Whether you’re hosting a Diwali cards party at home, heading to three different pujas or just catching up with your cousins over cocktails, you’ll be sure to have a packed social calendar over the next couple of days. If you’re like us, you’ve figured out your outfits, jewellery and shoes in advance, and have probably even booked a blow-dry appointment at the salon. But what about your makeup? We understand that zeroing down on a different look for every occasion can get overwhelming, so we did what we do best—looked towards the celebrities for inspiration. Ahead, we put together some of our favourite Bollywood makeup looks from the last few months, so you can bookmark and replicate them for the festive events you’re planning to attend.
Place your bets on red lipstick
There’s no denying it—red lipstick is a true power move. Nudes and pinks work well when you’re wearing a heavy outfit, but a red lip will guarantee head turns. If you’re meeting people you don’t know well (or you’re trying to bluff your way out of a bad hand), your favourite red lipstick will serve as a confidence booster and mood lifter. Choose a fire-engine red like Ananya Panday, or tone it down with a brick red like Bhumi Pednekar’s.
Amp up the shine factor
Whether you’re layering on a shimmer to highlight your cheekbones or swiping on a glittery lipgloss, highlighting, strobing and illuminating are all fair game during Diwali. It is called sparkle season for a reason, so if you’re a beauty enthusiast, this is a fun time of the year to experiment. You can try a dewy, almost wet-look highlight like Karisma Kapoor’s, or opt for a simple gold eyeshadow or glittery eyeliner if you’re wearing embroidered kurtas or lehengas with ornate jewellery—they’ll effortlessly tie your whole look together.
Don’t shy away from dramatic eye makeup
The best part about Diwali makeup looks is that there are no restrictions to how much you can experiment. You have the freedom to play around with colours and finishes, just like you do your outfits. Want to amp up your signature wing? Try a geometric liner shape like Priyanka Chopra’s to frame the eyes without overwhelming the rest of the look. Wearing a jewel-toned outfit? Line your eyes in the same shade to give matchy-matchy makeup a festive spin—Kriti Sanon’s deep blue pick is the perfect inspiration. Another must-have? Pile on the mascara like Bipasha Basu—it’ll help maintain the doe-eyed look you need to hide the excitement of holding a winning hand. Scroll ahead for all the inspiration pictures you’ll want to bookmark for Diwali this year.