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21 May

Haute Picks: 6 mehndi artists to follow for quirky designs this Eid

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Mehndi is as much part of our festive culture as traditional attire so it goes without saying that every chaand raat (evening before Eid) is dedicated to hours of henna application on hands. Unfortunately, as we are confined to our homes this year, Eid ul Fitr celebrations are going to be a little different. We can no longer visit our favourite mehndi artist or a salon, so what’s the alternative?

Pretty much like every other time, our savior in lockdown ‘Instagram’ has come to our rescue. In any ordinary situation, we would have urged you to take an appointment and get your hands painted from some of these local mehndi experts but desperate times require desperate measures. So, we have compiled a list of 5 pages (local & international) which have a range of designs that you can scroll through, save your favourites, try to replicate and then tag them in your artistic recreations. Take inspiration, create and give credit where it’s due!

 

Contemporary

 

Girls have started liking unconventional designs which appear more like tattoos and less like elaborate bridal mehndi. If you want your palms to stand out as much as your dress and shoes, check out designs by Dr. Azra here:

 

 

If you want something more intricate, message-oriented as well as thought-provoking, visual artist, The Solo Girl, may be what you’re looking for.

 

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Minimalist

 

For those of you who like tiny and quirky designs, the idea is to use mehndi that leaves dark stains so that the petite motifs are prominent. Check some designs by mehndi artist Samah here:

 

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Unconventional

 

While we strongly believe that this art should be best left to the artist, Sara’s henna designs are hard to resist. They are like illustrated short stories and she puts a lot of effort in these designs. However, there is no harm in trying a seemingly simplistic one!

 

Read: 3 different desserts to make at home on Eid

 

White Ink 

 

Although mehndi is supposed to be dark brown or reddish in tone, there is another variety i.e. white mehndi. It seems interesting to look at so why not try it this year. Here are some designs by Singaporean artist Hennabelle:

 

 

 

Old-school

 

Many of us still stick to a simple circle on our palms and painted finger tips. Here are a few designs by Kolachi Mehndi to help you revamp old-school designs and make them more appealing.

 

 

 

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Syeda Zehra

The author is Assistant Editor at Something Haute. A journalist by profession, the writer has a penchant for films, fashion and music.