So, Shamita asks me if I wanted to do a test shoot with Kevin, and a few hours later, there we were, chatting about Marilyn Manson on a WhatsApp group —I know!. The referencing was in full swing (and so off, haha). Yes! We were having a tough time explaining to Kevin what ‘Classic Kimmy Face’ was —All he wanted to do was delicate who the lead singer of NIN would be for that day—! The conversation went on, and then it turned from Marilyn Manson, to Kimmy Face, to “please just bring lots of block colors, Kayaan”, and finally to Shamita giving up on her inner Kardashian! “Fine!” She said. And that was that! Enter AK, aka Akshata Honawar, the Magic behind my new head of hair!
After a million times back and forth with the clothes, hair, makeup and what exactly it was that Kevin wanted, we arrived to shoot morning.
Everyone was there and we sat there wondering how to piece the story together, because now, all I had was “bring some color blocks, Kayaan”, and Shamita was ready with her highlighters and oils, all set to plaster me, and make me look like a dewy-petal. Haha! “There is no limit, intensity will not come, let me put more please, it will not register on screen!” was all I could hear her say. And all Kevin could say was “Shamita, go nuts! More shine, more shine!” Aahhhh, I felt like I was a vampire out of Twilight, all “shining like diamonds in day light” and what not!
Okay, though when we started shooting, it turned out to be something so different from anything Shamita or I had done – AK and Kevin are super seasoned in the “lets do a crazy shoot” category, so it wasn’t really a challenge for them.
We kept creating and building looks as we went along, and Shamita kept applying this oil on my skin and lips, saying that it was some special oil to liquify —get this— EYESHADOWS AND DRIED UP EYELINERS! On my LIPS?! Directly? Really, Shamita?! Man, she gunned for it every chance she got – fun times! “Keep your mouth closed and don’t swallow” Gee, Shamita I wonder why? Hah! All we knew was, everything had to look “melt-y and glossy”.
So here’s the thing about highlighters, you don’t have to restrict yourself to specific products that claim to be ‘highlighters’. You can use pretty much ANYTHING as a highlighter – be it an oil, eyeshadow, vaseline, I don’t know, ‘Sophie’s Choice’ even!
-You can mix the highlighting agent (it has to be liquid) with your liquid foundation, moisturizer/serum as base for highlighted/dewy skin.
-Eyeshadow mixed with vaseline or oil, even a skin serum, can give you a super high-gloss lid or mouth.
-Eyeshadows (frosted pinks, pale golds and ivory) can also be doubled up as highlighting powders for cheek and collar bones.
**Appropriate application would be to use where light naturally reflects off the face; T-zone (forehead, bridge of the nose and chin). And we all know that cheek bones, brow bones and collar bones are the OGs anyway.**
Right from prep to finish of the skin, we used products that gave us that illuminating, glossy, dewy finish only to bring to you my inner Beetlejuice, after all the Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Manson prep we did! Imagine that?!?!
I’d like to thank and welcome the newest member of Shapeshifter, Riddhi! <3
Tommy Hilfiger, Dhruv Kapoor, Bias India
Photography: Kevin Nuens, Hair: Akshata Honawar, Makeup: Shamita Gogia, Fashion Asst. Riddhi Garach
May 16, 2017