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The Ultimate Festive Makeup and Skincare Guide!

Ilana has all the products you need to glow this festive season. Here’s a round-up of everything that should be on your wishlist. 

As the monsoon finally retreats and we near our favourite time of the year (hello, party season!), all focus diverts to picking the perfect outfit for the next big bash. Amidst all the scouting, remember to prioritise your skincare and beauty well in advance to create a flawless finished look. After the damper of a year we had in 2020, there’s a lot to look forward to this Diwali. Whether you’re spending an intimate evening with family or friends, or if you have an extravagant night planned, here are some glowing skincare tips that you need to indulge in, and makeup mistakes you need to avoid.

To ensure you have the complete arsenal of products you need for every look and to get your skin through the holiday season, we’ve shortlisted a list of essentials that are definitely worth your consideration!

Step 1: Prepping your Skin

Let's start at the very beginning of your preparation process, your skin. A healthy “glow from within” kind of complexion comes from having an effective skincare routine in the weeks building up to the big festival. It includes the perfect balance of exfoliating, hydrating, and evening out the skin tone. The Ilana Pro barrier: Phyto Aha~Bha + Ceramide Restore Serum is a gentle exfoliant that uses Phyto derivatives of chemical acids that will ensure you avoid any signs of irritation on your skin.

After gently getting rid of the dull, dead skin, the next step is to lock in moisture and get long lasting luminosity. The Ilana All Time Moisturiser formulated with Green Tea, is rich in Hyaluronic Acid, that plumps, tones, and regenerates new cells for baby soft skin. Using it every night as a mask will give the skin time to absorb and heal while you recuperate as well. When paired with the Brightening Skin Serum that is rich in Papaya and Lemon, it eliminates dark circles and any unevenness in the skin, creating the perfect canvas for the makeup application.

Step 2: Creating the Perfect Base

To create the impeccable base, you can’t afford to skip prepping and priming your skin. Creating something for your foundation and concealer to adhere to, while combining skincare and moisturising benefits is the new Ilana Golden Hour makeup primer’s forte. Formulated with blackberries and pineapple to give the skin a glow, and avocado and jojoba oil to soothe and hydrate skin fatigue, it has launched just in time to make it a cult favourite this season. Pro tip: You can also mix a drop or two of this primer with your favourite matte foundation for a more dewy, luminous finish!

The “no makeup” makeup look is definitely a go to for a simple, yet radiant finish. The Ilana Soft Blur is a concealer cum foundation with a creamy consistency that is known for its ease of blending. Just a small dab of product under the eyes and on any imperfections is ample for a subtle and natural look. But if you prefer a fuller base, the Soft Blur can be used all over the face for better coverage without looking heavy or cakey.

Step 3: Glow Glow Glow!

The original Ilana cult favourites are its proprietary tints. The two shades include the Beet Tint which is a deep shade of beetroot red and the Pop Tint which is a bright and fiery vermillion red. Its one-of-a-kind texture makes it sheer and easy to blend no matter where you apply it. Being extremely versatile, they can be used as a dash of red on the lips, as a flush of colour on the cheeks, and even as a subtle shadow on the eyelids. Its versatility as a product and the difference in tone of the shades means that it looks flattering on a wide range of complexions. Pro tip: Mix both the shades for a bespoke, one-of-a-kind shade on your lips or cheeks.

No makeup look is complete without a pop of highlight. The Celestial Pop gives a natural glow to the skin without clinging to any dry patches or looking artificial. Formulated with ingredients like Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil, that has been fractionated to make sure it is non comedogenic, it even strives to heal and soothe any flakiness on the drier parts of your skin. To complement warm, as well as cool toned looks, and for wider compatibility with skin tones, there are two distinct shades available. Moon Pop is a champagne, cool shimmer shade to bring out the high points in the face of lighter complexions, while Sun Pop is a bronze, warm toned shade made specially for the Indian Skin tones. Pro Tip: Use it to highlight other parts of your body as well like your shoulder bones and decolletage.

Step 4: Some much needed R&R

The most important part, however, is tending to your skin post a fun night out. Sleeping with makeup on is a cardinal skin and can cause build-up of oil and acne causing bacteria. Cleansing your skin to remove all the makeup and allowing your pores to breathe is crucial. Using a balm, like the Ilana Lights Out Cleanser as the first step of the cleansing process will help break down all the pigment on your face. Following it with a gel or cream cleanser will ensure that all the remaining traces of leftover makeup is removed. Giving your skin well-deserved R&R with the Mighty Mulberry Mask will tackle any damage or irritation caused by layering on any makeup and make sure it’s ready for the next event on your social calendar.

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