BEAUTY OF THE WEEK

KARUNA CHANI

Introducing Karuna chani AS Ardell's Beauty of the week!

  
She’s honest, confident, knowledgable and here to spill all her beauty secrets with us!   

AR: Tell us about yourself.     
KC:

NYC based Makeup artist & skincare consultant in the industry for over 22 years specializing in WOC and South Asian skin tones. Great skin makes for great makeup!

AR: Describe your earliest beauty memory.  
KC:

My earliest beauty memory was around 7-8 years old. My mom would apply homemade yogurt in my hair as a conditioner and leave us in the bathroom tub for 15-20 mins. Around 15yrs old I remember falling in love with my mom's Estee Lauder coral blush and using it on my eyes & cheeks to give me a pop of color.

 

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Photos provided by Karuna Chani

AR: Who had the biggest beauty influence on you growing up? 
KC:

My biggest beauty influence growing up was actress Alyssa Milano. She used to spill all her beauty secrets in the teen magazines.   

AR: What is something that you no longer believe about beauty that you once did?
KC:

I used to wear lots of makeup as a way to mask the things I hated about myself. Now I wear makeup to bring out the best in me. A tool to enhance my features and exude confidence. A mood booster!    

 

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Photo credit by Zeeshaan Shabbir

AR: How do you define beauty today? 
KC:

Beauty & self care is SELF LOVE. A way to express yourself. My definition of beauty is we don't need much. I'm indulging in comfort and minimalism with the least amount of product with maximum pay off. Living in high speed NYC means no time for anything. Less is More. But make it count.

AR: Do you have any favorite beauty hacks that you swear by?
KC:

Glide an ice cube on your face before applying your makeup for a fresher look! Use a lightweight Hyaluronic Acid serum for plumper looking skin!       

 

“Now I wear makeup to bring out the best in me. A tool to enhance my features and exude confidence”
– Karuna Chani

AR: Is there a moment in your career that you are most proud of?  
KC:

My work gracing the cover of Marie Claire Magazine and working with Priyanka Chopra Jonas! 

AR: What’s your go-to makeup or skin care routine?    
KC: Go To Foundation Armani Luminous Silk & Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream               
AR: What's the best beauty tip you’ve ever discovered?    
KC: When using a strip lash, cut in half and then apply for a more comfortable fit       

 

AR: What is your favorite beauty trend right now?    
KC: Cream Contour/ Highlight/ Blush all being applied under the foundation      
AR: Do you listen to music when you get ready? If so, who is on your playlist?  
KC:

Yes! Keinemusik

AR: In addition to getting glammed up, how do you like to spend your free time?  
KC: Pilates/ long walks/ meditation/ family time  
AR: What would someone never guess about you?  
KC: Contrary to belief, I'm a homebody and introvert and love movies on serial killers LOL         

 

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Photos provided by Karuna Chani

AR: What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes?    
KC: You never know what someone is going through. Be compassionate. Always."      
AR: Describe what the perfect "day off" looks like to you.
KC: Facial/ Manicure/ Pedicure/ Body Massage and a Spicy Marg with Tacos!  
AR: Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on a beauty career?
KC: Being a makeup artist is an unstable lifestyle. You never know where or when your next check is coming from! Just like any passion and/or career choice, stay focused on your craft and you can turn it into a full time profession. Build a network of support & connections that align with your mindset & future goals.
AR: What’s next for you?
KC: Solution based line of products for the WOC! 

 

RAPID-FIRE: ARDELL BEAUTY QUESTIONS

AR: What are your favorite ARDELL lash styles?
KC:

817 & Double Wispies  

AR: What keeps you coming back to ARDELL lashes?
KC: Comfortable/ Invisible/ Variety/ Accessibility         
AR: What is the trick for the perfect ARDELL lash application?
KC: Apply glue to the lash strip and make sure to wait 45-60 seconds until glue is TACKY!         
AR: Best ARDELL lash style for an everyday look?
KC: Natural 110
AR: Best ARDELL lash style for an all-out Glam look
KC: DOUBLE UP Wispies
AR: Mascara on top of ARDELL Lashes or Nah?
KC: Yeah! One clean coat to bind your natural lash to the false lash together to ride up and out as one. Looks more finished.
AR: What other ARDELL products you use?
KC: lash glue eye pearls/ crystals 
AR: What is your go-to DUO lash glue formula?
KC: duo brush on adhesive dark 

 

PRODUCTS USED BY KARUNA CHANI

FAUX MINK 817FAUX MINK 817

FAUX MINK 817
 

LASHGRIP® BRUSH-ON LASH ADHESIVE, INFUSED WITH BIOTIN & ROSEWATER, DARK, 0.18 OZLASHGRIP® BRUSH-ON LASH ADHESIVE, INFUSED WITH BIOTIN & ROSEWATER, DARK, 0.18 OZ

LASHGRIP® BRUSH-ON LASH ADHESIVE, INFUSED WITH BIOTIN & ROSEWATER, DARK, 0.18 OZ
 

DOUBLE UP — DOUBLE WISPIES™DOUBLE UP — DOUBLE WISPIES™

DOUBLE UP — DOUBLE WISPIES™
 

NATURAL 110NATURAL 110

NATURAL 110