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Makeup Tips For South Asian Women

Easy Makeup Tips For South Asian Women

If you're of South Asian descent, you're in luck. MAC Senior Artist Vimi Joshi has 15 years of experience in the makeup world, and she's worked with film stars including Freida Pinto, Vidya Balan, and Bipasha Basu. We asked her to share some basic tips along with her recommendations for creating the hottest Bollywood looks. Read on for the first part of our series with Vimi.

What should South Asian women look for in choosing a foundation?
South Asian women generally have a much darker undertone, which can vary from red to blue to peach. It’s really important to take your time when choosing a foundation shade. The incorrect undertone can make your skin appear blue-gray.

To see two other tips, read more.

Eyeliner is big in Bollywood makeup. What’s the best way to create a dramatic eye makeup look without going overboard?
The best way to get perfect eyeliner every time is to look in the mirror straight and then draw in the “flick” part first. You can keep trying until you get both the flicks exact and balanced on both sides. You then simply draw in your liner and attach it to the flick. It's up to you how much drama you would like to create.


When it comes to choosing blush and lipstick, are any color families more flattering than others?
Makeup is very personal, and on darker skin tones all colors look great. South Asian women are becoming more creative with their makeup and experimenting with more blues and greens. Golds, browns and reds are classic colors for Indian women.

Up next: Vimi's tips on re-creating some makeup looks from Bollywood's hottest actresses!

NeonPinkMinx NeonPinkMinx 7 years
Add me to the list of people that are sick of the Bollywood association to South Asian women. I appreciate the focus on South Asian women, but as others have mentioned, we're into the normal everyday looks.
reactionary reactionary 7 years
i agree, the fact that almost all makeup tutorials for south asian women are immediately linked to bollywood is irritating, but hey, at least we got a makeup tutorial at all. i do agree though, i think this site should start doing makeup tutorials for ALL skin shades when they're inspired by celebrity looks, or at least giving us some basic tips for how to translate some looks for different skin tones. i'm definitely not as pale as leighton meester but i love her makeup and want to achieve that look myself, and i am fairly confident when i say i'm not the only one.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I use Bare Escuentals since its difficult to find the right foundation for South Asian women. It doesnt make you look like you tried to hard and no skin color line near the chin.
slikkback slikkback 7 years
i appreciate the spotlight on south asians but we're not all looking for the bollywood look. Some of us just want to pull off something we see on a celeb but don't know how because of our darker complexion
candy-rain candy-rain 7 years
Agree w/the others - the whole Bollywood-Indian link is annoying sometimes, but I appreciate the article. Looking forward to more...
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Thanks for the feedback! If you didn't like this story, hopefully you'll like the next ones we're doing with Vimi's tips.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Thanks!! :)
prettypinkkitty prettypinkkitty 7 years
YAY! Thank you for this, Bella. It's very rare as a South Asian woman that I'll get tips specifically for my skin tone.
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
YES!!!! Thank you, Bella.
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