50 Best Indian Bridal Makeup Tips

Wedding day is a one time event in our lifetime and it is something we fantasize many a times. It’s a that very special day where we want each and everything perfect, best and upto our mark. But this strive for perfection sometimes makes us feel stressed out and fearful about any mishaps that may happen on the d day. Don’t worry, because here are some simple Indian wedding beauty and bridal make up tips that you can follow on your special day.

indian bridal makeup tips

For Skin:

Tip 50: Get glowing skin

The most important of all Indian bridal make up tips is to make your skin look healthy and glowing on the wedding day. But just taking care of it a week before the D day will not help. Skin needs time to take in the nourishment and treatments. Over doing the treatments may lead to further damage. Make time for yourself and indulge in the treatments from two months or at least six weeks before the wedding day. Take regular pedicures and manicures. Also go in for facials and skin treatments from at least six weeks prior to give your skin time to work. Here is a detailed post on how to get glowing skin.

Tip 49: Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliate your skin to do away with dead skin but remember to exfoliate only twice or thrice a week. Over exfoliation may make your skin dry.

Tip 48: Protect your skin from sun

Do not go out without a sunscreen and reapply after 2 or 3 hours to keep the skin damage free. This is a definite must in the list of bridal makeup tips for Indians.

For Eyes: 

For best Indian Bridal Eye Makeup keep in mind the following tips:

Tip 47: Take care of puffy eyes

Have puffy eyes? Use chamomile tea bags over the eyes to make them appear less puffy. Using normal tea bags may stain you skin.

Tip 46: Get enough sleep

A good sleep is very important part of our life. The more you sleep, the more time your body gets to repair itself. Sleep for atleast 7 hours each day to keep those under eye circles out.

[ Read: Bollywood Bridal Makeup ]

For Hair:

Tip 45: Deep condition your hair

Your hair is also an important part of the whole wedding look and to ensure your hair looks best throughout the wedding, go for a deep conditioning hair mask twice/ thrice the month before the wedding. If you have dry hair, apply some homemade hair packs to make it glossy and healthy.

Tip 44: Use good hair spray

Use good hair sprays so that your hair stays in place.

For Acne:

Tip 43: Hide your blemishes

Do invest in a good concealer for the d day as it will do a lot of things. It will hide blemishes and spots, will cover those under eye circles and more.

Tip 42: Avoid fried food

Avoid fried foods and too many spices for a month before the wedding to avoid getting pimples at the last moment.

Tip 41: Blot oily areas

Keep some oil blotting paper handy on the day. Blot any oily areas to get rid of shine. You don’t want to have a shiny forehead in the wedding pictures.

Tip 40:  Take care of acne

If you have oily skin which tends to be attacked by acne and pimples look for a face cleanser with salicylic acid. It removes oil and keeps skin oil free for more hours.

Tip 39: Take care of last minute pimples

Spotted a pimple suddenly?? Tensed how to hide it? Take a bit of tea tree oil and apply it over the pimple as soon as possible. It will make it dry up faster and less prominent on the Wedding day.

Tip 38: Minimize chances of pimples during periods

Have a tendency of getting pimples and zit during periods; apply anti acne creams 10 days before it is scheduled to start. This will minimize the chances of getting one.

For Lips:

Tip 37: Make lips appear fuller

Are your lips thin? Here’s a way to make them appear fuller. Take a skin colored lip liner and extend the natural lip line. But remember less is more so do not over do it.
To make your lips look fuller pat a little bit of shimmer at the centre of the lower lip. This creates the illusion of a fuller lip.

Tip 36: Take care of dry lips

Use a lip balm each times you feel your lips are dry. Do not lick or bite your lips. This will dry the lips and cause them to become chapped and flaky.

For Bridal Makeup Looks:

Tip 35: Apply your makeup the usual way

Apply the makeup using the right brushes or applicators. If you are comfortable with brushes, then use brushes, if you are comfortable with sponges, use them. Also if you are comfortable with fingers, use them to apply makeup. It is not a time to experiment, so stick to the usual technique.

Tip 34: Match the makeup with your attire

Take a look at your clothes and jewellery.  Consult with your makeup artist beforehand about the looks which will go with the dress. Select the one which you want to do on the day. Do not go in for any last minute changes.

Tip 33: Choose the right foundation

Choosing the right foundation is very important as you don’t want to look ghostly or darker than usual. Go shopping with a friend or a relative and try different shades on yourself. The goal will be to choose a shade which matches your skin tone. Choosing a tone lighter than yours for your bridal makeup Indian style will create a wheatish effect on your face.

Tip 32: Use a highlighter

Use a highlighter instead of shimmer or glitter. The main attempt should be to make the skin appear glowing and not shimmery.  Highlight the bridge of the nose, the chin, the forehead and around the perimeter of the face.

Tip 31: Practice 2 to 3 times before the wedding

Considering doing your own makeup? Practice doing it before hand. This way you will avoid creating a mess on the d day. It is better to practice 2 to 3 times with the looks and try out variations than doing them for the first time on the wedding day itself which can be stressful.

Tip 30: How to apply a blush?

Using a blush? Keep at least two fingers distance from the nose and apply blush.

Tip 29: Take care of excess makeup

Got too much eye makeup/ eye liner? Take a blotting paper and remove any excess oil, excess makeup or liner.

Tip 28: Mascara application

Use a good water proof mascara and make sure it is new/ less than three months old. Old mascara’s which have been exposed to air, clot and become very flaky.

Tip 27: Buying makeup

Going to buy makeup for the wedding day? Take a friend with you and make a list before hand of what products you want to try and which items you need. Aimlessly buying products will result in nothing. So plan beforehand and keep the attire and wedding in mind

Tip 26: Check the weather

Have a wedding at summer/ spring? Choose sheer and light makeup as these will be most appropriate when the weather is hot and humid.

Tip 25: Day time wedding or night time wedding

This is a very important factor to keep in mind when it comes to Indian bridal makeup. If you have the ceremonies in the day time, then keep makeup minimal and opt for a more natural look. If you are going for night time wedding, keep the makeup heavy and add more colors.
If you have a morning wedding go for pastel shades for the eye makeup.

[Read:Bridal Makeup Artists In Delhi]

Tip 24: Choose the right lip liner

Choosing a good lip liner is important. You will be best off with a lip liner matching with the lipstick.

Tip 23: Is the makeup complete?

Take a look at the makeup after it is complete and assess whether it is suitable. Ask for honest opinions from friends and ask if it looks good.

Tip 22: Choose the right lipstick

Choose a long wearing lipstick for the d day. You don’t want to be applying it every hour.

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Tip 21: Applying foundation

Apply foundation on other exposed parts of the skin like hands, neck, back as well as ears. This way your Indian wedding makeup will look a lot more natural.

Tip 20: Use clean brushes

Whether you are doing the makeup yourself or a makeup artist is doing it, always use clean brushes and other applicators. You don’t not want to get infected by bacteria.

Tip 19: Heavy makeup

Keep the makeup heavier than your usual parties but do keep in mind not to look like a made up doll

Tip 18: Plucking the eyebrows

Pluck your brows at least a day before the wedding. Prevent bumps caused due to plucking using a cotton ball dipped in astringent and wipe the area.

Tip 17: Choosing the right blush

Having trouble choosing the right blush shade? See your face in the mirror right after you exercise. This is the natural color of your cheeks. Look for the color resembling it.

Tip 16: Fake eye lashes

Want some fake lashes? Use only if you are comfortable using them. Also use dark colored lash glue so that it matches the skin tone.

Tip 15: Filling up the brows

Do not use black to fill in the brows. Use brown shade or taupe shade to fill up the brows. The best way to get a natural looking brow is to use powder instead of pencils.

Tip 14: Take care of your hands

Use a moisturizer with shimmers to make your hands and feet look naturally glowing.

Tip 13: Use gel liners

If you are not an ardent follower of liquid liners, use gel liners instead of liquid ones. You will get better precision and better staying power.

Tip 12: When to apply cream

Use a moisturizer on your face and body just after the bath as it is the best time to apply lotions and creams.

Tip 11: Touch up your makeup

Keep a compact and blotting paper handy as you can touch up your makeup.

Tip 10: Keep eye makeup in place

To keep your eye makeup in place, sweep a bit of translucent powder over it and under the eyes. This prevents the meltdown and raccoon eyes.

Tip 9: Don’t let your lipstick stain

To keep your lipstick/ lip color from staining your lips, put a finger in your mouth and close your lips. Pull out the finger; this will take out all excess lip color.

Tip 8: Make lashes appear fuller

Need to make your lashes appear fuller? Apply a bit of powder on the lashes with your eyes closed and then apply mascara.

Tip 7: Applying eye liner

Apply the eye liner while looking down into the mirror. It will give you a better grip and you will be able to draw neat straight lines.

Tip 6: Use cream blushes

Use cream blushes if you want rosy natural cheeks and apply it straight on the cheeks.

Tip 5: Using dark makeup?

Keep your eye makeup in check. If you are going for a dark eye makeup then keep the lips light.

Tip 4: Limit the shimmer

Shimmer looks great but keep it limited to only one part of the face. Either do a shimmery eye or a shimmery lips.

Tip 3: Foundation for photograph

Choose a good foundation, a yellow toned foundation looks better in photographs while a pink based one may make you look washed out.

Tip 2: Make lipstick stay longer

Apply a lip liner and then a lipstick or apply layers of lipstick to make it stay longer.

Tip 1: Use green concealer


Use a green based concealer to cover up those red spots or pimples. It works better than the usual cover up products.

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7 thoughts on “50 Best Indian Bridal Makeup Tips

  1. tripti

    Its a nice article shabby:)
    Going to regular spa sessions would relax you and make you feel good about yourself.Also eating good food and a proper sleep will greatly help the brides:)

  2. Amvi

    This is one of the best article i have ever come across brides to be.. !!! Il make sure that i save them for my D day too… Really thnkful to u guys.. for this.. :)

  3. Ragini

    This article is really helpful! Thank you so much for writing such a spot on article :) I am among those who have a hard time with dark circles, can u suggest some high quality brands to help reduce dark circles.