When it comes to your wedding, looking like a million bucks is a priority. And rightly so—this is your big day, after all! But choosing the right tones, look and products can be daunting, especially when the beauty industry has spoiled you for choice. So we’ve brought you a pro to help you make just the right decisions: Tejas Shah has been painting faces for decades and is an expert on what looks good and what, well, doesn’t! He shares his top tips to keep handy when it’s your cue to say ‘I do’.
Choosing The Right Colour Palette
“Determining one’s undertone is important,” explains Shah. “If one has a cool undertone, their veins will be bluish. Here, cool colours flatter the complexion.
And if they have a neutral to warm undertone, their veins will be greenish, which is why warm tones will flatter their complexion best. Keep this in mind, and mix and match with current trends and the colour of your bridal outfit.”
Getting Your Face Ready From A To Z
“Cleanse with your favourite face wash and dry with a tissue. I don’t use towels as it increases bacteria on the skin’s surface. Then spray your mist.”
“Prime the face with a mist; it brings out the glow from within. My favourite currently is from Smashbox.”
“Once the product is 80 percent absorbed by the skin, apply your under-eye moisturiser. A current favourite is Glamglow.”
“Put on your moisturiser; I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. Nicely massage the face in an upward direction for that lift and circulation. Then spray some face mist over this once again. I use a manual fan to air the face. I feel skincare works better that way.”
“Now put on your foundation. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Filter and Hollywood Flawless Filter. They can be used together or one over the other because they’re extremely versatile products.”
“Conceal where required; there should be no caking at all. Tarte Cosmetics’ Shape Tape concealer is fabulous.
The use of brushes, your fingertips and beauty blenders gives that flawless skin; I use them all. Spray the face with the hydrating mist once more for that second skin feel.”
“For blush, sculpting and highlighting, I swear by Hourglass Cosmetics and Fenty Beauty. For the lips, go for a soft edge that gives a Bridgerton kind of feel.”
“Before you powder the face, remember to complete the eye make-up entirely to be able to correct any fall out immediately. Apply mascara only after powdering, as we don’t want to see any powder on your eye lashes.”
Application Techniques 101
“A technique I swear by is minimal layering. Use everything but in a buildable manner. Don’t try to blend a blob. Take a little product and build it; this works for every element of the face. Highlight only where required. A glowing face looks good only for a short period of time. After that, it begins to look tired and oily. We want make-up to last long and look fresh! And if you’re comfortable with facial shaving, you can try it. It gives the face a cleaner finish.”
“I love the palettes by Huda Beauty and Pat McGrath. The Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder and loose pigments by Illamasqua are hot favourites, too. You can’t go wrong with the Gucci mascara. A must in my kit is the Studio Fix Powder by M.A.C... Simply unbeatable!”
This story has been adapted for the website from a story that was originally published in HELLO! India’s March 2022 issue. Get your hands on the latest issue right here!