We first spotted Nikita Madhani featured on a Style Peeper post in white Bottega boots. A blogger specialising in beauty and fashion, Madhani stands out in the influencer circuit for her interesting choices in skincare and makeup with unique product discoveries thrown in for good measure.
She founded her blog Styllogue in 2013 to showcase her love for all things fun and fashionable, and now it is one of the top digital pit stops to learn about the luxury lifestyle business. A trained mechanical engineer with an MBA to boot, Madhani has managed to carve a niche for herself by giving a fresh perspective in styling and beauty. Featured in magazines like Vogue, L’Officiel, and Stylist and a regular on websites like Huffington Post, Popsugar, Marie Claire international and StyleCaster, we spoke to her about her skincare regime and favourite beauty products.
What’s your idea of beauty in 2020?
I am done with heavy makeup and all those complicated terms like strobing and baking. Skincare is important and makeup is getting into a more natural, neutral space. I am moving towards more neutral tones yet there is a slight inclination to use a bit of shine — maybe just a tiny bit of glitter or shimmer. Spring’s biggest trend is undoubtedly neon, and I’m loving the bright eyeliner trend – I think blue eyes are huge this year.
What is your daily skincare regime in the AM?
My skincare routine in the morning is simple, I hate using too many products. I use a dermatologist recommended face wash — I gravitate towards anything that has glycolic acid. My star pick would be the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. I also loved using Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam — perfect for those with acne-scarring. I use an Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex sometimes before topping it up with a good moisturiser like belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb or my trusted Clinique iD. With sunscreens, am always trying out new ones — my favourites this season are the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Sunscreen and the belif Uv Protector Multi Sunscreen.
Supplements you are taking for good skin and hair?
I don’t take too many supplements — I do however take vitamins for hair fall and collagen for my skin. Mostly my mantra is simple — drink green tea to detox, it really helps with skin too.
Do you try any spot treatments or specialised products for your skin?
I do have acne sometimes and for that, I highly recommend the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, I keep it handy because it’s a miracle product. Another specialised product I like is the Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. I’m also a big fan of good eye creams — Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream is a lifesaver. Try Rexaline Hydra-EyeZone, a hydrating eye cream I discovered during my travels.
What are the stars in your makeup box?
Eyes: The best eye palettes are by Huda Beauty, the Obsessions palettes are really working wonders for me. Great for travel and so well pigmented. I also love the Smashbox Covershot eye palettes —super handy, they have a great smokey eye. For my eyes, I usually use a felt tip liner — the Dior On Stage Liner. Mascara is my staple, and Benefit Roller Lash, and Diorshow Iconic Waterproof Mascara make your eyes look beautiful.
Lips: I love lip tints these days — I’m partial to the Dior Lip Tattoo. As far as lipsticks are concerned, I have my staples: All Fenty Beauty shades, M.AC Cosmetics Runway Hit, Ruby Woo and Mehr are just amazing. A good budget buy is NYX Lingerie in Exotic.
Blush: I usually use tints rather than straight-up blushes and NARS leads the pack with some great ones.
Highlighters: Champagne Pop by Becca — it lives up to the hype.
Face Foundation: I love stick foundations — easy to use and carry, and effortless. My favourite is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. I use the NARS creamy concealer to cover blemishes and dark circles. The compact I use — it keeps the face non-oily and sets everything in place — is Studio Fix by M.A.C Cosmetics. My liquid foundations work on days I am at an event or a party and my favourites are the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Otherwise, I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.
What is your PM skincare routine like?
I double cleanse with a Clinique Cleansing Balm alongside an oil-based cleanser. I also love the Mario Badescu Enzyme Clearing Gel. Toning is important so I use a belif toner that really works with my skin type and hydrates my skin. Top up with a serum, mostly the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. I sometimes use a good facial oil — the L’Occitane Facial Oil is a winner.
What about your wellness routine?
I do yoga everyday. Drink my berry smoothies with goji or beetroot. I love detox drinks —green tea is a must.
A very ‘extra’ product you have that you recommend?
Haircare routine you follow?
I use a good extra virgin coconut oil, and massage it a few hours before my shampooing. My favourite hair care ranges come from Aveda and Moroccan Oil. One cool product I found: The Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque.
A travel product you love and carry?
What is your most extravagant purchase in beauty?
I bought the La Mer cream for a bomb and well, that’s perhaps my biggest buy.