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Makeup showdown



Pakistani cosmetic companies are really stepping up their game. With packaging and the products now aiming, meeting and competing with international standards and brands such as MAC Cosmetics, we thought to try out red lipsticks from local companies to see which ones top the list. You can never go wrong with red; and it is a color that is universal in that it looks good on everyone. So here it is – the battle of the local lipsticks! In order of preference:

1. Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick

Shade : Royal Red
Price: Rs. 770

The formula is wonderfully creamy with good color pay off

2. Atiqa Odho Cosmetics Lipstick

Shade : Rich
Price: Rs. 425
A creamy red, this lipstick is easy to apply and comfortable on the lips, even though the red is not as intense as some of the other brands competing. The packaging is a shiny plastic red for all her lipsticks, which is different from the typical black bullet that most companies opt for. The bottom of the tube also shows the shade of the lipstick so you know which one you are reaching for.

3. Note By JDOT Lipstick

Shade: Merlot
Price: Rs. 985
The formula of this product is very smooth and creamy, but takes a while to set. It is a beautiful shade of red, however if you are looking for a matte lipstick, this isn’t the one. It definitely has a sheen to it. That being said, the color payoff is great and it really is a classic, opaque red.

4. Musarrat Misbah Cosmetics Lipstick

Shade: Marilyn Move
Price: Rs. 880
This shade is reminiscent of MAC Cosmetics’ infamous Ruby Woo, but unfortunately not just for the gorgeous blue-based red color but also for how drying it is. It is not advisable to apply this to dry or flaking lips. In order to pull this off, lips must be exfoliated and moisturized beforehand. It also comes off patchy, which is why you may need to apply a couple of coats. We aren’t sure if it is worth the price, but it is a great shade of red!

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What Goes On Must Come Off – The New Makeup Remover Everyone’s Talking About



What’s worse than getting home past curfew after a rad party? It’s removing heavy eye makeup and budge-proof mascara (shortest horror story) when all you’d rather do is sleep without a care in the world. Nevertheless, sleeping with makeup on is a big no-no as it can clog the pores and irritate the skin.

If you’re tired of rubbing your eyelids raw and shedding a few precious eyelashes in the process, Vaseline will be your new best friend.

Vaseline? Really?

Yes, you heard that right! A pot of good ol’ Vaseline is a lifesaver when you want to remove heavy makeup in a matter of minutes. Vaseline’s light, emollient texture helps heavily pigmented makeup slide right off without damaging delicate skin around the eyes. The best part yet, it comes highly recommended by Dermatologists, and they swear by its sheer efficiency.

What else can Vaseline do?

Apart from Vaseline’s tried-and-true makeup removing properties, it can also come to your rescue in the middle of a makeup mishap.

  • It can tame grizzly brows and baby hair
  • Replenish dehydrated skin
  • It can sub in for mascara

Works as a lip balm

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50 Shades of Foundation Frenzy – How to Pick One That’s Right for You



The secret to a selfie ready face? The perfect foundation! A foundation should help make your skin look like the best version of itself. The wrong tone and formula can make your skin look sallow and cakey. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next beauty haul.

Know your undertone

If you don’t know whether you have a cool, neutral or warm undertone, chances are you’re wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you have a naturally rosy glow or the veins on your wrist appear blue or purple, you have a cool undertone.
  • If the veins on your wrist appear greenish, you have a warm skin tone.
  • You have a neutral undertone if your veins appear bluish green.

Sounds like too much work? Don’t worry! Just use the metal jewelry trick. If Gold jewelry pops more on your skin, you have a warm undertone, and if silver looks better, your undertone is cool.

Formula Matters

Before you pick the formulation, pick the coverage type; Full, Medium, or Light. Light to Medium coverage foundations will always be more buildable and you can add layers based on the look you want to go for.

The formulation depends on your skin type. If you want an oil-free formula for acne-prone skin, try on a shade that’s LIGHTER than your original shade. Oil-free, matte formulations tend to oxidize after a few hours and turn yellow or orange. Also, steer clear from dewy foundations as they are packed with light-diffusing particles.

For those with dry skin, go for a dewy formula that will cover imperfections and keep skin moisturized throughout the day. Another wrong move that most people make when buying foundation is trying out the shade on the back of your hand. Try it on your jawline instead to check if it’s a match.

Pro tip – Not a fan of heavy formulations? Get Fair & Lovely’s BB Cream – it gives your skin just the right hint of color for a lit-from-within glow.

Two’s a charm

If your shade is not on the cards, don’t settle for any other – mix and match to create your perfect shade. You’ll need a lighter foundation and one that’s slightly darker than your original shade. The good thing about having a foundation duo at your disposal is that you can use it for contouring.

Pro Tip – Always shade test the foundation out on your jawline. This will help get you closest shade to your skin tone.

Got more tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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