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The Diwali look...

This Diwali, dressing up is what it’s about. Take out the mathapatti, take out the maangtika, the bangles and the rings. Be OTT but always with a sense of restraint because you don’t want to end up looking like a Christmas tree. Go traditionally sexy, go for an elegant old-world look. Well, it’s tougher than it sounds. You have to do everything right. Here are some tips from couture jeweller RAJ MAHTANI:

1Your eyes must be kohled. There must be a glint of mischief, only then will the nath (nose ring) work. Look all-knowing and the nath makes you look like a balika vadhu!

2The earrings must be really long and really elaborate. An important thing to remember is that your earrings must flow and move to look sexy and be a part of your personality. Long earrings make you look young. Ear clips add a few years.

3Take out your grandma’s necklace. Fix it, layer it, fit it and bring it out in a new avatar as a stunning Diwali choker.

4Bracelets and bangles are big. Make sure the bracelets look like chunks on your wrist. Never wear the same design on both wrists, always stack it up in one hand so it looks trendy and super cool. On the bare hand, slip on a large ring. It always draws attention.

5Remember that your jewellery has to look vintage. It should look like it’s just come out of your grandmother’s closet and not the factory!

Pictures: Pabitra Das

Raima’s jewellery & styling: Raj Mahtani

Sari: Anamika Khanna

Make-up & hair: Abhijit Chanda