The bridal guide
With the wedding season around, it is time to look gorgeous when tying the knot. Here is a bride's quick guide for the D-Day.
IT IS that season when wedding bells ring. There are the hurried weeks of shopping - the wardrobe, jewellery and the home appliances, the trying-out-the- outfits sessions or the invitees list to make amidst a battery of relatives that come over for the shaadi. In all the foreseeable rush of the pre-wedding days, take out some time to look your best, relaxed, composed and gorgeous for the D-day.
The mantra then is plan, be organised. And this is how you go.
The beauty regime...
Find a beautician you are comfortable with. "Ideally the beauty regime for the bride starts a month in advance. Regular facials from pearl, oxy facials, honey and saffron, gold and others, once a week deep cleaning and aroma treatment for the face, with a hair massage and pack, is ideal. Don't neglect the hands and feet. Wriggle in some time in one of those shopping trips for a facial, hair care and the weekly pedicure and manicure," says Chetana Parekh, Cosmetologist, Chic Hair and Beauty Salon (3412239), Amrutha Mall.
Turmeric is an essential part of the Indian "bride-making" ceremony, such as at the traditional haldi, rose petals, besan and milk do for the gorgeous radiance. Team up home beauty regime with the professional parlour visits. Another area that needs attention is the hands, which will be under focus. Put on the rubber gloves while doing the laundry or the dishes. Take a few drops of lemon juice and sugar granules in the palm. Rub the palms together till the sugar dissolves. Further, massage the hands with a good cream before you go to bed.
Avoid junk food, crash diets and mithais as much as possible though you can't avoid the mama and mami popping in a burfi piece in your mouth.
Eat right, with plenty of fruits, fruit juices, water and milk at the daily spread. In fact the glass of warm milk doubles up as a nightcap to give you a peaceful slumber amidst the wedding din around, one thing you would be badly in need of. Nothing works better than the regular 6-8 hour beauty sleep to make you look bright on the D-day.
Another ritual before you hit the bed is to take off all the make up you have been wearing during the day, so that the skin gets a breather.
Shop for the matching lipsticks, eye shadows and nail enamel and pack them with the outfit carefully so that you can use them in a jiffy. The bindis with stones and other embellishments are `in'. Pick up some of these to go with your trousseau.
Natural look is in with a bronze, pink or yellow base. Go for glitter - a matching gold and silver to go with the gold ornaments or the diamond and pearl set.
For the lipsticks, maroons and reds are as passé as the outfits -- today it is more of peach and cream with a dash of silver, and chiffons taking the place of the Benarasis.
A trial of the wedding make-up is a must in order to prevent any fiascos on the D-day. It is the corrective make up starting at the jaw line, chin, forehead and nose with different shades of foundations used to undertone the broad features, and a base make-up with the concealer for the pimple marks, dark circles and scars. Emphasis is also on highlighting prominent features, such as defining the lips. This make-up also comes handy for the photographs. Further, it is the hydrating lipsticks for those long hours under the harsh lights, as also the waterproof eyeliner and mascara for the eyes.
Try out the Maybelline and L'Oreal line for the lipsticks. The make-up cake from Max Factor is another good buy.
All geared up...
The wedding time is one of the finer moments in life to look your awesome best. Apart from the beauty and healthy diet regimes, it is the attitude to make your looks go full circle - relaxed and poised. Be happy, and look forward to the occasion.
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