Try these trendy mehendi designs

Henna, or mehendi as we call it, has long been part of our culture and tradition. Used as a paste created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (lawsonia inermis), its use is widespread throughout the country. The word mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhika. An Indian wedding without mehendi is unthinkable. Cutting across religious lines, the application of mehendi, which is considered auspicious, is mandatory for some festivals.

While it is used mostly during weddings, it is not restricted to them. You can use mehendi to celebrate any occasion, be it Diwali or Eid, a pooja, or just a birthday. In fact, this body art is even used as an accessory nowadays. You can flaunt a daring mehendi design with your western wear and look chic and retro at the same time.

Here are some trendy mehendi designs you can show off.

  • The full hand and forearm

This is a very traditional North Indian design that covers the entire hand, as well as the forearm, front and back. It is very detailed and is a great choice for brides. You can extend the design to the back of your hand as well, should you so desire. But be warned – it takes a lot of time and effort. You will need lots of patience.

  • The thick-lined motif

This design has a Middle Eastern touch, with the floral motif clearly visible. It relies on thick lines and prominent borders, and is evenly spaced out, giving it a higher visibility. You can try this design with a traditional outfit, but it will go nicely with a semi-traditional one as well. If you are using it with the latter, leave more space and impart greater visibility.

  • The nude fingertip

This is a rather innovative pattern that uses the trick of leaving the fingertips bare, thus enhancing visibility. It has a closed-up design on the fingers, minus the fingertips, and a more open, spaced-out motif on the palm. The style immediately catches the eye, but it might take a while to figure out why. The secret is the nude finger tips and the spaced-out palm.

  • The backhand

This is a contemporary design that will go well with your western outfits. It is minimal in nature, and limited to the outer hand in a broadly-spaced-out motif. It is simple, elegant and eye-catching.

  • The footsie

This is a fun, flirtatious design, done on the feet. It works best when it is limited to the front, and just one side of the foot. Try it in a broad motif near the toes, and a thinner, fuller, tapering design for the side of the foot.

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