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Investment banker turned fashion blogger? You know it’s not an easy path to take, but Natasha Luthra knows how to make it work.

A finance professional living the big corporate life, Natasha Luthra knew her real passion always stayed in fashion and beauty. But let’s admit it, it’s tough for a girl in the corporate world to break into a space that’s filled with fashion college graduates and experts. But, slowly Natasha moved up the ranks moonlighting as a fashion blogger for a while on her blog – Nat on the Rocks until the events and invites started pouring in.

And as it got harder for her to balance both, Luthra realised that her love for fashion is here to stay and she has to take the big plunge. With her expertise in fashion, she decided to become a full-time influencer and blogger with a cult following on Instagram, and her beautiful pictures and impeccable styling campaigns are proof. 

With luxe brands like L’Occitane, Payal Singhal, Coach, Moet and Chandon, and more in her kitty, Luthra has managed to stay on top of her game through the years. This week we decided to quiz Luthra on her beauty regime and her biggest beauty must-haves and here’s what she had to say.

What’s your idea of beauty? How has your beauty regime evolved through the years?

I think beauty has to be natural, not caked up. It’s about staying simple and not over-doing it. Focused skincare is the name of the game. I’ve decided to work on my skin this year and not use too many products. It’s finally about creating better skin habits than caking it up with makeup and hiding your face.

What’s the first thing you do to your skin when you wake up?

I wake up with a puffy face. For a long time, I avoided early morning shoots because my face would look so bloated up. But now, I found this tip – I wake up and ice my face. The ice pack calms my sensitive skin and de-puffs it. It’s a lifesaver and I have personally seen the difference in my skin.

What’s your skin type and what skin issues do you deal with regularly?

I have acne-prone skin. It’s too sensitive and breaks out very easily. My skin type is combination type, leaning into an oily T-zone.

What’s your morning skincare regime like?

I’m a simple person and my skincare regime is minimal. I start with a good cleanser that takes care of all the sebum and oiliness that has accumulated overnight.  My favourite at the moment is the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam that’s great for acne-prone skin, it removes dirt and excess oil, and gives you skin that’s refreshed and clean. After cleansing, I use a toner to remove the remaining debris and make sure my skin is completely clean. My toner is from Clinique too, it’s the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion. To be honest, the Acne Solutions range at Clinique has some great products for sensitive skin like mine. Sometimes, I do end up exfoliating my skin with a Pixi Glow Tonic, it’s amazing. My holy grail product is the eye cream, the L’Occitane Precious Eye Balm that I use both in the morning and at night. I use a moisturiser that’s not greasy and sticky, the Avene Rich Compensating Cream is so good. I never leave home without a good sunscreen and I’m addicted to the Avene Very High Protection Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+ sunscreen, and it doesn’t come with a white cast.

What kind of face masks do you use?

I indulge a bit in masks. My favourites are from Glam Glow. I also love the Pixi Mud Mask, it’s an instant glow-getter.

What does your night skincare regime look like?

My night time regime is a bit more elaborate than my morning one. I usually remove my makeup with my trusty Neutrogena Face Wipes – I don’t get them in India so every time I travel, I lug around a few just in case. They are the best things to happen to busy girls and they’re hassle-free and basic. Apart from my usual cleanser, toner and sometimes my exfoliator, I go ahead with a serum from L’Occitane. The L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum is a game changer for me. Sometimes, I switch my eye creams – I do enjoy the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, it’s very effective. Sometimes I go for a facial oil from L’Occitane called the Divine Youth Oil and use it with a facial roller to soothe my skin.

Do you take any supplements for skin and hair?

Of course, it’s important to take multi-vitamins for everyday health. I do an ice pack and drink green tea regularly too.

Skincare lessons you have learned?

Never use spot treatments without going to a dermatologist. I’m usually very careful, I never try anything without consulting the dermatologist first. And the second one is that I never leave home without wearing sunscreen. Keeping your face moisturised and hydrated are key to healthy skin.

A skincare DIY you know?

My grandma would dry mooring leaves to make sure we use it as a homemade mask for me and my sisters. It’s good for your skin and very trendy now. A face pack with moringa is a winner.

Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palettes

Your makeup must-haves?

Let’s start with the base. I always start with a good primer – Smashbox has the best ones, I personally like the Photo Finish Radiance Primer, it gives you a great glow so you shine from within.

My favourite foundation is the Bobbi Brown Foundation and NARS Creamy Concealer is another great pick. I seal everything in with the MAC Fix Plus that adds a dewy finish.

As far as eyeliner is concerned, the Diorshow On Stage Liner. In fact, I regularly use the Diorshow Mascara, the Smashbox Big Fan Mascara, and the pretty Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palettes. Another of my prized eyeshadow palettes? The Huda Beauty Nude Palette.

I’m still partial to Dior blushes and the MAC Mineralize highlighter is another personal favourite. Huda Beauty Bombshell has to be the only lipstick I reach out to quite often. The Dior Lip Tattoos are one of the best formulations around.

Do you follow any wellness routine?

I go to the race course and run everyday, three times a week. I also go to a workout bootcamp on other days.

Kerastase 8H Magic Night Serum

What are your favourite hair products?

I’m a big fan of Aveda Cherry Almond range, the shampoo and conditioner, both work wonders for my hair. The others I regularly use are the Kerastase 8H Magic Night Serum and their hair masks. I oil my hair with Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment Oil and if my hair is feeling dry, I use Olaplex.

Who is your go-to hairstylist in the city?

I go to Amanda Carvalho at Hairmasters Salon in Bandra. She totally understands my hair.

Who is your facialist?

My go-to dermatologist is Ageless Clinic, Dr.Harshna Bijlani. Her Oxy Facials are really good. I also tried the new Mary Cohr facials with natural products.

Your favourite nail products?

I don’t do gel nails, I have good nails so I prefer to just wear regular polish. My favourite colour is Mod About You by OPI.

Most extravagant beauty purchase?

I bought a Tom Ford foundation once, it was great because it made me glow. I’d day it’s been my best buy.

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.