4 make-up tricks to help you break away from restrictive dark skin conventions
There's a make-up revolution stirring
We’ve all spent hours in stores looking for a foundation that gives the least grey cast. For years now we’ve settled for foundation shades that are best described as McVitie’s beige, ashy eyeshadows and blush powders so light they’d rather be highlighters. It’s the reason why girls with melanin-rich skin don’t bother with experimenting and stick to the conventional black kohl, mauve lipstick and mascara.
The good news is that a wave of woke brands are finally waking up to the needs of girls who go beyond the ‘medium/deep’ range. Fenty Beauty deserves a special shout out for vocalising the need for diversity with a whopping 40 foundation shades. You’ll also find a satisfyingly varied foundation range and pigmented palettes that work for make-up lovers of all skin tones at brands like M.A.C, Estée Lauder and NYX. While most of the beauty industry is still lacking, this new inclusive approach is enough reason to have a little faith and try a new make-up product. Who knows, you could find a shade that matches your skin tone or find enough reason to ditch your black eyeliner.
Berry, pink, red, tangerine: the options for flattering pop lipsticks are endless. The trick is to find a shade with undertones that flatter your skin tone, and has high pigment quality. It's the weak colour payoff that usually gives the grey overcast.
On Singh: Tencel jacket, Rajesh Pratap Singh.
On Jadhav: Tencel satin jacket, Rajesh Pratap Singh.
Your eyeshadow palette doesn't have to be restricted to shades of coffee, charcoal and gold. Go bold with inky greens and blues across your lids or wear a sheer wash of pastel. If a shade appears chalky, warm it with a hint of bronzer.
Wool blend jacket, Pero.
Even though popular shade names will have you believe that nude lipsticks end at milky brown, that's not true. The perfect shade is a few shades deeper thank your natural lipcolour. Don't be wary of trying hues that have red or pink tones. If you're stuck with a dull taupe, wear a bright pink or brick red lipliner underneath for a better match.
Model jumpsuit: Rahul Singh.
Brass earrings, Dhora.
Cotton top, Diksha Khanna.
Look out for brands on a mission to provide foundations that go several shades beyond beige, like Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Fenty Beauty, NYX, Cover FX, Kevyn Aucoin, Nars, and Make up For Ever. When testing shades, swatch a few options along your forehead, since it tends to be darker for most Indian skin tones.
On Jadhav: Cotton polin bustier, tulle jumper; both Dhruv Kapoor.
Rose gold plated and crystal earrings, Swarovski.
On Singh: Silk-velvet jacket, Huemn.
Rose gold-plated and crysatl earrings, Swarovski.
Photographs: Sushant Chhabria
Styling: Karuna Laungani
Make Up: Mitesh Rajani/ Sparkle Talent Management
Hair: Marcelo Pedrozo/ Toabh Talent Management
Art direction: Mrudul Pathak Kundu
Models: Divya Jadhav/Anima creative management; Naisha Bhargabi/Anima creative management; Shonali Singh/ Inega model management
Assisted by: Ishani Desai (Styling)