Looking good and flawless isn’t a job limited to women and celebrities anymore. Even the regular guy wants to and has the right to look perfect on special occasions and on every regular day. This is why men are getting more and more conscious about their appearance on their wedding day.
Earlier, things were different. The brides took a longer time. The bride’s family had spent a few hours in a hurry, lest the groom arrives before the bride is ready. But now, with groom makeup regime more elaborate than ever before, both, the bride and the groom take their sweet time getting ready and the only thing they are chasing is the shubh muhurat.
One good thing for the bride is, she is no longer the only one responsible for upping the glam quotient of the wedding mandap, she has her partner to do that with her. Good thing for the groom is he gets to wear what he wants, look his best, take all the time and attention he needs to get ready this one day, and nobody finds it unreasonable or funny.
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But there are two sides to every coin. This freedom comes with a contest. The bride and groom unassumingly enter into a phase where they think “I must look good enough beside my partner”. This has to be perfect. The pressure is higher than ever. But the bride has some advantages over the groom:
- Bridal makeup has been a thing for a long time now. So your stylists know what to do with you.
- Bridal makeup comes with many options. Groom makeup is a little limited.
- Many people are still used to looking just at the bride, so the groom has to make sure he looks good enough to not get sidetracked on his own wedding.
Since the odds seem to be in the favour of the bride, we will try making things a little easier for the groom.
The Holy Grail
There is a secret behind that ruby glow and that dazzling smile on the bride’s face on her wedding day. The groom, no matter how charming or good looking, does not shine as much as the bride. He has tried everything, facial, spa, hair treatment. He is looking way better than he usually does, but still not enough to match the bride.
The secret is, she was already way ahead of you when you started. You need to start at least two months before the wedding. Bride and groom makeup is more about the pre wedding preparation than about the makeup itself.
Here are some tips for groom pre wedding preparations to help you get the flawless look that will have your bride gawk at you.
- Avoid Chemicals
Ditch the fairness creams. It is all a farce and all unnecessary. You don’t need lighter skin (not that you’d get it with those chemicals caked on your face). You need a healthy skin with a healthy glow. The first thing you need to do in order to achieve that, is abandoning the chemicals.
- Go Gentle
Stop scrubbing your face too hard with the men’s face wash just because your skin too is apparently the sakht launda you are. You need to go gentle on your face. Learn to scrub gently and pat dry.
- Go natural with Exfoliating
Use natural homemade scrubs made of besan, baking soda, and milk.
You can use it every day. Ditch the chemical scrub and face wash. If you have dry skin, you can add a few drops of honey to that mixture.
- Natural remedy for Tan
Make a paste of curd and tomato juice to get rid of the tan on the visible body parts including your face. Do this every alternate day. Start at least 8 weeks before the wedding to give your skin to show the results on the important day.
- Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth every day. Yes, of course, you don’t need to be told. Or maybe you do.
Not brushing the teeth and cleaning the tongue properly because “I got late” or “I feel sleepy”, is a commoner issue than you think. So, make sure you are not one of them.
- For the Dazzling Smile
Put a little baking soda and 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice on your brush and brush for a minute with it after the regular toothpaste brushing. This will slowly remove the yellow stain from your teeth. Don’t go too rough though, you don’t want to scrape your enamel off. One minute, every day is the way to go.
Keep your skin moisturised. Women use natural products like banana, milk, and curd to keep their skin moisturised. But if you are a hairy guy, avoid the banana. It sticks to the hair strands. Use a light moisturiser every day after a shower. And yes, shower every day.
- Timely Facials
Go for a fruit facial or mask every two weeks before the wedding. Make sure that the last facial you get done is at least 2 days before the wedding, and at most a week before.
- Hair Care
Protect your hair from pollution by wearing a bandana under the helmet.
- Sun protection
Wear shades and use a sunscreen on the exposed body parts to avoid getting tanned further.
- Timely haircut
If you want to get a haircut make sure it is at least a month before the wedding. Don’t try to experiment with your hair before the wedding because you don’t want a disaster etched all over your wedding album.
- Fixed grooming
Keep your beard and moustache well groomed and don’t experiment with them. Keep them the best known way you have.
Don’t forget to use conditioner on your hair every time you shampoo.
- Avoid excess water
Take quick showers so that you don’t get dry skin or excess hair fall.
- Timely hair spa
Go for a hair spa once every two weeks for two months before the wedding.
These were the tips for the groom pre wedding preparations. Now we need to make it all work out with the final touch of the groom makeup.
Makeup tips for the bridegroom
So far you have been reading makeup tips that do not actually involve the makeup. But those were the more crucial tips to follow. In continuation to the 15 tips, here are some bridegroom makeup tips to help you look like the perfect match for the flawless beautiful bride.
- Ice treatment
After cleaning your face, use some ice to close the pores so that the face isn’t sweaty or oily.
Don’t skip the primer. There will be some layers on your face on your wedding day and they need to hang in there.
- Skin tone match
Choose the foundation according to your skin tone and type. Don’t get a lighter shade. If you have oily skin, go for a water based foundation. If you have dry skin, go for a cream based one.
- No room for faux pas
Make sure no product is sticking to your facial hair. Make sure you have no foundation or concealer sticking to your eyebrows, lashes, beard, or moustache.
If you need concealer, do it before the foundation.
- Finishing touch
Go for a light golden glow finishing touch to make your skin photogenic for the camera.
- Hair gel
Set your hair with the best hair gel you know. Don’t overdo it. Leave some parts of the hair naturally flowing a little.
- Keep the suit clean
Apply all the makeup after you put your suit on else some of it may rub off on the brand new wedding suit. Wrap a towel around your neck to make sure no makeup gets smeared on the collars. Make sure your suit is well pressed, all clean and well fitted.
- Supple lips
Keep your lips moisturised throughout the day. Apply a lightly coloured chap stick right before the wedding and press your lips on a tissue paper.
In addition to these bridegroom makeup tips, you can do anything else you want. But make sure you do it right. Also, don’t forget to get enough sleep and keep yourself hydrated for at least a week before the wedding. No bridal or groom makeup regime can conceal naturally tired eyes.
At the end of it all, what matters is the happy glow on your face. You focus on your beautiful bride and on the beautiful journey ahead. The happiness in your heart will reflect on your face, giving you that smile to compete with the sunshine face of your bride.
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