Bold and sultry makeup ideas for Navratri

by Aarti Kapur Singh

Key makeup items you require for a bold and sultry makeup look this Navratri!

There is just something in the air about the festive season that in front of the dresser, the eye shadow brush almost automatically dips into jewel tones, lips crave for bright colors and the sparkle and excitement all around adds a rosy flush to the cheeks!navratri-01

The good thing is, bold and sultry is a good way to look during the festive season, more so during Navratri.

Experiment more with makeup during the festive season – you can get away with a lot as you go to that dandiya party or go pandal-hopping. Colors play a really important role in creating makeup looks that actually compliment your skin tone and outfit. Keep a few key words in mind as the guide map for your makeup palette to give you ideas for a bold and sultry look this Navratri.navratri-02


Bold and sultry makeup more often than not, means application of multiple products – in significantly larger doses. This also means that having make up stay put is crucial. Using a makeup primer is the best way to make your makeup stay put on for longer. Cleanse, tone and moisturize your face and apply primer all over. Do not  forget your neck and collar bone area.navratri-03

Contouring and Highlighting:

Contouring and highlighting create a sense of balance, adding definition to your makeup with color. Take a matte bronzer and apply it under your cheek bones to contour. And to bronze, simply put it anywhere the sun would naturally hit. Highlighting works with contouring. For example, when you contour your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area. Apply highlighter on the bridge of your nose as well.navratri-04


Amp up your eyes with a bold eye shadow look. Sultry eyes paired can be paired with neutral lips for day or bright lips for evening or night. Do the different with pastels and vibrant neon colors on the eyes, for a look that is  festive, fun and totally offbeat! Smoky eyes are always in vogue, but as opposed to smoking them black, make them stand out with navy blue or dark green and even brown.navratri-05navratri-06

Coral Pink:

A perfect color for those who aren’t comfortable with the edge or orange, coral is simply a  softer shade, perfect for the festive season. Not only does it enhance the look of your skin, but also looks bright and yummy. If you want it to make this color work as a statement piece, then you can opt for statement lips paired with a little bit of the color on your cheeks. This trendy color will surely pull off a bold look for you.navratri-07



The color or the Goddess, red is a powerful shade that commands attention. Red lips make a stunning combo with smokey eyes. If you are married, do nude make up with beige or white or even chocolate brown. Pull your hair back with a middle parting and apply a generous amount of sindoor for that chic and sultry look. Pair your outfit with silver jewelry and mogras in your hair. If you really want to create a statement with sindoor, remember that more IS less. And do not forget the bindi!  There is nothing sexier than a red bindi as the ultimate crown on flawless makeup.




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