WeddingSutra and Lakmé announced a competition for WeddingSutra fans last month, 3 Brides-to-be could win an invite for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass at the Lakmé Fashion Week! The 3 winners, Ushma, Tanzila and Khushboo blog about the Masterclass- where Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra decoded this season’s trends in bridal makeup and couture
Brides-to-be Ushma Bhojani, Khushboo Gala and Tanzila Potia
I was thrilled to win the invite from WeddingSutra for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass by the Lakmé Dream Team, Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra at Lakmé Fashion Week.
The session started with the fashion show which was mesmerising. The ramp models walked on the Jabong stage in designer Manish Malhotra’s bridal couture with mirror work, and the gloss look by makeup whiz Cory Walia. The most alluring look was showstopper Sarah Jane Dias in a pastel pink wedding lehenga. It was nice to see in person the fresh bridal colours presented by Manish Malhotra– pink for the pheras instead of the traditional vintage red, and blue for the reception.
It was a pleasure to watch makeup maestro Cory Walia decoding the internationally acclaimed Gloss trend as he began by prepping the models with the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Serum and added on corals and plums from the Gloss Addict lip colour range. He then created rich, glossy winged eyes using the Absolute Gel Addict eyeliner.
Cory spoke about how shine and gloss is the bridal makeup trend this season, he also advised not to overdo it as it might take away from who we are. “A bride’s makeup and trousseau should reflect her personality, the one aspect that should definitely stand out on her wedding day.”
The Lakmé Absolute Master Class with the Dream Team of Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra with Lakmé’s digital face, Sarah Jane Dias was a very well-executed event where models were dressed and styled for different wedding functions from the mehendi and sangeet to the phera ceremony and reception.
The most important lesson from the Masterclass, I think, was that brides should not over-do their jewellery, especially when their clothes and make-up are making a statement. Manish talked about how brides who want to look stylish yet very ‘Indian’ can combine the aesthetics of traditional Indian crafts like zardozi, Kashmiri embroidery and mirror work with contemporary cuts and styles that reflect their personality. The colours for this bridal season, he said, were pink and royal blue palettes and deep reds and oranges.
Cory used some amazing products from the Lakmé Absolute range on the models;what really got my attention was the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict lipstick which had a creamy texture and a luxurious look. Gloss is definitely the biggest global trend this season and this range from Lakmé Absolute will give the Indian bride a very young and dewy fresh feel on her special day. Cory advised brides to steer clear of straight, ironed hair. “Textured hair worn down or loose is the much preferred style”.
I was ecstatic at the prospect of meeting the WeddingSutra team at Lakmé Fashion Week and interacting with renowned talents like designer Manish Malhotra and makeup maestro Cory Walia. This was also my first time at Mumbai’s Lakmé Fashion Week.
The collection showcased by Manish Malhotra highlighted how relevant it is to mix age-old traditional elements with modern colour palettes and he used a lot of mirror work in his designs.
As Cory Walia demonstrated the glossy makeup trend, he focused on emphasis on the eyes. He used products from the Lakmé Absolute range to show us techniques to create a dramatic eye and complement it with just lip gloss for a perfect look. I really liked this simple yet elegant look.
The Masterclass experience gave me a lot of insight on wedding ensembles and bridal makeup. As someone once quipped, ‘Beautiful Outfit + Great Makeup = A Gorgeous Bride’
Photos courtesy- Amit Barot Photography