Old Bollywood Makeup Tips: Vintage Meets the Modern Indian Bride

So you think smoky eyes, nude lipsticks and Persian eyes are the latest bridal makeup trends? Think again girls, because one look around and you would be in for a surprise. They say fashion has its own vicious cycle, one that we all fall prey to. So while we rant about retro clothing, why leave old-world makeup out? Minimalism, with a little bit of bling is the essence of retro looks.

From puffy hairdos and the famous bouffant poof pin-ups to winged eyeliners and simple yet exotic lip and blush colours, the Indian bride of today can bring back all the sensuality of the past.

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Renaissance in the 21st Century
Women back then had an eye for fashion and curves were for real. The ‘Flower Power’ days swung wide, thanks to divas such as Sharmila Tagore, Mumtaz, Simi Garewal, Sadhana and Hema Malini. These powerful ladies showed Indian women how to retain their Indianness, whilst still allowing a blend of East and West to take over their beauty regime.

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Capturing the ’60s Look for the New-Age Indian Bride
Brides-to-be throng to famous makeup artists for a complete ‘blast-from-the-past’ makeover. Capturing the spirit of the 60s today, we tell you how to get old Bollywood glam.

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Foundation. The base would need heavy pancake makeup as this is what starts the ‘vintage’ look. Try ‘Cinema Secrets’ foundation or Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation. Apply a primer first and use a concealer under the eyes, only if needed. To set the foundation right, a translucent powder should be used to bring in the matte effect.

Winged or Cat-Eye Look. Pick up a reputed angled brush—M.A.C’s 266 would be best to use. You would also need liquid eyeliner for the effect—Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow by Makeup Forever. Decide where on the outer corner of the eye you would like the wing tip to culminate. Line the eyebrow with the end of the tip of the brush, and join that end with the outer corner of the eye in one single stroke. From the ‘inner corner of the eye’, a line should be drawn to the tip end. The space in between should be filled with a liquid liner, all the way to the base of the lash. This brings about the winged-shape, much needed for the eyes. You could use a thin kajal pencil to sketch the outline.

Lipstick. Baby pink lipstick ruled the lips back then or one could use nude shades by M.A.C’s Hug Me or from NARS’ Roman Holiday. For the demi goddess look, darker shades such as burgundy or bright reds work, too.

Hair. To achieve the retro puffy bouffant hairdo, you’ll need plenty of hair spray, a pack of bobby pins, a nice round brush, hair wax, and a curling iron. Begin by combing the hair towards the front and use the curling iron to curl the top of the hair. Take the round brush and tease the strands in front a little. If need be, use hair wax for a better effect. Use the bobby pins to keep the bangs in place, but not before you get the ‘plump hairdo’. The final stage would be to set the rest of the hair backwards, and use the pins to hold them into a nice round bun, on the lower neck area.  If you do see strands and corners astray, tuck them in with bobby pins. Now apply hairspray, and wait for a while—the bouffant look is now on you.

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So go ahead, make your wedding a special one by sporting the bold old glam world retro look with oodles of attitude and confidence.

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Images courtesy: Click Sutra Photography, Ambika Pillai, Vidya Tikari

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