The Navhind Times Zest workshop with Neomi Barneto was held on Sunday, December 16 at Dempo House, Panaji. Open to those above 16 years of age, the 80 participants included lawyers, homemakers, businesswomen, doctors, beauticians, accountants and college students. The half-day session aimed at giving participants tips on different types of hair styles and make-up besides covering the dos and don’ts of make-up and grooming.

Neomi began the session with an introduction to hair care and make-up with the help of a PPT presentation. She then explained the importance of knowing one’s face shape to decide about a haircut or style and spoke about the different face shapes in detail. “Besides the shape of your face, it is important to consider your features, hair texture and personal style before choosing a hair style,” she said. In the session that followed she gave useful tips on hair care. “Health on the inside reflects on your hair too. The healthier you are, the better your hair looks. If you want to have really good and healthy hair, eating right is a must. Certain nutrients like vitamins, iron and proteins are essential for your hair growth and health. If you are unable to obtain enough from your diet, then you need to consider supplements. A good diet for hair will also boost your confidence to stay healthy and smart,” she stressed.

The workshop was a judicious mix of demonstrations and talks on the dos and don’ts of hair and make-up. In the first demonstration, four simple, easy, can-do-at-home hair-styles were shown along with a few tricks on getting a softer and casual look.

In the second part of the workshop, she demonstrated the use of make-up for different occasions. “Everyday makeup is all about sticking to the “less is more” motto. You want to know how to strike the perfect balance between looking put-together and not having spent hours in front of the mirror experimenting,” she said. She also spoke about the use of make-up as a tool to empower women and had participants engaged from the word go.

For a fresh face, it’s helpful to mask any under-eye bags or dark circles with a touch of concealer. It’s also gentle enough to never irritate this delicate and sensitive under-eye area. Stick to a concealer that’s just two shades lighter than your natural skin color so that you don’t draw further attention to this tired area,” she advised and gave expert tips on application of blush, liner, mascara and eye-shadow.

Throughout the demo, Neomi explained each step she undertook and stressed on the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. “Removing your make-up at night is a very important part of maintaining a clear complexion and avoiding spots and acne. And if you leave your mascara on all night it dries the eyelashes, which causes them to crack and break off,” she said. She recommended good quality cleansers and spoke about the wonders of exfoliating. “Even homemade scrubs are amazing if they work for your skin,” she added.

In the question-answer session, Neomi cleared many doubts as well as gave tips on applying and buying make-up and advised, “Don’t overdo any makeup. Instead use less and if it is inadequate, you can always add more, but subtracting is far more difficult. Proportion is everything. Just enough is most effective.

The workshop ended with Neomi thanking the participants for being a wonderful audience and presented each participant with a gift bag that was appreciated by all.


Very good session and tips.

Abhaya Kamat

It was a worthwhile and fruitful exercise conducted by Neomi. It taught how to use different hues and get different effects and looks.

Lida Joao

I now know how to use my eye make-up and get the smoky eyes look.

Pearl D’Mello

The workshop was wonderful. Thanks to Navhind Times for a wonderful experience.

Heena Prabhu

It was wonderful. Got to learn many tricks about make-up.

Leanne Machado

Very effective, educative and productive.

Priyanka Hiremath

Great workshop. Would like to attend more like these. Please keep up the good work. Thank you.

Simone D’Cruz

The workshop will help to enhance my inner beauty.

Aditi S

Neomi created an awareness for men and women to donate their hair to render wigs for cancer patients (free of cost). Defintely the workshop gave a touchy effect to this angle.

Zoya Joao

Totally enjoyed and learnt the techniques of proper a-make-up application. Also learnt how to take care of my skin. Neomi was amazing and relatable.


A very interesting, educative and informative workshop. Thanks Neomi and Navhind Times.

Malaika Roque

The workshop was informative, methodical and I learnt a great deal.

Sadhana Malwankar

Compromising the weekend and attending the workshop was the best thing one could do. Looking forwar to attending more of such workshops.

Doris Rego

I enjoyed the workshop. So many of my questions were answered. Thank you for the opportunity.

Larissa Fernandes

It was an amazing experience. Now that I have learnt something, I will try it.

Vaishali Shah

An interesting session especially for youngsters.

Mesira Godinho

Through this workshop I got many ideas about different products which will really help me in future.

Brindille Menezes

We really enjoyed the workshop. It was good and very helpful.

Diksha Gauns

I enjoyed the workshop thoroughly. Thank you Neomi and Navhind Times for all the efforts. Look forward to many more,

Pushpa Shetty

A very good, crisp and informative workshop.

Priya Bhatt

Loved each and every bit of the workshop. Informative and useful.

Shreyasha Shet Narvekar

The workshop was very helpful! Thanks to Navhind Times.

Sunanda Chimoji

It was a very helpful workshop for me as a beginner in the world of make-up. Neomi was extremely patient and shared her tips and tricks with all.

Shefali De sousa

I just loved the session as I learnt so much.

Amina Katkol

It was very nice and am looking forward to many more.

Meenu Goyal

Feel beautiful within and look the same outside was the message that came through clearly. Thanks Neomi and Navhind Times.

Sylvie Pimenta

Thanks for the wonderful workshop. It was informative as well.

Zenaida Khan

Wow! Got to learn straight from Neomi about hair, styles and make-up from basics to professional. It was great for beginners as well as professionals.

Sunita Shetye