For the picture perfect bride: Smart make-up and posing tips

  • Aditi Caroli, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2014 12:38 IST

Exquisite outfit, flawless make-up, perfect hairstyle — a lot goes into acing your wedding day look. It might be a onetime affair, but we treasure the memories, in the form of photographs, forever. Even if you are looking drop-dead gorgeous on your big day, some elements may just play a spoilt sport in your pictures.

But don’t you worry, here’s instant help. From smart make-up tricks to effortless posing tips, we bring to you useful suggestions from our panel of experts to be a picture perfect bride.

Follow these rules and rock your album.

Hair perfection
Switch it up: Sangeet, cocktail, wedding, reception- marriage is an amalgam of a lot of ceremonies. To appear distinct in photographs of each ceremony, opt for different hairstyles for every func tion. A hairstyle can change the personality of a person completely. However, don’t go for something drastically different, as you still want to look like yourself in the pics.

Hair treatment: Healthy, voluminous hair makes for great photographs. Get your frizzy, flat hair treated before the big day. “Everybody has different hair texture. Get treated to get nourished hair. Whatever you need- hair colouring, trimming, etc, get it done before the wedding day. This will ensure there are no last minute issues with your hair,” adds Adhuna Akhtar, hairstylist.

Trial is a must: “The biggest advice that I can give brides-to-be is to do a trial for hairstyle before the big day. This will give them an idea of what suits them the best, according to their skin tone, face shape and body proportion. If a hairstyle doesn’t work well for a bride, it’s not possible to redo it at the last minute. So, never skip a trial for your hair,” says Akhtar.

Natural poser

Be happy, look happy: Try to stay calm and happy. It will reflect in your pictures. "Be happy, smile naturally and don’t look too

conscious. Avoid being too stiff and have a little fun while posing. Stay relaxed and the pictures will come perfect," says Reema Bhat, photographer and manager of a wedding company.

Best angle: “It’s always better if the couple is standing at about 45 degree angle and not facing the camera completely. Three-quarter frame is most flattering. Also to improve body posture, bend one knee slightly and put the weight on one leg instead of two,” says Bhat.

Trust your photog: Your photographer is an expert at his job and knows exactly what’s going behind the lens. Let your camera guy have some creative freedom and use his expertise. Too many directions and interference may just ruin the photos.

Make-up tricks
Stay sweat-proof: Sweat marks on your forehead or above your lips spoil the photographs. Put an icepack before doing the make-up. It makes the make-up stay longer and sweat-proofs it. Also, keep some tissues handy in your purse and keep dabbing when you feel sweat drops forming. But be careful not to rub it on your skin as it will wipe the make-up or leave some mark which will spoil your flawless face in pics.

Don’t go overboard: Keep your make-up subtle for a natural, glowy radiance in the pictures. “Go for a natural base, which is very close to your skin tone. Don’t go for fairer shades as it will make you look abnormally white in pictures. Avoid too much make-up in the eye area. Gold eyes with smoky corners are a safe, elegant bet. If you want some colour, go for coloured eyeliner rather than eye shadow. Blush has to be highlighted on top for radiance,” says Niti Luthra, make-up expert.

Luscious lips: “Bright lip colours, like hot red or pop pink, look great in pictures. Make sure there’s no lip colour on your teeth as it will make you look funny in pics. Also, always carry the lip colour you have used as it tends to get lighter when you eat and drink. Re-apply it when required, as pictures need to be done till the end,” says Luthra.

Styling: Shara Ashraf
Photos: Raajessh Kashyap/HT

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