The ethnic look, which makes ample use of the colours that dominate the festive season in India – gold, silver, and other metallic hues, is a look with a lot of potential. Depending on the colours you use, it can go from austere to opulent in a matter of minutes. The best part is, it’s pretty easy to achieve.
Prep your skin with your regular moisturiser. Make sure to use something that isn’t tinted. Follow this up with concealer, foundation, and a dusting of powder, in shades that match your skin tone. This step camouflages pigmentation and provides a base for your makeup.
Let’s start with the eyes, since they’re really the focal point of this look. Cover the lid from lash-line to crease in a metallic hued eyeshadow. Use metallic brown, if you’re playing it safe and gold or silver if you’re aiming for more opulence. Fill in the upper part of the eye-lid with a brown eyeshadow that matches, or is a shade darker than, your skin tone. Give your eyes some definition by drawing a winged line with black or brown eyeliner, extending the line slightly beyond the natural line of your eyelid. Finish with a coat of mascara and some kajal.
Pick a neutral blush that adds just a hint of colour to your cheeks. While applying, brush this on, from the apples of your cheeks to your hairline, following the line of your cheekbones. If you’d like a more contoured look, dab on a little bronzer, just below your cheekbones.
Finish the look with lipstick, in a shade that complements your outfit. If you’re wearing festive reds and oranges, pick a similar lip colour. To match outfits in pale creams, peaches, pinks or blues, wear something in a shimmery almost-there pink, peach or beige.
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