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Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite Indian Fashion Bloggers

Indian fashion bloggers

Image: Style Drive

Make way for the new celebrities of the fashion industry—we’re talking about the uber chic and social media savvy clique of fashion bloggers. Often spotted at the front row at fashion week, these digital darlings always have their sartorial game face on. While names like the Man Repeller and The Blonde Salad have been making waves internationally, there’s immense talent brewing closer to home (India, that is!) too. Here’s a line-up our favorite Indian bloggers, who are taking Indian fashion to incredible new heights.

Love and Other Bugs

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Founded in 2013, Love And Other Bugs showcases Shereen Sikka Bharwani, Kayaan Contractor and Trishala Sikka’s distinct personal styles and the way they experiment with various looks. What’s refreshing is the way they add a fun twist to outfits while keeping them practical and wearable. They’re also big on highlighting new talent and bringing start-ups to the forefront. Always out and about, their dramatic images represent the quintessential urbane girl-on-the-go!

IMBB – Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog

Indian fashion bloggers

Started in 2009 by Rati Tehri Singh as a mere makeup blog, IMBB has grown into an international beauty and fashion community with 3 successful blogs running in India, Dubai and Philippines. From beauty product reviews to wedding makeup and hairstyle dos and don’ts, the blog covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beauty and skincare.

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Rhea Gupte, the petite Goa-based belle shoots against bright blue skies and sandy beaches. Her images, however, carry the quality of dark edginess and a haunting retro charm. With collaborations ranging from Nike and Papa Don’t Preach to Ridhi Mehra and Quirk Box, this girl means business.

Style Fiesta Diaries

Indian fashion bloggers

When Masoom Minawala isn’t busy running her high street fashion and accessories label, she shows us her urban take on the latest trends. While the focus is often international styles, she even delves into the world of Indian wear from time to time too. The Wedding Series she covered last year showcases her sporting designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi. P.S. Masoom used to be a writer for Luxemi!

Style Drive

Indian fashion bloggers

Aayushi Bangur’s brainchild, Style Drive, is immersed in highlighting the urban, casual culture with a wide variety of flowy dresses, patterned tops and offbeat bottoms. Bangur’s girly girl perspective features a whole world of undiscovered Indian wear (love her in Anita Dongre) and feminine accessories from upcoming as well as known brands. We love how she juxtaposes gold temple jewelry with utterly western cuts and silhouettes too.

Wearabout

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An Indian version of The Sartorialist, Wearabout is photographer Manou’s eclectic compilation of pictures from his travels and captures interesting street style from across the country. We absolutely love how each photograph carries a unique editorial quality – Manou sees the most mundane situations and turns them into something extraordinary, telling a story through people’s choice of clothing. No wonder his works are featured so often in the most renowned fashion magazines!

Hybrid Hues

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Reva Bhatt is a 20-something fashionista struck by wanderlust. Hybrid Hues is her attempt at starting broader conversations about important issues through fashion, both critically and creatively. Not only does she take pretty pictures, but she also goes into the cultural, social, and artistic aspects of each ensemble, while giving her readers a better understanding of her personal style.

Got a favorite? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Summer Nails to DIY For!

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Whether it’s your wardrobe options, your make-up essentials or favorite layered necklace, summertime calls for change and experimentation. Itsy bikinis, flirty sundresses, statement shades and fun flip flops aren’t going to cut it— you need vibrant and colorful nails to lend your look a finishing flourish. We, for one, are big fans of summery nail decals—all you need is a nail art brush and a few other tools to amp up your style. Here’s a round up of 6 of our favorite nail art tutorials. Read on to up your summer style game!

Flower Power

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These hibiscus nails resonate with the spirit of summer. The happy shades of yellow, red and green in pretty floral designs easily make this a must-try look. We suggest you start of with a white base for best results. Add square studs to that and you’ve got yourself gorgeous summer nails!

Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

Sporty Chic

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Whoever said nail polish is just for girly girls was obviously mistaken. This sporty look is all about look-at-me shades with a touch of silver – perfect for when you’re playing volleyball on the beach. Not only will this look great with your neutrals, but also with your tank tops and shorts.

Find the entire tutorial on Love Maegan.

All Aboard

summer DIY nails

Ombre has been a fashion favorite for a while now. And why restrict it to just your clothes? This look explores the dark blue to mint gradient, allowing you to unleash your inner mermaid. If you’re prepping for a cruise or a beach wedding, get in the nautical spirit with these nails! While you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and straw hat too.

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Sunny Side Up

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What’s summer without some polka dots? This fun nail art guide goes one step ahead with the gradient trend. Think brilliant orange and yellow with polka dots added to the mix. Now all you need is a Tequila Sunrise cocktail to complement your sunny nails!

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Colour-Blocked Moon

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Fashion icon Dita Von Teese’s go-to look, the classic half-moon has been popular since the Gatsby era. Give it a modern twist with a color-blocked version. This tutorial explains the tricks to getting the half-moon just right without any hassles. C’mon, time to get your vintage on.

Find the entire tutorial on Divine Caroline

Geometry Class

Don’t fret, this has nothing to do with extra Math classes this summer. Phew! If you’re ready to delve into something a tad more complicated than the other looks, try this one out. The pastel hues and diamond shapes will match all of your art deco inspired accessories!

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Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

So are you ready to nail it this summer?

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Behind the Scenes: Deepica Mutyala’s Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

 

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

Deepica Mutyala isn’t new around these parts. You may recognize her from that insane red lipstick video that went viral earlier this year or from the beauty advice she regularly doles out on social media. We love how she makes beauty approachable with a slew of tips and tricks to make our lives just a bit easier, and of course, way prettier. With our favorite (wedding) season in full swing, we’re already looking for fresh inspiration because how many black smokey eyes can a gal do, right? So how pumped were we when we found out our favorite beauty guru was filming an Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial? Answer: Very. We got the full low down PLUS a few extra tips that didn’t make it in the video below.

Who: Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syet filmed by Jami Saunders & Andre Costantini. Hair by Jeff Chastain and Apparel/Accessories by Luxemi.

What: Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Where: Jami Saunders studio in FIDI

View from the studio

View from the studio

Extra Makeup Tips from Deepica:

1) Contouring: If you don’t have dedicated contour products at home, try using your bronzer or a foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone which gives you the same effect.

2) Concealer: Go heavier than you normally would for a wedding. By picking a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation, you get a natural illumination on your skin, but it’s super important not to go TOO light either. That’s when you see chalkiness!

3) Hair: I did a twist on a traditional braid for my look. My favorite thing to do for weddings is take traditional looks and give it a modern twist. That applies for hair too!

4) Highlighter: Glowing skin is a must for desi weddings! If you don’t have a dedicated highlighter at home, use a shimmer pale eyeshadow and apply it to the parts of your face you want to pop. For me, that’s the bow of my lip, under the brows, corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and the bone under your eye.

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Get the look: Deepica is wearing our Hot Pink Silk Coat and Crescent Kundan Hanging Earrings

Here’s the final look! So gorgeous, right? Check out the full video for the complete tutorial. Thanks, Deeps! We can’t wait to get our glam on.

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

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Luxemi’s Guide To Holiday Season Hair Dos

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Dear December, you know we love you. What with the champagne showers and gift-giving, you pretty much win as far as months go. But sometimes? Well…you stress us out. Particularly in the sartorial department. We’ve figured it out though and have the perfect antidote to combat those “What the heck am I wearing to the 5th cocktail party of the season?” doldrums and it all starts with fabulous HAIR! There’s no denying that a chic ‘do can elevate an outfit from “Oh, hi” to “Hellloooooo!” and we’ve rounded up 4 hairstyles that will make you party perfect in no time. The best part? They’re super simple to recreate—maximum style with minimal effort—just how we like.

Vintage Waves

Look like an old-school Hollywood diva with these vintage, glamorous waves—a fitting tribute to the ’40s. It gives the hair ample movement and structure, and a certain je nai se quoi too.

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How to get it:

Toni & Guy’s YouTube channel’s vintage Hollywood glam waves tutorial promises to have you hair ready for the Oscars and if it’s good enough for the Oscars we bet it’s perfect for a New Years Eve party.

Wear it with:

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Luxemi’s Foil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul is begging to be worn with vintage waves. Don’t you agree? A 10/10 look for a cocktail party! You can also team this hairdo with a sequined evening gown.

Side Swept Bun

This is a hairstyle that screams nonchalant sophistication. It’s also a great quick fix for a bad hair day!

party season hairstyles

How to get it:

Lilith Moon’s tutorial for this hairdo should be your go-to.

Wear it with:

party season hairstyles

Flaunt the neckline and bodice embellishment of Luxemi’s Green Brocade Halter Suit with Zari Work and Sequins by opting for the side swept bun. We suggest wearing the look for a friend’s sangeet or dinner party. It will work like a charm with a black jumpsuit, printed skater dress or embellished blazer too.

Messy Side Braid

If you feel a fishtail braids are done to death, trust style goddesses like Blake Lively to give it a unique uodate. This messy side braid is oh-so-chic and effortless, how can you not love it?

party season hairstyles

How to get it:

Amber Fillerup of Bare Foot Long has just the tutorial you need for this look.

Wear it with:

party season hairstyles

Complement Luxemi’s White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar with the messy braid for a divine look. Recreating this look with a breezy maxi or sheer top is a good idea too!

Perfect Ponytail

There’s nothing as fuss-free as a ponytail. And a flirty ’50s high tail with extra bounce is just what this season calls for. You can even go a step further and embellish it with a sparkly hair accessory.

party season hairstyles

How to get it:

YouTube channel Primped has the perfect how-to tutorial to nail this look.

Wear it with:

party season hairstyles

Our Lime Green Saree with Paisley Gota Work coupled with a high ponytail spells easy chic. You can also wear it with an embellished sweater or dress with shoulder detailing.

Don’t forget to read beauty advice from Deepica Mutyala of Birchbox and The Delhi Bride too. 

Which hairstyle would you sport? Tell us in the comment box below!  

 

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Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala on Beauty Tricks for Indian Women

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At the ripe age of 16, Texas native and now beauty maven Deepica Mutyala had set a goal—that she would move to New York City and ignite her dream of working in the beauty industry. And that’s exactly what this University of Texas, Austin graduate achieved. After stints with companies like L’Oréal USA and L Brands on Victoria’s Secret PINK, Deepica now works as a Senior Manager in Brand Development at Birchbox in NYC. Getting makeovers by Beyonce’s make-up artist (!) and being exposed to the biggest brands in the beauty biz is all part of typical work day for this gal (sounds terrible, right?).

We caught up with this makeup maverick for a quick tete-a-tete on the best beauty trends for Indian women, common mistakes, must-have products and more! Pssst…she even threw in some cool insider trade secrets!

Luxemi: What are the most common beauty mistakes Indian women make when dressing in traditional wear?

Deepica Mutyala: I don’t think there should be any rules with makeup. It should be about your mood and how you feel whether you’re in Indian or western clothes.  Indian girls tend to stick to red lipsticks as their go-to with Indian ensembles but mix it up and have fun, I say! You can completely change the way your outfit looks by just changing your hair and makeup, thus allowing you to repeat that sari at the third wedding of the season (that is, of course, if you haven’t already discovered the beauty of Luxemi!).

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What are the latest beauty trends that will lend themselves beautifully to Indian wear?

  • Plum lips and bold brows! I especially love plum lips with white Indian outfits and I am definitely not a believer in the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule.

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  • Braids: I don’t think Indian girls play with braids enough because they fear that it’ll look too traditional. But there are so many ways to experiment with them. My current favorite is a voluminous messy fishtail. It’s a great way to stand out in a room full of straightened or curled hair.

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  • Contouring: Contouring is still having its moment and lends itself perfectly to Indian wear. Who doesn’t want defined cheekbones and glowing skin, right?

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 5 must-have beauty products a desi girl’s kit ought to have?

  • A brow pencil: You know how threading your eyebrows completely changes the look of your face? Filling your brows lends the same effect! It’s a product most Indian women don’t realize they need (because they already have dark, thick brows) but can’t live without once they see the difference it makes.
  • A bold lipstick: I am loving plum lipstick right now. A classic, high pigment plum that I love is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Rebel, but if you’re looking for a light berry shade, I recommend the Cynthia Rowley Beauty creamy lip stain in Dahlia. It’s layerable, so you can add coats for intensity and personal preference.

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  • Concealer: I think if you surveyed all Indian women and asked them what their number one beauty concern is, we would say dark under eye circles. Since I battle this problem too, I like using a heavier concealer that also has brightening properties. My current favorite is the Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Color Correcting Illuminator in shade CC 4. It has the glowing effects that everyone loves from YSL’s Touche Eclat with the coverage power of M.A.C Cosmetics’ concealers—the best of both worlds!

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  • Highlighter/Illuminator: If you want radiant skin, I have two tips: drink tons of water and find a killer highlighter. I especially love the way highlighter looks when I’m in Indian clothes. You can instantly tell the difference in pictures when you do and don’t wear it. I use a cream highlighter because I have dry skin. My current favorite is the Bio Brightening Stick from W3LL PEOPLE. The stick format makes it really easy to apply.

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  • Beautyblender: I’ve never met a makeup artist who didn’t have a beautyblender in their kit. The difference in how your makeup applies is unreal with/without it. It’s especially helpful when you’re contouring to blend with zero streakage. I can’t go back to using any brush again now. Make sure to wet the brush to where it doubles in size before using.

Indian celebrities who nail desi-dressing makeup according to you?

I love the versatility of Deepika Padukone’s beauty looks. She always mixes it up, from dramatic smoky eyes/bold lips to more subtle natural glows. She also gives me major brow envy.

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It’s also really exciting to see Mindy Kaling’s makeup looks evolve. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment with different looks across both fashion and beauty and you can tell she’s having fun with it.

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Insider beauty tricks you’d like to share with us?

If you have extreme dark circles, use a bright red or orange lipstick as a base under your eyes before applying concealer. The bright pigmentation of the lipstick evens out your skin tone. We work with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin at Birchbox and he mentioned that this is one of his favorite beauty tricks to use on Mindy Kaling. Major game changer!

Most people apply mascara outward going towards their ears to create a sort of cat eye look. But for a more wide-awake makeup look, apply your mascara inward. By re-directing the lashes this way, your eyes will pop and look more refreshed. I learned this trick from Mally Roncal who has been the go-to makeup artist for celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and now has her own beauty line called Mally Beauty. The products are all extremely brown-girl friendly (high pigments)!

Want more fun tips from Deepica? Follow her on Instagram @deepicam

What do you think of Deepica’s tips and tricks? Tell us in the comment box below!

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The Delhi Bride’s Bridal Beauty Must-Haves

Indian bridal beauty

Image: The Wedding Salad

What started as Shinjini Amitabh Chawla’s compilation of wedding inspiration during the run up to her wedding turned into an online frenzy; popularly know as The Delhi Bride. Ever since, this bride-turned-blogger (well, technically, newlywed now) has become a go-to insider for all things bridal-related. We decided to tap into her know-how and put together a beauty bible for you brides-to-be. Yes yes, we know we’re the best!  

The Delhi Bride’s three-point beauty ritual

  • You must cleanse, tone and moisturize your face twice a day (don’t forget the neck!). You’ll be thankful for the resultant glowing skin. Also, it’s easier to apply make up on well-hydrated skin.
  • Exfoliate and use a face mask at home once a week — removing dead skin and cleaning out the pores really nurtures the skin and allows the skin to glow.
  • Now this one you may have heard several times, but there’s a good reason for that — do not forget to apply sunscreen every single day! If you’re outdoors for long then re-apply every 3-4 hours.

Bridal beauty kit must-haves according to The Delhi Bride

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  • A good primer is non-negotiable. It will make the application of your foundation smoother i.e. not flaky or streaky. In addition to that, it helps the foundation last throughout the day! Choose a primer with SPF (my favorite is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Prep + Prime with SPF) so that you don’t need to pile on sunscreen underneath.

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  • A  foundation that actually matches your skin tone is a must-have. If you have good skin, you can just apply the foundation in a few areas — yes, you don’t need to cover your whole face with it. Bobbi Brown foundations are a personal favorite. They genuinely have maximum variety when it comes to shades.

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  • A pretty blush in peach or pink as it suits most Indian skin tones. You can’t skip the blush when headed to a party as it adds dimension to your face. My favorite is M.A.C’s Melba.
  • Neutral lipstick shades, such as M.A.C’s Velvet Teddy, are essential for a day soiree or when you’ve gone heavier on the eyes and don’t wish to draw too much attention to your pout.

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  • golden eye shadow (with subtle shimmer) as it will go well with most Indian outfits. The fact that it’s so easy to apply gives it brownie points. Just sweep it onto your eyelid and you’re done! No need to shade it, blend it or add colors, etc. You can kiss goodbye to that complicated drill. M.A.C is my favorite for this!

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So there you have it. Tell us what’s in your beauty bag in the comment box below!

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Luxemi + M.A.C Cosmetics’ Fall wedding make-up guide

While in our previous post we brought you an outfit guide for the upcoming wedding season with Nishka Lulla, putting together the perfect look doesn’t end there. The most stunning of ensembles can fall short if not paired with the right makeup. So we roped in Sonic Sarwate, Senior Artist, M.A.C Cosmetics India to present a guide on achieving two distinct yet equally stunning looks – just what the season ordered!

M.A.C make up artist Sonic Sarwate

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“The key to a successful wedding look is to keep it simple and real. Do not match your makeup to your outfit colors; in fact use colors which compliment it. Dark mouths and shades of reds are big this wedding season. The makeup should enhance your beauty and not transform you into a different person,” the man with the magic brush says. We believe him…after all he does know best!

ALL ABOUT THE EYES

Sarwate himself was behind this look which we spotted and loved at Masaba Gupta-Satya Paul show at PCJ Delhi Couture Week.

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Satya Paul PCJ Delhi Couture Week. Image courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics

This look is the perfect marriage of retro glam with a futuristic flair. Turn to it for the sangeet, mehndi or pheras.

Get the look:

  1. Prep the skin with M.A.C Fix+ hydrating spray followed by M.A.C Studio Moisture Cream and really work them into the skin.
  2. Use M.A.C Pro and conceal palette to cover any shadows on the skin and even out the skin tone. Use translucent powder to set it.
  3. Use M.A.C Sculpt and Shape powder to contour the face. Curl the lashes and groom the brows using minimal products, as the focus of the look is on the eye liner.
  4. Use M.A.C fluideline in Blacktrack to outline a big winged out line going upward towards the temples.
  5. Fill in the inner corners and outer edge of the liner with blacktrack followed by M.A.C Chromacake in Pure White to create white and grey streaks in the center of the lid and blending the white with black. This will create a X-ray effect in the liner.
  6. A touch of M.A.C reflects in Pink and Pearl will mimic the sequin work used along with prints on the garments.
  7. Use concealer on the lips to create an even tone and strip off any kind of redness on the lips. 
  8. And finish the look using M.A.C Viva Glam lipstick in GAGA2 with fingertips on the lips.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

When we spotted Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi sporting this look on the IIFA Rocks red carpet, we just knew we would  be trying it this wedding season. Simple but impactful enough to grab eyeballs, it can work well for just about any wedding function.

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Huma Qureshi at IIFA Rocks red carpet. Image credit: Deccanchronicle.com

 Get the look:

  1. To achieve beautifully luminous skin, start with moisturizing the skin followed by M.A.C Prep+Prime Natural Radiance.
  2. Use M.A.C Select Moisture Cover concealer to cover any discoloration. Add M.A.C foundation in Mineralize Moisture Fluid for a radiant and flawless skin.
  3. Add translucent powder on the center of the face to take away any excessive shine. Contour the face with M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark.
  4. Groom the brows using M.A.C Velux Brow Pencil. Use M.A.C eye shadow in Wood Winked on the 3/4th of the eye lid.
  5. On the outer corner, that is the remaining 1/4th of the eye lid use M.A.C eyeshadow in Embark blending with Wood Winked.
  6. Use M.A.C Eye Pro longwear eye liner in Black Ice to line the top and bottom lash line. Smudge the black with M.A.C eye shadow in Embark using M.A.C Brush no 219.
  7. Wing out the liner to achieve the most desirable almond shape.
  8. Curl the lashes and use several coats of M.A.C False lash mascara.
  9. To finish the look and get that perfect pout, start with using M.A.C Prep+Prime lip for smooth application and long-lasting color stay.
  10.  Line the lips with M.A.C lip liner in Currant and fill it with M.A.C Lipstick in Diva.

So go ahead, try these looks –  we’d love to see how they look on you!

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Top 5 Winter Makeup Trends: Time To Vamp It Up

Vamp Makeup Trends Have Bite

From nude makeup to a an ultra dark lip, this winter’s trends are all about channeling your inner vixen. Here are this season’s top 5 makeup trends:

1. The Vamp Lip

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A super dark lip is almost universally flattering, giving your complexion a warm glow and making your teeth ultra white. Check out Indian actress and singer Shruti Haasan in Vogue India above.

Sin by M.A.C.

Our favorite ultra dark lip is Sin by M.A.C. $14.50. It is super matte and won’t smudge.

2. Metallic Nails

Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Metallic Collection

Ever since Chanel unveiled its Fall Winter 2011 collection this past Spring, everyone is going gaga over dark metallic nails. They’re a perfect match for this season’s hottest metallic heels. We’re particularly fond of Graphite, above left. Chanel Trio, $75 from Chanel.

3. Nude Make-Up

Michael Kors 2011 Nude Face Rocks The Runway

Less is definitely more when it comes to the nude make-up trend. Designers like Michael Kors, Balmain, Stella McCartney, as well as Burberry Prorsum, Marc Jacobs,  Nina Ricci, and Fendi all showcased  this trend on the runway.

To achieve this look, pick a matte eye shadow shades that is two or three tones darker than your skin color. Then apply minimal eye-liner and false lashes. For your skin, wear foundation, brushing some on your lips with a dab of clear gloss on top. If you need a touch more color, try Revlon’s ColorBurst collection in Soft Nude (below).

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4. Heavy Brows

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Androgynous, Brooke Shields-inspired  heavy brows are making a comeback this season. To get the look, which was featured prominently on Alexander Wang’s latest runway show, follow M.A.C.’s Diane Kendall’s process (she actually did the Wang show!). She explains, “I used two eye shadows for the brow: MAC ‘Brun’ and ‘Carbon.’ I find if you use pencil it can look quite hard; when you use powder it looks much more even. And we kept the rest of the face quite fresh, just dusted down the T-zone with powder, and the lips are dusted with some foundation and lip balm.”

5. Creative Eye-Liner

Creative Liner from Jean Paul Gaultier

The runways are ablaze with creative eyeliner… From Jean Paul Gaultier, to Louis Vuitton, designers are taking liberties with their models’ eyeliner (and you should too!). To get this look, use liquid eyeliner exclusively. We suggest Aqua Liner by Make Up For Ever… (click through to see the wild variety of colors this awesome liner comes in, including our personal favorite, Diamond Multicolor Black — black with multicolor sparkles!)

Are you wearing one of these trends this season and pairing it with a knockout saree or salwar? Send us a picture and we may feature you as one of our winter season fashion muses!

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Luxemi Brings You Secret Beauty Recipes – All The Way From India!

Indian Beauty Recipes

Luxemi is excited to exclusively bring you traditional, secret, Indian beauty recipes. Each recipe has been passed down for generations, carrying with it the deep traditions and values of Indian culture. These recipes are effective, easy and inexpensive formulas for skin and hair care. In no time, you’ll experience the signature glow of beautiful Indian women around the world. The best part? If you look around your house, you probably already have many of the necessary ingredients (and if you don’t, visit Whole Foods or a local Indian shop).

For your face:

Sandlewood Mask Recipe

  • Sandlewood powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Milk

Mix a teaspoon of each ingredient to create a paste. Apply to face and rinse after 3-5 minutes for glowing, healthy skin!

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For your hair:

Traditional Hair Mask

  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tablespoons of Castor Oil*
  • 1 tablespoon Glycerin

Mix well and apply onto your dry scalp and hair and allow it to dry. Wash 1 hour later. Expect miraculous results!

*If you don’t have castor oil, try olive oil!

For your body:

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Traditional Besan & Turmeric Mask

  • Half a cup of besan (gram/chickpea flour)
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ghee or almond oil

Mix ingredients with 3-4 tablespoons of water (as needed) to create a paste. Apply to the entire body and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rub with pressure using both palms and fingers before rinsing off for smooth, silky and nourished skin.

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