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Own the festive season with our A to Z beauty guide

Shine on

By Drishti Kapadia  December 23rd, 2019

As the end of the year approaches, deep dive into our glossary for all the answers on how to own the festive season with the best beauty looks. Scroll through the gallery below for our beauty guide:


Ah-mazing glow: Need a tip to nail the lit-from-within glow and look like you haven’t tried? Pick a formula that suits your skin type. The general rule of thumb: powder highlighter works for oily skin, and crème or gel textures favour dry skin. For a blinding pop, we like to sweep a pearly powder illuminator over a creamy formula.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Summer Solstice, INR3,600
Givenchy Teint Couture Radiant Drop, INR4,450
Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette, INR4,500
Shiseido 7 Lights Powder Illuminator, INR3,600
Guerlain Meteorites Spring Highlighter Duo, Price on request
Sephora Collection Face Shimmering Powder in 02 Natural Glow, INR1,650

Beat the morning after bloat: “A slice of pineapple works when you’re feeling bloated in the morning. Celery juice, buttermilk, coconut water and eight hours of uninterrupted sleep will also soothe your tummy. Remember fried, packaged and processed foods are not your friends.”

-Radhika Karle, nutritionist and pilates trainer

Clutch bag essentials: A/W 2019’s micro bag trend will take you through every occasion on your social calendar, but you’ll need a make-up kit that fits the shrunken carryall as well. Luckily, make-up brands are onboard with this and have created perfectly portable miniatures of their classics for mid-party touch-ups.

Bobbi Brown The Clutch Classics, INR 2,514

Dew it right: Fresh, dewy skin can turn into a sweaty, greasy mess in a few minutes. Keep shine in check with mattifying primer and a salicylic acid spiked foundation that absorbs excess sebum and prevents breakouts.

Dior Forever Undercover 24H Wear Full Coverage, INR 3,400

Easy red lip: Matte, crimson red lips were the focal point for all A/W 2019 shows,

making it our go-to look for the yearend festivities. So how do you make sure your lipstick stays well past your second cocktail? Easy, dab the lip colour on and smudge it with your finger. Fill in the gaps with a liner, blot and dust with setting powder. Don’t worry about being too perfect; it’s all about a laidback lip.

Luaer Matte Lipstick in Ahi, INR 900

Frizz Police: Lean on oil-based serums that have a healthy mix of glycerine and fatty acids like argan and almond oil for their smoothening and heat and sun damage reversing powers.

L’Oréal Professionnel Huile Radiance Mythic Oil, INR 1,050
Nashi Argan Oil, INR 2,450

Going, going, gone: “Begin your SOS spot treatment with a warm compress, then apply an aloe vera and turmeric paste to soothe and disinfect. Or, visit a dermat who can drain the pimple, and then inject a mild anti-inflammatory to settle your acne within six hours.”

–Dr Jaishree Sharad, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of Skinfiniti

Hydrate! Don’t forget, overindulging in the holiday season means your body needs to work extra hard to push out toxins. “For an instant cleanse, drink a glass of warm water, lemon juice and some cinnamon in the morning. Then, have apple cider vinegar and water before lunch and sip on mint and basil infused water through the day.”

–Karishma Chawla, nutritionist and lifestyle educator

Ice, ice, baby: Add some chill to your party prep with an at-home cryofacial to calm and depuff face. Wrap a few ice cubes in thin muslin and massage your face in upward motions. For a bonus brightening effect, try rose water ice cubes.

Join the pearl party: While jewelled hair clips have been around for a minute, it’s the embellished liner and pearlescent make-up finishes that caught our attention. Get creative by highlighting the inner corner of your eye with a tiny pearl (stick it with lash glue), and pair it with luminous eye tint.

NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in Rose Pearl, INR 675
Chambor Orosa Sculpting Eyeshadow in Pearly Beige, INR 795
Ardell Duo Striplash Adhesive White, INR 930

Keep your manicure fresh: Revive dull-looking polish with a thin layer of a top coat every two days and for gel nails, do the same after buffing the raised edge. Re-gloss your mani by swiping on cuticle oil for instant nail nourishment.

OPI Infinite Shine ProStay Gloss, INR 900

Lunchtime prep: “Eat a well-balanced meal before heading out for the evening. Include complex carbs like rice to keep your energy levels up till the wee hours, proteins like lentils or eggs to stay full, and vegetables to get vitamins, minerals and fibre.”

–Radhika Karle, nutritionist and pilates trainer

Million-watt smile: “Eat a few cubes of cheese with the last glass of wine to balance the pH level of your saliva and stomach, saving you from dreadful morning breath. Avoid red wine teeth by opting for an in-clinic gum and teeth cleaning treatment. Follow that up with an athome, rinse-off teeth whitening gel.”

–Dr Sandesh Mayekar, cosmetic dentist

Not your average manicure: Whether you’re a nail painting pro or a novice, glitter is the way to go this holiday seaon. Use a make-up sponge to layer on your polish, it’ll absorb the base and add more chunks of shimmer on your mani. Finish off with a top coat and you’re good to go.

LYN The Wedding Collection in Star Studded, INR199
Revlon Nail Enamel Iconic Hearts Wedding Collection in Vowz Nyte, INR225


OMG…Gloss is back! The noughties were famous for skinny brows and sticky gloss. While we’re still staying away from painfully thin brows, gloss has made a comeback with non-tacky formulas. To make your glassy pout last longer, fill in lips with a liner, dust setting powder and finish with your lip gloss.

Shiseido LacquerInk LipShine in 309 Optic Rose, INR 1,750

Post-party skincare: Sleeping with make-up is the perfect recipe for unwanted breakouts. Create a quick, fuss-free bedside routine with a no-rinse cleanser and a lightweight cream that’ll make sure you go to bed clean-faced, no matter what time you hit the sack.

Avene Eau Thermale 3 in 1 Make-up Remover, INR 1,050 Naeem Khan 
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Light Cream, INR

Quiet time Take a disco nap aka a 30-minute sleep sesh before you head out. Not only will this refresh you, but according to a 2015 study by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (USA), it can reverse hormonal damage (read: tiredness and increase in hunger) from a poor night’s sleep. 

Revisit hairspray:

“It’s no longer the flaky, stiff formula you may remember it as— hairsprays are wonderful, versatile products that can give hair UV and heat protection, depending on the formulation you pick. If you want a grungy, dishevelled look, try a salt based spray. Aerosol ones make it easy to tie your hair in a top knot or ponytail on the second day, if you’ve already curled it on the first. It’s the effect of the flexible, soft hold factor that gives makes your hairstyle last longer.” 

–Natasha Naegamvala, hairstylist and director of Nalini of Nalini & Yasmin 

Wella Professionals EIMI Ocean Spritz Salt Spray For Beachy Texture, INR 600

Surprise! They’re fake! 

Forget glue residue and falsies, magnetic lashes are major at the moment. All you need is a curler and a lengthening mascara. Align the four tiny magnets, sandwiching your natural lashes between the top and bottom strips and you’re set.

NYX Worth The Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Waterproof Mascara, INR700
ENN Naturale Magnetic Eyelashes, INR1,050

Tackle the TATT face: 

Cure a #TiredAllTheTime face by sleeping on your back; this reduces any puffiness that’s caused by gravity. Or, pop your eye cream in the fridge overnight, the cool (literally!) formula will have a soothing effect. In the mornings, give yourself a quick three minute face massage using your knuckles and a few drops of a serum.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum, INR5,495

Up your vitamins:

Arm yourself with a supplement that is rich in milk thistle (the plant is rich in an antioxidant called silymarin) that will give your liver a boost (alcohol damage, ugh) by repairing cells and calming inflammation.

Setu Liver Lift, INR 1,100

Va-va-voom complexion lifters:

Try Dr Kiran Sethi’s signature NY Facial 4D (INR32,000). “It entails microdermabrasion to get rid of dead skin cells, followed by the Clearlift 4D laser that erases pores and lines and gives your face a photofinish. Next, a LED light therapy boosts collagen synthesis, and we finish with a magic Vitamin C mask for an extra glow. With no downtime, and results that last months, what could be better? 

–Dr Kiran Sethi, dermatologist and founder of Isya Aesthetics

Wrap it up:

There is no such thing as too many hair accessories, case in point: Ashley Graham at the Met Gala 2019. The model made heads turn with her bubble ponytail, which was wrapped up in pearl, barrettes, bows and rhinestone encrusted hair ties. Or, you can take inspiration from Katrina Kaif ’s ‘do, where hairstylist Amit Thakur kept things chic by wrapping a section of hair around the base of her ponytail.

X-cellent base:

“To help your make-up last longer in winter, prep skin with a good, hydrating moisturiser. Use a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks before doing your base and a liquid foundation after, to get a nice, healthy glow. Set it with a translucent powder but go light handed; overdoing it will cause cracks in the foundation.”

–Mitesh Rajani, make-up artist

Yes to dry shampoo!

The next best thing to a hair wash is an oil sucking dry shampoo that instantly absorbs excess grease and refreshes roots. And, for best results, we recommend flipping your hair upside down and spritzing your roots with the formula. Lift your head up, wait for 120 seconds and massage your scalp. Say hi to clean-looking, voluminous hair.

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, INR 1,300

Zero hangovers (or at least we can try): “Have more lemon juice based drinks; the citric acid will fight the body’s acidic state and make it alkaline. Also, eat a light snack like egg on toast before drinking, it’ll keep you feeling full for longer.”

–Sumaya Dalmia, nutritionist and trainer at Sumaya

Featured photographs: Ace Amir (Monica Tomas), Tibi Clenci (Monica Tomas), Porus Vimadalal (Barbara Cortez), Prabhat Shetty (Paula Caramez)

Gallery photographs: Instagram