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Hindustan Times
November 10, 2012
If you are too busy preparing for a busy Diwali — it’s high time you sit back and indulge in some me-time. Plan your look out, from the D-Day outfit to five-minute hairdos and easy beauty looks.

This season, bring out the delicious colours of winter and go beyond traditional shades of scarlets and pinks. Hit extreme ends of the colour palette and let silhouettes be flowy and easy-falling. Also, add regalia to your look with experimental hair. From numerous kinds of stylised braids to elaborate buns —we are all spoilt for choice. Lastly, your makeup can seal the deal for the day, so ditch the stereotypical dazzle of a Diwali look, which can easily hinge on being OTT (Over The Top) due to a wrong version of coral or an extra helping of foundation.

SonamWhile the red carpet looks of your favourite Bollywood designs might seem like a shortcut to drilling a hole in your pocket, it certainly doesn’t mean that one should let go of sartorial inspiration. So, gear up for last minute shopping or rehash your wardrobe bests in order to add sparkle to the festival of lights. Enjoy the attention!

It’s all about twists, turns and rolls when it comes to doing up your hair for Diwali. You don’t need to pay a visit to the salon or splurge money on expensive hair treatments — just take your position in front of the mirror, armed with a fine hair brush and a generous dose of hair pins. While sleek, pulled back hair will always be in fashion. It’s all about Edwardian hair twists, elaborate puffs and romantic, loosely tied hair, with a dash of fine, thin plaits interspersed. If your hair is too short to be messed with, just pull back your bangs and go bold with your eyebrows and elongated lashes. A fine side-parting can also never go wrong. Go basic on the products, and fun on fashion.

Dress up
Actor Parineeti Chopra looked fabulous in a Manish Malhotra number at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week S/S 2013. But, don’t fear the starry air on the ramp — and get the look without the price tag deterring you. Floor-sweeping anarkalis can be flattering and are turning out to be a sartorial hit. Either be ready for some store hopping or re-visit your wedding purchases. If you think your cherry coloured anarkali suit is too last-season, add to it a pastel dupatta in a dark shade of green or your mother’s heavy bandhani-mirrored  dupatta. You can also indulge in some delectable Phulkari, which can help alleviate a boring look. Light cotton saris in cheery colours like an egg-yolk yellow, or garments with gota-patti work and sheer hems can help you rock the day too.


Gone are the days of dolling up to grab attention with makeup that is too bright, or too out there. There is nothing wrong in taking it a notch up for a special occasion like Diwali, but the nude, made up look is just too hard to ignore. While winter has bought with it a helping of browns, reds and velvet matte, for your festivities, keep it simple yet striking. A peachy blush-on coupled with a good-quality mascara that doesn’t create clumps, with kitten-winged eyeliner or, bold lips in a soft rose colour or even a burnt orange sizzle, can do the trick. On this day, all that glitters is forgiven. So, slap on some cosmetic fairy dust to shine on Diwali.