‘Tis the time for party hopping, as wedding season truly takes off this month. And it’s not only the bridezillas who need stress-busting. While the weeks fly by in a rush of song, dance and colour, your skin quietly bears the brunt of your negligence and excesses. But there’s no need to stress (any further); we have the just the right fixes for you to keep calm and carry on…
STRESS-BUSTINGNothing throws off your work-life balance like the shaadi season, what with the running to and fro the workplace and wedding venues and everything in between. The result is often high levels of stress, which causes the brain to release neuropeptides, tiny protein molecules that cause blushing and sensitivity (aka breakouts!) Wondering why your face is flaring up this week? Now you have your answer.
Use your fingertips to gently apply The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Day Cream on your face and neck to hydrate the skin for a soothing effect.
WRINKLE REPAIRWeddings are often synonymous with guilt-ridden excesses, so we won’t be surprised if you sheepishly nod when someone asks if you swiped that leftover laddu. Unfortunately, it’s not just the inches around your waist that you have to worry about. Spiked sugar intake will make you age faster, a phenomenon called glycation. Sugar impairs the production of collagen, the stuff that keeps your skin springy. The result: wrinkly, dull skin in the long term.
Before going to bed, smooth over an even layer of RevitaLift® Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask, which not only has an innovative ELASTI-FLEX™ texture that mimics your skin’s elasticity, but also contains super ingredient Pro-Xylane™ with botanical extract Centella asiatica that can improve your skin’s firmness and elasticity overnight.
EYE-OPENERIt’s true when they say that your eyes are windows to your soul; if you’re feeling fatigued, chances are you’re your eyes are channeling the same. Two easy makeup tricks can rid you of daylong inquiries about what kept you up all night.
One: Blue-black mascara is a game changing formula that brightens up the whites of your eyes. A pro tip is to brush outer lashes toward temples, centre ones straight up and inner ones toward your nose to really open up your eyes.
CoverGirl LashBlast 24 Hour Mascara in Blue-Black offers bold, intense volume that lasts up to 24 hours.
Two: Go with beige eyeliner, which will camouflage redness (like concealer for your lash line) instead of emphasizing tired under eye circles like black eyeliner would.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Kajal Liner in Nude is water-, smudge-, sweat-, heat- and humidity-proof and safe for sensitive eyes.
FAKE 8 HOURSChronic cases of sleep skimping may need to bear with dull skin for a while, but that doesn’t mean they can’t fake a glow in the meantime. Luminizing powders swept on the high planes of the face (which reflect the most light) can impart that coveted red carpet glow. You may not be feeling all that refreshed, but your face won’t be giving it away!
Brush some Sephora Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder along the tops of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a naturally radiant appearance.
COOL ITYou can’t hit any party without your BB or CC cream of course; for added benefits, pop yours in the fridge for ten minutes, to hydrate skin, even out redness and depuff.
Nars Skin Optimal Brightening Concentrate serum is an instant skin brightener and complexion revitaliser with vitamin C content that clarifies and evens out the skin tone, and also works long term to repair signs of ageing.
MATCHY-MATCHYIt’s a celeb secret let out of the bag: Brighten up your face instantly with complementary pops of colour. Match your blush to your lipstick for a pulled together look. You can even dab your lipstick directly onto your cheeks and blend: a classic satin formula lipstick is nearly identical to cream blush!
Yves Saint Laurent makes it easier with its one stop solution, the Baby Doll. This 2-in-1 ultra blendable air whipped mousse, available in 12 signature YSL shades, beautifully highlights both your lips and cheeks with a sensual soft matte finish.