Bridal Vanity Kit Checklist

This post has been extracted from weddingplz.com

We all love shopping but shopping specially for cosmetics and other make-up essentials is the most delightful experience for a bride. You are the best judge of your skin type, so make sure you yourself shop for your bridal vanity kit essentials. You are the star of this auspicious occasion, so don’t let your incomplete kit spoil your big day. Go through this savior checklist we have for you and you won’t miss anything at all.

 

Face:

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  • Primer: For that beautifully clear and radiant skin, go for a good quality primer which is rich in vitamins so that even after wearing layers of make-up, your skin can breathe properly.
  • Foundation: Look for a foundation that matches your skin color. Too much lighter shade can make you look disastrous on stage and in pictures.
  • Concealer: Mostly people don’t need a concealer after applying primer and foundation but you should always keep it in your kit to get away with those dark blemishes.
  • Face Powder: If the wedding is in summers then face powder is a must to save you from melting make-up. It will fix your make-up and help you get a shine free matte finish.
  • Blush: As per your skin tone, pick up pinkish or peachy shade of blush to add definition to your cheekbones. Go for matte blush if your skin is oily and shimmery for normal to dry skin type.
  • Moisturizer: To keep your skin hydrated.
  • Sunscreen: To save yourself from tanning.
  • Face Wipes: For staying fresh all the time.
  • Sindoor and Bindi: Since now you will be a newlywed, this is something you need to carry all the time.
  • Rose Water: For moisture and freshness.

Eyes:

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  • Eye-shadow: Its better you keep a palette of eyeshadow that has many colors from light to darker ones, so that you don’t have to panic even if the one you thought will go well with your dress actually did not create the same magic.
  • Kajal Pencil: Black is the evergreen color for eye make-up as it goes well with every eye color, but you can always have blue or green color for a chic look.
  • Eyeliner: Liner can be liquid based, gel based or like a sketch pen, go for the one which you are comfortable using.
  • Eyelash Curler: If you are not very comfortable using false eyelashes then you must keep an eyelash curler to perfectly spread them out and to make your eyes look bigger.
  • Mascara: Go for a good quality waterproof mascara to make your lashes look darker and thicker.

Lips:

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  • Lipstick: A right shade of lipstick can transform your look completely. Shades like cherry red, magenta and coral are must haves in your kit.
  • Lip Balm: For prepping up the lips.

Hair:

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  • Shampoo: Keep a mild shampoo to save yourself from bad hair day.
  • Conditioner: For adding moisture and lusture to hair.
  • Hair Brush & Rollers: To style your hair and add volume to it.
  • Bobby pins: To secure the frizzy flicks.
  • U-pins: For the perfect neat bun.
  • Clutcher: For a normal hairdo.

 

Nail :

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  • Nail Paint: You must keep at least two three nice colors like maroon, magenta or the one that matches the color of your dress.
  • Nail Paint Remover: To make it easy for you to change the nail color according to dress.

 

Miscellaneous :

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  • Small Mirror: Everything you keep in your vanity is of no use if you forget to keep this thing.
  • Hand Sanitizer: To clean your hands before using any product on face.
  • Perfume/ Deo: Because smelling fresh is as important as feeling fresh.
  • Make-Up Brushes: Keep a set of make-up brushes for face and lips both.
  • Kajal Sharpner: For perfectly defined eyes.
  • Safety Pins: Keep a bunch of it.
  • Make-Up Remover/Cleanser: It’s a must have.
  • Cotton Balls: It’s a strict no no to leave home without them.
  • Sanitary Napkins: You don’t always remember the date so it’s better to keep them all the time.

This list will surely save you from all the last minute hassles while getting ready and assure you of looking stunning as a bride.

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12 Things to Check with your Make-Up Artist before Booking Them!

This blog has been written by Shruti Sharma for WedMeGood.com

While we are often called a bride’s best friend, we thought it would be nice to hear from the other side for once. So we got some solid advice from a makeup artist who tells you what you should look for before booking your bridal makeup.  Shruti Sharma, one of Delhi’s most popular artists ventures into some good old-fashioned advice on how to hire and get the best out of your makeup. In other words, the few ways in which you can make good use of them on your wedding day. Hear, hear!

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Don’t Delay Bookings

  1. Ideally one should start calling and enquiring with vendors right after your dates get fixed. Some vendors get booked months in advance sodon’t delayand start reviewing the work of various artists and calling them to check their availability and charges.

Meet one on one

  1. Once you have shortlisted, its best to meet with them one on one. Many makeup artists offer trials (some charge for them while others offer them for free). Meeting them would give you a good sense of their personality, work style and even help you understand how comfortable you will be having them in close confines with you on your wedding day.

Questions to ask them

  1. Ask them about
  • Their team:Who will be working on you, who does hair, does the MUA do all the makeup?
  • The productsthey use
  • The timethey will take to get you ready
  • Do they allow photographers to shoot while the makeup is going on?
  • Other bookingthey have on the same day

Services to Include

  1. At whatever price that they quote, you should ideally be getting:
  • Hairstyling
  • Nail paints
  • Draping
  • Eyelashes
  • Maybe even a shampoo (if you are at their salon)

So that you don’t have to look for anyone else’s help to get completely ready. If you aren’t getting this, then get a quote which includes all of this.

Discounts vs Haggles

  1. It’s one thing to ask for a discount or a package deal, but another to haggle. Please understand asking once is alright but it’s never a good idea to push too much. Trust me you don’t want them to cut costs in the quality of products or services they offer for that might just become a painful experience!

Advance Deposits

  1. Like any other vendors, makeup artists too take an advance deposit which is not refundable. The balance needs to be paid by the date of your wedding! Makeup artists who are thorough professionals reach the location on time, deliver on the look that was decided and put a lot of physical effort in getting a bride ready and to make her look more beautiful than ever. You should also hold your end of the deal and make the payments on time. No negotiations on that!

Other Bookings

  1. If hiring a freelancer, find out if they have any other bookings on that date and make sure you get ample time from them for yourself. In such cases it is important that both you and the makeup artist stick to the pre-decided timelines.

Family Members

  1. Once you have booked them, please specify in advance if you have other members of your family and friendswho would like help in getting ready and exactly what services they need. The makeup artist will plan ahead and keep the products and resources available to meet your needs and in such a case please be ready to pay extra for the services at a pre-decided/discussed charges. Ever go to a restaurant and say my main order is butter chickenbut I would like thoda sa palak paneer or bas itna sa rajma? No you don’t! So why here? A makeup artist will do what they are commissioned to do. If you want to request them to handle some extra people on an ad-hoc basis, ask them first and be ready to pay for the services!

Delays

  1.  Delays have become synonymous with so many Indian weddings these days! It’s hard to keep everything in control and make sure its all going as per schedule. So be real with the vendors. Keep in touch with them on the day of your functions and tell them the status in advance. That’s better than having them wait half a day burning their time and energy at your venue! If visiting a salon, you might get a time slot from them when you can come in and get dedicated time with your makeup artist. Try and be there on time and if in case you can’t, be patient and wait a bit before the artist can start with you. At that time even though it might be getting very late for you, there is no time to rush and panic. Take a deep breath, inform the artist that you are short on time and let them do their best!

Cancellations

  1.  In case you cancel for absolutely any reason, be prepared to forgo the advance amount that you gave them to block their dates for you. In case the makeup artist cancels (which ideally they shouldn’t but since they are humans too, cancellations may happen due to sickness or any other emergencies). There is no harm in asking for a back up plan. If a makeup artist is cancelling for any reason, they should be able to provide you with someone else to fill in for them and save the day. The charges too that you pay in that case can be negotiated based on who the back up artist is.

Outstation Makeup Charges

  1. 11Normally if you hire a makeup artist for a wedding outside of their city, chances are they will charge extra. They will be dedicating their entire time to you along with their team. It is also a norm to arrange for the travel and stay for the artist and the team. I understand that you may want to cut costs at times but please make sure the artist or anyone from the team is not having to share their room with any of your guests! Its NOT because the makeup artists aren’t flexible/don’t want to mix with your crowd/Don’t appreciate your hospitality and your ever-growing comfort level with them. It is because they are there to WORK and they need their rest!

Communicate

  1. While they are actually getting you ready, be free to tell them what you like and what you are not comfortable with. You should be happy with the way you look on the best day of your life!

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Lastly, and this is important!

We makeup artists have handpicked our teams from the hundreds out there to form one where each member is highly skilled at their job, extremely hard-working and highly motivated to give you their best. It is this team that makes us tick. They are the unsung heroes without whom all the beautiful pics you see on our profiles would be impossible. We come across such different types of people. Ones who show immense kindness and also the ones who are downright rude to our teams the minute we turn our backs.

Don’t forget, that person getting you water or painting your nails is a human too and can make mistakes. They work countless hours and through the toughest days to make your day amazing. If you aren’t happy with anything, there are plenty of ways to tell them politely without being rude or raising your voice. Let them know nicely and chances are they will go an extra mile and put in more than what’s expected to make your day extra special! They will not give up until you are satisfied with the results. Be rude to them and you will not only lose their respect but ours too.

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money” – John Ruskin

The Blushing Airbrushing Bride

The Blushing, Airbrushing Bride

“Treat your makeup like jewelry for the face. Play with colors, shapes, structure – it can transform you.” – Francois Nars

A brush of magic, and you’ve transformed into that Disney princess you’ve always dreamed of. That’s the brilliance of makeup. Every girl deserves to feel like a princess on their wedding day, and we’re going to show you how. Some of the makeup fads trending this 2014 will leave your mouth watering for more!

Lipstick games
As far as lip trends go this year, nudes, blushing pinks, and delicious berries are the way to go. Teasing and coy, these not-so, yet invisible shades will transform our beloved brides into irresistible coquettes.

PS: For all you bold and boisterous brides out there, another color to watch out for is the exuberant orange (it’s the new red!)

Eye spy

‘Cat eyes’ are a simple, yet transformative trend that has been around for a while now. This feline fad will not only give that scandalously shocking effect to the demure bride, but it will also help accentuate those undiscovered cheekbones. So bust out your liquid liner and start practicing for that perfectly clean line!

Of braids and brides

This wedding season, do away with open-haired styles and boring buns. Bashful braids have suddenly gone bold and are no longer reserved for the girl next door. New-age brides are slowly realizing that braids can look totally chic and glamorous. They look absolutely fabulous on any jaw line or outfit, can be worn in a million different ways, and can be adorned with pretty accessories, such as flowers, barrettes and so forth. So be they regular, French or fishtail braids, these artistic tangled webs are out to make a statement.

The wedding brow

Thin, flimsy and machine-made eyebrows are so passé. The age of big and bold brows is back. Natural-looking eyebrows add a softness to the face, which is a secret that has recently been rediscovered. They symbolize how our generation is tracing its way back to long-forgotten trends. So for all those brides with not very well-endowed brows, make optimum use of the brow pencil to get perfectly groomed eyebrows and instantly revamp your look.

Revamp

While it’s tradition in some cultures to go bold with bridal makeup to match the usually vibrant bridal attire, it’s also important for you to not look like a vamp on your wedding day. So it’s important to strike a contrast between the lip and eye shade you’re going to wear. If you want that smokey or beautiful cat-eyed look for your eyes, make sure you wear a nude lip color and not a hot pink to accompany it. Similarly, play down your eyes if you plan on shocking your lips with a vibrant red or orange.

So on this very voguish note and in the spirit of all things festive, keep the planning going for your D-Day, and watch this space for more insightful and life-changing updates. Good luck!