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10 tried & tested cult beauty products for creating the perfect Diwali look

Festive, shiny, cult beauty products that will change your makeup game this Diwali.

Festive season is almost always about shimmer and shine and creating a makeup look that’s resides perfectly on your Instagram forever. Almost all of our power bloggers have  created Diwali looks we love that go from minimal shimmer to loads of shine – from Sameera Reddy’s easy peasy look to Ankita’s super shiny vibe. Shereen keeps it glowing while Debasree goes all the way out with a whole lot of highlighter.

How does one achieve the perfect Diwali slash festive look? Here is the best Diwali arsenal for your makeup box so you can achieve the slightly shimmer, shiny, wholesome look that you need this week. And the best bit? Most of them are cult beauty products while some of them are super new, just in time for the festivities.

Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer, Rs 3,050

Vitamins with your primer? That’s how you stay hydrated, moisturised and innately happy. This vitamin-enriched vegan face primer from Smashbox boots your glow instantly with a lightweight formula that promises to nourish and soothe the skin.

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Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette, Rs 5,375

The newest Huda palette to meet us in Diwali is the new retrograde palette with a smattering to stunning jewel-toned shades. We tried out the taupes, the blues and the purples – while the warm tones like dusty coppers and creamy metallics work beautifully on Indian skin. No wonder it’s on it’s way to become of the most interesting, cult beauty products in the world.

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Manish Malhotra Beauty exclusively by MyGlamm Eye Kit with Mascara + Eyeliner, Rs 999

In four amazing shades that can be used as eyeliners or eyeshadows alongside mascaras – these Manish Malhotra eye kits are anything but ordinary. They shimmer is subtle but bold, the mascara gives you long, fanned out lashes in minutes and at Rs 999, it’s a steal.

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MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream, Rs 3,200

The credit for this amazing, primer-meets-moisturiser-meets-highlighter can only go to MAC. With a variety of shades from gold to silver to even pink, there is one that illuminates every skin tone.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15, Rs 4,250

It’s smooth as suede and stays put for hours. Bobbi Brown foundations are weightless as they come and in 35 shades no less. The store locator might get you closer to the shade you need.

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Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter, Rs 2,500

Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter is probably the best thing you need this festive season and will last you all through Christmas and New Year too. Infused with crushed diamond powder and light reflecting pearls, it gives you that electrifying, intense strobing effect with a great finish.

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Becca Powder Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, Rs 3,300

This underrated finishing powder used and tried by us is as good as they come for the humid weather that India comes with. If you ever needed that extra boost, this Becca powder is infused with hydration and is formulated with 50% water while giving you a mist-like sensation.

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Kiro Longwear Brightening Eyeshadow Stick, Rs 1,050

Armed with nourishing ingredients like Mango Seed Oil and Vitamin C, this eyeshadow stick is as buttery and as beautiful as they come. It glides on effortlessly and comes in shades that make your eyes pop. Definitely an investment that keeps on giving. It’s also water-resistant.

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Dior 999 lipstick in Matte

Rouge Dior’s cult formula, especially the Rouge 999 shade in matte is widely popular and now with Dior available on Nykaa, it’s even better. It’s a matte finish that is supremely pigmented and is so lightweight it’s practically feather-like.

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Stila Glitter & Glow Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell

If you’re lazy like us and hate the work that an eyeshadow palette comes with, then, you must look at Stila’s easy long-wearing sparkle eye shadow that contains pearl and glitter elements. It’s smooth, not chunky and very velvety on the skin and dries down fast and smooth giving you minimal fall-out.

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush, Rs 3,850

A build-able blush with a neat non-drying, non-cakey formula, the Estee Lauder blush in it’s pristine gold case is perfect for those who want to look natural. It gives you flushed, radiant look in minutes.

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.