Look gorgeous on your wedding day
Makeup marvel Ojas Rajani
Expert tips on how to look stunning on your big day .
Best known as Aishwarya Bachchan’s favorite makeup artist, Ojas Rajani has worked with a slew of top Bollywood actresses. Her style is all about spectacular, expressive eyes and sexy, big hair. “Creating drama while keeping the overall look elegant and subtle is vital for creating an unforgettable bridal look,” she declares with a wave of elegantly manicured, slender fingers. Having studied hair and make-up styling from the Miami School of Design, Rajani has won many accolades including the Images Beauty & Wellness Award, 2013, for the ‘Most Admired Personality of the Year for Make Up’. But she’s not one to rest on her laurels. “You’ll be surprised to know the preparation that goes into making a woman beautiful on her wedding day,” she laughs, “but all that effort is well worth it in the end.”
Wedding prep should start early .
Ideally, wedding prep should start months before the event because you need time to undergo remedial treatment for skin, nail and dental problems. As a bride—or friends of the bride—you need to plan your look and outfit for each function because modern Indian weddings tend to extend over several days and functions. “It’s important that every look is different,” Rajani insists, adding that today the trend tends to veer towards a minimalistic look with barely there foundation but beautifully played up eyes and lips. “I prefer to cut the bride’s hair myself because giving more body to the crown always makes the face look softer and more youthful,” she says. Earthy highlights beautifully bring out the gloss in Indian hair. “I always advise clients against lighter highlights in blonde and gold because they can look tarty with Indian skin colors,” says Rajani candidly.
Flawless base facts .
To achieve a flawless base Rajani has this advice: “Start by applying concealer to problem areas like under eyes and blemishes. Next, apply foundation with an angled foundation brush to ensure less foundation goes on skin and you can control blending easily without patchiness. Don’t use your compact powder immediately after foundation. Instead use a loose dusting powder to set foundation flawlessly and use a compact for touch ups later. Always apply cream blush with your fingers moving upwards and outwards from the apples of the cheeks, blending well.”
Makeup shades to suit every skin tone.
As far as makeup goes, she recommends lighter shades of coral, peach and burnt red, with darker shades only on the eyes. “Indian weddings are so full of color that the bride must stand apart.” Meanwhile Christian brides look better in darker makeup that offsets the white backdrop and wedding gown. Dusky brides should stick with earthy shades, olive and pastels, and peach-coral lipsticks. Nykaa suggests Oriflame Triple Core 3D Lipstick, Shades Coral Pink, Red Coral. “It’s common for North Indian brides to wear maroon and red but these colors can be quite jarring so it’s best to go with an earthy color palette with subtle embellishments,” she advises. Take your pick of top of line makeup palettes such as Colorbar Get The Look Makeup Kit – Dripping Innocence, L’Oreal Paris L’Or Lumiere Cannes Collection Box – Resplendent in Gold, Revlon Highlighting Palette and Maybelline Instaglam Limited Edition Box – Coral.
Balance your look.
Rajani has worked with several Bollywood celebs including Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. However, what works for the big screen doesn’t always look good in real life. “Weddings can be hectic business and that tiredness and fatigue first shows up as under-eye circles. So it’s important for brides to accentuate their eyes, irrespective of the function because that’s the first thing guests will focus on.” Forget about playing matchy matchy! Matching your clothes or jewelry and eyes and lip color is so passé, she points out, suggesting instead that you use lashings of black kajal with white or rose gold jewelry to look striking and mysterious. If you just have to use bright shades of eye color, blend well. As Rajani says, “Remember, you’ll be standing next to the clean faced groom dressed in an achkan or suit. He will look washed out compared to you, and you will look overly made up and tacky with all those colors on your face!”
Dress to your body type.
Your makeup is only one of the facets to your look. “The shape of the ghagra is equally important. Big boned and wide hipped women should avoid the fish tail style at all costs. On the other hand, an A-line, flowing ensemble can look very fetching on broad body shapes,” she says. Her parting advice: “Nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that becomes every bride. So allow yourself to enjoy every aspect of your wedding, highs, lows and all,” she drawls.