How to customise bridal makeup according to season

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For any bride, makeup is possibly as important as choosing the groom. After all, it is the makeup that makes or breaks your look on what is possibly among the most important days in your life. But in India, seasons can be very unpredictable. Sometimes, even after a lot of planning, anything can go wrong with your makeup at the last minute, thanks to a change in the weather. Avoid this scenario by keeping the weather in mind before sitting down to do your makeup.

Weather woes
You might be planning on a summer wedding. But what if it rains consistently a few days prior to the day and the weather not cools down, but actually gets chilly? Or December turns out to be as hot and humid as July?

‘‘If it gets humid, your hair becomes dry and unmanageable. In that case, use moisturising products to maintain your tresses before you sit down to get your hair done,’’ says Manju Gautam, makeup artist, Be U Salons, New Delhi. Choose a hairstyle that works. For the skin, go for products that will not run in case you are not going to be in a temperature-controlled setting.

Says Kolkata-based celeb makeup artist Aniruddha Chakladar, who has done makeup for celebrities, ‘‘If you are getting married during the monsoon, it can get quite hot and sultry. So getting ready for your wedding during that period can be a bit of a tough job. You can hardly plan any outdoor event during that time. So, mostly, you have to stick to staying indoors and in a temperature-controlled setting. In that case, you can take a bit of liberty while dressing up. But even then, keep your look fresh and casual.’’

‘‘If it gets cold, the skin tends become dry, so use more hydrating products such as using facial oils. Go for primers and foundations that lean more towards the hydrating side. And if it gets hot, apply matt products that control the oil. During monsoon, the skin fluctuates between becoming dry and too oily. So go for matt products and also those which control the excess oil secretion in the T-zone,’’ says Riea Khanna, Ozone Salon, Green Park, New Delhi. During monsoon, the skin tends to be combination, so it is important to use products that are mattifying and control oil in the T-zone.

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What to use?

In winter, you need to add more hydration to the face by using facial oils like rose gold oil, microsculpting creams, hydrating foundations and luminous setting powders. In summer, however, warm tones look more flattering. During summer, you can always moisturise your skin by going with a serum and then applying a foundation on your face, even if you have oily skin, says Khanna. She suggests using spot concealers to cover the dark circles and blemishes. ‘‘Even if you skip the foundation, you will be good to go,’’ she says.

For your hair, focus on the scalp and the hair in equal parts. Your products will vary according to the season. For instance, in winters, the hair gets rough and prone to dandruff. In that case, go for a few hair spa sessions, followed by leave-in conditioners ahead of your wedding day so that the tresses remain shiny and smooth. ‘‘In summers, you need to go for treatments that fight oiliness of the scalp,’’ says Gautam.

Ascertain your skin type first. ‘‘In summers, for instance, the skin tends to be more oily, so focus on prepping the skin first with a water-based moisturiser instead of an oil-based one. The primer and the foundation should be kept minimal and matte for long-lasting results,’’ says Khanna.

Makeup mantra
For the base, use products as per your requirement. So, if you have clear skin, just go for a very light matt foundation to give your face a uniform tone. Follow it up with a dash of compact. ‘‘If you have skin problems, use a bit of a heavy base, like stick foundation, etc. as it gives a better coverage. But again, these stick foundations should be also matt. In case you are using stick foundations, don’t forget to use translucent powder afterwards,’’ warns Chakladar.

For your eyes, use eyeshadow in hues that complement your outfit. It need not be of the same colour, but should be of the same palette. ‘‘I prefer using neutral shades like gold, bronze and copper for the socket, blending with black and wine on the outer corner. But if you so want, you can use colours on the socket, which coordinate with your outfit,’’ suggests the ace makeup artist. Don’t forget to line the eyes with kohl on the waterline and smudge it with a thin eyebrow brush.

Use waterproof products if you are getting married during summer, especially if you are in a place where the weather can be hot and humid. ‘‘While the base will vary according to the season, the rest of the makeup can remain more or less the same,’’ says Chakladar.

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