Bridal Makeup Tips For South Asians and Arabs

Unlike East Asians, South Asian and Arabic brides do their makeup very differently. The look is dramatic and bold with lots of brights colors. I had a brief chat with the super awesome London-based makeup artist Angela Holthuis and scored a few pointers for you ladies.



Eyes
It is definitely all about the eyes when it comes to South Asian and Arabic bridal makeup. Eyeshadows in super bright, even contrasting colors, are used to match with the bride’s outfit. The key to wearing a lot of colors is to make sure they are smoked out and blended seamlessly.

According to Angela, the use of eyeliner is very important. “It sort of defines the culture, their beauty, in my opinion.” She prefers gel liners as they are easier to apply and are waterproof. “They are great for lining the inner rim of the eye and they stay put for hours, unlike pencils.”

With this much eye makeup, remember to use products that are fully waterproof and to make sure you keep your eyebrows in check.

Lips
Like the eyes, lips can come in bright reds, oranges and pinks. Steer clear from anything too pale to avoid looking washed out and make sure the color you choose goes well with the rest of your look.

Mehndi
Mehndi, needless to say, is a very important part of a bride’s makeup. It is traditionally done fully on the arms and legs but nowadays, brides usually go for a more subtle look and they try to keep the patterns modern.

Looking for more bridal beauty tips? Check out these Bridal Makeup Tips and Bridal Makeup Tips For East Asians.

Images: Henna Spirit.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

15 COMMENTS

  1. the first bride looks beautiful!
    can you please do a tutorial on how to do the eye make-up?
    it would be amazing if you could also then put up a pic of you with it!

  2. I lurrrrve these makeup looks! The bright colors complement their skintones so well. Such strong eyes and lips would probably look garish on me. It’s nice to see some trend that stays away from the nude or pale lips…

  3. I like the first and last pictures.

    Are they all the same bride? The 2nd and 3rd pictures look like it’s the same person but the others…. I don’t know…

  4. Gorgeous! Even though I’ll probably go for a traditional wedding, I really want to try one of these looks when I get married. And wear something other than white!

  5. I’m South Asian & living in an Arab country. It’s true, eyeliner is a staple here…even to the gym lol..

    Thanks for featuring this other style on your blog :)

  6. Oh i love Arabic make up not because i’m Arabic girl lol
    it’s all about the eye and hot lips with a bronzer

  7. This isn’t Arabic. They’re South Asian. Arabic brides dress and do their makeup like Western brides. Although the heavy eyemakeup and face powder seems to be done in both regions when women dress up.

  8. Oh thanks for covering this!

    Yes, they are all Pakistani or Bangladeshi or Indian brides in those pics. But Karina’s wrong about one thing: “Arabic brides dress and do their makeup like Western brides.”
    That’s not true. They have a very distinct style, and it’s more like South Asian brides than Western ones. There are many TYPES of Arabs; Lebanese tend to go for Western white dress/soft makeup. The rest of them are more traditional.

  9. The first one doesn’t seems bride but her eye make up looks better than the others..third one still looks better..there are so many bridal tutorials on Youtube just type the name and you will get it there..

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