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Destination Edition: The Bridal Beauty Brigade

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2018 has reinvented the way we exchange our vows – celebrities included who’re currently lighting up Lake Como, Italy. Larger-than-life Indian ceremonies at our homegrown counterparts are no longer de rigueur. A destination wedding is the antidote to the otherwise scene-stealing family drama, exorbitant splurges and antiquated customs. Having said that, that taking off on theadventure of your life makes you sweat the small stuff. Sure, you’ll have your dream gown, décor and photographer in place. But it’s your beauty arsenal we’re concerned about. ’Cause just flying in your hair and makeup crew doesn’t cut it.  

So, here’s calling out every bride-to-be-gone-rogue to get the lowdown on the six hair and makeup looks for six kinds of destination weddings.

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The Cruise Wedding

Caribbean, Norwegian, Alaska, Singapore, Croatia
Embarking on a cruise to tie the knot is intimate with all the trappings of an extravagant affair. As the bride, you have the leeway to dive in to the festivities rather than dwell over the behind-the-scenes affairs. Further, this smooth-sailing journey boasts of the perfect filter for your beauty statement: sunlight. Given your buoyant state-of-mind, get onboard with pastel and aquatic shades. And take your pick from monotone to rainbow-hued, dewy to shimmery: do whatever floats your boat. Add tiny flashes of neon, if you may. But have no doubts about sporting a modish bun. You don’t want the stormy winds to sweep your hairdo away.

NYX Professional Makeup Love You So Mochi Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Pastels, L’Oréal Paris Tint Caresse in Peach Blossom

The Beach Wedding

Goa, Bali, Thailand, Hawaii, Sri Lanka
Having your nuptials by the coastline spells being an effortless, free-spirited bride. Ironically, it’s also the day you ought to have a full face on. Since you’ve haven’t caked up on the beach before, you shouldn’t now. So, balance it out. Moisturize but don’t overdo it. SPF is indispensable. Say no to liquid foundations but yes to dewy finishes. Ditch highlighters and bronzers for sun-kissed, matte blushes. Get the drift? Go bohemian with au natural minimalism. Extend that to brushed out beach waves and Baby’s Breath all over your hair too.

Ruby's Organics Tinted Lip Balm - Cinnamon Oil, Toni&Guy Casual : Sea Salt Texturising Spray

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The Party Wedding

Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau, Dubai, Mykonos
What’s Vegas without a wedding? But the stakes are high when it’s your D-day. You’re competing against a neon-lit backdrop bustling with glitzy casinos, indulgent parties, and electrifying shows. You ought to stay ‘extra’ with hardcore metallics. From old favorites to vibrant hues. Skip the rules by glistening your lids, lips and cheeks all at once. Although, keep it wet with your hair a la Kim Kardashian to do justice to this look.

Smashbox Petal Metal Shimmer Drops, Nicka K Radiant Liquid Eye Shadow

The City Wedding

New York, London, Paris, Barcelona, Mumbai
You’re the street-smart bride thriving in the concrete jungle. You’ve been eyeing not just the hotspots but also the crème de la crème of fashion designers, hair and makeup artists in the city. Odds that you’ll stick by the tried-and-tested and give it a rebellious spin are high. Perhaps why you could pull off a brown-smoky eye with a hot-pink lip. Whereas a backcombed high ponytail stays true to the city’s chic high standards.

Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick - Showgirl

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The Countryside Wedding

New Zealand, Italy, Edinburgh, Napa Valley, Nashik
If you’re a 2018 bride, tying the knot at the countryside wedding would’ve crossed your mind. What with the Ambani engagement, #Virushka and #DeepVeer weddings breaking the internet. Century-old manors, wooden gazebos, cobblestone streets and immaculate lawns sure do make for rustic yet romantic setting. If you’re taking the plunge, do it right. Much like Meghan Markle’s muted beauty that stole the show. So team your timeless, vintage attire with a fishtail braid and a pink monotone statement to accentuate your femininity.  

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm in Tutti Frutti, The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer in Pink

The Traditional Wedding

Hyderabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Kerala
Your big fat Indian wedding doesn’t cut corners. You want it all: non-stop ceremonies loaded with rituals, sprawled across acres of royal palaces and decadent dining. When you’re going all-out traditional, you seldom contest age-old norms. Nor should your bridal beauty. Don’t challenge the power of a classic winged eyeliner and red pout complemented with a middle-parted low bun. Even celebrities constantly shattering stereotypes conform to the typical (Case in point: Priyanka Chopra and her conventional Indian wedding to Nick Jonas).

Nykaa Get Winged! Sketch Eyeliner in Black Swan, L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipsticks in Pure Fire

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