Get your glam on

Farhana Chowdhury
Filed on October 28, 2020

It goes without saying that we want to look our best every day, but more so during festivities, since it's the one time when everyone, including that shy cousin, goes click-happy with the cam

Depending on the outfit you've picked out, you may either swing towards a fresh doe-eyed look with subtle glitter, or go all out sizzling glam. No matter your choice, here are some quick tips so nobody ends up looking like a deer caught in headlights post-event.

The Kohl conflict
Kajal is a favourite item on most women's make-up collection. Its thick, luscious pigment does wonders to perk up your eyes, giving you a glorious dramatic effect that modern liquid or gel eyeliners just can't recreate. But there may be some things you're doing wrong. If you have small or hooded eyes, do thin strokes; avoid solo-lining the bottom lid only, it emphasises eye bags; and finally go slow and steady. When lining, start from the inner corner and work your way to the outer edge in short and swift strokes.

Setting spray
Just as a primer is important to prep for layers of makeup, a setting mist is just as essential to seal your hard work into place. Invest in a quality brand spray to give yourself the perfect finishing touch. Setting sprays usually come in unscented forms and are heaven-sent. They keep your skin matte and hydrated, while helping keep your make-up last longer. Tuck a travel-friendly version in your purse to glow all night long.

Hair alert
Eyeing a braid? An up-do? Maybe a simple set of curls? Whichever style you opt for, make sure you give your hair some tender loving care a week in advance and after you're done with celebrations. All those styling products, pins and heat contribute towards hair fall and breakage, so opt for a hydrating hair mask before bedtime. Wrap it in a bun and place a shower cap over to avoid staining your pillow. Here's another tip: Do not wash your hair when going for styles. Instead, revive it with a bit of dry shampoo; it'll create a better base to work with.

Nail necessities
Don't wait till the night before the big day to prep your nails and get that body glow. Book a salon or spa appointment early and let the specialists pamper you. Giving yourself enough time means you can plan for other things and you can show off that amazing new Diwali outfit and jewellery you bought. Don't skimp out on the pedi and hair removal! Even if you plan to wear closed-toe shoes, chances are of you slipping them off are high when entering guests' homes.

Experiment with new trends
Make-up trends are in and out faster than you can say 'OOTD', but don't be afraid to try out new things. The festive season is a great excuse to go overboard with exaggerated strokes, blends and contours. Give your eyes a pop with glitter eyelashes, skip the bindi and paste delicate studs of gemstones for an exotic appeal, switch out that basic highlighter with a tinted one to give cheeks and the bridge of your nose the vogue effect.

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