A girl’s wedding day is something she has grown up dreaming about, and when it finally comes, she obviously wants to ensure that everything about that day is nothing less than perfect. From her outfit to the invites and décor, everything needs to be in sync.

But a lot of times, in the hustle and bustle of the million things that need to be taken care of before a big, fat Indian wedding, most of us end up spending very little time perfecting our wedding makeup looks, getting our bridal beauty treatments and finalising a makeup artist.

Since your wedding makeup look is something that you will keep seeing in the photographs for years to come, it is really important that you pay a little more attention to it. And since we are well aware of how busy the time leading up to the wedding is, we have curated a list of Indian bridal makeup tips that you should keep in mind and discuss with your makeup artist, to ensure that your wedding makeup look is the stuff of your dreams.


1. Indian bridal makeup tips

Indian bridal makeup tips

Your wedding makeup needs to not only be perfect but should also be able to stay put for the entire day. While ensuring that is no easy task, these Indian bridal makeup tips will definitely help get you started. Let's begin


- Keep in mind the season

Keep in mind the season

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When discussing your bridal makeup ideas, the season of your wedding plays a really crucial role in deciding a lot of things. From following makeup trends to the texture, formulation and finish of your foundation, a lot of things depend on the season. Think about it this way, for a summer wedding, you don’t really want a dewy looking foundation because you will be sweating quite a bit. Also, a super matte-finish foundation during the winters will only end up accentuating the dry patches on your skin. Therefore, a good bridal makeup tip is to thoroughly consider your skin type and season before finalising on makeup products with your makeup artist.


- Ask for a makeup trial

Ask for a makeup trial

Finding and finalising a makeup artist for your D-day can be a real task. Therefore, always ask your makeup artist a few key questions such as the products he/she is going to be using, whether the makeup is going to be HD or airbrushed, the costs for each, etc. After you have gotten the basics out of the way, discuss the kind of makeup look you have in mind and ask your MUA for his/her suggestions, and always request for a makeup trial so that there are no surprises on the wedding day and you can make alterations while there is still time.


- Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

One of the best favours you can do yourself and the makeup artist is to ensure that you take care of your skin in the months leading up to the wedding. This is because the clearer and more hydrated your skin, the more natural and well-blended your makeup will look. To take care of your skin, consult a dermatologist, follow a proper skincare routine to suit your skin type and drink enough water.


- Use waterproof products only

Use waterproof products only

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There is no doubt about the fact that even though your wedding day is going to be one of the happiest days of your life, it is going to be an emotional rollercoaster. While you can’t really help the tears, you can definitely take steps to prevent the tears from ruining your makeup by opting for waterproof formulas only. Additionally, in case you do notice a makeup mishap, ask one of your bridesmaids to keep a makeup sponge handy, so you can quickly blend and erase the mess and pat the products back into place, without leaving behind those ugly streaks.


- Highlight just one feature

Highlight just one feature

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Just because it is your wedding day, doesn’t mean you need to go all out with your makeup and pair heavy eyes with a bold red lip. Instead, ensure that you balance out the look by accentuating either your eyes or your lips; never both. If you are going for a heavy golden smokey eye, then keep your lips very minimal with a nude or flesh-toned lipstick and vice versa. Also, use a matte lip colour as that will stay in place for a longer period of time.


- Keep a pouch of your go-to makeup products handy

Keep a pouch of your go-to makeup products handy

There is no doubt about the fact that you want to look absolutely perfect throughout the day. Keeping a few makeup essentials handy will really help you do so. You can keep your favourite lipstick or lip gloss, a few sheets of blotting paper, translucent powder and a concealer handy. This will make touching up your makeup a lot easier.


- Be careful with your base makeup

Be careful with your base makeup

More than the type of eye makeup you go for, or the lipstick shade you chose, your base makeup is going to be a lot more prominent. Therefore, ensure that you make it very clear to your MUA to find the perfect match of foundation and concealer for you. If you wear a shade of foundation that is lighter than your skin tone, then it will look chalky under the glare of the camera flashlights. To avoid this issue, click a few pictures on your phone with the flash on during the trial in order to check if your base makeup looks natural in the photos.


- Consider the time and location of your wedding

Consider the time and location of your wedding

Another Indian bridal makeup tip that we would like to stress on is to consider the location (indoors/outdoors) and the time (morning/night) of the wedding. Doing this will give you more clarity when it comes to picking the makeup look. For example, if you are having an outdoor daytime wedding, then it is better to play with pastel colours and matte textures on a lightweight base. But if you are having a night time or an indoor wedding, then you can go ahead with a slightly heavier base, dark shimmery colours and bold lipsticks.


2. FAQs about Indian bridal makeup tips

FAQs about Indian bridal makeup tips

Q. What type of makeup is best for brides?

A. When it comes to bridal makeup, the most common and affordable option is HD makeup. This is because HD makeup gives you a beautiful skin-like finish, and is also suitable for people with all skin types. The other type is airbrush makeup, but this type is mostly recommended for people with oily skin, as it can accentuate dry skin and is also difficult to touch up.

Q. How is bridal makeup different from other makeup?

A. The main difference between normal makeup and wedding makeup is that the latter is more intense than your usual makeup looks, but it is low on experimentation, as you need to recreate an elevated version of what usually works for you and accentuates your best features. Additionally, another difference is that bridal makeup is truly long-lasting and needs to stay in place throughout the different festivities without requiring too many touch-ups.

Q. How do I prepare my skin for bridal makeup?

A. No matter how good your makeup artist is, or how amazing and high-end the products, if your skin isn’t healthy and moisturized, then it will show. Therefore, it is crucial to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise your skin before starting with makeup. If you have really dry skin, then using a moisturising sheet mask will help to boost hydration levels and make your skin look glowing, even through your bridal makeup.

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