BeBeautiful ran a contest for soon-to-be-brides and we offered them a stunning makeover just in time for their weddings! BeBeautiful presents Real Brides in association with Lakme Salon was an instant hit the minute we announced the makeover project. We received applications from many, many eager brides-to-be, and narrowed it down to a few worthy candidates who fit the bill.

Meet Rekha Navani, a makeup newbie and a hence a makeup minimalist, who is looking for a makeover to get the perfect wedding reception look. Although relatively new to the world of makeup, Rekha is open to experimenting and likes pastel and metallic colours.

Armed with her list of to-dos and not-to-dos, we introduced her to our panel of experts, celebrity stylist, Divyak D’Souza, dermatologist and aesthetic physician, Dr Madhuri Agarwal and National Creative Director – Makeup, Lakme Salon, Anupma Katyal and this is the metamorphosis Rekha went through!

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Dr Madhuri Agarwal noticed that Rekha’s skin was well-maintained and she advised her to continue a consistent skincare regimen with cleansing, toning and moisturising, upon waking up and also before bed. One other concern Rekha had was an oily scalp and Dr Agarwal advised her to shampoo regularly and keep her scalp free of build-up.

Rekha also has stretchmarks on her skin, and to this Dr Agarwal advised her against bleaching and instead asked her to use vitamin E-rich moisturisers and scrubs to lighten these marks over time.

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Since Rekha opted for a pastel peach lehenga with a lot of mirror-work, Anupma went with a very pastel, minimal makeup look. It is a very clean, fresh look with pink glittery accents and a dramatic winged liner on her eyes. She was given a soft pink nude lip, in keeping with the theme of the look.

Pro tip: Always get your eye makeup out of the way first, because this will help take care of any eyeshadow fallout without affecting your base makeup. Always use a lip balm under your lipstick as this will avoid your lips from going dry.

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In theme with the flirty, feminine, pastel vibes of the ensemble and makeup, Rekha’s hair was kept loose, with a flipped out blow dry and soft ringlets at the ends.  

real bride makeup newbie reception makeover


Divyak decided on a Falguni and Shane Peacock ensemble with a perfect mix of new-age, modern and experimental elements. A pastel peach lehenga with very demure and feminine cut-work and mirror work was chosen for our makeup newbie and bride-to-be, Rekha Navani.