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Scouting for the next big trend, the next big lipstick, and the latest palette is easy if you have a reference point. That’s why we interview women who influence our beauty buys and regimes. One such woman is Iman Allana, founder of the influencer-favourite brand BollyGlow. A beauty aficionado and fashion icon (she’s walked for Dolce & Gabbana, and appeared on style lists of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Arabia), Allana shuttles between India, Dubai, and London, creating products for her brand, which is all about Bollywood-inspired beauty. She understands that beauty today is about confidence and personal style, and relies on a good sheet mask to make her day better. We asked her to give us tips on the products she loves.

Iman Allana

Your idea of beauty?

Beauty is confidence and happiness, which always shine through when you meet a woman who lives her dreams. But you could also do with a little magic by enhancing your existing features with few simple products.

Daily skincare regime in the AM

I start by cleansing my face with an Obaji Nu Derm Gentle Cleanser, add a good hyaluronic serum to bring in moisture to dry skin, and then add a light day-time moisturiser topped with sunscreen that has SPF 50.

Your tried-and-tested skincare tips

I have combination skin, and with travel, there are always dry patches. That’s why I always carry a sheet mask with me on the flight. The Bollyglow Bamboo Moisturising Sheet Face Mask is for a quick pick-me-up. Sometimes, my skin breaks out with change in climate, and the Bollyglow Bamboo Anti-Blemish Sheet Face Mask infused with tea tree oil is great for that.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Spot treatments or specialised products for your skin?

I love the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for emergency spots – it comes with salicylic acid which works wonders on sensitive skin, and follow it up with Bollyglow Bamboo Anti-Blemish Sheet Face Mask.

Products you cannot do without in the morning?

A hydrating serum and SPF – I never leave home without them.

Makeup staples you love

I honestly feel that it’s the brows that define the face. I have been using the soon-to-launch brow pencil to fill in any gaps and it’s such a fantastic product with a nourishing setting gel to keep your power-brows beautiful all day. I also love any company powder that comes with a light tint  that is perfect for Mumbai’s humidity and evens out skin. A mascara that separates the lashes and a peach lipstick is all I carry with me.

Bollyglow masks
Makeup essentials you cannot do without

A good primer. I look for hydrating and colour correcting ones that shield your skin from pollution, and set the base for foundation. Bollyglow’s CC primer launching in August is my go-to. Also a good lip liner and a nude/ peach lip combo is something every woman must have in her beauty kit.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 02: Iman Allana walks the Dolce & Gabbana Italian Christmas catwalk show at Harrods on November 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harrods)
Stars is your makeup box

For the Eyes: The Bollyglow Double-ended Eye Pencils – Kajal on one side and a metallic one on the other, it is perfect for the day and so handy to glam up for the evening. The metallic shades are beautiful and it’s handy to have one thing to carry.

For the Lips: Liquid Matte Lipsticks from Bollyglow – our minis are purse friendly and each set comes with a creme, matte, and gloss finish.

bollyglow

For the Face: I use a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen with a slight tint for the day – just the right amount of coverage yet protective. I use the Charlotte Tilbury Compact Finishing Powder on top – truly a fantastic product.  I use the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui – it’s the right blend of pigment and shine for a healthy flushed look. I also love silver, rose gold, and gold liquid liquid highlighters – they add the right amount of shine.

What is your PM skincare routine like?

I usually cleanse and use a hyaluronic serum alongside a good retinol cream once a week.

Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Extra care products you love

You must check out the Obaji Oil Control Pads Acne Treatment once a week. They are great for humid weather. I also use Eve Lom Rescue Mask and drink tons of water.

Your wellness routine

Hydrate and workout for around 20-minutes a day. Circulation is as important for the mind as it is for the body. Stacking up on natural foods for such as nuts, flax seeds, fruit, and coconut water is essential.

A very ‘extra’ product in your makeup bag

Lashes are my biggest indulgence. Once you get a hang of it, they really can transform your look. Bollyglow 3D Faux Mink Lashes are fabulous and they’re the newest in lash technology.

Huda melted shadows

Your most extravagant purchase in beauty

Huda Beauty’s Nude Palette and Melted Shadows are my biggest buys.

The best haircare products to try

Nashi’s Argan Oil Shampoo and Masque – both are great products.

Beauty DIYs you follow

My grandma’s recipe of crushed almonds and honey is always good for a quick pick-me-up.

Nail must-haves

I usually do Shellac at a salon to have long-lasting, chip-free polish. Cuticle oil is a must too.

Travel products you love

Bollyglow mini lipsticks, sheet masks, dry shampoo, an under-eye cream, and at least four different lip balms.

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.