Wedding receptions is all about socializing , greeting and smiling, You meet your friends and relatives up close and if you ask me it becomes hectic at times with constant standing on your two legs, leaning , hugging , putting a smile on your face. Not to mention the wedding photographers hard flash light constantly drenching you with photons.
Hey Bride to be, don’t get intimidated! Wedding reception is much fun and most importantly it is casual. You can be yourself and wear what you like when compared to the actual wedding ceremony where you have to spruce up in a certain way and options are very limited. Wedding or Muhurtham makeup is all about tradition and the real deal where the entire focus is on the customs and sacred hums.
Reception makeup look is probably the one you will hang up on the wall most of the times and it has to look great in photos and in person since people are going to come and meet you with no social distancing.
Let us give you some makeup gyan or makeup tips that you must keep in mind when you are getting your makeup for reception done from a professional makeup artist.
Makeup tips for bridal reception makeup
Less is more
Imagine you are attending you friend’s wedding and I have seen this happens most of the times. You got on the stage to greet the newly wed, Photographers are directing your position with the couple but wait a minute. You just actually looked at the bride and the first thing that bombed you was – My god the damn makeup! You just cannot recognize the person anymore, who is she?
Okay hear me out now, the new trend is not what you see on tiktok videos, fully loaded brides with bottles of foundation smeared all over. Looking white with over the top “everything”
The trend for bridal makeup for reception is to look classier and vintage with your flaws covered but you should still look like you and not a doll with plastic emotions. My advice here is to please don’t overdo it. You are a human and not a cake.
Bridal Dress & Jewelry
I cannot stress more how much important role your bridal wear and jewelry will play in your overall personality. It is make your break. If the makeup is not done accordingly it can be double salt situation where the entire look gets super exaggerated.
I personally recommend to wear minimum but contemporary jewelry, Do not load yourself with heavy jewelry, I know the moms will ask you to wear the pride however see how can you pass on it.
Invest on a reputed designer and get a nice Lehnga , Gown or whatever you want to wear, Draping has to be unique and classy. Many think oh I just have to wear it once why to invest so much. Well your wedding is most probably going to happen once and that dress is not just any dress. It is your bridal dress with so many emotions attached. This is not the place to save money.
I know you have seen some crazy and amazing hairstyles on Instagram but hey Indian weddings is all about movement and lot of people. Do not select an intricate hairstyle which is difficult to fix back. Discuss with your makeup artist and get a grand hair style which looks glam however at the same time can stay longer. I have seen brides with hair falling apart in sometime because the hair style they had chosen was way too complicated.
Have you not seen the elders giving a good smack on the head while giving blessings, Haha ! So lady we have to be a little cautious here while selecting a hairstyle which looks great and is practical at the same time. I personally like styles which involves leaving the hair open which goes so well with reception makeup look.
Skin Care – Makeup cannot hide everything
A healthy skin means beautiful makeup. There is no replacement of health no matter which brand and which makeup product you use. Please take care of your skin in advance and it has to be continuous process. We have written many articles about skin care but to be honest just reading them will not do. Hydrate yourself, workout, eat seasonal fruits. This is no rocket science.
One more thing! Please do not ever visit a salon for facial/threading etc. just a day before wedding, I have seen making that mistake and paying the price. Right after facial your skin really goes through trauma and needs time to heal. This is the reason why you glow after 2 days.
Chances are that you may get rashes and bumps and makeup will make it worse. So the take away is visit your salon at least 5 days prior your makeup session. Seriously trust me on this one.
Do not expect bridal makeup artist to hide every skin flaws. There are acnes and deep pores which can be only blurred to an extent. You face is like a canvas and you control the quality!
I hope this will help you in deciding your wedding reception makeup. Always remember YouTube and Instagram stuff may look amazing on the screen and may look extremely awful in person. Wedding is an intimate in person affair, be mindful and be real and comfortable.
Love yourself, your skin color and texture. Do not become somebody is all I ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the trend for bridal makeup for reception?
The trend for bridal makeup for reception is to look classier and vintage with your flaws covered but you should still look like you and not a doll with plastic emotions.
Should you wear heavy jewelry on your wedding day?
I personally recommend wearing minimum but contemporary jewelry, Do not load yourself with heavy jewelry.
Is it fine to visit a salon just a day before the wedding?
Please do not ever visit a salon for facial/threading etc. just a day before wedding, I have seen making that mistake and paying the price. Right after facial your skin really goes through trauma and needs time to heal. Chances are that you may get rashes and bumps and makeup will make it worse. So the take away is visit your salon at least 5 days prior your makeup session.