As if weddings aren’t hectic enough but when it comes to an Asian wedding everything is always twice as busy, with twice as many events, twice as many guests and the bride needs twice as many outfits!
Now adays with so much going on running up to and even after the wedding, brides-to-be aren’t just booking make-up artists for their wedding day- they are booking them for their Dholki Night (Hen Night) and Mendhi (Henna Night) too.
If you are booking a make-up artist for your wedding and other events it’s always a good idea to do your research first and definitely have a trial with a few make-up artists so that you can pick the one that’s right for you. For more tips on how to choose a make-up artist take a look at my article on How to choose a Professional Make-up Artist for your Wedding Day.
Here are some pointers to bear in mind once you have chosen your asian bridal make-up artist.
It’s a good idea to thoroughly discuss the looks you want to achieve on the different days.
Ensure your mendhi make-up is different and preferably simple to the wedding day- you don’t want to take away the lime light from your big day.
Allow at least 2 hours to get ready with 30min contingency- time is never on your side at these events!
Show your make-up artist your outfit and jewellery before the big day, preferably at your trial to ensure your jewellery compliments the way your scarf will be set i.e. if you will be wearing a jhoombar or tikka.
At the trial discuss your foundation requirements, the key is to have natural flawless looking skin that will last you all day despite the heat from the camera lights. If you have good clear skin you will need a more sheer foundation- you don’t want your face to look caked with make-up. This is where the skills of your artist will come in, he/she will know the right foundation for your skin type be it liquid, cream or mineral based foundation.
And no matter what happens do not go a shade lighter on your foundation to look fairer- yes some make-up artists do ask if you would like to do this but trust me you will be able to tell, if not in the mirror then in the photographs- be proud of your colour.
Ensure you discuss whether or not you want to wear false eyelashes and who will be providing them as some make-up artists ask you to buy your own.
Waterproof mascara is essential- you won’t appreciate mascara soaked tears on your rukhsati.
Choose the room where you will be getting ready in carefully- ensure there is lots of natural light in the room as this is key to your make-up artist achieving a flawless professional look.
And finally, remember to prep your canvas- the better the canvas the better the work of art so definitely drink lots of water in the months and weeks running up to your wedding and have weekly facials if possible to keep your skin looking it’s best.
Other than that try to relax and enjoy your time being single and remember to get lots of sleep.