Effective cleansing and moisturising are key.
An extensive beauty checklist is crucial in ensuring your beauty needs are ticked off in time for your wedding.
Between finalising a venue, caterer and DJ amongst many other duties, beauty can be an afterthought when you are knee-deep in wedding planning.
However, a good skin and hair care routine in the weeks leading up to the wedding day is an important part of bridal preparation.
Naturally beautiful hair and healthy, glowing skin can be achieved with simple habits such as consuming a balanced diet and getting adequate rest.
DESIblitz presents the ultimate beauty checklist every Desi bride should follow.
Prepping the Skin
When it comes to a Desi wedding, heavy makeup is to be expected.
Therefore, to ensure a smooth makeup look is achieved, you should firstly focus on skin preparation as it will make for a good base.
Effective cleansing and moisturising are key.
Many Desi women swear by holistic beauty, rather than chemical treatments, and rightly so.
Eating healthily, exercising regularly and drinking plenty of water can work wonders for your skin.
In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, it is important to have established a simple yet effective skincare routine.
This includes a gentle cleanser, an effective exfoliating product and a moisturiser.
To target specific skincare concerns such as dryness, try adding a hydrating serum to your routine for added moisture.
If your skin is oily, a clay mud mask may be worth incorporating into your routine.
If holistic beauty is not for you, it may be worth consulting a skincare specialist to discuss your options.
It is worth bearing in mind that a visit to the dermatologist should be done at least 6 months before your wedding.
Book an appointment and discuss your skin queries (stubborn scars, acne, hyperpigmentation) etc so that they can be treated in time for your big day.
Clinical beauty treatments such as peels and laser removal are all the rage right now as they effectively target skin concerns.
Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular amongst Desi women as it effectively removes hair and smoothes the skin.
It is also popular amongst Desi brides as it is long-lasting, meaning that hair removal is one less thing to worry about on your honeymoon.
As well as facial skincare, keeping the body hydrated is just as important.
Looking after Hands & Feet
Taking care of your hands and feet is not just about solely relying on a manicure or pedicure.
As a bride, proper dedicated care and attention which includes a few home remedies and essential skincare basics will help to ensure your hands and feet look their best.
Looking after the hands and feet is crucial as a Desi bride, especially as henna will likely be applied to them.
Henna is often used as a form of body art in Desi weddings.
To confidently showcase your intricate henna patterns, be sure to give your hands and feet the attention they deserve.
To achieve photo-ready hands on your wedding day, consider getting a manicure.
Many Desi brides get a manicure a few days before their wedding.
Ask your nail technician for a flattering shape that suits your hands. This will help them look more appealing in the photographs.
It is also recommended to avoid long nails as they can easily break and find a way to snag especially on an embellished lehenga.
To preserve your henna pattern as a bride, it is important to regularly moisture the tattooed area with oil daily.
Moisturising keeps the upper layers of the skin healthy, extending the life of your henna design.
Henna artists usually recommend using lemon juice alongside oil.
Lemon juice is known to seal henna, protecting it from exfoliation, shaving and other potentially damaging elements.
It is also known to darken the henna shade.
Exfoliating your hands and feet regularly works wonders at making them look and feel more fresh and youthful.
You can use a body scrub or prepare your own exfoliator at home.
Popular homemade exfoliator combinations include coconut oil and sugar, and honey and brown sugar.
Caring for your Hair
Desi bridal hairstyles generally require brides to wear their hair long.
If you are opting for a traditional Desi bride look, growing out your hair is essential.
Start growing out your hair as early as possible.
For Desi brides who have short hair who still want a traditional look, hair extensions can easily be added for length and volume.
To have shiny and luxurious hair on your wedding day, start preparing and caring for your hair at least six months before.
The most important step a bride can take to ensure healthy hair is to avoid using excessive heat such as hair straighteners.
If heat cannot be avoided in the lead up to the big day, be sure to use a heat protectant before to avoid damage.
A beauty checklist for Desi brides would not be complete without hair oiling.
Deep-conditioning the hair with oil therapy is also a guaranteed way to achieve healthier and shinier hair.
Hair oiling is incredibly popular in Desi households as it is an easy method to achieve thicker hair and reduce fallout.
The most commonly used hair oils include castor oil, almond oil and coconut oil.
As your hairstyle will take centre stage on your big day, it may be worth booking an appointment with a specialist to address any concerns such as dandruff or frizziness.
Desi brides are increasingly turning towards keratin hair treatments.
Keratin treatments can help to make the hair more manageable, which is why many Desi brides with frizzy or thick hair turn to them.
Some people have also reported that their keratin treatment has cut their hair drying time by more than half.
As keratin treatments do not require heat, your hair may also become healthier and stronger in the long term since you can air dry it more often.
To maintain optimal hair health, many Desi brides choose to avoid dying their hair.
Many Desi women prefer to use a henna mix for colouring their hair instead.
Eyelash extensions are all the rage right now. They help to instantly enhance your eyes.
With the help of eyelash extensions, your eyes will look much bigger, brighter and more youthful, making them an ideal treatment for your wedding day.
When applied correctly by a licensed and trained professional, eyelash extensions are a safe and gentle way to enhance the look of your natural lashes.
Eyelash extensions are becoming increasingly popular as they can help to save time when applying makeup.
An eyelash extension means that you will not need to bother applying and removing mascara daily.
With eyelash extensions, you will also not need to worry about mascara smearing or running which is especially important during a wedding.
Alongside extensions, an eyelash lift may be worth considering.
An eyelash lift can similarly make your eyes look bigger and more youthful.
The only difference is that an eyelash lift curls the eyelashes whilst extensions increase the length.
Fundamentally, this means that extensions tend to look more dramatic and eyelash lifts tend to look more natural.
Aside from those with allergies to eyelash adhesive, nearly everyone is eligible for eyelash extensions.
Eyelash extensions are ideal for those who want to save time in the morning, people who have sparse lashes and brides.
Even after your wedding day, you can still benefit from eyelash extensions during your honeymoon when you can swim and take your time getting ready.
Desi brides are recognised for their dramatic eye looks at their wedding therefore, eyelash extensions are becoming an increasingly popular choice.
Desi brides tend to go for more glamorous styles however, as eyelash extensions are applied individually, a more subtle look can also be achieved.
Before the big day, a beauty checklist will help to keep you organised and stress-free.
Cost-effective and homemade remedies have always taken precedent when it comes to beauty preparation for big events.
Desi brides continue to implement the same beauty rituals that have been passed down through generations.
The modern-day Desi bride now incorporates both holistic methods and advanced treatments into their beauty checklists.