The Bridal Beauty


Emirates Bride - - BEAUTY / PROFILE - Com­piled by Rachel Bas­sett

De­scribe your bridal style

Sim­ple, classy, el­e­gant.

Who did your hair and make- up?

I hired a free­lance wed­ding make- up and hair stylist, Ghaz­ala Mir (@ mir. ghaz­ala), who came rec­om­mended to me by some friends and rel­a­tives.

Did you have a trial and did she un­der­stand your style?

I didn't need a trial as I wit­nessed her work at other wed­dings and was quite sure she would do a great job. She seemed very clear about the look she wanted to give me so trust­ing her, I hired her for both my wed­ding cer­e­mony and my re­cep­tion.

How did you pre­pare weeks be­fore the wed­ding?

I was do­ing a reg­u­lar gym work­out any­way so there was no change in that. I just re­duced my con­sump­tion of junk food and con­sciously drank enough wa­ter so my skin would look fresh. Ghaz­ala also rec­om­mended I had three fa­cials in the two months run­ning up to the wed­ding. I did Lux­ury Ren­eve fa­cials as well as B- tox hair treat­ments at my favourite sa­lon The Nail Pav­il­lion ( 04) 4229791 to hy­drate and re­pair break­age as I knew hair styling on my big day would take its toll.

What was your skin­care prep kit be­fore ap­ply­ing your make- up?

I was keep­ing my lips and skin mois­turised as my lips tend to dry up re­ally fast and I wanted my lip­stick to last with­out reap­ply­ing. I tried to sleep well but that didn't quite work out be­cause of last minute stress and prepa­ra­tions.

What beauty look were you go­ing for?

I showed my out­fits and jew­ellery to my make- up artist and she gave me her own ideas to match each look. She had done so many wed­dings she knew ev­ery pos­si­ble style. For my mehendi/ henna func­tion I wore a sari that was green and pink with some sil­ver bling on it. For this I hired a dif­fer­ent make- up artist who did a fab­u­lous job too. I had a one- sided braid hair­style with jas­mine flow­ers in the braid. For the re­cep­tion I wore a beige and gold sari from my hus­band's fam­ily com­ple­mented with bronze eye­shadow and high­lighted cheeks. Dur­ing my cer­e­mony my head was cov­ered with a heavy red du­patta so I got a high hair bun with a jas­mine flower gar­land which could be seen through the beau­ti­ful trans­par­ent fab­ric and stained red lips to match. The best thing was my lehenga was bought by my mother from Luc­know with­out even con­sult­ing me – her choice was amaz­ing and I loved ev­ery­thing about the out­fit and jew­ellery.

"My make-up looks took three hours per func­tion and my hen na took just un­der three hours"

Were you happy with the fi­nal re­sult of your bridal make- up?

Ab­so­lutely. It's more than a year since the wed­ding and I'm still asked about the make- up es­pe­cially from my re­cep­tion day. Per­son­ally I think it was the best amongst all of my wed­ding func­tions.

Who did you have with you while you were get­ting ready?

My mum, a dear friend and my sis­ter- in- law who sweetly missed the boys fun and danc­ing in the baraat to stay and check if any make- up or hairs were out of place.

How long did your bridal beauty look take?

My make- up looks took three hours per func­tion and my henna took just un­der three hours by two ex­perts start­ing at my home in the morn­ing. The de­sign was very tra­di­tional and, as a cus­tom, my hus­band's ini­tials had to be hid­den some­where on my hands for him to find – the poor guy couldn't even spot them later that evening!

How did you achieve your hair look and did it stay in place all day?

I nat­u­rally have straight and silky hair so to cre­ate vol­ume there was lots of back- comb­ing and spray­ing with strong- hold hair spray.

What wor­ried you the most about your beauty look on the day?

Two things. My false eye­lashes fall­ing off and my lips dry­ing up too fast. My make- up artist gave me the red lip colour she used so I could reap­ply and my eye­lashes stayed in­tact with wa­ter­proof dark- toned glue de­spite the all- nighter we pulled at the re­cep­tion.

What was your favourite prod­uct used on the day?

Some­thing that was be­yond per­fect was the foun­da­tion match. The make- up artist mixed two shades of Ro­dail liq­uid foun­da­tion to­gether and ap­plied with a Beau­ty­blender sponge – the fi­nal re­sult was just wow.

Where did you get mar­ried?

It took us two whole months to de­cide on the venue but we fi­nally de­cided on the JA Jebel Ali Golf Re­sort and Spa in Dubai ( 04) 8145555. We had a tra­di­tional man­dap and the beach in the back­ground. The best part was the pea­cocks roam­ing all over the re­sort and we man­aged to have some clicked in our wed­ding pho­to­graphs too.

"Them ake-up artist mixed two shades of foun­da­tion to­gether and the fi­nal re­sult was just wow”

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