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Putting on a South Indian bridal makeup can be a stressful affair. The pressure of getting the looks right, dealing with unforeseen breakouts on the face, and getting ready for early morning rituals that involve a lot of heat and smoke are just some of the challenges.

Here are step by step instructions that will give you that traditional south Indian bridal look. No fancy techniques, just simple steps even a novice can follow and pull off a stunning bridal look on the big day.

Before you get ready for applying the bridal makeup, make sure you have gone through the cleansing, toning and moisturising (CTM) routine. Cleansing removes the impurities, toning allows you to remove dead skin and moisturising makes sure your skin remains hydrated and retain its vitality. The CTM routine should be your habit (like brushing teeth) and not something you just do the day before the marriage.

Step 1: Apply Primer

The primer is the first makeup product you need to touch when you start your south Indian bridal makeup. The primer serves as a base that helps you keep your makeup intact throughout the ceremony and also serves as an elegant way to hide acne and skin creases.

Primer is best applied using the fingertip so that it is evenly applied to all areas of your face. It is important to choose a primer based on your skin type. If you have dry skin choose a hydrating primer while primers that control oil will be best suited for oily skins.

Step 2: Apply Concealer

The best strategy to conceal dark circles, pigmentation, acne spots and other blemishes on your skin is to use a concealer. Apply concealer liberally using a brush on the affected areas (if the skin issues are prominent), and use your fingertips to spread the concealer around evenly so that you are left with a flawless base on which you can build your makeup.

Step 3: Apply Foundation

A foundation allows you to create a smooth and blank canvas to build your bridal makeup. Apply the foundation on your face and neck so that the makeup blends with your skin and the face doesn’t stand out like a brightly painted doll!

Use your fingertips to apply the foundation cream all your face and neck and use a buffing brush to gently spread the foundation evenly. if you choose the right foundation cream, you can avoid the shiny or dry look.

Step 4: Apply Fixing Powder

Fixing powder llows you to create a waterproof base that can withstand sweating and tears (both expected a lot in a south Indian wedding)! Spread the powder gently around the face using a powder brush.

Step 5: Apply Baking Powder

If you are adventurous, the next step would be to apply baking powder to highlight your face in the right areas. Typically baking is applied under the eyes, on your cheekbone, forehead, chin, and bridge of the nose. You need to wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the baking process to complete as the body heat works its magic on the powder. You can spread it evenly to get that highlighted look.

Baking makes your photographs pop even under harsh lights. If you don’t want to do this, you can consider highlighting parts of your face using a highlighter stick.

Step 6: Apply Eye Makeup

Applying eye makeup is probably a critical and delicate step in the south Indian bridal makeup process. Here are a few things you should consider doing:

Start with an eyeshadow all over the crease and above the crease on the eyelids. Choose a colour that is coordinated with the overall attire and look you are going for.

Apply multiple shades of the eye shadow from your eyeshadow palette to get a multi-dimensional finish. Use a light colour from the eye shadow palette to highlight the brow bones and the inner corner of your eyes. Use the back side of the brush for better control.

If you are adventurous, go for advanced techniques such as the half-cut crease on the eyelids.

Apply an appropriate shimmery paint shade on the eyelid if you want that subtle glittery look going. Now use the baking powder once again on the outer corners of the eyes to get that defined look. This is a simple technique yet has a big impact as it focuses the attention on the highlight on your eyes.

Apply kajal to the top and bottom waterlines of your eyes. Use an eyeliner to create the outline of the shape you want to create and fill the gap with the eyeliner colour.

Wrap up the makeup by adding mascara to the upper and lower eyelashes. Mascara helps to provide greater detail to your eye and help define your eyes.

Step 7: Apply Bronzer

Use a bronzer to highlight your hairline, cheekbones, neck and jaw. The trick to applying a bronzer is to choose areas that the sun would naturally hit it!

Step 8: Contour Face

Contouring your face using a contouring brush will allow you to define your facial features. It gives the appearance of a higher cheekbone and slimmer chin and nose (considered to be a trademark of a beautiful face).

Step 9: Blush and Bake

One of the last steps involved in applying the south Indian bridal makeup is to use a blush for the cheeks to give that healthy pink look for the bride. Use baking powder under the hollows of your cheeks to enhance the definition of your cheeks even more!

Step 10: Apply Makeup for Lips

Use a lip liner to line and fill in the lips. Then apply the lipstick shade of your choice using a lip brush. That's it. This minimal makeup technique for the lips works well if you have an oval face. The idea is to keep the focus on the eyes. People will fuller lips or a round face can take on more makeup for the lips.

Step 11: Putting All of It Together - Here Is a Video Tutorial!

Check out the video tutorial that will show you exactly how the 10 steps come together!

If you choose to hire a makeup artist, here are some basic tips you need to keep in mind:

1. Pick a makeup artist based on your budget and their availability. If they are too busy to respond to your inquiry, find someone who is responsive.

2. Let the makeup artist see your engagement, wedding and reception sarees at least 1 week before the wedding day.

3. Discuss the looks you are aiming for keeping in mind the traditions your family expects you to follow.

4. Don’t be shy asking for references from other customers.

5. Stick to classic makeup styles based on your family tradition. Keep the trendy makeup fads to the reception. Don’t let the makeup artist hijack your style!

6. Ask for a trial session before the wedding. This will give you enough ideas to get your makeup right on the big day.

For more tips, videos on different south Indian bridal looks, makeup techniques for dark skin tone or wheatish complexion, check out this comprehensive guide on South Indian bridal makeup.

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