Beauty-cool Product Pick – Know your Bs & Cs

So, I know Rachana is the in house beauty expert but here is a piece of my beauty wisdom.

Unless you’ve been away in the Antarctic saving penguins (which btw, if you have then we would love to meet you!) you have definitely seen the huge hoardings and numerous ads and even used the alphabet creams in the last few months. I’m here to help break them down for you. What is the difference between the BB, CC and now DD (yes, DD) creams? Are they the same or do they serve different purposes? And the big question – what do these alphabets stand for??

BB Creams

BB creams were the biggest beauty trend about a year and a half ago. They originated in Korea and stand for ‘Blemish Balm’ (or Blemish Base).

What they do: BB creams provide coverage and are lighter than foundation. They also have added skin protection and benefits (think SPF, antioxidants and healthy ingredients). They’re a bit heavier than a tinted moisturizer and give a more even complexion.

Who should use them: Anyone who cringes at the sight of a heavy foundation (like me!) should try a BB cream. It’s ideal for someone with sensitive skin who wants to hide blemishes, while still providing ingredients to help clear up problem areas and ensure healthy skin in the future.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

CC Creams

CC Cream (a.k.a. color or complexion correction cream), like its predecessor, were popularized in Asia as well.

What they do: Since CC stands for “colour correcting” it’s quite self explanatory. They’re meant to even out redness and illuminate your complexion. They’re even lighter on your skin than a BB cream and often have a super light, whipped consistency. It is all-in-one makeup and skincare formula packed with SPF, moisturizer, and anti-aging properties.

Who should use them: If you don’t need a lot of coverage, but find your skin looking a little blotchy or dull, a CC cream will provide a perfect sheer base. Also, due to the anti aging properties they are better suited for an older audience.

Chanel CC Cream

Chanel CC Cream

 DD Creams 

And now get ready for the latest beauty wonderkid – DD creams. Soon to release with a few cosmetic  companies the “Dynamic Do-All” (yes, that’s what it stands for) cream will be what it sounds like –  a BB/CC hybrid. We will get to this confusion when it comes to India.

Julep DD Cream

Julep DD Cream

Well, I tried the Bourjois BB cream and I must say I LOVE it. Traditionally my make up routine involves the No.7 tinted moisturiser followed by the YSL Touche Eclat luminizing pen to conceal those tell tales of so many late nights – dark circles. Then I usually cover it up with the MAC Studio Fix. Foundation makes me cringe especially in the Bombay humidity.

Bourjois BB Cream

Bourjois BB Cream

Also I have highly sensitive and hypo allergic skin which is always a bother. But when I used the BB cream I noticed I didn’t feel the need to for the tinted moisturizer and concealer. It was a good base for makeup like a primer, evened out my complexion like a tinted moisturiser, covered minor imperfections and hydrates my skin.

Masterclass with Masterji

Interview with Ishita Khanna, make-up artist and hair stylist

We all have that one man in our lives, the one we run to during the stressful wedding season, three days before a party or after we put on weight. He smiles patiently as we use the word ‘urgent’ for the 50th time, works his magic and makes the anarkali we need in a week or alters the blouse that fit just fine only six months ago. Some also like to call this bespoke, we are going to credit the man behind the spoke of the sewing machine and refer to him as what we have for years – Masterji.

White cotton dress with crystal detailing

White cotton dress with crystal detailing

OK so not all of us have this magic man, but all of us definitely want one. Twenty-two-year-old make-up artist and hair stylist Ishita Khanna found her man and could not be more thankful. Having trained with Fatmu, L’Oreal and Sapna Bhavnani, she started in the beauty industry as a 16-year-old and has so far worked with Diana Penty, Irrfan Khan, Nishka Lulla, Neeta Lulla and others. It is also around the same time she became a certified shopaholic. For her an invitation to a party is an occasion to go shopping. “And I don’t like repeating my clothes when I go out,” she says.

Made in 2012

Made in 2012

As someone who shops almost every day – “If I pass by a store I like or a mall, I have to go in and buy something” – sometimes what’s available off the rack isn’t good enough. So she’ll rip off a page from a magazine or sketch something and find her way to her Masterji. “He gets it right every time,” she says about his copying and tailoring skills. She also organises sale events a few times a year at a restaurant or a club. These are soirées for girls to party and shop and as the organiser she likes to be the best dressed. “For the last sale I didn’t know what to wear, so I went over to his shop for inspiration. There I saw this lovely white fabric and gave him a design. When I wore the dress people wouldn’t stop asking where I had bought it from!”

Number of times worn: 1

Number of times worn: 1

As good as she is with the shopping, Ishita is just the opposite at purging. She has a separate room for her clothes and accessories and manages to give away clothes only once in two years. “I love everything I buy. It’s too difficult to give anything away,” she pleads.

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She does manage to part with the white dress for Fuffabulous. While Ishita wore the dress with a pair of stilettos, but with a chambray shirt and boots we gave it a complete grungy twist. You like?

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Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Location: Worli seaface; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)

Beauty-cool Product Pick

Benefit That Gal

The name doesn’t say much, but this product is a primer. With their cutesy, bright packaging and fantastic, easy-to-use products Benefit is one of my favourite cosmetic brands. On one shopping outing I received a little tester tube of this silken, pink cream when I purchased this eye-contour kit.

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I used a little bit under my foundation for a wedding and at least five people commented on the ‘glow’ of my skin as soon as they saw me. It is light, subtle and smooths out the skin, brightens it and the difference is for you to see immediately. It can just as easily be used on its own  if you are going for the fresh, dewy look (avoid wearing if you have oily skin or outdoors in humid weather). I am a fan and now own a proper full-sized tube!

Beauty-cool: Product pick

Since I discovered this product, I haven’t stopped raving about it. As someone with wavy-curly hair living in Mumbai, frizz has been a lifelong frenemy. I have been duped of a lot of cash trying various products that promised to get frizz out of my life. Until one day, on a stroll down Oxford Street that led to an evening spent dipping into magical pots and tubes through the beauty level at the Liberty department store – that’s when I was introduced to Aveda and my life…. ok well, my hair was never the same again.

Presenting to all you girls who have to deal with high-maintenance curly hair in humid cities – you will write in thanking me for this.

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The Aveda ‘Be Curly’ range

I use the Style Prep and Curl Enhancer after washing my hair and the frizz is tamed almost completely while the curls get instant definition. I realised the impact when my friends immediately noticed the change.

Aveda1The products are not available in India yet, but take a look at the website to find out where you can purchase them on your next trip abroad www.aveda.com.

Warning: You will be sucked in for a while, so if you are at work, make sure your boss isn’t around.