Be a smart shopper and use your wedding clothes to the maximum. Here are some buying ideas, recycling tips and makeup basics for the bride-to-be and her friends
Buy clothes that are multi-purpose: Instead of buying all saris, buy floor length dresses with Indian motifs, kaftans and poncho style kurtis that can later be worn as it is or with pants. Opt for Sherwanis that can be worn in multiple ways with wide pants, tights, churidaars etc.
Buy colours that always stay fashionable: In your bid to be a contemporary bride you may want to pick up unusual colours or a colour of the season, remember that some of the safe colours not only stay fashionable always but also compliment the skin perfectly. Pink and red, light pink and bottle green, ivories and reds, orange and red, pink and orange, red and orange, wine and pink, yellow and purples – some classic combinations that always look good.
Classic pieces versus trends: Don’t try to follow a fashion trend blindly. Understand the shape of your body and personality. Go through magazines and websites and choose the kind of designers, styles, silhouettes--that you think are very ‘you’. After doing that pick out pieces that you see yourself wearing even ten years down the line, the kind of things that have a timeless appeal for you.
Recycling ideas: Take your old sari and get a new blouse stitched or wear it with a ready backless corset. Wear your old ghagra with a sherwani style tunic or a shirt so that most of the ghagra gets hidden and the tunic is the focus, no one will even realise you are sporting an old ghagra underneath. Mix and match churidaars and dupattas to give your old salwar-kameez a makeover. A statement dupatta with new latkans, a new pair of pants in a contrast colour with your old kameez could give it a modern twist.
Find only one focus point and enhance that. Eyes are a good place to begin, highlight the eyes in gold, smokey, bronze with heavy mascara.
When the eyes are heavy, keep the lips matte.
Don’t go lighter than your actual skin tone while wearing foundation and don’t forget to hydrate your skin before you wear makeup. If you have oily skin, make sure you use a mattifying gel or primer and use loose powder to set the makeup.
Use bronzes, browns and earthy reds for a wheatish skin tone and use pinks and peaches for a fairer complexion.
All jewellery courtesy Aquamarine.
A special thank you to Smrithi for helping us with the technical hiccups.