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Festive make-up tutorial: Become a Diwali diva with 12 simple tips

Looking for festive make-up ideas to look sparkly and feel Diwali-ready? Consider these 12 easy and quick tips and tricks your Diwali make-up cheat sheet. You’ll definitely catch eyes.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 14, 2017 09:54 IST
Sanya Panwar
Sanya Panwar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Checkout our definitive guide to help you slay a festive look in mere minutes.(Shutterstock)

With Diwali only days away, tis’ the season to glam-up your beauty routine and dust off your sparkly dresses. But if you are the girl who doesn’t know how to wear make-up - or just doesn’t - you’ve come to the right place.

By stocking up on these simple skin, hair, and make-up tips and tricks, you’ll look fabulous and festive in no time. This Diwali, pick any or try all of these 10 Pinterest and Instagram-worthy make-up ideas to look more dazzling.

Here’s our definitive guide to help you slay a festive look in mere minutes:

Festive tip 1: Eye shadow

What happens when you take basic grey shadow and infuse it with flecks of gold, purple, and green? A whole new way to make up your eyes, that’s what! “The trick is to contain it between the lid and the crease,” says Prerna Reddy, a Delhi-based make-up artist with expertise in airbrush make-up, who works with a lot of brides. “Don’t take it up to the brow bone- that’s very 1980s.” If you go overboard, soften the colour with a make-up sponge, she advises.

Festive tip 2: Eyeliner

Black liner swept across the top lid makes a bold yet elegant statement that needs very little else: Think Bipasha Basu, who’s hardly ever photographed without her signature eye look. The trick, says Reddy, is to swap your pencil for a liquid or gel liner. (Reddy is a fan of Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in black.) “Close the eye and, starting at the inner corner, move the line outward and wing it slightly at the end,” she suggests. “If you have trouble holding your hand steady, create little dashes along the lash line and go back and connect them.” She says stick to a neutral tone, such as a muted pinky-beige shade, on the rest of the lid.

Festive tip 3: Brows

Brows do so much to frame your face that simply grooming them, which includes combing the hair and filling in bare spots, will give you a prompt pick-me-up. “Try any of the handy brow-grooming kits, which come equipped with mini tweezers, stencils, a mirror, and brow powder, pencil, brush, and wax for a complete touch-up,” Shagun Arora, owner of Kolkata-based Be Diva salon, says.

Festive tip 4: Shimmer

There’s a reason we love the strings of lights around our homes during Diwali season: They make everything look beautiful and glowing. The same is true for highlighting make-up. “To get your own shimmer, sweep a glittering powder over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. If your skin is light, reach for a pink-based highlighter, while medium- to dark-skinned women should try golden tones,” says Reddy.

Festive tip 5: Blush

When it comes to getting festive pretty, blush is non-negotiable. “Amp up your natural rosiness by mixing complementary blush colours, one darker and one lighter. Or start off light with the paler shade in the compact and tweak it by layering its darker counterpart over it,” Reddy says.

Festive tip 6: Lipstick

Chocolate not only is one of the yummiest treats of the season, but also a sweet alternative to red lipstick. “Skip the matte browns and reach for those with mauve or reddish undertones,” Reddy suggests.

Festive tip 7: Lip gloss

Shiny lips are always pretty, but when the shades are pale (think peach, pink, and coral) and flecked with shimmer, they merit a top spot in your make-up case. Pair this lip with smokey eyes and you’ll wish that the festive season stuck around a bit longer, Reddy says.

Festive tip 8: French manicure

Arora says there’s no better nod to the festive season than a French manicure revamped with luminescent versions of the standard pink and white colours. You’ll get the same effect but with an extra twinkle.

Festive tip 9: Burgundy nails

They’re definitely not low maintenance, but burgundy-coloured nails are your festive must-have for instant drama. “Richer than red and more wearable than the black nail polish that has been showing up on every starlet’s fingertips lately, burgundy has a modern feel that will never go out of style,” Arora says.

Festive tip 10: Change your part

Do you wear your hair parted on the left? Then part it on the right. Or do you usually part down the middle? Try a new side part. It sounds almost too good to be true, but changing your part not only gives you an entirely different look, but it also bestows your hair with extra body that you probably didn’t know it had, says Arora.

Festive tip 11: Pretty ponytail

The ponytail might be your everyday hairdo, but you’ll be amazed how well it can pretty up your festive look. Arora recommends teasing the hair at the crown for extra volume before securing it at the nape of the neck. “A beautiful finishing touch is to pull a strand of hair from the ponytail and bring it around the elastic,” she says. A gelled middle parting look is also in and helps keep the hair in place, she adds.

Festive tip 12: Short hair

Short hair can be styled just as glamorously as long hair, but in half the time! “Most boyish haircuts now have feminine features, such as softer pieces around the face,” says Arora. Bring attention to your short ‘do by working a styling product, such as French Froissé French Girl Hair styling cream, through your hair with your fingers, she recommends. “It’s got hold and breaks up the hair to give it a more pricey look.”

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First Published: Oct 14, 2017 09:17 IST