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Colours Of India: Bengal Inspired Makeup Look & Tutorial



LOTD: Bengali Makeup


Ohe Shundoro Mori Mori
Tomaye Ki Diye Borno Kori?

If you ask me what I love about India, I will always say "It's cultural diversity"... I am in awe of the fact that so many different cultures co-exist in harmony (almost always) and when it comes to representing our country, we shed our cultural differences and walk forward as one. We have the power to be ONE and yet have the ability to spice things up with our different cultural backgrounds...

Bengali women and their makeup has forever inspired Indian cinema, so much so that when we say Bengali Women, the stereotypical dusky beauty with large, kohl lined eyes in laal paarer shaari (Red bordered saree), laal teep (Red bindi), shidoor (Vermillion powder) and shaankha paula (Conch & Coral benagles) is what first pops into our minds :)



Inspired by their beauty and the gorgeous symbols of being a wedded woman has inspired this look of mine...








How I Achieved The Bengali Makeup Look

1. Since we have a set idea in our minds (even though untrue) that all bengali women are dusky beauties, I applied a shade of foundation that is one shade darker than my skintone. I have used Maxfactor's Second Skin Foundation in Bronze.
2. In order to make my eyes look larger, I filled in my brows a little darker than usual and I also applied a pale gold eye shadow on my lids to reflect light. I have used MAC Paint Pot in Indian Wood.
3. Dark kohl rimmed eyes are a signature and hence I applied a black gel liner very liberally on my waterline, lower lashline and my tightline. I have used Maybelline Gel Liner.
4. Eye makeup on bengali women ofter looks like it's been lightly smoked and hence instead of using a black eyeshadow so as to not make it look "westernized", I smudged the kohl on my lower lashline and my tightline with an angled brush.
5. In order to copy Maa Durga's eye shape, I gave an extremely shallow wing to my liquid liner on my upper lashline. I have used L'Oreal Super Liner in Carbon Black.
6. Dramatic false eye lashes are a must!
7. I heavily contoured my face in order to emulate sharp features and also used some bronzer to give a bronzed, healthy glow to my "dusky" skin.
8. Red matte lipstick is a must!
9. Big Red bindi and some sindoor completed the look!

Products Used
1. Maxfactor Second Skin Foundation in Bronze
2. Lakme Pure Radiance Face Compact
3. MAC Paint Pot in Indian Wood
4. Maybelline Gel Liner
5. L'Oreal Super Liner in Carbon Black
6. MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara
7. Lakme Absolute Moonlit Highlighter Duo
8. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Do leave a comment and let me know if you liked the look :)

Comments

  1. You are looking so beautiful... one of ur best looks ever... Fida on U :D

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    1. ha ha ha thank you so much Sushmita :) ♥ The first comment is as is always special and yours to has made my day :*

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  2. loved it :) Amar shonar bangla :)

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  3. Love your highlight and contour in this! Your skin looks amazing!

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    1. wow thank you Nisha :) the foundation's really amazing actually ;)

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  4. Loved it! That red bindi looks fab on you :)

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    1. ahaaa thanks Dol :) I love love love the laal teep you know ^_^

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    1. ha ha ha ha ha thank you Anks... this reminds me of "aaloo da paratha khabo" :P

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    2. :) hee hee... you should totally teach that to your kids!!

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  6. khub darun laggche... loved the Red lippy.. :)

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    1. oooh thank you go :) am soooo glad you liked the look sweetheart :)

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  7. Its superb . How did you do the red bindi and from where did you get that choker necklace ? Is is gold ? How much did it cost ?

    Preeti(Pune)

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    1. thanks so much babe :) the red bindi is using wet sindoor, the choker necklace is a traditional bengali design gifted during my wedding by my relatives :)

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  8. wow...this look suits u a lot <3 <3

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  9. Wow you really do look like a bengali beauty... I love the way bengali women carry tant sarees..
    Khoob bhalo lagche tumi (I hope it's correct :p I love bengali, it's such a sweet language)

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    1. wooohhhoooo thank you so much Doll :) :* yup bengali is such a sweet language na ^_^ he he he... and you are 99% correct, just a tiny change... khoob bhalo lagchho tumi :D

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  10. wow out of the world beautiful...puro sunduri bangali bou lagche ^_^ wish amar biye pune teh hota.. i would have got my makeup done frm u! <3

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    1. awwwww kothaye thako go tumi? am glad you liked the look Riya :) ♥ thank you :*

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    2. ami orisaa teh thaki..but mama bari kolkatta e..keep travelling frequently btw d two places :D tumi toh manipur theke na..amar bf agartala theke O:)

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  11. you look gorgeous Samyukta! :)

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  12. U look gorgeous Suma...n this attire totally suits u....would love to see more bengali theme looks perhaps in different variations :)

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    1. ooohh thank you so much Pooja :) :* And I'll surely try doing various variations... pakka se :)

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  13. Apoorba.. Khub bhalo lagche, ektuo bariye bolchina...
    btw, when r u coming down to Kolkata??.. really want to meet u :)

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    1. I'll be in Kol on 6th July Mrittika :) And thank you :) eto shob bhaalo bhaalo kotha bole chho amar jonne :D :*

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  14. WOW Suma

    U rock this look of a traditional bengali bala...

    One of my best friends too is a bengali and recently got married. Though it was an intercaste wedding, she did not dress like a bengali bride, but i made it a point to dress like a bong girl... Wish had seen ur tute earlier... anyways, u look super duper gorgeous.. Why aren't the bong directors looking at u for their films darling :)

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    1. ha ha ha ha I wish they did Tarannum ;) he he,,,
      you dressed like a bengali? oooh WOW WOW! what did you wear? and what was your makeup like? I would love love love to see it babes!
      and thank you for all the kind words you've said for me :* ♥

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  15. Drop deag gorgeound bangali sundori... :D

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  16. *dead.. see i lost my words by seeing u.. :P <3

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  17. super duper lagche Suma.... kono ktha hobena (no words at all!) :P

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    1. ha ha ha ki bolchho... thank you darling :) Am sooo glad you liked the look Nivedita :*

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    2. liked is an understatement really! and you're already inspiring me. :P

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  18. awesome lagchhe..... bhison sundor

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  19. Holy Lord!!! How do you manage to look so gorgeous in all of your looks...your skin, your makeup, the eyes, and the lips...everything is perfect...I love this look....

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    1. ha ha ha ekhon ektu badiye bolchho tumi :P but thank you sooo much for liking the look Agni :)

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  20. Looking stunning ... Bengali Indian beauty :)

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  21. Gorgeousss..only thing..silver earrings nt goin with the gold neck piece..but makeup wise fab :))

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    1. thank you so much Bhumika :) ♥ the earring aren't silver though ;) They are white stones in a gold casing which unfortunately isn't visible :)

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  22. Ahaa . .Now that's a true Bong !!! Loved the look Suma . . Just wish you would have lived here . .Would have done my wedding makeup from you .. :) Loved every part of the look :)

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  23. my dear darling Samyuka PLEASE PLEASE SHOW ME YOUR FULL FACE.. sorrrry for shouting but its on demand u knw... :P my hubby is coming back from kolkata today and i asked him to bring a bong saree and shanka paula bangles.. i m gonna try the look.. :) lub ju.....

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  24. wow! i have been wanting to try the big bindi bengali look from long...now being part bengali :) you look gorgeous and love ruby woo on you!

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  25. stunning Suma Sharma as always ..loved the look on you :)

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  26. copied from your comment :

    khoob bhalo lagchho tumi

    beautifullllll as usual suma :)

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  27. Hi...
    I read your article. You have got a great idea about Bengali saree and Bengali culture.
    I really like your blog and enjoyed reading it.
    You have got a great idea.
    I like the design provided by you. The saree is awesm.. :)
    I know one more site related to your blog, I hope you visit that site... :)
    http://www.saddacart.com/
    I hope you got great idea from that site.... :)
    Thnxxx... :)

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