next To Nothing Bronzing Powder in Canyon Dreaming, Rs 2,750
Q. While I have been able to make a swift shift to natural skincare (and even make-up to some extent), I am a little lost in the deodorant department...
A: There are a bunch of great options available now...but since most of us are used to scents and deodorants that last long, a natural solution might not seem as effective. However, it is important to note that these formulas are kinder to both our skin and the environment. For instance, this one by Forest Essentials is aluminium-free and gently scents the skin without disturbing the natural process of perspiration. Plus, this Ayurvedic formulation removes odour-causing bacteria, keeps skin toned and balanced, and doesn’t leave any white streaks.
Forest Essentials Lavender & Neem Natural Deodorant, Rs 1,250
Q. I follow my skincare routine religiously, but lately, my skin’s been craving extra hydration.
A: Weather changes can sometimes make your skin feel dry or stretchy, even if you are doing everything right. If you have a fairly detailed AM-PM routine, you can spritz a hydrating mist a few times a day to replenish moisture in the skin. Or, try slapping on a sleeping mask, which is designed to up your skin’s moisture level while you hit snooze... This one by Laneige doesn’t just hydrate, but also soothes redness.
Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask, Rs 2,070
Q. Self-care is a big buzzword right now...and I’m up for it. Do you have any easy tips?
A: Well, different people find different things relaxing. It could be sleeping in for a few extra hours or indulging in a good sweat sesh... Some women love pampering their skin, while others, their senses. But lighting aromatic candles definitely has a relaxing effect...and works for most. Scents like lavender, vanilla, bergamot, or chamomile have calming properties. Especially, right now, when almost everyone is feeling anxious about the future and their health, lighting a candle in the scent of your choice could prove to be a great self-care ritual.
Yankee Candle in Midsummers Night, Rs 1,380 (small jar)