Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wear right make-up, let eyes speak

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Diwali, or Kali Puja, is only three days away and I am sure all of you must be wondering how to look beautiful in this short period of time. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will give you some simple Herbal tips which will help you get over the fatigue of shopping and arranging the get-together at home and bring back the glow. Husain will also share the secret of mysterious eyes and how you can keep them luscious for hours.
Mix a mask at home with two teaspoons of wheat bran (choker), one teaspoon each of ground almonds (badaam), curd, honey and rose water. Mix everything together into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
For a “quick fix” pack, mix honey with egg white and apply it on the face. Wash off with water after 20 minutes. It leaves the face soft and glowing.
For dull and tired eyes, dip cotton wool pads in rose water and use as eye pads over closed lids. Lie down and relax while the mask dries. It helps to remove fatigue and brighten the eyes. The fragrance of rose has a calming effect on the mind.
Mix one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey with one egg. Beat them together well. Massage the mixture lightly into the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a hot towel for 20 minutes, before washing. Your hair will have more body and look shiny and manageable.
For oily hair, have a hair rinse after shampoo. A tea water and lemon rinse will add shine to the hair. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. After boiling, you should have about 5 to 6 cups of tea-water. Cool and strain it. Then add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse after shampoo.
Have your manicure and pedicure a day before Diwali and then have henna applied. After applying henna, keep it on for an hour or two, dabbing with lemon juice and sugar mixture from time to time. The longer the paste is kept, the darker the colour. The henna paste should be removed by scraping it off. It should not be washed off. In fact, apply oil and avoid washing the hands with soap and water for a few hours.
Following a healthy lifestyle always reflects on your face that will have natural radiance and vitality. The right diet, exercise, adequate sleep and relaxation are absolutely essential for good looks. In fact, a healthy lifestyle helps to restore beauty and put a glow on the face. Deep breathing exercises are helpful in terms of calming the mind and making it more tranquil. However, two days are not enough and this festival, you should resolve to start a healthy life.

Make-up

For make-up, first cleanse the skin and apply a liquid moisturiser. For oily skin, apply an astringent lotion. Cover blemishes with a concealer, before applying foundation. To conceal acne pits (tiny holes in the skin left by acne), take a little concealer at the end of a cotton bud and fill the pit with it.
Then apply foundation. Try gold foundation for this special occasion. Dot the face with it and blend with a moist sponge. Lightly dust golden tinted powder to set the foundation. Highlight the cheeks with a blusher, blending well, so that it gives the face a natural glow.


Outline the eyes with kajal or dark eye pencil. Apply it to the upper lid and smooth out with cotton bud. Gently blend a line of kajal or eye pencil on the lower lid. Then apply mascara.
Gloss is popular for the lips. Go for red and shades of red. Use a lip liner the same colour as your lipstick. Apply gloss on top of colour unless you prefer the matte look. If you don’t want to use bright red, go for shades like brick red, cherry, rose, plum, wine, burgundy or dark pink. A Bindi is an integral part of make-up during festivals. Look for a decorative bindi to match the colour of dress. A bindi, studded with small sparkling stones, combined with a bright colour will add to the sparkle on that day.

Kohled mystery

Your dark, appealing and stunning eyes can give away your mood and emotions better than any words ever can. A neatly applied dark black kajal is all they need to look mesmerising. Every woman wants beautiful eyes and the right application of kajal is perhaps the easiest way to achieve sensual and attractive look.
Eye makeup enhances the look of a woman and makes her look all the more appealing. But like everything else, beauty is not so simple a thing to achieve as kajal feathers and smudges at the inner corner of the eyes making it embarrassing rather than gorgeous. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will tell you how to apply kajal perfectly to have those mysterious eyes.
The use of kajal and kohl goes back to the ancient times. In fact, it has been traditionally used in India for beautifying eyes. The application of kohl was also very popular in Egypt and in countries of the Middle East. Kajal is still very popular. There is no doubt that kajal helps to impart an exotic Indian look.
Smudging of kajal is a common problem. You may start off with exotic eyes and end up with dark smudges under the eyes. So here are some tips to save yourself from the embarrassment.
First, buy the kajal of a reputed company. It may also be safer. Invest in a good quality product that is long lasting and smudge proof. It will turn out to be your best friend in makeup.
The area around the eyes and near the lashes should be free from oil or sweat. First wash your face. Pat it dry. Before applying eye makeup, wipe the area near lashes very gently, using a cotton bud. Apply ice cubes around your eyes in case of oily skin to look bright and get rid of oiliness.
It will help to remove oil and sweat. Dabbing a little face powder near eyes may also help in soaking the oil present in the region. Makeup experts say applying primer really helps. Primer helps the kajal last longer.
When you apply kajal on the lower lid, start from the outer corner and go inwards. However, leave a tiny space in the outer and inner corners. Avoid applying kajal in the inner corners because this is where the smudging actually takes place.
Apply kajal close to the lashes and then apply black eye shadow over it with a thin brush or sponge tipped applicator. This helps to prevent smudging and also provide the smudged look, which many try hard to achieve. If you wish to extend the kajal outwards and slightly upwards, beyond the outer corner of the eyes, use the black eye shadow on the outer corners of the eyes to achieve the same look.
Mascara can also cause smudging. It should be applied in two light coats. First, apply one coat. Allow it to dry. Comb out the lashes with an eye lash comb. Then apply the second coat and repeat the procedure. Make sure that you do not touch your eyes if you have applied kajal on it or you will smudge it by doing so.

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