Be the star on your wedding day
Celebrity makeup artist Ojas Rajani shares the best bridal looks of the season
Ojas Rajani is flamboyant, vivacious and passionate about all things beauty. Nykaa caught her in the midst of the manic marriage season, flying in from Bangkok and jetting off to Jodhpur to pretty up the umpteenth bride this year. Long-time favorite of film actresses Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherjee, and even Sonam Kapoor, Rajani is the last word on bridal beauty. Slender manicured fingers flashing expressively she holds forth on the bridal trends this season.
Fashion rules of contemporary brides .
Modern brides are more experimental with their looks. They like to try new things but natural is the name of the game. “It’s all about looking real, dewy and luminous.” Of course flamboyant eyes and hair are in demand but the rest of the look should be under stated. “No bride wants to look like her mother did on her wedding day!” she declares in typical Ojas-speak. What Bollywood does today, the rest of India does tomorrow; so bridal trends veer towards classy and glamorous Bollywood style rules set by Sonam, Katrina, Deepika and Priyanka. So cakey foundation is out, matte, flawless perfection is in. Over the top makeup is out, classy combinations win hands down.
Romantic brides .
This look is all about matte faces, metallic, smoky eyes, rosy blush and a nude mouth. The smoky eye with metallic highlights is one of the biggest trends this year as well, says Rajani. “Brides today also love experimenting with colored lenses in natural brown or hazel.” Jewel toned eye shadows, a hint of metallic gold or silver teamed with thick winged eyeliner and a light sweep of mascara is all that you need to face the spotlight on your big day. Dark eyes need to be balanced with a nude or matte mouth, says Rajani. Shimmer lipsticks in rose, lavender and red or matte lipsticks with a touch of lip gloss look stunning with dramatic eyes.
Nykaa loves Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eye Shadow, Bourjois Little Round Pot Intense Eyeshadow, Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow, Max Factor Flipstick Colour Effect Lipstick (Shades 5, 10 and 40), and Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick (Shades Beige Democrachic and Oh My Doll).
The glamorous diva .
Bold lips and subtle eyes dominate this look. Some brides prefer to let their lips do all the talking. A vivid pout complements semi-matte skin, neutral blush and naked eye makeup. “The sky’s the limit when it comes to pout hues. Go with jewel and poppy tints in fuchsia, rich plum, magenta and deep plum.” Dark lip colors tend to exaggerate lines and flakes so remember to prep your pout with a sugar scrub moisturizing lip balm. Light up eyes with just a thick sweep of eye liner and mascara with a hint of metallic eye shadow. The rest of the face stays matte without a hint of shine.
Nykaa recommends Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick (Shades 260, 130, 50, 10), Bourjois New Effet 3D Lipgloss (Shades 12, 17, 18), and L’Oreal Paris Super Liner 24 Hour Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
Tress drama .
Big, melodramatic hair is having a moment. Think waves, updos, fringes and hair extensions. “Long haired brides should experiment with open, flowy styles. “You can curl the ends to add volume for an ultra-glam look.” The other big trend is highlights in lovely warm tones of caramel, chocolate and ash brown. Rajani says that one of the most in demand hairstyles this season is simple, clean, and elegant updos such as low buns with a clean side part, pulled away from the face to put the spotlight on the face alone. “If you’re not sure about which style will work best, wear your hair in a half up-half down style.” This is also the time to embellish your tresses with pretty accessories. “There are so many fun and flirty hair pieces you can work into your wedding day hairstyle.”
Glitter, rhinestones, crystals and floral accessories work well to add shimmer and sparkle to your hair do. “Depending on whether you want just a hint of sparkle or full on glamor, pin a crystal or diamante encrusted floral decorative piece on the side of your hairdo.” She says this looks very fetching with a low side chignon. If you’re wearing your hair in a less formal half up-half down style, consider a sparkly barrette secured at the back or on one side of your tresses. “But nothing can beat the charm of sindoor and an ornate maang teeka,” declares Rajani with a smile.