About This Show
Welcome to Chuski Pop, a podcast starring Sweety & Pappu.
Two desi chicks riding the fourth wave of feminism in our salwar kameez and golden heels, while flipping birds to aunties and bringing you stories from far-away lands and from our own matru-bhumi. Tune in to our podcast every second Saturday to hear us share our adventures, staying woke and generally not going gentle into the night.
And oh, we love rainbows, glitter stickers, cats, man buns, dudes with impressive facial foliage, and would wait for an eternity if that meant that we could finally make ‘fetch’ happen.
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Most Recent Episode
Episode 24 (Season 3) – The Magic Of Makeup
6 days ago
Like every 90s girl, Sweety and Pappu love a good makeover montage. They give you this odd satisfaction – just like a good cleaning montage.
Though, when it comes to the transformation of the awkward ‘ugly duckling’ into a shiny-haired swan, I wonder why is the first step always getting rid of her glasses? Like, glasses are cool as fuck. I would rather be a bespectacled, mom-jeans and ironic 90s t-shirt wearing girl at the party than a myopic, Jane Norman-clad belle of the ball (I have nothing against Jane Norman, they make SUCH GOOD clothes ohmigod!).
While all of us may not have got the makeover of our dreams, like a certain Fern did from Courtney (Jawbreaker fangirls, rejoice!), the points on your Sephora Black card are certainly telling of our own pursuit – the pursuit of achieving that perfect full face.
A lot has been said about makeup and the power it gives the wearer. A true believer needs no convincing. In the right hands a kabuki brush is a magic wand, and a contour palette, the book of spells. But can makeup be something more than just another way for evil marketers to prey on low self-esteem and push their patriarchal standards of perfectly symmetrical, well-coiffed Stepford Wife-ish beauty ideals?
Like, what if a tube of red lipstick becomes more than just pigmented beeswax, and becomes the weapon of choice for an acid-attack survivor? All this to bring attention to the fact that in India there is no check on the sale of acid, and it is often cheaper and easier to obtain than an eyeliner or lipstick.
In this episode, Sweety and Pappu talk makeup – from the illustrious history of the weaponized power of red lipstick during WWll, to its current gender-blind avatar, propagated by the ill-est strobing Cover Girl boi James Charles.
Makeup for us is no longer the limiting pink-peachy colour palette which most of us desi girls were subjected to in the 90s. Indian and other warm-to-dark-tone ethnicities no longer have to endure the ashy horror of a cool-tone foundation. And to make our arduous journey through the Sephora aisles more rewarding we have these desi makeup trailblazers to pave the way and show us how its done - Arshia Moorjani, Jovita George, Elton Fernandez (his faux freckles tutorial is my fav) just to name a few.
In other stories, we also talk at length about the horror that was the Bangalore NYE mass molestation and the inherent stupidity of the resulting knee-jerk meninist hashtag on Twitter. Pappu and Sweet