Namaste and Aloha!
This is India’s #1 fan and makeup artist, Mahealani “Mahe” Diego. Just returning from Delhi, having a blast at the first India International Fashion Week, I have the pleasure to write to you from beautiful New York City before travelling to Hawaii tomorrow, as I continue filming on ABC’s Emmy Award Television series Lost.
I am honored to share my thoughts on A/W 09 -10 skincare and makeup trends!

Beautiful makeup definitely starts with beautiful skin. Stay healthy. Drink lots of water; maintain good diet and exercise everyday, not forgetting to take a daily multi-vitamin. This will give your mind, body and spirit a natural glow. You will also notice an increase in energy and confidence. A clear and clean complexion is the best accessory to have!

The morning is the best time to wash your face with cool water. Follow with a great moisturizer with SPF. If you have dry skin, use an eye crème and for normal to oily skin, use an eye gel. I am the biggest fan of a great eye product, as you can smile and tell a story with your eyes. Complete it with a lip balm and you are good to start your makeup!

For night care ,this is the best time for your skin to rest and repair. Cleanse your skin thoroughly using warm water. Follow with a toner to remove any excess dirt, oil and makeup. Use a serum of your liking, finishing with your favorite eye moisturizer. Complete with a PM face crème, not forgetting your neck and décolleté.

Don’t forget – to mask and exfoliate weekly! This will ensure a youthful and smooth complexion.

Sunscreen is my ultimate fountain of youth. Use a minimum of SPF 30 in your daily AM routine. Add a few drops of sunscreen into your favorite moisturizer to add in protection, if you do not have a moisturizer with SPF.

It’s all about the eyes. I love black eyeliner, but let’s try to spice things up with a bit of colour and draw attention to my favorite feature. Using coloured eyeliner, line in and around your eye (see below for a colour match, but do not hesitate to experiment with different shades) smudge with an applicator or soft shadow brush to create a smoky eye. For dark/brown eyes, try navy blue or teal eyeliner. If you have green/hazel eyes, try royal purple or plum eyeliner. If you have blue eyes, try indigo or charcoal gray. This formula will give you a boost of color while lighting the natural shade of your eye.   A smoked out eye with a coloured liner is sophisticated, fashionable and indeed gives others a reason to look into those beautiful eyes! Follow with a beautiful great peach blush, lip gloss and you are ready for your day… 

Mineral makeup – lightweight, buildable coverage, added SPF, are overall great for your skin!
Lip Gloss – if I could only have one thing in my pocket, this would be it! I can’t tell you how many times I have been saved on photo shoots with a simple cherry lip gloss. Apply to lips, THEN, using your fingers, apply to apples of your checks and crease of your eyes. You have a fresh look in less than 60 seconds!

Moisturizer – If I have said it once, I’ll say it again, beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin! Carry a travel size moisturizer in your purse. Anytime you feel like you need a boost, apply with ring finger over your makeup where needed. An instant nap!


Mahealani Diego is the Hollywood Make-up Artist and has worked with many celebrity faces. Her extensive works have appeared in various projects such as ABC’s Lost, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, whereas Mahe’s fashion work is seen in New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, Dominican Republic Fashion Week and Bucharest Fashion Week.
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