Indian Bridal Makeup: Experts Reveal Secrets

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Indian Bridal Makeup

Indian bridal makeup is challenging!

Indian bridal makeup is challenging for several reasons.The Indian bride is the center of attention on her wedding day. While her dress is definitely crucial, her makeup is equally important – not only will everyone be looking at her face during the wedding, the zillion photos from the wedding will last forever!

1. A lot of color and heat

Indian weddings are colorful, chaotic, and glorious! But they pose a lot of challenges to the bride who has probably spent a small fortune when getting her makeup done not to mention hours of patiently sitting still! If it’s a Hindu wedding, don’t forget the fact that the bride sits close to the fire and her makeup has to deal with the heat and smoke. In general weather across a major part of India fluctuates between hot and hellish anyways!

2. Smile please

As with any wedding in any other culture, Indians love to be photographed at their wedding. This means there are plenty of photographers armed with their powerful flash lights hell bent on photographing the bride all the time! The glare and heat of the flashlights can melt metal and the bridal makeup should be up to the task.

3. Giant fans and false hair piece

The elaborate hairstyle that may also include a fake hair piece held together by a lot of pins. The problem is that some Indian wedding halls end up setting up giant fans to make sure people don’t melt in the heat. These fans can really make the bride nervous!

4. Water, water everywhere!

Indian bridal makeup should always be waterproof. Just imagine all the hugs the bride has to give to crying relatives or if the bride is emotional. The bride has to have her primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara – to be budge proof. That way, she won’t have to worry about her face slipping off, mid-way through the wedding.

5. Wheatish complexion

Indian brides, especially the ones (a majority) with a wheatish complexion have several challenges. Wheatish skin tones are usually more oily and choosing the right makeup products is important if you want to avoid a makeup disaster on the wedding day. Also, wheatish complexioned skin tends to appear washed out and patchy if you don’t take care of your skin properly.

Indian bridal makeup tips from experts

We have lined up 47 tips from 4 professional makeup experts from around India.

Bridal Makeup Tips From Shahnaz Hussain

Indian bridal makeupShahnaz Hussain is a legendary entrepreneur who is well-known for her herbal cosmetics products, particularly her skin care products. She was awarded the Padma Shri and has a legion of admirers – particularly due to her simple, no-fuss tips regarding a beauty regimen.

Here is what Shahnaz Hussain recommends for an Indian bridal makeup regimen:

1. All bridal makeup regimen must start with skin cleansing. After cleansing use a toner followed by liquid moisturiser.

2. To achieve a matte finish, use a water-based, oil-free foundation. Once the foundation is applied with a damp sponge or fingertips, use a compact powder (not in loose form) to set the foundation base.Pastel shades for highlighting the cheekbones is recommended. Use a powder blusher to apply the blush on the cheekbones and below it.

3. Pastel shades for highlighting the cheekbones is recommended. Use a powder blusher to apply the blush on the cheekbones and below it.

4. Bronze, gold, and silver eyeshadows are the most popular. Avoid using bright eyeshadows.

5. Apply a thick line of eyeliner on the upper lids. At the corners, extend the eyeliner slightly upward and outwards. On the lower lids, apply eyeliner from the middle to the end. It is best to use waterproof eyeliner.

6. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes, and apply mascara (2 coats) starting from the roots and extending to the tip. To avoid smudging, use waterproof mascara.For the lips, use a lip liner to draw the outline. Do ensure that your lipstick and lip liner match each other. The popular colours are natural red, plum, cherry or rose colour. Use a water-resistant lipstick on your wedding day.

7. For the lips, use a lip liner to draw the outline. Do ensure that your lipstick and lip liner match each other. The popular colours are natural red, plum, cherry or rose colour. Use a water-resistant lipstick on your wedding day.Apply lip gloss to your lips to get a good shimmer, thus making them attractive.

8. Apply lip gloss to your lips to get a good shimmer, thus making them attractive.Apply light shimmer to the inner corners of the eyes and cheekbones. This projects a healthy, glowing skin.Accessories for sarees

9. Apply light shimmer to the inner corners of the eyes and cheekbones. This projects a healthy, glowing skin.

10. Go in for a trial hair and makeup session, a day before the wedding day. This helps avoid any last-minute surprises in the form of blunders.

11. Since this is your wedding day, avoid getting stressed. Be happy that you look beautiful, both on the inside and outside.

Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Makeup From Sheena Agarwal

Indian bridal makeupSheena Agarwal is a personal brand consultant who also offers pre-wedding image consulting for the brides, grooms, and the families! Here are some makeup dos and don’t’s she recommends for Indian brides.

General Tips

12. Use a bronzing powder to warm your skin tone. Use a natural bristle brush to apply foundation on the forehead, cheeks and bridge of the nose.

13. Use a gel foundation primer to give your foundation staying power, before applying makeup.

14. Don’t wax or do facials right before the big event. It should be done at least 5 days beforehand.

15. Don’t go in for any makeup surprises on your wedding day. Do a trial run at least 4 weeks before the big day.

16. Don’t over-camouflage under-eye circles. It will show up clearly in pictures.

17. Don’t use a talc-based powder foundation. It can oxidise and darken on the face, giving a dirty look.

18. Don’t use shimmer highlights – it can turn into an unflattering or highly reflective shine in photographs.

19. Don’t use a heavy pressed powder to set your foundation. It will leave your skin looking chalky and lifeless in photographs.

20. Don’t overdo your hair or makeup. It will upstage your dress.

For your eyes:

21. Use a brow powder one shade darker than your natural hair colour. If the brows are scant, use a light neutral shade brow pencil and then using a brow powder and brush, draw the shape using the stippling technique.

22. For contouring and highlighting the eyes, use neutrals. For eyeliners, stick to the colours black, brown and navy.

23. Use an eyelash curler and apply two coats of lengthening mascara. Waterproof mascara is the best bet, for the mascara won’t run even if the bride sheds a few tears of joy!

24. Do not apply too many coats of mascara, for it could end up looking clumpy!

25. Don’t try false eyelashes for the first time on your wedding day. It should be done beforehand.

26. Do not use sparkly eyeliner – not very photogenic.

27. Don’t use dark shadows or heavy pencils for your eyes. That could leave you looking stern instead of stunning.

For your lips and cheeks:

28. Use a cheek colour in pink or rose. While applying blush, focus it on the cheeks and blend the excess upwards towards the hairline. A powder blush is fit for oily skin while a cream blush suits dry skin.

29. Apply lip colour using a lip brush, and with a lip pencil, draw the outline of the lips in a complementary colour.

30. Choose a lip colour in a warm, bright shade – roses, pink, reds look great in photos.

31. Apply lipliner under the lipstick, to make it last longer.

32. Do not wear a neutral or frost colour lipstick. These colours can leave you looking pale or tired.

33. Do not use a lipliner much darker than your lipstick, to define your lips. It makes you look unnatural in photographs.

34. Never forget to wear blush. Flash photography can leave you looking washed out.

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Indian Bridal Makeup Tips from Michelle Montes

Indian Bridal MakeupBased in New Delhi, Michelle Montes works with supermodels in fashion shows and also does makeup for photo shoots with leading fashion magazines in India.

Common mistakes that brides make:

35. Brides are obsessed with looking fairer all around. While doing makeup, the bride should stay true to herself.

36. For photography, the bride should go 1-2 shades lighter, but not any further. A fair face looks strange with dark ears, arms, neck and chest.

37. Brides often think that if they wear foundation, it must be visible. Foundation is meant to hide flaws, and even out skin tone.

Tips for healthy skin for makeup:

38. When it comes to bridal makeup, healthy skin is extremely important, since the makeup sits better on it.

39. A healthy diet with lots of fruits, salad, water is a must.

40. Exfoliating the skin once a week is required. Papaya or oats is good.

Any must-haves for brides:

41. For brides, everything must be waterproof and long-lasting.

42. Brides need good quality waterproof makeup remover, toner, and night cream with lots of cotton and earbuds.

43. It is the makeup artiste’s job to put on the makeup, but the bride’s job is to take it off properly.

Indian Bridal Makeup Tips from Jass and Neel

Indian Bridal MakeupJass and Neel offer photography and wedding makeup services in Raipur. Through their Facebook page, they have offered practical makeup tips for brides.

44. Daytime or nighttime wedding – This is an important factor to keep in mind when it comes to Indian bridal makeup. If the ceremonies are in the daytime, keep the makeup minimal and opt for a natural look. If it is a night-time ceremony, keep the makeup heavy and opt for more colours.

45. Use a highlighter – Use a highlighter instead of shimmer or glitter. The main attempt should be to make the skin appear glowing and not shimmery. Highlight the bridge of the nose, chin, forehead and around the perimeter of the face.

46. Deep condition your hair – The bride’s hair is also an important part of the whole wedding look, and to ensure her hair looks best throughout the wedding, go in for a deep conditioning mask twice/thrice, the month before the wedding. If the bride has dry hair, use homemade hair packs to make it glossy and healthy.

47. Get Glowing Skin – Go in for facials and skin treatment, at least, six weeks before the wedding, to give your skin time to work.

Do you have other Indian bridal makeup tips to share? Use the comments section below.

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