Bindi is an integral part of traditional Indian makeup. It is not merely an adornment but also has deep rooted spiritual meaning. A bindi or tikka is worn excatly at the point at which the mythical third eye is supposed to be. Moreover, it is considered to be a sign of marriage in some Hindu communities.
The festive season in India begins in September with Ganesh Chaturthi. Then we have festivals like Navratri, Diwali etc coming one after another. Needless to say you will be wearing a lot of ethnic wear and will need Indian makeup ideas to go with it. Here are some bindi styles to suit every occassion.
1. The Bengali Bindi: The deep red dot, the colour of vermilion or kum kum is the typical Bengali bindi. It is usually made with vermilion. The newly married Kareena gives us the look of Bengali Bride. After all, Saif is part Bengali!
2. The Long Stroke: If you have a face that is overtly roundish or oval, you can add length to it by trying this bindi. Sonakshi Sinha wears a black line on her forehead with great penchant.
3. The Sparkler: This is the most versatile bindi that goes with most modern and chic looks. You can try this Indian makeup essential with zardosi, chiffon or net sarees. Don`t wear it with traditional silk or cotton sarees.
4. The Little Black Dot: This is another very adaptable Indian makeup style. All you have to do is make a small dot at the centre of your forehead with a black eyeliner. Asin wears it stylishly with her South Indian ethnic wear. This style is more popular down South, especially with young girls.
5. Marathi Mulgi: The Maharashtrian have an unique bindi that cooks like an upturned cresent moon. Usually it is red in colour. But Rani sports an improvished version of the Maratha bindi in style.
6. The Universal Red Dot: This too is a red dot that is put at the centre of the forehead. But is considerably smaller in size than its Bengali cousin. It is also commonly a sticker and not a handmade tikka. It is an universal style that is followed across India.
7. The Black Hole: The big black dot also resembles a Bengali bindi to a great extent, only it is black in colour. It looks great when teamed up with silver jewellery and cotton sarees.
These are some of the best bindi styles that you can try in festive season. Which one is your favourite?
BDST: 1535 HRS, NOV-11, 2012
Edited by: Sharmina Islam, Lifestyle Editor
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