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Brides should understand the difference between everyday makeup and the type of application that will enhance their beauty in wedding photos. For brides, the choice is simple -- learn the proper techniques from a makeup artist months before the wedding, or simply invest in a professional application on the day of the event.

For perfect photos, apply foundation evenly. Use a long lasting matte finish and end with a dusting of pressed powder. Be sure to keep pressed powder handy for touch up; you don't want a shiny nose or forehead in your pictures! Remember to match powder to your foundation color. Be sure to blend it well along the jaw line.

Avoid heavy eyeliner - it'll only make your eyes look smaller. Pass on false eyelashes, too. They can cast a shadow beneath the eyes. Instead, accent the outer corner of eyes with black or gray eyeliner.

Choose bridal makeup that's on the understated side. Our best suggestion, select a professional makeup artist with experience in bridal photography.

Because skin tends to break out or look flushed after a facial, be sure to schedule your facial at least one week before your wedding.

To keep your hands soft, apply our rich non greasy Hand Crème before going to bed, then put on a pair of white cotton gloves. While you sleep, the gloves will hold in body heat and help the hand crème penetrate. In the morning, you hands will feel softer and smoother.

Colors:

  • Light colors such as pastels reflect more light and hence enhance the volume of a person. Advisable for persons on the slimmer side.
  • Dark colors such as blacks and burgundy, by virtue of reflecting lesser light diminish the volume of the wearer and are advisable for persons on the stouter side.
  • Short persons should avoid wearing clothes with contrasting colors.

Fabrics

  • Banaras koras, brocades and silks
    These fabrics have always been, are and will always be intrinsic to dressing for weddings in Indian culture. They remain a favorite with the designers as they are versatile and lend themselves to unlimited possibilities as far as embroidery is concerned.
  • Laces / Nets
    This fabric conveys a fresh, young, pretty, dream-like feel. Delicate embroidery is preferred on lace while net is more versatile and lends itself to a wider range of embroidery.
  • Satin
    Satin has a luxurious, rich and glossy feel. It is used as lining of expensive outfits. Satin is a versatile material for embroidery and can carry considerable embroidery weight.
  • Lycra / Lurex
    This fabric hugs the body and provides a close fit. Hence, it is necessary that the wearer has a good figure else it would accentuate features of the body that are not as attractive. Embroidery on lycra / lurex is limited and requires a special technique.

Dressing for the ceremony

  • Mehndi
    Mehndi is a ceremony that is full of fun and excitement. Hence bright colors are predominant with green being the most popular color. Ghagra cholis are the trend. Half sleeves are advisable, as the mehndi has to be applied.
  • Sangeet
    Sangeet is characterized by song and dance. Hence the garments designed for this occasion should not be heavy and should not constrain movement.
  • Cocktails
    The accent on garments for this occasion is towards the Indo-western and western. Cocktails, generally being a night function, darker shades are preferred and the look of the garments are sleeker, more streamlined and less traditional. Fabric such as lycra, satin and net are in good taste and embroidery is generally light.
  • Engagement and Wedding Ceremony
    These being the most auspicious of wedding ceremonies, the clothes worn are almost always traditional, primarily dictated by the background and culture of the client.
  • Reception
    The clothes designed for the reception tends to be the most elaborate, the most grand. The reception outfits can be more modern in terms of cuts, embroidery and fabric.
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