Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Indian Bridal Makeup

Hello beauties! A few weeks ago I put together this quick shoot with my pretty model friend Megan Barkley and my go to desi photographer, Aiya Photography in Lynnwood, WA at their studio. In just an hour photo shoot, we were able to pull of a great, natural Indian bridal look. Of course Indian bridal makeup is much more dramatic, but I decided to take a risk and go more simplistic which Megan really pulled off. Her face is so naturally flawless, I didn't want to hide it, and of course I wanted the clothing to really stand out. The more I do makeup, the more I realize how experiential Indian bridal makeup is. It's not always about the dramatic lashes and dark lips but more about achieving a regal look and presence, which can be done with many combinations of looks! I definitely want to put together more sample Punjabi bridal shoots, with of course more traditional Indian makeup. I'm thinking a smokey blue eye, nude lips and a two toned lengha next or how about a dramatic burgundy eye, rich red lips, and a dark red and white legnha? If you're a photographer, model , or bride in need, lets get together! Also stay tuned for more makeup looks on myself that my DIY brides can try out.;  Instagram @navnit_virdi 

Makeup Forever HD Foundation & Primer
Michelle Phan Water line pens
Maybeline Gel Liner
Ardel Lashes
Loreal Voluminous Mascara 
YSL highlighter
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Makeup Forever Flash Palette
MAC blunt powder
NYX illuminator  
MAC's brown down, handwritten, electric eel
NYX lip liners
NYX Soft Matte lip cream
MAC clear gloss
Anastasia Brow Kit

Friday, April 11, 2014

MAC 2014 Spring Collection: Proenza Schouler adds more color!

What a colorful treat from MAC! It seems there is a vibrant trend happening for this spring with Urban Decay’s most recent Electric Palette  and now the new Proenza Schouler collection from MAC. However, I am surprised at how wearable this MAC collection is! It’s a fun change from the typical black and chic packaging of their usual collections and consists of the following:

  • 2 Ombre Blushes ( yes ombre!) which will add so much more dimension and richness to your cheeks!
  • 4 lipsticks ranging from nude to dark for any occasion
  • 4 nail colors, all wearable
  • 2 Pro Longwear Eye liners
  • 2 Lip Pencils
  • 1 powder brush

                                                      Sunset Beach                                                    Ocean City

                                                Woodrose                                                                        Mangrove

                                               Pinkfringe                                                                  Primrose

                                              Thimbleweed                                                         Bougainvillea

                                                     Dayflower                                                         Nocturnelle

                                                              Black Ice                                    Rich Experience

                                                                 Dynamo                         High Engery

MAC 129SE Brush

This is definitely on my wish list right now. The colors seem smooth, surprisingly wearable since the packaging is so new aged retro, and it has the perfect range of colors for a natural look or a sophisticated pop of drama.  Check out more here:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How To Find the Perfect Makeup Artist: 4 Tips

With spring here and summer around the corner, it’s time for various weddings, receptions, and special occasions, which means a makeup artist is in need! Here are my 4 Quick Makeup Tips when hiring an MUA and some of my favorite makeup artists! 

Tip #1:  Do A Trial! Don't just rely on someone's opinion until you've tried them out yourself. I’ve worked with many brides with horror stories of previous makeup artists. A trial helps you discover better looks for yourself, your occasion, and what works best for your skin and features.  By doing a trial, your look will be set and accomplished much more quickly on your special day.  

Tip #2:  More is NOT Better. This is definitely catered to my Indian brides & readers. It is not attractive nor acceptable for your MUA to make your skin lighter, cakey, or make you look like a completely different person. Yes, Indian bridal/occasion makeup is heavier and should be more dramatic, but there are certain techniques to achieve this look which doesn’t include masking your face. A makeup artist should ask you about your skin type and skincare routine because that can determine the type of foundation and application she or he applies. It’s time to stop going to your local auntieji or threading salon who advocates the white cake face, or hoping to get on the Pink Orchid waitlist which might cost just as much as your entire wedding. Find a MUA who knows how to make YOU look your best. Your skin should look flawless and even, not light, heavy and dry. Your shadows should be blended and complement your shape not hide it, and your lips should bring out the glow in your skin tone, not disguise it.  Indian women vary in skin color, all of which are beautiful. 

Tip #3: Work with who you like! If you don't connect with your MUA, move on. There are many talented MUAs out there all of which have different styles and portfolios. You should be able to honestly and clearly communicate with your artist and they should be able to adjust. Getting your makeup done is a fun experience so do it with someone you like.

Tip #4: Do your research.  If you're looking for an artist for your wedding, research them! Do you like their website, business card, presence, or portfolio? If they only have a photo shoot portfolio or website, they either don't have experience in that area or they simply like doing photo shoot makeup. If you like their style and they have experience, set up a trial, show them pictures you like, and let them experiment. You'd be surprised how versatile an artist can be, after all we are artists! 


And of course, if you're in the Seattle-San Fran area, check my site out! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 Spring Makeup Favorites

Happy Spring! I thought I would share some of my favorite Spring products & looks!

Gold Glow: 
I am such a huge fan of sultry, bronze makeup looks because I love the beautiful warmth they can bring to someone's face. A gold/dewy finish is perfect for spring because it looks soft, fresh and can easily transition to a summer look. One of my favorite products is MAC's Mineralized Skinfinish  in Whisper of Guilt. This product has quite a bit ofshimmer, but the shimmer is very fine, preventing that muddy or "glitter" look. Using a flat top foundation/kabuki brush, buffing this on your cheeks bones with a light hand will give you an instant, natural glow.

Coral, Orange lips:
Bright, warm toned colors like MAC's Morange, Maybeline- Color Sensation- Electric Orange, or Loreal's Color Riche formula in Orange Fever are great picks for spring. You can even make your own vivid or toned down coral with what you have. I usually apply MAC's Ruby Woo and blend my concealer on top. Adding concealer to your lip colors can brighten them, change the tone, or make them matte

Natural & Lashes
This is my favorite spring look and everyday look really. I love natural bright eyes with pale gold lids, wide lashes, and a soft pouty lip. For this look, check out and the products she used: Motives Cosmetics & House of Lashes, my new favorite places to shop!