Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Beautiful Indian Princess...(Bridal Makeup Tips!)

Today I did makeup for an Indian bride. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the festivities that precede an Indian wedding, here's a quick lesson. The week before a Hindu wedding takes place is filled with other ceremonies, each surrounded with a special meaning. Today was my bride's Henna or Mehndi (as we call it in India), ceremony. 

Not only was her outfit beautiful, but she was the sweetest, friendliest, and excited bride. Those are my favorite! Weddings make me giddy as I envision what my own special day will be like. There is so much love in the air as the bride gets ready to wed. 

My bride wanted her makeup to match her outfit perfectly, so she chose pink and silver as those were the 2 colors on her outfit. After talking about it some more, we decided to do gold and pink instead, and we were both very happy with the results! MUA TIP: Each bride will have a specific look in mind- but remember, you are the expert. If you do not think it will work, voice that opinion instead of doing what she has in mind and then having her be unhappy. As a normal consumer, most brides do not know much about makeup, or what will look good on camera and accentuate her outfit. It is your job to make her look good, so sometimes you need to help guide her to the right decision. And in the end, I guarantee both of you will be happy!

Here she is casually dressed in sweats and a hoodie, with just her eyes done. Still so pretty! Hair is in the works at this point as well..

Most of my brides choose to go with airbrush foundation, and I personally think this is the better choice. I applied 2 layers of Dinair airbrush makeup, some light pink blush NOT on the apples of her cheeks, rather, towards the hairline, and a lot of highlight. MUA TIP: if you choose a blush shade that is similar in tone to the eyeshadow, do not apply the blush to the apples of the cheek. Doing so creates too much of a symmetrical makeup look, and the client will look extremely monochromatic. It is okay to use blush, eyeshadow, and lipsticks from the same color family, but product placement is then very important. Creating a bit of asymmetry through the cheeks lightens up the look.
Here is a quick face shot I took. Sorry for the terrible lighting! I know you can't tell but the eyeshadow was actually a mixture of a bright and dark pink, to create a mid toned shade of pink.

We ended with some pale pink lipstick, and added a plum lip liner to darken the lips a bit and create a shaded affect. We added some doll like lashes, and my bride was ready to go!


  1. wow u did an amazing job, I love her make up, hair, outfit, jewlery & everythinq!!

  2. thank you! haha i was only responsible for the makeup part, but yes, the combination of everything made her a stunning bride!

  3. This looks amazing!! Great job, she looks beautiful!

  4. she looks sooo preetty...n i loved her lehenga fav color combos..m jus staring at dos pics !!

  5. thanks dolls! i love her outfit also, and those colors i would wear too!

  6. megha--- love the makeup for the most part. but her foundation looks orangey :(...she was too fair for that color it looks like

  7. You did a fantastic job....LOVE her makeup

    It reminds of my wedding. I wore the same color outfit for my wedding reception. Its a great color for Indian skin tone

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips

    Happy New Year!!

  8. Wow....she looks amazing. U did a great job megha.

  9. thanks girls! you all are too sweet!

  10. Her make-up perfectly ties in with her incredibly outfit, love it, never seen anything like it before, it's so beautiful.

    Must be so fun having so many outfits etc for all the ceremonies, it's 5 days of ceremonies I think...?

    She looked beautiful, make-up, hair the works. Congrats to you Megha.

    Diane x

  11. thank you diane! our ceremonies are between 3-7 days usually. its such a beautiful, festive week!

  12. Gorgeous,After makeup she looks really as a princess...............
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  13. I know exactly whom to contact when I am in Atlanta for my sister's wedding :)

  14. jitni hassen madam hai utna hi haseen mohtarma ka naam hai....MEGHA..

    Hazrate gair famaiye..

    "intezar hai wafa ko

    kab unse baat hogi,

    kab unse mulakat hogi,

    Un to har sham milte hai khawo me

    khuda hi jane..kab rubaru unse mulakat hogi "

  15. I have never ever seen beauty.. like Megha..
    she is looking really :) ANGEL :).

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