“The fusion look is in, and could well suit for such occasions,” says designer duo Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor. Designer Reynu Taandon says that you can look glamorously traditional if you choose the right outfit, makeup and hairstyle. “Ethnic look never goes out of fashion, but you can always add some drama with statement accessories. But keep your makeup subtle,” she suggests.
What to wear
With a whole day of fasting, it may get a little cumbersome and tiring to manage heavy outfits. “If you are not comfortable in sari, you can go for an embellished straight cut suit or anarkali, with some detailing on the neckline and a heavy border instead. This will be stylish yet comfy,” says designer Reynu Taandon. If you still want to go for a sari or lehenga, give the Banarasis and the heavy silks a miss and go for something more trendy.
“Drape a lehenga or sari with ornate work. Since it’s the only day after your marriage that you can dress up like a bride, make the most of it. However do not go overboard,” suggests designer duo Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor. If you are wearing a heavy outfit, go subtle with jewellery. “Wear either statement earrings or a statement neckpiece with loads of matching bangles to complete the look,” suggests Taandon.
Makeup and hair
The makeup and hair will entirely depend on the colour of your outfit. “Karwa Chauth makeup should be a revival of bridal, but not entirely bridal. It should be minimal as it is not as festive but symbolic. Avoid cakey over-the-top look. Opt for a nude look with bright glossy lips as a contrast. Don’t go for cooler darker tones, try to stay on the warmer sides of red, or darker sides of orange. You can line your lips but do not go over your natural lipline,” says hair and makeup expert Shival Ghai.
Go for a funky braid
Braids are surely in and you can try out this braid even with your ethnic wear:
- Isolate your back and front hair. Take the front hair on one side and pin it up. Use hair spray to hold the hair.
- Tie the hair back into a ponytail. Using a thread or rubber bands, tie the hair at a distance of 1.5 inches till you cover the whole length of your hair.
- Pop in small plastic tennis balls or black cotton balls between these spaces, and hide them in the braid.
- Cut Swarovski strings in desirable sizes, and use hair glue to stick it to the places where you tied them with the thread, between each cotton ball.
By hair and makeup expert Aashmeen Munjaal, Star Salon