5 handbag essentials to keep you sparkling this Diwali 

Our handbook of all you need to remain effortlessly radiant from your first Diwali bash to your last. 

Harper's Bazaar India

Some of us manage to fit our entire wardrobe into our handbags. However, as the festive season comes around, our bags get smaller and smaller—spacious totes and handy bucket bags are replaced by stunning clutches and mesmerising potlis. Ironically, the list of things we need to look and feel our best through long days and nights of festivities seems never ending. 

Bazaar India curates a handbook of essentials that’ll fit easily into your statement clutches to keep you shining bright this Diwali. 



Never underestimate the power of a good concealer, especially when you are going Diwali party hopping through the night. Whether it’s Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Concealer, or Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Away Liquid Concealer, it’ll keep you looking fresh and vibrant—as if you’re somehow managing to sleep eight hours every night. It takes care of your tired skin and blemishes, and can also be mixed in with some lip tint for an on-the-go blush that’ll last all night. 



From Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hydrating Face Mist to Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet Water Mist, a small bottle of facial mist spray can be a game changer for your looks this Diwali. Spritz a little bit of the mist as you go from one Diwali bash to another, so that you walk into your last soiree looking just as radiant, dewy-faced, and hydrated as at the first one. It’ll also help your skin recover from the increased use of make-up and lack of sleep through these fun-filled nights. 



While we’re not suggesting you party around town with your precious diamonds in your bag, carrying a piece of statement earrings, neckpiece, or even a bracelet with you can dramatically shapeshift your entire look from morning to evening. From wearing bouncy waves and a stunning necklace for your first look to donning a sleek bun and adding a pair of stunning earrings like Swarovski’s Gema Drop Earrings or Outhouse Jewellery’s Lophorina Eternite Ear Cascade Earrings with the same outfit for the second party, you’ll serve so many different looks in a night and with so much ease!  


Whether it’s Dior’s Rouge Dior Forever Lipstick - 879 Forever Passionate or Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G - Night Crimson, carrying a bold lipstick with you is a must! It is like carrying a whole different look in your tiny little clutch. Don’t change your outfit or your hairstyle; simply replace your nude lipstick with your favourite bold red hue and you’re ready to go! 


Dispensing your favourite (and preferably long-lasting) perfume in a mini atomiser and popping it into your clutch is a life saver. This simple trick will have you dancing through the night in your heavy outfits without any worry of smelling funny. Knowing you can reapply your signature scent—whether it's the trending Baccarat’s Rouge 540 or Bvlgari’s Le Gemme Reali Nylaia Eau de Parfum, whenever you feel the need, is a bliss.