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Five ways to achieve that bridal glow

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New Delhi, Aug 28: It is imperative for brides-to-be to start focusing on their skincare regimen long before the big date starts looming, to look their prettiest. If you are one of them, it is recommended to start paying extra attention to your skin more than six months in advance, say experts.

Vidushi Aggarwal, Brand Head, Headstart International, lists five essentials that will help you achieve that spotless glow.

* Cleanse the skin and get rid of sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day, before retiring to bed. Orange blossom and ginger cleanse the pores of the skin and at the same time maintain the oil balance without making it dry

* An exfoliator gets rid of dead skin cells, helping restore a radiant complexion. It is essential for a complete exfoliation to remove the signs of dullness

* Toner tones the skin post cleansing, helping sweep away impurities, leaving pores clean and less noticeable

* A moisturiser is an essential that should not be skipped for any skin type, especially at night to provide nourishment to the skin

* To go a step further, add an equalising mud mask to your regime. It balances the oil around the T-zone area on your face and controls the excess oil in that region whilst hydrating the rest of your face and helping combat dryness in the other regions of your face.

Datinderjeet Singh Tulla from the brand VLCC also shares tips on top five make-up essentials that can quick fix your makeup glitches:

* BB or CC cream: One doesn’t need to carry a foundation and a SPF separately, when a BB cream solves the purpose of both. It gives a light coverage, like a foundation, that is perfect for a few hours of socialising and also protects the skin from sun damage. Hence, a BB/CC cream is a must.

* Multi-tasking palette: This is one important item that every girl must have in her beauty bag. These tiny squares are multi-purpose and help solve a number of skin issues. You simply cannot do without this one. Use these as shadow, blush, highlighter or for contouring, and you’re good to go.

* Eyeliners: Gel, liquid or kohl (pencil) eyeliner, use these to adorn the eyes and give the face a glam look in the snap of a finger. Depending on the skin type, one can include any of these to the makeup kit.While gel eyeliners need too much perfection, for those who are always in a rush, recommend a kohl pencil which is handy and glides swiftly with almost no damage.

* Mascara: There is no better way to define eyes for a stunning look, than enhancing eye lashes with mascara.

* Lipstick: Lipstick can totally change the way you look. One can instantly transform the day look to a night look with a change of lipstick. For that bold, crisp and utterly polished look, lipsticks in tones of red, wine, bronze are a must have in the makeup kit.

* Also never overplay your cheeks. If you want to make a statement, emphasise your eyes or lips, but not both

* It is always recommended to add a good primer as pre-make-up prep for the skin which helps to even out the skin and minimise pores helping the foundation to glide smoothly and stay for longer

* A hydrating mist that helps to restore the moisture of the skin and keep the make-up fresh is a must for such weather

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Best jewellery to wear this festive season

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New Delhi, Sep 4: From jadau jewellery to diamond ones, this festive season make sure you are flaunting the pieces that are in trend.

Varda Goenka, Founder and Creative Director of Varda Goenka – Fine Jewels by Diagold and Chitwn D Malhotra, lead designer and founder of Dillano Luxurious Jewels Pvt Ltd, list some trends in jewellery.

*Jadau jewellery: Jadau seems to be a new jewellery trend for this season, be it the wedding or the festival season. Rewind to the era of the Maharani with oversized jadau gold sets. Also, jadau chaandbalis and multilayer jadau jhumkas are a preferred choice for this festive season. This jewellery goes well with the traditional attire and adds more extravagance to the great occasion.

*Diamond jewellery: Diamonds can never go out of trend; they are back again but with a twist to embrace this festive season. Delicate diamond necklaces and earrings, diamond cuffs with rubies and other gemstone are perfect to add grace and elegance to your look. Diamond chokers are an appropriate option for those women who are looking for making a bold statement this year.

*Pearl jewellery: Pearls are universally flattering. They bring light to the face and look great with any outfit. Multi-string pearl necklace, pearl chokers and bracelets add a surreal charm to your festive outfit. Baroque pearls too are very much in trend this season for their uniqueness in hues and shapes.

*Diamond chokers: Layering with lots of simple thin choker is a great way to elevate with any outfit. Chokers studded with ethereal sea pearls, diamond, rubies, or emeralds are a great choice to complement any ensemble- be it contemporary, modern. A glitzy choker necklace drenched in diamond is an elegant way to play with this trend. They always highlight woman charm with simplicity.

*Uncut polki with pastel meenakari: Uncut polki with pastel meenakari are in huge trend this festive season. It gives a traditional and royal look to every modern woman. It gives right balance between trendy and traditional.

*Coloured gemstones: Jewellery encrusted with vibrant colours rule. Gemstones like rubies, emerald, sapphire along with topaz have ruled the fashion runways this festive occasion.

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How to make perfume stay longer during monsoon

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New Delhi, Sep 1: Splashing the fragrance all around your body may disappear in the middle of the day during the monsoon season. Choosing your perfect fragrance is equally important as opting for the one that stays for long.

Abdulla Ajmal, Consulting Perfumer at Ajmal Perfumes, and Shikhee Agrawal, Head Training, The Body Shop India, tell how:

* When your skin is moisturised, that’s the best time to spritz on perfume as this encourages the skin to retain the scent better. Ideally, use fragrant oils on the body as they will retain their essence for much longer.

* The pulse points on your body emits heat. applying perfume on these spots will ensure that the scent is diffused as an aura from your body. These spots are your wrists, neck, midriff and inside of your elbow

* An ideal way to retain the scent of a spray-based product would be to apply a generous amount to your innerwear along with your clothes. This will create a double layer of fragrance on you enhancing its strength and longevity.

* Be selective in choosing your base, mid and top notes of the perfume. Opt for an eau de parfum rather than eau de toilette. The former contains a higher concentration of oils that will not only last longer and will stay true to its original composition of note.

* For the light fragrances; you can experiment by building layers with soft fruity and citrus fragrances. Also, you can use body lotions or gels or sorbets to even keep your skin hydrated and topping up with a strong fragrance. This helps in staying your fragrance for a longer time.

* The finest ways for an overall touch to your personality, apply the fragrance to your hair and they carry fragrance for a very long time. But this should not be a regular habit. Also, do not apply it directly as perfumes has alcohol which might damage your hair. The first is to spray your perfume into the air and walk through it. This will more lightly scent your locks but also help prevent damage from alcohol.

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How to style blazer at work

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New Delhi, Sep 1:  You can keep it comfy and chic at work with a basic blazer, but it is important to style it right.

Ruyant Matthieu, Offer Director at Promod, and Radhika Singhal, In-House Fashion Expert at FabAlley, tell how:

* You can try monochrome for office look. A casual grey blazer is ideal for an everyday office look. You can pair it with a peplum top and slim tailored trousers with stilettos to give smart formal look.

* Feel cold in office? Just throw a black or white blazer as a much needed layer. This will give you a chic and stylish look.

* For a casual Friday, wear a checkered blazer over your old comfort denim to have a polish edgy look. The blazer will drastically dress up your old jeans and a T-shirt, totally transforming the outfit. You can further add bright heels and clutch to make a perfect outfit for casual lunch meeting or dinner date.

* You can toss the blazer over your shoulders, simply drape it on you. This French look will make you look elegant and professional.

* A pencil skirt and a white button-down shirt paired with a checkered single-breasted blazer looks really confident and chic at work.

* A fitted blazer makes distressed jeans look much less casual and appropriate for work-wear.

* Add a long blazer that skims the bottom of your favourite short summer dress and you can wear it all fall and winter long at work.

* A grey blazer and chambray shirt paired with a sequined skirt and strappy heels can add a very polished aesthetic to your outfit at work.

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