He popped the question, you said yes, and you’ve started planning your dream wedding. Though it’s important to feel great, you also want to look great — after all, all eyes will be on you. And so, finding the perfect person to doll you up becomes a huge part of the planning process.
First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether or not you want a makeup artist who does it all, or whether you solely want them to stick to makeup. A lot of artists function as hairstylists and will also be prepared to dress you if needed. It is vital to figure out exactly what the person offers and whether it fits what you’re looking for. For instance, will the makeup artist also help with draping?
[Always be mindful of what services the artist will offer. For example, will your makeup artist help you drape your dupatta, and is that something you’re looking for? Photo courtesy: Styles Glamour.]
If you’ve already found someone else to do your hair or style your clothes it’s important to ensure that you figure out when the makeup artist wants to work their magic, logistically. Some important questions to ask your makeup artist include:
Is it preferable to get hair done before or after makeup?
Should the blouse be worn before applying the makeup in case of transference?
And of course,
How early will you have to be up to get your makeup done?
As we all know, Indian weddings can start really early! An important question to ask yourself is how early you’re willing to get up to get the perfect look. Bear in mind: beauty is pain, but if you’d rather catch a few extra hours of sleep, you should try and find a makeup artist who doesn’t take a long time. If a prospective makeup artist requires at least two hours of your time, you have to make sure she’ll fit into your schedule.
So, what is the best way to figure out how long your makeup artist will take? A trial run! A trial will not only give you an estimate of how long it’ll take but it’ll actually make the day of A LOT faster! It’ll give you an opportunity to work out kinks with your makeup artist before your big day eliminating potential for wasted time in the morning. In addition, it’ll give you an opportunity to try things you may be on the fence about. (Like that hot pink lipstick!)
[Best way to save time, and be completely satisfied with your makeup look on your big day, is to do a trial run with your artist! Photo courtesy: Style Inked.]
One of the biggest deciding factors on who you hire to glam you up is your budget! Most, not all, makeup artists will negotiate with you if you know all the right questions to ask. If your makeup artist lays a good foundation during the wedding, you may only need a touch-up before the reception or a change of eye shadow. If that’s the case, the reception look should cost less than the wedding look. Determining exactly what the makeup artist will be doing for each look, with a play-by-play breakdown of the prices, will help justify the cost — or ultimately help you negotiate!
Though it is important to look great during your wedding, it’s important to remember the bigger picture. You’re marrying the love of your life and nothing is more important than that! Don’t stress the small things and the big things will work themselves out, makeup artist and all.
As a beauty aficionado, Bollywood addict and bride-to-be with a passion for organization, Reema Patel was inspired and encouraged to chronicle her musings, tips and tricks. Her mantra in beauty, organization, and planning: It should be SIMPLE. As a former beauty pageant contestant, Reema hopes to inspire others to feel like the beauty queens they truly are! Check her out on Instagram.
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Ever since we can recall, the Cannes Film Festival has been a merger of movies and glamour. On one side, there are hand-picked films — ready to premier and make their mark in the world of entertainment — and on the other, audiences and paparazzi alike are served epic moments in fashion.
The Festival, aimed to preview upcoming films from all over the world, invites a wide variety of guests that span the film fraternity, of course, but more recently, has opened its doors to many digital content creators, including renowned South Asian creatives.
With a more vast guest list comes a more recent debate: Cannes is a film festival and not a fashion showcase. Kickstarting the debate this year was none other than ace Bollywood director, Nandita Das, who in an Instagram post shared:
Sometimes people seem to forget that it is a festival of films and not of clothes!
In short, Das wants Cannes’ narrative to continue to focus on films.
But of course, there’s been a paradigm shift in the guest list over the last few years; this shift has allowed talents from various industries — including lifestyle content creators, entrepreneurs, etc. who showcase their work in fashion and beauty like fine masterstrokes — to walk the carpet and represent their craft, making space for others in their industry.
Influential names like Dolly Singh, Kaushal, Diipa Buller-Khosla, and Shivani Bafna — all of whom made a raging impact on the red carpet this year — weigh in on the significance of representing South Asian artists/influencers on the red carpet, and how they feel they’ve been part of this paradigm shift at Cannes Film Festival.
I believe that each step we take at events like Cannes sends a powerful message of diversity, cultural richness, and artistic excellence. Representation matters, and the presence of South Asian creators on the red carpet at Cannes helps broaden the narrative of beauty, talent, and creativity. It allows us to showcase our unique perspectives, narratives, and contributions, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive industry. By actively participating and making our presence felt, we help create more opportunities and spaces for South Asian creators, encouraging others to share their stories with the world.
Since 2015, the first time I walked the red carpet, till this year I have always been invited by L’Oreal Paris, one of the main sponsors of the event. It has always been such an honor to be invited to the festival through the makeup brand that I have been using for almost two decades, and, before my social media career began. Personally, I feel a sense of acknowledgment from such a prestigious brand and its head office teams that sponsor Cannes Film Festival and value the work I have done and continue to do as a South Asian content creator within the beauty space. Makeup, hair, and beauty will always play a big role within the film industry and it’s something I have always created my content around which is why I am proud to attend.
This is a proud moment not just for me but also [for] my peers and the entire content creator ecosystem given that we have reached such new global stages and presence. Of course, as you said, such film festivals, once considered as an exclusive hub for a congregation of the finest acting talents have, in the last few years, opened their arms to more people from the entertainment industry.
This is not just a sudden phenomenon with a burst of Indian creators at the festival this year but there is increased participation from non-film and non-South Asian celebrities across various spectrums from different sides of the world. Along with the many filmmakers, actors, producers, etc I also met some amazing influencers and entrepreneurs from other sides of the world. It’s amazing to represent India and celebrate and champion the advent of the digital ecosphere on such a prominent platform.
The confluence of actors and creators signified the amalgamation of traditional cinema and new-age digital influence, highlighting the transformative power of creative expression and how festivals like Cannes have become more forthcoming and progressive in their approach.
Cannes, like any other prominent festival, boasts of a red carpet that is synonymous with fashion and glitz, and I wanted to use this opportunity to represent all the amazing Indian fashion designers on the carpet besides, of course, attending the screenings. As someone who is just not an influencer but also an actress, I thoroughly enjoyed all the red-carpet screenings and meeting like-minded film talent from around the world at the event. At some point in the future, I would like to be attending Cannes for a film I’ve featured in.
Creators are often placed into boxes of where they belong and the rooms they can be a part of. Being on the red carpet dismantles the ideology that there’s a cap on how far we, as creators and as a South Asian community, can go and what we can achieve.
The Cannes Film Festival has always been viewed as the epitome of a glamorous event — everyone who attends looks like they’re living their best lives. I used the platform to share an authentic message of what the experience felt like for me. To represent all of us who doubt our potential, experience imposter syndrome, and are nervous to find their place, yet continue to push through to achieve their dreams!
As the first Indian American influencer to walk at Cannes, I hope I can inspire young women to confidently ask, ‘Why not me?’
There’s no doubt that the Cannes Film Festival is centered around films, and continues to be a unique space for the global film fraternity to bring their art and showcase their aptitude. But, creators like Bafna, Singh, Buller-Khosla, and Kaushal — a special shoutout to Raja Kumari for being instrumental in paving the way as well — have their own set of responsibilities to fulfill upon their invitation to the prestigious event. Their will to represent their South Asian identities, celebrate their industries, and continue to hold space for their peers makes their presence at Cannes more than just clothes.
All images in the featured photo are from the influencers’ Instagram feeds.