Beautiful Competition: Sheryl Porbanderwalla

As Coco Chanel once said,

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Fashion, being a mode of expression, is always changing. This rapid pace of change is directly linked to popular culture and socioeconomic happenings around the world. Recently heavy metal, tartan, skirts with high hemlines, low rise and slim fitting jeans and designer sunglasses are all in fashion. Fashion from the 80s is being revived with upturned collars, leggings and side ponytails. It has become fashionable to carry an IPod as an accessory as one walks around. A person’s fashion shapes who they are and how they live their lives.

As a makeup artist my inspiration has been the word of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

To achieve my full artistic expression, my must-haves are:

  1. Personality & Business Cards.
  2. Primer from Laura Mercier/Pore Refiner from Benefit for oily skin. Image
  3. Lip Exfoliator from Body Shop.
  4. MAC Strobe Cream.        Image
  5. Makeup Forever HD Powder.
  6. Aqua Black Eyeliner from Makeup Forever.
  7. 5 Camouflage Palette from Makeup Forever.Image
  8. Rimmel’s Lipstick in Kate – No 1 is the best scarlet red for all skin tones.

Beauty is something men and women the world over worry about and try to achieve daily. Television, magazines and the Internet are promoting the way our society should look. To me beauty is natural and we all possess it in varying degrees. The Egyptians were the first to hallmark beauty and makeup was a conquest made by them and they were very successful at it. Beauty for them was life or death, they would always step out of their homes with their masks on, and that is meant literally! They believed that not being beautiful was a statement of laziness.

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The ideal of beauty is flawless skin, thin bodies, shiny hair and beautiful eyes, however to many beauty goes beyond the skin. It is a combination of what is inherent and visual that together it makes you feel good, raises self-confidence, and provides attention towards oneself and gives you pride, making you mostly happy. Being beautiful on the outside is not the battle we need to win; it is remaining beautiful within.

“Beauty “and “being beautiful” are two sides to the same coin. Ones external appearance and strife to achieve a level of visual beauty have a limited reach when making impressions. However letting ones inner beauty shine and reflect in your actions will allow you to make lasting impressions.

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My approach to beauty and beautifying people is to look for that facet where their external beauty and their internal beauty meet. It could be their smile, which make their lips their asset. A twinkle in their eyes that make their eyes the asset. Thus guiding me on the feature that would be the focus on my canvas.

How-to pro long your makeup base

Nothing takes up space in a suitcase like jars and tubes of endless skincare products. We know how stressful it can be to pack the right beauty supplies, as holidays are stressful on one’s body and mind, and who has ever gone wrong with a little extra help? Bearing in mind the destinations climate, everyone needs a long lasting foundation that will adhere and adapt beautifully on their skin. Here are four tips to ensure your makeup base lasts perfectly all day:

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Start with cleansed and toned skin: As many makeup critics can argue about the credibility of toners, we say, use them. Only when your base is cleansed and primed will it absorb makeup to make you look naturally blessed with great skin. Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera Cleansing Milk is a beautiful product that is worth every penny. A toner and cleanser combined in one, with benefits of organic goodness, we give this product a big thumbs up and definitely say it should make it in your essentials skincare kit.

Use a primer: Lightweight primers are preferred as most countries at this time of the year experience spring to summer weather conditions. Our top pick this season is Guerlain’s Blanc De Perle Lightning UV Base. As the name has it, this primer instantly lightens and brightens your complexion because of the miniscule pearl particles in its formula that blends into the skin. However, if your skin is problematic or experiences redness, Philosophy’s On a Clear Day is a great primer to clear acne and spots, while Smashbox’s Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer, reduces redness, letting your foundation do a better job at evening out your skin tone.

Choose the right formula for your skin type: With foundations the proof is always in the pudding as different foundation formulas tailor to different skin types. If you have dry skin, use a cream or liquid foundation. For oilier skin, choose oil free liquid formulas, powder, or mineral foundation. For dry skin our suggestion is the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation as it leaves the most gorgeous dewy finish, perfect for this time of the year. For an oil free formula that combats the shiny look, use Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Plus that works as a liquid foundation leaving a nonglossy finish that is long lasting.

Use a setting powder or a setting spray: Setting powders are not a preferred product by many, while others swear by it. In warmer weather conditions, it is better to give these a try. Instead of choosing pigmented finishing powder, try a translucent one; Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder is a promising product that does not cake. And if you want to skip the powdery effect all through, use a setting spray, the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a product that works brilliantly all through the day (and night, obviously).

Get The Look- Anne V From Harpers Bazaar Arabia

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Kate Goodwin, CEO & Founder of ILLUMIN8 Media Make-Up Studio did Anne V for Harpers Bazaar Arabia’s cover shoot this month. Get this celebrity look from our Celebrity Make-Up Artist.

Anne V is a super model so let’s be fair, didn’t need to worry too much as she is HOT! Can’t really go wrong. This shoot was so much fun with an amazing team, and it shows, as Anne V rocked the look and the outfit. A little bit of colour goes a long way this season. Stick to semi-matte to dewy skin for a fresh base, and enjoy a plethora of bright summer colours, especially hot for lips this season.

I kept her skin clean, using the MAC strobe cream and Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser in Bare. Her skin was amazing so I only needed a little touch of my ever-faithful Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier in SC-3. Her eyes used gold and neutral tones, which worked beautiful for her complexion. All products are listed below.

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Base

  • Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser in Bare
  • Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier in SC-3
  • M.A.C Strobe Cream (as a primer)

Cheeks

  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Burberry Tangerine

 Eyes

  • Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Bronze (pat on entire eyelid)
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe (Blend lightly around the socket)
  • M.A.C Shimmer Pigment in Vanilla (tear duct area/brow bone)
  • Chanel Blonde Claire (for brows)
  • Estee Lauder Artists Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Brown (for definition)

Lips

Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in the colour Venere

Three products for summer dew

Dewy cheeks, radiant skin and sun kissed face are one of the most natural looks to sport this summer. Here are our best buys to achieve this look without any fuss.

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating

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This is a life-saving product. The moisturiser glides on to the skin, without any caky-ness. The products have minute iridescent particles that hit the light and provide a beautiful glow. This one is perfect for summer as it contains SPF 20. With the slight use of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder on your T-Zone, the look can be perfected for eveningwear as well.

Benefit Fine One One Blush

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This blush has such gorgeous pigments to create the perfect rosy look for day or a night out. It gradients in three colours; pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral creating the perfect three-dimensional blusher effect. To top of the perfect skin for this summer, check out the next one!

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 season’s bronzer

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The four shades of bronze ensure that you don’t get an awful orange cheekbone. This bronzer is perfect for some serious contouring, but works well to create a sun kissed look. Apply a light handed application on your forehead, chin, hollow of your cheeks and nose with a stippling brush for a well blended look.

Disclaimer: Any third party does not sponsor this review; all products are bought and tested.