It wasn’t just the list of invitees but the red carpet aura that infused the proceedings made it very Vogue.
At the end of the day every woman wants to feel more beautiful, transformed and definitely more glamorous with the products and services that are offered or written about.
This is something all of us deeply entrenched in the beauty industry often forget (I am as guilty) as we get excited about new products and new launches and fascinated by ingredient stories, new peptide chains and enzymes.
I am a bit biased but in my opinion Vogue struck the right balance between Bollywood’s most Beautiful and Beauty’s most Influential.
Over 2000 products were sniffed, tried, tested, sprayed on and scrutinized by a formidable jury for the final list and over 15 industry and Bollywood professionals were honoured for their contribution and connection with the beauty industry.
I have the entire product list at the bottom of the blog so please see it as it is a good beauty wish list to have.
I was happy to see some of my favouirte brands and products including Hungarian brand Omorovicza’s Gold drops, Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi range, Kerastase’s K mousse, Benefit’s Girl meets Pearl and an old favourite Chanel’s Sublimage on the list.
The lipstick category, one I am closely involved with, was a bit disappointing as this year has seen some really good textures and edgy shades and some revamping of cult shades but I leave you to decide.
Check out the new fragrance launch winners as well as the hair category especially girls with curls!
I was happy to cheer for Subhash Vagal’s ‘Best Make up artist’ award. Subbu is known for the luminosity her creates on skin and that lit within skin is his signature trademark. I have seen him at work and he spends a lot of time in skin prep and not so much in caking and coverage. In the age of instagrams this is the recipe for the perfect photo ready skin.
Benefit’s Jean and Jane Ford were honoured for their contribution to the beauty industry.
Benefit brings its Brow bars to India soon. I have said earlier this is a bit like taking coals to Newcastle because we are the global threading champs or so we’d like to believe but this may change the retail and service space.
Ramona Braganza was recognized as ‘Fitness expert’. She has moved to India recently after a successful stint as an A list Hollywood trainer. She looks incredibly fit and toned!
Dr Abhijit Desai who has won a Vogue Award earlier was awarded ‘Skin Expert’. He is one of those sane voices in an increasingly Botoxed world. I must say some familiar faces looked a wee bit changed since I last met them –you know what I mean 🙂
The fun part about an event like this is that the stars and star jury members – see jury member Shilpa Shetty in Monisha Jaisngh below, are very relaxed and accessible.
I loved actor Parineeti Chopra’s charming and disarming speech as she received her ‘Flawless face’ award. She looked incredibly chic in Dior .
Twinkle Khanna wearing DVF made a witty and graceful acceptance speech for her ‘Timeless Beauty’ award.
Siddhartha Malhotra in Armani, could have made a better speech as the ‘Most Beautiful man’ awardee but the collective swooning in the Taj Land’s End ballroom when his award was announced suggests that no one else thought his speech mattered.
Kangana Ranaut wearing Namrata Joshipura, won the ‘Most Beautiful Face’ award and seems really happy with this win .
For all the red carpet looks go to http://www.vogue.in/voguebeautyawards – Jury member Niamat Bakshi’s Peter Pilotto dress is worth checking out,so is actor Neha Dhupia in Heumn and model Fleur Xavier in Max Mara while Actor and jury member Dipannita Sharma rocks the look in Frou Frou by Archana Rao (below)
Vogue’s List of winners:
BEST OF SKINCARE
Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum
Omorovicza Gold Night Drops
Skin Tone Corrector
Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL + Dry Touch Gel-Cream Anti-Shine
Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser
Omorovicza Copper Peel
Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub
L’Oréal Paris UV Perfect Aqua Essence Sunscreen Moisturiser SPF 30
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque
L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Moisture Mask
BEST OF ANTI–AGEING
Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer
Chanel Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum
Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes
BEST OF MAKE-UP
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, Honey
Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid, N°30
M.A.C Studio Conceal and Correct Palette, Medium Deep
Bobbi Brown BB Cream, Medium, SPF 35an
M.A.C Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact, Medium, SPF 30
Dior Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte Primer
Setting Powder or Compact
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, N°40
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Givenchy Le Prisme Eyeshadow Quartet, Siena Silhouette
L’Oréal Paris Super Liner 24H Water Proof Gel Eyeliner, Black
Kohl Pencil: Guerlain Kohl
Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal, Green
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick, Raspberry Syrup
Lip Gloss: Lakme Absolute lip Gloss in Rust crush
YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer, Beige Leger
Leighton Denny Nail Colour, I Love Juicy
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover
BEST OF FRAGRANCES
Valentino Valentina Acqua Floreale EDT
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza EDP
Elie Saab Le Parfum
Ralph Lauren Romance EDP
Giorgio Armani Si EDP
YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDT
Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive EDT
BEST OF HAIRCARE
Shampoo: Normal Hair
Oscar Blandi Jasmine Smoothing Shampoo
Conditioner: Normal Hair
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner
Shampoo: Treated Hair
Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte
Conditioner: Treated Hair
Sebastian Professional Penetraitt Conditioner
Hair Mask or Deep Conditioner
Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask
L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Keratinoil Complex Masque
Moroccanoil Treatment Light
BEST OF HAIRSTYLING
De-Frizzer or Smoothening Serum
Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum
Kérastase K Mousse Bouffante
Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray
Kérastase K Forme Fatale Strong Hold Gel
Definer For Curly Hair
L’Oréal Professionnel tecni.art Hairmix Spiral Splendour
TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream
Hair Colour: Home
L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss
Hair Colour: Salon
Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect