Each bridal season I believe, India's most iconic designers set the trends for thousands of young, hopeful and beautiful Indian brides, all over the world. I regularly work backstage at Lakme Fashion Week, for the most recent shows I worked with the likes of Ritu Kumar, Manish Malhotra, Arpita Mehta, Swati & Sunaina and most recently with Deepika Padukone where she was the show-stopper for Anju Modi. Across my shows, I played around with 5 emerging hair & beauty themes:
Playful Pouts - At LFW, signature lips are back with a bang. Strong and playful lip pouts were the dominant beauty statement. Shades of the Lakme Absolute Lip Pout were part of my essentials. From the Lakme Grand Finale to Nikasha's show, we created strong lips in shades of Rose and Scarlet to bring to light the intensity of the garments, whereas for Hueum, we used coral to portray condense and style, which their collection exudes. The overall theme for LFW, 'lived-in' beauty worked for Masaba in a cool way, where we used dark shades to stain the middle of the upper and lower lips. The look was perfectly undone!
Graphic Eyes - The graphic eyeliner is one of my favourites. It has the power to turn a sophisticated look into punk, just with playing the line angles. From the likes of Masaba, Mrinali Chandra, AM:PM to the GenNext designers, I experimented with different shapes and lines. Across these shows, the looks were tailored for each eye shape and the garment of the model. There are a few special ways to work with the graphic eyeliner - the most important is to have a steady hand, the Lakme Absolute Gloss Artist eyeliner, and a precision makeup brush. I created fun and playful graphic eyeliner by applying dots on the lower lid for some of the GenNext designers. These looks were packed with personality, with loads of attitude and brought together sexy and irreverence in a contemporary way. It is easy to achieve - just the upper lid with a matte eyeshadow and create a wingtip across the lash line and extend, out and up, using a gloss liner to create a contrast. Then, with a gloss liner, apply the dots. For those, who want to take the graphic eyeliner a notch further, strong brows are back in fashion and by adding slight accents of colour, one can pack in the maximum punch in the personality.
Textured Hair - Mixed textured hair is a fantastic look to work with. Here we had looks going from super slick to textured waves. For two models, we played with different center partings, going with extreme parting across the side of the face and then hair opening up into tussled and textures waves. From the Tresemme styling range, we used the Sea Salt Spray, an extra hold hairspray and its new Shine Serum. For the designers Nikasha and Anand Kabra, we took this idea to a new level by interlacing criss-cross sections on the hair, pulling it back into a textured pony. This was achieved by sewing sections of hair together and lapping them over to create a mesh effect. For munkee.see.munkee.doo, we created a textured bun, accompanied with two super thin braids on either side.
Unconventional Braids - A braid is generally a safe style that doesn't rock the boat, but with the right twist, a braid can rock any catwalk. Designers such as Ritu Kumar, ILK and Quirkbox, wanted to appeal to a young and fresh audience. For ILK and Quirkbox, the girls needed a look that was both approachable, and have the right balance of fashion. We created a textured bun and twisted the hair and wrapped it very tightly with elastic twine. On some girls, we combed the ends and on the others, we kept it smooth. For Ritu Kumar, we wanted to open her incredibly elegant collection and appeal to younger women and so the corn rows brought the right balance of chic and cool. I loved this look as it was unexpected, edgy and young. To create the look, apply the Tresemme Smooth Serum to your hair, create a center part, and divide each side into four to have sections vertically. Secure each section with a hair clip. Create corn rows by braiding each section close to the scalp.
Dewy Skin - Dewy skin is a beauty statement that work on every occasion is perfect for day-to-day makeup. On the runway, it gives a fresh, evenly lit and youthful glow. From Quirkbox, to Namrata Joshipura to Manish Malhotra, we decided on the dewy look as hydrated skin brings fresh elegance to the look. Before you apply makeup, make sure you hydrate the skin. On the models, I used the Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Serum and once it has settled, you can then start to apply makeup.