Gear up for festive season

Sep 12, 2012, 06:34 IST | The Guide Team

With the festive season knocking on your doors, The Guide gives you helpful tips to look your best

It’s that time of the year when festivals are aplenty and social visits beckon. So if you want to look your best for Ganapati festivities, Navratri and Diwali, read on.

Dressed to kill
Ethnic wear is best for festive occasions. Anarkalis, designer churidars and saris can make heads turn during functions. Choose your clothes according to the type of function and its timing. Block print cotton salwar-kameezes are the simplest and best attire for conventional family dinners. Semi-ethnic wears are suitable even during the day and in the evening. For a casual dine and wine evening opt for pretty cocktail dresses. Embroidery will never go out of fashion but it has been lately replaced by shimmer in party circles.

Let your hair down
Dr Blossom Kochhar, chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies pointed that one must take as much care of your hair as you take of the skin. Regular oiling, messaging and cleaning the hair are very important. During festive season, if your hair is long then you can opt for a blow dry to give long hair a groomed, elegant yet relaxed finish. If your hair is on the oily side then tie a knot to it. You can also side-pin it to make it look beautiful and bouncy.

Nailing it
Gone are the days when you could stick to red or pink nail polish. Its time to go vivacious with trendy nail art. To ensure your palms look their best, go for perfectly cropped nails. After a manicure and pedicure, opt for quirky nail art. You can choose from hundreds of designs to match your mood for the celebrations. Moreover, beaded nails are also quickly topping the popularity charts.

Skin deep
Kochhar pointed out that it is important to cleanse your face every night. “Cleansing is the most important thing, for people who have oily skin. They should apply oil-free make up and wash it off as soon as possible. Choose makeup with a powder or cream-to-powder base.  For dry skin, prepare your skin by using a moisturiser. This helps the make-up soak into your skin and also helps protect your skin from damage. For normal skin, use a Ph-neutral cleanser first. You can use liquid, cream-to-powder, or powder make-up, but layer it bit by bit rather than applying a lot right away. It is best to use a liquid foundation and powder for the rest of the makeup,” she says. 

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