BEST of 2020
We would love to Thank
Abhisek Pattnaik, Akashlina Chandra, Ananya Dasgupta, Anoushka Vaidya, Anvesha Khillar, Apoorva Dhingra, Ayushi Kane, Chandan Paramesh, Devang Mahulkar, Dipika Jeram, Gracy Modi, Harsha Lalwani, Hitaarth Mehta, Iksha Sinha, Indirila Varma, Jaanvi Agarwal, Kushal Asnani, Kanishk Pal, Komal Mishra, Kudrat Anand, Lakshya Marwah, Maitreyi Bhattacharjee, Malavika Jayaram, Malay Vyas, Naishal Shah, Parth Mistry, Philip George, Pratik Patwari, Priyanka Periwal, Rajveer Rao, Ragini Mathur, Reet Chhatwal, Reuben Janet, Rhea Damani, Ria Karkera, Ritika Sachdeva, Saksham Bharti, Sakshi Pharate, Samya Shriti, Sanyam Varun, Sarah Zia, Saumya Mhatre, Sharang Sharma, Shashwat Upadhyay, Shravan Sahni, Shrey Bhargava, Shrusti Oswal, Shubham Kumar, Sonakshi Srivastava, Surjangshu Ghosh, Tanmay Tandon, Utkarsha Kotian, Yash Sachdeva, Yashasvi Modani
For their contributions to this blog.
Strolling In Nature
Photographers Apoorva Dhingra, Iksha Sinha, Rhea Damani, Ria Karkera , Saumya Mhatre, Sonakshi Srivastava, Surjangshu Ghosh, and Tanmay Tandon
Words By Diva Arora
It’s so weird how we’re almost always around it, yet most of us don’t even have the time to see what it actually has to offer.
For me, being able to go on a walk among the trees, observing the changing hues of the evening sky, being able to notice a few stars when I look up, is indeed, rewarding. There’s so much more I’m yet to see, it is comforting in a way.
The warmth of an unexplored territory is, strangely, homely and all my confusions decide to take a break. The environment makes it okay for me to look back at all the moments that I continue to cherish. Certain fragrances remind me of the sad memories along the way, but these are the things that’ve become a part of ‘my story’. The clouds tell me to slow down, the rain makes me believe that with falling, come endless chances of getting back up. The trees advise me to remain still. The ocean waves remind me of the obstacles life will throw at me, just like the pandemic. But what I need to do is breathe (for now with the mask on, please).
And then I sit, thinking about how the nature’s poets that I may have ridiculed in the past for being overly romantic, were right about this feeling - the “bliss of solitude”.
A Fabulous Friday
Black and white look (frame within a frame) "This is an original look inspired by an idea to bring life to the monochromatic rather than enforce the stereotype of being dull and flat"
Yellow, Green & Blue look "This look is purely experimental as I simply played with colours and blue graphic liner."
Black look "This look was inspired by Snakes and Ladders, a photo series shot by James Deacon. To me, it depicts a raw understanding of beauty which to some could be interpreted as horror"
Blue ears look "There is a lot of toxic energy in this world. This look signifies me not having a care for it through the blue coloured ears and the overpowering tinge of red lighting. This look was inspired by the makeup artist Jezz Hill."
The first look was inspired by the character Emily from the musical Corpse Bride. Her character always intrigued me and I really wanted to transform myself into her for this Halloween. Also, I wanted to add a desi twist to it, hence the Indian jewelry. I had so much fun creating this look with ALL makeup products.
The second look was inspired by life and death. The black skull on the left represents death and the right colourful butterfly represents life. It’s an endless process that all living creatures are bound to be a part of. I came across this look first on @beautybymols on Instagram and immediately wanted to recreate it!
This look was inspired from the dc villain the joker's Chelsea smile, and since it is a Halloween season , I made it extra spooky by sewing up the prosthetic skin with a thread.
"I created this look for Halloween, I was inspired by two-three pictures and assembled the ideas that I like in one look, I enjoyed doing this so much because it was pretty challenging."
"A super glam look on a gloomy quarantine day to make my empty soul feel full"
"I was feeling blue one day, so I figured I’d let everyone know! But for real, it was a very random look that I practiced 4 times and ended up finishing my white liquid liner. It was a dark day for me!"
"I was having a bleak day, decided to make it a little colorful ❤"
Rainbow look was inspired by a look my friend drew for me on Snapchat
Heart & Glasses was in collaboration with an eyewear brand that wanted to spread a message about mental health and kindness. The hearts represented the idea of spreading love and being kind, as well as accepting people for who they are.
The purple look was inspired by a song 'Befikar' which is about the feelings of love and butterflies. I tried to encapsulate that feeling into a makeup look.
The basic idea behind this look was: Embracing our tears. We often consider crying as a sign of "weakness" and many times end up suppressing the tears. Very often people say that "you look the most beautiful when you smile, so don't cry." By doing this look I wanted to show tears can be beautiful too. Crying isn't a weakness but an outlet to let your emotions out.
In this situation of a pandemic where everything seems to fall apart, There is still a ray of hope. So I did this makeup look inspired by the thought of being positive and looking at the futuristic aspects of life.
With Halloween around the corner, I tried to recreate the nun's look from the movie The Nun. The spooky Cleopatra's look was inspired by Thuy Le.