Tuesday brings Maharani's favorite guest blogger, Saman, owner of Studio Sila, to share some more of her fantastic make up tips.  Saman is joining us today to talk about one of the most important make-up topics : The Balancing Act.  Whether you are heading to a party, work, or a sangeet, anyone can use these magical tricks anytime you put on makeup. 


We all use makeup for different reasons, to glam up, to conceal, to enhance and my favorite is to create a balance.

While its true we all have our preferences in what feature we like most on our face and with that choice, we often lean towards emphasizing that the most with our makeup. That may not always be the best decision as what it does is create one focal point- so it can end up looking like eyes only or mega pout! Yes I know, it has to look flawless at an arms length but remember that from a distance (which is where most will see it from) it has to be a union of balance and features in made up harmony.

Wedding events, mean dresses with glitz, sparkle and lush colors fabulous accessories, great hair and of course dazzling ambience. And amidst all that needs to be the perfectly balanced face- to carry the theme of the outfit, to work with the amazing hairstyle and to make an elegant statement in the lighting of the event.

This exquisite face is the union of drop dead gorgeous doe eyes and full lips. If we did a bold lip only, the eyes would seem sad and if we focused on the eyes only, the lips would simply appear swollen! So here is how we created the perfectly balanced look that works for evening celebrations-

The skin was prepped with moisturizer and primer (Oil of Olay and MAC Prep n Prime skin). As the primer set in, the lids got a mix of shimmer, sheen and matte shadows in vex, jest, girlie, romp, haux and wedge (All MAC) with the lightest (shimmers) at the inner corner, medium (sheens) at centre, darkest (mattes) at outer corner blended well into the crease with rounded strokes. For large doe eyes skip the darker shadow extension in the outer corner it makes them appear larger (unless that is the goal). 

Ebony eye-pencil applied thinnest at the inner corner and winged out at the outer edge on the upper lash line, Fab Orchid/Dash Lilly pencil layered at the lower lash line from mid point outwards and gently smudged (lovely deep purple with specks of shimmer). For the inner corner of the lower lashes, dip your liner brush in the lightest shimmer shadow used on the top lid and line blending towards the eyeliner starting at mid point!  Custom made falsies on the top lash line and a single coat of mascara to blend the natural lashes with the false ones. No mascara needed on the lower lash line.

Studio tech foundation (NC 30) applied with a damp sponge, spot concealing as needed (for redness we used a green color corrector). Mineralize skin finish powder in medium applied with a blush brush in circular motions all over the face except the nose (it has shine so unless you want your nose to be reflective, no mineral or shimmer powder there please). We used medium instead of medium light to add just the right amount of warmth to the skin. No please don’t try to achieve this with bronzer, you will look sunburnt!

Since the face was so sculpted naturally, no contouring was done to enhance the cheekbones, and we created a softer cheek look by creating an illusion of apples of the cheek by applying a lush pink shimmer blush (Breezy by MAC) with a gentle hand in circular motions.

(If you have fuller cheeks, you will avoid this step and apply your matte blush under the apples of the cheeks to define the cheekbone and sculpt the look).

The full lips needed to balance the eyes, so we went soft in application but kept the pigment rich in color (so no nude lips). Rimmel lip pencil in Spice traced the natural lip line, filled the lips and got coated with MAC lip glass in Hey Sailor. (If your skin tone is deeper try Beurre lip pencil by MAC with crème in your coffee lipstick before layering with Hey Sailor!

The hair was smoothed out with serum and a large barrel curling iron run through for soft undone waves!

Now if you were to add a bindi, tikka and even a nose ring to this makeup, your face would still look completely proportionate!

Here’s to looking flawless and this is how we create the facial balancing act!

Stay Beautiful!


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Studio Sila

Indian Bridal Make Up Expert Saman