This Diwali, Look Good & Stay Safe With These Five Handbag Essentials

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It’s that time of the year again when we dress in our traditional best and partake in weeklong festivities. Yes, Diwali is finally here and although some have opted for virtual parties, for others, intimate family gatherings are unavoidable. If you need to step out of your house for your Diwali celebrations, along with your face mask, a few essential beauty items should find a permanent spot in your handbag. 'Coz let’s admit it, you never know when you’re going to need a little touchup for all those selfies!

5 Must-Have Items In Your Handbag

Since we’re living in corona times, your beauty essentials will need a little upgrade. Along with your compact, there are a few more must-haves that are absolutely necessary. After all, this year, the goal is to not only look on-point in all your pictures but to also stay safe.



Since face masks are mandatory, all focus is going to be on your eyes. Whether or not you decided to go heavy with the eyeshadow, kajal is a must if you want to add definition to your eyes and draw attention to them. Kajal on the waterline tends to disappear or run after a while so to avoid looking like you lined only half your lash line, make sure that kajal is one of the essentials in your handbag.


Kohl Kajal 040 White 1.1g

INR 250 AT Catrice

Blotting Paper


To avoid greasiness, blotting paper is an absolute must, especially if you have oily skin. Even though the temperature is starting to drop, all that running around and dancing is bound to make you sweat and if you want to avoid any makeup disasters, keep blotting paper with you at all times.

Since blotting paper absorbs oil easily, simply dab it lightly on your skin to avoid rubbing away your makeup. This removes any greasiness and it immediately mattifies the makeup on your face.

Blotting Papers

INR 1,627 AT NYX Professional Makeup

Germ-Killing Sanitizer & Hand Cream


This needs no explanation. If you still haven’t made hand sanitizer your constant companion, it’s high time you do so. But along with your hand sanitizer, you need another equally important product to go with it. The cold weather and the high alcohol percentage in sanitizers is a recipe for dry skin, so make sure you use a germ-killing hand cream after washing or sanitizing your hands.


WIPEOUT Germ Killing Hand Cream

INR 149 AT MyGlamm

Matte Lipstick


Your lipglosses and creamy lipsticks will definitely need to sit this one out. Whether you plan on wearing the lipstick under your face mask or apply it after removing the mask, make sure it’s a matte formula to avoid smudges and transfers.


Power Bullet Matte Lipstick - Third Date

INR 1,995 AT Huda Beauty



And finally, the second most important handbag essential *after the sanitizer, of course,* is your compact. To eliminate sweat, prevent shine, absorb excess oil and for instant touch-ups during your Diwali festivities, a compact is a must in your handbag.

Make Up

Guerlain Les Violettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil

INR 14,035 AT Guerlain

Want some more Diwali inspiration? Check out our picks for the best no-heat hairstyles for the festive season. Happy Diwali!

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