Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shine, seal, delivered

In an attempt to create some fantastic eerie, gothic yet reminiscent of a lot of elegance kind of photographs, we managed to ruffle a few feathers in the mall. (Read: mall guards)
Does that make any difference in the larger picture where I got to combine the stunning and classically elegant jewellery by Minawala and the magic of the make up brushes of the talented Sakshi Malik in Delhi. The answer would have to be a no.
The idea behind picking these particular jewellery pieces and this kind of styling was to create an editorial that highlights the versatility of this jewellery. The long chandelier earrings with successive flowers, the chunky statement ring with the use of rubies and diamonds and the classic bracelet with a spray of diamonds in a structural format could work wonders with your lehenga for your best friend's wedding just as much as they could with a snake print camisole and leather pants a la Pantera loving rocker chic.
There is no marriage that works just as harmoniously as that of the right jewellery and the right make up. Make up artist extraordinaire Sakshi has worked on a dramatic look complete with false eye lashes and full oxblood lips and smokey eyes to complement the shades of winter and fall as seen in the jewellery.

The make up artist Sakshi Malik can be reached on instagram and twitter at username: sakmalik
Find her on Facebook at Sakshi Malik and Minawala Jewellers at Minawala jewellers.

The break up of the make up used:
Started off my prepping the skin with himalaya cleanser and toner. Followed by biotique morning nectar moisturising lotion. Then I applied the 'stila one step correct' primer with a foundation brush. I used MAC studio finish concealer in shades NC 42 and 35 on the under eyes, forehead, under the lower lip and also on the sides of the lips. Then I used 'bourjois healthy mix foundation' in shade 56 all over the face, neck and ears with a stippling brush. I contoured the cheeks, jaw line and nose with foundations in shades 'almond' and 'warm walnut' from my Bobbi Brown BBU palette. Also used my MAC bronzing powder in shade 'matte bronze' on the cheek bones. Secured it all with MAC translucent powder. 
Eyes- first applied my eye primer by 'two faced'. Then used a cream pigment in pearl from my illamasqua reflection palette. Used a pearly eye shadow from my NYX palette on top. MAC Prunella to line the eye lids and blended that with MAC eyeshadow 'sketch' and used it on the crease line. Also used black shimmer eye shadow from my NYX palette on the crease line. Defined the eye brows with black eye shadow from my screenface palette. Mascara used was 'great lash' from maybelline. And used fake lashes 'sultry' that I got from primark, London. Used prunella under the water line too to give a smudged effect. Last I used 'rice paper' from MAC on the brow bone as a high lighter. 
Cheeks- contouring with the Mac bronzer. 

Lips- prepped with a lip balm. Then applied MAC lip pencil in shade 'nightmoth'. Used revlon lipstick in shade 'black cherry'. 

Snake print camisole: Zara
Black Leather pants: Next
Jewellery and location C/O: Minawala Jewellers

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at

Till the next time,



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