When it comes to bridal makeup and all-round celebrity makeup, there’s one name that stands tall in the business and that is Bianca Louzado. From being a favourite with brides to creating looks that are not just trendy but insightful, Bianca has amassed a huge fan following for her attention to detail and her instinctive exploration of makeup and beauty. We love her bridal inputs and her occasional product recommendations on her Instagram page. And from Priyanka Chopra to Aditi Rao Hydari, she’s managed to make a mark in Bollywood too. Having worked under stellar makeup artists like Pati Dubroff, Mario Dedivanovic, and Bobbi Brown, Bianca has created a niche for herself in the industry.
This week, she has also launched her new beauty label, Code Beauty by Bianca Louzado – a bunch of unique sanitising products that are formulated to keep beauty hygiene going at times like these. “The brand was formed noticing the ‘glaring gap of hygiene in the Beauty and makeup industry as a whole. It is the country’s first-ever cosmetic sanitising label. I want to change the mind-set as well as the way hygiene is perceived in the beauty space,” explains Louzado about her venture.
The collection comes with cosmetic sanitisers, anti-bacterial cosmetic sanitising wipes and hand poured cleansing balms for brushes and sponges and we’re delighted that Bianca has taken an off-beat route to beauty. We asked the newly-minted beauty entrepreneur and makeup artist a few questions on her beauty routine and her regime and got some great answers. Take a look.
What’s your idea of beauty? Is there a definition you live by?
“Beauty to me comes in all its beautiful shapes, colours and ethnicities, beauty is diverse, beauty is that
pulsating vibe that you radiate from within” – This quote by Ellen resonates with me because I believe the same.
What is your daily skincare regime in the AM and PM?
I wash my face using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser during the day. The follow-up of products right now is: Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin C Truth Serum along with their Banana Bright Eye Cream and their C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer. I alternate my moisturisers too, sometimes with the Tatcha Water Cream and I absolutely love it as it contains rice enzymes that work beautifully on our skin. Tatcha’s signature ingredients include algae and green tea and I love it.
My bedtime routine is simple, I use the Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum for my hair and the Clarins Double Serum on my face, post which I use my favourite Skin Food Moisturiser by Weleda. It contains plant-based extracts and makes your skin glow.
I’ve attended a master class by London-based Skincare Aesthetician Caroline Hirons who once told me that one should look like a glazed donut before bedtime. If you’re not looking like one you’re not doing skincare right! So I try my best to nail that glass skin vibe at bedtime. On some days I use the Tarte Maracuja Oil.
Nails – tell us your routine and how you take care of them?
I take Biotin for my hair skin and nails and I use the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Oil for my cuticles. I’ve kept my nails devoid of nail colour during the lockdown so that it could breathe and retain its health and I also use a few drops of almond oil on my hands post a warm shower.
What kind of skin do you have and what extra care does it need?
I have combination skin and hence I treat it accordingly. It could break out easily since I suffer from PCOD and hence I am very particular about the products I use. I use an exfoliating toner that contains glycolic acid, like the Pixi Glow Tonic and I absolutely love it. Once a week I use the Glamglow Supermud Charcoal Treatment Mask, it penetrates into my pores and gets rid of any extra dirt and grime.
Supplements you are taking for good skin and hair?
Yes, other than biotin, I take Evening Primrose Oil and a Centrum Multivitamin. I did have some hair fall during the pandemic but it was back on track with some folic acid and cold pressed oil massages – I use the Pahadi Local Apricot and Walnut Oils.
Do you try any spot treatments or specialised products for your skin?
Yes, In fact I absolutely do. When I get a really irritating zit right before I am Pmsing, I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I am obsessed with it. A tiny drop of it on my zit using a Q tip and it’s gone by the next morning. The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads in no time.
Let us move onto makeup? Are there any staples you love?
I love using my Becca Champagne Pop Illumination Drops with my Too-Faced Foundation in Sand. I love my trusted Beauty Blender to do the job. The Mascara by MILK called Kush is a high-volumising mascara it’s contains heart-shaped fibres, conditioning hemp-derived cannabis seed oil and pure pigments for an intense black finish.
What is your makeup box filled with – talk us through some of the stars?
For now hygiene first and hence. I use my Code Beauty essentials, the Cosmetic Disinfectant to spritz on my pressed powder makeup. Cosmetic Sanitising Wipes to wipe off the surface of the cream-based make up. And my favourite Activated Charcoal and Orange Oil Brush and Sponge Soap to clean my brushes and beauty blenders.
My makeup heroes:
Eyes: My favourite eyeshadow palette is the Cocoa Palette by Zoeva and the Dior Backstage Quad.
Lips: Pat Mc Grath’s Tropicalia because it is a perfect blend of peach which goes well with the Indian skin tone.
Face: I usually do a lot of mixing and it’s never just one foundation. So it’s Armani Luminous Skin Foundation mixed with NARS Soft Matte Foundation mixed with Chanel Vitalumiere and nowadays I also add a teeny drop of the Beauty Blender Foundation. I am also currently using Dior Backstage Foundation and the Pat Mc Grath Foundation.
Blush: I love Patrick Ta’s new monochrome blush in She’s Adorable.
Highlighters: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 2 as well as the Becca in Opal and Moonstone.
Lipsticks: Tom Ford in Spanish Pink and Nubile, Christian Louboutin in Velvet Matte Red and the nude from Bassam Fattouh, a popular Lebanese brand.
What about your wellness routine – is there a process you follow?
Yoga thrice a week and a one-hour walk every evening. I do a detox with vegetable and fruit juices once in a while.
What are the pampering sheet masks and indulgences you follow?
I use the Laneige and Shiseido sheet masks. I always always give myself a foot massage before bed and I think it’s so important to do that. My feet feel moisturised and nourished and my nails looks better too.
A very “extra” product you have in your kitty that everyone must try?
I learnt make up from Pati Dubroff in Portland Oregon and that’s where she introduced me three years ago to the popular Refa Carat, a face roller that will give you more youthful, radiant and beautiful skin and one that works on solar power. Isn’t that just amazing?
Hair care routine you follow?
I am an ardent fan of Olaplex 3/4 and 5. I do alternate with Kerastase The Therapist. I regularly massage my hair with cold pressed oils such as walnut apricot and hazelnut by Pahadi Local and yes, not to forget my good old Parachute Coconut Oil too. I clean my hair brushes and tail combs with Code Beauty anti-bacterial sanitising wipes before I style my hair. Before I heat style my hair I use Ouai the Blow Dry Oil which has an insanely irresistible fragrance.
Any beauty DIYs you follow?
Yes, I do make my own beauty ice tray with ice cubes made of green tea / aloe vera / tomato juice and rose water cubes. I use it in a circular motion all over my face. It constricts my pores and make-up lasts longer.
What is your most extravagant purchase in beauty?
Who is your facialist – any regular facials you get done?
Myrah Spa in Juhu is my regular haunt and I always head to the in Obagi MediSpa at Dubai Mall for an Obagi ‘Deep Cleansing Facial’. Dubbed as a “workout for your face”, Obagi’s ‘Deep Cleansing Facial’ is ridiculously addictive.