A celebrity makeup artist reveals the best tips for all the winter brides

When it comes to makeup, different seasons demand different approaches. During summer, our skin is prone to oiliness and can break out easily so keeping things light and adding a pop of colour through bright lipstick is just enough. On the other hand, winter is the perfect season to multiply the glamour quotient, because of lesser humidity, which means lesser sweating and oil secretion. But the cold weather and harsh winds can dry out the skin too, causing rough texture and dullness on the skin. So whether you are a bridesmaid or a bride yourself, you need some extra care to ensure your skin doesn’t end up looking flaky and dull. With the right makeup tips you can create a flawless look to get that dewy glow. So, we got a makeup artist to spill her secrets on achieving the perfect winter makeup look.

Dimplle S Bathija is an award-winning bridal makeup artist who has also worked with a bunch of celebrities. Scroll down (and make notes) as she shares her favourite winter makeup tricks and product recommendations with us.

What’s your ideal makeup look for winter? 

My ideal makeup look for winter would be glazed and glossy lips, super bold blush,  smokey eyeshadow for the night and minimalistic eyes for the day.

What skincare prep do you recommend to avoid dryness? 

During winter skin tends to get very dry so it's crucial to keep your skin hydrated. Use a hydrating cleanser, toner and serum, followed by a moisturiser and face oil if the skin is too dry and top it with sunscreen for a daytime look.

How different are your skin prep suggestions for oily, acne-prone skin? 

It is difficult to balance out oily skin. The challenge is even greater for those suffering from regular acne breakouts; for them, skin prep should be minimal. Cleanse your skin twice daily—in the morning and night, using a mild, water-soluble facial cleanser to remove excess oils and avoid buildup in the pores. Then, use a toner and a moisturiser designed for oily skin. 

Are primers advised during winter? 

Yes, a primer is advised in winter too, before applying the makeup, as it helps your makeup last longer. 

Share some tips to achieve that flawless, smooth, and dewy base, especially in winter.

Apply a glow serum or face oil, massage it into your skin (here, you could use a gua sha or jade roller) and then follow it up with a hydrating moisturiser and luminous primer.  

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Talking about base products, what are the kinds of products that you recommend during winter? 

You can get winter-ready with a solid skin prep routine. Moisturise your skin well and apply a dewy primer. Mix a light foundation with a strobe cream, apply concealer and skip out on the loose powder. Pick cream-based products and refresh your skin with a setting spray. 

My favourites are: Prep & Prime Fix+ from M.A.C Cosmetics, Strobe Cream from M.A.C Cosmetics, Luminous Silk Oil Foundation from Giorgio Armani, Shape Tape Concealer from Tarte Cosmetics and the All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay.

Winters and chapped lips go hand-in-hand. What’s the best way to prep the lips? 

Exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub and apply a lip balm during the day and before going to bed. If your lips are very dry and cracked, try a thick ointment, such as white petroleum jelly like Vaseline Lip Therapy. 

What do you think will be the biggest trends in bridal makeup this wedding season? 

Gone are the days when brides wanted to be plastered with heavy makeup. Minimal and sophisticated makeup looks are in vogue. A fresh and dewy look with bold eyes and nude lips, or perhaps, pastel smokey eyes with kohl and lashes. That’s it. It also depends a lot on the outfit, jewellery and the theme of the event according to which the makeup look is conceptualised.  

With winters come a lot of outdoor weddings. What are some of your favourite tips to ace the winter wedding makeup look?

HD (high definition) makeup gives a soft focus to the face and makes it look natural and less layered. So brides can opt for that as airbrushed makeup is not a great option for winter.


How does one use powders strategically during winter? 

During winter, avoid using face powders as they may dry out your skin and take away the natural glow from your face. Just use a little bit of loose powder to set the concealer (in your T-zone, especially)

Indian weddings can be a long affair. What are a few essentials that every bride should have to ensure her makeup stays fresh throughout? 

Primer and setting spray are the key essentials for the makeup to stay longer in place and last longer.

According to you, how should one take off the makeup without drying out the skin?  

Use an oil-based cleanser or cream-based balm that would not dry the skin. I swear by Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water from Garnier and Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm from Clinique.

Lastly, one bridal makeup tip you wish to share with all brides getting married this winter?

Winters can be drying, and regardless of your skin type, you need hydration to get that much-wanted dewy skin. So when it comes to bridal makeup, you have to start prepping (and working on) your skin months before your wedding. Follow a proper cleansing, toning and moisturising routine. And to maximise the amount of hydration, use serums rich in hyaluronic acid, and illuminating moisturisers that’ll keep your skin nourished and luminous.

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