Mitali and Summiyya on the best foundations for glowing skin and lipstick that stays on for hours.
This year looks extremely promising for the MISU girls. Collaborations with designer Gaurav Gupta, jewelry brand Prerto, Le Mill, Vero Moda, Papa Don’t Preach and Madison, a popular high street boutique (and a celeb favourite) in Mumbai, have kept them incredibly busy over the past few months.
Mitali Sagar and Summiyya Patni claim that their two greatest loves are “fashion and each other”, while beauty is a close second. I chatted with them to find out what it takes to look insta-ready at all times.
MITALI: “My skin is my biggest investment. I do everything I can to take care of it – drink tons of water, eat vegetables and only use products that work for my skin type.
When you’re a blogger, you’re shooting posts every other day. For most of our shoots, we do the hair and makeup ourselves. A great base is a great start – your natural skin has to look and feel radiant even without makeup.”
I love anything that has neem in the ingredients. I don’t like anything that’s too soapy and intrusive, so the Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash works really well for me.
Then, I use this amazing gel – it’s called Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel – which is for skin that’s easily irritated. After that, I use the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate on my face and neck.
Another must-have for dry skin like mine is the Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream. It immediately calms irritated skin. These three are my staples – I can’t live without them.
I also use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. It really fills out this crease that I have under my eyes. My dermatologist always tells me that “prevention is cure” and that we’ve got to start taking extra care of our skin from our mid ‘20s onwards.”
SUMMIYYA: I can’t live without the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate and the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. The Clarins serum is just a fantastic anti-ageing product to keep fine lines at bay. The Kiehl’s solution is great for the under eyes and or any spots and redness on your face. They’re both constants in my beauty bag and I swear by them.
Once I’ve washed my face in the morning, I use the Dabur Gulabari Rose Water because it’s a natural toner. Then, I use the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and let it just settle in while I’m eating my breakfast. I also use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Cream – it’s something that I’ve just started using, so I’ll have to wait and see the effects on it my skin.
I love Clinique’s Moisture Surge – it’s the ideal day cream for me. It’s really lightweight and not sticky at all. I switch to the Moisture Surge during the winter because it’s a thicker version.
MITALI: “One of my favourite products ever is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It’s intensely hydrating and stays on all day. I love the way my skin looks when I have it on. It doesn’t emphasise dry patches and for me, that’s really important in a base. I swear by Shu Uemura’s Tint in Gelato Lip and Cheek Color – it gives me the dewiest, most glowy look.
I always fill in my brows with an angled brush and I use an eyeshadow called Embark by MAC. I’ve been using the Lancôme Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara for years now. My lashes are curly but they’re not long, so this helps with fullness and length.
When I’m out at night I use the Chanel Aqua Lumiere Concelear for a matte look. I always set my makeup with the Chanel Les Beiges - Healthy Glow Sheer Powder for a natural sheen. It’s not too powdery and I find that it gives me this really effortless glow.
I love contouring my face. I already have high cheekbones so I try not to overdo it, though. I use two products – MAC’s Bronzing Powder and the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Soft and Gentle.
I’m a big fan of intense smokey eyes. Sometimes, I’ll do a dramatic winged linger with the MAC Fluidline Eye Liner Gel in Blacktrack with an angled brush. The Trish McEvoy Gel Eye Liner is unbelievable. You can smudge it and use it however you like. I absolutely love nude lips. Kinda Sexy by MAC is a great shade. Another favourite right now is the Melted Lipstick by Too Faced in Nude.”
SUMMIYYA: I haven’t found the best tinted moisturizer for my skin yet – I mix the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation with the same Clinique gel to create my own version. Because the foundation is water-based, it’s super light and the coverage is also very smooth and natural. I don’t usually have dark circles, so a little bit of this foundation is good enough.
On a regular day, I use the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC40 to set my makeup. After that, I use the MAC Bronzing Powder for an effortless sun-kissed glow. I always love a hint of colour on my cheeks and The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek Stain is perfect for that.
I’m one of those people who actually likes cakey-looking mascara. I prefer it when lashes are thick and clumped, if that makes sense! The Diorshow Black Out Mascara has always given me the best results for that kind of look.
Two of my favourite things to do are strobing and contouring – I have a rounder face, so I like to do it to make sure my angles are great. I use the Smashbox Bronzer to contour and for strobing, I love the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle because it gives you an instant glow. I use it on my cheeks, in the corners of my eyes and on the bridge of my nose. It’s so, so great. I’m not so fond of cream-based products because my skin is already a bit oily. This powder really helps my skin.
If I’m not shooting for our blog, I generally use two nude shades on my lips. MAC’s Kinda Sexy and Yash are my favourites because they’re just so soft and work well with my complexion. I’m also not a very bright lips kinda girl, so these are great. The only way I’ll get a little colour on my lips is when I’m doing a lollipop lip. It’s, sort of, an ombre effect. I only apply very little colour on the inside of my lips and I use two shades to get the effect - MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous or Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion in Lethal Red. If I want it super light, I’ll just go with The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain.
In the nights, I prefer doing a winged eye. I also love building up on my eyeshadow. I use the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette which has a lot of dark brown tones. I also love Texture and Folie by MAC because they’re such deep, rich tones that look great for the night.
Right now, I’m really excited about picking up more lipsticks from the Melted by Too Faced range. I only have two shades – Chihuahua and Melted Melon which is, like, two out of twelve shades. So I’m hoping to buy them all. They’re liquid lipsticks that turn matte as soon as you apply them and they just don’t move. I’ve experienced this with other lipsticks where I’ve eaten and it smears all over. These ones just stay on.
MITALI: I’m lucky! My hair’s natural texture is thick, healthy and shiny. I invariably end up not getting a trim but it doesn’t really affect my hair too much. The Phytodess Paris White Tea Shampoo is for colour treated hair and smells amazing. The Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine is great for my hair type. I usually use the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Sérum Solide Beautifying Hair Serum once I’ve washed my hair. When I’m going for a sleeker look, I use the MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray.
SUMMIYYA: My hair is really frizzy. I do a cysteine treatment every couple of months. It’s a protein treatment and doesn’t make the hair poker straight – it’s mainly done to relax the hair. I use the entire Kérastase Discipline range because it’s sulfate free. It’s not as harsh on my hair, which is why it’s such a great product. Once I’m done with my shower, I apply the Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment. People have been telling me that it’s a bit heavy on the hair, but I still have an entire bottle of it, so I’m going to use it for a while and see how it feels. I also do a hydrating hair spa every other month.
As told to Akshara Subramanian. Photographed by Shovona Karmakar.