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Wedding Makeup Looks for the Bride-To-Be

One of the most exciting to-dos on your bridal list is curating your wedding makeup. Whether you are a makeup buff or not, just planning the process and pinteresting all the lovely hair and makeup inspirations can be overwhelming. From picking between a vintage bridal look, to opting for a bold red lip, or just simply going natural and minimal... simple bridal makeup that’s classic and works for everyone, the options are endless. So, once you pick the most suitable looks, you have to be able to trust in either your own skills or pick the right makeup artist who will be able to translate your vision onto your face for one of the most photographed days in your life. Here, we put together a complete guide of all things bridal makeup, so you can feel confident in looking like yourself — but better — on the big day.

The Minimal Makeup Look

Today, brides are moving away from traditional makeup and are opting for a simple bridal look that’s natural and classic, wherein their personality shines through. Meghan Markle’s barely there makeup look for her royal wedding almost broke the internet in 2018, and closer to home, there’s Anushka Sharma’s most talked about wedding in Lake Como -- intimate and personal with soft hues and subtle shades. On her wedding day, Sharma strayed away from smoky eyes or a heavy liner, but instead opted for soft and subtly smudged brown kohl, eyeshadows in peach and pink and lots of mascara.

According to latest bridal makeup trends, this minimal but simple bridal makeup look uses nudes and other pastel shades with minimal makeup to give a natural but significant glow. Ombré eyeshadows and lush lashes can give you a delicate, yet flirtatious vibe -- perfect for a daytime wedding on the beach.

If you are opting for barely there makeup, pick a natural shade for your lips, go for thinly lined eyes and voluminous lashes. In fact, for your bridal eye makeup, a light smokey eye combined with a nude lip is always a classic and a timeless choice that will work for any time of the day.

Though simple, the minimalist look requires some prepping. You need to keep your skin healthy and naturally radiant by moisturizing and scrubbing days before your wedding. Also, remember to use under-eye gels months before, to keep the puffy eyes and dark circles at bay.

The Glamorous Makeup look

For those who are unafraid of going big and bold, an ultra-glamour makeup look is the only thing you need to elevate your wedding look. This means playing with a very classic-yet-bold style. Red lips are the crux of this look, paired with shimmer and shine, luminous colour and defined brows - steering towards a slightly traditional bridal look. You can also channel your inner diva and opt for a bollywood bridal look that’s luxe and effortlessly elegant.

Consider adding gilding for some modern-boho flair. Party-ready metallic accents and bold ruby red lipstick ensure that you are the star of the show. A new bridal look is to go vintage -- think soft glam with sultry bronze eyes and a scarlet pout for a rustic vibe. One could also keep a natural face but add just a little bit of drama with a smoked shadow. A slate grey eye takes center stage as the rest of the palette remains neutral. Opt for metallic eye shadows to complement the gold or silver embroidery on your wedding ensemble, perfect makeup for an Indian wedding.

Look for wedding outfits in impressive jewel tones, with lush fabrics and rich colour that will match your glamorous makeup look. Avoid pastel hues. For a modern bridal look, go big on metallic shades and play with winged liners. Eye-catching highlights and ultra-defined brows can be added to your list of stunning Indian wedding makeup looks.

The Natural Makeup Look

For fuss-free brides, the last thing they need on their special day is worrying about makeup and whether it is still fresh and beautiful. So, if this is one of your biggest concerns, opt for natural bridal makeup with dewy skin and neutral eyeshadows and that will stay on all-day.

Start by investing in good skincare months before the wedding, so you won't have to lather on a lot of foundation to cover up dark spots and acne. To maintain the natural texture of your skin, opt for a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream that still makes skin look like skin. For natural bridal eye makeup, you don't need a smokey eyeshadow — a bold, feathered brow can make an even more glamorous statement.

The right bronzer can also give you a natural-looking glow. Remember to focus the color where the sun would hit: the forehead, tip of the nose, and cheekbones. A well-placed cream blush will melt beautifully into skin to give you the softest hint of color. Finish your look with a nude lip-gloss, or you can try a red, pink or berry -- but remember to blot, pat and layer for a bitten and natural effect.

A natural makeup look is great to highlight your features and put forward the best version of yourself on your big day.

Do's and Don’ts on Your Wedding Day - A Bridal Guide

  1. For summer brides, and with soaring Indian temperatures, remember to prep your skin with an anti-shine water-resistant primer, so there are less chances of your makeup melting away.
  2. Find the right lip colour for your skin tone and try out all possible shades even if that means spending hours at the makeup counter.
  3. Drink as much water as possible on your big day. Afterall, hydrated skin allows for the best application of makeup.
  4. Balance out your wedding makeup look. If you’re opting for a smokey look, go light on skin makeup and choose a natural color on the lips. For bold lips, go light on the eyes.
  5. For a natural bridal makeup look, remember that your foundation should be a perfect match to your skin tone or the tone of your neck.
  6. Lastly, use a tooth whitening product a few months before the wedding. A smile is something you’ll be wearing all day, and of course you’ll want to look your best!