Dazzle perfect

YOU HAVE shopped for the best of clothes and jewellery. Spare a few minutes to give yourself a quick face-lift for the festival. Here are some tips to shimmer from head to toe this Diwali.

Body shine: "Keep the waxing and bleaching to two days before the festival, to check the rashes. Go for a body scrub and pack the day before the festival. Make a paste of multani mitti and freshly squeezed orange juice. Apply on the body and the face. Scrub gently and rinse. Apply malai (milk cream) or moisturiser on face, hands and feet overnight for a glow next morning," says Laila Kakade, a beautician.

For good-looking hands and feet opt for this quick do. "Soak your feet in lukewarm water with a pinch of salt. Pat dry and massage with coconut or castor oil or foot cream for ten minutes. Rinse. Push back the cuticle with the cuticle pusher. Apply nail polish to match your dress. Follow the same for the hands. Apply the mehendi a day before the festival. This season zardosi mehendi with glitter is in vogue. Outline the mehendi design with glitter. The glitter tubes are available in the market," adds Laila.

Dazzle perfect

Facial glow: Take out a few minutes to make a few quick face packs to perk up the skin. "For dull skin apply a pack of gram flour and milk. Keep for ten minutes and wash. This removes dead cells. To tighten skin, apply an egg and cucumber pack made with one egg (beaten) with one-tablespoon fresh cucumber juice. Keep it for five minutes and rinse.

For oily skin dab the face clean with a mixture of one tablespoon each of rose water and limejuice. Papaya slice and pumpkin puree make a quick moisturising pack. If you have the time, go for gold facial, pearl, platinum facial for over all shine, glycolic `skin tightening' facial, oxygen bath for dehydrated skin or enzyme facial for a quick face-lift," says Laila.

Hair shimmer: Saffron is sacred and it is also an important ingredient in beauty regimens. "Soak saffron in water and rinse the hair. This gives hair a golden glow. As for the hair dos, single and double French rolls go well with salwar kameez and saris. For saris, you can also opt for high knots. Kajol `centre parting' style is in especially to go with ghagras. Or blow-dry and keep the hair loose. If you have wavy hair, apply gel for that perm look. Decorate the hair with fresh flowers and glitter sprays.

Dazzle perfect

Festive make up: "Go for a bold make up--thick eye shadow and a matching glitter lipstick. Choose foundation that is one shade lighter than the skin. Avoid concealer or restrict the use to dark patches. Opt for a water resistant make-up since you have a long day ahead."

"Go creative; make your own bindi designs with kajal pencil, colour bindis palette, stones and glitter," says Laila.

Post-Diwali care: Too many crackers imply pollution. "Drink lots of water. Scrub your face and body back to normal with the multani mitti and orange juice pack. Don't sleep with the make- up on. Remove the make-up with baby oil. Apply baby oil on the face and wipe with cotton. Rinse and apply moisturiser before you hit the sack." "Hair tends to get dry after the use of sprays. Apply a good conditioner. Detangle, rinse and re-apply the conditioner and dry for a peaceful sleep after all that festival activity," says Laila. Happy Diwali.

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