My Best Friend Shivali’s Wedding
Bride-to-be Shivali and her friends spent a day with L’Oréal Paris and DNA Jewels getting their Cocktail Chic on.
The wedding cocktail party is all about dressing up, drinking up and getting down. It’s fabulous and it’s fun and one of the most anticipated events on any wedding roster. Shivali’s wedding is fast approaching and so it’s no wonder she and her bridesmaids were more than happy to preview the celebrations!
Dressed to kill, bubbling with excitement, the squad looked ready to say cheers to the good times ahead!
A soirée calls for sophistication and that starts with a sharp visage. Makeup artist Neha Shah used her most trusted brand, L’Oréal Paris and unleashed an arsenal of high-quality ingredients that ensured the perfect finish. The advanced formula makes the products ideal for long wear even on a day spent in the sun. Covered in sparkling sequins and shimmering appliqué, ensembles by Falguni Shane Peacock added to the mood of the shoot. Neha Shah styled the girls’ hair in sophisticated dos and then the only thing to do before they stepped out in front of the camera was adorn themselves in diamonds set in beguiling designs. The girls picked from gorgeous ornaments studded with American diamonds set in 22kt silver by DNA Jewels. The bride said, “I really loved all the pieces of jewellery I wore but if I were asked to pick favorites it would have to be the maangtika and bracelet. The choker enhanced my outfit without calling too much attention to itself. The jewellery brought an Indian grace to my look.”
Once ready, the girls picked up their delicate bouquets, put together with care by The Wedding Junction and brought on their best poses. Photographer Arjun Menon of Art Leaves A Mark paid close attention to composition and clicked them in flattering frames. Bride Shivali said, “Arjun was so easy to work with and found common ground with each of us to chat about. The effort he puts in producing quality pictures could be seen. I have worked with other photographers before but he is someone I am planning to get in touch with for my wedding. He really made our shoot so much fun.” The elegant and eclectic spaces at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai provided numerous interesting backdrops for the shoot and brought a sense of freshness to the pictures.
Bride Shivali Wal
One golden rule for bridal make up is choose a lip color from the same color family as your outfit, but a few shades darker. So, while creating Shivali’s look, makeup artist Neha Shah used the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – 310 Forbidden Kiss. The rich purple with high pigments left a lasting color and gave the soft lilac of her gown a bold twist. She framed her face by bringing definition to her eyebrows with the help of L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit Medium To Dark. The angled spooley brush allowed a flawless application whilst grooming the brow into shape and the powder let her build on the layers of product for a deep color that gave her a strong look.
Shivali loved the lip color, and shared, “I usually prefer deeper tones when it comes to lipsticks but the shade that Neha applied on my lips was perfect. Not only was the color wonderful, I liked the product for its long stay and comfortable matte effect. It didn’t crack at any point through the day.” There was one flaw to the lipstick though, she grinned, “It smelled so good that I really had to control myself from licking it all up!”
Talking about the silver pieces from DNA Jewels and her Falguni Shane Peacock outfit she said, “The gown was wonderful and the work on it was so neat. I wanted something like this at my own wedding and I was so happy to be able to wear that for the shoot! Even the jewellery that was paired with it looked fantastic.”
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Bridesmaid Sanjana Desai
A fierce look is what Neha envisioned to match Sanjana’s style and outfit. She conjured sultry smokey eyes using L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Le Stylo Smoky Eye Shadow – B5 Royal Graphite. The dual-ended eyeshadow has a retractable color stick on one end and an ultra-smooth kabuki brush on the other ensuring easy application and even blending without tugging. To finish the look she used the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – 318 Bare Attraction. The warm nude shade which effortlessly suits all skin tones was perfect for Sanjana and its smudge proof quality had the color look fresh all day.
Sanjana loves a lip color with versatility, that traverses day and night and look great in all light. She says, “I realized the color I wore would be great no matter what time of day it was. And I was already a fan of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick. The shades are lovely, they feel lightweight on your lips and hardly require any touch-ups.”
She also loved her couture gown, and the 22kt silver jewellery from DNA Jewels, “The gown by Falguni and Shane Peacock matched my style and it had impeccable finishing. It was sparkly already so we needed some restraint on the bling but each piece of jewellery was perfect. I wore a bracelet, a pair of earrings and a cocktail ring and they were all stunning. The cocktail ring was my favorite.”
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Bridesmaid Natasha Jambaulikar
The look that Neha created for Natasha was almost doll-like. She gave her a subtle pout using used L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – 316 Statement Nude. With this shade, she achieved the trendy pinkish nude lips without having her lips feel heavy or dry, thanks to the rich texture of the product. To draw attention to her eyes, she coated her lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara. The easy to use mascara gave her lashes a good lift and added volume and definition.
“The lipstick went well with the outfit and it lasted so long without needing to touch up. Its long-wear quality was pleasantly surprising,” said Natasha. “I quite liked the sliver jewellery from DNA Jewels. Each piece was definitely something that I would pick. As for the ensemble itself, the emerald green Falguni Shane Peacock matched my sense of style and it was so wearable. I loved it.”
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Bridesmaid Niharika Srivastava
For Niharika, makeup artist Neha Shah created a very polished visage with the help of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – 304 Rebel Rose. The liquid matte lip color was bold with a velvety matte finish, ideal for all day comfort and long wear. Not only did the muted lip color exude a sophisticated appeal but it heightened the aesthetics of the gown. She lined her eyelids using the L’Oréal Paris Superliner Black Lacquer. The sponge tipped pen, was perfect for the creation of long-lasting fine lines and the liquid formula ensured easy application.
A L’Oréal Paris patron, Niharika was pleased with Neha’s choice of products. She said, “I have used this liner by L’Oréal Paris before and found it very easy to apply and perfect for long wear. I even loved the lip color that Neha used – neither loud nor dull.” Elaborating further, she said, “It was a nude pink and was the perfect match not just for my dusky complexion but also for the sparkling gown that I had on. Moreover, it lasted the whole day despite all the food and water we consumed which was superb.”
Niharika loved her whole look, “The jewellery by DNA Jewels I wore looked so pretty. It had blue stones embedded in 22kt sliver making it the ideal match for my clothes.” Her gown by Falguni Shane Peacock was as amazing, she said, “I thought that the outfit was gorgeous and I loved the way it fit me. It was because of this that I could carry it off with so much confidence.”
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Bridesmaid Abir Retiwala
Neha chose a soft visage to go with Abir’s ensemble. She used L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – 300 Blushing Ambition on her lips. Its intense color and lush feel survived the entire day. To perfect the look she used the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Gold La Palette. Inspired from the “must-have” palettes of makeup designers, this tray comes with colors ranging from subtle pinks to bold, shimmery golds and purples. This selection of 10 exclusive shades gave Neha a great variety of shades to work with in order to achieve the exact eye makeup she envisioned.
Abir who is fond of pink lip colors, loved this one by L’Oréal Paris not just for the shade but also the payoff, “The color is lovely and so was the quality of the product. I absolutely loved it and am planning to get one for myself!” As for the trinkets by DNA Jewels, she said, “I thought that the sliver and American diamond earrings were really cool, unlike any other design I had seen, definitely something I would like to own.”
And while with her Falguni Shane Peacock gown, it wasn’t love at first sight, when she wore it, things changed, “When I saw the ensemble I didn’t think I would like it but it was a different story once I put it on. It flattered my body and the work on it was very well done,” she said.
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Before leaving the girls decided to share their experience of the day with us. “I have been following WeddingSutra for the longest time and I always wondered how I could be a part of one of the shoots. When my wedding dates were finalized, I sent in my details and when my bridesmaids and I got selected it was a dream come true! The team was wonderful and we got so comfortable with them. They made us feel as though everything that was going on was just for us. We felt so special and this experience really got the ball rolling in terms of wedding prep and cheer!” Agreeing, Abir said, “Yes! We thought this was such a fun way to get all the girls involved. Throughout the day we had a blast!”
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Photography: Art Leaves A Mark