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She’s Got Rani Mukherjee Eyes: Bridal Make Up for Darker Skintones

Do a Google Image search of the terms Indian bridal make up, and you’ll find example after example of bridal make up being modeled by fair skinned women. It’s quite the dilemma, seeing that the majority of India’s women come closer to Freida Pinto’s complexion than Aishwariya Rai’s.

We can’t change the system, today, but what we can do is share one fantastic desi bridal look for medium to dark skinned women. We promise there is more to come!

Wedding scene in "Baabul"

Rani is one of our favorite dark skinned beauties. She’s proven that you don’t need to be tall and light-skinned to be one of the world’s most popular Bollywood stars.

Here are the steps to achieving this classic Bollywood look (thank you The Indian Make-up Diva)

Skin Prep:
Moisturize your face and pay particular attention to the areas around the eye.

Use a matte foundation, such as M.A.C Studio Fix. Touch up blemishes with a concealer lighter than your skin tone, and contour your face with a concealer darker than your skin tone.


Use a eyeshadow primer such as Urban Decay Eye Shadow Potion. This evens out the skin tone on your eye lid and also works against creasing and vanishing make up. On the eye lid, apply a shimmery medium brown eyeshadow from lash line to crease and deposit shadow along the lower lash line from the outer to the inner corner. On the crease, apply a shimmery dark, chocolate brown eyeshadow. Decrease the intensity of the crease eyeshadow as you get to the inner corner. Apply a shimmery cream-coloured eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone. Make sure to blend the lid, crease, and highlight colour so that there are no visible lines. Also, apply a dot of the same highlight on the inner corners of the eye.

Apply a liquid or gel eyeliner along the top lash line. Increase the width of the liner as you reach the outer corner of the eye and be sure to line between the lashes. With a soft black pencil, line the lower rims of the eye and smudge slightly with a q-tip.

Generously apply a volumizing mascara. For added drama, apply individual lashes the the outer corners.

Apply a medium rose-brown blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the temples. For a slight glow, apply a highlighter to the apples of the cheeks and on top of the cheekbones.

Set your make-up with translucent powder. Be sure that you apply the powder as sheer as possible.

Use a medium rose-brown lip liner all over the lips. Fill the lips in with a lipstick color similar to the lip liner.  I like to call this color, “Bollywood Brown”.

You can also see a tutorial of this look created by Youtube user, seemak12008.

– Natasha Khan

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