I can’t believe there’s less than 100 days until The Star-Touched Queen hits bookshelves. I wanted to celebrate the book’s rapidly approaching release with a Twitter giveaway! Follow the directions on my Twitter profile page to win an ARC, tattoo sheet and bookmark!
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Not quite good, not quite bad, but unquestionably enimagtic, the nagas/naginis of Hindu mythology have always intrigued me. You may recognize them from their depiction on many temples as half-human, half-snake beings. But their placement in Hindu myths and legends are less set in stone (HA! SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!). They can be malevolent and benevolent, or sometimes the entire framework of the story. For instance, the naga Shesha was entrusted with the duty of carrying the entire world (he’s still at it).
Uloopi: This nagini princess was the ultimate deus-ex-machina in the epic poem of the Mahabharata. One of the many wives of Prince Arjun, she took wifely duties to a whole new level and not only acted as a second mother to his son from another wife, but also resurrected him on the battle field with the aid of a magical jewel. I can’t find any mention of WHERE this magical jewel is or WHAT it was called, which leads me to believe that it’s lurking at the bottom of a river waiting for me to claim it (naturally).
Kaliya: Poor Kaliya…he fled to the Yamuna River to escape Garuda (the giant eagle/mount of Lord Vishnu) a.k.a. “Bane of All Snakes.” I guess he got exceedingly grumpy with the herdboys playing by his river and knocking their toys into it (“GET OFF MY PORCH”) so one day he rose out of the river. Alas, the herdboy he chose to harass was none other than Krishna*. Krishna assumed the weight of the whole universe, danced on Kaliya’s head until his wives rose out of the river to beg Krishna for their husband’s life. Once Kaliya recognized the god’s greatness, he surrendered. (I assume he also returned the herdboys’ toy ball.)
I wanted to choose two beings who represented both the benevolence and malevolence of nagas in legends. I hope they inspire you to seek out more stories.
Do you have a favorite?
Let me know in the comments. The wonderful thing about Hindu mythology is how fluid it is. There are hundreds of variations to each story, and each one is richer than the last.
*”I’ve made a huge mistake.”
It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with The Star-Touched Queen’s cover. To the point where I want it to be with me at all times. Short of dragging around my battered ARC and waving it in people’s faces, I decided to keep them on my nails (in a fashion). I hope you like this nail look. Next week, be on the lookout for Myth Monday!
What I used:
Essie in “Jamaica Me Crazy”
Essie in “Aruba Blue”
Essie in “Set in Stones.”
2. To create the half moon effect, take some bandaids and cut out semi-circles to place onto your nails once the pink color has completely dried. I found the easiest way to keep them in place was with tape. (My bandaid game is on point).
4. Top off with silver glitter! We decided to leave one of the nails design free of pink as an accent, but adjust the design to your taste.
5. Clean up around the edges with nail polish remover, and voila!
Magical and enigmatic, the serpentine naginis in Hindu mythology are some of my favorite mythological beings. I’ve been fascinated with them ever since I read the Mahabharata story about Uloopi, the brave snake princess who saved Prince Arjuna’s life. I’ve always imagined them as beautiful women who straddle two worlds. In one form, they are beautiful maidens. In another, they could be devastatingly gorgeous monsters. I hope you enjoy this makeup look! If you try it, let me know. I’d love to see.
And tune in for next week’s Myth Monday which will be about (duh) naginis.
This is a “half-face” look so first choose which side you wish to be the “nagini” and which side you wish to be the “princess.”
1. I’ve found that makeup sticks better if you exfoliate first. You want this to be flawless, so exfoliate/moisturize and apply primer all over. For the nagini side, apply concealer on a third of your forehead, over your eyelids and on the tops of your cheekbones.
2. I think you can create this look with either liquid face paint or with face powder. It’s up to you! My model had sensitive skin, so we went with powder. And by that I mean, I literally used drugstore eyeshadows and liquid eyeliner for all of this…
3. Take a navy blue shade and sweep this color all over the eyelids and to the temple. Apply the color in the cheek hollow, leaving empty space on the cheekbone for later color. To add some serpentine texture, take a mossy iridescent green and turquoise blue and dab this over the navy blue. You can use a damp sponge/brush, or finger!
4. Emphasize the shadows by taking a black shadow and carving out the hollow of the cheekbones and the hairline of your temples. Blend it out, but don’t be afraid to let it look stark against the cheekbones. Once you add the scales, it will look more realistic. Plus, you don’t want to muddy up the gorgeous blue texture.
5. With a bright blue liquid eyeshadow (I found this looked brighter than gel eyeliner or pencil, but adjust to what works best for you!) draw diagonal lines in opposite lines over the shaded areas on your face. Don’t forget the eyelids!
6. Inside the small squares you created, start drawing scales with PENCIL liner. I found it was helpful to think of the scales as slightly squished circles. Vary up the shapes by drawing different scales that stem from the eyebrow.
7. Emphasize the shape by outlining the shapes you just made with LIQUID eyeliner. This adds depth and sharpness to the shapes you made and helps them look more three-dimensional.
8. With a pigmented metallic gold eyeshadow (preferably from a eyeshadow pot instead of a palette), start pressing this color inside the scales. Sweep this gold underneath the eye.
9. With the mossy green iridescent color you used to build original texture, dust the color in the empty space between the two patches of scales, around the patches of scales, and along the lower jaw.
10. Finish up by generously lining your eyes and extending the eyeliner into a small hook at the tearduct. Fill in your brows, top off with mascara. Pat the same gold eyeshadow you used in the scales along your lower lip, concentrating the color in the center.
1. This is a very ingenue look, so you want this side of your face to be bright and flawless. Cover up any imperfections with concealer. To brighten the eye area, apply concealer in an upside down triangle and blend away.
2. Using the same gold you used in the nagini scales, dust this across the tops of your cheekbone.
3. Use a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks and sweep the color to your temples.
4. Finish off by softly filling in the brows, lining the eyes and topping off with mascara!