Most Pakistani bridal makeup looks I have come across have been breathtaking. There is something very distinctive about their style of dressing for weddings. They all look elegant and trendy at the same time. Although inspired by the Arabic makeup style, the Pakistani brides are always less harsh looking. After looking at many photos, I have come to understand that most of these looks follow a specific pattern, and I will deconstruct that pattern for you.
Pakistani Bridal Makeup Tips:
We will break down the signature Pakistani bridal makeup into three parts.
The Face Makeup:
The Pakistani bridal makeup always utilizes contouring and highlighting techniques to emphasize their elfin features.
The most common factor about Pakistani bridal makeup is that their skin looks flawless and chiselled. They all do perfectly matte finish base and heavy contouring to bring their typical bone structure into focus. They probably use 2-3 shades of foundation on their skin on the different parts to do contouring.
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The blush is always a very rosy shade, and it is usually applied beneath the cheekbone to highlight the bone structure even more. They also use a generous amount of highlighter on the higher parts of the face, like the nose bridge and the top part of the cheekbone, to further prominence.
The Eyes Makeup:
The Pakistani brides usually fill in their eyebrows using the right product suited for their skin colour and hair colour and set it with a brow gel. The eyebrows are rarely sparse, unlike Arabic makeup looks, and always have a youthful, full look.
In this type of makeup, the eyes are usually the main focus, and the usual looks follow a common formula. The face usually matches the outfit and uses 4 colours. There will 2 contrasting colours that match the dress, one highlighter colour and then a dark brown or black to intensify the look.
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The steps they follow to achieve this signature look are as follows:
1. Use one of the contrasting shades as a basic wash of colour all over the lid.
2. Apply the other contrasting colour as a crease shade just below the hood of the eyes.
3. Blend those two colours well so that there are no harsh lines.
4. Use the highlighter shade below the eyebrow and in the inner corner of the eyes to highlight it.
5. Use the dark brown/black shade on the outer corner of the eye to intensify the look.
6. On the bottom lash line, apply the two contrasting shades one after the other,
7. Use the black shade at the bottom outer corner and blend it into the black of the upper lash line.
After doing the eye shadow, they use black gel eyeliner to do an extended cat eye on the upper and lower lash line and fill the waterline with black kohl. Last but not least, they apply the most dramatic fake lashes and the best mascara available.
The Lips Makeup:
The brides may opt for two types of lipsticks for the lips, either a dark, loud colour like a true red, oxblood red or hot pink. Usually, loud lips are worn when the eye makeup is on the light side and vice versa.
Otherwise, they opt for light flesh colors or nude lips to make their eyes and face the center of attention.
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All the looks mentioned above are generalized to a great extent. You can always come across looks that are more creative and sophisticated. But the most distinctive feature of a Pakistani bride is their elegant and regal attire and demeanour.