TOP SHELF – Rada Kathuria


In our first ever instalment of our weekly ‘Top Shelf’ feature, Pegasus Pages’ Deputy Editor Sosa Omorogbe met with Rada Kathuria to find out about her beauty essentials.

“I like to keep the bare minimum amount of makeup with me. I have my Chanel stuff all the time. All the stuff that I wear in school, I pretty much wear all the time – apart from the eyeliner. Sometimes I wear the Bobbi Brown liquid eyeliner, like the gel stuff. I sometimes borrow products from my mum though. Primer – I have more primer at home, but that’s about it – a very limited number of products. I prioritise clear skin over everything else. With my makeup, it’s my skin, then mascara.

For my skin, I don’t do much. I wash my face twice a day with my Neutrogena cleanser, and I drink at least 2 litres of water every day. That’s literally the extent of my skincare. Everything’s minimal… [Laughs] I’d say that I’m a minimalist when it comes to my makeup. People probably think otherwise because I wear makeup all the time, but there really isn’t that much of it on, I swear! [Laughs] It’s really just all the bases, foundation… I don’t like highlighters or bronzers or anything. I don’t do any of that. Ever.

The best product I’ve ever used is the Body Shop Exfoliating Tea Tree Wash. That cleared up my skin in 2 weeks! Combine it with Bio Oil, to get rid of any scarring. And Sudocrem. Okay, that was three things… [Laughs] Sudocrem is amazing! It dries out all spots. Oh, and water! I know everyone always says water helps, but it really does solve everything.

I absolutely swear by the Chanel Aqualumiere Foundation. It’s by far the best foundation I have ever used. I have combination skin, so it never dries me out because it’s water based. I even sleep with it on sometimes! [Laughs] I know you shouldn’t, but whatever. It’s flawless. I don’t have to put any on my neck – I usually have to, because I’m a bit pale and I have a yellow base, which can be quite a problem. Also, Chanel waterproof eyeliner. I veer towards L’Oreal mascaras. Any mascara really. But I used to have this MAC one – waterproof. It was really nice, but very hard to get off. My eyelashes would literally fall out if I tugged at them. Oh, and the Clinique Superbalm. It is literally amazing. It’s so moisturizing. And the thing is, it doesn’t look so fake – it just looks nice and pinky.

I think eyebrows are so important. I get them threaded by this really lovely lady in Birmingham – she charges £2. Excluding threading, I cut my eyebrows by myself. [Laughs at my horrified expression] I know that sounds ridiculous, but I just cut the front bits so that they’re all one length – because I’m Indian and they tend to grow outwards really quickly. I pluck the stray hairs as well. And I never touch the upper arch of my brows because that ruins the shape. I always do all this after a shower – maybe every 2-3 days. [Laughs] I don’t know, maybe if you’re not Indian then you don’t have to do it every 2-3 days.

I’ve been using the same perfume for about 3 or 4 years. It’s Amor Amour by Cacharel. I find that if you use the same scent for a very long time, eventually you don’t actually have to wear it every day. Your skin sort of absorbs the smell, and people recognise it as your scent. Try to search for really unique perfumes, so that you don’t confuse people by smelling the same as someone else! Deodorant. That’s pretty important too [Laughs].

Right now, I’m auburn. That’s quite a nice way of saying ginger. This isn’t my natural hair colour. My natural hair colour is quite dark – I actually dye it black. I’ve been dying my hair since I was about 9 years old. I’ve had blonde highlights, red highlights. I’ve dyed it red, black, purple. Right now, I’m enjoying auburn because I tried to dye my (already dyed) black hair to blonde. It failed.

My hair care regime is virtually non-existent. I wash it daily, and occasionally brush it. [Laughs] I try to put oil in it! But that’s once in a blue moon. Coconut oil works wonders. Head & Shoulders is for damage control, and Herbal Essences is usually for the smell. I also sleep with a plait in so it doesn’t get too knotty – hence, the curls. And I trim my hair every 8 weeks.”

– As told to Pegasus Pages.

Rada Kathuria photographed by Sosa Omorogbe in Cheltenham on the 11th of October, 2012.

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