Expert make-up tips for Indian brides

09 Apr 2019

From key trends to skincare routines, Sabina Hannan advises Indian brides how to get a flawless wedding day look

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Sabina Hannan is a hijabi make-up artist and fashion influencer with a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle YouTube channel with more than 367,000 subscribers. Here she shares her top make-up tips for Indian brides. 

What distinguishes Indian bridal make-up from other cultural bridal looks?

Indian bridal make-up is usually very bold, heavy and vibrant – whether it’s on the eye as eyeshadow or the lips. It’s quite different from other bridal looks as it’s very glam and is usually finished off with a heavy contour to bring out the cheekbones.

What are the key trends in Indian bridal make-up for 2019/2020 weddings?

The key trends in Indian bridal make-up for 2019/2020 is a soft brown smoked out eyeshadow with a nude or red lip depending on the bride's outfit. The face base is usually quite heavy, however with products that are available now make-up artists can create a skin-like base flawlessly. It is traditional for the bride to wear a red outfit however times have changed and brides usually opt for neutral colours now and match their make-up with their outfit. 

There’s a huge range of inspiration for make-up trends available on YouTube, with everything from the perfect cut-crease to full face make-up looks at your fingertips ahead of the big day.

How should a bride prepare her skin in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself?

Brides should invest in a good skincare routine in the run up to their wedding as it’s important for the skin to look good so make-up can be applied flawlessly. Exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising is key for a ideal base, it gets rid of any dead skin cells on your face and it also makes the face radiant. If you have any spots/pimples on the run up to your wedding. I would definitely buy a spot cream/oil to get rid of them. On your wedding day it is extremely important to exfoliate your lips if you are opting for a bold lip colour or a liquid lipstick.

Why should a bride consider her outfit choice when choosing her wedding make-up look?

Your wedding outfit really determines what make-up look you are going to go for. If there is a lot going on with the outfit you need to be careful not to overdo your make-up as it can look too much. So when choosing your outfit you need to be mindful of the make-up choice you have in mind. 


What is your best tip for ensuring bridal make-up stays in place all day long?

My tip for bridal make-up to stay in place is a primer before applying any make-up and a good setting powder, preferably a translucent one with no flashback, to set the whole face. You can apply a seting powder with a damp beauty blender and use a fixing spray to make sure your make-up is locked in place.

What is currently your favourite bridal look and why?

Currently I am loving a soft eye look with a smoked out black eyeliner, flawless full coverage foundation with a blinding highlighter and a bold red lip to make a statement.

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