An Indian wedding is full of functions like a Mehendi ceremony, cocktail party and a fun filled sangeet night amongst many more depending on your culture. Whether you are a pro at the makeup game or not, wedding makeup is the one thing that is equally exciting and stressing for most girls! You’ve got to look drop dead gorgeous and picture perfect, after all. While the big day demands a professional makeup session, it is not always possible to hit the salon for small wedding events, thanks to a million responsibilities and things that need to be taken care of.

So what do you do? Oh, we know! You take matters in your own hands. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. You can ace the glamorous wedding makeup all on your own when you don’t have the time to get an expert beauty service. As difficult as it sounds, working a wedding makeup is actually easier than you think. All you got to do is use right products for the look and stick to the order of steps to get the look that’s both stunning and long lasting for a lengthy function.

Take notes as we tell you how to pull off gorgeous wedding makeup on your own following simple steps...

First, moisturise!
 

First, moisturise!

For flawless makeup, start with a clean slate and moisturise your body well before you reach out for your makeup products. A moisturiser helps keep skin hydrated and doesn’t let makeup products dry out your skin. Also, it ensures smooth and even application of your makeup. Wash your face with a foaming face wash and apply a lightweight moisturiser that suits your skin.

Not without a primer
 

Not without a primer

Wedding makeup has to last through long hours of laughter and happy tears. To make sure your makeup doesn’t disappear before you even know it, swear by a primer. This beauty staple makes your makeup last longer, protects skin from products to come and blurs blemishes and pores, giving you a flawless finish. Take a dime size dollop of Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer and apply evenly on the face, including eyelids. Take some and apply on the blemishes and acne scars to make them lighter and easier to conceal.   

Eyes that can talk
 

Eyes that can talk

Once your lids are primed, apply a light shade to create a base. If you want a smokey eye look, go for darker shades like black. Pick browns and nudes if you’re opting for a subtle warm look and play with colours if you want a bright, vivid eye makeup. Anyways, apply a lighter shade on the lid, to begin with, and blend it till the crease. Take the darker shade and tap on the outer corner of your eyes swiping it inwards. Take a shimmery hue and apply on the centre of the lid and blend so there are no visible lines.

Define the eyes
 

Define the eyes

Kohl rimmed eyes make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Line your lids with eyeliner and lower waterline with a kajal. You can go for an elaborated winged liner for a glamorous look. Use your kajal on the upper waterline to make your eyes look more defined. Finish the eye makeup with a couple of coats of mascara for gravity defying lashes.

Brow game strong
 

Brow game strong

Perfectly done eyebrows can frame your face and make your wedding look all the more stunning. Shape your brows to add faux thickness and build an arch carefully. Fill in the sparse areas with a brow pencil in black or brown, whichever shade best suits your eyebrows. 

BB pro tip: Do your eye makeup before your base so that the excess that falls on your cheeks doesn’t ruin your makeup. Use your highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes to add a touch of glam.

About that base
 

About that base

Sweep away the eyeshadow residue using a powder brush and get on with the base makeup. Begin with a foundation shade of your skin tone. If you want a dewy look, get an illuminating liquid foundation. If you’re more of a matte kinda girl, get a mousse or cream foundation in matte texture. Take a small amount of the product on the back of your hand and apply dots on the face with the help of a flat brush. Swipe the brush outward to the hairline for your face and in a downward motion for your neck. Blend the product well, take more if you need.

Conceal the marks
 

Conceal the marks

Time to cover up some pesky blemishes and dark circles and get a spotless look! Take Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer and mark an inverted triangle under your eyes and forehead. Line the tip of your nose, cupid’s bow, areas above the jawline and under the lower lip. Apply the concealer on your acne scars and blemishes in a cross-cross manner. Blend it all well with the help of a brush.

High on highlighter
 

High on highlighter

You need a little shimmer and shine when it comes to wedding makeup. Highlight the highest points of your face using a highlighter. We suggest you use the Lakmé Absolute Highlighter—Moon Lit. Take the lighter shade and apply it on the cheekbones and brow bone using a flat brush. Pick the darker shade or mix the two hues if you’re going for a bronzed out look.

Flushed out cheeks
 

Flushed out cheeks

We are sure you’re a blushing bride but using a soft blush on your cheeks will only add to your beautiful bridal look. Opt for a subtle shade of blush that goes with your skin tone. Pick a peach or pink if your skin tone is fair or pale; a warmer orange works best for wheatish or olive skin tones, and brick red or brown shades are perfect for deep skin. Feather the colour on the apple of your cheeks with a fluffy brush.  

Pout perfect
 

Pout perfect

Here’s the fun part. If you’re going for dramatic eye makeup, we suggest you keep your lips nude and pretty. On the other hand, if bold lips are your thing, keep the drama low on the eyes and wear a bold pout. Line your lips with a lip liner a shade darker than the lip colour you are wearing and then fill in the lips with it. Apply a bullet lipstick or lip crayon and then a lip gloss for a glossy pout or a matte lipstick on top of it. This ensures the lipsticks stay put much longer.

Finish with the compact powder
 

Finish with the compact powder

Finish the look by buffing a finishing powder on your face. Pick a translucent powder for a sheer finish and a matte compact powder to ace a matte look. If it’s a day event, go for a compact powder with SPF for sun protection. For those who have oily skin, you can’t skip this step as it will keep your look matte, non-oily and fresh all through the function.

Set the look

Use tissue paper to remove excess foundation or blush, if any, and blend the lines with a damp beauty blender. Set your wedding makeup look with a setting spray. To keep your makeup long lasting and save it from the summer meltdown, get hold of a setting spray and spritz some on your face. And, there! You’ve done it.

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