Q&A With Bridal Makeup Artist, Vejetha Anand

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Meet Vejetha Anand, a professional bridal makeup artist with a decade’s worth of experience in bridal, photoshoot and runway scene. She is a Bangalore based salon owner and a beautician who has been weaving magic through her makeup brushes. One look at her bridal makeovers and you know what we are saying. As she continues to transform her brides into their best ever avatar, we asked her to impart her knowledge on bridal beauty! Read on to know more.

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Bridal makeovers by Vejetha Anand.

1. How important is it for brides to have a skin care regimen?

Skin care routine is an important aspect, not just for brides, but also for women in general. Our evening skin care routine is critical because that’s when our cells repair and rebuild. We need to make sure we give our skin what it needs to look its best! Here are few essentials that’s a must in the pre wedding beauty care routine for all brides-to-be:
Cleansing
Toning
Serum
Moisturising
Eye and makeup remover
Eye cream
Lip balm
Sunscreen
Body lotion

2. When should a bride start taking extra care of her skin?
The days prior to wedding are the most exhausting and stressful period. The no-flaw-look cannot be obtained magically. The brides need to stay calm, take enough rest and include these beauty rituals as early as possible in their daily routine.

EXERCISE: Physical activity helps in improving blood circulation, which benefits the skin and hair. The brides need to include some physical activity like yoga or running in their schedule.

HYDRATE: Drinking a few liters of water or fresh fruit juices (without sugar) everyday will cleanse and detox the system. This eventually helps the brides to attain that natural glow.

EAT HEALTHY: The brides need to include fruits and salads in their diet. If required, they should take multivitamins and iron supplements.

SUN SCREEN: It is crutial to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. The skin damaged by sun looks aged and will have spots.

STAY HAPPY: Your happiness shows on your skin! So, don’t forget to stay happy and smile a lot.

Your wedding is a ‘once in a lifetime’ special occasion. It’s time to look your gorgeous best.

3. Are there any specific facials that you suggest for brides who have dry, oily or combination skin?
No amount of make up can match a healthy glowing skin. Take special care of your skin to get that flawless look. To those who are troubled with acne, oily or dry skin, visiting a dermatologist six months before the wedding would help. Remember, medicines or treatments take time to show results.

Regular visits to a parlour or spa to get rid of dead cells, blackheads and tan are a must to get a perfect groomed look.

There are specific and non-metallic facials for each skin type that we recommend at Swank after personal consultation. Do call us to get a personalized skin care regimen.

4. How can a bride fight against acne, pimples and blemishes?
The first three important steps: CTM (Cleansing, toning and moisturizing)
– Then follow a diet rich in antioxidants
– Keep calm and stress free
– Consume lots of liquids
– Keep your skin squeaky-clean
– After consulting a good dermatologist, start using a mild dermabrasive night cream to get rid of blemishes.

5. Do you recommend any special regimen for hands, legs and nails?
While the face and hair get a lot of attention, many brides ignore their hands and feet. Last minute manicure and pedicure can only offer temporary benefits. But to attain that well groomed look, one needs to start grooming themselves beforehand with manicures, pedicures and indulging in some spa treatments such as massages, body exfoliation and extra nourishment for dry cuticles and brittle nails.

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DIY facials to swear by in summer

A hot sweltering day = skin woes. It is that time of the year when the sun does maximum damage to your skin. From acnes to early aging, the sun does enough to fast track your skin into doomsville. Don’t fret, as help is on its way with these easy DIY masks. These facials not only nourish and rejuvenate your skin, but will also save you a trip to the dermatologist.

1. Mint pack

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You need:
– Fresh mint
– A pinch of turmeric powder
– Lukewarm water

Method:
– Take some fresh mint and make a fine paste of it. Now add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well.
– Wash your face with lukewarm water and apply this fine paste all over the face.
– Leave for 15 minutes and wash with cold water.

2. Avocado and honey mask for dry skin

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You need:
– ½ ripe avocado
– 2 tbsp honey
– ½ tbsp coconut oil

Method:
– Mash or puree the avocado until it’s smooth and creamy, and then blend in the rest of the ingredients.
– Apply to your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.

3. Soothing oatmeal mask for problem skin
Oatmeal is great for soothing rough, angry skin and for helping to heal eczema and acne breakouts. Paired with honey and yogurt, it’s a calming and revitalizing mask for all skin types.

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You need:
– 1/3 cup instant oatmeal
– 1/2 cup hot water
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt

Method:
– Add the water to your oatmeal and stir for a few minutes until it’s plumped up nicely. Add the honey and yogurt, and put through a mixer grinder to smooth and combine it.
– Slather the mask all over your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with warm water.

4. Strawberry and lemon mask for oily/acne prone skin
Strawberries contain salicylic acid (which is an anti-acne agent), while lemon juice helps to tighten pores and remove old, dead skin cells. Yogurt and honey have antibiotic properties.

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You need:
– 1/4 cup mashed strawberries
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon yogurt
– 1 tablespoon honey

Method:
– Mash all of the ingredients together, but do not puree in a blender. You want this to be spreadable, not a liquid.
– Apply evenly all over your face and let it sit for 8-10 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.

5. Soothing masks for men
This is a great mask for guys, as it can soothe both razor burn and over-weathered winter skin. The yogurt acts as a moisturizer, while the cucumber lessens redness and provides moisture to dry, sensitive skin.

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You need:
– 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped
– 1 tablespoon yogurt

Method:
– Put the cucumber through a mixer grinder until it’s pulpy, and then mix the yogurt in by hand.
– Apply it evenly over the face, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
– Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.

6. Tomato face pack to soothe sunburn
This homemade pack is best for oily skin. This pack also helps to remove tan and polish the surface of the skin to give it a healthy shine.

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You need:
– 1 Tomato
– ¼ tsp of honey

Method:
– Mash the tomato and mix honey into it.
– Apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse it with cold water.

7. Milk and honey bleach
This works well for oily skin and helps to get rid of sun tan.

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You need:
– 4 tbsp milk
– 1 tbsp honey
– 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
– Mix all the above ingredients together.
– Apply the mixture evenly on the tanned areas for 15 minutes.
– Wash with cold water when dried.