Dress down ‘wow’ style

Off Day style
Go ‘no makeup’
cool Off Day style
Keep it Simple n sweet (K-I-S-S)

There are days when you don’t really care to dress up or put on makeup and it is not because you are depressed. Such ‘Off Duty’ looks have been made popular by celebs in Hollywood and Bollywood as well. You too can do the same, look cool and casual yet chic and effortlessly stylish.

Here’s how to own it:

>‘No-make’ up look’: Opt for  a flawless base with good BB cream or a tinted moisturizer instead of thick foundation. A dash of lip balm even with a hint of pink, keeps it simple and sweet!

>Classy messy hair: Let your hair down and wear it naturally. Do not style it with any tool or product. Just scrunch it or run your fingers through it, to give a subtle, textured finish.

>Minimal accessories: Keep off ear rings and neck pieces as they look very dressy. You can keep to a pair of sexy sunglasses for the day or even sport a hat to look different from what you do every other day.

Sounds fun right? Try it out for sure like I did and feel ‘WoW’!

–Sayanti Banerjee

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Glamup your crowning glory

Do you feel ‘wow’ when you look at the mirror? If not, then it is time to bounce back in style.

The quickest way to do so is by changing your hairstyle! No wonder it is called the ‘crowning glory’ and when you wear it fashionably, you sure make all heads turn.

Here’s the way to do it:

Grecian braid
Grecian braid

Grecian braid:

You can upgrade your look even on a bad hair day with these neat braids at the crown and pin them up behind your ears. Let the rest of your tresses fall over your shoulders gracefully. This hairstyle looks red-carpet chic instantly.

Side swept pony
Side swept pony

Side swept pony:

This style is cute and sexy at the same time. You can dress it up with accessories to take the look from casual to party glam.

Back to school bands
Back to school bands

Back to school bands:

If you wish to keep your hair open with a casual outfit, simply opt for a hair band that goes colour coordinated with your outfit. It looks effortless and fresh for a day out in the sun.

Go fishy:

A fishtail braid can take you from day to evening without having a hair out of place. Just wear it in style and keep the texture a bit messy for a boho-chic appeal.

Go fishy
Go fishy

Try them all over the weekend and smile through more compliments that come your way for spending just 5 more minutes to do your hair in style!

–Sayanti Banerjee

Play with Rainbow hues…

While you are waiting for the rains to splash off the monsoon fun in the upcoming season, you can play with the rainbow hues now. The fashion forecast is that the colour palette for the rainy season is going to be BRIGHT all the way!full eyes shut

Here’s your take #5

#1 A dash of purple liner across the upper lashes of your eyes with a graphic finish, can make you look edgy, boho-cic and glamourous at the same time.

#2 Outline the waterline of your eyes, close to the lower lashes with a pop or a pastel shade according to your mood? It will help to add more definition to the overall look.

#3 Keep the finish shimmery but soft and subtle so that your eye make up does not look too dramatic or OTT (over the top)!

#4 Brush out the lashes with coats of mascara to open up the eyes wider…

#5 You can go bright on the lips with a pink-purple, high-definition pout…

Sayanti Banerjee

‘Party-Ready’ in 3

It’s Friday finally and as the countdown to the weekend begins, you need to get going with a few plans. Since there is no escaping being in office during by the day, you can dig into your beauty kit and try out a smoky eyes to get ‘party-ready’ eyes opnbefore you step out of office in style. eyes closed

Here’s what works instantly to glam you up no matter what you are wearing clothes and accessory wise:

#1 Wash you face and reset your base to add an instant fresh feel at the end of the day.
#2. Define your eyes with khol pencil and smudge the outer rims. Go soft on the upper lids of the eyes by smearing a dark eyeshadow with a shimmery finish.
#3 Add a dash of gloss to your pout, leave your hair down and party!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Own your beauty weapons

Have you ever wondered, in spite of applying eye makeup, blusher and lipstick in the same way as a celeb does, why you don’t look as stunning as a red carpet fashionista? Well, more than the products you use, it is really about the technique of application. Once you master the art of using some of the beauty weapons like a pro, you will stand out as a diva.

Own your beauty weapons
Own your beauty weapons
Powder brush
Powder brush

In this humid weather, if you do not set your base well, then the overall makeup will look patchy. Set off your makeup with loose powder and make sure to do so in a circular motion with a good powder brush for a seamless finish.

eyelash curler
Eyelash curler:

Eyelash curler: To make your eyes look big instantly, just curl your lashes upwards and outwards. Apply a generous coat of mascara for a glam-doll effect.

Eyebrow brush:

Well-groomed eyebrows can frame the face beautifully. So use this magic wand to brush out your brows and make your face look more attractive.

Eyebrow brush
Eyebrow brush
Hair straigthener
Hair straigthener

Hair straigthener: You can use this tool in 2 ways, to make your hair straight or wavy. Play it as per your mood and make heads turn…

Hair-Dryer
Hair dryer:

Hair dryer:

You can literally blow off any one with a great blow dried hairstyle. Try this trick to look rock chic!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Go big on ‘O’

Do you dare to go orange this season? This colour spells optimism, adventure and friendliness. So when you sport this vibrant colour, you make your own fashion statement.

Lips don’t lie
Pop Pout

Have fun with this big ‘O’ over the weekend!

Lips don’t lie:

Get a pop pout with an orange hue. Let your puckers make the style statement.

Spread it out
Go graphic
Go solid too
Retro chic

Go solid:

While monochromes are in fashion, you can play safe with a mix and match for an effortlessly glam effect.

Spread it out:

If a solid orange makes you feel uncomfortable, break it up with prints and graphic motifs that are fashion forward.

Bag off in style
Bag off in style
orange
Orange happy

Bag off in style:

While you can wear printed attire, an envelope clutch or a tote in solid orange will be a wow colour-blocking idea.

Wear this circus hue in multiple ways and look wow!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Can you do Cannes?

Inspiration Cannes
Inspiration Cannes…

Cannes film festival is the ultimate Mecca of fashion. As the tinsel town divas grace the stylish red carpet, they set off a few trends that are in vogue. You too can upgrade your grooming quotient a few notches higher.

Here’s what I found trending @Cannes: • Outfit: Jewelled tones, self embellishments, floor length gowns with structured necklines are ruling the lime light. Working towards a fit body can take care of how a well fitted garment will make you look. So get moving!

• Shoes: Stilettos work the best and for a regal feel, golden or silver metallic sheen holds all attention.

• Accessories: Keep accessories minimal, like a statement ear ring or a cocktail ring to go with your outfit.

• Make-up: Defined eye shapes with liners and a smoky eye shadow finish to look stunning. Bright, glossy lips are also a rage currently.

• Hairdo: Effortless…is the word. You can wear your hair down, naturally, just make sure that the cut is stylish to add all the oomph.

Take notes from the fashionistas like Natalie Portman, Sonam Kapoor, Salma Hayek, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the likes, as they own the red carpet and make everyone say ‘wow’!

Photo Credit: Rajiv Hinduja

Venue: J W Marriott Sahar

-Sayanti Banerjee