Designer Masaba Gupta loves her workouts, makeup and clothes, yet, given a choice, she’d rather be under-dressed than overdressed.
Unconventional and bold, Masaba Gupta has been a strong voice in India’s fashion industry. Her signature prints are a hit with Bollywood denizens. Her funky ethnic sarees score full marks for being ultra glamourous. Call her an aspirer, call her a force of luxury, the fashion queen recently ventured into Nykaa’s cosmetic community, to create a collaborative line of makeup products, specifically a fun range of lipsticks and nail polishes for the beauty brand. LuxeBook caught up with Masaba Gupta at Soho House in Juhu for a fun chat on all things style.
My everyday makeup routine includes the application of concealer, foundation and lip balm. I generally don’t leave the house without them.
Three beauty brands that I love are Fenty Beauty, NARS and Nykaa.
My beauty inspiration from Bollywood is Haseena Jethmalani.
My beauty inspiration from Hollywood is Rihanna.
One style mantra I swear by is less is more. And, I always highlight either my lips or eyes.
My style is very relaxed and laid-back. It can’t be anything too clingy.
I have so many favourite designers! But I love Anamika Khanna. I also love the late Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney.
I would rather be under-dressed than overdressed for the rest of my life.
My go-to travel destination is always London. It’s like home to me.
My favourite shopping destination is Paris.
My most prized possession is my pink Fendi Peekaboo bag.
I’m currently reading Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
My guilty pleasure is anything chocolate!
Three things that you’ll always find in my handbag are lip balm, blush (which, by default, means lipstick since I often use it as a blush), and setting spray.
I have never used a face massager; I’d like to try it next.
The three things I’m most passionate about are my workout, food and makeup. Add clothes to that and make it four!
Luxury, to me, is comfort and freedom.
I think my collection with Nykaa resonates with the Masaba brand, and that’s the highlight. It’s really fun and quirky!
To keep the energy quirky at the launch, I wore Nimbu Pani lip shade with Nimbu Pani print dress from the House of Masaba.
I love that Nykaa is home-grown and has made India proud. It always stands for exclusivity, doing things that have not been done before and, in doing so, has captured the market. And, of course, their stuff is super accessible, wearable and affordable.