Beauty & Health

Beauty bulletin: Summer 2014


creative1Great style lies not only in the right clothes but also in the right makeup. And as far as make up is concerned, it ain’t summer without bright lips, pastel nails and nude face. But there’s certainly more to summer make up than just these. Style Mynt spoke to Rod Anker of Monsoon (one of the most popular salon chains across the country) and got to know his favourite colours, beauty suggestions and a lot more.

What are the lip colours trending this season?

Nude, fuchsia coral and burnt rich colors like magenta, burgundy, razberry and deep purple.

How cool are dark lip colours for summer?

Dark can fit in the summer with a shade that is more red than purple. Dab a bit of gloss or a light colour in the middle of your lips after applying a dark lip colour. You can also try gradient lips.

What is the right way to apply foundation in summers without making it look cakey?

- Apply a face primer. It smoothens out the surface, filling in pores and makes your skin smoother for the foundation.
- Use an alcohol or silicone based foundation.
- The finishing can be ended with MAC’s Fix Plus spray.

What kind of eye make up should one go for this summer?

Soft nudes with glowing undertones look the best in summer for day time. Winged eye liners are a new summer favourites too. For night shimmer , bright coral, green, purple tones are a new smokey eye favourite all around.

Any make up essentials for this season?

Eye liner: Whether one wears a little or a lot, eyeliner is a great way to open your eyes and make then look brighter.
The perfect nude lipstick: Sometimes we just want a neutral colour for a no fuss, low maintenance look.Mascara and eye curler: Every girl knows what a difference a couple of swipes can make.

What nail colours are trending this season?

Mainly corals and neons.

Any make up tip?

Make sure to cleanse your face twice a day without fail. Even if you have been indoors all day long, a clean face is the secret to a healthy skin.



Model Dairies – Pia Trivedi


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A ramp regular, Pia Trivedi towers over most of her contemporaries. The model-turned-actress is known for her statuesque frame and her strong presence on the ramp. The top model walked for designer Gaurav Gupta at the just-concluded Lakme Fashion Week. Pia shares the secrets of her beautiful life with Style Mynt.
Routine: “You will find me in comfy casuals when I am not working.”
Love to wear: “I have a thing for peplum silhouettes. I can’t have enough of this trend”
In between shows: “Instagram takes most of my time. I also try to reply to mails whenever I get free time.”
Will not wear: “I will not wear crop tops but I like the trend on other people”

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Colour of the month – Radiant Orchid

every year, Pantone, the international authority on colour trends, announces a colour for the year and this year, it is a lovely combination of fuschia, pink and purple, the Radiant Orchid. This colour signifies great joy, love and health, and we wish this hue brings you the same in 2014!


Neither soft as lavender, nor deep as purple, radiant orchid is quite a unique colour that can brighten up the dullest of days. It is the colour celebs choose when they really want to stand out. It seems to be a favourite with Michelle Obama who often wears different shades of purple. Sarah Jessica Parker colour blocked it with warm red jeans, Dita von Teese went the literal route with orchid flowers in her headpiece and Kelly Osborne went the whole nine yards and even dyed her hair in this colour! Closer home, Sridevi and Bipasha Basu went head to toe in a deeper shade of orchid and even Bollywood machos Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan weren’t afraid to wear this striking colour.


Designers Swapnil Shinde, Krishna Mehta, Max Mara and DKNY also used this colour in different variations in their Spring Summer ’14 collections. Talk about being right on trend!

And now that radiant orchid is the color of the year, we are going to be seeing a lot more of it! So here are a few tips on how to wear this colour:

  • It is a very saturated colour, so you can use it as an accent with accessories like statement heels or a cute bag, like Jessica Alba, who carried a tote in the colour.
  • It is also great for colour blocking; combine it with other brights like orange, lemon or teal or neutrals like camel and grey. Make note of the dress Ms Alba wore! Keep the silhouette clean and the look accessory less.
  • Orchid really pops in a print, especially on a darker background. We predict more dark florals in orchid this year!
  • Let orchid give a fresh look to your make up. Try it in an eye shadow or nail polish, and if you are feeling bold, wear an orchid hued lippie, as seen in Prabal Gurung’s Spring Summer 2014 show.
  • It is easy for colour shy guys to try, as it is not as feminine as a baby pink or peach. Wear softer tones in formal shirts, and brighter ones in a t-shirt or sweater and you can always layer it with something in a more traditionally masculine shade. Still not convinced? Start with accessories like sunglasses or a cap.

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So go ahead and stock up on the colour of the year!

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Bollywood Fridays – Dedh Ishqiya

poster-creative_1it’s Friday again and this week, Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya is all set to hit the box office. And we surely cannot wait to watch this one! The gorgeous Madhuri Dixit makes her second comeback through this film and what else can be better than watching her in a Vishal Bhardwaj film? As the name suggests, Dedh Ishqiya promises to be more dramatic than its prequel. Apart from the versatile Naseeruddin Shah and the super talented Arshad Warsi, there’s Huma Qureshi joining the Ishqiya gang. Well, we are all going for it! But for now, here’s taking a quick look at what the film’s protagonists are wearing and how you can shop these looks from us.  

The talented costume designer Payal Saluja, a Vishal Bhardwaj staple, is behind the styling and costume design for Dedh Ishqiya. A quick chat with her revealed the looks of the lead characters in the film.

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Madhuri Dixit as Para

Plays: A widowed begum of Mahmudabad.

Wears: Shararas, Anarkali suits and lehengas with kurti instead of choli. The embroidery includes baadla, chikankari and mukesh work.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work and jhoomar

Footwear: V shaped tilla shoes with slight heel


Huma Qureshi as Muniya

Plays: An Indian girl with a bold cosmopolitan attitude.

Wears: Salwar suits inspired by Lakhnavi and Avadhi culture focusing on Nazaqat and Nafaqat (Refinement and delicacy). The look is a blend of Ishqiya’s roughness and Dedh Ishqiya’s surreal theme.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work

Footwear: Tilla chappal


Arshad Warsi as Babban

Plays: A criminal who has conned a jewellery shop owner.

Wears: Achkans and kurtas with Lakhnavi inspiration

Footwear: Combat boots and leather sandals


Disclaimer: The cast, crew and production house of Dedh Ishqiya has not endorsed Myntra or any of its products.

Trends 2013 – through the rear view mirror

as the year draws to a close today, we look back at the multitude of trends we saw – some that were going strong since the previous year, some rehashed from decades ago and some brand new.
Which ones were expected? Which ones were overdone? What would we want to see the next year too? Here’s a look at what we think were the key influences on the trends of 2013.

Classic Ladylike
Midis and pencil skirts, peplums and pussybows and loads of lace – the uber feminine and most elegant styles reigned, and how! Such was the charm of this trend that even the most tomboyish girls couldn’t resist trying something from this style. A new silhouette, the high-low hemline emerged as the winner, and was seen on everything from tops, dresses, skirts and even kurtas. We haven’t had enough of the high-low just yet, so bring on some more, 2014!

Old World Opulence
While Baroque was going strong since 2012, it was the one grand motion picture, the Great Gatsby, which turned the course of fashion towards the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Gold and more gold, along with geometric shapes and a return of velvet in the second half of the year, gave us all the grandeur we could ask for.

Skin Show
What a year it was for innovative ways of showing off skin! And we don’t mind one bit! Crop tops returned from the 90s and took over street style (also perhaps increasing the number of gym memberships this year). The red carpet also saw a lot of action, with the thigh high slit and strategically placed sheer panels reaching new levels of daring.

2 Quirk Factor
The most mundane objects imaginable were turned into curious motifs for prints and accessories, the moustache being most popular among the lot. And for those who just couldn’t get enough, the print on print trend happily obliged. Whether clashing or co-ordinated, prints were worn top to bottom and we got to experiment with combinations we never thought could work!

Military, Grunge and Punk
While the Met Ball of 2013 was dedicated to 90’s Punk, along came the grunge and military styles for those who wanted something rugged and edgy. Camouflage prints, combat boots, double denim and studs on every possible thing; anti fashion became sought after and polished. We especially loved the ear cuff worn on one ear – way to be rebellious and stylish at the same time!

This was also the year of amazing contrasts. With the uber feminine trend, androgyny also emerged as a strong look. Brogues and smoking slippers were quick ways to get a bit of menswear inspired fashion, and borrowing from the boys almost became a norm. The minimalism of androgyny also gave respite from the sensory overload of prints and textures that were all around.

Sports Luxe
Perhaps one of the biggest new trends to emerge this year, Sports Luxe was a fresh and much more stylish take on sportswear inspired fashion. Who would have thought sweatshirts would be statement making and rubber watches would be cool again? This year also saw a new invention – the wedge sneaker that combined comfort and style, the essence of Sports Luxe. And that’s why we don’t want this trend to end!

So there it is, this year’s trends, and what a stylish year it was! Tell us in the comments section, which were your favourites and which ones you would want to bid adieu to with 2013.
Wishing all of you a fun, fashion filled 2014!

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