Karva Chauth , a special occasion dedicated to married hindu women is round the corner .
Karva Chauth is that special day which grants married women the sanction to look picture perfect from head to toe. It is considered to be one of the most sacred traditions of Hindu married woman who observes fast from the sunrise to the moonrise for long life, prosperity and well-being their spouse .Karwa Chauth is a celebration of womanhood and her relationship with her spouse on this day.The fasting womenfolk pull out the best of dresses , ornaments and accessories for beautifying themselves and wearing their finest clothes and jewellery for religious rituals. The day starts early morning before dawn with mantras , prayers and a light meal offered by mother-in-law in the form of Sargis.
Every women wants to look stunning on this day despite day long fast .So, if you really want to spread your charisma this karva chauth , then opt for tried and tested herbal beauty products instead of costly salon beauty treatments which are fastly becoming popular among young women says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain
Following a healthy lifestyle will help to reflect radiance and vitality during the festival. The right diet, exercise, adequate sleep and relaxation are absolutely essential to good looks. In fact, a healthy lifestyle helps to restore beauty and put a glow on the face. Deep breathing exercises are helpful in terms of calming the mind and making it more tranquil.
Mix a mask at home with two teaspoons wheat bran (choker), one teaspoon each of ground almonds (badaam) curd, honey and rose water. Mix everything together into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
For a “quick fix” pack, mix honey with egg white and apply it on the face. Wash off with water after 20 minutes. It leaves the face soft and glowing. says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain
For dull and tired eyes, dip cotton wool pads in rose water and use as eye pads over closed lids. Lie down and relax while the mask dries. It helps to remove fatigue and brighten the eyes. The fragrance of rose has a calming effect on the mind.
Mix one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey with one egg. Beat them together well. Massage the mixture lightly into the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a hot towel for twenty minutes, before washing the hair. Your hair will have more body and look shiny and manageable.
For oily hair, have a hair rinse after shampoo. A tea water and lemon rinse will add shine to the hair. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. After boiling, you should have about 5 to 6 cups of tea-water. Cool and strain it. Then add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse after shampoo.
Applying henna on the hands is so much a part of Karva Chauth too. Have your manicure and pedicure the day before Karva Chauth and then have henna applied. After applying henna, keep it on for an hour or two, dabbing with lemon juice and sugar mixture from time to time. The longer the paste is kept, the darker the colour. The henna paste should be removed by scraping it off. It should not be washed off. In fact, apply oil and avoid washing the hands with soap and water for a few hours.
For make-up, first, cleanse the skin and apply a liquid moisturizer. For oily skin, apply an astringent lotion. Cover blemishes with a concealer, before applying foundation. To conceal acne pits (tiny holes in the skin, left by acne), take a little concealer at the end of a cotton bud and fill the pit with it.
Then apply foundation. Try gold foundation for this special occasion. Dot the face with it and blend with a moist sponge. Lightly dust golden tinted powder to set the foundation. Highlight the cheeks with a blusher, blending well, so that it gives the face a natural glow.
Outline the eyes with kajal or dark eye pencil. Apply it to the upper lid and smooth out with cotton bud. Gently blend a line of kajal or eye pencil on the lower lid. Then apply mascara.
Gloss is popular for the lips. Go for red and shades of red. Use a lip liner the same colour as your lipstick. Apply gloss on top of colour, unless you prefer the matte look. If you don’t want to use bright red, go for shades like brick red, cherry, rose, plum, wine, burgundy or dark pink.
A Bindi is an integral part of make-up for karva chauth. Look for a decorative bindi, to match the colour of your bridal dress. A bindi, studded with small sparkling stones, combined with a bright colour would be most attractive says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain
The author is international repute beauty expert and is known as herbal queen of India