Learn the Basics with Internationally Recognized Makeup Artist Karuna Chani in New York City

Karuna Chani

Finding the right foundation to match your South Asian skin tone and perfecting the art of contouring and highlighting are two fundamental basics of applying makeup that every girl wants to master. With that in mind, internationally recognized makeup artist Karuna Chani is hosting her first-ever “Makeup 101 Master Class” so that smart, hip, beautiful desi women can learn the tips and tricks they need to enhance their beauty.

Beauty topics covered during the class will include:
1. Finding the RIGHT foundation for your skin tone.
2. Highlighting and Contouring to perfection.
3. A professional look to carry you through the day

This is a kick-ass offer we do not want you to miss, so we’ve partnered with Karuna to give BG readers a special discount code for the class! Use the code BGM15 for $25 off the master class, which takes place on Thursday, September 17 at the Helen Mills Theater in New York City from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. She will also give gift bags full of fabulous goodies for all the attendees!

And, we will be there to take photos and live Tweet the whole thing, so join us for a fun, beautified evening!

[Buy your discounted ticket here via Eventbrite] 

P.S. The last time we hung out with Karuna in her newly-done makeup studio, she treated our team like princesses, so be prepared for pampering, ladies!

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1. What can one expect from the master class?

Attendees can expect a fun evening of beauty that will not only arm them with new products, tips and tricks to make them feel more beautiful in their lives, but give them that added boost of confidence that they’ve been looking for. Also with refreshments and snacks, its a going to be a great afterwork event for you and your girlfriends!

2. How will this class differ from others in the beauty market?

To my knowledge, there is no makeup artist that is specifically catering to the beauty needs and concerns of South Asian/Indian women in a masterclass format. So, this class is not only the first of its kind but really an opportunity for me to reach more women with what I have learned being in the industry for more than 15 years.

3. What are some of the tips KC will cover?

This first class is a MAKEUP 101 class. So we’re starting with the basics…Finding the right foundation for your skin and how to apply it. We’re touching on the biggest trend in makeup now, highlighting and contouring. Then we’ll finish off with a professional look to carry you through the day!

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4. How important is it for women to learn a few makeup tips to enhance their life/beauty?

VERY! Power…through beauty! It really comes down to confidence. Looking good often translates into feeling good. Beauty can give you that armor to go out into the world and conquer it! And often Indian women have these incredible jobs, all the brain power and business acumen they need to be successful in those jobs, but they don’t look the part. I think there’s a misconception that it’s hard or takes a lot of time to do makeup in the morning. But the reality is that it doesn’t. In five to 10 minutes, women can apply their makeup, be out the door, and have all the confidence they need to get that promotion.

5. Do you need to be a makeup junkie or professional to attend?

Absolutely not! We want this class to serve as an introduction to beauty for beginners, and for the beauty junkies, it’ll still be a great way for them to learn about great products and how to use them to enhance their beauty even more!

Need back to school inspiration? BG beauty editor Sapna Sakaria shares her secrets below. And if you want to meet our in-house beauty guru in person, she will also be at Karuna’s makeup class on September 17. Join us, BG’ers :)

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Holistic beauty trends are more prevalent than ever — that makes ayurvedic beauty brands incredibly sought-after, as well. Do you find yourself asking what your beauty products are actually made of? A lot of us even resort to food products for a skincare routine such as honey for face wash.

The term “Ayurvedic Beauty” is getting more recognition outside the South Asian world as well.

Ayurvedic beauty is coined upon the term “Ayurveda,” which originated in Hindu culture as the basis of utilizing the five life forms — air, water, ether, fire, and earth — to heal the human body.

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Ayurvedic beauty brands focus on using herbs and natural ingredients to create their skincare range and consumers around the world are attracted to these natural products.

Scroll down to see some Ayurvedic beauty brands founded by South Asians.

Soma Ayurvedic

Is your skin feeling a little dry this winter? Nourishing your skin with body oil will lend it the right amount of moisture — Soma Ayurvedic’s jasmine body oil can do that trick! Shop the oil, and their full line of products, here.


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Sama Tea

If you’re familiar with author and podcast Host, Jay Shetty, then you may have heard of his tea line, Sama Tea. Herbal teas provide many natural benefits. Has it been a stressful week? Try their lavender rose chamomile tea for some TLC. Check them out here.


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Sahajan Skincare

Know the Netflix show “Ginny & Georgia?” Loved the actress’ fresh-looking skin? Sahajan Skincare is behind that glow! They’re a must-try, featured in both Vogue and Elle India. See their full range of products here.


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Shaz and Kiks

This unique company showcases its brand with an emphasis on ‘holistic.’ Whether it’s bad hair days or excessive shedding, not only do Shaz and Kiks provide the products to help but also break down the science behind the problem. Go on your very own shopping spree by clicking here!


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Looking for accessible ayurvedic beauty products? Look no further! Ranavat is now in Sephora. With a beauty line that covers both hair and skin, there’s something here for everyone. See for yourself here.


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UMM Skincare

UMM Skincare is known for its brown sugar body scrub, made with natural ingredients, and Bakuchi oil known to improve signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Try it for yourself by shopping here!


Give your skin the best by adding ZAILA to your daily skincare routine! Click here and start shopping!


This brand is all plant-powered, and we’re here for it — you should be too! Check out their full range of products here.

Inde Wild

Are you looking for brown skin-friendly sunscreen filled with nutrients? Look no further. Inde Wild has its very own SPF 50, with natural substances such as liquorice extract and cica, and it’s a mineral SPF suitable for all skin types. See what the brand is all about and shop it here.


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Mango People

I’m always in the market for brown girl-friendly lipsticks, and ones that are made of natural ingredients are a huge plus. Mango People does just this with their unique lipstick colors that suit all brown skin tones. Try them out here!

Kama Ayurveda

Need to swap out your shampoo for something better? Try Kama Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Hair cleaner, infused with a variety of herbs and pulses with key ingredients like vetiver, tulsi, rose, moong beans, and shikakai. They have a variety of products to choose from so start with your hair and keep shopping for more here!


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Forest Essentials

According to Forest Essentials, night time is the best time for hydration. Check out their night cream, filled with nutrients to enrich your skin. You can shop their wide variety of products here.


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Koppen Ayurveda

A brand made for modern living, their essentials are all worth a shot! Start shopping here!


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Looking for a new face mask to try? AAVRANI has a variety of face masks and explains in detail when you should apply the mask during the week depending on your skin type. Take a look here!


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Plant-based skincare, anyone? Delhicious has got everyone covered, so click here and fill your baskets!


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Pratima Skincare

Just getting into skincare and don’t know where to start? PRATIMA skincare has starter sets, with basics, that every woman can use such as vitamin C serum, essential oils, and collagen creams. Grab yours now by shopping here!


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Fable & Mane

Struggling with hair care recently? Fable & Mane includes various hair oils in their collection that help grow and nourish your hair. Not only that, they have a scalp detox line as well — definitely worth checking out. See their full range of products here.


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