New Delhi: Looking her best on her wedding day is every girl`s dream -- but not at the cost of her glowing skin. Less is more this season as to-be-brides are ready to make a statement with minimalist makeup that includes a dash of bright lipstick and smoky eyes.
Gone are the days when girls used to hide under layers of foundation and blush on. The simple yet trendy route is what they are walking now on because looking fair is not their mantra of looking good; flaunting glowing skin and being comfortable in it is what they aspire for.
"Today`s brides are quite experimental with makeup. They prefer loud eye make-up like smokey eyes instead of basic bridal makeup. They proudly wear bright lip colours and carry it off pretty well," Moumita Das, technical consultant for makeup and hair at Mumbai`s Enrich Salon, told IANS.
"Also, nice elongated eyeliners that give the 1960s` look, curled lashes and a touch of foundation give a natural and not caked-up look. In short, the latest make-up mantra is less is more," she added.
Neutral or pale lip colours are not apt for wedding photos, hence girls brighten it up with brighter shades, but smartly.
The girls are happy to flaunt their skin tone without worrying about their complexions.
"Girls these days want to have flawless and radiant skin; it is not about looking fair any more. Hence, the focus is more on getting eye make-up right and looking beautiful," said Reeta Juneja of New Delhi`s Vedic Spa Mantra and Salon.
There are several instances when too much make-up has ruined a bride`s big day.
Mehek Arora, 27, one of those lucky girls with a flawless skin and peach complexion, recalls the nightmare she experienced on her wedding reception day.
"I was wearing a green sari and my beautician applied a lot of foundation on my face, and the worst was that she applied green and yellow eyeshadow. The thick layer of foundation with wild make-up made me look worse. I looked nothing less than a disaster. My foundation dried up, it was a nightmare" she added.
To avoid such a situation, Das suggests keeping skin type and weather conditions in mind before readying for the D-day. Whatever little is being used should be used accordingly.
"It is very important to know brides skin type, texture, complexion, weather condition before one starts with the make-up. Asians usually have a cool yellow tone, so choose your foundation and make-up base accordingly," she said.
"Weather conditions are also very important. For winters, cream-based products work well. Otherwise the base will start cracking. Also, keep in mind whether the function is taking place outside or indoors and make-up should be done accordingly," she added.
Make-up has to evolve as girls are experimenting with their trousseau and it is essential that their look should complement their clothes.
A decade ago, red and maroon used to be very popular, but new-age brides are going for interesting colour palette -- they are choosing from burgundy, grey, pink to orange, blue and golden.
"Girls have become bold in choosing colours for their bridal dress. They prefer the modern look in terms of their hair style and make-up," said Juneja, adding that other colour-combinations in vogue are peach with swarovski, cobalt blue with white, blood red and cream, deep brinjal purple and, of course, tissue gold."
A bride`s get-up is incompelete without her hairdo and this has also undergone a sea change.
"For hair, girls use mahogany, chestnut and streaks in colours of their choice," said Juneja.
Usually wedding dates are decided much in advance so the girls should go for regular exercise as it is a key to glowing skin.
"The wedding day is usually a roller-coaster ride of emotions and anxiety. So, the key to look beautiful on your wedding day is to follow a good regular diet, exercise, drink lots of fluids and get good eight hours sleep. In short, one has to be disciplined months before the wedding day," said Juneja.
"Treat your body skin with regular scrubs for exfoliating dead cells and body massages with therapeutic oils for a smooth, tight and toned body. All this should start at least eight weeks before the D-Day," she added.