The 10 Commandments: An Indian Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Our little guide with the do’s and don’ts for makeup on your big day will ensure you look the best on the most important day of your life! Here’s our Indian bridal makeup tutorial, in ten simple steps.

1. Thou Shalt Not Go For A Look That Is Only Trend-Based

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A few people get carried away with the idea of looking trendy and bold on their wedding day—matching lipstick, eyeshadow and blush is a curse we wish to banish forever! The fact is, you want to look at your wedding pictures for years down the line and not be able to put a date on them even ten or twenty years from now. Classic make-up will help you achieve this.

2. Thou Shalt Insist On A Make-Up Trial

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The second point we’d like to make in our Indian bridal makeup tutorial is the fact that too many brides make the mistake of not insisting on a trial run of the wedding make-up because the artists either charges extra or are able to convince the brides of their skills. That’s all well and good. But at the end of the day you have to see what looks good on you and you don’t want to leave that for the day of the wedding! Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks before your wedding. Then, based on your skin’s needs, you can go in for facial therapies to be in the best skin shape of your life. Also try not to get too much of a tan between the trial and the wedding date as that will upset the make-up artists plan with the colours he/she will use.

3. Thou Shalt Test Everything

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You might be one of those brides who insists on buying her own make-up products and having the professional artist apply them. So, the third point to note on our list of 10 Indian bridal makeup tutorial tips is that while shopping and testing products in-store, wear a t-shirt that is the colour of your bridal outfit so you can see how the make-up looks against the colour. Also, take a picture of yourself outside, without a flash to see how the make-up really looks on you before you buy it.

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4. Thou Shalt Bring References To Your Make-Up Trial

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Search for references on Pinterest, Google and Tumblr of make-up looks that you really like and show them to your artist. Then you can work together on coming up with a look that works for you with the elements from the make-up you like.

5. Thou Shalt Not Pack On Layers And Layers

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You don’t need to plaster make-up on just for the sake of pictures. If you’re worried about the flash, all you need is a matte T Zone and you can maintain that by using a translucent powder or a blotting powder.

6. Thou Shalt Power Up Your Mascara

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Waterproof mascara can’t be skipped—what else is going to withstand your tears?! For a natural look wear one coat of regular mascara and follow it up with the waterproof one.

7. Thou Shalt Not Ignore Thy Brow Bone

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If you have light skin, white shadow can double as highlighter for your brow bone. Deeper complexions are suited to warmer peach and vanilla shades.

[Read More: South Indian Bridal Makeup Images]

8. Thou Shalt Adopt Everything Oil-Free

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Given the tropical climate we live in, all your products need to be oil-free: moisturizer, primer, foundation to ensure a shine-free event.

9. Thou Shalt Make Thy Make-Up Last

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Your wedding day is probably going to be the longest day of your life (think of it as a marathon) and you need your make-up to last through every photo, video and selfie taken throughout the celebrations. The hero product to save you: Primer. It’s every make-up artists secret to lasting make-up, a crucial point in doing Indian bridal makeup step by step.

10. Thou Shalt Easily Conceal Dark Circles And Last-Minute Breakouts


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Use concealer after you’ve put on foundation to mask under eye issues. Zit camouflage works best when you tap concealer on to the spot with a brush—don’t sweep back and forth because that just ensures product build up around the zit.

Stick with these cardinal commandments of makeup and you will be all set to put the stage on fire.