Ask Clint Fernandis

I am a working woman and have very little time in the morning for make-up. Can you suggest a quick, easy grooming regime?

Most of our mornings are rushed-leaving very little time for grooming. However, if you can spare 20 minutes on your make-up and hair, you can create a complete look with these easy-to-follow tips.

Use a mild cleanser on the face and neck-a clean face is a must to begin your regime. Begin by using a lightweight sunscreen on the face and body, especially the parts that are most exposed to the sun (face, neck, arms and back). Follow up with a face cream and apply this on the neck as well. Do remember to use a heavier body lotion or body butter on your elbows and knees.

THE TRICK TO BLEND: Start off by dotting your faceand neck with a liquid foundation. Blend these dots out with your fingers-the heat of your fingers helps melt the formula, leading to even, full coverage. You can also use a damp make-up sponge to help blend on your skin. While blending the foundation, the trick is to start from the centre part of your face (nose) to the outer part of the face (cheeks). If you see any further skin imperfections, say for instance, in the under-eye area or a few spots, use a concealer on these specific areas. Finish by using with a translucent powder or a compact on the face and neck, especially if you have oily skin. TIP: Use water-based or mineral-based foundations for daywear. Look for products which not only conceal but also help correct pigmentation.

KEEP IT NATURAL: Start by using a natural-hued eyeshadow with a hint of pink or apricot to help enhance your eyes. Use this hue at the lash line and blend it towards the crease or socket of the eye. Use an eyeliner close to the lash line-you can keep it simple, make it thicker on the outward area of the lashes or give it a wing at the outer corner of your eye. Then, repeat the liner on the lower lids-only on the outer corner of your eyes. Finish your eye make-up with two coats of volumising mascara.

TIP: Remember to start with the lower lashes and then move to the upper, to help prevent smudging. While doing your eye make-up, keep a cotton bud handy to clean up any mistakes.

HYDRATING LIP COLOURS: For your lips, use a lip liner in the same shade of the lip colour to avoid any discrepancies. Outline your lips to make them look bigger and then fill in a long-lasting lip colour for daylong coverage. TIP: Stick to creme and matte-based formulas and avoid lip glosses as they can tend to run out.

HINT OF TINT: Add a hint of blush on the cheeks- nothing too dramatic, use a shade close to your skin tone or a neutral pink-hued cheek tint. TIP: If you prefer to use a cheek stain, dab some on your cheekbones for a completely natural look. THE RIGHT WAY TO BLOW DRY: The quickest instrument for your hair is the blow-drying brush-a blow-dryer with a hair brush attachment. This helps you dry and style your hair in less than 10 minutes. However, use a heat protecting spray on your mane before a blow-dry. TIP: Start an inch away from the roots and run the drier to the ends of your mane. One of the best hairdos that works for both day and night is a low pony tail. Brush your mane thoroughly, from the crown to the end, including the strands behind the ears and neck. Grab it in the centre (at the nape of your neck) and use a hairband to hold the hair together. Take a very small section of hair and wrap it around the band to conceal it. Finish by fixing the ends of this strand under the ponytail with the help of bobby pin. As we grow older, our hair tends to get thinner. You can also try a shorter, cropped haircut or even get a pixie cut-a plus for those with smaller features.

CLINT FERNANDES is a leading make-up artist in Mumbai. Send your questions to ask@preventionindia.com

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