Be Dazzled by Indian Bridal Makeup

Be Dazzled by Indian Bridal Makeup

Traditional American weddings definitely warm my heart, but my makeup artistry skills are set ablaze when I get a call from an Indian bride requesting makeup for her ceremony. Who wouldn’t get excited? Imagine walking into a hotel room surrounded by rhinestone adorned shoes and sandals, a countless variety of face and body décor from multi colored bindis to gold and silver bangles to anklets and stone studded broaches that seriously, look fit for a Queen.  Now let’s talk attire; the embroideries and fabrics are unmistakably fancy and your eyes instantly fix onto the heavy embellishments on the neckline, sleeves and hem of a silk or chiffon shirt or skirt. Sarees in pink, dark sapphire, emerald green, maroon and purple always leave me in total admiration of this culture.

With so much color, how can the makeup be “traditional?” Well, it’s not. With such intricate and dramatic designs on the gowns, the eye makeup must balance out. As the Official Makeup Artist for the Fashion Show for the Indian Wedding Expo in D.C. and Virginia I’ve had the pleasure of blending beautiful hues on eyelids and adding rich popping lip color to match.  And, actual brides have shown me they want no different than the model on the runway.  In my experience a makeup artist working with an Indian bride has to be able to step outside the box of what is considered “traditional” bridal makeup.  Indian brides want to be sure the MUA can correctly match their foundation to their skin and they pay close attention to the detail you use on their eyes. Heavy eyeliner and eye color that coincide with their attire is a must. Not only is it tradition but to do anything less would look incomplete.

My ticket into this wonderful bridal world of color, glitz and glam came after working with Soraya Duke of Cosmopolitan Photography. Soraya introduced me to an Indian bridal planner who was looking for a MUA who could cater to the needs of her clients. Soraya thought I would be perfect because of the bold and daring looks I give to her clients taking boudoir photos and hence, our union. I love being introduced to different cultures and ideas, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun working with any bride who’s not afraid of a little color!  My most recent call came from India, and although I won’t be in Dubai (the bride is flying to the states) I’m always flattered to be chosen to play a key role in such an extravagant celebration.

~Tish

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