Dazzle by the poolside

Be a scorcher at the next pool party. We tell you how...

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 19, 2011 14:03 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times

With summer, come pool parties! But, you need not be a bare all diva to sizzle at a pool side do. As the invites keep pouring in, we tell you how to set the temperature soaring at a poolside party.

A beachilicious wardrobe
Picking up a bikini that’s cut out for you could take as much effort as finding the perfect LBD. If you are the daring baring babe, you can pick up from an array of designs. Manju Grover says, “Bikinis in checks are all the rage this season. Pick one that exposes the curves you want to show and cover up the flab that you want to hide.” For those who don’t want too much of skin show, a trendy yet modest option is a tankini (a cross between a tank top and a bikini) teamed up with cut off shorts. “If you are wearing a two-piece, you can be elegantly ‘covered up’ in a sheer georgette or chiffon tunic with an asymmetric helm line,” says designer Rashita Sehra.

Saucy accessories
Stylist Jayati Bose says, “Neckpieces and earrings made of coloured crystals look nice with swim-wear. If you are wearing a colourful swimsuit, go for pristine white jewellery.”

And if you’re wearing a sheer tunic on top of your swimsuit, accentuate it with a thin crystal belt. Add up a few inches to your frame with jute wedges, and sandals with strings that you can tie up at your ankles. Corsages, flowery hair clips and wide brimmed hat in pop colours, will jazz up your look.

For a pool-perfect bod
Prep up your body before slipping on a bikini. “Mix sea salt with coconut milk, apply it on your body and leave it for 15 minutes. Dab fresh mango juice and massage in circular motions for 10 minutes and take a cold shower,” says beauty expert Ashmeen Munjaal. After the shower, apply a wrap made of turmeric, sandalwood powder, neem paste and aloe vera gel on your entire body, including face, let dry and wash off for an instant glow.

How to perfect the beachy babe look

Barely there make-up
Keep your makeup light and natural. The sun makes pores visible, so go for a super smooth base. “Blush on in fruity colours such as peach and orange, a fruit tinted lip gloss and single coat of mascara would do the trick,” says make-up artist Simmi Ghai. Ensure your makeup is waterproof and contains sun block. Hair’s the way

For a carefree look, tousle up your hair and tie a high pony. Wear corsages and flowery hairclips matching with your swimsuit for a super glam look, says Jayati Bose.
Go for hairstyles that stay intact even when you dive into the pool. A side braid, chignon, or an elegant high bun will look nice by the pool side.

Beauty buys and accessories to glam up your beachy look
This pink and blue check bikini will make you drool worthy by the poolside
Price: Rs 1,999
Available at: Tommy Hilfiger store, Select Citywalk

Pull your hair back from one side and wear this flowery clip to pep up your beachy look
Price: Rs 250
Available at: Kunchals, GK I

Wearing this wide brimmed Zara red hat will keep the sun rays off your face
Price: Rs 2190
Available at: Zara store, Select Citywalk

Use this pearly pink Guerlain blush on to bring out your cheek bones.
: Rs 2850
Available at: Shoppers Stop, Rajouri Garden

Cool shades to funk up your look.
: Rs 800
Available at: Aldo store, Select Citywalk

This Waterproof YSL Matt Touch Foundation gives you that flawless finish.
: Rs 1900
Available at: Lifestyle store, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

These flowery sandals will add spring to your steps
: Rs4495
Available at: Woodland store, CP

First Published: Jun 18, 2011 16:26 IST