You know how much we LOVE beauty and skincare secrets. Especially when they are expert approved. And we couldn’t think of a better person than a model to spill the beans. So we caught up with Maia Sethna and she sweetly agreed to let us in on her beauty essentials and favourite skincare practices (they’re totally steal worthy). Over to Maia :
“I was sitting at the Student cafe at University in the UK with a friend having coffee, when I was first approached by a photographer. I started modelling for local brands and photographers as a hobby in the UK and to make some extra pocket money. It was something I enjoyed thoroughly, I always liked expressing myself through what I wore. When I moved back to Mumbai, I signed up with a modelling agency and spent 2 years modelling. I now work as a travel consultant at Shakti Himalaya, while modelling and blogging for various brands.
I have Combination Skin and it took me a while to find products that were well suited for my skin. My skin looks the best when it is hydrated, so I make sure I drink a lot of water every day.
Morning Routine – Before leaving the house in the morning I use a small amount of under eye cream (Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream) and sunscreen (Z screen SPF 58). I also use Bioderma ‘Pore Refiner’ – from their Sebium Range – which helps improve the skin texture.
Night time Routine – I clean my face thoroughly with Bioderma ‘Sensibio H2O cleanser for sensitive skin’. If I feel that my skin is feeling sensitive or like it might break out, I use Himalaya’s Neem face wash. I then use Bioderma’s Hydrating moisturizer from their Sebium range and Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream.
I believe that there is no substitute for regular exercise – this helps with blood circulation and makes your skin glow – I always have a good glow after a workout and its cheaper than a facial !!! Sometimes I rub ice all over my face before applying makeup, as it helps your makeup stay on longer. If you have dry skin, I recommend applying yogurt and honey to the face.
Favourite Makeup – As far as makeup is concerned, I use Bobbi Brown Serum Corrector (Intensive Skin – Bisque 4) and Bobbi Brown Concealer (Intensive Skin – Beige 6) – for everyday use. Both the products give you a natural finish. For a slightly heavier concealer, I use Make Up Forever (Lift concealer 2) or Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. I adore ‘Watts Up’ by Benefit – this product is my favourite cream highlighter. I apply a little on the bridge of my nose and cheek bones for a lovely glow. My favourite gloss is undoubtedly Rouge Coco Gloss by Chanel.
I am a big fan of MAC Retro matte lipsticks. The shades I swear by are Ruby Woo, Flat out Fabulous and Mehr. I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills products too – especially as they are against animal testing (Dip Brow, Contour kit in light to medium).”
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