Bridal FAQ’s

Recently I was invited as an expert on to conduct an FAQ with a few soon-to-be brides. It was such a great experience to hear their problems & trying to answer all their queries. I think this FAQ may be helpful for a lot of you out there. I am sharing the link here. As always, I would love to hear your feedback.

Click here to see my new post or just read on. I have compiled all the queries that I had received over a period of time from my Facebook page & from the Bollywoodshaadis website.

Q1. Hi! I’m getting married in July monsoon which is humid & sticky, and I’m extremely confused about the kind of makeup I should opt for, I have recently heard about air-brush makeup. Can you suggest if it’s a good idea to try it or stick to the conventional manual makeup?

Zuri: Hi! Congratulations on your wedding! Air-brush is the latest thing to hit the market here in India. It’s supposed to be waterproof & is able to hold on to the skin for hours in any kind of weather. Just make sure that you set it well with a translucent powder so that your foundation stays put throughout the function. Personally, if I were to choose between air-brush & the conventional method, I’d choose doing it by hand… I feel nothing blends better than your own hands & brushes! The air-brush finish can be achieved by doing it manually too. You could choose all waterproof makeup again – foundation, mascara, kajal etc. Hope this helps you decide.

Q2. I am getting married in a month and facing severe dandruff & hair fall issues. Can you suggest some home remedies for the same?

Zuri: The best solution for getting rid of dandruff is to massage lemon juice on your scalp before going for a shower. Wash your hair thoroughly after 15-20 minutes. This treatment will help remove stickiness, prevents dandruff and makes your hair look radiant OR Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 5 tbsp of coconut oil and then apply the mixture on the scalp. Leave this mixture for about 20-30 minutes and then wash it off with a good shampoo. Remember that lemon has a tendency to dry out the hair, so make sure to use a conditioner of your choice after your final rinse. Apply it only on the tips of the hair & refrain from touching the roots. You can also use a concoction of coconut oil mixed with half the amount of Amla oil. Just add a dash of lemon juice to this mixture and you have an effective, dandruff-fighting and scalp-healing concoction that arrests receding hairline.

Q3. How do I get the ‘Smokey Eye’ look on my own at home? Please give some tips.

Zuri: Hi. The main thing that you’d need in doing a smoky eye is a black smudge able pencil, a pencil brush, a fluffy dome shaped brush, a black eye shadow, any pearly color as a highlighter, a matte light brown shadow (close to your skin color) & any color of your choice like bronze, blue, green eye shadow to add a pop of color. To begin with, start applying the black pencil on the upper lash line from the inner corner to the outer corner. The line does not have to be perfectly straight as it needs to be blended with the pencil brush. Blend the black line with the brush upwards in a way that the black looks like it’s fading out. So the color needs to be intense at the lash line and fade out as it goes higher. Next take the black shadow with a fluffy brush & run it over gently on top of the black pencil. Blend. Then take the brown matte shadow & blend over the crease so that there are no prominent lines visible. Use a shimmery pearl kinda color under your eye brow as a highlighter. Wear kajal in the waterline & smudge it a little below & smoke it out with the help of the same pencil brush on the lower lash line. Finally, if you want to add some color to the smoky eye, apply the bronze, green or blue or any other color of your choice in the center of the eye, i.e. on the eyeball and blend a little bit so that a line is not visible. Remember to keep your lips almost nude as the focus in this look is the eyes!

Q4. What are the basic skin care products that a woman must have? Any specific brands that you can recommend?

Zuri: Hi. In skin care, I would strongly recommend using the cleanser, toner & moisturizer routine for each & every one unless you have been advised not to do so by your dermatologist in case of any skin allergies, acne etc. The earlier you start the better it is for your skin. Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Biotique or even plain & simple Johnsons Baby Oil are good cleansers. For toners I would recommend – Nivea, Clinique, Body shop seaweed, Fabindia rose water. For moisturizer I suggest going for Olay total effects (for any age & skin type) & Suncros Aquagel (found at pharmacies) in case if you have acne prone or sensitive skin. Make sure to wear a moisturizer indoors too as bulbs & tube lights harm the skin. And before going to bed, don’t forget to remove every speck of makeup, however tired you are, as this will allow your skin to breathe at night.

Q5. Can you suggest a beauty regime (diet, exercise, skin care) that a bride can follow a month or two before her wedding?

Zuri: Hey. Since a bride would wish to look her best on the wedding day, I would suggest that she eats healthy – eat more fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits (avoid papaya, pineapple & mangoes as these might lead to break out’s) & drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water. Do not deprive yourself of any cravings – if you feel like eating a chocolate or brownie or ice cream or pastries, eat it! But make sure to stop at one! And not more than once a week. Try taking out time to exercise – do something fun like spinning or Zumba or aerobics & pull your friend along as you’ll be motivated to follow through each day of your work out. Also a month earlier, start your pre-bridal skin & body treatments like facials, body polishing, massage, spa etc to help relax your body & mind. Surround yourself with friends & family who matter & do things you like – so that you don’t get too stressed & you look as fresh as a flower on your D-day!

Q6. I am extremely fair and foundations make me look pale. Is there an alternative or can I skip a base all together?

Zuri: Hey. Generally we Indians have a golden or brown or warm undertone. Some Indians who are extremely fair, might have a mix of pink & golden undertones. If you have already been to a makeup counter & tried different shades of foundation on your skin & concluded that foundation makes you look pale, I would suggest going in for a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. If you have good skin, either of these 2 will work for you not making your skin look pale or different but would just give it a very sheer, natural finish. In case if you have some spots or dark circles, use a little bit of concealer on those areas & then use the tinted moisturizer or BB cream over. If your skin is oily, make sure to use a translucent powder over so that the skin doesn’t look too oily after a while.

Q7: I am 25 yrs old. My marriage is scheduled to be in may 2014.I am facing severe hair fall, my scalp is seen. My hair is silky and thin by nature.. pls suggest some home remedies. Thank you.

Zuri: Hi. These are a few home remedies that should help. Try doing any ONE of these regularly – Onion and garlic. Chop the onion into fine pieces and squeeze the juice out. Apply to the scalp and leave on for about 15 minutes; then rinse with a mild shampoo. Crush a few cloves of garlic, add in a little coconut oil and boil for a few minutes. When this mix cools down to feel warm to the touch, apply it on the scalp with a little massaging action. Repeat this treatment two to three times a week for best results OR Egg – Take the white of one egg and mix in a teaspoon of olive oil. Beat to give a paste-like consistency and apply to the entire scalp and hair. Keep it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and a mild shampoo. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet that provides your body with all essential nutrients. Also, take care to avoid the use of harsh chemicals on your hair. Wherever possible, substitute mild herbal shampoos for the ones that contain synthetic compounds and make it a point to massage your hair with oil. With the right hair care regimen and the regular use of herbal remedies, you are sure to see an improvement in your hair condition. You will notice a change only after a month, so don’t give up too soon. Good luck!

Q8: Hi. I am 24 yrs old and i have oily skin and oily hair. What must I do reduce the oilyness?

Zuri: Hi. You cannot change the skin that you are born with. You need to learn how to work with the skin you have. For oily skin, look for words like “water-based,” “oil-free,” or “noncomedogenic,” which means the product won’t clog your pores. Lotions for oily skin are light and absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a residue. Many contain ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acid for treating acne. Protect your skin from sunlight by choosing a moisturizer for oily skin with SPF 15 or higher. For oily hair, the trick is to get your natural hair oil into a balanced state. You can do this by working out the right hair washing routine for your hair. That may mean washing your hair everyday or only washing once or twice a week. Experiment and see how your oily hair behaves after washing to find the balance that works. When washing, use a shampoo that’s designed for daily use (but you don’t have to use it daily) because it’s specifically made to be gentle and won’t strip the oil as harshly as other stronger shampoos. There are also plenty of shampoos made specifically for oily or greasy hair on the market that you can try. When it comes to hair conditioner, apply a light-weight wash out conditioner to your ends only or consider skipping the conditioner and just use a spray in detangler instead. Never apply the conditioner to your roots or you’ll risk making your hair look and feel greasier. These tips should help you. Good luck!

Q9.  I want a sexy and loud make up for my wedding. Ideally smokey eyes and pink lips or so with a smart blush shade. What I can’t decide is if it will look too much for a bride to go so loud. I’m wearing red and gold for the pheras. And pink, fuchsia and bottle-green for the reception. My skin tone is wheatish to fair, slightly acne-prone, but nothing that can’t be covered. Please suggest some makeup ideas.

Zuri: Hi. Congratulations on your wedding! I feel that a bride looks lovely in bright red or fuschia lips. If you choose to do this, underplay the eyes. Do like a brown or gold smokey eyes & do not try to add many colors on the eyes as the attention needs to be on the lips. I suggest that you do the red lips with nude eyes for the pheras & green smokey eyes with a light pink glossy lip. Since you’d want to cover all your blemishes, use a concealer & a liquid foundation from MAC or Estee lauder. These will give you very good coverage. All the best!

Q10. How do I get rid of open pores on my face and get glowing skin ?

Zuri: Hi. For open pores, wash your face every day, being careful not to overwash. Apply ice cubes to your face. Place the ice cubes gently along your pores for 15 to 30 seconds. This will have a tightening effect on your skin. Make a baking soda paste. Makeup artists swear by baking soda, as it may help minimize the appearance of pores while fighting acne at the same time. If you have very sensitive skin, however, use baking soda with caution, as it may irritate your skin. Mix equal parts baking soda and warm water (2 tablespoons each) into a paste. Using a circular motion, massage paste into pores gently for about 30 seconds. Rinse off using cool water. Use this regimen as part of your normal face-washing routine, every night, for 5 to 7 days. After a week of use, reduce regimen to 3 to 5 times per week OR Drench a washcloth in lemon and pineapple juice. Place the washcloth firmly on your face for one minute. Then rinse your skin with warm water. Lemon and pineapple juice contain natural enzymes that tighten and firm the face while also purifying and brightening the skin if you have sensitive skin use moisturizer before hand just to make sure the citrus doesn’t break you out. Lemon particularly has the ability to cleanse and shrink the appearance of pores OR Use a light scrub. A scrub, as opposed to a wash, usually contains very small beads or other massaging implements (think finely ground apricot cores, for example) that assist in unclogging pores. Certain light scrubs can be used nightly instead of face wash. These should help add a glow also. Good luck.

Q11. I am but I have oily skin. I have read a lot about using lose facial powder but am not so sure of the color I should go for. Kindly suggest.

Zuri: Hi. There r 2 kinds of powder available in the market – 1) Compact powder which can be used on oily skin but will give a ‘foundation’ kind of a look as compacts are generally a powder with foundation properties in it. So this will cover some marks n spots too. 2) Loose or pressed powder which is generally used over a liquid foundation to set the foundation so that the skin does not look too oily after a while. Now a loose powder does not provide any coverage, i.e. it’ll look like there’s nothing on the face hence not covering any spots or marks. You can choose any of the above depending on the look you want to achieve. Loose powder comes in only 1 shade in some makeup products & in the high-end brands you might get 3 shades (light, medium & dark). Where ever you are going to buy the powder, ask the artist there to apply it on your face so that it makes your buying the product simpler. Good luck.

Q12. Are BB Creams compatible with oily skin, and can they be used with sunscreen?

Zuri: Hi. Not all are compatible with oily skin. The one’s that I like for oily skin are – Maybelline ClearGlow Shine-Free Clear BB Stick, Garnier BB cream, Deborah Milano BB Cream (love this one) & Clinique Age Defense BB Cream with SPF 30 (controls oil & shine beautifully but takes a while to set and shows up stark white with a cakey appearance for a few minutes after application, eventually settles). Most of the BB creams today come with an SPF. Hence it doesn’t make sense in loading up products on your face. This can be used as a one-in-all.

Q13. How can i improve my complexion in 2 months?

Zuri: Hey! 2 months is a long time to see a change. Here’s your solution – Drink 8-10 glasses of water. Get 8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep. Keep your face clean. If you have oily skin, wash your face in cool water as often as you can and pat dry. This will prevent clogged pores and blackheads. Do not fall into the trap of frequent beauty treatments. Steaming and applying packs etc on your face too often will tire and disturb the natural balance of your skin. Keep hair away & tie your hair back so that it is not in constant contact with the sides of your face or your forehead. Moisturize at night – It’s protection during the day and prevention at night. Your skin repairs itself while you sleep. So a light night cream, after removing all make-up will gently assist your skin’s rejuvenation process. Try these home remedies – Some cold milk dabbed on with cotton will instantly refresh and re-hydrate. A slice of chilled tomato rubbed over your face thrice a week will lighten dark spots and kindle the glow. A face scrub of sugar and olive oil will polish away dead skin and oil wells. How easy is this? Good luck!

Q14. My eyes are small. How can i highlight them on a daily basis, just with a kajal – should I apply a thick coat or a thin one?

Zuri: Hi. For small eyes avoid lining the inner rim of the lower lashes. Line on the outside of the lower lash line, leaving a gap between the liner and the lower waterline. For an even brighter wide eyed look- line the inner lower rim and inner corner with white eye pencil. This gives an instant wide eyed look. In case if you want to use an eye shadow, avoid dark colors- they make eyes look smaller. Avoid- dark browns, blacks, navy blues etc. Wear lighter shades that reflect light to make eyes appear bigger- shimmer is a good option. Go with lavenders, golds, silver, cream, light browns, soft greens, etc. Always highlight the brow bone (the area just under the arch of the eyebrow), with a light color (white/silver etc). This draws attention to your eyes. Apply heavier coats of mascara on the outer lashes and softer to the inner lashes. Shape Eyebrows so that they are thicker in the middle and thinner on the outside. Hope this helps.

Q15. What care one should follow to get a shiny and bright look on their wedding day???

Zuri: Hi… There is no secret to looking your best on your wedding day! It’s simple – eat healthy, sleep well, drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday, use a goof moisturizer with an SPF for your skin type, remove any traces of makeup before you go to bed & most importantly BE HAPPY. In the end, how you feel inside will eventually show on your face. Surround yourself with family & friends who matter to you the most! Am sorry if you were expecting another answer, but believe me this is the truth 🙂

If you have any more questions about bridal makeup, don’t hesitate to reach out to me HERE or comment below or send me an email: planetzuri at gmail dot com

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