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Beauty & makeup tips to look Insta-worthy this Raksha Bandhan

Shahnaz Husain

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All of us, especially women, are eagerly for Raksha Bandhan, more so as it would give us a reason to smile, laugh and spread joy amid Covid-19. And of course, celebrate the loving bond of siblings.

As a sister visiting your brother’s or cousin’s home or as the host to these festivities, you would want to look beautiful and glamorous. It is all about choosing the right shades of colour cosmetics as it can make or break the look. Selecting them according to skin colour and tone is as essential as learning the techniques of application. Your natural skin tone is most important while selecting foundations. Try to buy one that is closest to your skin colour. Face powder may be of the same shade as the foundation. If you wish to tone down a tan, select a powder that is one shade lighter but in the same colour tone.

Flaunt a festive-ready look this Rakhi with herbal beauty tips to ensure you have a pleasant day filled with the joy of brother-sister affection. It’s a good idea to start early by following few beauty tips prior to the occasion to add a natural glow to your skin. In this hot and humid season, your skin needs toning and refreshing.

Here are some home remedies:

Watermelon juice: It is a good skin-toner and relieves dryness too. It cools, refreshes and softens the skin. Apply on the face and wash off with plain water after 20 minutes.

Fruit Mask for all skin types: Banana, apple, papaya and orange can be mixed and applied on the face. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash off with water. It cools the skin, cleanses dead cells and removes tan.

Cooling mask: Mix cucumber juice with two tsp powdered milk and one egg white into a smooth paste. Apply for half an hour on face and neck and rinse off with water.

Mask for oily skin: Mix one tablespoon Multani Mitti with rose water into a paste and apply on the face. Wash off when dry.

After applying the face mask, take two cotton wool pads soaked in rose water and place them on closed lids. Lie down and just relax. Used tea bags can also do the trick. Soak them in a little warm water, squeeze out excess water and place on closed eyes.

To soften rough, bushy or frizzy hair, mix some water with creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair.

Raksha Bandhan is usually celebrated during the day. Daytime makeup has to be light and carefully done. If you have clear skin, skip the foundation. After cleansing, apply a sunscreen with a built-in moisturiser, then apply translucent powder. For oily skin, apply astringent lotion, instead of moisturiser followed by compact powder. Pay attention to the oily areas of the face like nose, forehead and chin while applying compact powder. Press the powder with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer. If you wish to apply blusher, less is more and blend well. Blush-on should add a flush to your cheeks.

For eye makeup stick to eye pencils during the day or line your eyelids with brown or grey eye shadow. This gives a softer effect. Then, apply only one coat of mascara which helps to make the eyes look darker and brighter but prevents the “heavily made-up” look.

For lipstick, avoid very dark colours. Go for light pastel shades or use only lip gloss. First, outline the lips with a lip pencil of the same shade as your lipstick. Fill in colour with a lipstick brush.

 For Raksha Bandhan, you can try a new hairstyle like putting up your hair with fancy hair clips or ribbons. Wearing flowers in the hair is a great idea.

Fair skin: While choosing foundation for very fair skin, go for beige with a rosy (pinkish) tint. For fair skins, use beige, pink or orange undertones. If the complexion is fair but sallow (i.e. yellowish), avoid pink tones and go for beige or biscuit shades. For eye colours, pick a brown eyebrow pencil. Apply dark brown or dark grey eyeshadow over black eyeliner. It will tone down the stark black look. For fair skin, try pinks and reds for blushers and avoid dark colours in lipstick.

Wheatish complexion: Most Indian complexions are wheatish. Go for water-based foundations. Use bronze or brown eye shadow. Add a touch of gold under the brow. For blusher, try bronze. For the lips, go for warm earthy colours. A dark pink or rosered would look good too.

Dusky/Olive: Dusky or olive complexions look better with brownish beige shades for the foundation. It should be a colour that will add some glow to the skin. For blushers, go with darker pink or even some brown shades. Highlighting powder will help to add glow. Try it on your cheeks along with your nose and forehead.

Dark Skin: If you have dark skin, choose liquid foundations instead of a creamy one. Try out foundation colours in natural brown tones. Use a kajal pencil to outline the eyes. This can have a stunning effect on dark skins. For blusher, try a dark rose pink colour. For lips, a dark complexion looks good in vibrant colours. Go for warmer tones. Bright red lipstick can be toned down with tinted lip gloss.

Don’t forget to wear the most important accessory, your confidence as you share the warmth of love and affection with all family members.

The author is a well-known beauty expert.

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I got chased down by UFO: Miley Cyrus

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Star Miley Cyrus claims she has had an encounter with aliens. However, the 27-year-old singer admits she was high at the time, so cannot be certain of what she saw. “I had an experience, actually. I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO. I’m pretty sure about what I saw, but I’d also bought weed wax from a guy in a van in front of a taco shop, so it could have been the weed wax. But the best way to describe it is a flying snowplow. It had this big plow in the front of it and was glowing yellow. I did see it flying, and my friend saw it, too. There were a couple of other cars on the road and they also stopped to look, so I think what I saw was real,” Miley said. 

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Varun Dhawan refutes reports of Namak Halaal remake

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Actor Varun Dhawan has dismissed a report that his father, filmmaker David Dhawan, is working on a remake of the 1982 Amitabh Bachchan superhit, Namak Halaal. The actor shared the update while sharing a link to an article claiming Dhawan senior was working on a remake with Varun leading the film. “Guys u can write how many ever make belief stories about me but don’t make up things about my dad. This is a completely fabricated story … will see u (on) Christmas to make u laugh,” he tweeted. Recently, Varun completed eight years in Bollywood, and wrote a note to thank fans for their support. Varun, who entered Bollywood as an actor with Student Of The Year in 2012, returns to the screen opposite Sara Ali Khan in the remake of the 1995 hit Coolie No. 1, directed by David Dhawan. The film is slated for an OTT release on Christmas.

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Sanjay Dutt defeats cancer, issues statement

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Actor Sanjay Dutt, who recently confirmed that he was fighting cancer, on Wednesday shared a health update saying he has come out victorious in his battle with the disease. Dutt posted a statement on Instagram expressing joy while making the announcement. “The last few weeks were very difficult time for my family and me. But like they say, God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. And today, on the occasion of my kids’ birthday, I am happy to come out victorious from this battle and be able to give them the best gift I can-the health and well-being of our family,” the statement read. 

The actor thanked his family and doctors for taking proper care of him. He also expressed his gratitude to well-wishers for showering him with love. On 11 August, Dutt, who was hospitalised a few days before that due to breathing problems and chest discomfort, shared that he was taking a break for medical treatment. Although the actor or his family members did not reveal anything officially at that point, trade analyst and film industry insider Komal Nahta subsequently confirmed that the actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Sara shocked at her eviction from Bigg Boss 14

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Sara Gurpal, the first contestant to be evicted from the Bigg Boss 14 house, spoke exclusively to The Daily Guardian and shared her experience in the house, her equation with Hina Khan, Gauhar Khan and Siddharth Shukla, and the love she has received from fans even after her eviction. 

About her eviction from the Bigg Boss house, Sara says, “It was shocking that I got evicted as I had only one vote, whereas other contestants had received more votes for nomination. Gauhar and Hina were in my favour and supported me, whereas Siddharth was against me. Everyone, not only the housemates, but all the fans too, know that the game was unfair.” Sara›s journey in Bigg Boss was a rollercoaster ride. Be it for performing tasks or chopping off her hair, she has been a fighter and given her best, and her fans and audience have seen who had behaved unfairly on the show, she says. Sara also shared with TDG that her bond with everyone was cordial and amicable. 

Talking about her equation with the other contestants, Sara shared that Gauhar Khan, Shezadh Deol, Rubina Dalaik, Abhinav Shukla and Pavitra Punia helped her at the time of her injury. Sara says that Hina Khan knew unfair things were taking place but, at the end, it was Siddharth Shukla›s decision that was taken as the final call. «Everyone knows that Siddharth Shukla is biased towards Nikki Tamboli and the reason for that is their wavelength matching each other’s,” Sara added. Sara also shared that Siddharth Shukla knows how to play the game and has played it well, and that he has the power to influence people. Sara Gurpal had been injured while performing a task and she says the injury was caused because of Nikki Tamboli, due to which she had to leave the Bigg Boss 14 house. 

Sara reveals, “Nikki Tamboli did not have the courtesy to come and apologise. Nishant Malkhani, even for the smallest mistake, had apologised to Shezadh, but Nikki didn›t. It shows how inhumane she is. She does not feel guilty of what she did and I don’t think she has any humanity.” However, Sara says that she is grateful to the people who watched her on the show. “I feel blessed with their love. And to all those fans who have supported me—I will come back with a bang if I get an opportunity to return to the reality show,” Sara promises.

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Shooting for Bellbottom amid Covid-19 was surreal: Lara

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Pooja Entertainment, the studio behind cult hits such as Coolie No. 1 and Hero No. 1, became the first production house to start shooting during the Covid-19 pandemic. The film in question is Akshay Kumar-starrer Bellbottom. Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, the spy thriller is being shot extensively in Scotland and the young producers Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh ensured that the cast and crew felt totally safe on and off the sets. 

Shooting in the thick of a global pandemic sounds daunting but actress Lara Dutta recounts how the challenges during this unusual time were dealt with professionalism and personal attention. She says, “Initially, it was normal to feel a little anxious considering that Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly in India. But I felt immediate reassurance and confidence when I saw the many protocols in place and how correctly things were being handled. Ours was the first film to be shot after the lockdown but despite the nervousness, we were all eager to get back to work.” 

About the thrill of returning to work, she says, “When the shooting finally began, I was the first actor on the sets. To be part of the first film to be shot after the lockdown felt hugely gratifying. I felt grateful to be on a set where every single precaution possible was being taken, sanitisation was meticulous and the cast and crew were checked every day. Everything was secure, right from the food delivery on sets to the drivers who took us to and fro. Yes, we had to remove our masks during scenes but because we felt safe in a strictly regulated environment, we just wanted to do our job to the best of our abilities.” When asked what it was like to shoot in this kind of environment, Lara said, “It was a surreal experience and I hope this is not going to be the new normal.”

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Bobby Deol on a high

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Actor Bobby Deol seems to be in the best phase of his career right now. After making a comeback with Race 3 and Housefull 4, the actor made his big digital debut with Netflix’s Class Of ‘83, bankrolled by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. Thereafter, he was out with his second digital offering—Prakash Jha’s web series Aashram. Reviews were positive and the audience enjoyed two diverse performances by Bobby. While in the Netflix film, he was seen playing an unfussy, stolid cop and dean of a police academy, in Aashram, he played a selfproclaimed godman with criminal tracks. With Class of ’83 and Aashram Bobby wooed reviewers and viewers alike, with some calling his performance “top-notch” and others saying they were his career-best roles so far. Bobby managed to deliver two diametrically opposite roles, with consummate ease. He has managed to stun the audiences with the versatile portrayal of these two very powerful characters, balancing the good and the evil with perfection. Bobby is now gearing up for the next part of Aashram releasing next month.

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