The perfect summer bride

This isn’t the best time to get married. So summer brides have every right to play with their makeup and clothes. Figure out the best way to get the best bridal look.

Are you sweating at the thought of getting married in this weather? If you are, don’t. While it’s true that winter is by far the most comfortable time for a wedding, being a summer bride has its own compensations.

Bride“For instance, summer weddings are a good time to innovate with traditional bridal looks,” says makeup and hair expert Samantha Kochhar. “Since it’s too hot to wear rich colours like the conventional reds and maroons, you can use the opportunity to experiment while still staying true to tradition.”
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For the bride, voluptuous buns with waist-length ornamented braids are hot. “Other options include flowing hair curled to  fly-away perfection. Flicks, fringes and side partings are definitely in, with splashes of coloured extensions to add zing,” says Kochhar. “Since, this season, brides are covering their heads with net dupattas, we suggest that they decorate their hair with orchids or rose buds. The regular use of gajras is out,” says makeup artist Komal Gulati.

Subtle colours such as rose pink, coral, fuchsia and orange are top of the list. And brides themselves are well aware of the fact. They would rather have healthy-looking skin than a pancake look. In keeping with this trend of subtlety, shimmer is out and the matt look is in.

Hairstyle“Makeup shades must be chosen in contrast to the embroidery on the bride’s clothes or the jewellery she is wearing,” says Shveta Bhatia, beauty expert at Revlon. “So this season, the eyes and lips are done in nude or soft colours and the glittery look is avoided. For the eyes, brown, copper, burgundy, beige, prune (dark purple) and wine shades are good. And even the smoky eyes look is achieved by using a charcoal shade.” For the cheeks, peach, coral, dusty pink, burgundy, bronze and rose are best.

And eyeliners are back, adds Gulati. “It’s used in the Marilyn Monroe style – a very thin eyeliner, known as wing eyeliner. Oodles of mascara also works well.”

As the emphasis is on a natural look, Gulati says it’s best to use the airbrush technique to apply makeup. “High definition makeup also gives you a flawless and pore-less look just like airbrush makeup does, it also helps make your skin look younger in any kind of light,” says Bhatia.

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Since the traditional reds and maroons are out, brides are wearing lehengas and saris in shades like sea green, creams, turquoise and violet. “Fishnet lehengas are still big, lehengas can also be designed as evening gowns, with tone on tone embroidery and even Swarovski crystals. Even prestitched draped saris are a big hit,” says designer Anjalee Kapoor of the Anjalee & Arjun duo. Jewellery also goes light for the summer bride. “Diamonds, platinum, platinum gold and gemstones are the preferred options,” says Pradeep Goel of Shree Raj Mahal jewellers.

Photos: Ivory net lehenga with gold and swavroski work and peacock feather motifs from kisneel by Pam Mehta; Platinum Jewellery by Platinum Guild International

- From HT Brunch, June 3

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