Have you tried the colour fade hairstyle yet?

While rainbow hair colour was big last year, this year, the colour fade or dip-dye hairstyle is touted to be the next big trend. And what’s more? It isn’t just popular amongst teenagers, but women of all age groups.

What is it all about?
Instead of colouring your entire mane, you can either dye the ends of your hair with a light shade to create an ombre look or if you are bold enough, go a step further and colour the hair ends with a bright or a muted hue. To make your search easier, we suggest some looks you can easily try out, without feeling uncomfortable.

The two-toned ombre look:
Hairstylist Ameen Parekh says, “You can choose a blonde tone for the ends of your hair and this will be the safest colour to opt for. If you wish to maintain the length of your hair and not snip it off, work around the faded ends to give a brand new dip-dyed or colour faded hairstyle.”

Short or pixie colour fade:
Those with short hair need not worry. If you have a bob cut or a pixie cut, instead of colouring the back ends, you can dye the front shafts with another colour. If you have a short U-cut or V-cut, you can always colour the back ends of your mane with a lighter hue or go bold with blue, green, pink or purple.

Longish dip-dye:
Make-up professional and hair professional Meghna Butani says, “If you have long hair, you can play with shades of pink, bright orange, purple and yellow. For those with dark black hair or light brown hair, can step away from usual hair colours and opt for punk shades like magenta or gold!” If you like subtle colours, pastels or light shades of brown is your best bet.

Sideward colour fade:

If you wish to dye your hair sideward, make sure that your hair is long enough to colour it. The feminine and age-defying appeal of the bob cut also makes it an ideal hairstyle choice for dip-dying or colour fading. But make sure that you choose the right colour to create a perfect style for yourself.

How to take care of your colour faded hair

Once you’ve colour faded your hair, you need to take special care. Here are a few points to remember —

> Choose a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for damaged, bleached or coloured hair.

> Make sure to do a deep conditioning treatment every week, to keep your hair healthy and strong.

 > Moisturising and strengthening your hair is essential to prevent damage to the hair ends.

How to Shape Your Brows at Home

Discovering your ideal brow shape is a face-changer that not only defines your eyes, but also frames the entire face. It is a stunning transformation to have a perfectly shaped brow. If you’re unsure about where to start or are intimidated by taking matters into your own hands, this guide is perfect for you.

Whether your brows are in need of some grooming, tweezing or filling in, consider our pro insights and insider tips for how to masterfully shape your brows.

Perfecting Your Brow Shape

Knowing which hairs you should tweeze and which ones you should leave alone makes all the difference when it comes perfect brow shape.

The goal is for the beginning of the brow to align with the center of the nostril. The arch should fall at the back third of the eye, and the eyebrow should follow the length of the eye but not extend into the temple area.

While everyone’s natural brow shape is different (and variety is a beautiful thing), these basic rules are truly for everyone.

There are some common brow shape mistakes you can avoid to get the best results. Much of what we’ve diagrammed here are brow shapes gone wrong due to unknowingly plucking in the incorrect places. For some of us, years of over-tweezing in our youth has resulted in one of these shapes.

In most cases, if you’ve been guilty of getting carried away, the solution is to tweeze your brows in the most flattering shape and then let what hairs can grow back in their proper place happen. To finish things off, you can fill in the targeted areas with brow products.

Whatever you do, don’t pluck brows into a thin line thinking it will make your eyes look larger. It can look dated and unnatural and it’s not easy to correct once the damage is done.

And never shave brows! This presents a huge risk of removing too many hairs at once and stubble growing back mid-day is not a good look.

Perfectly Shaped EyebrowsPerfectly Shaped Eyebrows: The ideal shape is when the beginning of the brow is aligned with the center of the nostril and the arch falls over the back third of the eye.
L-Shaped BrowL-Shaped Brow
Problem: Also known as “tadpole” brows, the arch is over the front third of the eye.
Solution: Grow in or color in the indicated area.
U-Shaped BrowU-Shaped Brow
Problem: The eyebrow has no arch.
Solution: Grow in if you can or color in the indicated area.
Over-Extended Brow (back)Over-Extended Brow (back)
Problem: The back third of the brow is lower than the front third of the brow.
Solution: Grow in or color in the indicated area and tweeze the end of the brow to align it with the front of the brow.
Over-Extended Brow (front)Over-Extended Brow (front)
Problem: The front third of the brow is lower than the back third of the brow.
Solution: Tweeze the front of the brow to align it with the back of the brow.

 

Tweezing and Trimming

Step 11. Before you start tweezing, use a brow pencil to outline the shape you want. Using the guidelines above, experiment with the shape to see what looks best before you ever take a tweezer to your brow.
Step 22. Once the shape you want is drawn on, tweeze any hairs that fall outside of it. It’s helpful to use a magnifying mirror and go slowly (one hair at a time) so you don’t over-tweeze.  Avoid plucking too much above the brow. A few stray hairs are fine to remove, but more than that can create an unnatural look.
Step 33. Next, brush the brow hairs in the direction that they grow.
Step 44. Look for longer hairs that extend beyond your intended shape and use small brow-trimming scissors to snip the ends. We don’t recommend tweezing those long brow hairs because doing so can create a patchy gaps.

Which Brow Filler is Best?

With so many different brow-filling options available, how do you know which will work best for you? Here are some pointers that can help you decide…

Brow Powders (or powder eyeshadow in a shade that closely matches your brow color) are great for softly filling in brows. Choose a matte powder and apply with a wedge brush or a thin liner brush. Use short, light strokes between the brow hairs, and apply a bit more pressure (for stronger color) when defining the underside of the brow.

Eyebrow pencils offer the most precision but avoid those that produce a greasy, hard look or mat the brow hair. A pencil with a smooth, light texture and soft, dry finish can produce defined yet natural-looking results. Use swift feather-like strokes to fill in sparse areas.

A good brow gel can make brows appear fuller and naturally defined. It takes some practice to figure how much product you need, but once you get the hang of it, brow gels are incredibly easy to work with.

Brow creams or pomades are ideal for taming wild brow hairs while filling them in at the same time. They can go on heavy so apply slowly. Use with an angled brush for easy application.

Brow Color Pointers

When shopping for brow fillers, choose a color that either matches or is slightly lighter than your brow color to avoid an unnatural color or harsh contrast. Even if you have black hair, you don’t need a black brow color—using a dark brown shade will give you fuller-looking, defined brows that look more natural.

Pale blonde eyebrows are the exception—try a color that’s one or two shades darker to prevent brows from looking washed out or nonexistent. Consider using a tinted brow gel to define the brow without looking drawn on.

For redheads (natural or not), opt for an auburn undertone, which tends to be the most flattering.

What Type Of Sensitive Skin Are You?

It’s a cruel reality that once you’re at the age where the little things no longer irk you, your skin takes the opposite turn, turning red, irritated, and flaky at the slightest thing. It’s suddenly, well, sensitive! And if you feel like you’re constantly trying to soothe skin issues, you’re not alone: “I notice that more women are coming into my office and saying they have sensitive skin,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Indeed, over 50% of women categorize themselves that way.

The reason? Our quest for younger-looking skin may be to blame, says New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD: “Women are very committed to caring for their skin, but they’re often diagnosing themselves with new issues and use so many new products to solve them that they develop irritation,” she says. Cleansing religiously, exfoliating too often, and topping it all off with a generous layering of anti-aging products are just a few of the things that send our complexions into a tailspin. Increasing stress and environmental allergies also make skin more prone to problems. (Want the truth behind your favorite anti-aging ingredients? We debunked eight.)

Despite countless rows of products labeled “for sensitive skin” on store shelves, treating an unruly complexion isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair. “Sensitive” products that work well for your friend’s skin could just as easily wreak havoc on yours, so it’s important to get beyond the general label and figure out what’s really bugging your skin. Here, six common symptoms, and the right ways to treat them:

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Taut and itchy skin

It might mean: Your cleanser is too drying. “It’s the number one culprit behind unnecessary irritation,” says skin care expert and celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate, harsh detergents commonly used in facial cleansers and soaps that break down the natural lipids in skin. When this happens, it’s like a double whammy. “Little invisible cracks in the skin form, causing moisture to seep out and allowing irritants in. Suddenly, other products in your routine that didn’t irritate your skin before might now,” she says.

The fix: “Don’t wash your face with soap more than once a day,” says New Orleans-based dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD. “In the morning, wash with a face moisturizer instead of a cleanser or simply splash water on skin to maintain moisture. Then apply a moisturizer with an SPF.” Try CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 ($13; drugstores) or Vichy Capital Soleil Daily Moisturizer Cream with SPF 15 ($32; vichyusa.com). Then, wash your face at night with a sulfate-free cleanser, like Renée Rouleau Gentle Gel Cleanser ($35.50; reneerouleau.com) or The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser ($14.50; thebodyshop-usa.com).

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Burning and stinging

It might mean: Anti-aging product overload. Packing too many anti-aging ingredients into your routine can make skin misbehave. First, it’s a simple matter of probability, explains Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine: “The more products you use, the greater chance one won’t agree with your skin.” Second, mixing different anti-aging ingredients, like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids—both of which work by sloughing off dead, dull cells to reveal healthier and more youthful skin underneath—means that you’re essentially exfoliating twice, which can seriously strip skin and increase the potential for irritation, she says. (Prevent a skin disaster with Your Guide to Retinols and Retinoids!)

The fix: Stick to one moisturizer or serum fortified with anti-agers. Those that include ingredients that build up skin’s barrier, like peptides or niacin, will help reduce risk of irritation, notes Dr. Marmur. Two gentle choices: StriVectin-SD for Sensitive Skin ($72, strivectin.com), packed with peptides to boost collagen, nitrogenic acid (a form of niacin), and soothing rose and cucumber extracts, or Atopalm Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex ($35; atopalmusa.com) with peptides, vitamin C, and licorice to plump up fine lines and boost brightness.

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Blushing and flushing, sometimes accompanied by tiny red pimples

It might mean: You have rosacea. Characterized by blood vessels that swell and produce redness at the slightest agitation—from cold, heat, wind, stress, or spicy foods—the condition traditionally develops after age 30. The exact cause is still unknown, and specific triggers differ for everyone. What experts do know: A liberal, daily application of an SPF 30 is a must. Sun exposure breaks down the supportive structures, like collagen, around blood vessels, exacerbating redness, explains Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, author of The Skin Type Solution.

The fix: Temper sensitivity with anti-inflammatory soothers, like feverfew, in First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream ($20, firstaidbeauty.com) or green tea and caffeine in Topix Replenix Serum CF ($67; skinstore.com). Apply sunscreen daily to prevent symptoms from getting worse. Sensitive skin often can’t tolerate chemical UV filters, like avobenzone, but physical blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide protect without irritation. Try Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30+ Unscented Sensitive Skin ($15.95; Aubrey-organics.com), Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30 ($48; dermalogica.com), and MDSolarSciences Mineral Créme SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB ($30; mdsolarsciences.com). For serious, persistent rosacea, see your dermatologist, who can recommend the right treatment for your skin.

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Scaly, rough patches on the skin

It might mean: You’re having an eczema flare-up. When working properly, the top layer of skin acts like a strong film of plastic wrap that seals in hydration and protects deeper layers of skin. Eczema-prone complexions suffer from a faulty barrier that allows water to easily escape, leading to extreme dryness and flakiness. “When irritants like smoke and fragrances then settle on skin, immune cells rush to the area to respond, triggering inflammation,” notes Amy Taub, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Northwestern University. Though 90% of people are diagnosed before age 5 and symptoms often fade during childhood, eczema is a chronic condition that may make you more prone to dryness and irritation at any age.

Having dry skin doesn’t mean you have eczema, though dryness can also make skin more sensitive. Follow the dry skin cleansing advice above and the moisturizing advice below to help boost hydration.

The fix: To enhance skin’s resilience, apply a humectant-based moisturizer after cleansing while skin is still moist. Try Avène Trixéra + Sélectiose Emollient Cream ($29; aveneusa.com for info on where to buy), Curel Itch Defense Lotion for Dry Itchy Skin ($7.99; drugstores), and Jergens Fragrance Free Sensitive Skin Daily Moisturizer ($6; drugstores)[pagebreak]

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Eye-area redness, puffiness, and wrinkles that look like they’ve appeared overnight

It might mean: Your eye area is especially thin and delicate, making it more sensitive. But you may mistakenly blame your eye cream for irritation in this area when nail polish is often the real culprit, says Dr. Fusco. Why? “Many people are allergic to the formaldehyde and toluene in polish—and touching or rubbing your eyes several times a day can trigger a reaction,” she says. Fragrances in scented hand lotions and other products can cause similar sensitivities.

The fix: Apply fragrance-free hand creams. In terms of polish, brands like CND (cnd.com) and Orly (orlybeauty.com) no longer contain those chemicals, but they’re still present in many polishes, so read the label or check the Web site of your favorite shade before applying.

Your Sensitive Symptoms: Small red bumps (not pimples) on your face that may itch

It might mean: You’re allergic to one of your products. During an allergy attack, immune cells in your skin react, causing a cascade of symptoms: first, red bumps, then dryness and flakiness, and finally, a leathery texture, explains Dr. Fusco. Frequent offenders, she says, include topical ingredients like alcohol, fragrance, artificial dyes, and preservatives like parabens. Quell a reaction by applying a .05% over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for up to 5 days. If inflammation persists, head to the derm.

Allergy symptoms may appear a few hours after using the offending product—or up to 2 weeks later. It’s important to introduce new products slowly and not all at once, so you can better pinpoint any problems. For people with especially sensitive complexions, try products using a patch test, suggests Rouleau: At night, apply the product to the side of your face in a 2-inch-by-2-inch area, following up with your normal routine. If there’s no sign of inflammation (such as a rash or swelling) in the morning, use over your entire face the next night.

The fix: Of course, you can’t eliminate risk of irritation all together, but you can at least decrease it by using products formulated without fragrances, preservatives, and other known allergens. We like VMV Hypoallergenics (vmvhypoallergenics.com) and Derma E’s fragrance-free products (dermae.net).

A Secret Ingredient That Turmeric Milk is Incomplete Without

Highlights
  • ‘Yellow Milk’ or ‘Turmeric Latte’a widespread phenomenon in the west
  • black pepper with turmeric helps the body absorb turmeric
  • Both have antioxidant benefit which helps in improving memory loss

While everybody’s been talking about the trending ‘yellow milk’ or ‘turmeric latte’ becoming a widespread phenomenon in the West, it is also true that back home, many Indians are not so happy about how our traditional, thousand-year old practice has suddenly been hijacked by the West. There may now be variants of our haldi doodh worldwide, which are using nut, coconut or almond milk with a dash of ginger, honey, cinnamon and other spices, but we like to keep it simple and take full advantage of the benefits of our very own haldi doodh that has been forced fed by grandmothers all over India (because grannies knows best, right?). We know the advantages of drinking haldi doodh, but the question is how well do we know the ingredients (turmeric and pepper) that go hand in hand to make it a powerful combo? Let’s go through the ancient books and also get a little scientific about this magical age-old formula.

Benefits of Turmeric:

Turmeric has been used as a spice and a medicinal herb for centuries. It is widely cultivated in India, and contains compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is ‘Curcumin’.

‘Curcumin’ is the main active ingredient. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It offers numerous other health benefits like being an antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial agent. ‘Curcumin’ is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level and may be as effective as any pharmaceutical drug without the side-effects. But on the other hand, when used alone, ‘Curcumin’ cannot be utilized effectively in the human body because of its poor bioavailability.

Benefits of Black Pepper:

Peppercorns are grown from the fruit of piper nigrum evergreen vine that gives us black, green and white peppercorn. We get black peppercorn when it is plucked just before ripening and left to be fermented and dried. As well as being used as a spice, black pepper also has many medicinal purposes.

The most active component of black pepper is called ‘Piperine’, it is the chemical that give black pepper its distinctive kick. It also known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor potential and is also used to treat gastrointestinal distress, pain, inflammation and other disorders. It inhibits drug detoxifying enzymes which increase the bioavailability of any compound.

Why add black pepper to create the magical combo?

Just as your masala chai and biscuit go hand in hand, so does black pepper and turmeric. It is beneficial to have black pepper with turmeric because it helps the body absorb turmeric. And here is exactly how: It enhances the bioavailability of turmeric, as mentioned above ‘Curcumin’ has low levels of bioavailability. Most of it that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed. Piperine is said to help make ‘Curcumin’ more bioavailable. This could be because it inhibits certain intestinal digestive enzymes. This increases the amount of any drug or supplement that can be absorbed by the body. They also do not get degraded quickly.

 

A report published in the October 1992 issue of the journal Clinical Pharmacokinetics reported that when ‘Curcumin’ was given to rats in combination with ‘Piperine’, its bioavailability increased by 154%. When human volunteers were given a combination of ‘Curcumin’ and ‘Piperine’, instead of pure ‘Curcumin’, the bioavailability of ‘Curcumin’ increased by a whopping 2000%. Moreover, the addition of ‘Piperine’ was found to enhance the serum concentrations of ‘Curcumin’ and the extent of its absorption, both in the test animals and the human volunteers.

 

When combined together, black pepper and turmeric can relieve gastric mucosal damage caused by peptic ulcers, they both have antioxidant benefit which helps in improving memory loss and protect people from cognitive impairment from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

 

So remember to always use a dash of pepper in your ‘haldi doodh’ instead of getting carried away with all the namesake fancy variations of this traditional drink. The simpler, the better. Just like how our grannies would have wanted it.

6 bedtime hacks to wake up with beautiful skin

HIGHLIGHTS

A good skincare regimen at night can do wonders for your skin. It is the perfect time to repair the damaged skin cells, and pamper your skin after a stressful day. Here are six night time hacks that can help you to wake up with a refresh, radiant skin.

1. Remove Make-Up
This one is probably the biggest beauty blunder we make. Removing every hint of make-up from your face is really important as it lets your skin breathe and avoids chances of infections, especially zits. You can buy make-up removing pads, micellar water or use olive oil to make your own DIY make-up remover.

2. Cleanse

Don’t assume using a make-up remover will completely cleanse your face as well. Invest in a good cleanser, depending upon your skin type, and make sure to use it after removing your make-up. It will help in deep cleaning your pores by removing dirt and oil.

3. Moisturise

A night cream is a must have in beauty kit. It helps to hydrate, nourish and repair the damaged skin cells. Apply a thick layer of it before sleeping and provide the much-needed care. P.S. – night creams are different from day ones. They are sans SPF, and may have a thicker texture.

4. Under Eye Cream

The area under your eyes is the thinnest skin of your body and hence needs special care. An eye cream will help to reduce dark circles and puffiness under your eyes. Plus, it will keep the area hydrated and keep wrinkles away!

5. Face Mask

Depending upon your skin condition, applying a face mask once or twice a week is a good idea. It will help in keeping your skin supple, and complexion luminous.

6. Sleep

The importance of sleeping for 7-9 hours every day cannot be over stressed. A good skincare regimen starts with a good snoozing time and a healthy diet. It is the only time when your skin gets to revitalise, and gear up for the next day!

How to Choose and Use Concealer

Using a top-notch concealer is key to achieving a flawless appearing makeup application. The best concealers cover discolorations, lighten dark areas, disguise blemishes, and work in tandem with your foundation to achieve the appearance of an even skin tone.

On the other hand, a poorly formulated or improperly applied concealer can draw attention to problem areas, make blemishes look more obvious, and create a white cast around dark areas, especially under the eye. The key is knowing which type of concealer you need and how to apply it.

Choosing a Concealer

Choose your concealer based on what works for your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, don’t go for a liquid concealer with a matte finish because the finish will emphasize dryness.

If you have oily skin with enlarged pores, don’t go for a creamy or stick concealer as these textures tend to clog and magnify the appearance of pores, plus they tend to add an oily shine. We know this sounds basic but it is surprising how often the wrong concealer gets used.

For creating a more even finish over minor skin discolorations, a light to medium coverage concealer will do the trick.

For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that’s no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to avoid an obvious white circle around the eye area.

For your face, select a concealer that matches the color of your foundation exactly. Avoid concealer shades that are noticeably pink, rose, peach, white, yellow, or copper as they will show through your foundation, creating an unnatural appearance.

Following the above guidelines, you can begin to experiment to find the textures, finishes, and application techniques that work best for you. Of course, it never hurts to have a makeup artist show you application tools and techniques and you can adapt those techniques to your advantage.

Liquid Concealer

  • Best for normal, combination, oily, sensitive, and breakout-prone skin
  • Coverage is buildable, ranging from light to full
  • Available finishes include dewy, satin, radiant shimmer, and matte

Liquid concealer is the most versatile type of concealer because it offers buildable coverage and works for all skin types except very dry. This type of concealer is also easy to apply. Liquid concealer is preferred for covering pimples because it is the least likely to cake up and it poses minimal to no risk of clogging pores, which a creamier concealer may do.

It’s also desirable for use on wrinkled areas because its thin texture makes it the least likely to crease throughout the day, although some slippage into lines is always possible. Liquid concealers with a matte finish last longer than those with a satin finish; they are also less likely to migrate throughout the day.

Satin-finish liquid concealer has more movement, but it can provide a more natural look, especially over dry areas. A liquid concealer with a radiant shimmer finish is good for under the eyes because it covers and highlights the area with a soft glow, but it should be only a subtle glow, not overt, sparkling shine.

Stick Concealer

  • Best for normal, dry, and sensitive skin
  • Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
  • Available finishes include satin and powdery matte

Stick concealer is aptly named because it has a semi-solid texture, is often richly pigmented, and has a thick, creamy texture. This type of concealer can be dotted on or swiped on in a line of color and then blended. Blend the product in a stippling motion with a clean finger or with a small concealer brush, feathering the edges into surrounding skin.

It’s important to note the ingredients that keep these concealers in stick form pose a high risk of clogging pores, making it a less-than-ideal option for those with oily or combination skin.

Cream Concealer

  • Best for normal, dry, combination, or sensitive skin
  • Coverage is buildable, ranging from medium to full
  • Available finishes include satin and creamy

Generally, cream concealer provides medium to full coverage. This type of concealer is usually packaged in a small pot, palette, or compact. Cream concealer works well under the eyes and is one of the best concealer options for covering discolorations.

Cream concealers have more slip and can be applied in a stippling motion with a clean finger, sponge, or a small concealer brush. However, those with a notably more creamy finish are more prone to creasing into lines and wrinkles and should be set with loose or pressed powder once blended.

How to Apply Concealer

Regardless of the type of concealer you’re using, the application techniques generally remain the same. For almost any skin type, it is important to prep your face and eye area with a light layer of moisturizer (don’t go too emollient or everything will slip and slide off your face). If you have normal to oily skin, a lightweight liquid or fluid moisturizer with a soft matte finish will give you the best results.

Some people find it best to apply concealer and then their foundation, while others find just the opposite achieves optimal results. Except for powder foundation, this is a personal decision as there is no absolute right way.

Dab the concealer onto discolorations, dark areas, or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush, or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines of demarcation between the concealer and your skin or foundation.

Liquid, cream, or cream-to-powder concealers should not be applied over powder foundation as they can get clumpy and look mottled. If you use powder foundation, apply concealer first, allow it to set, and then apply your foundation.

Finish by setting the concealer with a light dusting of loose or pressed powder. A concealer with a matte finish doesn’t need to be set with powder because that may make it look or feel too dry, but you can experiment and see how your matte-finish concealer looks and lasts with and without powder.

When applying concealer to the undereye area, try using one with a radiant finish or adding a luminescent highlighter on top of it for a light-reflective finish that further disguises shadowed areas.

Armed with this information, you’re now ready to choose and use the concealer that works best for you!

Here’s Why Your Skin Looks Better When You Stop Washing Your Face

Confession time: I don’t wash my face. I mean sure, I splash water on it daily, and of course, I use makeup wipes if I’m wearing foundation or concealer. But facial cleansers? Nope. Soap or masks? Not a chance.

I never thought this was weird until I went to college. My roommate was absolutely stunned that I didn’t cart any cleansers, masks, or exfoliants down the hall to the bathroom—especially since my skin was blemish-free. Later I learned that when she went home for winter break she told her family: “I made a new friend at school, but she doesn’t know how to wash her face.”

To this day I still avoid most cleansers. And recently, I’ve heard a growing number of women say their complexions also look better when they simply rinse as opposed to deep clean. Aha! Could cutting out cleansers be a trend? Could this, should this, rinse-only facial regimen eclipse the “No Poo” movement that advocates cutting back on shampoo for healthier scalps and strands?

After posing this question to several dermatologists, it became clear the answer wasn’t cut and dried. Some refused to jump on the no-face-wash bandwagon: “Our skin is constantly exposed to bacteria, dirt, sweat, and pollutants,” said Gary Goldenberg, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist who said he sees no benefit in using water alone without a cleanser. “If not washed off, these can irritate skin, clog pores, cause acne and blemishes, and increase the appearance of aging.”

Others, however, were a bit more lenient about laying off the products: “Cleansers can effectively remove dirt and oil from the skin, but the wrong cleanser can disrupt the outer skin layer leading to inflammation,” said Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Unless you’ve been sweating heavily, have visible dirt on the skin, or have used heavy cosmetics, in some cases washing just with water is adequate.”

In addition to what products you do or don’t use, dermatologists say healthy-looking skin depends on a subtle alchemy of factors including genetics, skin type, age, hormone and activity levels as well as your environment. This makes a one-size-fits-all skin solution impossible, says Fayne Frey, MD, a dermatologist in West Nyack, New York. “Our culture has us believing that cleansing morning and evening is best, but there is no consensus on how often a woman with healthy skin should wash her face with a cleanser,” said Frey. “I’ve visited parts of the world where there is no running water and women never wash their faces. They have no increase in skin infection or other skin conditions, and many have beautiful, soft, moisturized skin.”

With so many conflicting opinions swirling about, we find ourselves asking: To lather or not to lather? To help you make a decision, read on to learn why ditching the cleansers may benefit some people’s skin.

Your face retains more moisture.

The benefit of a water rinse is that your skin won’t dry out, and this can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, says Kally Papantoniou, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. (Remember though, a cleanser-free rinse may have the opposite effect if you’re wearing makeup. When makeup is trapped against your skin, it can cause oxidative damage that prematurely ages the face. Try washing with a mild cleanser in the evening to remove your makeup and simply splashing your face with water in the mornings.) “Rinsing with warm water will accomplish a reduction in some oils, and lifting of buildup and dead skin cells,” she says. However, “It will not remove makeup very well, and will not be adequate for oilier skin types, or those who are treating acne.”

Cleansers can aggravate your skin.

By the time we hit 30, our bodies start producing less oil, says Papantoniou. In turn, you may start noticing that you can’t handle the cleanser you used in your 20s and that “your skin is getting dried out even though you are using the “best” moisturizers.” If you’ve noticed any of these things, it may be time to lay off the cleansers.

Age 30 is also the time when natural exfoliation begins to slow down, which can leave the skin looking dull, says R. Sonia Batra, MD, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and recurring co-host on the talk show The Doctors. While face washing with warm or cool water can help slough off dead cells and keep the skin radiant, if you use an exfoliator and scrub until your face feels squeaky clean this means you are likely stripping the lipids that help keep the skin’s barrier intact, Batra says.

Sometimes your skin needs a vacation.

Sometimes, even your skin needs a break. If it becomes dry from overuse of products or anti-aging ingredients such as retinol, it’s okay to wash with water for a few days, says Papantoniou. The same goes for skin care conditions such as eczema, she says, in which case, washing just with water once during the day can allow the skin to maintain the necessary oil content.

You may be using unnecessary products.

“Some people may just not be genetically predisposed to breakouts or may produce less [oil],” says Batra. If that sounds like you, you may actually find your skin looks better when you ditch your cleanser.

The bottom line: Do what works for you.

Most dermatologists agree that for those seeking a low-maintenance plan, using a cleanser at night and just water in the morning is a reasonable option. “This is the most common recommendation I provide,” says Papantoniou. “I think it’s very logical to remove makeup and buildup of oils and bacteria in the evening [with a mild cleanser], and in the morning a gentle rinse with water should be enough to start the day.”

But ultimately, it’s up to the individual. “In terms of whether we should stop washing our faces altogether, the answer will most likely always be no,” says David Lortscher, MD, a San Diego dermatologist. “But washing your face with a cleanser can be skipped every once in awhile. Some people prefer to simply rinse their face with water and no cleanser. If this works for you, then no harm done: It’s not necessary to use a cleanser every time you wash your face.”

Tell that to my college roommate.

 

Turmeric Mask for Skin: One Ingredient, Many Miraculous Benefits

Highlights
  • Turmeric is best for our skin care.
  • Turmeric can be best for skin pimples.
  • Turmeric helps in tanning and acne pain.

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Has your skin become lifeless? Has your natural glow vanished by the pollution, which has settled on your face? Do you want to prevent pre-mature ageing and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.

Haldi Doodh is every Indian mother’s go to health drink for their children. I personally remember how i used to dread every single night at the sight of my Maa’s bringing me my glass of Haldi Doodh (turmeric infused milk). Turmeric has so many benefits attached to it that I was never aware of back then but now I know exactly why my mother emphasised so much on consuming it.

What Does It Do? 

Turmeric provides flavour and colour to many cuisines but it doesn’t just cater to food it also has medicinal properties. Some other benefits attached to it is that it can be used as an excellent skin care ingredient. It helps in treating acne, lessens signs of ageing (wrinkles), helps reduce stretch stretch marks and also to remove pigmentation and tanning.Turmeric can also be used in face masks when combined with the right ingredients. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin type.

How To Make Turmeric Face Packs At Home? 

Do not burn a hole in your pocket by investing in highend face packs with turmeric being one of their ingredients when you can make very affordable turmeric packs at home. So we have compiled face packs for different skin types and purposes. Select the one that is suitable for you –

1. Rose Milk and Turmeric Face Pack (Dry Skin)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon fresh cream

2-3 drops of essential oil rose

1/2 table spoon rose water

Procedure: Mix all ingredients in a bowl well, make sure to get rid of any lumps. The mixture should be smooth, after preparing the pack take a brush and apply generous amounts of it on your face and neck. Let it sit for atleast 25 minutes, wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a fresh towel.

2. Chickpea Yoghurt and Turmeric Face pack (Oily Skin)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chickpea flour

1 tablespoon yoghurt

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 tablespoon water (to mix easily)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together, if the mixture is too dry add more water accordingly. Smooth out the mixture and use a brush to apply evenly throughout your face and neck, wait for atleast 20 minutes for it to dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

3. Lemon Honey and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Brightening) 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (make sure to remove any seed)

Procedure: Mix all ingredients together and apply the mixture well on your face and neck using a brush. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

4. Coconut and Turmeric Face Pack ( Acne Prone Skin) 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 tablespoon of turmeric power

Procedure: Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and wash it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.

5. Tomato and Turmeric Face pack ( Tan Removal)

Ingredients:

2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

ProcedureMix all ingredients, after obtaining a paste like consistency apply it on your affected areas (wherever there is tanning) and let it rest for 20 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.  

6. Turmeric and Honey Pack For Dark Circles

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tablespoon yoghurt

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, take a brush and use gentle strokes to apply it on your dark circles then let it rest for 15-20 minutes and wash it away with lukewarm water.

7. Egg White and Turmeric Face Pack (Skin Tightening)

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1 tablespoon turmeric

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure:Mix all ingredients well, apply it on your face and neck and let it dry for 25 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Best hairstyles for men, according to their face shape

The next time you sit on the barber’s chair, give a thought to how well your hairstyle is going to blend with your look, especially features. You may get floored with Salman Khan’s latest hairdo. But what looks good on him might prove to be a disaster for you. The reason is simple, you may not have the similar face cut, strong jawline and broad forehead like him. Unlike girls, men can’t style their locks in multiple ways, and have to bear the look for the next few months if the hairstyle doesn’t suit their face. So, the next time you go for a new chop, keep your face shape in mind and chose the style that actually compliments your overall look. Confused with your face shape and the style to opt for? Fret not, boys! We have done the research and pinned down what suits you the best. Here are all the tips you need to keep in mind…

1. Round

Those with a round face shape have almost equal length and width, and the cheekbones are the widest part of their face. People with this face cut should opt for hairstyles that add height. Fringes should be a big no as they will make your face appear smaller. If you have naturally straight hair, try to keep them short in the back and opt for a length of around three to five inches on the sides. A quiff is a great option to try as it will add the much-needed height to your face, and a balanced look. Those with wavy hair can use their natural volume to give an illusion of height, and can even use a sea salt spray to add extra volume and keep the hair intact. The key remains the same for curly hair- keep the crown area high. Plus, you can also grow a full square beard to make your jawline look angular.

2. Oval

Oval shaped people are blessed with a balanced look and can pull off almost every hairstyle. Their jawline is soft, and forehead is wider than jaw (imagine an egg upside down). Just keep in mind that your stylist works with your hair’s natural growth pattern. Go for a cut with short hair on the sides and slightly longer on the top. Side-swept locks will help to give an illusion of angle to your face cut. Also, avoid fringes as they will hide your forehead and make your face look rounder. Most importantly, going clean-shaven is a heads up because people with this face shape have quite proportionate structure.

3. Square

The moment one talks about a square face, David Beckham is the right person to picture. Such face shape is characterised with angular jawline, sides of the face are straight, and the length and width of the face are almost equal. Your strong jawline is your best feature and your haircut should highlight it. Opt for neat, classic hairstyles including short layers and close fades. A side parting is a must for people with this face cut. Plus, a little stubble can add more sharpness and oomph to your look.

4. Oblong
This one is the longest of all the face shapes, and the forehead, cheekbones and jaw are of almost similar length. Sometimes, also called rectangular, the trick is to not let the haircut further elongate your face. Try keeping length on the top and don’t go too short on the sides- scissor cut fits your bill. You can also try styles where hair falls on the sides of your forehead to add width to your face. Steer away from long beards as it will only make your face look longer. Rather go for stubble or short beard to achieve a balanced look.

5. Triangular

In this face shape, the jawline is wider than the cheekbone, and the forehead. Hence, the trick is to add more volume to the sides and the top. You can go for fringes to make your forehead look wider, and face more balanced. Curly tops, quiffs are again some smart styling hacks for you. A thick beard is also a great option to balance the chin area, and obviously, clean-shaven look may not go down well.

6. Diamond

This one is the rarest of the rare face cuts. The cheekbones are the widest part, followed by forehead area, and the chin is pointy. Ergo, the key is to add width to the forehead and chin area. Side-swept bangs can float your boat as they will help to add texture to forehead as well as width to the face. Since the jawline is masculine, you can also try long hairstyles where hair is tucked behind the ears to flaunt your bone structure. Don’t go too short on sides, and experiment with layers and deep side-parting.

You can also choose a hairstyle on basis of your hair’s texture and length. Be it curly hair or long wavy hair, there are a lot of ways you can experiment with your hair.

LONG HAIR
Men with long hair can also experiment with different hairstyles. Be it side parting or man buns, here’s are 8 hairstyles you can experiment with.

1. Side-undercut
Give your long hair an edgy makeover, try the side swept hairdo with an undercut. Be it shoulder length hair or shorter, this side-swept hairstyle will complement the undercut.

2. Silky straight
Go for a polished look with the silky and smooth hairstyle. All you need to do is use a hair straightener and smoothen out the locks to achieve this hairstyle.

3. Rough waves
If straight hair is too boring for you, then try the rough waves. All you need to do is use hair texturise and rub on your hair. Next, work the product with your fingers to get the look.

4. Hairband style
Who said hairbands are just for the girls? Take a cue from Ranveer Singh to work long hair with a sleek hairband.

5. Messy bun
Another way to experiment with long hair is a bun. From half bun hairdo to messy buns, let your bun do the talking.

6. Ponytail
A high ponytail wouldn’t be your best bet, instead, try a sleek and low pony at the nape of your neck.

7. Centre partition
Think Jared Leto for this hairstyle. All you need to do is use a tail comb and create a centre partition. For glossy locks, you can also spritz some shining spray.

8. Highlights
Long hair creates a lot more scope for hair colours. Try highlights or colours in gradation to update your look.

Short hair
Just like long hair, you can experiment with short hair too. Here are 5 hairstyles you can try:

1. Buzzcut
If you love no maintenance hair, then this haircut is perfect for you. You can even try it at home sans a salon visit. There are a lot of ways you can experiment with this hairdo

– Crew Cut
The most popular buzzcut is this one. This haircut has shorter sides and a longer top in comparison. From David Beckham to Shahid Kapoor, everyone has sported this haircut.

– Flat Top
Another type of the crew cut is the flat top hairdo. Here, the style is a long variation of the above. The flat top is usually styled and tamed with wax or pomade.

– Burr Cut
This style is an extreme version of the buzz cut. The cut is done with a clipper and the hair is really short.

2. Taper cut
This style is about thicker hair on the top and fading length on the sides. This hairstyle needs maintenance with styling the hair on the top.

3. Sidecut
One of the most classy haircuts is the sidecut hairdo. Here, the hair is divided with a side cut and the rest of the hair is style sideways.

4. Side undercut
One of the most popular hairstyles currently is this side undercut. This hairstyle is about getting undercut or buzz on one side and the rest of the hair is styled sideways.

5. Low fade haircut
In this hairstyle, the hair gets shorter at the end. The style is about messy and wavy hair on the top and faded trims below.

Curly hair and wavy hair
Thick and curly hair may seem tricky to try new hairstyles, but it isn’t. There are a lot of ways you can experiment with thick and curly hair.

1. Long top
This hairstyle is about longer waves at the top and shorter hair at the back. You can style your hair by rubbing some pomade and wax on the top.

2. Curly quiff
This style is about shorter hair on the sides and even the back. The hair on the top needs to longer and styled upwards or sideways. If you want to maintain the texture of your hair, then you can define your curls by twisting and scrunching.

3. Slicked back
For a clean and polished look, style your hair using a medium-hod pomade. Work the pomade on your through the fingers pushing it backwards. Keep doing this till you get the desired style.

4. Wavy bob
If you have shoulder-length hair, then you can try the wavy and thick hairstyle. Style your hair using a hair texturizer and scrunch your hair to get rough waves.

5. Curly bun
This hairstyle looks good with wavy and curly hair is the bun. Try a matte finish clay for the front of the hair and loosely tie a rough bun to get this look.

6. Wavy bangs
For this look, you would need a longer top at the front and shorter sides. You can also sport an undercut on the side or a burr cut at the ends.

7 Fast Fixes for Makeup Mishaps

Smudged lipstick, streaky foundation, clumpy eyelashes—we’ve all been there! Here are fast fixes and preventative solutions to avert the most common makeup mishaps.

Lipstick that Smudges and Bleeds

If you’re prone to lipstick smudging or have lines around the mouth that the color easily bleeds into, switch from a traditional creamy formula to using a matte lipstick with a matte lip-liner. This is an excellent way to keep lipstick on longer and minimize feathering (the greasier the lipstick, the more likely it is to bleed).

Alternatively, you can prep lips with a clear primer pencil such as Urban Decay’s Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil (a PC staffer favorite) to help give the lip color better hold or apply a matte concealer over lips for a more adherent base.

Cakey or Poorly Blended Foundation

Ever had this problem: You apply your foundation in bathroom lighting, only to realize it wasn’t quite blended all the way or it looks a lot heavier in natural daylight.

Use a slightly damp makeup sponge and stipple it over your face to soften and blend out the excess foundation. Be sure to blend around the jaw and hairline, too. After you’ve finished blending, apply a light dusting of powder to smooth everything out.

If your technique is tried and true, and you still have problems, the issue is most likely your foundation, the lighting in your bathroom, or you really need to consider a magnifying mirror so you can see all the details of your application.

If the problem is the texture of your foundation, it could be too thick or too thin. If either is the case chances are it won’t apply evenly no matter what you do. Make sure your foundation is appropriate for your skin type. See our article Which Type of Foundation is Best for You? for more details.

Clumpy Mascara

Smooth out clumpy mascara by applying a very small amount of water on a clean mascara wand. If it’s a waterproof formula, a silicone-based makeup remover works best. Wiggle the brush across the base of the lashes to soften the dried mascara and then roll up to separate the clumps. The key is to use only a teeny-tiny bit so you don’t break down the mascara too much and create a smeary mess.

If your mascara is always clumpy, it’s time to try a new one.

Concealer that Creases into Lines Around the Eyes

Be sure to prep your eye area with a thin layer of a good moisturizer that isn’t too greasy, and apply it sparingly because overdoing it will cause more creasing. Choose a concealer that is smooth, easy to blend, long-wearing, and opaque enough to cover any under-eye darkness. The thinner the texture, the less likely you are to experience creasing.

But what if you’re already midway through the workday and notice your concealer has settled into the lines? Use your ring finger to smooth out any concealer that has begun to crease, and if you have any powder with you, set it with an extremely light dusting. For best results, use a small brush or sponge, making sure to blend the powder from where the eye and nose meet, softening out to the temple where any crow’s-feet lines may reach; you want to avoid putting excess powder on wrinkles.

Blush Overkill

Accidentally applying too much blush happens to the best of us! Tone it down by using a clean brush and blending a light layer of loose or pressed powder on top.

Another option is using a foundation brush or sponge that has a bit of leftover foundation on it to smooth and sheer your blush out.

Avoid over-applying your blush by using a soft, fluffy brush that grabs the color evenly and builds intensity slowly. Paula’s trick is to first put the blush color on the brush and then dab it into her pressed powder before applying.

Overdone Brows

We fully embrace the dramatic brow movement—we just want to help you to do it in a way that flatters your face. Instead of assuming you should choose a brow filler that is a shade darker than your natural brow color, go for a color that either matches it or is slightly lighter. This will give you full-looking, naturally defined brows without the harsh contrast.

Blonde eyebrows are the exception. Try a color that’s a shade or two darker to prevent brows from looking washed out or nonexistent.

Another issue is when you realize you filled in your brows a little too heavy-handedly and they end up looking a bit rigid. Use a brow brush or spoolie to comb through the hairs to help soften the look and break up solid the block of color for more realistic-looking, hair-like results.

Eyeliner for Watery Eyes

Do you have the issue of dry eyes causing excessive tearing? Paula’s trick for this is to use a truly waterproof eyeliner from M.A.C. called Liquidlast Liner. It is absolutely 100% waterproof. It can chip off a bit but is easily touched up. Paula keeps one in her makeup bag at all times (along with her travel size magnifying mirror).