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LOTD: Diwali Indian inspired makeup look!

Diwali LOTD post graphic

Hey!

I’ve wanted to do an Indian-inspired look for a long time now.  Growing up in Trinidad & Tobago, I was accustomed celebrating customs and religious beliefs of the different ethnic groups.  Trinis would not bat an eyelid at attending Eid events or going over by your neighbor to parang dey house for Christmas.   We have accepted and celebrated each others cultures and food, becoming a very multi-ethnic society.  

I bought the November 2010 Vogue India issue with Priyanka Chopra on the cover and fell in love with this look!

Diwali Indian bridal LOTD NTB

Image courtesy of Vogue India

 

  As a matter of fact, I fell in love with the entire Sari issue.  Such vivid colours and opulence!!! Something that I don’t usually see reading US magazines.  I occasionally will buy an international magazine for a different kind of inspiration.   In this issue, for  the traditional Hindu ceremony, the bride wore a stunning ruby red and gold sari paired with  smokey red and black eye makeup with deep red lips!! This look will also be great for a Divali celebration, lighting deyas and eating your favourite mithai. 

Here’s my version.

Diwali Indian bridal LOTD NTB

My version!

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LOTD: Glittery, bronzey, Arabic-inspired look!!

Hey!!!

This is my first look of the day for 2011 and it’s a stunning one!!

Last week, my Middle Eastern dance instructor, Jannelle,  was invited to perform at the surprise 40th birthday party for Mary J. Blige!!!!!!!!!

I was trilled and privileged at the opportunity to do her makeup at the event! I immediately started thinking about the look.  An event like that, with all the movers and shakers in the music industry, requires more than just a smoky eye.  You have to bring it!!!

The theme of the event was Arabic-inspired and I wanted more than just kohl-lined, winged liner.  I drew inspiration from Eman and Scandalous Beauty and decided on a glittery look.  Jannelle also wore a gold, sparkly costume and I wanted something to match.  This is a great look for performance especially in situations where there is not a lot of bright lighting so that you are drawn to the dancers eyes.  Could also be used for a Carnival look.  I also paired it with a red lip and a hit of shimmer. Btw, I have found an amazing red that everyone can wear – Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in Moulin Rouge (#43)! Separate post on that coming soon!  Using glitters was stepping out of my zone, but makeup is all about not being afraid to try something new.  One note: If you are going to use glitters, especially on the eyes, make sure it is cosmetic-grade, which is milled fine enough and won’t scratch your eyes.

Anyway, here is the final look!

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