The quintessential big-fat-Indian-wedding—now a mere 50-people intimate affair—calls for minimalism and greater attention to detail. While bridal makeup in the pre-pandemic era featured intense, weighty looks, the new normal demands a soft-hued palette and a 'bare beauty' approach. Contemporary brides are consciously straying away from cakey makeup and heavily-embroidered ensembles, jumping on the 'less is more' bandwagon—that invites a fresh, dewy look.
"The year 2021 is the year of change, and the bridal industry is all set to embrace this change. Each and every bride desires to put her best self forward on her big day, and we makeup artists work tirelessly to help her achieve the look of her dreams. The post-pandemic era has called for a paradigm shift in the realm of bridal beauty, and we're all for it," - Shradha Luthra, Bridal Makeup Artist.
Peach is the New Pink
Did you know that the right shade of blush can warm up your complexion, add a healthy glow,
and even create the illusion of cheekbones? While pink shades may be a bit overwhelming for some brides, peach hues have become a universally flattering, can't-go-wrong-with pick.
It suits almost all complexions and skin tones and is especially flattering if your skin has yellow undertones. Since it has orange and yellow tones, it enhances the natural flushed look.
Pro tip: It's all about the texture—a formula that's sheer and blendable is going to look the most natural.
A bride looks best when she looks like herself—it's just about highlighting her best features!
Makeup is often perceived to be a mode to conceal or alter aspects of ourselves that we don't appreciate. However, the latest skin minimalism trend advocates the idea of leaving the skin looking dewy and real, with minimal use of makeup.
The goal here is to look bright, and not white! As there is no need to slather too much foundation on the face and make it cakey. In today's day, 'less is more'.
Soft Smokey Eyes
What comes to mind when we say smokey eyes? Kohl-laden lids, dark, edgy eye shadow and graphic shapes?
While we've all come across our favourite celebrities sporting a dramatic, glamorous smokey eye look, the trend is gradually moving towards a more natural, softer smokey eye. Soft looks often give off a subdued and romantic vibe. Irrespective of the shade of eye shadow opted for, the final result is silky and diffused—like a tendril of smoke rising from a lit match.
And while these looks may be a tad bit understated, they're just as impactful and statement-worthy.
It's the season for soothing pastel hues! Blush pinks and mint greens are taking over the traditional reds and maroons—not only when it comes to your bridal attire, but also your makeup.
Monotone makeup involves complimenting your overall look with makeup in similar hues as your outfit. You can take a cue from Anushka Sharma's stunning bridal look that propelled this trend.
Healthy Skin = Flawless Makeup
It's a fact: makeup sets better on healthy skin.
Want fabulously flawless, glowing skin? Make sure you're adding the right items to your diet, along with optimal hydration. Everything that you consume not only becomes a part of your inner being, but impacts the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods on your plate, the better your skin will look!
Besides following a balanced, nutritious meal, indulging in skincare plays a vital role as well. Brides-to-be must consult a dermatologist before their wedding day, and should prep their skin using the right products, as advised.
The trinity of healthy food, hydration, and skincare is key to a radiant, glowing complexion. And since modern brides are opting for a fresh, natural look on their D-day—with minimal reliance on makeup—it's crucial that the skin beneath the makeup is clean and blemish-free.
Pro Tip: Apply ice to your skin before loading on makeup, as it sets better.
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