If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you know this already, coz I make big deal out of everything! This weekend I went for my first ever Garba. I got given two outfits from a Gujrati friend and couldn't decide between them so posted a photo on my social media. The response was insane. Everyone had different opinions but I really really loved the community feel. It felt like we were all real friends discussing outfit before a big night. (Here's the photo on Facebook and Insta btw). If you were one of those who commented- THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. Thank you leaving a line. It surely made my day!
So because there was quite an interest on the post, I posted some hazy makeup shots once I was done caking my face. And you guys blew my mind again. I was about to get picked up but then it got delayed and there was still some light outside. Out comes the DSLR! It never happens. Its rare for me to actually have time to click pictures. I'm usually the one who remembers mascara on reaching the venue. There's always something or the other that misses out.
While I absolutely sucked at dancing, my makeup was actually on point that night. For those who don't know, Garba is a form of dance, a Gujrati tradition. Its more like a communal dance where hundreds of people dance together in circles (loops?). It happens every night for 9 days before Diwali. So the actual Navratri ( Nav = 9, Ratri = Nights) is still to come. While I imagined a more Bollywood feel to the dance, this was hard core Garba, being performed on live music. And I don't understand a word of Gujrati language so you can imagine my 'Lost Cow' face. All my Garba knowledge was based on Bollywood so I completely lost the plot there. The dance was so fast and intense. I did pick up a step or two but was too scared to go ahead in fear of colliding head on with some hot guy. hah!
My first Garba fail hasn't deterred me and I'm already asking my Gujrati friend to take me to the more relaxed Bollywood style Garba that's happening sometime next month. Lets see if that eventuates. #MoreMakeupAdventures
For now, here's my makeup pictures. Special mention to Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation that is hands down the best long wearing foundation ever. It has never failed me! Also a mention to Napoleon Perdis Color Disc/Single Eyeshadow in 'Electric Forest' which is the highlight of this look. I'm so in love with it. It matches my outfit to the T. $8 well spent! (Remember my Napoleon Perdis haul that I posted on my Social Media last month?)
For the lips, I started with MAC's Lady Danger Lipstick but found it too bright for the outfit. I then topped it with some Ruby Woo but still wasn't happy. The outfit demanded something more deep. Maybe coz of the Deep Red/Maroon border on the lehenga. So I then topped it with my cheap as chips lipstick Jordana 'Blackberry'. The lips look more orangey in the pics but I applied a lot of Jordana later and they were definitely deep burgundy red by the end of night. So damn lovely! I was super proud of my DIY effort.
Here's the full list of products used-
Clinique Dramatically Different Mositurizing Lotion+ (Face Mositurizer)
Benefit ThePorefessional (Face Primer)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Eye Primer)
Mac Prep+Prime Lip Base (Lip Primer)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in shade 'Tawny' (Foundation; Sample size in picture)
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealor in shade 'Medium' (Under Eye Highlighter)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (To set under eyes; Sample size in picture)
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in shade 'Medium Plus'(Setting powder for face)
Benefit Hoola Bronzer (Contouring)
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (Highlighter)
MAC Powder Blush in 'Melba' (Cheeks)
MAC Powder Blush in 'Style' (Cheeks)
N*de by Nature Pressed Matte Mineral Bronzer (For warming up the cheeks a little and going over the contour)
MAC Fix+ Spray (to set my work of art/ Face)
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal (smudged over the lid, on the waterline and also used for tightlining)
Napoleon Perdis Color Disc in 'Electric Forest' (Packed on tightly over the black kajal, all over the lid; Also smudged some on the lower lashline later on)
A matte black eyeshadow from TheBalm N*de Tude Eyeshadow palette (on the outer V for some definition)
MAC Espresso Eyeshadow (blended in the crease)
A lighter matte brown than MAC Espresso, from MUA Undressed Palette (As transition shade on the lid, to form a subtle gradient, Eyeshadow shades shouldn't look too harsh. Blend Blend Blend!!)
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (in the brow bone, under the eyebrow arch as a highlight. Also some in the inner corner of eye to open up eyes)
Shu Umera Eyelash Curler (to curl lashes)
ARTDECO Extreme Volume Mascara (For Volumising Eye Lashes)
Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara (For lengthening eyelashes really!)
A mix of MAC Lady Danger, MAC Ruby Woo and Jordana 'Blackberry' lipsticks.
And that is all. It took me about 40-45 minutes from start to finish. I didn't really do much to my hair except braid freshly washed hair a night before to get some natural waves (Lazy Girl Alert!). As it was going to involve dancing, I later pinned up my Dupatta/Veil to secure it and also braided my hair. Soz for the lighting in the photos! The sun was about to go down and it made everything yellow and extra glowy. Check out that highlight though :)
So, whats your verdict on this look? Any suggestions on what I could do different on my face? How do you feel about me breaking the cardinal rule of makeup- Bold Eyes, Bold Lips? I kinda liked it and was super proud of my makeup. Even better, it didn't budge at all. I'm quite happy to re-create it again for some Indian Wedding! What do you reckon?
Catch you soon