ShaBeauty is a London based make up artist, specializing in make up for Asian (Indian and Pakistani) skin types. We love her style as she focuses on more natural looks, while still making sure the bride looks dazzling.
We’ve been lucky to do a Q&A session with her to get better insights into her advice for brides to be from skin-care regimes to matching colours to outfits and differentiating make-up for multiple days of events.
Q: What skincare regimen would you recommend to brides to start 6 months to a year before their big day?
A: When it comes to your wedding, you don’t want to be too experimental with regards to skincare items. Stick to what works. If your skincare routine works for you, I wouldn’t try out any new products unless I was 100% sure they wouldn’t affect my skin in a negative way for example breakouts or a rash etc. The better the skin is, the better the makeup looks. Therefore, I would use some a mask once or twice a week, to give skin a natural glow. The “Glamglow Hydrating Mask” is great as its very gentle and plumps the skin. If you do try new products and they don’t seem to be working for you, stop using them as soon as possible and try more natural products. Oils are great, I particularly enjoy the “Drunk Elephant Marula Oil“, It really calms and restores the skin.
Q: Would you recommend a facial before a wedding?
A: Unless you get facials regularly, I would strongly advise any bride not to try them as they may break you out as they release toxins from underneath your skin which may rise to the surface and may take a while to clear up. In the event you do one, make sure you leave plenty of time before the big day for your skin to calm.
Q: For Asian skin, what are the best foundation and concealer products you recommend?
A: It really depends on what skin type you have, however my go to stapes are the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer. This foundation and concealer don’t mask the skin at all and are extremely buildable, therefore you can apply however much you need without them looking too cakey. If you’re particularly oily, you can still use these products, just make sure you set them with a translucent powder and use a makeup setting spray. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finishing Powder. This will really increase the longevity of your base products. As a bonus, the Armani luminous silk foundation photographs beautifully and is a favourite by many MUAs across the world.
Q: Are there special highlight and contour products you recommend for Asians?
A: With Asians, it can be difficult to find a contour shade as our skin is very warm, and most contour shades have a grey undertone. Therefore when we wear them, they can easily look grey and dull. I prefer using ones with more of a neutral or slightly warm undertone. For a bridal look, for the purposes of longevity, I like to do a cream contour and follow it with a powder on top. I really like the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel to warm up the skin so it does not look one dimensional and it gives you a healthy glow, and then to contour I really like to use the Tom Ford Contour Duo’s which is a cult product used by many celebrity makeup artists. I then like to set these products with a powder contour, my personal favourite Is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette. For highlight, you don’t want to use a glittery highlight as this can look quite unnatural in real life, therefore a product that is very finely milled is ideal. I love the highlight from the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette, it’s a beautiful gold shade which is perfect for Asian Skintones and not too intense.
Q: What are your favourite styles or eye makeup for brides?
A: I think for brides, especially Asian brides, its important to accentuate the eyes. However I’m not a personal favourite of a lot of thick black eyeliner as I feel it is a rather dated look. Instead, I like to use dark eyeshadows to create a beautiful smokey look and a precise black wing to create definition and make your eyelashes look thicker. I think for Asian skin tones, golds, browns, and bronze tones look the most flattering (basically nude tones). However, as a lot of our outfits have bright and bold colours, it can be fun to add a pop of colour to match your wedding outfit. Personally though, I like to keep it simple and work with earthy shades , they also suit all eye colours so its safe for all brides.
Q: What lip colours would you recommend to make a bride look radiant?
A: I think if the eye makeup is quite heavy, it is more flattering to wear a nude shade, to balance out the look, as accentuating two features on one’s face can look too much. However, the nude should not be too nude as this can wash out Asian brides. I really like Charlotte Tilbury’s “Bitch Perfect” lipstick and the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in “Adrienne”. If the eye makeup is not so heavy, I think a nice red or berry lip looks extremely elegant. My personal favourites are Charlotte Tilbury’s “Bond Girl”, the Sephora Lip Stain in “01 Always Red” and I’m a huge fan of the Glossier Generation G lipsticks in the shades “Crush” and “Zip” as they are bright but not overpowering and the formula is like that of a stain, so you don’t have to keep topping up.
Q: How do you match makeup colours to the brides outfit? If the bride is wearing a red lahenga for instance, would you use more red to match?
A: I think its completely down to individual preference, I don’t think it looks bad to match a red lehenga to a red lipstick. However personally I think it looks more elegant to wear a different more toned down shade, for example Tom Ford Indian Rose which is a rosy pink.
Q: Do you recommend fake eyelashes or extensions? Any brands you recommend?
A: I think fake eyelashes look great in pictures, but in real life they can sometimes look quite overpowering. The ones I do like are Giselle from Huda Beauty as they are not as thick or long as the other ones from her line. Lash extensions on the other hand do look more natural, which I prefer.
Q: For Asian weddings with multiple events, how would you recommend ensuring the brides’ makeup doesn’t look the same the entire week?
A: With Asian weddings, the events can go on for a week, with different coloured outfits and different hair and jewellery for each event, and makeup is be no different. I think it depends upon each brides preferences, but I would do one day where I focus more on the eyes, one day on the lips, one day do a more simple elegant look, another day do a more bold look. I think its important to change things up.
Q: Are there any “must have “products you think every Asian should have?
A: Absolutely. As I mentioned previously, the Tom Ford Contour Duos are a must for me, the NARS concealers as they come in a variety of shades with different undertones, Charlotte Tilbury has an incredible range or lipsticks with different shades and finish to suit every skin tone. I love the Blush Madly by NARS as it is a tawny seashell pink which isn’t overpowering but adds a glow to the skin and really suits girls with both a cool and a warm undertone.
Hope you’ve learned some tips that you can apply for wedding season. I may not be a bride, but will certainly be trying some of these! Drop by our store to find some outfits that will go with this great advice.