Mehndi is a green color paste applied on the skin for obtaining various body art designs. Also popular in the Indian subcontinent as henna, it is essentially a flowering plant whose leaves are taken to form a paste that can be applied on various parts of the body to obtain exquisite patterns. Mehndi is a popular tradition for the bride that is very common in Indian as well as Pakistani wedding ceremonies.
It is not uncommon to find women close to the bride wearing mehndi on them while turning up for the wedding in Western attire. Hence, it has become all the more important that the mehndi is done right.
This video explains the step-by-step process of applying stylish designs on your hand, which will complement any western attire.
But knowing how to apply different mehendi designs isn’t enough. Here is a brief guide on what you can do to apply mehndi on your hand in the right way possible so that it complements your Western looks.
Step 1: Prepare Mehndi Cone
A mehndi design is typically applied with the help of cone. You can buy a mehndi cone from a nearby beauty store or simply have one made at home.
The problem with the readymade ones is that they contain some chemicals that may not agree with everyone. For an all natural experience, it is recommended that you create your own cone at home and fill it up with henna paste. It holds a significant advantage as it will not only give you a better color but also stay on longer.
The narrow end of the cone contains a pin which you should keep safely. The amount of mehndi contained in one such cone is enough to serve you over multiple sittings. Put it back in once you are done with the work.
You need to hold the mehndi cone in the same manner that you would hold a pen or pencil. Squeeze gently as the paste starts to come out. Initially there will be a black color mixture but soon you will get the light color paste
Use a tissue paper to clean the excess mehndi from the tip. At the time of application, the tip will continue to get messy so ensure you have a tissue paper at hand to tackle the situation
The tip of your finger, which is the farthest point, is from where you should start applying the mehndi. Keep moving down from there on. However, if you are doing the mehndi for someone else, start from their palm and then move towards the fingers
Have a firm grip over the cone and take a close look at the design which you want to create. Squeeze the cone lightly till the mehndi starts coming out in a thin line and run it all along your hands in the desired pattern
Now enjoy making your very own mehndi to go along nicely with that latest Western attire you were planning to wear to your best friend’s wedding