Welcome to our new series for May: International Beauty Code. As part of this month’s theme, Byrd’s Eye View, we’ll be talking to women the world over to find out what typical beauty routines are like in their countries. Yes, we love French pharmacy buys, and Scandi trends are very much on our radar, but alongside these destinations, we’ll be shining a light on some of the lesser-known beauty cultures—unearthing the beauty ideals, go-to looks and skincare routines in these places too. Following Brazilian Lisa Debatty, we spoke to Mumbai-based makeup lover Rosalyn Manuel Fernando.
Name: Rosalyn Manuel Fernando
City and country of residence:
Mumbai, India for 30 years
Your beauty icons: Naomi Campbell and Oprah Winfrey
The skincare products you can’t live without:
I always use a body moisturizer that has shea butter. I love the Body Shop lip balms; the strawberry one is so good. My new favorites are the Innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam and Kama Ayurveda Nimrah Anti-Acne Pack (£25). I use the Kama once ever two weeks and an Innisfree lotion in place of moisturizer.
The hair products you can’t live without:
I make a hair oil using a mixture of coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, almond oil and grape-seed oil, then add few drops of essential oils to it. It’s excellent for hair growth. I use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner from Wella or Dove. I’ve started using a hair cream that has shea butter to maintain my hair moisture. I deep-condition my hair once every two weeks with a mask from L’Oréal Hair Spa.
The makeup products you can’t live without:
I love mascara; I apply two to three coats. I always trace the kohl eye pencil from Maybelline on my lower lash line then add a blue matte shadow from my Ben Nye over it. I swear by a nude lipliner by L.A. Girl in shade Cocoa. Then I’ll usually add a lip and cheek stain to finish my look.
What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty and why?
I love all African beauty culture since I am a black girl myself. I am half African and half Indian. Growing up in India, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me except on television. I naturally felt connected to that form of beauty, as I could relate better. However, born to an Indian mother and watching her while I grew, I fell in love with a lot of Indian beauty cultures. Indian women love eye makeup and have beautiful eyes too. My mother would always wear kohl on her eyes and had a nose piercing. When I grew up, I too got a nose piercing and I love wearing kohl.
The most popular beauty brands in your country right now:
The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:
Bold red lipsticks and winged liners are in big and have always been.
Favourite traditional beauty secret from your country:
In most traditions, turmeric is commonly used. In South India, most women will swear by sandalwood that is also used as a face mask.
Where you buy beauty products:
I buy most of my beauty products from a store named Beauty & More in Mumbai.
What does “healthy living” mean to you?
Being active and getting seven to eight hours of sleep.
How do you define/practice “self-care”?
I visit the beauty salon for a monthly grooming (waxing, threading, mani-pedi and a facial that includes a relaxing back massage).
What’s your favourite way to stay active and why?
I walk as often as possible and take the stairs instead of the lift. I travel by train instead of taking a cab as often as I can. I also dance for one hour once or twice a week. I love dancing! It’s the best form of exercise.
What’s your favourite healthy meal?
I have a banana every day. I drink three bottles of water (warm only). In all my meals, there has to be a portion of veggies (different every day). I love fruit and fruit juices.
What are the most popular wellness trends in your country right now?
Yoga and detoxing are the most popular wellness trends in India.
Stay tuned as we travel far and beyond to bring you a Byrd’s Eye View on global beauty this month.