If you’re thinking about doing your own wedding makeup I’m here to convince you otherwise! There are a many reasons a bride may choose to do her own makeup. South Asian bridal makeup can be expensive but it’s definitely worth paying a professional who does this job for a living than trying to figure it out for yourself. Even if you’re great at makeup it’s still not a good idea. Another reason a bride may want to do her own makeup is to achieve the look she wants. The modern South Asian bride does not want that old-fashioned plastered “whitey” look and prefers something more natural. The great thing about makeup artists these days is that they are willing to work with you. They are accustomed to working with other modern brides such as yourself and will work with you to achieve the look that you want. For this reason it is very important that you have a trial makeup session. At the trial you can bring in your outfit, dupatta, and any accessories to help your artist match your look so that everything comes together professionally and gracefully. In addition, you should also take any pictures with you of brides from magazines or printouts to show the artist exactly what you’re looking for. After all, it is your big day and there is no reason for you to fear that you will turn out looking like someone else. It’s very important that you choose the right makeup artist whom you feel comfortable with and is willing to work with you to create the perfect bridal look. Times have changed and there is no reason for a bride to have to settle. Don’t let a friend or aunty do your makeup either! They may know how to make you look good but not for the camera! I also advise against going to a makeup counter such as MAC. I know people who have had horrible experiences from there. It’s not that they don’t know how to do makeup but South Asian makeup, especially bridal, is very different. (I will talk more about that later). So start your hunt early. Even six months before the big day isn’t too soon. There are so many great artists out there who are willing to work with you at reasonable prices by offering you great packages that include makeup, hair, dupatta and jewelry setting, and even sari styling that you don’t need to stress yourself out on your wedding day. After all, you have so much more to worry about!
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