On Navratri eve, beauty expert Shahnaz Husain shares fashion tips

New Delhi: Navaratri, the festival dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Durga, will be observed between October 13 and 22, and in anticipation of this much awaited annual event, world-renowned beauty expert Shahnaz Husain has shared some key fashion and lifestyle tips.

Husain said that festivals like Navratri are associated with bright lights, and therefore, an individual’s night make-up should be focused on bright colours to avoid the pale look.

“For Navratri make-up, you should try gold, silver or bronze shadow to line the eyes over your eyeliner on the upper lid. Highlight under the brows with gold, ivory or a light coloured eye shadow,” Husain writes in her article.

She emphasized that it is essential to cleanse the skin first and then apply a liquid moisturizer. For people with oily skin, she suggests the application of an astringent lotion.

Wait for a few minutes. Then, cover blemishes with a concealer, before applying foundation. Or, use a lighter colour foundation on dark blemishes and then apply normal foundation on the entire face. If you wish to cover a pimple or spot, it should be done before applying foundation or powder. Concealing sticks are available for this.

Using a thin brush, paint over the spot with a little concealer, or lighter shade of foundation. Then, apply a little powder.

When it comes to applying foundation on the face, Husain says, “I feel beige suits Indian skin colour better. If you have a very fair ivory skin, go for beige with a rosy tint. If the complexion is fair, but pale (yellowish), avoid pink tones and go for beige or biscuit. Darker complexions look better with brownish beige. I feel that most Indian skin tones look better in beige or biscuit shades of foundation, rather than pink.”

Husain further states that for the special occasion of Navratri, women should opt for gold foundation.
“For fair skin, try pink and red blushers. If you have a yellowish skin, avoid orange. For wheat complexions, colours like rose, coral, copper are flattering, while plum, wine, bronze may suit darker complexions,” she says.

For eyes, she says the dramatic and heavy make-up is gaining in popularity and will be ruling fashion trend.

“For normal Indian complexion, go for warm earthy colours, like coral, wine, plum, strawberry, red and shades of red in lipstick. A dark pink or rose-red would look good too. Orange and shades of orange are very much “in,” from apricot and amber, to coral and tangerine,” the beauty expert states further.

The Bindi, she says, is an integral part of the make-up for festivals.

“Look for a decorative bindi, to match the colour of your dress. A bindi, studded with small sparkling stones, combined with a bright colour would be most attractive,” she concludes.


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