Illuminate Beauty Look by Lakme Salon at LFW SR’16 | Nikhil Thampi Quantum Collection

 

Hi everyone!

Every season, Lakme Fashion Week brings a fresh theme inspired by the International trends to the runway. This summer, the trend statement is ‘Illuminate’ and I got the opportunity to catch some backstage action before the Nikhil Thampi show on Friday. The designer presented his collection titled “Quantum” at Stage One at LFW and he incorporated the Illuminate theme into the looks with the help of the Lakme Salon experts who created 3 stunning beauty looks. The hair, makeup and nail look for this show was no easy feat. The shimmer laden eyes, crystal lips and high volume hair were nothing less than a work of art and the avant-garde beauty looks complemented the powerful and clean silhouettes of the outfits really well.

 

Shimmer Look by Lakme Salon for Nikhil Thampi Show
Shimmer Look by Lakme Salon for Nikhil Thampi Show

 

Nikhil Thampi takes a bow at LFW SR 2016
Nikhil Thampi takes a bow at LFW SR 2016

 

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3 Must-Have Classic Wardrobe Pieces

 

Hey everyone!

While makeup is my first love, today I have a fashion post to share with you. I don’t buy a lot of clothes but there are some key wardrobe pieces that are worth investing in. And I don’t mean just in terms of money, but also in the time that you spend in finding the perfect fit and style to flatter your figure! I’m sharing 3 classic wardrobe must-haves that I feel are an essential for every woman. I’ve chosen some beautiful styles from ScoopNYC but you can find these classics pretty much anywhere you decide to shop from!

 

1. Structured Hand Bag

While slouchy bags are great for casual looks, I love structured hand bags as they instantly smarten up any outfit! I’ve also found that its easier to keep them organised inside as well. Classic shades like black, tan, camel and grey work with any outfit! I personally love lighter pastels shades too.

Pictured here – Pebbled Leather Medium Pashli by Philip Lim

 

 

Structured Hand Bag - by Philip Lim
Structured Hand Bag – by Philip Lim

 

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Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Elie Saab and Ralph & Russo – Cannes 2015 (Red Carpet)

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachhan’s two red carpet appearances at Cannes this year were polar opposites – the first in an emerald Elie Saab gown was a bit lacklustre and forgettable while the second in a structured white Ralph & Russo was stunning and had everyone screaming BDOTY (best dressed of the year)!

Aishwarya has been on a red lip spree at Cannes this year except for the Ralph & Russo look where she went for a soft nude lip. The structured gown was absolute perfection with just enough skin show and drama while being classy at the same time. And she wore it well! Soft wavy hair, silvery eye shadow with a brown cut crease and a creamy nude lip finished out the look. The nails were an inky blackish blue that matched the velvet belt at the waist. The subtle diamond jewellery worked beautifully with the outfit. The look was quite monochrome and many people said that a pop of color on the lip or nails could have elevated the look. Maybe. But I think she’s looking fabulous!

 

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Ralph and Russo - Cannes 2015
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Ralph and Russo – Cannes 2015

 

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Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Oscar de la Renta at Jazbaa Photocall – Cannes 2015

 

There’s been a lot of color this year at Cannes and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan‘s all berry/oxblood/maroon look has to be one of the best looks from Bollywood! She wore a strapless Oscar de la Renta gown to the Jazbaa (her comeback movie) Photocall at Cannes. The gown was paired with soft wavy hair, a rich berry/maroon lip and well defined eyes. She looks absolutely gorgeous and I loved the flawless makeup. Bollywood beauties have been having all kind of hair and makeup mishaps at Cannes this year but Aishwarya’s look is faultless. The gown has some fit issues in the underarm area (probably because of the mesh corset back of the gown) but I’ll happily ignore that considering how lovely she looks here.

A few ideas for her lip color – MAC Diva, L’Oreal Paris Pure Garnet (Pure Reds range) and Lakme Absolute Sculpt Matte Lipstick Maroon Magic.

 

What do you think of this look? Let me know your comments below!

 

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Oscar de la Renta at Cannes 2015
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Oscar de la Renta at Cannes 2015

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Oscar de la Renta at Cannes 2015
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan in Oscar de la Renta at Cannes 2015

 

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Sonam Kapoor at Cannes 2015 Red Carpet

 

Sonam Kapoor celebrated her 5 year anniversary walking the Cannes Red Carpet this year and expectations were high! We’ve seen 2 appearances by her at the Red Carpet so far – the first one in a cobalt blue Ralph & Russo gown and the second, in a yellow feathered Elie Saab number. I’ve liked some of her looks in the past (loved the Anamika Khanna fusion sari last year) but this year, I’m on the fence.

 

For her first look at the ‘Sea of Trees’ premiere, she wore this gorgeous blue Ralph & Russo gown. When I first saw the look on Instagram (with a picture taken indoors), the color looked beautifully rich but on the red carpet, it didn’t photograph as well and looked a bit tacky. In fact almost all aspects of the look had issues – the hair color looked fake and unnatural, the makeup had serious problems and the busy hair interfered with the beautiful neckline. I wish she had gone for an up do and a more natural look for the makeup. The orangey red lip clashed with the color of the gown (not in a good way), the eyes looked tired and in serious need of some concealer and the overdose of bronzer/contour gave her complexion a muddy look.

 

 

Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo at Cannes 2015
Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo at Cannes 2015

 

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