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The Delhi Bride’s Bridal Beauty Must-Haves

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Image: The Wedding Salad

What started as Shinjini Amitabh Chawla’s compilation of wedding inspiration during the run up to her wedding turned into an online frenzy; popularly know as The Delhi Bride. Ever since, this bride-turned-blogger (well, technically, newlywed now) has become a go-to insider for all things bridal-related. We decided to tap into her know-how and put together a beauty bible for you brides-to-be. Yes yes, we know we’re the best!  

The Delhi Bride’s three-point beauty ritual

  • You must cleanse, tone and moisturize your face twice a day (don’t forget the neck!). You’ll be thankful for the resultant glowing skin. Also, it’s easier to apply make up on well-hydrated skin.
  • Exfoliate and use a face mask at home once a week — removing dead skin and cleaning out the pores really nurtures the skin and allows the skin to glow.
  • Now this one you may have heard several times, but there’s a good reason for that — do not forget to apply sunscreen every single day! If you’re outdoors for long then re-apply every 3-4 hours.

Bridal beauty kit must-haves according to The Delhi Bride

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  • A good primer is non-negotiable. It will make the application of your foundation smoother i.e. not flaky or streaky. In addition to that, it helps the foundation last throughout the day! Choose a primer with SPF (my favorite is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Prep + Prime with SPF) so that you don’t need to pile on sunscreen underneath.

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  • A  foundation that actually matches your skin tone is a must-have. If you have good skin, you can just apply the foundation in a few areas — yes, you don’t need to cover your whole face with it. Bobbi Brown foundations are a personal favorite. They genuinely have maximum variety when it comes to shades.

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  • A pretty blush in peach or pink as it suits most Indian skin tones. You can’t skip the blush when headed to a party as it adds dimension to your face. My favorite is M.A.C’s Melba.
  • Neutral lipstick shades, such as M.A.C’s Velvet Teddy, are essential for a day soiree or when you’ve gone heavier on the eyes and don’t wish to draw too much attention to your pout.

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  • golden eye shadow (with subtle shimmer) as it will go well with most Indian outfits. The fact that it’s so easy to apply gives it brownie points. Just sweep it onto your eyelid and you’re done! No need to shade it, blend it or add colors, etc. You can kiss goodbye to that complicated drill. M.A.C is my favorite for this!

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So there you have it. Tell us what’s in your beauty bag in the comment box below!

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Indian Wear You Need To Invest In!

 New age Indian silhouettes according to FLW designers

Gone are the days when one’s desi repertoire was limited to a sari, lehenga or salwar. We’ve witnessed nothing short of a revolution on the traditional wear front (one thats brought a multitude of options) and we’ve lapped it all up! No surprises there, right? So we roped in some of the top designers from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14‘s roster — Sonam and Paras Modi, Monica & Karishma, Sonaakshi Raaj and Arpita Mehta — to tell us the Indian silhouettes the Luxemi girl just can’t do without! We hope you’re paying close attention.

Sonam and Paras Modi

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sva

Left to Right: Sva floor length waist dress, Preeti Desai in Sva jacket style dress

Sonam and Paras Modi behind the label SVA say, “Indian women today are very fashion conscious and want to look their best at every occasion. She wants to carry on traditional rituals but with a difference. The jacket style dress and a floor length low waist dress are a must for her. The statement jacket style dress with subtle embellishments promises a timeless and classic look. There’s no going wrong with it. The low waist floor length dress, on the other hand, enhances one’s curves and is very flattering. It is a modified version of the kalidar kurta and is very trendy and youthful. The sheer back makes for an appealing look, hence its popularity with brides.

Monica and Karishma

New age Indian silhouettes according to Jade

Left to right: Asymmetrical lehenga, sheer net lehenga and three-tiered anarkali all by Jade

Monica and Karishma of Mumbai-based label Jade say, “The modern Indian woman is all about being experimental — traditional with a twist. Reinvention is the key so she should opt for a three-tiered anarkali. Layering lends a regal, timeless vibe to the look while the new-age silhouette turns heads owing its dramatic nature. The second must-have is the asymmetrical lehenga! Paired with a chic corset, the asymmetrical lehenga is all about cutting-edge styling and having a blast. A sheer net lehenga with an embroidered border is princess-like in its appeal. Pair it with tights for casual decadence!”

Sonaakshi Raaj

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sonaakshi Raaj

Left to right: Deepika Padukone in Sonaakshi Raaj sari-gown and Anamika Khanna dhoti sari

Sonaakshi Raaj gives her vote to sari-gowns and dhoti saris. “These silhouettes are the epitome of east meets west and are ideal for a cocktail party or wedding reception. They promise a look that’s elegant, chic and sexy without getting into the hassle of draping.”

Arpita Mehta

New age Indian silhouettes according to Arpita Mehta

Left to right: Soha Ali Khan in Arpita Mehta jacket and Neha Dhupia in Payal Singhal high waist skirt and crop choli

Aprita Mehta is all about the high waist skirt paired with a crop choli due to its flattering nature. “It’s apt for the Indian body — hiding the flaws and accentuating the thinnest part of the waist all the same time. The end result is extremely sexy and glamorous. The second promising trend is the traditional vest/jacket in different lengths paired with either a skirt, sharara or dhoti pants. It’s stylish and can be spruced in multiple ways making each look different.”

Which one would you rather get? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s 2014 Red Carpet Round Up

Sonam Kapoor in Vogue

Sonam Kapoor in Vogue

It’s that time of the year when red carpet alerts flood our news feed and Twitter timeline on a daily basis (well, almost!). So from international biggies like the Golden Globes, Grammys and Screen Actors Guild Awards to Indian favorites such as Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and Star Guild Awards, we’ve scanned ‘em all. Like every year, 2014’s red carpets saw it all too — the good, the bad, the ugly and the disappointing. So after decoding 2014 runway trends and color trends, we are now  laying focus on the top red carpet trends to take a cue from. Agreed that not everyone can be a celebrity, but we all can definitely dress like one!

TREND: Sparkle and Shine

Sequined red carpet outfits

No red carpet is fully complete without a smattering of sequins. And considering the luxe lovers that we are, we lapped it all up! Our only grip — that more celebrities should have opted for colored sequins.

Luxemi's sequined sarees

Luxemi pick: Aqua Saree with Silver Threading and Sequins and Cream Georgette Sequin Saree.

TREND: Seeing Red

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Siren red is always a striking way to go — it’s a guaranteed head turner. We love the bold approach Emma Watson and Elisabeth Moss took by pairing their red outfits with bright red lips.

Luxemi's red sequin saree

Luxemi pick: Modern Saree With Red Sequins 

TREND: Risqué Risks

Risque red carpet outfits

For every safe, been-there-done-that look, there are always those who push the envelope. And it was no surprise that Queen B and Deepika Padukone topped that list this year. Kudos to Gaurav Gupta for dressing Victoria Hervey for the Golden Globes (wish they had gone easy on the sheer panels though).

TREND: Code Blue

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We’re all for sightings in different shades of blue — the hue is electric, sophisticated and majestic. Clearly we aren’t the only ones echoing these sentiments as the color was a universal red carpet favorite this year.

Blue sarees on Luxemi

Luxemi pick: Blue Chiffon Saree with Aqua Sequins and Tonal Saree with Foil Printing by Satya Paul

TREND: Black and Gold

Black and gold indian outfits

Over on Indian shores, ebony spruced with gilded embellishments was a hot pick, and rightly so. We can safely say that there’s no going wrong with this color mash up.                                                                                                                                   P.S. We just can’t stop gushing over Dia Mirza’s draped Shantanu & Nikhil number. Score!

Mallika Mathur lehenga

Luxemi pick: Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

Mommys to be on the red carpet

And we can’t sign off without mentioning the couture-clad (and super chic) baby bumps that thronged the red carpet this year, can we now? Here’s to the soon-to-be mommies and their stylish progenies!

Which were your favorite looks this awards season? Tell us in the comment box below!

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