Rupali Ganguly charmed us all with her portrayal of the female lead in the popular TV serial Anupamaa, also starring Sudhanshu Pandey, Gaurav Khanna and Apurva Agnihotri amongst others. Out of the many lovely things on the show, Rupali’s toned-down makeup looks have had us in awe. Simple and wearable for most people out there, these looks–ideal lessons to keep it minimal–are easy to recreate. So, here are some takeaways from these beauty looks to bear in mind.
1. Glossy textures always work better when going with a nude lip
Rupali doesn’t wear a lot of dark lipsticks on the show and often sports nude, nude-pink or mauve-toned neutral shades. Since many of these shades are quite pale, they can make the lips look flat. But, what Rupali’s makeup artist does is a great way of giving a 3D-effect to a nude lip–by adding gloss on top. This light-reflective quality makes the lips look full and lustrous, taking away the flat and dull look that a light lipstick might give.
2. Warm browns and peaches are great for a natural eye look
When it comes to natural eyeshadow colours for warm-toned, Indian skin, nothing beats warm browns and peachy-terracotta tones. Rupali almost always wears these shades on the show. Ideal as a crease colour to define the eye socket, these shades mimic the natural undertones in one’s skin, thereby looking very realistic and not like additional colour added to the lids.
3. Gold shimmer shadow is great as an eyelid topper at the centre of the lids
Another thing that looks very natural and skin-like on warm-toned skin is golden eyeshadow. It especially blends well into the skin of those who have yellow or golden undertones. So, when you apply it to the centre of the eyelid, it makes the lids look like a shinier version of the rest of the skin. That gives a soft-glam look which involves shades found in one’s own skin tone.
4. Thin black eyeliner is a classic you can’t go wrong with
If you need a little eyeliner on the upper lashline to feel like your makeup is well put together, you can consider Anupamaa’s way of doing it. In typical 90s style, Rupali wears it in the classic bar shape but with a very subtle, smoked-out wing. The thickness of the liner is minimal and it defines the eyes without looking too broad or obvious. If you want to be even more subtle, you can also try tightlining your eyes like many actresses do.
5. Light pink lip colors always look subtle and cute
Certain shades of pink, when applied to the lips in a restrained fashion, can look quite natural. These often look more like one’s natural lip colour than a lot of browns and nudes. It all depends on how close the shade is to your lip’s skin tone and how the product sits on the lips. If it seeps into the lips seamlessly like a stain, it’s going to give a very subtle tint. If you layer it on, it can look cakey. So, just apply any light or nude pink lipstick like a stain and you’ll have a natural-looking lip look resembling Anupamaa’s.
6. The classic arched and well-filled brow is a failsafe eyebrow style
If you’re not good at creating Instagram brows for yourself and don’t know how to brush up your brows for that “feathered” look seen on supermodels, fret not. Take a cue from Rupali, who keeps it basic and neat by just filling in the gaps in her brows and not overdrawing them or blocking them. It helps define the shape of the brow and frames the eyes well, while also requiring less effort and artistic precision.
Clearly, natural and minimal makeup doesn’t always have to be complicated or involve a lot of secret layers and steps, right?
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