A Quick Guide-Book for Bridal Make-Up & Hair, by Urvashi Bhardwaj
Getting jittery about your looks on your special day? Well, don't! Because the stress you take will very likely reflect on your skin. In this article, I will talk about some things you should be particular about to make your life as stress-free as possible around your wedding. :)
Booking your makeup artist: Don't leave this to the last minute. You should have your makeup artist booked at least 3-4 months before your wedding. It's good to know about the products they use. Talk to them about your skin type. Don't forget to ask for a trial makeup if you have any doubts about how you're going to turn out on your wedding.
Make-Up in Detail: Starting from your eyes; instead of focusing on the colour of the eye shadow, your focus should be on what to highlight and what to make less noticeable in your eyes. For e.g, if you have dark circles try to minimize the use of kajal in your lower water line. Feel free to play around with eyeliners on the eyelid.
About eyeshadows - The colours of your eyeshadow should complement both your outfit and your eyes. For your bridal makeup, it's safe to go for gold and bronze for anyone. Combine these with a hint of your outfit's colour along with darker colours (like black) for contouring on the eyes.
For example, if your wedding outfit is red:
1} Start with some gold or bronze on inner lid till the middle of the lid.
2} Then dab your eyeshadow brush gently on the red eyeshadow and apply it on the outer lid starting from the outer corner of your eye moving inwards.
3} Make sure the gold/bronze blends with the red so the eyeshadow doesnt look like blocks of colour.
4} Then take another eyeshadow brush and brush it gently on a black eyeshadow so that you don't get too much of this eyeshadow on the brush and apply it with a very light hand on top of the red on your eyelid.
5} Take the same brush and again starting from the corner of your eye apply the black eyeshadow moving very gently along the crease of your eyelid.
6} Use a shimmery white or silver eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone.
7} If you like glitter, apply just a tad on the middle of lid. Don't go overboard with the glitter, else it will overshadow the other colours on your eyes.
When applying an eyeliner, You can go for the classic cat-eye look, the one with a little tail at the end of the eye. Use a waterproof mascara on your wedding day so it doesn't get washed away with tears lest you are all teary eyed!
Base - A very important part of your makeup not just for your wedding day but something you should keep investing in. Don't forget to moisturise your skin and then apply a primer before putting any makeup on. A primer is essential if you want your makeup to last. Plus, it provides a smooth base for any makeup.
When choosing a foundation, don't try to look light skinned using a foundation which is 2-3 times lighter than your own skin tone. Go for a foundation which is closest to your skin tone. If you have any pigmentation or blemishes, a good concealer a shade darker than your foundation is the key to hide them. Don't forget to apply foundation to your neck, and the exposed chest and back areas.
Blush blush! Important as it gives definition to your face, makes it look warm and is the best way to contour your cheeks. Add a bit of glamour by highlighting your cheeks with a bronzer giving them a healthy sheen.
Lip colour - Consider using the colour that looks good on you, be it a bright poppy red or a subtle pink or even a shade of brown. Top it up with a lip gloss application only to the middle of your lips to bring out that pout!
Nails - Often ignored! I love a French manicure, it looks neat, simple and gorgeous! And looks good on any occasion including a wedding.
Hair - For your wedding, keep it simple, a high bun works great and it acts as an excellent hold for your dupatta too. Play around with the hair in the front though as that is what shows the most and completes the look. Ask your hair stylist to first make the bun leaving the hair in the front to be styled later. Ask them to show you different ways of styling the frontal hair, with a side parting, a middle parting or hair just brushed back with some teasing for a nice bouffant (puffy hair).
Post your wedding, keep your makeup simple. If you've been a no-makeup person all your life, it is okay to be without any makeup! Just make sure that you moisturise your skin properly and use a sunscreen irrespective of whether you're wearing makeup or not.
Some must-haves in your purse when going out are kajal, lipstick, gloss (especially if your lipstick is the drying types). What matters is that you're comfortable with your looks with or without makeup.