Amid virtual happy hours, constant sanitising, and perfecting our nail art skills while social distancing, the arrival of Maa Durga feels like a breath of fresh air (hands up if ya feel me). Call it a covetable reason for some to go from comfy sweatpants to chic sarees, or just a Godsend to put one’s COVID blues to rest and revel in the festivities. And for us beauty buffs, it’s more like an official ticket to go wild with experimental glam via three top-of-mind things - good looks, good looks, and good looks.
So, without further ado, here are ten ‘gram-worthy looks for Durga Puja 2020. Let this Festive Special Edit guide any glamming up you may do. Even if you’re not the OTT makeup or marvel mane type, there’s something for you. Jai Mata Di!
1. Heavy Metal
This is all to say: ‘Tis the season to Go Bold or Go Home, take a risk, and pretend the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is made of glitter. As invincible as Mahishasura Mardini Herself, this combo of glitter show is—dare we say it—Pure. Magic. Think lids and tips bathed in an otherworldly glow, courtesy of decadent, metallic gold foil.
Shop the look: Swiss Beauty Loose Foil Pigments - 8, Nykaa Gold Rush Nail Lacquer - Flicker Gold 114
2. Crystal Clear
If you thought crystals were confined only to the earlobes, neck, wrists, and fingers, think again. More like a competition to the exquisite pandal decor, this look is all things surreal, dramatic, and extravagant; just circle your entire eye with crystals and you’re GTG. TBH, it’s the easiest way to add some shine, sans a ton of product or even a lot of handiwork.
Shop the look: Inglot Body Sparkles Crystals
3. Bare-faced Brilliance
We’ve seen preternaturally dewy skin take off like crazy, but contoured cheekbones and a dewy-dumpling glow here take things up a notch. A look that walks the line between au naturale and supernatural, it’s a subtle homage to The Supreme Mother’s innate traits—it’s fierce and fearless, while simultaneously being soft and sublime. More power to you, gal.
Shop the look: Kay Beauty Contour Stick - Coco Focus, PIXI Glow Tonic Serum
4. Think Pink
Did someone say a look that’s both an exuberance of optimism and downright rejuvenating? Whether pink reminds you of Barbie, cotton candy, or rose quartz, there’s no denying the color is (divine) feminine power personified. For a seriously swoon-worthy look, pair a bold fuschia lip with killer pink tips. And while they’re great to be worn alone, it’s only when they come together that the real alchemy happens.
Shop the look: Faces Canada Weightless Matte Finish Lipstick - Fuschia Wave 02, Colorbar Nail Lacquer - Pink Pod
5. Hair Play
Because, realistically, our hair affair is going nowhere. Whip up some goddess-level glam with statement accessories and hair that’s so sleek and shiny, it reflects light (shout out to the #GlassHair fad). To DIY the look, slather on a serum to instantly revive and refresh your locks. Next, decorate your crowning glory with glitzy hair pins. Who knew playing up dress up during COVID would be sooo hairtastic?
Shop the look: Matrix Biolage Smoothproof 6-in-1 Deep Smoothing Serum, Mondano By Nykaa Fashion Cascade Of Pearls Hairpin Set
7. Red Slay
Love for red, the alpha color or the wheel, lives on. A hue that’s the embodiment of beauty and audacity, we wouldn’t be wrong to create a riot of festivity, cheer, and panache with bold, commanding lips complimented with long, voluminous lashes. Call it a fun spin to the monochromatic trend, the razzle-dazzle in this look is pretty much sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Shop the look: M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick - Ruby Woo, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Travel Size - Black