Go simple this Diwali

Amrita Prasad
Monday, 16 October 2017

Wondering how to deck up your home, which sweet to prepare and what makeup to wear this Diwali? We speak to YouTubers who share pocket-friendly and easy tips to help you pick and choose

Known for elaborate decorations, bright and beautiful oufits, delicious snacks, lights and happiness, Diwali sees people of all age groups participating in the festivities. The preparations begin a month in advance. Yet, we are often left stuggling with our outfit and makeup at the last moment.

YouTuber Ayushi Singh who runs her channel Creation To Inspire and Kabita Singh who shares recipes on her YouTube channel Kabita’s Kitchen share some last minute tips that do not pinch your pocket. So if you want to dazzle this Diwali and treat your loved ones with some amazing snacks and sweets, here’s your chance:

Makeup and decor
Ayushi, through her channel, has been sharing some easy DIY makeup, skin tips and decor ideas and loves to inspire others to try them. The youngster, who herself is not too fond of visiting a parlour or spending too much money on makeup, suggests some homemade remedies for a glowing  skin.

Says Ayushi, “You can prepare an easy-to-make facepack which is very effective. If you do not have the time to visit the parlour, you can take chandan powder, tea tree oil, and aloevera and mix them properly before applying on your face. You can leave it for 10 minutes and wash off. This will make your skin look clear and keep acne at bay. Try it this Diwali evening and steal the show!”

Sharing tips on makeup, Ayushi says that these simple hacks make you stand out apart from saving a lot of money.

“If you are not too fond of foundation, you can go for CC (colour correcting) cream which goes well with Indian skintone and can give the feel of makeup when perfected with compact. You wouldn’t want your lipstick to wear off while celebrating and eating sweets during Diwali; hence instead of going for glossy lipstick, use a matte one. It looks rich and stay for at least eight hours.

Winged-eye liner is every girl’s fantasy but perfecting it is quite a task. Ayushi suggests using pencil kajal instead of using liquid eyeliner.
“Start with pencil kajal as a liner to carve the winged tip and then perfect it with a liquid liner,” suggests Ayushi.

The young YouTuber who is also into home decor and DIY craft says that one can upcycle and resuse discarded and old stuff to deck up the house.

“Use old cardboard pieces or CDs and embellish them with kundan and other decorative pieces. You can use them as centrepieces on your table and light diyas on them,” says Ayushi.

Quick cooking hacks
Kabita, who specialises in using minimum ingredients and low-cost items to make dishes, has been posting recipes of Gulab Jamun, Boondi Ke Laddoo, Jalebi, Karanji, Chiwda and so on, on her channel. Says Kabita, “I recently made Boondi Ke Laddoo which is very easy to make and just requires besan, sugar and ghee. Similarly, Besan Ke Laddoo, Coconut Barfi or Laddoo, Shakkarpara, Namakpara are easy to make. Even making Gulab Jamun is very easy, which can be made with different kinds of ingredients. You can make Mawa Gulab Jamun, Milkmade Potato Gulab Jamun, Bread Gulab Jamun and so on.”
Kabita further insists that Bread Rasmalai is the easiest to make and requires just bread, milk and sugar.

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