If you missed the first post of this series, fret not, you can find it here.
Once you have your skin prepped and primed, Zahabia shares how to add color to your face the right way.
Cheeks – As Indian brides we tend to go a little over the top on our cheeks , remember the point is to make your cheeks look like they have a natural blush, don’t force your cheeks to look like they have been pinched really hard . Take a little bit of blush on a clean blush brush and apply it on the apple of your cheek , don’t know where the apple of your cheek is ? the answer is simple , SMILE ! Now apply your blush on the top of your cheek right where its bulges and then slowly and smoothly move upwards towards your temples and then fade out near your ear . In case you have gone overboard and generously applied blush, use a tissue to gently wipe the excess off . My favourite these days is the cheek and lip tint by Benefit Benetint , its so simple to apply and looks so natural .
Highlight and Contour – Highlighting and Contouring is a hot topic and we all want to get in on the action. The only problem is, it’s rather easy to get wrong!! For a highlighter don’t use glitter, its not the best . Instead use an illuminator on your cheek bones, nose bridge, a small portion on the forehead just between your eyebrows and lastly your chin. Next step is your contour, use a shade darker than your own skin tone and apply this on the sockets of your cheek. How do you find the sockets of your cheeks? pout , as silly as it may look this will show you the hollow part in your cheek and that’s where your contouring should begin slowly blending toward your temples , next area is the hair line on your fore head and lastly your jaw line . Once you have applied your highlight and contour to the required areas using the SigmaF40 brush start blending the contoured and highlighted area into each other . I’ve been using the Benefit high beam as an illuminator and Smashbox step by step contouring kit for contouring.
Lips – Lets begin with a lip liner. It has two functions: to keep the lipstick from feathering or bleeding, and to make your lips look bigger. Its vital to remember that your lip liner should be as close as possible to your lipstick colour. You don’t want to end up looking like you have a dark coloured ring around your mouth. Apply your lip liner with a fine lip lining brush and the fill it up with your desired lip colour . As an Indian MUA i recommend my clients different shades on lip colour apart from your reds and maroons. Go ahead and try a few shades of pinks and peaches. Tip – lipstick won’t last all day and night with all that smiling ,talking and eating at the wedding , so don’t forget to carry your lipstick for a quick touch up .
Come back in a couple of day for the last post in this series!
(All images provided by Zahabia from her work portfolio)
Zahabia Lacewalla is a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist from Bombay who has worked extensively in Fashion, films, tvc and prints advertisements and weddings. She has worked on tv shows like Dewarist and sound tripping, woking her brush on the likes of Monica Dogra and Sneha Khanwalkar. In a 3 part series, she is sharing basics of getting make up right and tips for bridal and festive make up tips. Follow her on twitterInstagram Behance or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your appointments.