There’s no denying that the Indian monsoon is filled with romantic imagery; Bollywood rain dance sequences, snuggling under umbrellas and warm, cozy (read dry) Netflix evenings with Chai and Pakodas. But let’s face it girls, there’s also the daily dilemma of ransacking your wardrobe for season appropriate clothing in-between summer and fall. Not to mention constant battles with runny makeup, shiny, sweaty skin, limp hair and frustrating frizz! But since the colour pros at Pantone have given us not one but two lovely pastel shades to play with all through this year, we looked to the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 to create some monsoon magic and lighten the mood.
Heavy makeup can run or smudge in rainy weather while wearing dark colours will only add to the gloom. So it’s good to save the brights for the festive season and keep the look light during the rains. This watercolour inspired duo; an ice pink Rose Quartz (13-1520) and dreamy blue Serenity (15-3919) works perfectly to put some soft colour and soothing calm into grey days.
Makeup giant Sephora set the tone by launching exclusive high pigment, creamy lip formulas and hydrating lip gloss, eyeshadow kits and nail polish to celebrate girlishness.They also recommended using the colours individually or together. Closer to home, we girls at Koskii rushed out to shop for Maybelline Colour Sensational Jewels lipstick and eyeshadow in Rose Quartz and experimented with a 1980’s inspired smoky blue eye in Revlon Colourstay Eyeshadow-Peacock with Revlon Rose Quartz Ultra Hd Lip Laquer on the lips. The sky blue also looks gorgeous on nails. If you want pink on your eyelids, try the Inglot Matte Eyeshadow #356. Add a little frosty shimmer on the cheeks with the current hot contouring trend, strobing and you’ve got yourself a stylish, go-away-rainy-day look.
The folks at Pantone say the pastels also work well with “other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.” Indian ethnic wear fashion designers across the country are working metallics into their look books with gota-patti, sequins and zardosi embroidery. Silk makes the colours super luxurious while tailored silhouettes and textures add a grown up element to your choices. If you’re heading out to party, pop into the Koskii store and complement the rosy sweetness with heavy embroidery and darker colour contrasts that are trending at Koskii this season. Above all, remember that creativity counts when you’re creating a look that’s personalised to highlight your best features and match your skin tone. So go ahead and channel the Zen Goddess in you with these serene shades. Write in and tell us how you’ve decided to wear them!
Image credits: (Trend Mood Board): Eyeshadow: Lazygirlsbeauty on Pinterest, Revlon: www.heb.com, Colourstay Eyeshadow, Peacock:makeupandbeauty.com, Maybelline Colour sensational: myntra.com,Rose Quartz: earthorigin.net. Blue Skies: xconomy.com. Ladida Handbag, Jabong Sadana Silver Belly shoes: Jabong.com, Nailpolish: Lakme Blue Breeze, www.happytherapy.com, Bracelet. Etsy.com Flustered Accessories, Air Jewellery. Pantone trend image:flower.com
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