Fashion essentials: Nail the Diwali look with tips from make-up artist Abhijit Paul
With Diwali just a couple of days away, we are all set to put our best foot forward. But the frenzied house-cleaning, decorating, cooking and the pujas that ensue, hardly leave us with enough time to look like a million bucks. To make your task easy, we got ace make-up artist Abhijit Paul to show us how to dazzle this Diwali. He tried two very different looks on supermodel Diti Saha — one, a very traditional yet modern look, and the other for those who are planning to flaunt fusion wear with a desi touch. “You can further improvise on the looks that I have shown with a little nip and tuck, here and there. But be sure not to overdo things by either over-accessorising or doing up both your eyes and lips heavily. The trick is to keep it simple yet gorgeous,” says the celebrity make-up expert.
For the base:
Abhijit first cleaned up Diti’s face and applied an oil-based primer. (Diti has normal-to-dry skin. You can use a water-based primer if you have oily or acne-prone skin.) Then he used a concealer to hide the spots, and applied liquid foundation to blend the base. A little pat of Mac’s Studio fix on the face is enough to complete the base. You can use any compact brand that suits your skin.
Look 1: Once your base is complete, do up your eyebrows. For this look, Abhijit has done a little bit of contouring of Diti’s face with a highlighter, to do away with the flatness of the base. Abhijit has also used brown eyebrow shadow and brown mascara to accentuate Diti’s brows. To go with her sari look, he tried a brown smoky eyes look on her, replete with thick mascara. To keep things classy, a nice shade of peach-pink blush has been used, and to add just the right amount of drama, she has been given a deep purple pout. You can try on this look, but remember to choose your shade according to your complexion. To complete the look, Diti’s hair has been styled with soft curls, which is manageable, and comfortable, at the same time.
Look 2: For this look with a Western touch, Abhijit used a scarlet eyeliner to go with the outfit. Since the upper eyelid was done up brightly, the rest of the look was kept minimal, with only a hint of nude bronze lips. The hair too has been kept straight, with a middle parting to tone down the look, and keep it classy. The base make-up is the same.
Tip: If you don’t have a colour eye pencil or liner, you can try out the look with any of your lipsticks.
Model: Diti Saha Hair and make-up: Abhijit Paul Sari: Finesse, Alipore Dress: Abhishek Dutta Accessories: Anupam Chatterjee’s Warssi and Diti Saha, Pictures: Debarshi Sarkar