Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonder Woman Makeup-Halloween 2014

Wonder Woman to your rescue! This is one of my favorite Halloween or costume looks, because the makeup is so fierce and the costume is very simple to recreate. You can learn how to accomplish this look by watching the tutorial below and check out the products I used. Happy Halloween!

Products Used: 
MAC's Prep & Prime
Bobbi Brown's Peach Corrector
Graftobian HD Foundation Palette
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette
Neutragena's Healthy Skin Concealer
Makeup Forever HD Powder
Loreal True Match Concealer Crayon
Benefit's Push Up Eyeliner
Ardell 105 lashes, trimmed
NYX lip liner-Hot Red
NYX lip cream stick-Candy Apple

For this this look, I used a more cost effective method to create the Wonder Woman headgear. I bought a gold glitter headband from Claires or you can get a cheap on from Amazon ($3-$5). Using red construction paper, I cut out a star shape and used eyelash glue to apply it to the headband. 

You can also use makeup to create your headband. Using black iner to outline the shape and fill it in with yellow and gold cream shadows. Use red eyeshadow or lipstick to create a star on top and shade the design with dark browns to make it more realistic. 

For the most realistic look, you can find Wonder Woman full costumes and accessories on Amazon or your local Party City/Halloween store. Show me your best costume look and hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

Instagram: @navnit_virdi 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Best Concealers 2014

With Fall & Winter around the corner, the days are shorter, darker, and most people will need that extra coverage under the eyes. Here are some of my favorite concealers for dark circles, discoloration or highlighting under the eyes. Of course, each product's effectiveness will vary depending on your skin tone and type, but I find these products to work the best for those with medium to dark skin tones.

1. Bobbi Brown Corrector:
This products hits the 3 C's-Creamy, Consistent & Coverage. It is the wakeup call for those blue circles  we get from staring at a computer all day or getting no sleep. Using basic color theory, orange is opposite to blue, so using salmon-peach tones under the eyes help cancel out the blue undertones in our dark circles. If you're applying a concealer and your under eye area looks more green, darker or generally worse, you're probably just using the wrong tone. Bobbi Brown's corrector works best when applied around the inner corners and blended out. It instantly brightens your eyes, with little to no creasing. I personally like to use a dense small-medium brush to blend this product, giving a more airbrush effect.

2. Benefit's Erase Paste:
Talk about heavy duty! Benefit's Erase Paste is a full coverage formula that completely gets rid of dark circles, puffiness, and best for blemishes. However, the product is very thick, difficult to blend, and can set into your lines, it is not the smoothest formula. I personally love this product though because of the instant difference, so using an eye cream underneath will help with any creasing. A little goes a VERY long way, and with a fluffy dome brush, blending is much easier. This is the most effective product for stubborn circles, you'll just need to use it correctly, along with with eye creams and specific blending brushes.

3. MAC's Studio Finish:
MAC;s studio finish is great concealer to use for anything. It's quite opaque, creamy and surprisingly light weight. It's such a blendable product you can mix it in with other concealers to get the perfect color and texture for you. It's great for blemishes and brightening under the eyes. I would use it as an addition to a corrector for best coverage.  Again, applying this product with a more dense, larger brush leaves a more blurred impression, so the skin under your eyes looks much more smooth.

4. YSL Touche Eclat:
More on the expensive side, this YSL product is more of a brightening/highlighting pen as oppose to a corrector like Bobbi Brown. It doesn't cover distinctive blue circles as much, but the coverage is amazing and it leaves your skin looking really flawless underneath the eyes. This is a great product to use on top of your foundation because it will instantly brighten under the eyes which diminishes the appearance of most under eye issues. In most cases, the best way to minimize any under eye discoloration or puffiness is to highlight under the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. This creates a blurred effect which makes the eyes look brighter.

5. Maybeline Fit Me
When I first say this product at the drugstore, I was instantly amazed at the color selection for someone with more of an olive skin tone like me. Most drugstore products don't have a huge variety in color selections, but the FIT ME line matched me almost exactly. The concealer is low-medium coverage, perfect for daytime or over the foundation and surprisingly covers dark circles pretty well. I usually use this along with Bobbi Brown for work or school. For the price, it's my most recommended product.

6. NYX HD Photogenic Concealer:
I'm not as impressed with the color selection with this product, it's mostly red-pink undertones that tend to be more dark, so not the best highlighter. However, the formula is extremely smooth and looks amazing in photos. I always use this on clients and on myself if I want to do a photoshoot. I will mix it with another product to get my color, but the texture of this product is wonderful, full coverage but does not go into your lines/wrinkles.

There are many great concealing products out there (Stila, Kat Von D, Etc), but I find myself gravitating towards the items on this list the most. Concealers can be tricky, but understanding the best corrector for your dark circles/discoloration and best concealers for highlighting, brightening, and adding extra coverage will really help. You do not have to stick to just one, mix them together, switch them up and of course take care of your skin to better improve your under eye areas including eye creams and masks. You can learn more about some great skin tips here:

Happy Concealing!
Instagram: navnit virdi
Indian Makeup Artist, Seattle-San Francisco

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Easy Fall Makeup for Brown Eyes 2014

Happy Fall! As much as I love summer, there is nothing more beautiful and refreshing then a colorful fall day, especially here in Seattle.  So pull out your boots, sweaters and get ready with me for Fall. Using the Stila Cosmetics In the Know Palette, I came up with this easy, wearable and matte look, perfect for day time or the weekend. Using Smoke from the palette or any matte gray, place the shadow on to your lids. Then using Fire, or any burnt orange color, with a fluffy brush, blend the shadow in the crease adding warmth and intesifying your eye color. I then used Earth, a neutral brown in the crease, as a transition color and to make sure everything is blended. This look really highlights brown eyes, however if you have a lighter eye color, try using a brown  or dark plum on the lid instead and black or gray as your neutral transition color in the crease. Watch the tutorial below for step by step directions. 

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Instagram: @navnit_virdi
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Indian Engagement Makeup: Get Ready With Me

Hello Beautiful! I thought I'd share my DIY Indian Engagement Makeup I did for my engagement party a few weeks ago. This look is more on the simple side compared to most Indian inspired looks or desi makeup, but I wanted to go for that flawless, glowing appeal without looking overdone. Don't hide behind makeup, pierce through it. Check out my tutorial and get ready with me :)

Watch the tutorial!

Products Used:
Makeup Forever HD Primer
Graftobian HD Foundation Palette-Warm
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer-Medium
Mac's Paint Pot-Soft Ochre
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Mac's Shadowy Lady e/s
Mac's Soft Brown e/s
NYX  Pixie Lutin e/s
Urban Decay 24/7 Black liner
Anastasia Contour Kit
BH Cosmetics Blush Palette
Mac's lip liner Morning Coffee
NYX Butter Gloss-Madeline

Instagram: @navnit_virdi