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Summer Nails to DIY For!

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Whether it’s your wardrobe options, your make-up essentials or favorite layered necklace, summertime calls for change and experimentation. Itsy bikinis, flirty sundresses, statement shades and fun flip flops aren’t going to cut it— you need vibrant and colorful nails to lend your look a finishing flourish. We, for one, are big fans of summery nail decals—all you need is a nail art brush and a few other tools to amp up your style. Here’s a round up of 6 of our favorite nail art tutorials. Read on to up your summer style game!

Flower Power

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These hibiscus nails resonate with the spirit of summer. The happy shades of yellow, red and green in pretty floral designs easily make this a must-try look. We suggest you start of with a white base for best results. Add square studs to that and you’ve got yourself gorgeous summer nails!

Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

Sporty Chic

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Whoever said nail polish is just for girly girls was obviously mistaken. This sporty look is all about look-at-me shades with a touch of silver – perfect for when you’re playing volleyball on the beach. Not only will this look great with your neutrals, but also with your tank tops and shorts.

Find the entire tutorial on Love Maegan.

All Aboard

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Ombre has been a fashion favorite for a while now. And why restrict it to just your clothes? This look explores the dark blue to mint gradient, allowing you to unleash your inner mermaid. If you’re prepping for a cruise or a beach wedding, get in the nautical spirit with these nails! While you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and straw hat too.

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Sunny Side Up

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What’s summer without some polka dots? This fun nail art guide goes one step ahead with the gradient trend. Think brilliant orange and yellow with polka dots added to the mix. Now all you need is a Tequila Sunrise cocktail to complement your sunny nails!

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Colour-Blocked Moon

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Fashion icon Dita Von Teese’s go-to look, the classic half-moon has been popular since the Gatsby era. Give it a modern twist with a color-blocked version. This tutorial explains the tricks to getting the half-moon just right without any hassles. C’mon, time to get your vintage on.

Find the entire tutorial on Divine Caroline

Geometry Class

Don’t fret, this has nothing to do with extra Math classes this summer. Phew! If you’re ready to delve into something a tad more complicated than the other looks, try this one out. The pastel hues and diamond shapes will match all of your art deco inspired accessories!

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Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

So are you ready to nail it this summer?

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Dress Up Guide

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Image: The Wedding Guide

Mega watt Indian destination weddings are the best kind. And while any reason to pack our bags and get away is a good one, one that involves our closest friends, Bollywood moves, fabulous traditional wear and copious amount of champagne is a sure winner! After bringing you the ultimate destination wedding packing guide, we just had to give you a destination wedding dressing 101 too. After all, what you’ll wear to a beach wedding will be infinitely different from what a palace wedding demands. Our guide is here to lay all your burning questions to rest!

Destination: Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Nothing but a royal look will do for a wedding in India’s palace capital. Always wanted your very own princess moment? Here’s the perfect opportunity! And if you’ve been complaining about all your beloved lehengas gathering dust, then what are you waiting for? Pack them all without further ado! We suggest a nod to traditional prints and fabrics like gota patti and brocade, topped off with polki jewelry.

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Luxemi Pick: Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane

Destination: Miami, Florida

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Image: Maharani Weddings

If only attending the pheras in Aztec bikinis and flip-flops was allowed! But since you can’t, bring out your breeziest Indian wear instead. We’re placing our bets on white and ivory picks — serene hues to complement sunset nuptials on the beach! Steer clear of saris and OTT anarkalis. Lightweight salwars in breathable fabrics or traditional maxis are your best bet. Throw in some floral jewelry to the mix for a dash of easy chic fun!

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Luxemi Pick: White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar

Destination: Chantilly, France

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A beautiful ceremony in South of France promises an abundance of grace and elegance with a touch of old-world glamour. Time to bring your poised best to the sartorial field. And nothing like a restrained lace or lightly sequined sari in a blush tone and diamond jewels to do the trick.

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Luxemi Pick: Net Saree with Buttas and Sequins

Destination: Dubai, UAE

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Image: Christophe Photos

When in Duabi, think an OTT, colourful and culture-soaked affair. We suggest going the extra mile and giving a nod to Middle-Eastern glamour with your wardrobe. An intricate sari or salwar with ornate gold baubles and smokey eye make-up is the order of the day indeed!

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Sequinned Saree

 What are your go-to destination wedding outfits? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Diaries

Luxemi destination wedding guide

The invites have been received, tickets have been booked and dance practices are underway. But the most arduous task still remains — what you should and shouldn’t pack for this much-awaited destination wedding! Sure, destination weddings guarantee an exciting time, Instagram-worthy pictures and dramatic anecdotes but we fashion girls have to work our wardrobe around stingy baggage allowances and that’s no fun. But don’t worry, we got your back! Here are some tips and tricks to guarantee you look fly on the fly.

Rotate it

Carry pieces you can mix and match.We believe that gold blouses are a god send. Whether it’s a sheer lehenga for the sangeet or embroidered palazzos for the mehendi, they can elevate any wedding look in a jiffy. All you need to do is mix up the jewellery and switch the dupatta. So be sure to pack one and plan certain looks around it.

If you plan to wear lehegnas for all the functions, we suggest you get them made without the can-can (frilly petticoat underneath). Instead get the designer to create a separate can-can skirt, which you can, then wear with all your lehengas and flowy skirts!

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P.S. Doesn’t our Gold Blouse by Wild Orchid fit the bill?

Sharing is Caring

Being the make-up mavens that we are, it’s a shame that we can’t pack our entire make-up drawer when we’re headed out of town. Luckily,that’s where girlfriends come to the rescue! You can always fall back on fail safe looks like smokey eyes, glittery lids and bold pouts. So divide and conquer, make a Whatsapp group, and designate who needs to carry what.

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P.S. You can read our Indian wedding makeup tutorial with Deepica Mutyala here.

Jeweled Tales

Jewelry is expensive and risky to carry when travelling, so pack that one statement piece that can be the highlight of most of your looks. Don’t shy away from costume or semi-precious jewelry either. Also look into carrying pieces that are versatile. For instance, you can easily wear a rustic polki haar as a neckpiece on one occasion and double it as a headgear for another function. The fun doesn’t stop here; it can easily be used as a delicate hath phool too. Even if people do call your bluff, at least you won’t be that girl who lost her grandma’s heirloom bangle on the beach!

Shoe Story

Luxemi destination wedding guide

Image credit: Salwa Photography/Maharani Weddings

We know that in an ideal world you would have packed a separate suitcase just for your footwear. But since you can’t, simply pack 2-3 basics in gold, silver and bronze, ones that will match all your looks. We also suggest limiting the number of heels as they take up more space. Not only are flats easier to carry, they are also more comfortable, which will ensure that you are the last one standing on the dance floor!

The Golden Rules

Some quick tips and tricks to save the day!

  • Pre dry clean and launder everything. Last minute laundering at the hotel can and often does go wrong.
  • Double pack liquids. You don’t want your raw silk sari to be damaged with shampoo stains.
  • Extra lingerie, fewer accessories.
  • It’s always advisable to carry an extra outfit, because you never know!

Did our guide help? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Behind the Scenes: Deepica Mutyala’s Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

 

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

Deepica Mutyala isn’t new around these parts. You may recognize her from that insane red lipstick video that went viral earlier this year or from the beauty advice she regularly doles out on social media. We love how she makes beauty approachable with a slew of tips and tricks to make our lives just a bit easier, and of course, way prettier. With our favorite (wedding) season in full swing, we’re already looking for fresh inspiration because how many black smokey eyes can a gal do, right? So how pumped were we when we found out our favorite beauty guru was filming an Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial? Answer: Very. We got the full low down PLUS a few extra tips that didn’t make it in the video below.

Who: Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syet filmed by Jami Saunders & Andre Costantini. Hair by Jeff Chastain and Apparel/Accessories by Luxemi.

What: Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Where: Jami Saunders studio in FIDI

View from the studio

View from the studio

Extra Makeup Tips from Deepica:

1) Contouring: If you don’t have dedicated contour products at home, try using your bronzer or a foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone which gives you the same effect.

2) Concealer: Go heavier than you normally would for a wedding. By picking a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation, you get a natural illumination on your skin, but it’s super important not to go TOO light either. That’s when you see chalkiness!

3) Hair: I did a twist on a traditional braid for my look. My favorite thing to do for weddings is take traditional looks and give it a modern twist. That applies for hair too!

4) Highlighter: Glowing skin is a must for desi weddings! If you don’t have a dedicated highlighter at home, use a shimmer pale eyeshadow and apply it to the parts of your face you want to pop. For me, that’s the bow of my lip, under the brows, corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and the bone under your eye.

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Get the look: Deepica is wearing our Hot Pink Silk Coat and Crescent Kundan Hanging Earrings

Here’s the final look! So gorgeous, right? Check out the full video for the complete tutorial. Thanks, Deeps! We can’t wait to get our glam on.

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

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Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala on Beauty Tricks for Indian Women

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At the ripe age of 16, Texas native and now beauty maven Deepica Mutyala had set a goal—that she would move to New York City and ignite her dream of working in the beauty industry. And that’s exactly what this University of Texas, Austin graduate achieved. After stints with companies like L’Oréal USA and L Brands on Victoria’s Secret PINK, Deepica now works as a Senior Manager in Brand Development at Birchbox in NYC. Getting makeovers by Beyonce’s make-up artist (!) and being exposed to the biggest brands in the beauty biz is all part of typical work day for this gal (sounds terrible, right?).

We caught up with this makeup maverick for a quick tete-a-tete on the best beauty trends for Indian women, common mistakes, must-have products and more! Pssst…she even threw in some cool insider trade secrets!

Luxemi: What are the most common beauty mistakes Indian women make when dressing in traditional wear?

Deepica Mutyala: I don’t think there should be any rules with makeup. It should be about your mood and how you feel whether you’re in Indian or western clothes.  Indian girls tend to stick to red lipsticks as their go-to with Indian ensembles but mix it up and have fun, I say! You can completely change the way your outfit looks by just changing your hair and makeup, thus allowing you to repeat that sari at the third wedding of the season (that is, of course, if you haven’t already discovered the beauty of Luxemi!).

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What are the latest beauty trends that will lend themselves beautifully to Indian wear?

  • Plum lips and bold brows! I especially love plum lips with white Indian outfits and I am definitely not a believer in the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule.

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  • Braids: I don’t think Indian girls play with braids enough because they fear that it’ll look too traditional. But there are so many ways to experiment with them. My current favorite is a voluminous messy fishtail. It’s a great way to stand out in a room full of straightened or curled hair.

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  • Contouring: Contouring is still having its moment and lends itself perfectly to Indian wear. Who doesn’t want defined cheekbones and glowing skin, right?

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 5 must-have beauty products a desi girl’s kit ought to have?

  • A brow pencil: You know how threading your eyebrows completely changes the look of your face? Filling your brows lends the same effect! It’s a product most Indian women don’t realize they need (because they already have dark, thick brows) but can’t live without once they see the difference it makes.
  • A bold lipstick: I am loving plum lipstick right now. A classic, high pigment plum that I love is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Rebel, but if you’re looking for a light berry shade, I recommend the Cynthia Rowley Beauty creamy lip stain in Dahlia. It’s layerable, so you can add coats for intensity and personal preference.

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  • Concealer: I think if you surveyed all Indian women and asked them what their number one beauty concern is, we would say dark under eye circles. Since I battle this problem too, I like using a heavier concealer that also has brightening properties. My current favorite is the Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Color Correcting Illuminator in shade CC 4. It has the glowing effects that everyone loves from YSL’s Touche Eclat with the coverage power of M.A.C Cosmetics’ concealers—the best of both worlds!

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  • Highlighter/Illuminator: If you want radiant skin, I have two tips: drink tons of water and find a killer highlighter. I especially love the way highlighter looks when I’m in Indian clothes. You can instantly tell the difference in pictures when you do and don’t wear it. I use a cream highlighter because I have dry skin. My current favorite is the Bio Brightening Stick from W3LL PEOPLE. The stick format makes it really easy to apply.

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  • Beautyblender: I’ve never met a makeup artist who didn’t have a beautyblender in their kit. The difference in how your makeup applies is unreal with/without it. It’s especially helpful when you’re contouring to blend with zero streakage. I can’t go back to using any brush again now. Make sure to wet the brush to where it doubles in size before using.

Indian celebrities who nail desi-dressing makeup according to you?

I love the versatility of Deepika Padukone’s beauty looks. She always mixes it up, from dramatic smoky eyes/bold lips to more subtle natural glows. She also gives me major brow envy.

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It’s also really exciting to see Mindy Kaling’s makeup looks evolve. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment with different looks across both fashion and beauty and you can tell she’s having fun with it.

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Insider beauty tricks you’d like to share with us?

If you have extreme dark circles, use a bright red or orange lipstick as a base under your eyes before applying concealer. The bright pigmentation of the lipstick evens out your skin tone. We work with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin at Birchbox and he mentioned that this is one of his favorite beauty tricks to use on Mindy Kaling. Major game changer!

Most people apply mascara outward going towards their ears to create a sort of cat eye look. But for a more wide-awake makeup look, apply your mascara inward. By re-directing the lashes this way, your eyes will pop and look more refreshed. I learned this trick from Mally Roncal who has been the go-to makeup artist for celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and now has her own beauty line called Mally Beauty. The products are all extremely brown-girl friendly (high pigments)!

Want more fun tips from Deepica? Follow her on Instagram @deepicam

What do you think of Deepica’s tips and tricks? Tell us in the comment box below!

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