There is nothing more glamorous than cat eyes and red lipstick. This look for me is the ultimate in sophistication and glam. If you are struggling how to get the cat eye right; here is my easy way out.

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For the eyes, I have used Mac’s Fluidline Gel Liner in Blacktrack. With an angle brush, I have taken a wee bit of the liner. I first made a thin line starting from the inner corner of my eye; it is easier to build up on a thin line rather than going the other way round. After slowly extending it till the other end, I have made a small line extending from the lower water line. Then you make a “V” connecting the upper and lower line.  You can keep your lower line as it is or use a thin flick with a kohl. I have used Maybelline Eye studio Master Smokey in Black. To finish the look I’ve used Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. You can use false eye lashes but I much prefer the natural look :).

Cat eye tutorial

 

 

Cat eye tutorial

 

For the lips, I have used Revlon Red, one of the best red lipsticks out there that gives you just the right amount of oomph. To keep my face fresh, I have used a wee bit of Maybelline Baby Skin Primer before applying Carita’s sublime radiance veil foundation. Seal the look with some powder and apply some colour to your cheek bones. I’ve used Bodyshop’s All-in-One Face base and Baked to last blush.

I rarely use so much make-up but of course there are days when every girl needs to feel extra glam and this look is definitely my go-to look for those special days. 🙂

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Call it anticipation for Spring but of late one colour that has caught my attention is Orange. Unsurprisingly, orange is also the new red lipstick for SS14. From Tangerine to hot neon,the colour orange is definitely taking “loud mouths” to a whole new level of cool. Interestingly, the ultimate screen siren Elizabeth Taylor started this trend way back in 1963 in her film–the V.I.Ps where she sported a bright orange lipstick and today everyone from Drew Barrymore to my current girl crush– Lupita Nyong’o are wearing this shade. But is this trend suitable for us ordinary mortals? I try to find out.

Orange lipstick trend SS14

To give this trend my own personal touch, I decided to pair my orange lips with orange nails. I have used (as you can see) Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Sunburst 95 and Barry M’s Lip lacquer in Mandarin.

Orange lipstick trend 2014

Orange lipstick is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It has a certain edge which means you need oodles of confidence to pull it during day time. But, once you have got used to this shade it is surprisingly a great look for both day and night. I have opted for a budget option here as I was not sure if this colour will suit me or not but I will definitely be splashing out at Mac ;).

Orange lipstick trend 2014

The key to nail this look is to not go OTT. I have just used a very thin line of black kohl and whilst I rarely go matchy-matchy, here I loved pairing it with orange nails.

My verdict: A big yes. Give your pinks and reds a rest this season and go orange. But yes try out with different shades before you find your perfect orange.

For a lifestyle and fashion blogger, I am actually quite rubbish at doing make-up. I am your 10 minute girl who would apply a dash of liner and mascara and some colour on lips before dashing off. But, I love experimenting and hence I am hoping to start a new series–trying on a trend–along with my style section. The premise is simple, I try on beauty trends from the runway and see how it translates in real life. And don’t be surprised if I thrash a trend I am and don’t intend to become a fashion victim and in any case this blog is all about encouraging personal style. Today, it is all about the blue eye shadow.

The blue eye shadow was a major hit on the runway. From Marc by Marc Jacobs to Bradley Mischka, models happily strutted with various hues of blue on their eyes. Blue is the colour of this year magazines have got us convinced; so I decided to hop on and test this trend (yes, I don’t mind being a guinea pig for this blog ;))

Trend on trial: blue eyeshadow

I used a mixture of blue eye shadows from Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Quod eye shadow state of grace. For my lower line, I used Maybelline Master Kajal Lapis Blue. To finish off, I used my trusty Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara black.  Ready and all set to go, I was hoping for a va va voom effect.

trend on trial: blue eyeshadow

Now for some real reactions and the bitter truth: while the hubby was not-so-pleasantly surprised and just pursed his lips for reaction. My mom and Father-in-law (all the way from India over skype) gave it a thumbs up calling it “glamorous.” My bravery back, I stepped out my fashionably forward concierge said she loved it and I was pleasantly surprised to see few people giving me second looks in approval.

trend on trial blue eyeshadow

Mission completed but I actually didn’t think it was successful. I just felt this look would be more suitable for night. It is definitely not true to my style. Whilst it looked awesome on the runway, I don’t think I will strutting in blue eye shadow anytime soon (save for late nights and going out with girls). For day wear, I would stick to my blue eyeliner from Bodyshop. 

So will you or will you not try the blue eyeshadow look this SS14? Do share your thoughts.