My mind’s going through a thousand emotions as I write this. Just 24 hours from now, my only accomplice, travel partner, forever BFF and my big sister is getting married. My home looks like a festival ground, replete with sparkly lights and colourful drapes. And since we both planned her wedding to the T, there was hardly any time for me to go to the parlour and indulge in those elaborate pre-wedding beauty rituals. So to save up on some time (and money), I put together a make-up kit essentials to help me look flawless at all the functions. Oh, and did I tell you that I managed to do so in under Rs 5,000! Don’t believe me? Read on to find out all that it includes...
I just can’t live without my Cetaphil moisturizer. I firmly believe that beauty is skin deep and the first step to gorgeous skin depends on good skin care. This is like my holy grail moisturizer that not only effectively moisturizes my combination skin but also doubles up as a great primer.
Buy Cetaphil Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin at Amazon for Rs 354.
I have extremely sensitive and pigmented skin which is prone to redness and acne. Therefore, a concealer is a must. Since I am not a fan of foundation and do not like the cakey effect it leaves on my skin, I wear my trusty Maybelline New York Fit Me concealer as a foundation when I need a bit of a coverage during special occasions.
Buy the Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer in Sand at Nykaa for Rs 500.
Since I do not use a foundation, a compact powder becomes necessary to keep the oiliness around my T- zone at bay. The Maybelline New York Fit Me compact is particularly my favourite, as it effectively hides away my pores, making my skin look flawless and radiant.
Buy The Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder from Nykaa for Rs 485.
My look is never complete without dramatic eye make-up. I make it a point to go all out with my Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal to create that dramatic Cleopatra wing. I prefer doing it with a pencil liner, as it stays on for a longer time and doesn’t necessarily look bad even if it is slightly smudged.
Buy the Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal in Super Black from Nykaa for Rs 300.
A girl can never get enough of mascara and I am no different! I discovered the Lakme Eyeconic Curling mascara in my mom’s handbag, and have been hooked on to it ever since. It makes your lashes look so much fuller and defined.
Buy The Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara From Nykaa for Rs 360.
I am not really a coloured eyeshadow girl but the NYX Professional Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette is such a stunning combo of cool and warm shades. I personally love the warm copper and gold shades that are perfect for when you want to look a little dressed up. And for my sister’s shaadi I definitely did want to be the center of attention!
Buy the NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow Palette from Nykaa for Rs 1,050.
I am all about all-in-one palettes as they are not only wholesome but also travel friendly. The Makeup Revolution Iconic Palette in Rave comes with a beautiful coral blush, neutral base bronzer and a brightener that I use as a finishing powder. Great for that 10 minute, shaadi-ready make-up look!
Buy the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Blush, Bronze and Brighten in Rave from Nykaa for Rs 850.
I love to add an extra touch of pearly glow on my skin by applying my favourite Colorbar Radiant Glow Eclat Lumiere Glamour highlighter. It instantly adds a dash of luminosity into my skin, without making it look oily or greasy, which is always a plus!
Buy the Colorbar Radiant Glow Eclat Lumiere Glamour from Nykaa for Rs 420.
Last but not the least, I rely on my fail proof nude lipstick to finish my shaadi ready look. Since I have a cooler undertone to my skin, it is extremely difficult to find a nude lippy that doesn’t actually wash me out. The Nykaa MATTE-ilicious Crayon Lipstick in Next Level Nude has a pink undertone to it, which not only looks amazing but also matches with most of my traditional outfits.
Buy the MATTE-ilicious Crayon Lipstick in Next Level Nude from Nykaa for Rs 650.
I loved creating my very own personalized beauty kit in under Rs 5,000. What about you… How would you create yours? Let us know in the comments below