Including the secret to stage-ready, smudge-proof eyeliner.
“I grew up in Kohima, Nagaland, where life was pretty simple. That simplicity extended to our beauty regimes as well. I don’t ever remember doing anything too elaborate for my skin – most times we wouldn’t even use face washes. We’d just get up, splash some cold water on our faces, put on sunscreen and head to school.
The weather can be quite extreme in Nagaland. My skin would get dry in the winter and super oily in the summer. Getting a tan was really easy too. You just had to stand in the sun for a couple of minutes and you’d be baked.
I’m a fashion blogger and when I’m not blogging, I’m usually singing on stage. I have three sisters and a brother, and together we’ve formed a band called the Tetseo Sisters. We’re usually busy performing folk music from Nagaland across the country at different music festivals.
I also manage the sales and marketing for a friend’s company – it’s called Only Urs and it’s the probably the only Korean fashion store in India.
After I moved to Delhi a few years ago, I started paying more attention to good products. My routine isn’t too complex. I go wherever my music and work takes me, so there’s always a lot of travel involved. For that reason, I feel like it’s necessary to keep it minimal and easy.”
“If I’m not shooting for the blog or performing, my cleansing ritual is super simple. I use the Garnier White Complete Fairness Face Wash. It’s great for everyday use and it’s not too thick or creamy, either.
After that, I’ll apply a generous coat of the Lotus Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel. I’m not too fussy when it comes to brands – this product does its job and that’s what I look for. This one makes my skin feel really smooth, too.
To remove my makeup, I use Johnson’s Baby Oil – it’s very thorough.
Once in a while, I’ll use the VLCC Diamond Polishing Face Scrub. I feel like I glow every time I use it.”
“Lately, I’ve been loving the Nivea Crème. It’s great for getting my skin thoroughly moisturized before I put on makeup. Then, I use the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter for a mild sheen across my face.
I recently bought a BB cream from this amazing Japanese brand called Miniso on my trip to Kunming, in China so that’s what I wear during the day.
At night I’ll use MAC’s Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation – it’s great because it doesn’t make your skin shiny at all. In fact, it’s gives you this lovely matte effect, which I love.
Maybelline makes really pretty blushes in gorgeous shades, and I’m loving the Cheeky Glow Blush at the moment. I dot a bit on and it makes you look instantly fresh, but in this really natural way.
I’m using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette a lot – I start with my brows and use the darkest matte shade in the palette to fill them in, and then move onto my eyes. I tend to wear the browns, shimmers, purples and golds in the palette the most.
I’ve found that the best way to keep your liner from smudging is to wear a liquid liner over your kajal. This also helps you get the most precise line. I use the Colorbar Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner for that exact reason – it’s go tthis lovely finish and it stays on all night.
A curling mascara is super important to me. There’s something that’s just so sexy about long, curled lashes. I change my mascaras up pretty often – it’s usually just based on my mood and what’s easily available to me.
I used to use the Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara. But last month, I tried the NovaLash extensions and I haven’t worn mascara since.
I love a bright, bold red lip. The Stay Pout range by Seventeen has a great range of pinks – I bought some in Scotland and that’s what I’m using right now. They’re hydrating and pigmented, so they look amazing on stage.
I also love Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Jewel lipstick in Eternal Red. And to make sure the products don’t dry out my lips, I always apply the Nivea Care and Colour Lip Balm in Red beforehand.
Once I’m done with my makeup, I use the MAC Prep + Prime Spray to set it. It works wonders and I always end up looking more refreshed.”
“My hair’s natural texture is rough and thick. But ever since I moved to Delhi, the pollution and the water have made it a bit dry. I don’t think just a good shampoo or conditioner will do any more, so I religiously book a L’Oreal Hydrating Hair Spa once a fortnight.
Things like dandruff and dry hair are deal breakers for me – keeping your hair in great condition is actually good for the skin too.
I use regular drugstore products – both the Tresemme Hair Fall Control range and the Salon Silk Moisture range work well on my hair, so I’m going to try and stick to them.
A dear friend also sent me products from an organic brand called Kronakare. I love their Care to Repair conditioner and the Repair the Hair shampoo because they’re so natural and leave my hair feeling soft.”
SHOP KUVELU'S FAVOURITES
As told to Akshara Subramanian. Kuvelu Tetseo photographed by Imchatsung Imchen.