Indian Bridal Beauty Trends From A Dubai Makeup Expert
Whether you’re newly engaged or you’ve had to postpone and edit your wedding into a smaller version of events, every bride planning for a winter 20/21 wedding should know what the latest fashion styles are, and plan the perfect makeup to complement. Here, professional makeup artist Preeti Dhillon, the founder of YOUniq Makeovers based in Dubai Silicon Oasis, highlights a key contemporary bridal trend every Indian bride should consider for their wedding day, along with inspiring expert makeup and beauty tips to match the look. Over to Preeti…
Hello, and congratulations to all the couples reading this who are recently engaged and are now planning their wedding!
You don’t need me to tell you how much wedding planning and prep has had to change in 2020, with extravagant, lavish affairs downsizing to small, intimate weddings — the ‘new normal’ due to current public health guidelines aimed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE. If you are experiencing a wedding dilemma due to the pandemic, you are not alone; I want to help you move forward with your wedding plans with these inspiring bridal trends and tips for fashion, makeup and glowing skin.
Despite the ongoing crisis and wedding restrictions, brides do not need to compromise on style — after all, your wedding — no matter what its scale — is a beautiful occasion that will occur just once in your lifetime.
Subtlety Is In This Season
As a professional makeup artist, I have been lucky enough to witness many beautiful brides wearing different styles and setting unique trends. For winter 20/21, Indian bridal fashion will favour muted tones as the top style pick for brides; do not opt for eye-catching colours like bright pinks and reds for your outfit if you plan to be a contemporary winter bride.
Since subtlety is the fashion for the season, a bride’s makeup needs to be adjusted accordingly to complement the trend. I tend to think the best feature of Indian women is their eyes, and whether your style is traditional or contemporary your makeup should focus on accentuating the eyes.
Complement With Shimmering Eyes
Taking this style cue, eyes can be made more prominent with shimmering eyeshadows in a mix of dark and light shades, influenced by the hour of the day that you plan to get married at, and whether the ceremony will be held in an outdoor or indoor setting. Highlight the eyes further with smoked liner, soft kohl-lined eyes and a pop of shimmer in the centre of the eyelids. Complete the look with a heavy mascara — an absolute must.
While even brides have to wear a face mask during the wedding, do not sideline the lipstick because of this. Apply a double application of a subtle lipstick shade and powder the lips well to keep the lipstick from staining the mask. You can also ask your dress designer or a tailor to create a face mask that is structured to keep the fabric from clinging to your lips, which will help prevent your lipstick from smudging.
Keep your skin looking clean and fresh without layering the foundation. As a makeup artist, I always say to my brides, remember to glow it and not cake it.
The Recipe For Glowing Skin
We have all experienced the lockdown in some shape and form this year, and for many of us it has been a stressful time. You may not have kept to a healthy diet or exercised as much as you would normally do, and such factors can cause havoc for your skin. If this sounds familiar, again remember that you are not alone. Stress can incite skin damage easily so do your best to keep it at bay.
Given the current circumstances, you may not feel comfortable going to beauty salons for treatments, so I have a DIY solution as a rescue formula! This DIY beauty treatment will rejuvenate your skin and make it glow, reduce facial hair, clear the skin and make it look healthy and hydrated.
So, let’s pull out our age-old grandma’s secret recipe and head to the kitchen to fix up some Ubtan/Vatna (herbal beauty paste). Embrace this beauty ritual two months before your wedding and you will notice how much your skin will benefit from the treatment.
To make the paste: take a gram of flour/wheat flour, turmeric, malai (cream) and almond or mustard oil and mix together to form a paste. Apply to your skin and keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the mixture off and then rinse your skin well.
This is an amazing solution to get glowing skin with a homemade treatment using 100% natural ingredients, which won’t burn a hole in your wallet — an added bonus! With fresh, glowing skin and shimmering eyeshadow, keep your bridal look minimalistic and let your eyes do the talking!
Why not try Preeti’s beauty treatment for yourself and show us on Instagram by tagging @brideclubme and @youniq_makeovers! Find more bridal inspiration for winter weddings — check out our top face masks for brides, grooms and wedding guests, discover the best new beauty buys every bride should know about, and tour this secluded UAE desert retreat, perfect for a staycation honeymoon.