Greetings from Shanghai bestie! Let’s get rolling!
1. What is your everyday, go-to makeup routine?
MEG: I cleanse with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and moisturize with L’Occitane Mom & Baby Cream and Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. For my base makeup, I use MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15. I apply Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush to my cheeks. On my lips I’ll wear Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry or a Palladio Lip Stain. My go-to lip balm is the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker— it gives a lovely, faint pink tint.
I line my eyes with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack or smudge a little Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown into my lashes and curl with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I finish the look with an eyebrow brush and Christian Dior Diorshow mascara or Maybelline Full ‘N Soft!
2. If you had to pick one celebrity’s look (makeup, clothing, hair, etc) to copy from head to foot, who would you pick?
MEG: Vanessa Hudgens. Her style is both sweet and sexy. It’s ultra feminine– with a little edge. Pink lips, bold smoky eye. Floaty dress, sky-high stilettos. We also share a favorite perfume: Vanille Abricot by Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
3. Let’s talk skincare and haircare. Do you use any special products or treatments?
MEG: For skincare, I really love Tend Skin for exfoliating (used sparingly). Otherwise, though, I don’t like to overwhelm my skin with chemical ingredients, and so I avoid toners, eye creams, etc. Internally, I eat tons of fruits and vegetables, drink white tea, avoid sugar, and stay hydrated throughout the day. During skin emergencies, I drink a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water daily.
As for haircare, I am always buying different shampoos and conditioning masks, though I particularly like Pantene and Dove products. For styling, I love Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum and Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream. I also swear by two fish oil capsules a day for silky, shining hair.
4. I liked this question a lot so I’m recycling it – “What do East Asian and Indian beauty and fashion tips have to do with one another? How can such different races learn from each other?”
MEG: Asian and Indian women can pull off similar looks in makeup and hair, because both have exotic, expressive features, full lips, and gorgeous dark hair. Their colored skin means they can carry off a huge range of shades and hues, in both makeup and clothing. Asian women are elegant, poised, and have an oustanding sense of aesthetics. Indian women are sensuous, graceful, and womanly. We have so much in common and yet so much to learn from one another!
5. Where do you go/what do you do to keep up to date on fashion and beauty?
MEG: Makeupalley.com is my favorite site for makeup reviews– I never buy a product without consulting Makeup Alley first. I also like Makeup411.com, a database filled with makeup breakdowns straight from the makeup artists of popular Hollywood films (including Twilight and Star Wars), TV shows, and red carpet appearances. For fashion, I enjoy browsing redcarpet-fashionawards.com and highheelconfidential.com. I also like pinkvilla.com for general updates on the world of Bollywood.
6. What parts of your beauty/style habits have been influenced by your Indian heritage? What parts of your beauty/style habits have been influenced by being an American?
MEG: I have a love for jewel-toned colors and tropical styles– floaty sheer tops, flowers, gems, feathers, dresses and kaftans, and colors like sunshine yellow and emerald green unfailingly will catch my eye. This is without a doubt a result of my Indian heritage.
My American heritage has instilled in me a love for heels: kittens, pumps, booties, sandals, you name it. I’m also attracted to girly, preppy clothes like pleated skirts and chiffon blouses.
7. What part of your appearance do you have the most trouble with? And how have you tailored your beauty/style to better suit that part?
MEG: I no longer have trouble with it, but I used to not like my nose. However, the proportions of my face have changed since I was a teenager. This is likely true of many young Indian women in particular, who have as a general rule large features and small faces. With time, your face will grow to fit your features. You can also use some tricks– parting your hair to the side, for example, to balance your flaws.
8. Tell me why our readers should believe what you say and trust you as a credible source of advice. You don’t have to tell me because I already trust you! Hey, maybe that’s why the readers should trust you too! Kidding, kidding…
MEG: I think you should always take advice you read on the internet with a grain of salt, bearing in mind that the person writing on the other end is… well… not you. That means what works for them might not work for you. I love our readers and want to give them the same advice I would give to my best friend. Which is why I am writing this blog with you! We have loved beauty and fashion for so many years– together– and I want to let our readers in on our secrets.
9. What is your absolute, hands down, take-it-with-you-to-your-grave favorite makeup product?
MEG: Concealer! I just can’t give it up, it makes your face look so fresh and bright. Too many girls overlook the importance of concealer; if there’s one thing I want someone to learn from this blog, it’s to always remember that the key to gorgeous makeup is a flawless base.
10. What is your go-to outfit? The one you reach for when you’re feeling a bit lazy and you know that it’ll work.
MEG: A cute summer dress and nude heels. Done!