Looking for some ideas for makeup for Diwali? I’ve selected the top Indian party makeup looks from Lakme Fashion Week to inspire you all!

makeup-for-diwali-indian-party-tips-ideas-saree-kareena-kapoorHey gorgeous! It’s that time of the year again. Depending on what part of the world you are in, you get to celebrate Diwali, Durga Pujo, Halloween, Chongyang Festival and what not!! The weather is getting cooler here and it’s all pretty and pleasant. I’m back home in Chandigarh for Diwali, and I can’t be happier!

The Important Fashion Event No One Talks About

Diwalis and Indian weddings are all surrounded by havans, kirtans and jagraatas! From childbirth to housewarmings, everything comes with a spiritual occasion in India. Even if you and your family are non believers, you do get invites from friends and extended family!

No fashion blogger talks about it but these really are the occasions where you get to see the latest Indian runway trends! Judging by the kirtan my mom held in ‘my honor’ today, you can say that the Diwali festivities have already begun. And judging by the number of aunties I made happy today solely by donning ethnic-wear, you can say that knowing how to dress for these spiritual occasions can’t hurt.

The best dress ideas for Diwali pujan and other festivities is always the traditional saree or Indian suit. You can also go for an Indo-western outfit or a gorgeous gown. To go with your fabulous dress, it’s important to choose the right makeup look. That’s why I’m here with the best hair and makeup looks from Lakme Fashion Week that will be perfect for Diwali.

Here are the top 7 Indian party makeup ideas for Diwali for every type of woman:

Makeup for Diwali: 7 Latest Ideas

Traditional Kohl Eyes with a Statement Bindi

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Bipasha Basu walks the ramp for Sanjukta Dutta at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 wearing a red and cream silk saree

The bindi is losing its edge amongst the members of our generation. Which is exactly why you should wear it in a big, bold way to create a statement. Pair a large bindi with the classic dark kohl-lined eyes and a red or coral lipstick for the traditional look. This look would be a perfect idea for makeup for Diwali pooja or a havan, and you can pair it with a timeless silk saree.

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Bipasha Basu wears traditional Indian makeup with a large red bindi and kohl eyeliner as she walks the runway for Sanjukta Dutta at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016



Deep Brown Smokey Eyes with a Light Lip Color

If you have brown eyes, this would look great on you. Try darker and lighter shades of matching eyeshadow to create a smokey eye and pair it with a subtle metallic lip shade like peach, light pink or petal pink. Wear this Diwali makeup look with lehenga or Indo-western gown. This would be great for a Diwali party with friends or family.

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Ileana D’Cruz walks the ramp for Ridhi Mehra at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 wearing a burgundy lehenga choli

Bold Brows and Lots of Blush

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Radhika Apte wears simple and traditional makeup and bridal kundan jewelry as she walks the ramp for Saroj Jalan Winter/Festive 2016

This look would be perfect for girls who have a pair of bold eyebrows. Thick eyebrows are very in, so instead of plucking them to fake a thinner brow, just comb them to create shape, and fill any gaps with eyebrow pencil or mascara. Do the brows after you wear base and foundation. Pair your perfect brows with a light eyeliner, mascara and a pink or coral lip. Wear some blush and highlighter for a healthy youthful look! This would be great for new brides or young women who don’t like to wear too much makeup.

Also read: Perfect Brows: A Complete Guide to Eyebrow Makeup & Shaping

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Radhika Apte walks the ramp for Saroj Jalan Winter/Festive 2016 in Indian bridal wear



The Traditional Indian Party Makeup

If you’re the kind of girl who loves traditions, this one’s for you! Wear a flawless base and pair it with light eyeshadow and a deep lip color matching your saree or suit. You can also wear a shimmery lipgloss or a rhinestone bindi for some added glam, and finish it off with blush and highlighter. This Diwali makeup look is perfect for puja, family gathering or a any spiritual occasion, and it would suit most Indian skin tones.

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Dia Mirza wears traditional Indian party makeup as she walks the ramp for Tulsi Silks at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 in a black silk saree

The Statement Lip

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Deepika Padukone wears a violet lipstick at Sabyasachi fashion show Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016

If you wanna do something contemporary and different this Diwali, be inspired by the international runways like Deepika did here. Try a pop pastel lip shade or a deep burgundy, or even violet or purple. With a statement lipstick, keep the rest of the makeup subtle. Pair it with light copper eyeshadow, a thin streak of eyeliner and mascara. Wear this makeup for Diwali party with friends. Pair it with a saree or Indo-western outfit.

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Deepika Padukone wears a grey-ish silver saree with a floor-sweeping pallu at Sabyasachi fashion show Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016



Soft Makeup Shades

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Prachi Desai wears soft pastel makeup shades as she walks the ramp for Sonam and Paras Modi at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 in a black lehenga

Makeup for Diwali doesn’t have to be dark or uncomfortably bold. If you’re not into dark or bold makeup looks, try a simpler look with soft shades like peach, pink or coral. Match your lip shade with your dress, and wear shades of it with shimmery copper or bronze eyeshadow. Pair it with light mascara and blush, and you’re good to go! This look is great for teenage girls or anyone else who likes little to no makeup! Pair this look with lehenga or an embellished kurta.

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Prachi Desai for Sonam and Paras Modi



Healthy Glow with Gloss and Highlighter

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Kareena Kapoor Khan wears peach lipstick and highlighter for a happy makeup look as she walks the ramp for Sabyasachi at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 in a maternity-wear lancha

If light shades are your thing but you want to create more of a statement, then add some gloss to your Diwali makeup look! Pair a pastel lip shade with matching gloss and shimmery blush with lots of highlighter to give a healthy, youthful glow. How pretty is that? It’s a great look for young moms and mommies-to-be who want to give their Diwali outfit a happy theme.

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Kareena Kapoor for Sabyasachi

Hope you loved all 7 of these ideas for makeup for Diwali. Which one was your favorite look and what do you plan to wear this Diwali? Lemme know below!

Muaah XOXO 🙂

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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