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Hello darling readers!  I know I’ve been horrible about posting lately, but I recently started working and it’s been a bit of a madhouse, but I think things are calming down a bit/I’m getting the hang of things thus my triumphant blogging return!

I’m going to restart with a bang by breaking down Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ready to Wear Runway Look!  Chanel had an under the sea theme (Check out the video on Style.com here) that was reflected in the clothes, accessories, and even makeup – shell-shaped clutches, pearl encrusted hair, even scattered pearls imitating piercing.  But not to worry, the beauty was under the sea inspired, but still perfectly appropriate (and dare I say awesome?) for us land dwellers to rock!

What the Pro’s said: Style.com Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg wrote “…Models were given a smooth base of Chanel pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup for a semi-matte finish that contrasted well with the ‘wet shine’ eyes [Peter] Phillips [Chanel’s global creative director of makeup] crafted using his Illusion d’Ombre long-wear luminous eyeshadow in 81 Fantasme, a glimmering white cream pigment. ‘It blends out into Illusion [d’]Ombre 92 Emervelle, a peach color, so the sparkle becomes a glow,’ Phillips pointed out, lining the inner rims of eyes with Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair, a light beige, and using its Stylo Yeux waterproof long-lasting eyeliner in black shimmer along the upper lash line to further carve out definition.  Cheeks were dusted with its forthcoming L’Horizon de Chanel, a blush compact with graduating shades of pink that can be swirled on for multidimensinoal color, while mouths were coated in its new Levres Scintillantes Glossimer lip shine in Plaisir, a sheer pink hue sans sparkle…”

ON HAIR: “’wet hair down looked a little sad,’ [Sam] McKnight admitted.  Instead, he prepped strands with Sebastian Mousse Forte and Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner, a leave-in mask, and swept them up into a chignon, letting the ends hang out.  McKnight advocated for using mousse-rather than gel-to get the desired level of saturation. ‘Gel can be difficult to manipulate and mousse just distributes better,’ hes aid. ‘I added a slight side part, too, so there’s a little bit of a Chanel boyish feel.’”

I encourage you all to check out the entire Style.com beauty review.  It was a great read! (click “more” on the blurb above the pictures)

Our Breakdown

(I say breakdown, but it’s a bit of a translation – breaklation? – too because while the runway look is gorgeous, it’s a bit intense for every day.  And, also, while I’d love to have oodles of Chanel makeup at my fingertips, it’s all on the pricy side.  Not to mention many of the colors haven’t been released yet…but if you have the products handy/want to make an investment, may the force of Chanel be with you.)

Suggested Products

-Liquid/Cream Foundation: (it’s ironic that I’m dying to recommend Chanel’s Teint Innocence liquid foundation – because it’s amazing – but I’m not because it’s discontinued…why Chanel? Why?) Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover liquid foundation or (Meg’s favorite) MAC Mineralize cream foundation.

-Setting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites (if you like a slightly glow-y finish) or Clinique’s Almost Powder (if you like a totally matte finish)

-Luminizer: Benefit High Beam

-Eyeshadow: MAC Cream Color Base in Luna and Hush

-Eye Liner(black): MAC Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack

-Eye liner(beige): Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Clair (it’s pricy but, surprisingly, the only beige color I could find! The closest I came was Tarte’s EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener)

-Mascara: Lancome Hypnose

-Blush: MAC Powder blush in Pink Swoon

-Lip Gloss: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon


-Start by concealing any blemishes.  Apply liquid (Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover) or cream foundation (MAC Studio Fix cream) lightly with a sponge for a smooth finish.

-Set foundation with a powder (Guerlain Meteorites/Clinique Almost Powder).

-Apply a little bit of luminizer (Benefit High Beam) to the cheekbones, arches of the brows, cupid’s bow, center of the chin right underneath the lips, and the bridge of the nose to create a fresh dewy skin look.


-Apply a thin layer of white shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Luna) to the entire lid.  Then, apply a very small amount of shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Hush) to the outer corner of the lid and blend inwards.

-Line the inner rims of the eyes (top and bottom if possible) with a beige eye liner (Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair)

-Draw a line of medium thickness along the upper lash line (thinner on the inside corner of the eye, thickest on the middle of the eyelid) and end the line slightly past the actual endpoint of the eye with a very very slight cat eye (check out the picture below of model Candice Swanepoel as a reference).

-Use the same white shimmery cream shadow (MAC Cream Eye Base in Luna) to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

-Curl lashes (Shu Uemera Eye Lash Curler) and apply a thickening mascara (Lancome Hypnose).


-Lightly dust the tiniest bit of pink blush (MAC powder blush in pink swoon) on to the apples of your cheeks.


-Complete the look with a pink glossy lip (Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon).  For extra gloss and pout potential apply a dab of clear gloss to the center of your lips (try moisturizing and multifunctional Aquafor healing ointment!)


-The easiest way to get this look is to start styling with wet hair.  So either take a relaxing shower or wet your hair down with a spray bottle.

-Apply a nickel-sized dab of leave in conditioner (Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner) and a quarter-sized dab of mousse (Sebastian Mousse Forte) into your wet hair.  Comb the conditioner and mousse in thoroughly with your fingers.  Note: this is if you want the totally wet look for the entire day!

-Brush your hair and part severely to one side.  (Part should be at the middle point of one of your eyebrows)

-Tie hair back tightly into a low ponytail.

-Twist hair and wrap around in a slightly loose bun.  Secure with a hair tie.  Note: it doesn’t have to be a perfect bun, in fact, the point is to not have a perfect bun.  The wet texture of the hair will help the bun stay up, even though it’s a bit loose.

Runway to the Real World Style Tip!

Spice up any loose bun with pretty embellishments, jewelled pins, studded hair ties, colored ribbons.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Check back for other SS12 RTW beauty breakdowns!

* all the wonderful pictures are from Style.com, a great resource for all things fashion!  

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Rhea Kapoor is a Bollywood producer and Indian fashionista. She is the sister of actress Sonam Kapoor and the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor. Thanks for the great advice, Rhea!!

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Found a great Indian style-related blog today! With it got the chance to read an excellent exclusive interview with Sabyasachi Mukherjee, top-notch fashion designer. The writer, Surabhi Chauhan, also had the opportunity to take some pics inside Sabyasachi’s studio… very cool stuff! Click here to read the interview.

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Yes, my LBB girl crush continues.  While I was a bit torn over her Chinese InStyle photo shoot, I absolutely love her look for the LA Premiere of Snow Flor and the Secret Fan.  She absolutely glowed.  I love her dress, her slightly (and the keyword is slightly) messy hair, and I especially lov how comfortable and just happy she looks on the red carpet.

The best thing about LBB’s gorgeous red carpet look is that it could work for anyone for a fancy night out with the guy or the girls, so let’s figure out how to get her look!

The Makeup

LBB makeup is similar to her InStyle photo shoot that I posted about earlier, but I like this one better because her cheeks have a bit more color.  Here’s a basic step-by-step:

1.  Cleanse and moisturize your face with your usual products.  Apply concealer to any blemishes and use your usual foundation product.

2.  This is a matte look so if you use a liquid or cream foundation, lightly dust over your face with a powder.

3.  For eyes, the big thing is false eyelashes.  Check out our guest post on false eyelash application!

4.  Dust a peachy-pink blush over your cheeks.  I’d recommend my personal favorite blush Orgasm by Nars.

5.  Finally, add just the tiniest bit of color to your lips by choosing a MLBB (“my lips but better”) lip color.  I recommend MAC Lipstick in Gel.  Add a coat of clear gloss over your lips for some extra shine.

The Hair

LBB’s hair looks blown out and beachy at the same time.  I love it.  For this look, first apply a beach wave spray to your wet hair, which will give it that tousled, just got back from the beach look.  I recommend Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble.  Then flip your hair over your head and blow dry.  (If your hair is very curly try to blow dry it straighter)  Flipping your hair over your head will give you extra volume.  After blow drying, use your fingers to come a a little more surf spray through your locks as a finishing touch.

The Dress

A pretty champagne-colored dress is a great addition to an Asian or Indian girl’s closet.  Why?  Because champagne is a flattering color on Asian and Indian skin tones.  I also love that LBB chose a dress with a lot of embellishment.  I’m a sucker for a prettily embellished dress.  Here are some options:

Parker Racer Back Dress from Shopbop, $298

This dress is the functional equivalent of LBB’s Cavalli dress, though the price tag is still on the high side.  One great thing about Shopbop though is that the web site delivers anywhere in the world, in three days, for free.  Something that all our international readers can appreciate.

Strapless Textured Dress from Forever 21, $19.98

This dress channels LBB’s dress’ lovely shimmer color and adds a bit of extra embellishment at the waistband.  And at less than $20 it’s a hard deal to beat!

For an added touch of champagne, check out Meg’s post on champagne-colored nails!

To complete LBB’s wonderful premiere look, add some tassel earrings!  Gorjana makes a really cute pair.

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Over the weekend I bookmarked at least 4 Li Bing Bing images that I wanted to post about.  She’s really been making her presence known for her new movie Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  We’ll kick off my unofficial Li Bing Bing party with these images from her photoshoot with Chinese In Style.

I don’t know how I feel about these images.  I think her eye makeup looks amazing and her skin, as always, looks flawless, but I am completely distracted by her hair.  It’s much better in the last image where her hair is down, but the messy, braided bun really isn’t working for me.  I don’t think that hairstyle suits the pretty cocktail dresses that she’s wearing.

What do you guys think?

To get her look check out Meg’s winged eyeshadow post and follow LBB’s lead by choosing a MLBB (“my lips but better”) lip color over a nude lip!

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Here’s a special treat for the week: a Jolie Asie exclusive interview with the super spunky, super savvy Tanya Ghavri, fashion stylist to the stars! I recently got a chance to talk with Tanya about her career, what it’s like working with beauty queens and heroines, and her top fashion advice for our readers.

Tanya styled Aishwarya Rai for her interview in Verve's March 2011 issue

MegTell us about your most exciting or memorable accomplishments in styling Bollywood celebrities and/or films.

Tanya: I don’t generally think of things in terms of big or small, because I’m excited about all of the work that I do… whether it’s a fun shoot with some friends to a shoot for a high profile magazine or a film… it’s all great! But, since you’ve asked this question in particular, I would say styling Aishwarya Rai because she was my idol as a child and I looked up to her I wanted to be Miss India because she was Miss India. I was like an awe-struck girl, so styling her was like a dream come true!

It is a dream for girls who love fashion to be styling the likes of Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. How did you get to where you are now, and what is your advice for aspiring stylists?

Tanya: Life has been very kind! Literally, I studied fashion in New York and Bombay… got all my ground at SNDT; studied fashion there and was just extremely passionate about it. I started working while I was in college, and used to bunk college sometimes to be at shoots! I don’t advise bunking but sometimes being out of the box helps (winks). Working in the fashion and film world really helped… and then I landed up working on [the Bollywood film] “Aisha” and then there was no looking back. Everything else just followed.

I would advise girls to have fun with fashion- take risks and just work really, really hard, because if you do, no one can stop you!

Tanya recently styled Sonam Kapoor in an Anita Dongre dress, Christian Dior sling bag, and Jimmy Choo peep toe heels for a rainy day at Film City. The look was featured in the Bombay Times. Click on the image for a larger view.

What was your most difficult stylist assignment to date, and how did you manage it?

Tanya: I don’t see anything as difficult… actually, if you don’t lose your fear, you’ll never enjoy your work. That’s what my parents taught me. There are times you feel doubt but eventually realize, “What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll make a mistake, and then I’ll learn.” So I can’t think of anything that’s been difficult.

What does a typical day for you look like- who do you meet, where do you go?

Tanya: A typical day for me depends on if I’m working or not. If I’m working, it’s absolutely insane. I’m always on call with designers, etc. to source, and in between meetings, and fittings with actors. If I’m not working that much then I’m researching and reading fashion blogs and books and films (Indian and international). I would really recommend to watch all kinds of films- Indian, international, foreign… it really helps opening your mind up.

Who are your favorite designers and places to buy clothes- high-end and street-buys?

Tanya: Wow! Favorite place would lots… in India, to start with, I would say: for high street Zara is a one-stop shop. Among the newer designers there is Masaba Gupta, who’s extremely talented and very well priced. Among the high-end Indian brands there is Anamika Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh, and Cue. They make beautiful clothes that are also wearable. [For] high-street in Bombay there is Zara, French Connection, Calvin Klein; you can find your really nice basics that are long lasting.

I would advise young girls to stop buying these Bangkok export cheap clothes and rather invest in a top from Zara because, trust me, you may spend 500 bucks more, but you’re so much more chic and it works much, much longer and doesn’t fade away! Quality over quantity: it’s the first fashion rule.

Outside India, New York is the place to shop hands down!

What is your advice for girls who are shopping on a limited budget but still want to look fashionable like a movie star?

Tanya: First of all, you don’t have to shop expensive and designer to look chic and fashionable. You could put on a simple white mul shirt with jeans or shorts. Wear your mum’s vintage necklace (old ethnic neckpiece) with a cute lil’ tan sling bag and ballet flats and you’re ready to go!

Colors on display at Colaba Causeway in Mumbai

Colaba Causeway in Bombay has some of the cutest and most fun accessories and bags… girls who are interested in fashion, make your clothes have fun with fabrics; it’s your first step and so much more economical!

What are your favorite, must-have fashion accessories?

Tanya: Must-haves are my favorite part- a pair of nude heels. It’s a no brainer when you don’t understand what shoes to wear… wear nude!

A well-fitted pair of jeans, a boyfriend jacket (jacket the size of a guy’s). It’s so fun and just adds so much character.

A little black dress… all girls need that. Trust me, all girls, even girls who think they are a lil’ overweight, need it to sit in their wardrobe to encourage them to lose weight and wear it one day!

A nice tan sling bag is a must!

Which do you enjoy styling best- photoshoots, films, or celebrity appearances?

Tanya: I love working on films. I would say it’s just so much fun working a particular character and dressing that character. Film is so electrifying; it’s hundreds of people coming together to bring a story together for the whole world to watch. What could be more exciting than that?

What is your go-to outfit for a busy workday?

Tanya: I’m a moody dresser and my friends seem to think that I wear the tiniest clothes made in India! I live in Bombay, it’s hot all year round. I’m always in shorts that I pair up with a mul shirt or sometimes a cute summer retro dress- love polka dots- maybe a beautiful fun maxi dress!

What is the biggest fashion mistake most Indian women make, and what can they do to fix it?

Tanya: Wearing the wrong silhouettes. Every woman has her own charm and she can look good if she dresses right! Some simple rules:

  • If you are on the heavier side, wear vertical stripes. Horizontal stripes give way more width; vertical will make you look taller and slimmer.
  • When you are not sure, close your eyes and wear black. It never goes wrong.
  • Color blocking doesn’t mean red dress, green shoes, and blue bag. That just makes you look stupid! There has to be some harmony. You could mix warm colors and block your outfit, or use all cool colors.
  • Gladiator shoes are over, please stop wearing them! You can wear strappy thong sandals instead. They look much nicer and understated.
  • Pease get rid of those matching track pants and jackets– that is just all kinds of tacky! Just because celebrities wear them doesn’t make them cool.
  • Wear your clothes generously and wear things you’re comfortable in, not because it’s in fashion. You make a statement in what you wear. Be innovative, you don’t have to always wear what is in fashion. I love vintage, it never goes out of style…
  • Boys are the best when they keep it casual and effortless. Those tight-fit body hugging t-shirts need to be thrown out; a man is a man when he looks like a man!

Anything else?

Tanya: Fashion is so much fun! You have to love it and live it and just be happy and play with colors and have themes and dress up. Don’t feel scared to be judged. Who cares if people think you’re absolutely bonkers? They don’t know you’re actually an artist! It takes the world some time to appreciate art. I’ve given a lot of gyaan [knowledge] in this interview, so I’m not gonna say more, just follow all my pointers and you’ll be good to go!

Thanks, Tanya!

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Another year, another IIFA (International Indian Film Academy awards), this time in Toronto, Canada. This year’s IIFA was full of glitz, glam, and for the most part, gorgeous-ness. Here are my picks for the beauty and fashion winners and losers of the weekend.

Without a doubt, my pick for winner of the weekend is Anushka Sharma. She dazzled in a Sabyasachi sari (show them how to make it look youthful, girl!) and a long black gown; what a figure! Love the volumized bun! Also appreciate the branching out of her usual makeup style with a dark winged cat-eye on right.

Another winner at the awards function was Shilpa Shetty. She put everyone to shame in a slinky, sequined black number on the green carpet. Only Shilpa’s waistline can pull this one off! Also like the matching of the lipstick to the clutch; very cute. To emulate, try a frosty pink lip color like MAC Lipstick in Creme de la Femme.

The runner-up is Priyanka Chopra. I loved her Manish Malhotra lahenga (the blue velvet is gorgeous and so rich); BUT, her lipstick really hurt the look for me. Think it might be MAC Lipstick in Verve. A beautiful deep blood-red with a hint of shimmer would have worked oh-so-much better. Lovely PC, what can I tell you that will get you out of your matte brownish lipsticks rut?

Now for the losers.

It pains me deeply to say this about Shahrukh Khan, because he is my first love and my absolute favorite actor. I used to have six life-size posters of his up in my bedroom. But that ridiculous hairstyle has got to go.

Where has Rahul of “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” gone? SRK’s signature haircut has been replaced by thirteen-year-old boy circa Y2K with a gravity-defying roof (minus the frosted tips, at least). Basically, it looks like he’s trying too hard to appear younger than he really is.

As spotted by highheelconfidential, Bipasha Basu and Ameesha Patel showed up on the green carpet wearing the same dress in different colors. Both actresses also acknowledged this on their Twitter pages:

Embarrassing, but in my opinion, not actually that big of a deal. What’s more pressing to me is- how on Earth did they sit down in those tiny dresses?!

I don’t know about Malaika Arora Khan. Recently I’ve been cringing a little at her wardrobe choices; as her husband gains weight and loses hair, she remains fit and fabulous, but if I were her age, I’d be covering up a little more. Too much skin-show can look desperate.

I felt awkward looking at Genelia D’Souza‘s pictures on the green carpet. Her cat eye/smoky eye makeup was over-the-top and her hair styling was amateurish. I love her playfulness but it’s consuming her in the picture on the right. Unfortunately, she’s not making it work!

What do you think about my choices for winners and losers at IIFA? Agree? Disagree? Got other favorites?

All images courtesy pinkvilla.com and highheelconfidential.com. Thank you!

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