If you’re like most Indian brides, you’re blessed with a wheatish complexion, or what you’d call a medium skin tone. A big advantage is that the bridal makeup artist is familiar with what colours & makeup styles will suit an Indian bride. The downside, though, is that some MUAs will try to give you a foundation that’s one or two shades lighter to your complexion – wrongly assuming that’s what all Indian brides want.
To help you figure out what makeup style to pick for your big day, here’s some inspiration from Real Brides. See what their bridal makeup looked like and find your favourites to share with the Makeup Artist!
Note: I tend to like the simpler makeup style, so you’ll not find too many loud options here.
Perfectly Highlighted Glow With Bold Brows
Wedding Outfit Colours: Ivory with hints of green & peach
This bride’s overall nude makeup style looks simply beautiful. Her face has been highlighted just the right amount for a bridal glow and ever so subtly contoured. The focus is on her eyes – with bold brows and lined eyes. That lipstick shade, though, is absolute #Goals for brides with a wheatish complexion!
Simple Bridal Makeup with Shades of Pastel Pink and a Hint of Mauve
Wedding Outfit Colours: Pastel Pink
This young bride went for the MFBB (My Face But Better) look. I went to school with her so I know what she looks like sans makeup, and it’s always refreshing to see brides who still look like themselves on their wedding day! She kept the focus on her eyes by lightly lining them, while that pretty pastel lip shade complemented her wedding lehenga colours beautifully.
Sunkissed Glow & Matte Lips
Wedding Outfit Colours: Coral Orange
Her wedding day makeup was slightly heavier, with a matte brownish coral lipstick that matched her outfit. Her eyes were treated to a thick eyeliner and her brows were well-defined as well.
Sparkling Gold Eyes
Wedding Outfit Colours: Deep Shade of Pink on a Brocade Fabric
The makeup artist smartly used shimmer on the bride’s lids so that her face holds its own in that sea of jewellery! All the focus was kept on this area – with a sparkling cut crease eyeshadow style and soft yet heavily lined eyes. The matte base and matching pink shade of lipstick complemented the whole look.
Simply Pink & A Soft Smokey Eye
Wedding Outfit Colours: Salmon Pink & Silver
I loved how her face was softly highlighted and there was an almost natural flush of colour on her cheeks. A pink tone washes over the entire makeup look. The bride’s eyes were defined with kohl and otherwise kept fairly simple.
Effortless Nude Makeup
Wedding Outfit Colours: Ivory & Cream
This bride nails that softly lit from within look! She opted for nude makeup with the lightest smokey eyes. This whole makeup style went well with her minimal wedding clothes & jewellery. The one thing she did to add the perfect finishing touch? A white liner on the inner corner of her eyes to make them pop!
Simple Matte Makeup Look
Wedding Outfit Colours: Baby Pink with Silver Gota Patti Work
The dimpled bride picked a matte makeup base with shades of light pink that matched her baby pink lehenga.
Christian Bride’s Contoured Style
Wedding Outfit Colours: White & Silver
A dewy base created a lovely backdrop to the heavy blush, thick lashes and nude lips.
Classic Red & Gold on a South Indian Bride
Wedding Outfit Colours: Rich Red & Gold
Finally, a bride who pulled off the bright red pout with ease! Her makeup artist gave her flawless skin, tons of mascara and a beautiful gold lid.
South Indian Bride’s Pink Pout At Her Wedding Reception
Wedding Outfit Colours: Fuschia Pink & Coral
Another South Indian bride who carried off a bright lip with elan! Her fuschia pout was paired with simple eye makeup – individual fake lashes were added and a neutral eyeshadow colour was used.
Winged Eyeliner for a Retro Look
Wedding Outfit Colours: White & Salmon Pink with Green Jewellery
Overall, it was a neutral soft glow makeup look with a wash of light pink for this bride’s Reception party. A thick winged eyeliner added a bit of drama!
I hope you found a makeup style you liked. If you’re neither tan nor olive skin bride, check out dusky bridal makeup ideas. Another must-see is our guide to skin care for brides (it’s the only guide you’ll ever need!)