5 Basic Makeup Techniques Every Bride to Be Needs to Know!

by mehak on June 16, 2012

in Bridal Blog, Bridal Makeup, Features, Fridaysfive, Makeup Tutorials

1. How to Apply Foundation:

Iv seen girls buy the most expensive foundation on the market , slap it on their face with wide, thick strokes of their hand and then complain why it isnt doing any good. Here are my tips for applying foundation

  • Use very small, short strokes and spend as much time as possible. Focus on one small area, complete that move to the next. Big, wide strokes from you cheek to your chin – like you are painting a wall is a total no no. If you ever go and get a trial from a good makeup artist- notice just how much time they spend, getting into nooks and corner, covering yr face in small short strokes and being patient.
  • Apply it in thin layers, building it up one  at a time : Thin, sheer layers are always better than thick, heavy ones. Letting your natural skin breathe through is important and it gives you an idea of how much foundation you need
  • Not every part of your face requires the same amount of foundation: Most of us are darker around the mouth area, with relatively spot free cheeks. You might want to spend more time concealing the darkness first, and going over that area with more foundation,, and keeping the coverage on your cheeks very runny and light
  • Always keep your strokes from top to bottom direction. This is something Vimi Joshi taught me, that if you go in any other direction, you are going the opposite direction of hair growth, causing your hair to stand up and make your skin look uneven
  • Please put foundation on your neck. Pretty Please.
2. How to Conceal Under Eye Circles
  • The idea behind concealing your eyes (something, I learnt from Lisa Elridge) is to apply concealer ONLY where it is dark.
  • To make this clearer, here is a quick tutorial i did on : How to Apply Concealer to Under Eye Circles

2. How to fake the J Lo Glow

You are a bride, you NEED to glow . People just NEED to think that the happiness is making you glow, but actually its just highlighter. Dont tell them that though!

3.  How to make your skin talk

You can get away with zero makeup, if you have gorgeous skin. So make sure you do your research about what products work for me. Well moisturized, plump skin with just liner and lipstick is probably more pretty than anything any foundation will achieved

  • Increase your water intake manifold 3 months before the wedding. Drink atleast one BIG glass every hour.
  • Make sure you have sunscreeen on no matter where you are- its not about whether there is sun outside or not. It doesnt matter. You need sunscreen all the time.
  • Have a small in home facial routine- Mine involves steam, black head removal, splashing face with cold water ,massaging with a cleanser, and a freeman face mask.
  • Do NOT sleep with makeup on. The smartest thing you can do, is either invest in a solid makeup remover, or personally i just use my Forest Essentials Sesame Oil as a makeup remover+ night cream in one. But remember as a bride you will be wearing solid makeup every night, and if you dont remove it properly you will very likely have raccoon eyes.

4. How to do a pretty basic eye : 

The eyeshadow

  • If you really are just not getting how to do your eyes- then this is a cheat method that i like to use: Cheat Method for eyeshadow . It doesnt get easier than that- 2 contrasting bases, one single eyeshadow.
  • A basic, pretty eye is simple. It just needs  a sheen on the lid, and an eyeliner. You can skip all the crease color, the outer corner etc if you arent comfortable
  • Invest in 1-2 pretty eyeshadow colors that work well with Indian Clothing. Something neutral and gold like Mac Wood Winked, Mac Expensive Pink. In fact, here are 6 great  eyeshadow colors for indian formal wear from Mac: Mac eyeshadow Swatches
  • You could also, just buy a glittery paint pot like Mac Genuine Treasure and a black liner over it. Simple. Classy. Effective.
The Eyeliner
  • Eyeliners should really thinnest at the inner corner of the eye, and  thickest either at the outer corner (if you like a slight bit of a cat eye effect), or thickest at the centre with the outer corner swept out (for a wide eyed effect)
The Lashes
  • You MUST, and i mean MUST with a capital M , invest in an eyelash curler. MUST. It makes a world of a difference to how your mascara looks and gives that whole fluttering wide eyed effect that just elevates your look,
  • If you can really master the art of wearing false lashes then i highly recommend you learn how to. False lashes that give that extra oomph that a regular mascara doesnt!


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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Fahima June 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Great post! I’ve never used an eyelash curler- will grab one the next time I’m out shopping!


sweetashoney June 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

II love love love this post. Its not only for brides alone … Its for everyone!!!


thedelhibride June 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

An absolutely AMAZING post! :) :) Thanks a lot, from all us fellow bride to be’s!

When you talk of an at home facial, what do you use for blackhead removal? And which cleanser do you use?


mehak June 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

hiiie! I use a tweezer actually! Cleanser- i use either my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish or i have a Forest Essentials Neem Cleanser!
Hows the wedding going?


thedelhibride June 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Funny you should mention tweezers! A few days back, for the absolute first time in my life, I steamed my face to open the pores, and then used a Himalaya mud pack – I had read that open pores will mean the pack is more effective. However, my main aim was to see if any blackheads get removed, but I was dissappointed. There was a pair of tweezers lying around and I thought, hmmm…wonder if blackheads will come out using this? I tried, and although I managed to get very, very few out, I finally saw how steaming actually does open pores to enable hair and blackheads to come out with much greater ease! I’m going to buy my own pair of tweezers today!!!

Wedding prep is overwhelming these days. I’m getting stressed cos I had hoped a lot more would’ve been in place by now…mostly, it’s the trousseau and photographer that’s keeping me up at night. Anyway, I guess everyone goes through this. Hopefully, my lehengas for main funcations and a few saris will be in place soon. I’ll sleep much more peacefully then!

I wanted to ask you waise…how many days leave are u taking from work? And…how many days before the wedding are u on leave? I’m trying to figure out my holidays as well.

Also, how are wedding preps going otherwise? hoping for another Bridal Files update from you soon!!! Always excited to read those, and compare notes!!


mehak June 19, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hey.m taking a grand total of 3 weeks , 3 days off…my weddings on 24th and y last day was 15, s nine days before wedding bt thas because mine is in a diff city n i need to be thr like on 20th so ya tecnically 5 days before leaving…and then post honeymoon just 2-3 days


divineblush June 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Great post.. Yes i agree the point .. we have to use foundation in our neck too.. I have seen many brides loking like a ghost and the color varies from face to neck..


Avantika June 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

brilliant post!! so helpful! im sure this will be very handy in the near future..i’ll save this in my favourites for quick reference ;) thanks Mehak! :)


mehak June 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

:) thanks avantika


Vanu June 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Awesome Awesome super awesome post Mehak!!


Nivedita June 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

one of the handiest post I am book marking M for this wedding season! Btw, I need another reco for concealer please? By anychance have you tried the Colorbar pot ones? I’m planning to get one ( I am a big panda dear)


coralcrue June 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

any sure shot natural remedies on how to get rid of terrible under eye circles? wedding season’s in the air!


mehak June 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

If I did I would be following it everyday. But nothing tht I know off. Just drink water ‘ sleep on a high pillow and put cucumber


mehak June 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

Not tried colorbar . I swear by inglot under eye And mac select moisture cover


Chavi Sawhney June 17, 2012 at 1:10 am

Love this post..I am religiously following all your bridal posts as I am also getting married this year :) Thanks for such great tips!!!



mehak June 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

Welcome chavvi !!


Chris June 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

Excellent post, Mehak! If anyone is interested, I have a category on my blog called “The Goldmine”, which talks about gold and bronze shadows. Perfect for Indian formal wear. :)


mehak June 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

Ooh nice name for a section!


scribbleofhappygoluckygal June 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

lovely post Mehak..!!:)


shivangi June 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thanks for this post Mehak! loved the tips! infact tey would be helpful to everyone!


Dolon June 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Loved the post specially the section on how to apply foundation :)


Namita June 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Though I don’t need ‘bridal tips’ anytime soon, I’ll bookmark them nonetheless :) Very informative post Mehak :)


Priti June 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Mehek.. u are just awesomeess :)


Aditi Pednekar June 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

The best-est make-up post ever!! Mehak you rock. You made everything sound so easy especially for a make-up-ignorant like me. Keep up the good work. ;)


av July 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Love all ur posts mehak.. Keep up the good work.. And all the best for yr married life ahead!


BeautyIndia August 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Super Duper like this post………how beautifully each and every part of make up is described. I think its for every girl and women who do make up and not only for brides.


BeautyIndia September 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

oh…it is really a great tips for the makeup…it is very helpful to maintain your beauty..


Sanya Rai December 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Perfect! I’ve bought this Oriflame studio artist range. And it has everuything I need for make-up. And with your tips, I’m sure gonna rock this wedding.


Sanya Rai March 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

A perfect make-up kit is also that you need. Oriflame Studio Artist range is what you need. Trust me, it’s just perfect.


Surbhi Mehra August 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hello Mehak, love reading your blogs, and the make up tutorials are really good.

thanks for t he guidelines about beauty products.


sarah October 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hey, loved ur blog, quite informative i would say. Have started reading it recently, and guess i ll b following it for some quite now. :) liked the post on wedding troussesu shopping, will try these shops wen m in delhi this time. Keep us posted with new stuff. :))


Nidhi Verma August 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

HI !
My little sister is getting married in dec and i recently stumbled upon your blog and its really informative esp because shaadi is in Delhi and we all stay out of india so this blog really helps us!!
Maybe i missed it but do u happen to list wedding planners as well ? like what all things are supposed to be done “nowadays” ? :) who do we contact, how do we start etc . ? :) hope this q reaches you :) thanks again:)


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