Diwali’s all about glitz, glimmer, shine, sparkle and glamour. Trade in the vampire lip for Pat McGrath’s glitter fever. Swap the gloomy grey muted tones of monsoon with bold, bright iridescent shades of electric blue, sizzling red and neon pink. It’s that time of year when a dash of gold on the eyelids or fingertips speaks volumes and less is never more! But with an unending number of weddings to attend, and juggling between family festivities and parties with friends, there’s never enough time to be prepared. Our advice? Pack these top picks for the best-photo finish; since Diwali simply means being Insta-Ready in a jiffy!
Start prepping your face with NYX Professional Makeup Hydra Touch Primer or Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer to create a glowing canvas. The primer superstars minimize the look of pores and fine lines and blur out blemishes. Remember a little goes a long way. Just a dab is enough for that extra boost of shimmer to keep you shining bright through the festivities.
Vaguely recall that art lesson on complementary colors in school? No? Dig deeper. The basic theory is that complementary colours, that is, hues opposite each other on the wheel neutralize one another. Ditch redness with L.A. Girl’s Pro Conceal HD in Green, cover up dark circles with Orange and throw on some Purple for pale skin. Lightly dab concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone for an absolutely spotless, goddess-like face.
Find your Match
Luminous skin begins from within. And if not, blend to ace your base. Dab on Colorbar’s Perfect Match Foundation for an ultra-light, non-greasy, radiant face, infused with micro-matching technology to melt onto any skin tone. Listen up oily pupils, use a product formulated with a mattifying water base and dry beauties ultra-hydrate with a drop or two of your daily moisturizer.
Contour like a Pro
First there was the classic contour. Then, it became so last season and resurrected itself as the clown contour. But that trend didn’t last either, resulting into the bronzed genius we now call strobing! But since a perfect, natural dewy look is the need of the hour, create depth by adding subtle definition. Brush on Makeup Revolution’s Duo Face Sculpt for a sun-kissed glow!
Falsies, glittering lids, graphic liners and smokey eyes all equal major allure! Glide Maybelline’s Hyper Glossy Electrics Eyeliner on your lower waterline. Then add oodles of volume with L’Oreal Paris’s Volume Million Lashes Mascara – Black. Finish off with NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eye Shadow – Spontaneous (the name says it all) for intense, dramatic, edgy eyes. Forget the tweezers and pluckers as bold brows are in!
Dazzle in high-pigmented peach and cream tinted cheeks. Build up your flush factor with Lakme’s Absolute Illuminating Blush Shimmer Brick for a reflective shimmering face. Dab it on with Lottie London’s Contour Queen – Flat Topped Brush (Orange) focusing on the apples of your cheeks and voila, you’re all set to dance the night away!
Pucker up for the perfect pout! Matte or iridescent, play it dramatic with a shimmering lip. Chambor Extreme Matte Long Wear Lip Colour offers the best of both worlds with the intense rich colour of a lipstick, enhanced by a satin smooth matte finish.
Whether you choose to flaunt easy-breezy beachy waves or go with the classic sleek straight mane, be sure to use Osmo’s Thermal Defense Heat Protector to prevent your precious strands from styling or appliance damage. Ease frizz with Toni&Guy’s Glamour: Serum Drops to prevent flyaways for a high-gloss finish.
SPOT IT. SHOP IT.