Hairstyles with Accessories – Indian Wedding Guests


The wedding season is soon approaching! While we plan our outfits days in advance, the hair and makeup is often left till the last minute. I am personally not fond of spending thousands on professional makeup and hair for a friend or distant cousin’s wedding. My mantra is do-it-yourself. Few posts back I had listed makeup tutorials for the main wedding functions- mehendi, sangeet and wedding day, and today we will be talking about hairstyle using hair accessories.

There are five Indian wedding hairstyles using accessories listed below, along with product recommendation and a inspiration picture there are video tutorials for each. The inspiration and video tutorial are of different hairstyles thereby giving you more options to style each accessory.


Indian wedding hairstyles using accessoriesBuy: Koovs Headchain | Picture Courtesy: Carrothalwa Lifestyle on Instagram

First up is the most common Indian hair accessory- the maang-tika. You could choose between traditional polki encrusted maang-tikas to modern clear stone maang-tikas. As for styling you could choose between simple side part open hair style to loose waves middle part hair style as shown in the picture above. Kaushal teaches us a half up- half down hairdo with the maang-tika (watch the video from 6:36 for the hair tutorial).

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Trousseau Makeup Essentials (Part 2)

In continuation with my last post , Trousseau Makeup Essentials, following are rest of the makeup essentials for Indian Brides.


  1. RED LIPSTICK – There is a shade of red for everyone. Even though I don’t wear a red lip often, there are times when a red lip is all I need to make an ensemble pop. Try as many shades of red till you feel comfortable and confident in a particular shade. Check my post on lip colour basics for more information on application and makeup looks.
    Recommended: M.A.C Ruby Woolip colours trousseau makeup
  2. PINK/CORAL LIPSTICK – Depending on your skin-tone and the makeup look you are going for pick atleast two lipstick shades either from pink, coral or berry colour family. If you don’t plan to use them often go for budget brands. Make sure one shade is a matte and the other a gloss, along with colour variation you get texture variation.
    Recommended: Colorbar Rose Clair
  3. NUDE LIPSTICK – By nude I mean a shade which is ‘your lips but better’. A total nude would wash out most people and looks best with dramatic eye makeup, since this is a list for beginners I would not suggest a total nude. You could either go in for a nude pink or a nude maroon. This would be your go-to lipstick for everyday wear and for formal occasions.
    Recommended: Lakme 9 to 5 Peach Path / Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balmlip products trousseau makeup
  4. LIP GLOSS – Most lip glosses look the same eventually, so just having one lip gloss in your makeup trousseau would do the trick. Pick a gloss with less pigment and nearest to the colour family you love best.
    Recommended: Faces Lip Creme Cosmopolitan
  5. LIP LINER – Optional. A lip liner is great shaping or as a base. This is completely optional fro beginners and if you do want a lip liner select a shade nearest to your natural lip colour. Pick a lip liner from a good brand as they have better staying power than most budget brands.
    Recommended: Maybelline Lip Liner Velvet Beige

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Trousseau Makeup Essentials


One of my very close friend, who is getting married, is a total makeup newbie and must have previously just used a kajal and lip-gloss. She was apprehensive about her event makeup as well as items she would require for dressing up after her wedding. Considering there are many girls who aren’t very enthusiastic about makeup but want to try it, this post is a comprehensive list of the basics you require. There are many  basic-makeup articles on the web but I would like to focus on basic-trousseau makeup essentials for Indian brides.


  1. MOISTURIZER – This is a must for everyday wear. Choose a moisturizer depending your skin type, always read the label. During daytime apply the moisturizer first and then the sunscreen. You could also go in for separate day and night creams depending on your skin care requirements.
    Recommended: Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturizer for Combination Skinskin care trousseau makeup
  2. SUNSCREEN – A must when stepping out during the morning/afternoon. You could skip the sunscreen during indoor programs. Also skip the sunscreen if you are going to be photographed because it results in a white cast on your face during flash photography. Definitely apply moisturizer before sunscreen, especially for dry skin.
    Recommended: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Drytouch Sunblock
  3. LIP BALM – This is an essential for all seasons, even if we believe otherwise. Apply a lip balm a few minutes before applying any lip colour or use a tinted lip balm for a quick colour addition.
    Recommended: Forest Essentials Luscious Kokum and Honey Lip Balm

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Manicure & Pedicure at Home


Today’s post is about achieving the professionally done pretty nails in the comfort of your home. Though there are manicurists who provide at home services, I will be discussing do-it-yourself ways of making your hands and feet look pretty. Every-time I got a salon mani-pedi I would try and observe the steps the manicurist used and it took me some time to finally accomplish a similar finish at home. The hardest parts for me were the cuticles and the nail paint. The warm water cleansing and massaging were the easiest sections of the process. If you have ever tried a mani-pedi at home let me know what you find hard or easy.

Manicures and pedicures follow the standardized nail shaping- soaking- cuticle removing- cleansing- moisturisong- paint routine. The following is a step-to-step guide :

Step 1: Remove all traces of old nail polish from the nails.

Step 2: Cut and file the nails into the desired shape and length. While filing don’t see-saw back and forth because this tends to leave the nails weaker and with jaggered edges. Instead file from the edge to wards the center and repeat on both sides, then gently even out the center of the nails.

Step 3: Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, you could even start the process after a hot shower. The warm water softens the skin around the nails making them easier to buff and shape. You could even apply a hand or foot scrub for a deeper cleansing.

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3 Celebrity Makeup Looks with Hair Waves


In today’s Indian Celebrity Inspired makeup post I have listed makeup looks inspired by Bollywood ladies walking the ramp at India Couture Week 2015. The couture shows had an equal dose of glamorous makeup and celebrities. All three makeup looks are different from each other yet based on wavy hairstyles. At the end of the individual tutorials I have linked the wavy hair tutorial, you could also check my previous post here on various other methods of achieving hair waves.

Aishwarya Rai for Manish Malhotra


The focus of this makeup look was on the eyes- burgundy rust smokey eyes. The stark eye was paired with soft glossy nude lips and strong contoured cheekbones. Akriti Sachdev’s video is an indepth step-by-step guide for the makeup look, with a slight difference in colours.

Eye shadow: MAC’s Sketch and Ricepaper or Makeup Revolution Stripped eye palette

Lip colour: MAC’s Mehr or Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse

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Strobing, Baking & Buffing


Today I will be discussing 3 awesome face makeup techniques called strobing, baking/cooking and buffing. Most of you must have heard about strobing which is essentially a method of extra highlighting, it has been trending for a few months now. Baking is another technique which has been gathering popularity for a few weeks and is mainly a makeup setting technique. Buffing on the other hand is not so commonly talked about but the results are equally amazing.


Strobing is a technique of intense highlighting giving one’s face a dewy, shimmery and a more youthful glow. Even though it’s a highlighting technique it differs from the usual highlighting used for a contoured look because of the products used. You could check my post on contouring and highlighting for a detailed  makeup routine video using a lighter shade concealer for highlighting. In strobing the parts of the face that are highlighted are: top of the cheekbone, under the brow bone, above brow arch, bridge of the nose, inner corner of the eye, cupids bow and the chin.

There are two methods of strobing- you could either use a strobe cream under your foundation or only use highlighting products over the foundation. Strobing’s trending status is often attributed to MAC’s strobe cream and that’s where the first method comes from. The steps are: moisturizer→ primer→ strobe cream on highlighting areas→ foundation. I used the same steps with my Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter and stippled the foundation first on bare parts of the face and then on the highlighted areas. The results are quiet good especially if you need an internal glow without the excess products.

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