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TIME for a trend change

Over the last decade, the general perception for the appearance of the bride has been that no amount of make-up or jewellery is too much. Brides seem to have developed extreme tolerance and inclination towards overdoing it resulting in not-so-comfortable 7 to 8 hour-long makeovers. Just like every trend has a peak and slowly starts to fizzle out it is about time for this trend of over doing the bridal make-up to walk out the door as well.

For approximately a decade, we have seen extremely dramatic eyes with smokey eyes being a favourite amongst most brides, deeply blushed cheekbones in brown and dark pink and most disturbing of all, the excessive amount of foundation and powder resulting in a pasty, mannequin-like complexion.

Make-up hides our flaws and enhances our features and this is exactly what it has been created for, but over-enthusiastic use of it has exactly the opposite effect and the make-up seen on most brides drives this fact home. There is a limit to how much you can wear at a time and that rule seems to be relaxed too much when it comes to dressing the bride. It is about time that this “the more the better” notion was let go off.

A bride should emit her natural glow with a beautiful smile on her face.

The age old habit of applying layer after layer of foundation in a shade three-tones-lighter-than-the-skin-colour should be the first thing to be abandoned. Try wearing foundation in a shade which is close to your skin tone and use only enough to cover flaws and unevenness. Keep it as natural as you can.

“On my wedding I wanted to have a simple sort of a traditional look and not the mass-produced one that's seen nowadays on brides. I asked my beautician at Farzana Shakil's to keep it simple and light. Another thing I really wanted was the forehead 'alpona' like my mother had on her wedding and that is what I got”, says Rumpa, who got married last year.

In terms of eye make-up, opt for lighter shades instead of really dark ones and experiment instead with the eyeliner.

“Earlier dark eye-shadows such as maroon, green and black were used in copious amounts. Lighter colours such as golden and light off-white are what I suggest for a natural look,” says renowned beautician Farzana Shakil.

“When it comes to blush-on use only enough to add a tint or glow to your cheeks.” And as for the lip colour, Shakil believes that the softer tones on the rest of the face can be enhanced by a dark shade of lipstick in bride red or wine red.

“Brides nowadays are moving away from over-styled and coiffed hair avoiding the rigid look and instead settling for more easy-going hairstyles set in a way that does not betray too much effort having gone into it such as a loose bun or braid,” adds Shakil.

We know that you have been thronged with countless jewellery pieces by your in-laws and if you do not wear them all there might be some resentment but try and prioritise. Wearing one big neck-piece is the way to go, with one or two smaller pieces if really necessary. Or, try and divide your jewellery among the wedding ceremony and walima which will relieve you of both too much embellishment and any possible resentment.

Opt also to invest in wedding trousseau that highlights our traditional weaves. A cherry red Katan sari with a golden 'orna', a loosely tied bun and a dozen bangles on each arm promises to look uniquely refreshing.

Lead the way in changing the stagnant bridal scenario. Stay true to your own personal style and stick to what makes you comfortable; do not let the idea that you might look bland compared to the other guests scare you into overdoing it.
“The sari on the bride and the jewellery on her will be a lot heavier to set her apart from the others in the party. So, there has to be a balancing act because with heavy make-up on top of all that looks like too much. By using softer tones for make-up that balance can be attained,” suggests Shakil.

You are the bride and what sets you apart from them is your attitude and grace as a bride because that is not easy to imitate unless one is in the shoes of the bride on that day. No matter how made up your guests are they lack the one thing that you have, the happiness that you have on your special day which does glow on the face more than you can imagine and that is what goes to show that you are the person of the day.

By Karishma Ameen
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Bubli, Pinky, Trino
Make-up and styling: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe: Farzana Shakil
Orange and purple Duppata by Anokhi
Jewellery: Gitanjali Lifestyle and Couture
Furniture: Otobi


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