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Indian Bridal Makeup Tips & Advice

Even though Indian wedding makeup is usually very simple and neutral, it’s one of the hardest makeup looks to create, since it has to be PERFECT. After all, it is your big day!

Use a professional makeup artist if possible. Have a pre-wedding consultation so your makeup artist already knows what you want.

Working With The Indian Bridal Makeup Artist (Hopefully Khush ;)

  • Collect pictures from magazines to show the makeup artist so he or she can get an idea of the look you're going for. Keep in mind that your wedding is not the time to start experimenting -- stick to an enhanced version of your everyday self.
  • Schedule trial runs before your prewedding parties or other special events (friends' weddings, class reunions, etc.). Some makeup artists do charge you for these practice sessions -- so find a crowd to wow!
  • Take a close look at yourself a few hours after a trial makeover to check how the makeup wears on your skin. Does it last or fade away? Note any color changes or allergic reactions.
  • Finally, ask what will happen if the makeup artist can't be there on the day of the wedding. Will he or she arrange for someone else to do the job or are you on your own?

Have your makeup done as close to the ceremony as possible
Have a facial two weeks prior to your wedding. If you’ve not had facials in the past we would recommend you start this process 3-4 months prior to your wedding.

Use a primer before applying your foundation. This will make your foundation last longer. It is also a good idea to use an eye primer to eliminate shadow creasing

Make certain your foundation is an exact match to your skin tone
Use powdered rice papers to eliminate any shine.
Use a light to medium lipstick that is long wearing. If you will be having black and white photos then add a layer of lip gloss.
Start applying your favorite lipstick shade. To last for all day, use lip pencil and then go for filling in with lipstick. Add some gloss to your lips for a great impact. Long lasting lipstick will stand you in good stead.

When applying your makeup wear a button shirt that can be easily removed when its time to dress.

Choose a hairstyle that will suit your face shape. Round faces will look good on high ‘up dos’ and sleek long styles while long faces suit styles that have width and volume.

If your wearing sandals then about a month before your wedding start your foot treatment so your feet look as good as the rest of you.

Do not do your own makeup. Have a professional makeup artist do it. Chances are you’ve got a bit of the jitters with all the excitement which could result in you having difficulties doing your own makeup

Don’t make your foundation thick like a mask. Light for overall eveness is best.

Some basic notes about wedding makeup…

Makeup that lasts:  Face primers

  • Fills in pores and makes the skin look smoother
  • Makes the makeup last longer
*My favorite face primer: Benefit “The Porefessional”

Hide imperfections:  Concealers

  • Green neutralizes redness (rosacea, pimples, etc)
  • Yellow neutralizes blue (dark circles)
  • Lavender neutralizes yellowness
TIP: Apply colored concealers before foundation to get the best result. 

*My favorite undereye concealer: Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer

Perfect  skin:  Foundations

  • Make sure foundation matches your skin tone, be sure to check it in both natural light and artificial light
  • If possible, check out how your makeup base looks in photos: Does it appear lighter or darker than the rest of your skin?
  • You can set the foundation using powder – just be sure you don’t apply it too much, so the result doesn’t look cakey. Preferably use translucent powder.

*My favorite foundation: Revlon Colorstay

Shine the light:  Illuminators/ Highlighters

  • Doesn’t everyone want to shine on their wedding day? To get that wedding day glow, apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, near the tear ducts, and just under the brows.  Any more than that and you’ll be looking like a disco ball…. Keep the glitter and shimmer products to a minimum.
*My favorite highlighter: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

Blushing bride: Blushes

  • To avoid looking too pale, use a subtle blush on the apple of your cheeks- it brings more life to your face.  A universal flattering shade is a peachy pink color…
*Best universal blush ever: NARS Blush in “Orgasm”

Sit, stay:   Eyeshadow primers

  • Use eyeshadow primer to keep your eyeshadow in place, even when you’re crying out of happiness. This will prevent creasing throughout the day.
*My favorite eye primer:   Tarte Natural Eye Primer

Cry-baby:   Mascaras

  • Use waterproof mascara, so it won’t end up on your cheeks if you happen to shed a tear (or a dozen). You don’t always have to use black mascara- for a more natural look, brown mascara can be better choice.

This will lash forever:   False lashes

  • Easy way to enhance your eyes without using too much makeup is to wear artificial lashes. If you are afraid that lash glue will leave you in trouble, you can get yourself lash extensions for the big day.  The most natural looking lashes have an invisible base like Ardell’s Invisbands
*The most natural lashes (and easiest to apply):  Ardell #301′s

Hugs & kisses :  Lips

  • Choose a lasting lip color. If it doesn’t last, make sure it matches your groom’s outfit, because he’ll be the one wearing it eventually…  Lipstains work really well as they give a nice color to the lips that you need for pictures, plus it lasts for hours.
  • Choose a lip liner the same color as your lipstick/ gloss. Lip liners prevent the lipstick from bleeding.
TIP: Apply lip liner to whole lips before applying lipstick. It makes the color last even longer.
*My favorite lipstains: Palladio Lipstains

*My favorite inexpensive lipliners that work really well! NYX Lipliners

Remember that the wedding day is supposed to be YOUR (and your groom’s) special day, so if you want to have theme wedding, purple eyeliner and orange wedding dress, just go for it!

Khush Singh - Celebrity & Indian Bridal Makeup Artist. "Born with a brush in her hand..."

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