Glimmer or nude, bright or glam? Mirror, mirror on the wall – which kind of a bride should I be? As you, the would-be Indian bride browses through glossies, on Instagram and online, that’s the question you need to answer for yourself – before you decide which bridal makeup artist and how much to spend on it.

Looking for the right bridal makeup package in India can be both insightful and scary. They begin from basic party makeup to high-finish HD makeup, Sculpted 3D makeup to natural finish approaches like mineral makeup or the photo finish with an airbrush applicator. They also depend upon the preparation you’ve done for them in the form of traditional, homemade or modern beauty treatments.

We’ll help you navigate through the chaos with this ready explainer on beauty treatments, bridal makeup packages, and how you should come by with your choice.

Beauty Treatments vs Bridal Makeup packages

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Most bridal makeup artists (be they established salons or freelance practitioners will tell you that you need the right base to get that Indian bridal glow. This comes from a disciplined skincare routine, that has been maintained for months in advance.

Why months and not just the basic prep? For beauty to be more than skin deep, you need more than basic Indian beauty treatments which would exfoliate, scrub, cleanse and moisturize. Adequate water, a mild diet (in terms of spice intake) and clean eating also work wonders. Then there are the top-up requirements which vary with every bride. Skin damage, sensitivity or even oily skin need to be handled with tender care.

A bridal makeup package is topical in nature, covering up possible flaws like dark circles, uneven tone and

So, come up with a wishlist of what derma concerns you would like to solve before choosing the right beauty treatment for yourself.

A bridal makeup, on the other hand, is a top-up, so that you can look your flawless best. It is to enhance your best features and conceal your flaws. And you should ideally opt for one based on your decisions for your skin needs. For example: Are you only opting for a makeup package for the big day and would prefer to handle skincare on your own? Then choose your bridal makeup on your current skincare issues, the kind of results you aim to achieve and the setting for your wedding day (a daytime/nighttime event and the season it would take place in).

You need to be first clear on what you would like to opt for – a skincare routine or beauty package (yourself or through a listed beauty salon) that has an overall impact on your look, or just a makeup artist for the big day. That’s the difference here.

Bridal Makeup Package Basics:

As we shared earlier, your choice in makeup packages depends on the kind of results you’re looking for. The good news is that there are many kinds of makeup looks for every bride. And even these can be customized as per your own choices. For instance, a summer bride may wish to opt for a fresh, lighter makeup look and neutral colors during the day. Another bride may want to go for highlighted cheeks and make heads turn with her glamorous avatar and an airbrushed look at her evening reception.

Here are the common bridal makeup packages that would come your way:

1. Airbrush Makeup

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This form of bridal makeup differs from the rest because of the method of application, which is the air gun machine. A quick contender for bridal makeup, airbrush makeup leaves the bride with a non-transferable, matte finish and an even layer of makeup. This can be full coverage or light based on your preference and is ideal for red-carpet events.

Suitable for – Oily skin, outdoors

Cons – It can run off in streaks, owing to sweat or tears, so you need to keep cool through your event.

Price tag: Expensive, (owing to finesse required) in comparison with other makeup packages.

2. HD Makeup

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Named for the expert coverage that it can give to a bride’s imperfections (acne, breakouts, dark circles, blemishes and visible pores, etc) against the detail which can be captured by an HD camera, this is the next bridal makeup on our list. In fact, HD makeup products are created with light-scattering ingredients, to ensure an even look that looks great in photos and videos.

Suitable – All skin types

Cons – It is not as resilient as Airbrush makeup and won’t stay that long.

3. Mineral Makeup

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While most makeup formulations contain minerals in varying levels, these formulations are compressed, fine powders – often without wax or oil additives. Termed as organic and natural, this form of bridal makeup is advised for women with sensitive skin. Mineral makeup is highly pigmented and can be built up from a sheer to complete coverage.

Suitable for – Low-key events

Cons – The overall look tends to be brighter and does not photograph well

4. Regular Makeup

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This is the traditional form of makeup and comes in various forms such as cream, powder, liquid and more. It is versatile in nature and can be applied using fingers, brushes, beauty blenders, and makeup sponges. It can be used to conceal imperfections, create a contouring effect or a dewy/matte finish and can be used for light to full coverage.

Suitable for – All skin types (dependant on the formulations used)

Cons – Impact depends on the skill and technical prowess of your makeup artist.

5. Bobbi Brown/MAC/Kryolan:

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These are different brands of makeup and more a matter of choice for the makeup artist and seasoned/knowledgeable customers. If that’s not you, don’t be cowed by the names. Instead, ask questions about the application techniques used. It’s true that a premium brand would inflate your makeup budget, but your look would depend on the application technique and the finesse of your makeup artist.

The products should also be chosen according to your skin type (dry, oily, combination skin). It’s also useful to experiment with bridal makeup at home on your own and see what works really well for you. Knowing your preferences will help you choose your bridal makeup package and select makeup styles/techniques accordingly.

Remember to –

Keep your skin type in mind while choosing makeup products and a bridal makeup package

Consider the type of outfit and accessories you’re wearing while finalizing each makeup look.

Find your comfort zone and something that complements your personality.

Choose something that works really well for your budget. If this is an issue, you can go for a more affordable bridal makeup package for the major wedding ceremonies, events, and parties while doing your own makeup for more informal pre-wedding get-togethers.

Take care of your skin – eat healthy food, maintain a good skincare regime and drink lots of water.

Opt for trial sessions, so that there are no last-minute beauty disasters.

Communicate clearly with your makeup artist – on your skin type, the kind of look you want, what products would they recommend, your own style choices

How To Find The Right Makeup Artist

Doing your research, looking at different bridal makeup artists for your budget, referring to fashion magazines, and going for a consultation with several professionals will be incredibly useful in helping you zero down on the perfect fit.

Here’s how you can put a method to this madness:

Be clear on the kind of overall look you want – bridal hairstyle, makeup, bridal accessories, and bridalwear.

Research on the kinds of makeup that can help achieve this look

Shortlist against your wedding budget

Visit artists, ask questions, opt for trial sessions

Lock-on your makeup artist, confirm their availability, and book in advance

We hope this helps you plan better as you browse through options, schedule your trial sessions with makeup artists, and balance relaxing beauty sessions with a dreamy bridal makeup package before your wedding.

Leave your comments and tips on these packages and help a bride-to-be. And let us know in case you’d like a little more help or advice on a certain beauty look or bridal makeup advice.



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