If you are getting married in 2023, you must wonder about the makeup do's and don'ts! Not to worry - we have put together an ultimate guide that will cover some of the recent most popular Asian bridal makeup styles and unravel the trends taking place in 2023. There has been a slow but steady shift in the world of South Asian bridal makeup, and natural glam seems to be making a come back. The last couple of years saw brides gradually moving away from Kardashian style contour, in-your-face highlighter, drawn-in brows, solid matte lips and super glittery eyeshadows.
It appears that brides in 2023 will continue to enhance their natural beauty rather than concealing it. However, we all agree that one feature that an Asian bride ought to flaunt is her eyes. South Asian girls are naturally blessed with big and beautiful eyes — making perfect sense to enhance this sultry feature through either going for a smokey or a classic flicked eyeliner look. False eyelashes that complement the eye shape are also a must-have arsenal in an Asian bridal makeup arena. Bollywood queens have been a major inspiration for Indian and Pakistani brides over the years. Whether it's their outfits or makeup - there is something magical about a Bollywood diva's wedding look.
Soft Bridal Looks
Bollywood divas who got married in the last few years embraced a bit more natural but striking makeup look. Stars such as Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Neha Dhupia, Diya Mirza are glaring examples of this 'less is more' trend.
Let's start with the biggest and the most anticipated Bollywood wedding of the decade, if not the entire century - Alia Bhatt & Ranbir Kapoor's nuptials. When the celebrity power couple finally tied the knot at Kapoor's family home in Mumbai, their outfits and Alia Bhatt's wedding makeup and styling seemed perfect for an intimate at-home wedding. The ivory colour tones of the couple's Sabyasachi outfits complimented the organic, farmhouse theme (complete with Bhatt's choice of sporting hair-down do and fresh jasmine garlands) and décor vibes. Alia Bhatt's wedding makeup look (with visible freckles) relied heavily on hydrated skin and minimal foundation and concealer only where necessary. The heavy matha patti added just enough understated luxe to the bohemian hairdo.
Katrina Kaif's nuptials with Vicky Kaushal was another trendsetting wedding that broke the internet in Dec 2021. While everyone was charmed by Katrina's traditional red lehenga by Sabyasachi — it was her minimal makeup with a natural glow that caught our eye. Katrina Kaif's bridal makeup look was fresh and minimal — Katrina sported nude lips and kohl-laden eyes. The makeup complemented her heavy red bridal lehenga & traditional jewellery and was perfect for a daytime event.
Katrina Kaif's minimal makeup was a refreshing change in a world of brides who opt for heavily done up eyes and heaps of highlighter on their big day. Making a case for an all-matte look, Katrina's makeup artist Daniel Bauer reiterates that oil-free pigments settle the makeup flawlessly, leaving a smooth finish and look divine on camera. And like they say, the devil is in the details — the tiny red bindi Katrina sported added a pop of colour to her minimal makeup. Katrina looked every inch a royal Punjabi bride in a red bridal lehenga which featured a blouse with an iconic Sabya-style plunging neckline!
Whilst Katrina's wedding look was phenomenal; we couldn't help swoon over her pre-wedding photoshoot look, for which she wanted to pay homage to her mother's British roots. This Sabyasachi saree for this event was conceptualised keeping vintage-inspired couture in mind, with the saree featuring a silhouette like that of a wedding dress. The tulle number featured hand-embroidered flowers and was topped off with a matching veil that acted as a floor-sweeping train. The actress again opted for neutral makeup with a wash of subtle eyeshadow and a soft pink pout. This nude look was striking enough with on-point eyebrows and a hint of glow to the skin but didn't take over the ornate outfit and the jewellery.
We all remember Anushka Sharma's blush pink Sabyasachi ensemble adorned with floral embroidery and her wow entrance in fresh makeup and flowers around the bridal bun. This look found a place of pride on bridal mood boards everywhere for the next few years, and to be honest; it still is very popular.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli created a storm online with their grand wedding in Italy back in 2018. Bollywood beauty Anushka looked breathtaking in the Sabyasachi bridal outfits and gave us a lot of make-up trends to try. Anushka brought back the trend of a floral bun hairstyle. From roses to white and pink peonies, she clearly set a bridal hair trend for brides in the years to come.
Glam Bridal Looks
Soft looks are certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Besides dewy skin, one type of bridal makeup surpassing all expectations is dark kohl eyes. A beautiful combination of sultry eyes with loads of glitter fits every wedding function. The Bollywood divas that supported more of a glam bridal look on their big day include Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra.
In the last couple of years, countless Pakistani superstars walked down the aisle one after the other and set many trends. Pakistani bridal makeup has long been associated with a focus on heavy eyes, face altering sharp contour, deep lips, and not to mention the few shades of lighter foundation! But surprise, surprise... recently we saw almost none of this - well, at least not in the celebrity world! It was pretty refreshing to see celebrities opting for a more natural glam bridal look, and the trend is likely to continue in 2023.
Let's take a look at some of the current popular trends in the Asian Bridal makeup arena...
While heavy contouring will take a back seat this year, the trend in brides opting for dewy makeup for their wedding day will see a definite rise. Liquid highlighters mixed with foundations are the best ways to achieve a more subtle and natural glow. The most crucial thing to achieve this smooth and dewy skin is to have a healthy, rejuvenated, flawless and luminous complexion to begin with. Therefore, brides, you're going to need to put in some extra work in the run-up to the big day to make sure your skin is looking its very best. You can hire the best makeup artist on the planet for your wedding, but the real game changer is the pre-wedding skincare routine, as makeup goes on like a dream when the skin underneath is well-hydrated and supple. While high-end luxury facials can help you take care of a host of skin issues such as pigmentation, skin congestion and acne, something as simple as cleansing, moisturising, and sunscreen is what can make or break your skin.
Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif both seem to be carrying this dewy look with effortless ease thanks to their gorgeous skin! So if you opt for this kind of uber natural dewy look then you have to have great skin to allow the makeup artist a clean canvas to work with. And if your skin is not at its best for whatever reason then this kind of look may not be for you as there are ways to bring your features out whilst giving skin the coverage that it needs to look flawless.
Defined Brows & Soft Lips
When your overall makeup is toned down, it's essential to define specific features that subtly enhance your beauty. Brows are one such feature that can make or break the entire makeup look. While crazy Instagram brows are becoming less popular, a well-defined eyebrow does not seem to go out of vogue anytime soon. Pakistani actress Iqra Aziz looked effortlessly radiant on her wedding day in bronzy gold eyes with a thin flicked eyeliner, beautifully defined brows and a nude pink pout.
Flushed Cheeks & Stained Lips
Pakistan's iconic star Hamza Ali Abbasi's wife Naimal Khawar stole the show by wearing her mother's altered bridal outfit - another prevalent trend with the brides these days. She made an appearance on her Nikah in one of the softest bridal makeup looks ever! Underneath barely-there foundation, one can see a natural flushed rosy glow on her cheeks, complemented by a delicate rose stained lip, which is an excellent option for brides not wanting a solid lip colour. But again, brides need to remember that they need to work on their skin beforehand and make sure it's in a top-notch state for such a minimalist look to work. Also, to pull off a minimal stained lip, it is important to have soft, moist lips as a simple stain on dry and chapped lips would only enhance the dryness and would be counter-productive. So please, girls, listen to the advice of drinking plenty of water, however cliche it may sound- and regularly use lip scrubs (to get rid of any dead skin) and use a good lip balm morning and eve.
Timeless Vintage Liner
One thing that never seems to go out of style for desi brides is the old Bollywood style vintage winged eyeliner. Beauty icons from Meena Kumari and Sharmila Tagore through to Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone - all have proudly sported this look over the years. Pakistani supermodel Iman Ali went for her trademark classic Ather Shehzad makeup look on her big day with a heavier base, on-point contour, thick vintage style liner and a matte berry pink lip! It is important to note that the model Iman Ali doesn't have the clearest of skins, and it made perfect sense for her to go for a heavier base to hide the acne and scarring and look flawless on her big day!
A sultry and smokey eye is another timeless classic look that looks flattering on South Asian skin tones any day and anytime. If you like the smoke but don't want too much drama on your wedding day, then steer away from iridescent shades and go for deeper and earthy tones. Pakistani actress Ayeza Khan looks ravishing flaunting this sultry bridal look.
Despite the trends, natural makeup look is not for everyone! Many girls prefer the more glamorous look on their big day, and that is perfectly fine. There are no rights and wrongs in makeup. While trends are there to inspire you, the final decision should be based on your heart's desires and what you can pull off easily.
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