Indian bridal makeup for a reception



Weddings are the best time to dress up and look your best at all the different functions – sangeet, pheras and the reception with beautiful mehndi and even more beautiful Indian hairstyles. This is a step-by-step tutorial on the makeup that can be done for an Indian bridal reception

Step 1: First start with the eyes. Apply an eye shadow base (MAC Let me pop) all over the eyelids for the eye shadow to stick on




Step 2: Next apply a pinkish-gold eye shadow (MAC Expensive Pink)

on the eyelid with a flat eye shadow brush and blend well











Step 3: For the outer corner, choose a color that is a matte texture and much darker than the shade already used. A dark brown, purple, burgundy orblack (MAC Carbon) will work. Apply it with the help of a fluffy blending brush and blend till the crease





Step 4: Use a highlighter (MAC Shroom), with the help of a tapered blending brush (Sigma E45) just on the brow bone to add some shine there.









Step 5: Next up, fill the waterline with a water proof kajal.






Step 6: Since the lip is going to be a bold red, use an eye shadow (MAC Carbon) with an angled brush (Vega) to draw the eyeliner on the upper lash line to keep the focus on the lips.

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Step 7: To amp up the look a little bit, add some glitter glue on the eyelid (Kryolan), just on the eye ball and top it up with a colorful glitter (B&D) to add a sparkle.

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Step 8: The second last step in eye makeup – curling lashes and adding mascara!

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Step 9: The final step would be to smudge some black eye shadow just below the waterline so that the kajal sticks on to the shadow and becomes totally smudge proof.

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Step 10: Moving on to the face, first begin with massaging the face primer (MAC Prep+Prime).

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Step 11: After primer comes foundation. Apply the foundation (MAC Studio Tech NC 35) with the help of a brush (in case of a liquid) or a sponge (if it’s cream). Blend evenly. Now would be a good time to have a close look in the mirror to decide on the areas that need to be concealed further. Then if required, apply a translucent powder to set the foundation.

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Step 12: To give some shape and structure to the face, contour the cheekbones with a matte powder or liquid foundation or concealer that is 2 shades darker than the original skin tone.

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Step 13: Add a peach blush (B&D) or a pink shade with a fluffy brush on the apples of the cheeks.

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Step 14: Time to highlight the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and chin.

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Step 15: For the final facial feature – the lips. Apply some lip balm before starting with the makeup so that the lips are well hydrated. Take off the balm with a tissue and start applying the lip liner (MAC Brick) from the cupids bow moving side ways.

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Step 16: With the help of a lip brush (MAC 316) apply the lipstick (MAC Russian Red) evenly on the lips. Using a lip brush for a bold lip color is highly recommended as the brush gives you utmost precision.

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Step 17: To blur out the edges and clean up some harsh lines of the lipstick, run through the edges of the lips with a foundation powder (MAC Studio Fix powder+foundation) or with a concealer.

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The finished look!

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