Friday, February 10, 2012

Makeup when Hosting a Dinner

Hey girls, how many of you have hosted a lunch / dinner at home? All on your own? Stressful! right? I get goosebumps even thinking about the effort involved... cleaning and polishing everything, hours in the kitchen over food, the crockery, the knick knacks and what not... And when the guests finally arrive, you'd be running around making sure they are comfortable, managing the kitchen, watching the kids etc etc....

So, what kind of makeup do you wear at such a time? Here is my look and the learning from playing hostess:

Simple Makeup while playing Hostess

  1. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in Fix+
  2. Maybelline Blush in Apricot Flush lightly on the cheek bones
  1. Avon Glimmersticks Diamond in Jade Green
  2. Lotus Herbals Kajal
  1. Maybelline Coloursensational Lipstick My Mahogany

That's it. Just 5 products! Who had the time for more? And yes girls, the first lesson is:

  1. Less is More: The lesser number of products you apply, the lesser time you' take and will probably catch a few moments to relax before the early birds arrive. Every party has them early birs who will land in ten minutes before the time... :)
  2. Use Mattifying Base: Specially if you are oily/combination skin like me. All the running around in and out of the kitchen or last minute cooking and frying will leaving your face sweaty and oily. Having worn a dewy base to begin with is not a good idea. Keep blotting papers in your kitchen for a quick dab once in a while
  3. Keep is simple: Unless you are hosting a Wedding type ka event, keep your makeup as simple as you can. Let your amazing hostess skills dazzle them... the time to shine with your makeup skills is another day. The reason is that on a casual / semi formal party at home, you have no clue how your guests will be dressed. India does not have a concept of strict dress codes. It is better to be the least made up woman than the most
  4. Don't forget the Hair: Now I am guilty of this. Usually, I just shampoo them and leave them to air dry after running a wide tooth comb. Not very becoming. An then I secure them with a hair tie or clutch clip to hold them away from my face during meals. It looks terrible. Specially in the pics. More so, when the group pic is taken at the end of the evening :(  For my last party, I decided to brush my hair just before the guests arrived and coat them with a leave in conditioner... much better results!
  5. Touch Up: Its your house for God sakes! Just sneak into your room and do a quick touch-up if needed :p


  1. Well I really liked studying it. This post procured by you is very useful for correct planning.
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  2. lol... the hair thing happens to me all the time... me agree with the touch up tips... hehehehe

    1. haina? I mean apna ghar hai... how have your hosting experiences been?

  3. Ooh my mahogany looks so pretty kon u !

  4. i so agree with u anks.i to dont even use lipstick...i get so panicky while hosting such things that m usually n the kitchen from dawn scrapingaway ;) i too try to keep makeup to a minimal since most of it melts awat thanks to r kitchen work :)

    abd u looks so pretty..ven the hair! ;)

    1. i can imagine... since every lunch / dinner is practically a test... your cooking skills, your house keeping skills and God knows what else is on the line... specially with relatives... nahi? but do take time put on a lippie or in your case, blush!

    2. Hehe.. Blush I Neva miss out on.. Even if it's wiped out by the time guests come.. I still wear it.. It's an addiction na?

      Hey anks, I wanted t tell u.. When Sam had the Pune meet, both of us went t the colorbar counter.. I wanted sultry pink but for the life of me I cudnt remember the shade name.. We tried out so many and then came out.. I wanted that exact shade.. Hehe..I came home and opened ur blog and opted down the name.. Next outing sultry pink is pakka! :)

    3. ha ha... you should have called me... :)

    4. dint have ur number na.. :( :(