Meghan Markle, Minimalist Beauty
Ever since 2011 when she debuted on Netflix hit series Suits, American TV actress Meghan Markle’s unconventional beauty and acting prowess has captured the hearts of millions of fans over seven seasons. And, although she bid goodbye to acting following her new role as a British royal family member, post her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry last year, her fan following has only skyrocketed.
What’s her look: Meghan’s signature make-up look has always been sophisticated fresh nude and natural, and now her love for refined understated make-up is coming in handy as it fits her minimalist royal grooming protocol to a T.
To steal Meghan’s signature look, it’s imperative to pick a skin base that is feather light and translucent. In her case, it is the use of a lightweight luminous formulation that allows her skin’s natural texture including her charming freckles to show through.
Pick Dolce & Gabbana’s Millennial Skin On-The-Glow Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30. Simply smooth this hydrating formulation with your fingertips over the face and neck and wait for it to absorb. Follow with a beauty multitasker such as Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette, which has both face contouring shades and neutral eyeshadows as well. Meghan contours her face with a light hand and you should do the same. For a youthful flush, apply Shiseido Inner Glow Cheek Powder (Twilight Hour 02) on the apples of the cheeks. Highlight with a few drops of Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter and complement with Inglot’s Jennifer Lopez Luminous Livin’ Illuminator for Face, Eyes & Body.
Next draw intense eyes using the liquid eyeliner Shiseido MicroLiner Ink (Brown) and Inglot Jennifer Lopez Gel Eyeliner. Finally amp up the lashes with Too Faced Better Than Love Mascara.
It’s important you comb through the mascara-coated lashes to avoid any clumps. Lastly, apply Meghan’s favoured nude lipstick shade by Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick (I Quit).
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Priyanka Chopra, The Bold and the Beautiful
This Indian actress has been the rage in her home country for years. Now with a clutch of Hollywood films and TV shows under her belt, this bold and spunky beauty has amassed a considerable global fan following too.
What’s her look: Make-up wise, Priyanka focuses on playing up her bee-stung lips and creating intense smoky eyes along with bold brows. Although she often experiments with vibrant pink and red shades of lipsticks, her pouty lips look their glam best when dressed in shades of browns, bronzes and nudes.
Steal Priyanka’s long lasting, even skin base by opting for Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Contouring and highlighting suits Priyanka’s warm skin tone so it’s a good idea to follow suit. We chose Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette for subtle face contouring. For a peachy flush to the cheeks, go for Givenchy‘s Spring Collection Prisme Blush (No 10 Power).
Bold brows are trending in Hollywood and Priyanka pays ample attention to them. Use Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Pomade (Dark Brown 2) to accentuate brows.
Next, create an intense smoky eye in neutral shadows using Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette (Kotto Street Vintage). Line the upper lashline with Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner and then deposit a bit of dark shadow along the same liner. Priyanka goes for minimalist, natural lashes so volumise lashes with just a coat of Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.
Pouty lips call for extra-elaborate lipstick application steps. Half an hour before you begin your make-up, prep lips – exfoliate with olive oil and sugar granules to scrape off dead skin. Next, slather on a lip balm to moisturise them. Wipe balm off just a few seconds before you begin to apply your lipstick.
To recreate a fuller pout, line your lips slightly outside your natural lipline with a nude lipliner first – the trick is to draw the cupid’s bow a bit outside the line but to stay on the natural lipline around the inner corners of the mouth. Next, redraw with the chosen lip shade pencil on the newly-created lipline – we chose Inglot Lip Pencil in a warm nude shade. Now, take Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick (Murmur 507) and fill the colour inside the lipline through gentle dabs of the lip brush. Once done, purse a paper tissue between the lips to blot out the excess colour. Finally, check and correct any mistakes on your lips. If needed, reapply the same lipstick with gentle dabs once again wherever it requires retouching. Follow up with a lightweight gloss; apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Sepia at the centre of the pout, taking care the gloss doesn’t bleed outside the lipline.
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Alia Bhatt, The Classic Girl-Next-Door
This young Bollywood actress is a powerhouse of talent currently ranked among India’s top actresses.
What’s her look: Alia is blessed with a fresh, youthful looks and often picks films that explore this aspect of her charming persona. Her make-up usually exudes an air of ‘girl-next-door’ cuteness and innocence and focuses on bright skin, minimal eye make-up and vibrant lips.
For recreating Alia’s fresh and even-toned skin base, pick a long-lasting, matte formula such as Sephora’s Matte Perfection Fluid Foundation. Applying foundation with a damp beauty blender. Follow with Givenchy Prisme Libre Mat Finish and Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder in featherlight strokes for a youthful, blurry skin base. Skip the contouring step as we are aiming at a fresh, youthful look. Instead, move straight to a pretty shade of pink blush such as Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo 505 Kink and Kisses.
As for highlighting, go for a powder highlighter. Using an extremely light hand, apply a subtle sheen to the cheeks using Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Duo in shade Mean Money & Hustla Baby.
For the eyes, go for a hint of subtle rose mauve eyeshadow. Use Givenchy Spring Collection Dual Liner in shade No. 4 Passionate. In one easy step, this dual liner crayon will deposit a thick rose-coloured eyeshadow and a thin matching peach eyeliner together over the eyelid. Next, lightly fill in the gaps in the eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Granite using an angled brow brush in light strokes. To tame unruly brows, go for Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel Clear – long-lasting and ideal for all brow hair colours.
For a cute girly look, use a thin black eyeliner along the upper and lower eyelids. Our best bet? Kat Von D’s felt-tipped Ink Liner Trooper. Finish eye make-up with 2 coats of Inglot’s Jennifer Lopez Viva Las Lashes Mascara. Once lashes are mascara-loaded, use a clean mascara brush to gently comb through any clumped-up lashes.
Now the lip colour. Alia’s cute look owes much to the pretty pink lipsticks she frequently uses. Apply Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolcissimo Matte Liquid Lip Colour in shade Pink 5 along your natural lipline and fill in the lips – this easy liquid formula settles into a soft velvety matte finish on the lips in no time.
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Shine Bright
This Academy award-winning American actress has been a household name for years and while her early years saw many groundbreaking films such as Emma, her recent years have mainly been about her character of Pepper Potts in the Marvel films universe.
What’s her look: Gwyneth’s look is all about beautiful, iridescent, luminous skin, bold eyes and understated nude glossy lips.
Her look relies heavily on achieving an iridescent skin base with a ‘lit-from-within’ glow. Think Korean-beauty inspired ‘glass’ skin trend. For recreating Gwyneth’s radiant glowing skin, add a drop of liquid highlighter – Cover FX Glitter Drops – to a lightweight foundation base such as Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation. Dab this opalescent formulation on the face with a damp beauty blender. Once it settles on the skin, contour face, nose, cheeks, jaws with Sephora Collection Highlight Lowlight Face Contour Duo Crayon (Deep). With the darker contour shade draw the numeric 3 on both sides of the face and then blend with a bronzing brush. Highlight the brow line, bridge of the nose and above the cheekbones.
Next, take Shiseido Whipped Powder Blush in shade Setsuko 07 and smoothly glide it over the cheeks for a light flush of healthy glow.
Gwyneth’s look calls for understated eyebrows so go for Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil (in Blonde). Follow this step with eyeliner. For a controlled grip and easy precision of the eyeliner, use Sephora Smart Liner and line only the upper eyelids.
Bring on Gwyneth’s faux lash effect by applying two coats of Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara.
Gwyneth almost always focuses on discreet nude lipsticks and Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Color in peachy pink perfectly fits the requisite.
Finally, finish the look with a swipe of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss (Sepia) in the centre of the lips.
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