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Make-Up Artist Ambreen on Summer’s Top Beauty Looks

Let’s face it — your make-up can make or break your look. Your outfit maybe ‘best dressed list’ worthy and your hair at its cascading best, but it’s your make-up that will tie it all together. Whether your preference is au naturel or more head-turning, we got ace make-up artist Ambreen to decode two winning looks for us.

unnamedAmbreen has been a darling of the Asian beauty industry in UK for 10 years now and has come to be associated with fresh, ever-evolving make-up styles. From working with leading designers and magazines to being associated with top-rung beauty brands, her portfolio is as versatile as it is winning.

She breaks down two looks to sport this season, be it for your bestie’s wedding or a dinner date with your partner.

Look 1: Demure Diva


What: When less is more

When: For a sangeet with a heavily printed lehenga or with a LBD for date night.

Why: “Classic golds and browns are big this summer, and were also a hit at the Cannes Film Festival. Golf eyes and nude lip promise to enhance one’s features. It’s glamorous and versatile without being OTT.”

Step 1: Start by prepping your face with concealer, foundation and compact.

Step 2: Use Amber Times Nine by MAC Cosmetics for your eyes. It has the most beautiful variation of shimmery golds and browns as well as essential mattes to create the right impact.

Step 3: Next, opt for Eternal Sun Blusher by MAC Cosmetics for a soft matte finish with a hint of shimmer. This will also give you a slight contour and enhance your cheeks for a brighter complexion.

Step 4: Turn to MAC Cosmetics’ Velvet Teddy Lipstick when looking for the perfect nude brown lipstick. This completes the look with flourish.

Look 2: Smouldering Siren


What: Go bold or go home

When: To amp a relatively simple outfit — be it a draped sari or an embroidered gown.

Why: “There’s nothing like a perfect red lip to act as a pick-me-up. But sometimes it’s hard finding a tone that will suit you. I find that by mixing colours you can create an ideal colour. Coupled with soft kohl and sun-kissed bronzer, you’ll have a look that spells classic glam.”


Step 1: Start by prepping your face with concealer, foundation and compact.

Step 2: Use MAC Cosmetics’ Pro Palette—Editorial Reds to create the perfect shade of red. This has a variation of bright, medium and dark which will help you create the right red tone for your skin. You can use various lip liners too—chestnut and cherry shades will go well with this palette.

Step 3: Next, apply MAC Cosmetics’ Blacktrack Fluidline. This is a long-lasting waterproof eyeliner that is perfect for the hot, humid weather. Use a soft textured gel liner to create a smooth line on the top and bottom of your eyes.

Step 4: Turn to MAC Cosmetics’ Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder / Vibe tribe Golden Rinse for your cheeks. New for Summer 2016 from the brand, this sheer soft bronzing powder has a matte texture with a luminous finish. It’s perfect to use all over the face and also for a soft contour.