How To Choose Bridal Jewellery That Flatters Your Face And Skin

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*This blog has been re-blogged from http://www.bollywoodshaadis.com and written by Ms.Vriti Malik.

Jewellery is undoubtedly the most important part of a bride’s look on her wedding day. It is also the trickiest to choose, keeping in mind not just the current trends and personal taste, but also one’s face shape and skin tone. Yes, the bridal jewellery must be bought with complete attention to such details that you might ignore otherwise. To pick out the perfect bridal jewellery for your D-day, allow us to be your guide, and help you through your journey of buying the perfect wedding sets.

Understand Your Face Shape

It is important to understand your face shape, before you begin with your jewellery shopping. We are going to tell you about neckpieces and earrings styles that will flatter your face shape because maang tikkas are comparatively simpler to choose. To select a perfect one, keep your forehead in consideration. If you have a broad forehead, then safely go for a heavier maang tikka with a matha patti. If you have a small forehead, pick out a small tikka, and go for a small crystal bindi along with it.

Round-shaped face

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Right kind of jewellery will help you to offset the roundness of your face. Pick a long necklace that extends below the neckline, along with chandelier earrings. Lay your hands on earrings in different shapes and cuts, like square or oval. Teardrop earrings would look best on you.

Better Avoid: Steer clear of round-shaped earrings, and even round cut diamonds or gemstones.

Oval-shaped face

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Neither round nor long, this face shape is one where lots of versatility can be explored. You can flaunt long and short necklaces with equal aplomb. Play around with different styles of earrings, especially big hoops and danglers. While going for danglers, pick the ones that are angular in shape.

Better Avoid: Extra-long earrings are the only unsafe bet for you.

Rectangular-shaped face

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Image Courtesy (R): Tanishq

Complement the length of your face with contrasting jewellery style. Choker-style necklace will look perfect on you, combined with short or round earrings. Even button earrings are a great choice. Basically, go for earrings that are soft and round.

Better Avoid: Do not ever go for hard angles like rectangular and square earrings.

Heart-shaped face

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Since your chin area is narrower, go for shorter necklaces and chokers that lend a bit of roundness to your face. Danglers and teardrop earrings will give an elongated look to your face, and also ensure that the jawline does not look too sharp. Long cylindrical and triangular danglers are the ones you should be looking for.

Better Avoid: Stay away from small earrings and studs.

Understand Your Skin Tone

Skin tone does not only refer to being fair or dark. What we are talking about here is whether you are a warm-toned or a cool-toned person! Depending on this, the jewellery style that would suit you, will obviously differ.

Cool tone

If your veins appear bluish in colour, and your skin has a rosy undertone, then you are cool-toned person.

Diamonds are truly your best friends. Apart from that, choose metals, like platinum, white gold, silver, and Cubic Zirconis (CZ). They will look stunning on you.

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When you wish to adorn a gemstone, look no further than white pearls, blue sapphires, ravishing rubies, exquisite amethysts, and striking deep emeralds. Also, do not shy away from embracing bright colours like pink, red, and purple that will make you look vivacious.

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Warm tone

If your veins are greenish in appearance, and your skin has a golden sheen to it, then you have a warm skin tone.

Embrace yellow gold, kundan, or copper on your special day.

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Talking of precious and semi-precious stones, go for colours like brown, yellow, orange, coral, turquoise, and olive. Golden pearls will also look great on you.

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Image Courtesy: Tanishq

Some More Handy Tips:

  • If you do not wish to attract attention to your broad shoulders, avoid wearing brooches or an armband.
  • For any particular look, pick jewellery in one colour. Do not pick a red bracelet with blue earrings. It will end up looking tacky.
  • If your outfit is too sparkly, then go for subtle jewellery.
  • Do not let a piece of jewellery converge with another accessory or clothing. For instance, a necklace should not cover your studded waist belt, but rather end a few inches above it.
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8 Wedding Lehenga styles to suit your body type!

All women think of the ideal wedding lehenga for themselves from a very young age. For many, the wedding lehenga stands as a symbol which marks the beginning of a journey they have always dreamed of, and all deserve nothing but the very best.

So what then do you need to consider, in order to make sure that you get your look absolutely perfect? Besides hair, makeup and jewellery, one tiny detail which is more often than not overlooked is the body type.

In this post, reposted from looksgud.in, we show you 8 different wedding lehenga styles which can help you understand what style suits you best.

Circular / Flared Lehenga

Special Feature: Adds Extreme volume below the waist

Perfect for: Apple (or V shape), Pear Shape, Hourglass Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Worst Choice For: Women with very slim waists (Since it can look clumsy if waists are too tiny)

Mermaid/ Fishtail Lehenga

Special Feature: Accentuates the Hips

Perfect for: Hourglass and Rectangle body shape
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Pear Shape and Thin Body Type

Panelled Lehenga

Special Feature: It creates a slimming Effect, Hides and Extra Flab

Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, and Petite Body Type
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Skinny Body Type

A-Line Lehenga

Special Feature: Perfect ad Elegant, Easier to carry

Perfect for: Hourglass, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Apple and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape

Sharara cut Lehenga

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Special Feature: Trousers in the form of a Lehenga

Perfect for: Apple Shape, Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite and women with too slim legs

Straight Cut Lehenga

Special Feature: Flows with the body curves

Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Apple Shape and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Too thin body structure

Lehangas with a Jacket

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Special Feature: Hides the extra fats(if you are plump) or creates volume(if you’re too skinny)

Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Inverted Triangle and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Petite Women

Half Saree Lehenga

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Special Feature: Gives a Virtual Sari look

Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite Women

A perfect lehenga according to your body type won’t only accentuate your personality but will also bring out the best in you.

Balle Balle all the way! Why Punjab is a great Wedding Shopping Destination

The balle-balle land has quite a lot to offer with regards to shopping. Punjab is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of handlooms and handicrafts. Everything available here carries a stamp of its rich culture.

Almost all tourist places in Punjab, from Amritsar to Ludhiana and Chandigarh, provide shopping opportunities and have a lot to offer in terms of traditional and rich crafted ware.

The kind of stuff you get here is colourful, authentic and traditional.

Jutties

Footwear with beautiful embroidery and impressive patterns using a wide range of fancy materials, like beads, pearls, coloured threads, small mirrors and seashells, are a must-buy in Punjab.

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Phulkari

A form of craft in which artistic embroidery embellishes a shawl, saree, dupatta or the entire dress, generally used for special occasions like weddings and other festivities. A special kind of thread is used for phulkari, which is called ‘pat.’ The designs used are varied.

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Parandis

Parandis are attractive hair ornaments, worn at the end of a braid. These parandis are woven out of attractive silk threads, clustered together artistically, in a  variety of designs and patterns.

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Mentioned above are just a few things traditional to Punjab and can be used for wedding trousseau, placed on the shagun thali or just give a piece of handcrafted stuff from Punjab as Wedding Favours!

So next time you are there, be sure to check these out! 🙂

Jaipur is the ideal wedding shopping destination, we tell you why!

The exotic land of forts, palaces and unparalleled heritage – Jaipur is the city you should be heading to for your wedding shopping.

The list of things available is endless – with its jewelry, textiles and sarees, Jaipur indeed is a shopper’s paradise. The colorful bazaars in the city are a treat for people who love to explore and discover.

Some of the popular places to shop here and the things that are available here are:

Johri Bazaar 

As the name suggests, it is the hub of the finest jewelry and silverwork.  The street is lined with a number of outlets which craft and sell exquisite pieces of jewelry, be it tribal, ornamental or the traditional Kundan work. Other things you can buy here are tie and dye fabrics and bandhani work, including sarees and lehengas.

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Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar

Known for textiles, local perfumes, and your favorite Jutties/Mojris. The famous Saraogi Mansion market with many Indian bridal stores is also located here.  You might just end up picking out your main bridal trousseau here, while the place spoils you with choices.

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The cutting, polishing, and selling of precious and semi-precious stones is centered around the area of Pahar Ganj in the Surajpol Bazaar area.

Badi Chaupar

Located next to the Hawa Mahal, it is probably the most crowded area in Jaipur. Here you can find attractive handicrafts, antique gift items and fabrics with block print which are a delight to the eyes. Bargaining skills are a must if you are shopping here.

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Mirza Ismail Road 

The popular M.I. Road houses a large number of Emporia with goods ranging from jewelry, brass work, textiles, antiques, handicrafts, and fabrics with vegetable dye prints. Small shops with bangles, souvenirs, curios and Jaipuri dresses ensure that your Jaipur shopping experience is complete.

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The small by-lanes around these bigger areas also provide a lot of shopping opportunities, Just walk about and explore! You won’t leave disappointed! 🙂

 

Wedding Shopping Destination: Hyderabad

Whether it’s the thousands of crowded lanes scattered around the iconic Char Minar or the innumerable shopping malls, the city of Nawabs provides the ultimate wedding shopping experience for all brides to be!

Read on, as we cover some of the popular places you must head to, for all your wedding needs.

The first and most obvious suggestion is Char Minar, old Hyderabad, where you can almost lose yourself in all the jewelry stores selling exquisite pearls – real and cultured. This area is also known for its glittering delights – lacquered bangles, jhumkas and colorful footwear. Ittar, the natural perfume, is sold like hot cakes here – from jasmine to rose, lilies to woody notes, pick up a bottle of ittar that you think suits you and wear it on the big day.

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Laad Bazaar should be your next stop – for all the bangles you ever desired to flaunt. Once you’re done with these, it’s only natural to give in to the temptation of picking up the necklaces and earrings that go with these bangles – pearl encrusted or studded with other precious stones.  You can also buy dupattas with zardosi work from Laad Bazaar.

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A major commercial hub of the city, Abids is an area you should not miss. From jewelry to traditional clothes, you can find everything in one place.

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General Bazaar caters to all your trousseau requirements – it is the second largest wholesale saree market in the state!

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Our tip: Prepare yourself with a proper shopping list when you head to Hyderabad, or you might just end up spending more than you actually wanted to, because the bazaars of this city make you want to pick up every item you see!

Wedding Shopping Destination: Kanchipuram

Known for its traditionally woven silk sarees with heavy gold zari work, Kanchipuram is the perfect destination for all your wedding shopping needs. With its wide contrasting borders and motifs, the Kanjeevaram saree has made its way into every woman’s closet.

Kanchipuram has a history of weaving dating back to about 400 years with silk weavers settling in this temple town. Even today there are more than 500 families engaged in the exquisite art of weaving silk. Shopping here for silk saris and fabrics can be done at handloom co-operatives who run their retail outlets.

vines-sari-21The 3 most popular areas to choose the finest and most beautiful silk sarees are Gandhi Road, T.N Nambi Street and Nadu Street. These places are lined with innumerable shops that sell all varieties of silk sarees. It’s only normal to momentarily lose your mind over the colors and textures offered by these stores. The sarees in these shops range from 3,000 to 90,000 rupees – depending on the kind of work gone into their making.

topimg_20531_kanchivaram_600x400Other than the wedding trousseau, Kanchipuram is the ultimate choice for exquisite gold wedding jewellery. Traditional temple jewellery is found in abundance at well known brands like Tanishq and Alukkas, and also at a number of local outlets on Raja street and Kamarajar road.

20121008-110851-pmIf you’re done with all your shopping activities and have some time to kill, you can visit the temples in and around the city – Kanchipuram is known as the city of a thousand temples. Shopping in Kanchi is definitely an experience you must check off your list.