We love makeup but are we using the right tools? The Lakmé Pro Stylist Studio is here to spread awareness about beauty and also help you buy the right makeup products. At the launch of this Studio, makeup extraorinaire Cory Walia gave us an in-depth view on the range of Lakmé products at this store, some pearls of wisdom, beauty knowledge and the changing face of the Indian beauty scene.
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BB: What has been the evolution of beauty in the past five years?

Cory: People are now very aware that they need to look good and I couldn’t be more glad about it. There are makeup tutorials, bloggers, people you otherwise wouldn’t give a second glance to… but their amount of knowledge about makeup, the right brands and new advances in beauty technology is fantastic.
Here, at Lakmé, the evolution has always been about the marriage between traditional Indianness and international trends and technology. It’s about the amalgamation and synergy between these. The child of that is what you see in this studio/salon today.

BB: Given that we’re celebrating the birth of the Pro Stylist Studio, which are likely to be your favourite products from Lakmé?

Cory: I’m bowled over by the products they’ve put into skincare, because when your skin is well prepared, makeup automatically has that perfect canvas.
You want to look 15 years younger? Their products like the Youth Infinity range will give you just that. The way they can smoothen out tiny minuscule lines from the face is just fantastic. In this energy-sapping world, you need something that makes your skin feel alive.
Next, I think that the Precision Liner is amazing. You can use it in summer without worrying about it coming off because it’s waterproof. It’s so steady, black and fills up everything that it gives you the edgy Kareena Kapoor Khan look.
The Sculpt lipstick range is also my favourite because it’s a high definition deadly product that creates a mouth. I’m not even saying lips because it actually defines your entire mouth for you.

BB: What is the biggest makeup faux pas, according to you?

Cory: I’ve seen people use the wrong shades of concealer and foundation to look fairer, whereas what they actually need is a product that finishes their complexion correctly, imparting a glow and thereby brightening the face without whitening it unnaturally. We don’t want you looking like someone from a Michael Jackson video!

BB:Do you think a place like the Pro Stylist Studio is the perfect place to get educated about beauty and bust all those beauty misconceptions?

Cory: Yes, that’s why it exists. People think they can use talcum powder and become white. What is with this obsession? Let me tell you that it looks very unnatural. Talcum powder blocks the pores! The sad thing is that people don’t realise that we have the most gorgeous complexion range in the world. Right from Northern European to deepest Africa, we have every colour of face in the world. We have features that other people actually need to paint. We have lashes, eyebrows, fuller lips! The rest of the world doesn’t have that and we need to appreciate it.

BB: The Sculpt range is all about contouring. How does that work for different face shapes?

Cory: It’s not about what shapes need contouring. It is about knowing quantities and proportions to get the correct effect. If you have a diamond-shaped face, it needs to be sculpted around the width of the cheekbones and requires broadening around the forehead. The product itself will bring the correct amount of light at the top of your forehead and chin, where the two points of the diamond meet, and the width of your cheekbones will automatically get the shading. That’s the intelligence of the product.

BB: What’s the biggest trend on the makeup scene right now?

Cory: I’m seeing a lot of vibrant matte colours. But it’s a different matte, not like cement where it sucks all the moisture out of your lips. The Sculpt range of lipsticks is matte but treats your lips kindly.

BB: Who is the one celebrity you love working on and why?

Cory: The awesomeness that is Kareena Kapoor Khan! Put a product on her and she highlights it so beautifully. Her internal attitude is amazing. Lakmé has chosen her because she brings sophistication to the simplest of products. I also like Shraddha Kapoor because she has a very ‘today’ vibe to her. She has that lovely naughty freshness, which at the same time is slightly classical too. For us, she perfectly explains where we are taking the product and to whom we are taking it to.