10 Frequently Asked Makeup Questions

Hello pretty ladies!
Most women love makeup. For me, I was introduced to makeup only after I started blogging. Until then I was a kajal and lip balm girl like most of you may be as well. But well, hello eyeliner! I enjoy makeup as much as I enjoy dressing up today.
This blog is a collaboration with a MUA and Hairstylist, Muskaan Sama where she has very kindly answered 10 FAQ’s about makeup and is sharing her wisdom with the With Love Inaaya family.
Happy reading.
Muskaan Sama, 34, is a hairstylist cum makeup artist hailing from Mumbai. She also runs her own salon Swanky Makeover in Malad. For over 7 years, she has been in the industry and glammed up celebrities and brides. Her Salon has partnered with ZOOM TV for hair and makeup for their show: Let’s design season 3 &4 and Zoom Anchor Hunt 2012. She has  also worked with the likes of Miss Argentina (Micaela Lopez Bianchi), Miss Poland (Beata Stelmaszczyk)and Hollywood actress Ali Faulkner for their respective projects. Other than her numerous TVCs and print ads, Muskaan is a humble down-to-earth person who makes makeup really a fun experience. Here we have 10 FAQ’s Muskaan has answered for us:


Q. How can one do an easy smoky eye? 

A. Smokey eyes can be created easily just with a kohl and a blending brush. All you need to do is follow these steps properly:

  • Apply kohl like an eyeliner and blend immediately with a blending brush.
  • Repeat these steps until you achieve the desired result!
  • So remember: apply, blend and repeat!


Q. Most of us end up making the blush look too artificial, what’s the best tool to blend it evenly?

A. To make the blush look as natural as possible, always after picking up the product, tap the body of the brush against the back of your palm. This will get rid of any excess product!


Q. What is the proper order of applying one’s makeup?

A. These days, thanks to INSTA-MUA’S theres no right or wrong way. But if you want to go by the books, start with concealing any spots. Then apply foundation over it and set it with a compact.

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Q. Is lip liner really a must under lipstick?

A. I recommend the use of lipliners under lipsticks to maintain the durability of the product as well as to enhance the shade and make it look more opaque.


Q. What is that one hack to make your makeup stay longer?

A. My one hack would be to wait and let the product set between each layer!

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Q. How often would you suggest washing of makeup brushes?

A. Washing of makeup brushes depends on the usage. If its for personal use, then it can be done when the brush is visibly carrying products. But for professional use, they are to be washed more frequently. I also spray them with Isopropyl alcohol (97%) before any appointment.


Q. What SPF would you suggest is perfect for the sticky Mumbai weather?

My personal favorite is the Clinique sunscreen, it keeps the face matte even after application.


Q. What is the best brand for foundations?

A. Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand. for more professional look, I prefer MAC.


Q. Is it okay to apply foundation everyday?

A. It is okay to apply foundation everyday ONLY IF you take it out thoroughly the same day. Keeping your skin clean is essential.


Q. One life saving makeup hack?

A. Since eyebrow gels aren’t big in Indian markets yet, I suggest to use transparent waterproof mascara to keep baby hair away from the face and also to set your eyebrows in a certain way!


Hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading!
With Love,
Featured Image photo courtesy: Swapnil Junjare
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Plum Natur Studio Kajal

  • Hi guys! I am sorry to have gone missing the last couple of weeks. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d know that I have been traveling quite a lot lately and hence the delay in responding to all your messages and DMs. I am sorry!

    I was in Bangalore last week and words would fall short to describe how enthralling the trip turned out to be. There’s something really special about meeting old friends and well I met three! You can imagine my glee, right? 🙂

    Coming back to this post, I have been meaning to start talking about my experiences with cosmetics with you guys for a while now and I wanted to start with maybe this amazing kajal stick from Plum that I carried around in Bangalore? This stick is indeed a magic stick for my eyes. I’ve always had troubles having my eye make-up stay longer because I keep touching them but this one solved it!

    Plum claims to be a 100% vegan brand that’s not tested on animals. Maybe it was this what made me like them more but why I genuinely liked the product was because it was exactly what they offered: Smudge-free, single swipe, easy to apply, jet black liner stick. I’ve been enjoying applying it and its only fair that I give them a good rating. 🙂

    Special Features :

      • Soft, creamy, gel-based single-swipe darkest black.
      • 100% smudge-proof and water-proof.
      • Brilliant black that looks “just applied” even after 12 hours.
      • Preservative-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, paraffin-free
      • Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested & approved.
      • Rich in Vitamin E for care and protection.
      • 100% vegan formula, not tested on animals.
      • Plum is always free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, SLS, DEA and PABA.


Let me know if you try them out guys! And let me know what you think!


With Love,