Being a bride for me was always about doing what came naturally to me than confining myself to the ongoing trends. So, when the time came to plan my looks for each function, I decided to go Au-Naturel for my Haldi ceremony despite looking at the glorious photos of decked-up brides in yellow, simply because I wanted my skin to still be dewy and radiant in the night, when it was my time to walk the aisle. The only exception I made was put a thin layer of eyeliner (love it too much to keep away!)
With all the friends, family and photographers capturing my every move, I kept wondering, what would it be like to go bare-faced on the day? I wanted to look like the most beautiful version of myself on my day, of course. And what better way to do that than planning out a beauty routine in the 4 months leading up to the functions!
Here’s how I gave up my laziness and created a beauty regimen to ensure that I could go make-up free and still look the happy, glowing bride that I was!
Drink lots of water. I can’t stress this enough! Just keep drinking it. Get yourself a fancy new water bottle to carry around if that is what it takes, but just keep drinking water like it will make you the most beautiful person in the world… because it will.
Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. Experienced people at the salon will massage your skin well to stimulate blood circulation and keep it looking healthy. You can also request extractions. This is what gets all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring.
Tip: Go for a test patch on your skin before agreeing for a facial, to avoid any mishaps.
Every morning and night, use a mild facial cleanser instead of the usually harsh face-wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturiser. Excessive face washing will send your oil production into an overdrive.
If you’re on the go and busy with the endless shopping trips, using blotting papers will keep your face oil and grease free, too.
No matter what your skin type is—oily, dry, normal or a combination, it requires water. While drinking water helps, snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon, pomegranate, cucumbers and tomatoes work wonders too.
You would be expectedly spending a lot of time outdoors, especially during the day when it’s sunny and hot. A thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated if you've experienced a level of chap that no amount of brown-sugar, dry toothbrushes, balm, or water could help with!
The idea of downing those gigantic fish oil capsules every day might seem weird but it’s worth it! Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are found in fish oil, which regulates your skin’s moisture balance and helps fill in any lines on your face.
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you sleep, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your complexion can look lifeless. As a part of my routine, I drank a small bottle of water every night before sleeping and also elevated my head with an extra pillow at night, which helped in reducing puffiness under my eyes!
To conclude, think through your wedding functions and see what’s important to you. Imagine how your ideal self would look on each day. If you picture yourself wearing makeup, then wear it loud and proud. On the other side, there’s no rule that says you have to wear makeup, and that holds true even when you walk towards your husband amidst a roaring crowd of people! It’s all about you and how you see yourself!