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Let's have a KIKI
By Sabrina F Ahmad
A Kiki is a party that is held for the exclusive purpose of calming the nerves, reducing anxiety and warding off ennui. Of course, the main elements to achieve that purpose are the presence of good friends and good music to set the mood. The mercury's dipping, the political scenario is heating up, and the end-of-the-year blahs are piling up, along with last-minute deadlines. And what happens when nerves start to get frazzled? An explosion of parties and get-togethers all through the month!
While this is all wonderful, it gets progressively harder to keep your look fresh without stretching the wallet. The good news is, it is totally possible to rock a different outfit at each event without compromising your budget. All you need are the right accessories, and you can wear one piece in different ways. We'll show you how.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Winter is the season to celebrate. It's party, party every weekend and each is a dress-to-impress occasion. Finding it hard to keep track of what to wear and how to make that face up with so many occasions? Here is Farzana Shakil's mantra for this season's makeup -- simple, neat and up-beat.
Fair or fresh?
Blush is an amazing tool. The simplest way to look ready is to brush on some blush and coat the lashes with a heavy layer of mascara and you are good to go.
As for liners, experiment! Play with colour liners or glitter liners but of course use your judgement to stay glam and not get gaudy. Make the liner prominent and while you are at it use a bit of the liner or a black shade to make the eyebrows dark and prominent.
Be generous with the mascara as well. There is nothing more enticing and entrancing than heavy and long lashes.
Hair: dos and don'ts
Armed with these expert bits of advice you may now set off to conquer this season of parties.
By Raisaa Tashnova
For brown eyes only
The Bangladesh make-up scene has been determinedly slow in evolving over the long run. We still splatter a layer of white, unnatural looking foundation whereas the rest of the world is learning to look good in their own skin colour. We still put on obscenely pink blush which does nothing to shape our face but instead makes us look like plastic mannequins and we still load our eyelids with colours in-sync with our attires; red for red, blue for blue.
This trend of overdoing make-up has made some shun make-up all together but there is a balance in between. Here are some tips for making brown eyes pop, which are appropriate for everyday outings and for professional setting as well.
A very old trick which is underused in this part of the world is using a highlighter on the inside lower lash line to make the eyes appear bigger. This is time efficient and can be done without much precision since any non-uniformity in applying the highlighter remains undisclosed and behind the lash. The highlighter also adds a dash of freshness to your look, hence helping you look energetic in the workplace.
Another trick to keep it suave yet not be bland is trying some different shades of eye shadows which should not, I repeat not, be in-sync with the colour of your attire. It is wise to learn to treat your eyes as a different entity altogether, not one that comes with your clothes!
A vibrant blue shadow is a handy colour for rich, dark brown eyes. It gives the eye some character but does not stand out and hence is office appropriate. Green is another colour which can make the eyes look 'pretty'. Try on different shades of green, different textures and different finishes. Green with brown is a natural blend and hence unless you intentionally want the eyes to scream out, greens will keep the eyes sophisticated.
Copper is of course another must-have colour in your office handbag. With copper, however, you might need to get a bit more creative otherwise it might start to look drab. You can warm up a neutral shadow shade, like deep purple or taupe, with a layer of copper shadow on the outer halves of your lids. This will give your eyes the perfect emphasis for a casual day out.
The final magic colour for those subtle yet sophisticated eyes is navy blue. Both shadows and liners of navy are the best bet for daytime. It animates brown eyes without looking as severe as black does and gives you office-appropriate cat eyes. It helps creates that slight but eye-catching contrast that every office going young woman is looking for.
By Raisaa Tashnova
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