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It’s the end of a decade and this year, beauty trends are revolving around the boldest trend of all, shimmer and shine. Highlighters are becoming ubiquitous, glitter palettes are all over Instagram and shiny, glossy lips are fast becoming a daily staple in makeup bags. As the party season heats up, we asked ace makeup artist, Arshis Javeri from Guerlain India to give us the low-down on the key trends of the season and tips on how to party like a rockstar. Go on, take a look and ace that party look with just the right amount of glitter and glam, to make sure you exit this decade and enter a new phase of style. 

Glitter and glamour 

Fall in India is more or less festive season, so whether it’s bridal or party style, shimmer is the only trend you should be looking at.. But, one must be aware of sheen, subtle shimmer, bold glitters and effortless shine –  chunky glitter is out. Pigments too are deeper, so look for gold, rose gold and holographic shine. 

Natural and refined base 

When it comes to the base makeup, this season, it’s all about dewy, refined, finished looks. That means, good skincare, prepping up the face, applying a good base and using face oils. Use sheer foundations, keep your base minimal and make sure it’s never dry or parched. 

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Smokey eye colours 

It’s the standalone party look that you can never go wrong with. Blacks, deep browns, mauves are now being used extensively alongside bold hues like golds and blues. Shocking pinks and bombastic purple shades are also in. Purple is becoming the biggest party trend of the year – it’s warm and not stark, so it does suit most Indian skin tones. 

Three products one should always use

One, a good primer, Guerlain has a great primer oil called L’Or Primer Oil. Invest in a brow pencil of the right shade, brows can really shape your look. And lastly, never forget kajal, it’s great for that simple swipe. Guerlain has a great Soorma or Khol, it takes time to master the technique but you will love the finish. Add a bit of shimmer with Guerlain’s Meteorites Pearls – it’s a wonderful product and so versatile. 

The trick to not look overdone during party season

The whole Instagram overdone look with baking and extra shine is no longer in. Finish with a more natural look this year. Balance the shimmer out by using neutrals or brights. 

The best lip colours

Pinks, mauves are great and are coming back. Classic red lips are great for parties. 

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Party makeup mistakes

When it comes to makeup, don’t look at only colours and textures. Look for products that give you hydration and good properties like skincare. Remember that ingredients matter, more than pigments. Don’t wear a lipstick that dries you out, always use a lip balm before. Don’t go crazy with the highlighter, that’s not okay. Let it flow, don’t let it be the hero – let your eyes or lips do the talking.  

The only party trick for makeup that lasts long 

Makeup fixer is a must-have if you sweat a lot or if you want to simply settle makeup in. Use the right serums, hydrate your skin well, prime it well so it lasts long. 

Here are the best products to use, to get the ideal party look. 

Primer: Guerlain L’Or Primer Base, Rs 4,675

Eyeshadow palette: Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette, Rs 5,375

Lipsticks: Smashbox Driver’s Seat ( a great nude) and Bawse, a killer red. Both Rs, 2,050. 

Liner: M.A.C Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, Rs 1,450

Powder: Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, Rs 3,600

Blush: Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow, Rs 9,000

Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black, Rs 3,000

Brows: Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil, Rs 2,390

All-round shine: Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Powder, Rs 3,850

Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow, Rs 4,000

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.