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Zuri by Planetzuri - 11M ago

Neha is a young, vibrant & confident Media & Brand Communication Expert who believes that every experience in life teaches you something and she considers herself a good student. After working with various mid-level & big brands in Media & PR Industry, she is successfully running her own Brand Consultation, PR & Social Media agency from May 2015.

She completed her MBA (Marketing & HR) from IMT Ghaziabad & bachelors in Mass Comm from GGSIP University. She started off her career in PR with Educomp Playgroup unit and there after worked with various agencies like Madison PR, Blue Pigeon Image Management, UTV on Managerial & Team leader level. A go-getter in life, Neha is a chirpy soul who loves traveling, dancing & humming songs. She possesses leadership qualities which helps her to maintain a friendly & healthy relationship with her team & clients. She has been recently awarded by Ms. Adhuna Akhtar, Director, B Blunt India, as “Young Woman Entrepreneur, 2016”.

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession about skincare?

Being a Media & Brand Communication Expert, stress level is always high which shows up on my body, face & hair. Because we have quite abrupt timings I make sure that before leaving for office/meetings I apply a sunscreen on my face, arms & legs which are exposed to sun and then after 15 min or so apply little makeup on my face.

What is your daily skincare regime?

Well, it will be a surprise for most of you, but till last year I hardly had a skincare regime. Just a cleanup in a month would make me happy. But from last year, I realized that taking care of my skin can be more beneficial. I start my day by splashing some cold water and letting that dry. Thereafter a clean up with aloe Vera face wash (Himalaya or Oriflame) and applying a sunscreen (SPF 50++ as per my skin & work type). Later in the evening, I again do a face wash. Before going to bed, I make sure that I do CTM (cleanser, toner & then moisturizing with a night cream or oil).

Has your beauty routine changed much over the years? 

Yes! I am a person who hardly experimented with anything. But now I take care of every single thing. From choosing the products to applying them regularly, my beauty regime has changed a lot.

What did the women in your family—or any other important women in your life—teach you about beauty?

In my family, be it my grandma, mother or siblings, we have hardly used any artificial products for our skin/hair. They always taught me to use “homemade” remedies & eat healthy food like fruits, dahi, vegetables, drink loads of milk and water.

Do you have any natural cures for breakouts or any other skin issue? 

Yes I prefer to opt for natural remedies rather taking medicines.

  • To have a glowing & clear skin, I use fresh aloevera gel from the plant and massage my face for good 5-7 minutes & then wash it out with cold water.
  • Summers are here, I will be applying at least twice a week “Multani Mitti” paste with little oil & gulab jal (rose water) in it. It’s a great pack.
  • I try to put onion Juice (once a week) in my hair roots for hair growth.
What is your most favorite makeup and skincare product?

These days my favorite beauty products are:

  • Cleanser, Toner from Dermatech Clinic
  • Aloevera Face wash from Oriflame
  • Foundation Mousse & Skincare gel from Lakme
How do you style and care for your hair? 

Well I am a very simple person and hardly do any hair styles. When I am at home and wish to look a little different then a hairband is my go-to. For haircare, I try to oil my hair at least once in a week with medicated oil. Shampoo my hair almost every alternate day as I have an oily scalp. 

Do you have any tips or advice for de-stressing? 

I go out for a drive during late evening hours with some music on. I try to take Hair Spa once in two months which actually makes me feel stress free. I start off my day with at least 35-40 min walk in some park for fresh air.

Who is your personal beauty icon and why?

I admire lot of people who are blessed with beautiful skin, hair or overall beauty persona. If I have to take one name then it has to be Kareena Kapoor as she has that natural glow in her skin. She looks fab with & without makeup.

Finally, what is your overall beauty philosophy?

For me beauty has to come from within. If your soul is pure, you hold up positive attitude toward life. Beauty can never be made, it’s by birth. Just LOVE Yourself!           

Thank you so much Neha!

(Photos courtesy of Neha Bahl. Interview by Aarti Kapur Singh)

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Zuri by Planetzuri - 11M ago

Aashima Talwar is a writer by profession and a blogger by choice. Beautiful things and people inspire her. A self-confessed ‘positivist’ she loves to stay happy and positive all the time. Her blog – Be The Sassy Muse is all about loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. She believes that it is imperative to embrace your beautiful body – curvy or skinny, because you are born that way. Her mantra – ‘Try and be the best version of yourself. Only you have got the right to live your life your way! ‘

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your profession about skincare?

Go organic! You will feel the difference, your skin will feel lighter and better. I make sure that I use organic beauty products.

What is your daily skincare regime?

Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and then putting on sunscreen. I also scrub my skin with oatmeal once a week. And every night, before going to bed, I cleanse my skin with lots of coconut oil to remove any trace of makeup. I then use a mild face-wash followed by my DIY moisturizer made of glycerine and lemon.

Has your beauty routine changed much over the years?

Yes, I have become more responsible towards my skin. Earlier, it was all about using fancy skincare products. But now, I try and use natural products available in my kitchen. I am a big fan of haldi and besan!

What did the women in your family—or any other important women in your life teach you about beauty?

My mom. She always says that go natural. She also taught me from a very early age that your hair is like tiny babies, who need a lot of care and protection and I should never neglect them. I pay a lot of attention to my hair!

Do you have any natural cures for breakouts or any other skin issue?

As I am a big fan of kitchen remedies for every skin and hair problem, I keep on trying a lot of things. To say goodbye to your blemishes and acne marks, mix honey, lemon and cinnamon in a bowl and apply the mixture on the spots and leave it for about 20 mins, before washing it off with warm water.

What is your most favorite makeup and skincare product?

My favorite makeup product is kajal – I feel incomplete without it! My favorite skincare product is body butter.

How do you style and care for your hair?

I use a lot of DIY hair packs, my favorite one being egg, heena and coconut oil. I use it twice a month for healthy locks. I also oil my hair twice a week for timely dose of moisturizer. I avoid conditioning my hair as they are already very silky.

Do you have any tips or advice for de-stressing?

Lie down on your back with your palms open and close your eyes. Think about anything that makes you happy and relax. Do this for 5 minutes every day before going to bed. Also, gently massage your eyes with an under-eye cream every night for a good sleep.

Who is your personal beauty icon and why?

Aditi Rao Hydari. She has a beautiful skin, most of the time she is without makeup, letting her skin breathe.

Finally, what is your overall beauty philosophy?

Stay happy! Also, think positive, it reflects on your skin.

Thank you so much Aashima!

(Photos courtesy of Aashima Talwar. Interview by Aarti Kapur Singh)

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Zuri by Planetzuri - 11M ago

by Tasneem Dhinojwala

How to apply kajal for small eyes 

Eyes they say are the window to the soul. No wonder so many poems are dedicated to them. From doe-eyed to almond shaped eyes, many beautiful comparisons have been made. Big eyes make one look younger and youthful. Even small eyes have a different charm of their own. But how one uses makeup, especially kajal on small eyes can make a whole lot of difference. Applying kajal in some particular ways can make them look bigger and open. But before you start using kajal on your eyes, there are a few things you need to do for its effect to show.

1. The shape of our eyebrows plays a very important role in determining the look of our eyes. Keep them trimmed and in shape all the time. Figure out the shape that goes well with your face shape and your small eyes. Thick, bold and beautiful eyebrows draw attention to the eyes. The natural shape of your eyebrows will always give you an innocent look, while the arched one will make you look older.2. Puffiness and under eye dark circles will make your eyes look even more small. Get enough sleep, eat healthy, wash your face with cold water often. Color correct the blemishes around the eyes with a concealer one step lighter than the foundation. But use a primer before this.3. Once you are done with the base, select a kajal that suits your requirement best. For some kajal pencils or felt tip ones are easy to use, but for the ones with a more practiced hand, a liquid liner works well. For small eyes, it is advisable to use kajal with thinner tips or brushes as they give narrower lines. Thick kajal lines makes the eyes look small and dark.4. Now decide what will look good for your eyes out of the following three styles:

  • Kitten style – Begin with a basic stroke on the upper lash line. The stroke should be thin at the inner corners and thick towards the outer corner. At the outer corner, give it a short and upward flick. Darken the lines to make your eyes look bright.
  • Tight line – When you tight line the eye, it basically means applying kajal in between the lashes on the waterline itself. If you apply kajal below the lower lash line or fill up the upper and lower lash line, then your eyes will look smaller. So the best deal would be to tight line for a bigger appearance. Using a kajal pencil here will help in being precise.
  • V-shaped liner – This is very easy to apply. All you need to do is to apply a thin line on the upper eyelids that widens at the outer corner and goes beyond the eyelid just a bit. On the lower lash line, apply kajal just at the outer most part of the lash line and join it to the extended portion of the upper lash line. A V-shape will be created giving your eyes a wider look.

Try out these tips ladies, and if there is something more you can suggest to us for small eyes, then do write back.

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Zuri by Planetzuri - 11M ago

by Tasneem Dhinojwala

How to paint your nails like a pro 

Beautiful, long well kept nails are every girl’s secret desire. From early on this is one thing, that each one of us have tried to master. Most of us succeed and take immense pride when others eye our nails. But many a times, even though we are able to do a good job with our nails, we get stuck when it’s the salon like touch we want to achieve or want to try some nail art and embellishments at home. Worry not, this article will provide you with enough tips to go that extra mile.

1. First and foremost it is extremely important to start with clean nails. This includes filing, buffing and clipping the nails. It is essential that your nails have a uniform shape for that salon like feel. File your nails when they are dry. Use an emery board instead of metal files. It is always a good idea to stick to the natural shape of your nail beds.

Zuri recommends: Panache Nail Clipper Ergonomic Design, Finger Separator & Nail Shiner 4 in 1

2. Buffing will smooth out the uneven ridges. It gives the nail that extra shine, getting rid of discoloration if any. But remember, buffing should be done just once a month to prevent the nail from weakening. For the cuticles, use and orange stick to push them back. Avoid clipping them as it might lead to infection.

Zuri recommends: Panache French Nail Shiner, Beauty Nail Files & Buffers

3. Until now you would have learnt, soaking your nails in water is a good idea. But not anymore. Soaking in water expands the nail plate. When it shrinks, the nail paint comes off easily. So doing away with the nail soak will make your polish last longer. No wonder dry manicures are so popular these days!

4. Maintain a vast collection of good nail paints. Invest in brands that give you salon like finish, color and quality. You will have many color options to change whenever you feel like. Even if the paint chips by any chance, you will be your own master to repair it at your convenience.

Zuri recommends: Sephora Collection Paint Rio in Neon Nail Polish Set

5. Paint smartly. Yes, you got it right. Apart from following the three-stroke technique, paint underneath the tip of the nail as well. It will make the polish last longer. Another trick suggested by experts is to paint the thumbs last. By doing so you can dip the thumb nail in polish remover and clean up as you move on.

6. Be generous with cuticle oil. It is the key to make your nail paint last longer. Using a cuticle cream or oil the next day will bring back the shine. Your nails will look just fresh from the salon.

Zuri recommends: The Body Shop Nail & Cuticle Oil, Almond

7. Maintenance is crucial. Applying a topcoat or clear polish after two-three days will refresh the paint and check it from clipping. But don’t overuse it, otherwise the paint will become too thick and chip.

Zuri recommends: Maybelline Color Show Nail Enamel, Crystal Clear 6 ml

8. If you get these right, then you can go a step further by trying some nail art. You can try using more than one color, have horizontal, vertical stripes, or designs if you can manage. You can even use glitter and stones to decorate your nails after the painting job is done.

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by Tasneem Dhinojwala

Here are the most useful tips on choosing the perfect Indian wedding saree 

Sarees are an integral part of the Indian bridal trousseau. The bride to be selects a saree for each of her wedding ceremony quite carefully. And when it comes to the saree for the D-day, no stones are left unturned to choose the best. After all, this one attire is going to play such an important role in the overall look of the bride. But many a times even after the selection is made, doubts linger. Have I made the right choice? Will this fabric or color look good? Is this one value for money? Questions abound. To clear your clouds of doubt, we bring to you a few handy tips that are surely going to make your life much easier and sorted. So here we go —

1. Advance planning

If your wedding date has been fixed much in advance, then you do have the luxury to explore the current trends in bridal sarees. Research, explore and figure out what will work out the best for you.2. Season

The season that you are getting married in can help you determine the fabric that you might want to choose. Velvets and thick silk sarees work best for winters. For summers, you might want to opt for lighter fabrics such as net, crepe, georgette or some lighter silk fabrics.3. Time of the day

Another factor to help you decide the color of the saree you might want to choose. If it is going to be a daytime affair, you might want to opt of lighter shades of pink, peach and maybe greens and blues. For a night ceremony the bridal colors of red, magenta, maroons, pinks, rust orange – there is no dearth of choice.
4. Body type and height

Tall or short, plump or skinny – there is a saree for each one of us. Select one for your big day so that the saree complements you perfectly. After all you wouldn’t want the saree to be stealing all the attention from you on your day! For the tall ones, a kanjeevaram is a safe bet as it is easy to wear and looks really elegant and graceful. Pure and raw silk sarees with trendy borders are a good pick if you want a trendy look. For the ones on the smaller side, choices are galore. Kanjeevarams with pastel shades and narrow borders, chiffons, georgettes, crepes – just take your pick. For the healthier ones, go for lightweight sarees like chiffon, crepe, georgette that will make you look slimmer. Dark colors with light borders also camouflage the chubby look.

If your figure is on the slimmer side, opt for heavy sarees like brocade, tussar, silk or kanjeevarams. These will enhance your slim figure.

5. Budget

Definitely a major factor, make sure the designs and fabrics you have chosen fall within your budget. Finalize accordingly.
6. Fabric

The choice of fabric plays a crucial role in determining your bridal look. Apart from your body shape and type, the choice of fabric should also be linked to your comfort level. After all you would be sitting for quite a few hours during the wedding ceremony. Another point to note here is the fabric can hold that long without messing up.
7. Color

Here you are again going to be spoilt for choice. Bridal sarees are no more limited to the traditional colors of red and pink. There are various shades of the same available along with other beautiful colors. You can also zero down on a particular color based on your complexion.
8. Design

This is a personal choice. But remember extremely heavy sarees are cumbersome to manage during the long rituals. The weight of the saree can weigh you down and tire you eventually.
9. Blouse

The most important accessory to the saree, a good blouse can add more life to the overall look. The fitting, neckline, fabric are important aspects, when making a blouse. You can even opt for contrasting colors.

10. Customize or readymade

Customizing the fabric, embroidery and design can cost a bit higher than the readymade ones. If your budget permits then it is always a good idea to go for a customized one, as it will be one of its kinds, just as the bride on that day.

Getting the saree right is not the end to the beginning of your big day, girls. It is also about your grace and poise. Combined together, it will be none other than you the bride, the cynosure of all eyes.

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by Aarti Kapur Singh

Top 7 tips on how to apply liquid eyeliner 

Applying liner is a basic makeup code that everyone may not crack easily. Whether liquid, pencil or in gel form, applying eyeliner can sometimes be rather tricky. Knowing how to apply the eyeliner is one of the basics of makeup, so if you love makeup, you eventually learn how to do it. Whether we are in a rush, are crippled with an unsteady hand, or never have been comfortable with liquid liner – eyeliner woes are pretty real. Here are tips and tricks on how to apply liquid eyeliner so your shaky hands won’t stand a chance and you’ll be lining your eyes like a pro in no time at all!

1. Prime the eyes

Another basic but extremely important tip for applying liquid eyeliner is to apply a primer on your eyelids first before adding any color. Including this step as part of your beauty routine will keep your eyeliner looking fresh all day long and prevent any potential flaking or smudging. We’ve all been there girls and once you’ve experienced the embarrassment of having eyeliner on one eye and not on the other at the end of the day you’ll know the true meaning of the eyeliner tragedy. The primer will also help with setting any eye shadow you may decide to put on before your liner.

2. Cheat with a pencil

Beat uncertainty by starting with a regular pencil liner first before applying the liquid. As amazing as liquid liner looks once you’ve applied, it’s also a lot less forgiving when it comes to fixes or taking it off if you make a mistake. Using a pencil liner underneath the liquid also provides a good base for applying, will make your liner look more vibrant, allow you to create the desired length and thickness, and let you make any changes easily before moving onto your liquid. And, as if that weren’t enough, another benefit to lining with a pencil first is your liner will set better and be more likely to stay on throughout the day without needing any touch-ups.

Make sure the pencil liner is freshly sharpened and depending on where you wish your eyeliner to begin, rest the pencil along the base of your lashes and move across the eyelid. There shouldn’t be any space between the liner and the lashes. Create the thickness and length, clean up any mistakes using a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover and move onto your liquid.

3. Creating the Perfect Liquid Liner Line

The secret to this is not to go across the eyelid in one fell swoop. Instead, use the ‘connect the dots’ method and make short little lines where you want the liner to go. Then, go back over the lines and fill in the gaps by starting at the inside or center of the eyelid (the easiest part) and moving out towards the outer corners. By doing this, it takes the pressure off of having to create the perfect liner look all in one stroke and allows you more control and time to make the line as perfect looking as possible.

4. Start small

Make sure you use small lines and strokes. It’s always better to build it up. If you make it too thick, you might create a mess out of it, so keep the strokes small. Once you are satisfied with one eye, do the same with the other one. Try to keep it as symmetrical as possible.

5. Choose a comfortable space

If you are new to the art of eyeliner, make sure you have a place to rest your elbow when you line your eyes. This makes it easier to apply and provides you with a steady hand, which will give you a clean and precise finish. If you have a vanity or a table, it’s best to do your makeup on that.

6. Use a magnifying mirror

Cosmetic mirrors usually come double sided, where one side is a normal mirror and the other side is magnified. The magnified one helps you achieve a cleaner finish as you can get a closer look. It is worth the investment.

7. Correcting the errors

For those of us who seek a perfectly lined eye, here’s a tip on how to fix any little mistakes you may have made with the liquid liner: Dip a Q-tip into some eye makeup remover or eye cream and go over any spots that are uneven or too thick. This is also a great trick for fixing a cat eye look that has gotten away from you. Once you have it looking good you can trace around your cat eye shape or liner with a concealer and set your eye makeup using a blender brush and some translucent powder.

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by Mansi Kohli

How to do a French manicure in 9 easy steps

Now that we have got your attention, may we ask you why are your nails not kept in the pinkest of health and fashion? It is time you pay good attention to those nails too, just as you would to your makeup needs and hairdos as well. If you thought of getting a French manicure done and didn’t have the money or the time to visit a nail art studio and get the same; worry not. We are here to help you achieve what you thought was impossible in nine easy steps at home. Take a look at the mini tutorial below and seek inspiration from the same. Here goes!

What you would need to stash up on —

1. Cotton balls – Zuri recommends: 900 pcs Lint Free Nail Art Wipes Polish Acrylic Remover

2. Non-acetone nail polish remover: Zuri recommends: Colorbar Nail Enamel Remover with Protein & Vitamin B5

3. Nail file: Zuri recommends: Vega Nail Buffer

5. Cuticle oil: Zuri recommends: Vaadi Herbals Nail & Cuticle Oil with Jojoba Oil

6. Exfoliating scrub for the hands: Zuri recommends: Adyaa Naturals Ylang Sugar Scrub 

7. An orangewood stick: Zuri recommends: Orange Wood Stick Cuticle Pusher Manicure Lot of 20 by STL

8. Base coat: Zuri recommends: Oriflame -The ONE Base & Top Coat 8ml

9. Color: Zuri recommends: Maybelline New York Nail Polish, 130 Rose Poudre

10. Top coat: Zuri recommends: Colorbar Exclusive Nail Paint, Top Coat

Let’s begin —

1. Your nails should first get a thorough cleaning with the help of cotton and the non-acetone remover.

2. Once that is done, get the cuticles removed and pushed back.

3. Now it would be time for you to soak and scrub the fingers and your nails for three minutes, using the sugar exfoliating scrub. Make one at home or pick up what we have recommended.

4. Once the cleaning is done and the exfoliation complete; the cuticles would need to be softened, pushed back and cut. Do this with the help of the orange wood stick and a cuticle clipper- be careful!

5. Clean up with the non-acetone once again to remove any traces of oil and dirt, and then apply the first layer of base coat. This will help smoothen out the ridges and also create an even surface for the nail polish to sit on. Just one thin coat is needed.

6. Wait for it to dry; use a UV lamp if you have one or wait for five minutes until it dries and cures completely.

7. Take your preferred choice of nail polish; apply a thin layer at first, starting from the middle and all the way to the end and around the cuticle zone. Wait for it to dry.

8. Once it is dry, here is a hack that you would love. Take a very thin strip of tape and place it at the smile of the nails – the portion that faces outwards- this is where we shall paint the zone white.

9. Use a white polish to paint the area inside the outer smile section in matte white. Wait for five minutes and then apply two layers of a top coat, to shine the nails out.

Don’t touch a thing for the next five minutes or until the nails dry. If you feel even after five minutes that the nails are sticky; apply a thin layer of non-acetone on them and it would settle the stickiness for good. You now have gorgeous French manicured nails!

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by Tasneem Dhinojwala

Latest bridal makeup looks & skin care tips

It is one of the most special occasion in a woman’s life – her wedding day. Loaded with anxiety, excitement, joy and happiness, it’s a day for which preparations have begun long back. From the bridal trousseau to the wedding dress and jewelry, everything is done to the last detail. Makeup is essentially one of the most important things for the overall look of the bride. This depends on the dress she is going to wear and also her preferences.

Take a look at these ten makeup looks and tips that we have for the to-be bride this season —

1. The not so bold pink and silver look

Since the season is going to be blistering hot, the makeup can look toned down yet bright and beautiful to give you that super cool and smart look. Go for pink lips with silver eye makeup if it suits the dress you plan to wear. Soft pink makeup on your lips and cheeks with heavy silver makeup on the eyes will definitely make you look like a diva on your special day.2. A glamorous look with sparkle and smokey eyes

Smokey eyes and an Indian bride are a wow combination. This look can be taken a step further if some sparkle is added. Be it bronze, gold, silver or a color that goes well with your dress, a dash of glitter will transform you entirely. So look your sparkling best on the most important day of your life with your killer smokey eye look.3. A traditional Indian bride with a modern touch

If you prefer to look the traditional Indian bride but with a modern touch then go for a dark eye shadow in contrast to your outfits. Highlight your lashes for more volume and curls. Heavy jewelry will complete the royal and elegant look.

4. A chiseled look is important

It is important to get a perfect chiseled look. Discuss this with your makeup artist. Go for a trial run if possible to figure out the final look. Contouring and highlighting will give the desired effect to your overall look.5. Minimal is elegance personified

If you prefer keeping it simple and matching your makeup with the color of your dress, then go for it lady. A light makeup but with proper accentuation of your features will do the trick. Its definite nobody can steal the limelight from you, with your simple and elegant look.6. A healthy glowing skin

It is important to have a skin glowing with health on your wedding day. Plan it out atleast two months before your big day. Go for regular facials, manicures, pedicures and skin treatments if required. Limit exposure to the sun. Relax and avoid stress as much as possible. Get enough sleep. Whatever you plan out, just don’t overdo it.7. Hair care

Your hair is as much an important part of your overall look as your skin. Go for hair conditioning and masks at least for a month before your wedding. Summer season can make your scalp and hair oily, so take care accordingly.8. Eyes

Puffy eyes can play spoilt sport to your entire makeup as it is not so easy to hide them. Getting enough sleep is essential to avoid them. If you are prone to it then use chamomile tea bags over the eyes instead of the normal ones. It will help in soothing the eyes and reducing the puffiness.9. Buying the right makeup

Keeping the attire in your mind, make a list of makeup that you would need for your big day. Consult with your makeup artist as well. Buy good quality products. Test the products of a brand if you are buying them for the first time. Use it a few times before the wedding.10. Discuss each and everything with your makeup artist

When appointing the artist clear out everything at the start. Discuss everything in detail. Take a look at the sample work and also ask for a trial session. Clarifying everything at the beginning will help in avoiding any last minute issues.

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Zuri by Planetzuri - 11M ago

by Aarti Kapur Singh

These 26 elegant French braid hairstyles will give plenty of inspiration for your next formal or informal event

French braid hairstyles are timeless because they complement every outfit. Forever classics, they are perfect for every occasion or appearance. Perfect for weddings, dinner dates, or all day exercise, they’re as fancy as they are functional, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. All you need to do is to master a few braiding techniques and then get a bit creative. The French braid is a timeless but versatile hairstyle that runs the gamut between Boho chic and classically elegant, as well as every style between. It’s no longer just for long hair, you just have to get a little inventive. Braiding is like an art form, and some techniques are hard to learn.

1. Effortless Side Braid

French braiding need not involve all of your hair. A side braid is really easy to adapt into a French version. A deep parting is always more dramatic, but it all depends on the look you want.

2. Milkmaid Braids for the Win

Variously known as a braided headband, a crown or milkmaid braids – these hairdo looks really cute. This is ideal for second-day hair, or for any other ‘bad hair’ day. Another plus of this do is that when you unravel the plaits, you are left with gorgeous waves.

3. Multiple French Braids

It’s worth learning braiding techniques and their many variations. This is perhaps because no other hairstyle is capable of suiting almost every hair length, texture and type. If you have long, thick hair, it might be helpful to separate your braids a bit. Sporting multiple braids is an eye-catching take on the traditional style, and it all comes together in a perfect plait. Perfect!

4. Side Ponytail with a Twist

Side ponytails are having a major comeback, but anything you can do to dress up the ’80s throwback is definitely encouraged. Braids and ponytails pair together beautifully. Again, the variations to this style only depend on how creative you are!

5. All Around and Upside Down

This is stunning, but even though it might involve you spending a lot of time with your arms raised as you pose between two strategically placed mirrors, it’s worth the effort. The upside down braid is eye-catching enough, but the way it continues to circle a thick, beautifully formed bun is really kind of magical.

6. Intricate French Braids

What’s better than one French braid? Many of them! Try them.

7. Half this half that

This hairstyle is half up, and that part is half braided and half twisted into a messy bun. It actually works, although it’s a little … inventive, let’s say.

8. Boho Side-Braid

This cute and relaxed style is ideal for slightly curly or wavy hair. If your hair is straight, scrunch it with sea salt spray to achieve effortless-looking beach waves. Braid a loose braid to one side to frame your face. Make the end braid appear loose and relaxed by slightly easing it out with your fingers, both at the roots, as well as at the end. Secure the end with a small elastic.

9. Low Updo with Side French Braid

Starting right over one of your ears, braid a large chunk of your hair. Keep braiding and adding strands of hair, until you’ve reached the tips. Make sure the braid remains loose and relaxed throughout – if you eventually decide to opt out of the updo, you can simply wear it as a bohemian chic side braid. To complete the updo, tuck the end of the braid in and secure with a few hairpins. Since this is pre-eminently a hippie look, you can also try embellishing the do with some flowers – mogras or even artificial daisies.

10. Classy Loose French Braid

If you think that your braiding technique is a bit rusty, or if you’re simply on the lookout for a cool, relaxed hairdo, this is the best style. Why? Because the weakness that you can’t make it neat is actually your strength. To braid your hair for this style, pull it back and start at the top center point. Divide your mane into three sections and start braiding. At each crossover, add a small section of hair from the sides. As you work your way down the length of the hair, feel free to incorporate larger strands. Once you’ve run out of locks on the sides, feel free to braid the remainder into a normal style. Add a spritz of finishing serum and – presto! Here’s your picture-perfect braid!

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Polyacrylate polymer, Glycerine, Tamarind extract, Prunus Persica etc. Tamarind has been known for ages to cleanse, lighten and brighten the skin. This product’s star ingredient is definitely the tamarind extract.

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