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The Perfect Makeup For Navratri

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Amp up the festivities with metal and jewel tones

The festive season is upon us and it's time to get your outfits, jewellery, accessories and makeup ready for Navratri! The festive season is a great time to flaunt some gorgeous looks and I have a few tips and ideas on how you can make the Navratri celebrations extra special! The weather is cooling down—at least in the evenings—and it's the perfect time to bring out rich metallics, jewel tones, juicy berries and reds. What's more, gold, bronze, copper and jewel toned eye shadows work beautifully with Indian complexions and pair well with traditional outfits too.
I am going to show you how to create the perfect gold eye makeup look worn two ways, with a neutral lip and a rich red pout.

Here’s how to do Navratri Makeup:

  • Step 1: Use a medium coverage foundation to even out any areas of pigmentation on your skin. If you are going for Garba/Dandiya functions, I'd recommend using a primer underneath your foundation to keep your makeup fresh through many evenings of dance and music. Use a concealer to address any spots and blemishes that the foundation may not cover fully.
  • My recommendations: L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup and Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation
  • Step 2: Use a liquid highlighter along the top of your cheekbones to add a radiant glow to the skin. Typically, warm toned highlighters work best with Indian skins.
  • My recommendation: Colorbar Radiant Glow Pen Highlighter, NYX Tango With Bronzing Stix and NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder, Shades Medium, Sand Beige, True Beige.
  • Step 3: Set the base makeup with a light dusting of powder taking special care to mattify the T-zone area. This will prevent your T-zone and inner cheeks from getting shiny or greasy after a few hours.
  • My recommendations: Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Compact and L'Oreal Paris True Match Press Powder.
  • Step 4: Use a pinkish bronze or warm terracotta blush along the apples of your cheeks and blend it towards the hairline. Blushes with hints of shimmer looks beautiful with festive outfits and also adds a beautiful healthy glow to the skin.
  • My recommendations: Colorbar Cheekillusion Blush-New, Shade Earthy Touch, and Lakme 9-5 Pure Rouge Blusher, Shade Ginger Surprise.
  • Step 5: For the eyes, use a dark brown eye shadow and a fluffy brush to define the socket line. Blend the shade all along the crease of the eye to add depth and definition to the shape of your eye.
  • My recommendation: Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow, Shade Copperbrown
  • Step 6: Apply a metallic gold eye shadow all over the lid taking care to not go beyond the crease line. You could also use a loose gold pigment if you like (I recommend using the pigment with a damp brush to get an intense finish and long lasting color).
  • My recommendation: Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow, Shade Copperbrown
  • Step 7: Use a jet black, waterproof kohl to line your upper lash line and waterline. Define your eye well by taking the kohl all the way till the inner corner and tear duct. If you want to add a smoky touch to your look, use a pointed brush and gently smudge out the kohl to make it look diffused and smoky without harsh lines.
  • My recommendations: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal+New Shades and L'Oreal Paris Kajal Magique
  • Step 8: Fill in your brows and finish the look by curling your lashes and applying two coats of water proof mascara.
  • My recommendations: Basicare Eyes Grooming Kit and Maybelline Volum Express Falsies Mascara Waterproof.
  • Step 9: For your lips, you could either do a neutral lip or a rich red pout depending on your preference and the color of your outfit. If you're planning to wear bright or multi colored outfits, neutral lips look best. Wear a peachy brown lippie and add a little gloss to the center of your lips to give a fuller, plumper look to your pout. If you are wearing neutral colored clothes, red lips can add a punch of color to your overall appearance and look very festive as well! Use a red lip liner to line and fill in the lips, then use a lip brush to apply the red lip color. Blot on a tissue and reapply the color to ensure long lasting color.
Expert tip:To prevent the red lip color from bleeding, make sure to use a lip liner. You could also use a little concealer (don't forget to set the concealer with powder) along the outline of your lips to define the edges better and to prevent feathering.

Neutral lipstick recommendations:

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss, Shade Lolita (it's a great nude that can be used with any lipstick); Colorbar Sheer Crème Lust Lipcolor Shade Pink Flamingo, Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick, Shade Brun Boheme; and Lakme 9-to-5 Matte Lip Color, Shade Toffee Nexus.

Red lipstick recommendations:

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick, Shades Flaming Kiss, Blaze of Red; Lakme 9-to-5 Matte Lip Color, Shade Red Coat; and Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquer, Shade Big Bang.

Tips on how to change your look during the nine days of Navratri

It's a nine-day long festival so why shouldn't your look change every day? Here are some clever tips to make you stand out in the crowd.
    • Instead of using black kajal on the lower lash line, you could use colored kohl in turquoise or green to add an interesting touch to your eyes.
    • You could experiment with your lip color. Instead of a peachy neutral, you could wear a pink nude if you plan on wearing a pink, blue or berry colored outfit. Don't forget to match your blush with your lipstick.
    • You could opt for an orange or coral lip if you're wearing a yellow, coral, blue or green outfit. Orange works great with gold or bronze eye makeup!
    • Instead of a gold smoky eye, you could experiment with jewel toned eye shadows such as sapphire blue, jewel purple, emerald green. Keep your lips neutral when you're wearing a colored shadow.
    • Planning on wearing a neutral outfit? Opt for a burgundy or wine lip instead of red lips for all functions. Darker lips look beautiful on deeper complexions!
Have a great festive season!
By AnkitaChaturvedi, beauty blogger and author of Corallista.com, a one stop destination for beauty reviews, looks and tutorials
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