If, like us, you were following the Akash Ambani, Shloka Mehta engagement celebration purely for celebrity fashion, you’ve come to the right place.
While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mira Rajput Kapoor were breathtaking in their gorgeous Manish Malhotra sarees, we were more concerned about how the groom’s sister, Isha Ambani, got that glow.
To try and get to the bottom of it, we spoke to Isha’s go-to make-up artist, Vardan Nayak, who was responsible for her gorgeous looks at all the Akash Ambani, Shloka Mehta engagement functions. He’s also the man behind Janhvi Kapoor’s Dhadak promotion looks.
Vardan described Isha’s three engagement make-up looks as “classic, timeless, and glowing”, with her skin “taking centre stage”.
“She’s very much about keeping her skin as real and natural as possible,” Vardan says.
Sticking to her classic look (dewy skin, a glowing flushed cheek, pink-y nude lips and big hair), took Isha’s exquisite Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehengas to a new level.
Lucky for us, Vardan took us through all the make-up products we need to recreate Isha Ambani’s pink and glowing look from Akash Ambani, Shloka Mehta engagement.
“Prep is so important for a look that is all about natural skin. Isha has incredible skin. I started by prepping her skin with a water-based moisturiser that also acts as a foundation gripper to lock down foundation.”
Vardan kept Isha’s skin fresh, with a natural matte finish foundation because it absorbs well into your skin without becoming oily over time. He finished off with an ultra-airy, silky invisible make-up powder that blends seamlessly with skin for effective full-coverage, as well as golden highlighter, peach blusher, countouring powder to keep her skin looking luminous.
“Isha has gorgeous eyes, and went for a smouldering, sultry look: Subdued by day, and played up for evening,” Vardan says.
Vardan says eyebrows and eyes were the main focus of Isha’s looks. Vardan swept the same invisible powder, added some beautiful blusher and eyeshadow across her eyes, and piled on the mascara, then filled-in her eyebrows with a warm brown pencil to define them.
“We layered on the black mascara as it really helps to amplify the lashes and polish off the entire look.”
Isha’s cheeks had a subtle flush of peach colour, while her lips were covered with a light pink shade. Vardan says he tapped on the lip colour with a finger to give a stain-like effect instead of a wash of opaque colour. It wasn’t glossy, but rather a satin pink shade.
“I kept Isha’s lips more natural-looking to balance the look. We used nude/pink tones because of their simplicity.”
To create her look, the hair stylist sprayed volumizer or dry shampoo throughout the hair and blow-dried it with a big-size round brush for tons of volume. Then they curled large sections of hair (more volume!) and brushed out the curls to soften them.