Tue, Mar 28, 2017 | updated 09:54 AM IST

Make-up and Dress for Karva Chauth By Shahnaz Husain

Updated: Oct 18, 2016 13:54 IST

By Shahnaz Husain

New Delhi [India], Oct.18 (ANI): Karva Chauth is a special day for all married women. It signifies beauty, as all married women, regardless of age, like dressing up. Mehndi, sindur, glass bangles, bindi are all part and parcel of the Karva Chauth festival. But, at work, your make up has to be toned down.

If you have a clear skin, leave out foundation. After cleansing, apply a sunscreen with a built-in moisturizer. For oily skin, apply astringent lotion. Then apply powder. Or, use powder compact. Avoid applying too much powder and pay more attention to the oily areas of the face. Press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer.

If you wish to use foundation, apply a water based one. Add one or two drops of water for a lighter coverage. The foundation should be as close to your skin colour as possible. Then apply powder, as mentioned.

Highlight the cheeks with a blusher, blending well, so that it gives the face a natural glow.

For eye make-up line your lids with eye pencil or kajal. Over this apply a line of brown or gray eye shadow for a softer effect. Then, apply mascara. This helps the eyes to look brighter, but prevents the "heavily made-up" look. Mascara should be applied in two light coats, rather than one heavy one. Apply one coat. Allow it to dry. Comb out the lashes with an eyelash comb or brush. Then apply the second coat and repeat the procedure.

For lipstick, avoid very dark colours, like dark maroon. Colours look even darker in fluorescent lights of offices. Go for pinks, copper or bronze. Orange and shades of orange are the new trend. Or, you can also use light pastel colours like mauve or pink. The colours should not be too bright.

A Bindi is an integral part of make-up for karva chauth. Look for a decorative bindi, to match the colour of your bridal dress. A bindi, studded with small sparkling stones, combined with colour would be most attractive. Lastly, apply perfume.

Following a healthy lifestyle will help to reflect radiance and vitality during the festival. The right diet, exercise, adequate sleep and relaxation are absolutely essential to good looks. In fact, a healthy lifestyle helps to restore beauty and put a glow on the face. A few weeks before the festival, start taking a little exercise, like going for a walk. Of course, take your doctor's advice first. Walking is good for both body and mind. Deep breathing exercises are also helpful in terms of calming the mind and making it more tranquil.

Dress:

New brides and young wives like to wear their bridal dress for Karva Chauth. It gives them the opportunity to look like a bride again. Today, apart from red, many other colours are popular, like magenta or pink, or out-of-the ordinary colours like sea green, turquoise blue, lavender, strawberry, fushcia, rust, copper, purple and so on. Two colour combinations are also popular.

Lehenga cholis are popular, or one can go for fashionable salwar-kurta, with richly embellished kurtas. As for saris, instead of the traditional way, it can be worn in a way that shows off the decorative choli and the heavy "aanchal" to advantage. In fact, a new trend are the stitched saris, which do not have to be draped, but can just be slipped on. The saris are stitched in innovative ways, with focus on low and decorative backs, halter necks or tie-ups.

Different materials too may be worn for Karva Chauth, as for weddings, like tissues, chiffons, crepes, georgettes. Shimmering materials may be used to set off the attire like gold or silver tissue.

As for jewellery, diamond, white stone jewellery, or coloured stones, are in fashion. Dull or oxidized gold may also be worn. Stone setting, kundan, polki, semi and precious stones combined together, are all the rage. Different alloys are being used too and so are different kinds of finish, even with gold, like matte, oxidised, antique look and so on. With traditional attire, the jewellery should also be traditional. However, if the look is more modern, one can wear one dramatic piece of jewellery.

Traditional wear is usually favoured during Karva Chauth, because it is also associated with fasting and puja. However, as in other aspects of life, the influences of global trends, films and fashion are also felt in our traditional occasions like Karva Chauth.

The views expressed in the above article are that of the author who is international fame beauty expert. (ANI)

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): From our very young age, we're told cheating is wrong and we should all be faithful to our partners.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 28 (ANI): If you have a particular tree nut allergy, then generally you are being asked to avoid every kind of nuts.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): Does your boss nag and expect a lot from you? Here's a solution to keep up to their expectations- take a power nap in the afternoon!

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): From neighborhood boutique hotels to luxury hotels that are five-star, five diamond retreats; it's easy to fall in love with Beverly Hills.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 27 (ANI): A study finds that people who are exposed more to entertainment television are less cognitively sophisticated and socio-politically engaged, suggesting the reason as to why populist politicians come to power.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 27 (ANI): If Sleeping Beauty were here today in a fairytale adventure in India, she would probably attribute her sound sleep to Springfit Mattresses. No wonder, the Indian brand has chosen the sultry Bipasha Basu and her better half Karan Singh Grover as the Brand Ambassadors of Springfit Mattresses' and launched the Young and Trendy Autograph Collection along with a TVC shoot for the brand at Film City at the hands of the power couple alongside Nitin Gupta, Executive Director, Springfield Mattresses and SK Malhotra, Head, Sales and Marketing of the brand.

Full Story >>

Video games help to fight depression?

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 12:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Do you know video game can be an effective treatment if your child is undergoing depression?

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): If you are much into watching entertainment channels on TV, then according to a study, you are more likely to vote for populist politicians.

Full Story >>

Choose sunscreen according to your skin tone

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 09:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Sun protection is essential throughout the year, but it gets yet more important during the summers. Protecting the skin from excessive exposure is the only way to prevent it from aging, sun burns, and skin discoloration. The ultimate solution of any sun protection regimen is the proper and regular use of a high SPF sunscreen.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): After spending the whole day in school, ask your kids to play for ten minutes daily as it can reduce your child's risk of having heart disease, stroke and diabetes, in adulthood, reveals a study.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 27 (ANI): After a heart attack, ask your grandparents to make their bed, do laundry or carry groceries as it may start the road to recovery soon, suggests a study.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): You may want to encourage your children to get up and exercise as a recent study has suggested that inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): White families with children typically live in less diverse areas than other racial groups, according to a recent study.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Disabilities in children are difficult to diagnose and are often seen in the form of subtle signs like social awkwardness, withdrawal, hyperactivity or inability to focus on a particular task at hand etc.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): Are you amongst those who have infatuation with Turkey and the Mediterranean region? Are you someone who is in awe of blue, white and yellow hues that give a glimpse of unique culture and goodness of Turkish architecture?

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 (ANI): A new study has found that as little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) which is in association with Parsons, The New School of Design, New York, took fashion incubation to a whole new level with the launch of their student's label "Asvaga" on Pernia's Pop-Up Shop. Pernia's Pop-Up Shop is India's first luxury fashion store for men and women.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Various mobile applications are permitting us to track our sleeping patterns, food intake and exercise or workout patterns.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): Supporting the core theme of the annual 'Earth Hour Day', Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar is all set to ring in the day by participating and turning off the lights for an hour to save energy between 8:30 and 9:30pm.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In a successful FB Live discussion yesterday, author Amish Tripathi and Cabinet Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani discussed how today's women are warriors, fighting many emotional and intellectual battles to create their mark in every field and every sector, around the world.

Full Story >>