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In Asian weddings, the bride’s makeup is all about making her feel special and the center of attention and is an incredibly prominent celebration during people’s lives in South Asia. 

India weddings are extravagant celebrations where the whole ceremony can last from a few minutes to several days depending on the individuals’ religion and which region they are from within the country.

The bride and her bridal party will spend copious hours getting traditional henna (semi-permanent plant dye which comes out reddish-brown to black) painted on their hands and arms with elaborate, intricate, beautiful designs which called 'mehndi'.

Because the process can take hours, mostly due to the time for the henna pigment to dry. This is usually a time where the bridal party celebrates together (almost like a hen party in British culture).

The bride’s outfit

Different regions have their own variation of the style their brides will wear on their wedding day that reflects their culture.

At Indian weddings, traditionally the bride wears red and gold. She will also be adorned with gold jewellery which is symbolic of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, and her blessings of wealth and prosperity.

The bride’s hair

A bride would wear the dupatta which is a shawl-like scarf the bride wears over their hair and body. On the course, we will teach you how to style the hair for the perfect dupatta setting.

The bride’s makeup

Elegance and extravagance are the aims of the bride’s final look for the ceremony to celebrate the union between her and the groom. Makeup is a way of enhancing a woman’s appearance and beauty, which is especially of importance for her big day.

The makeup looks for South Asian brides are often glamourous to make them appear as royalty. A lot of focus is on giving the eyes a captivating effect. Kohl liner is used to make them stand out and attract attention - intense makeup looks add more glamour to the bride’s wedding look. Bold red lips are also popular as they leave a statement that compliments the colour of the decorative clothing worn by the bride.

During the day, countless photos are taken of memories that last a lifetime. So, in any makeup artist’s career, it is one of the most important occasions where her work matters the most.

About the courses

MASA Award Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Make-up and Hairstyling

The MASA Award Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Make-up and Hairstyling delivers the full package for any makeup artist seeking to specialise in Asian bridal hair and makeup.

This two-day intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to create incredibly stunning and captivating bridal makeup and hair for the bride that will draw the attention of all her guests on her special day.

You will be taught by industry professionals who will share with your expertise straight from experience so you can take their gems of wisdom with you when you begin to work on your own clients.

Each bride you encounter who approaches you for your services will be different and therefore have different tastes. Studying our course will leave you with the talent to be able to uniquely serve each customer with the look they desire.

This course is ideal for any make-up artist looking to expand their skills and start earning money from this lucrative bridal industry. Get creative with colour combinations, glam make-up applications and liner detail.

You will be taught by freelance make-up artist Harpreet ‘Harps’ Sohanpal. Harps actively works in the world of fashion and beauty as a professional make up artist and hairstylist. She is extremely passionate about the tasks at hand and ensures her clients are entirely satisfied with their overall looks. She takes extreme pride in her work as well as her kit. Her skills and ability continue to grow strong.

Harps has previously worked in a number of makeover studios in London on an ongoing basis. Alongside studio work, she has also worked for Sleek Make-Up and was a part of their major events such as ‘Clothes Show Live’, ‘Salon International’ 'Lovebox Festival' and ‘London Mela’. Further work of hers with Sleek includes writing beauty tips which have featured in Sky online magazine. Her previous work consists of working in retail with luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior and MAC Cosmetics. She has also worked alongside celebrity stylist Gok Wan. 

Modules of the course include:

  • The bridal make-up procedure from client consultation to “The Big Day”
  • Prepping and perfecting the skin – colour correction and longevity
  • Celebrating culture – global bridal references
  • Professional ethics, hygiene, and hazards
  • Product knowledge and performance
  • Colour combinations
  • Corrective make-up techniques
  • Facial architecture – the art of contouring for the Asian / Arabic market
  • Feature focus – identifying your client’s features and how to enhance them
  • Skills and techniques to create flawless makeup designs for registry looks, engagement party, traditional bridal looks and Mehndi party designs
  • Understand how to use a variety of make-up products and pigments
  • Product performance and placement to understand how to use foundation, concealer, powder, blusher, eyebrow products, eye shadows, eyeliners, mascara, lash enhancements and lip products to create natural, glamorous and vintage make-up designs
  • Research and reference your Asian bridal make-up design
  • Face chart design
  • Marketing, managing and launching your own business
  • Awareness of complementary services in hair, brow and lash tinting, semi-permanent lashes

The course in total costs £1,049 and will take place from Monday 9 December to Saturday 14 December 2019 (10am to 5pm).

If you are looking to specialise in a particular field. For example, you may have your hairstyling skills down but not feeling 100% confident in your makeup artistry skills you can book onto our LSBM Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Make-up which is a two-day intensive course. This course costs £399. 

Or if you are feeling unconfident about your hairstyling skills but are a makeup maestro, then you can book onto our LSBM Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Hairstyling course which costs £599.

We are currently offering a special discount for our bridal courses to MASA students and graduates. If you are interested and eligible, please get in touch with us by calling 020 3966 8689 or emailing us at info@beauty-school.co.uk.

About our school

Our class sizes are small to ensure all students receive undivided attention. We are located in the hub of London in close proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral and Barbican station, close to tube station Barbican.

All the makeup and equipment will be provided for you as you study in one of our state of the art makeup studios.

Our previous alumni have gone onto doing makeup that has graced the cover of Bollywood magazine. Ishita Gandhi studied with us at LSBM, she shared “I started searching for good make-up schools on the internet and I found the best school, The London School of Beauty and Make-up. There I realised what make-up was all about. They taught me the perfect techniques of make-up that I never knew. After completing the MASA, 12 weeks course. I returned back to my country.”

To book your place onto one of our Asian bridal makeup and/or hairstyling courses, please email us at info@beauty-school.co.uk or call us 02077769766.