It’s taken up to three hours for this Asian* bride-model to do her
makeup - but it was well worth the wait.
Henna and Pooja – three local young ladies noting bridal beauty
tips for their big day – one day.
Make-up artist Shanaz Umer specialises in Asian make up for special
occasions. For her the most important thing a bride can do before
her big day is get into a regular routine of twice-daily skin care.
This includes removing make up before going to bed, cleansing, toning
and moisturising the face and neck. “It’s important not to forget
the neck as this area can easily become dry. You also need to use
the right moisturise for your skin type. In general the drier you
skin, the more rich the moisturiser you’ll need”.
A beautiful Asian bride not only looks good , she’ll smell great
as well. In the seven days leading up to the big day, female friends
and relatives of the bride will gather for a special ceremony. During
this time friends and relatives will rub sweet-smelling herbs onto
the bride, enjoy each other’s company and sing folksongs.
Sharif organised the makeover event which took place at Reading’s
WEA Centre, Eaton Road. “ The folksongs sometimes have lyrics which
take the mickey out of in-laws. It’s the only time when this is
accepted and a fun way of acknowledging the path of the bride from
daughter to wife.”
hands make light work especially before a big occasion.
Traditionally red is the main colour of the bridal attire, but this
is changing as modern brides begin to experiment with different
colours. With such intricate and beautiful dress material facial
make up needs to just as impressive. Shanaz achieves the desired
effect by getting model Musarrat to change into a red top before
applying lip and eye colours.
is used to draw intricate and flower-like patterns on the hands
and also feet as part of bridal make up.
The workshop was held in Reading as part of Asian Arts Week. Supported
by Reading Borough Council, the week provides a chance for local
people to try out some of the music, dance, visual arts and crafts
from South Asia – much of which happens in the borough on a regular
basis. Click here
for more details about events happening during Asian Arts Week.
in this context refers predominantly to South Asia - to people with
ethnic origins from the Indian subcontinent. As well as India, this
area is made up of countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.