Indian Muslim Bridal Hairstyles & Makeup

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Indian Muslim Bridal Hairstyles & Makeup
Pair your make-up to your bridal attire. (make-up display and brush after make-up was done image by Nellie Vin from Fotolia.com)

Wedding preparations include finding a venue and dress, applying your make-up and styling your hair. Because traditional Indian wedding attire doesn't have to be white, make-up choices for Muslim brides need more coordination than for Western brides. Traditionally, Indian brides wear their hair in a bun, whether their hair is long or short. Variations on the basic bun can give the bride a more modern look.

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Make-up

Book an appointment with a make-up artist about a month before the wedding. Show them your wedding attire so you can coordinate your make-up with your outfit. According to iloveindia.com, if your bridal jewellery is heavy, you'll want to wear lighter make-up. If your wedding is in the evening, heavy make-up is OK, but it may look too harsh for a daytime wedding. Weddings in the spring and summer call for bright pastels, while a winter or fall wedding calls for warm, deep colours. Because you'll be photographed a lot on your wedding day, opt for yellow tones, which will make you look best in flash photography, says iloveindia.com; pink tones will make you look pale in pictures. Apply foundation not only to your face but also to your neck, ears and other exposed areas. Lightly dust translucent powder to prevent shine. Apply bronzing powder to warm your skin. Opt for long-lasting lipsticks and choose a lip liner of the same shade. Balance your eye make-up with your lipstick--dramatic eyes go with light lips, while neutral eyes go best with dark lipstick.

Hairstyles

The most traditional Indian Muslim wedding hairstyle is the bun, which entails gathering your hair and twisting it to form a large bun. According to iloveindia.com, the bun works best for long hair, but for brides with shorter hair, use extensions to get the desired length. Adorn your style with flowers and other accessories for an elaborate look. For a different version of the bun, curl sections of your hair and pin up in the shape of a bun. This works best with short or medium-length hair that has extensions. You also can place the traditional bun off-centre, to the side of the head. This hairstyle works best on people with defined cheekbones and noticeable eyes, according to iloveindia.com.

Tips

Start a skin and haircare regimen at least a month and a half before your wedding day. It's a good idea to get regular facials. Check with your beautician to find out which beauty products are best for your hair and skin type. Try to avoid too much sun exposure and extreme weather, such as wind and excessive cold. Also, to prevent dark under-eye circles, try to get as much sleep as possible, even if wedding planning is leaving your stressed.

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