Beauty

Meet the jury of ELLE Beauty Awards 2018

They picked out the best beauty releases

One thing was certain with the surge in new indie and international beauty brands in India: the jurors of the 12th edition of the ELLE Beauty Awards had a challenging task ahead. A spread of the best beauty releases—including make-up, fragrances and gadgets—was put to the test at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai. While dermatologists Dr Jamuna Pai and Dr Kiran Lohia meticulously read the labels on every skincare product, make-up artists Deepa Verma and Cory Walia weighed in on the latest trends and picked easy-to-use formulas to achieve them. Turns out, liquid lipsticks win over traditional bullets, and feather-light, dewy foundations over matte ones. Hairstylist Natasha Naegamvala discovered new essentials to add to her kit. Her checklist? The products had to be sulfate-free and packed with amino acids to make hair healthier.

FJoining them was influencer Kayaan Contractor, who picked out minimal make-up essentials for everyday use. And fashion designers Krésha Bajaj Zaveri and Masaba Gupta knew their fragrance notes and beach-hair hacks to a T. After a long afternoon of swatching, the experts went home with tableware from Suite No. 8 to enjoy their evening cuppa, with crunchy Japanese cookies from Yoku Moku on the side.

Photographs: Kedar Nene

Inputs: Trisha Chawla