Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Movin' On Up.

Yay for Deepal Shaw! She's finally letting go of her over-sexed, super skank image and putting in an effort to class things up. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement, so before we dissect this look further, props to Deepal for taking some positive steps! A wrap-style LBD worn to a promotional event for Karma Aur Holi, is a great place to start for Deepal. I would lose the tassels on the sleeves and the chunky jewelry + clunky sandals combo. But again, the hemline isn't hiked up to her ass and there's no bare midriff in sight, so hooray!As you may recall, while Jiah Khan has luscious, long locks, I have been a proponent of lopping off about six inches to avoid the Rapunzel Effect. With Deepal, on the other hand, the Rampunzel Effect is the least of her issues. She clearly has fried hair as evidenced by the ends, likely as a result a heavy hand with highlights and heat styling. As part of her "fresh start," and much, much more so than in Jiah's case, I would strongly recommend cutting off at least a foot of hair to maybe just below the shoulders if not shorter. I would then recommend staying away from hair damagers like dye, and regularly deep conditioning instead.

Finally, Deepal's stylist seems to be inspired by a look made famous by our reigning Queen of Kajal, Bebo. Reverse lining, is not a terrible look. It involves lining the inner rims of the lower lash line and drawing a thicker exaggerated line under the lower lash line, while tightlining the upper lash line. I'm not a huge fan of this look, but it can work. What Deepal's stylist seems to have forgotten, as did Bebo's before, is that you must line the top lash line at least a little bit otherwise it simply looks like something's missing.Photo Source.
Adding extra definition to the lower lashline can be a very cool going out look. Check out Bebo at the 2008 Star Screen Awards where she has lined her top and bottom lash line - this isn't a reverse line look, but it's good for comparison. Now compare with the shots of Bebo from a Filmfare issue launch last year - something's missing right?.Photo Source.Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani.

My reverse lining tips (I don't recommend this look for daytime events):
  • Use a precise kohl pencil (preferably waterproof) in black on the inner rim.
  • Use a flat brush to apply black shadow along the upper lashline.
  • Use a flat or angled brush to apply black shadow along the lower lashline and slightly below it, extend the line upward and out.
  • Finish with a few coats of mascara on top lashes to balance some of the heaviness of the lower lashline.

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