Before you start shopping for your wedding trousseau it is advisable to keep your complexion and skin tone in mind.
Your complexion is a vital guide for many choices from finding the right lipstick shades to the perfect Indian wedding outfits.
The outer complexion can vary with factors like sun exposure, etc. However every individual has a stable skin tone underneath, that is characterised by the presence of melanin pigments.
The skin tone can be warmer or cooler. A warmer skin tone shows a distinct yellowish or reddish undertone. On the other hand a cooler skin tone exudes a bluish or pinkish look.
A very clear test to determine the skin tone is the veins. If you have greenish veins then you are warm toned whereas bluish veins indicate a cooler skin tone. Most Indians have a lineage for warmer skin tones. This fact is the reason behind preference for warm and bright coloured Indian wedding outfits.
An interesting fact about Indians is that we exhibit a variety of skin colour. From the palest to the darkest, India is home to every complexion known. While every skin tone has its own appeal, the colour of the outfit can enhance its charm.
Here’s our guide to choosing Indian wedding outfits based on your complexion.
Examples: Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin
This type of skin colour is characterised by a clear milky complexion. The skin colour leans towards a white washed look, especially without makeup. Women with this complexion should stay away from nudes and choose pale pastels with care to avoid the washed-out look. A pale white complexion deserves a pop of colour, so girls with this complexion can easily carry Indian wedding outfits in hot pinks, tomato reds, cobalt blues and such other bright shades with panache.
Suitable colours: Hot pink, reds, blues and medium to deep browns
To avoid: Very pale hues and nudes
Below are the Indian wedding outfits of snow white beauty Kareena Kapoor
Examples: Aishwarya Rai, Dia Mirza, Katrina Kaif, Kangana Ranaut
This complexion can be best described as peaches and cream. Ladies with this skin tone have an advantage of looking great in ensembles of any shade or tint. They can opt for pleasing pastels like mint green, beige, blush, powder blue, sunshine yellow to the deepest hues like navy blue and burgundy. If you are blessed with this type of complexion then your Indian wedding outfits can be any colour you like.
Suitable colours: From darkest to the palest, basically any hue
To avoid: None
Aishwarya Rai’s Indian wedding outfits
Examples: Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty
The medium or wheatish skin tone can be described as the one between fair and darker tones. As this skin colour is on the warmer side, Indian wedding outfits in warmer tones like yellow, orange, red and pink bring out the best for this complexion type. Women with this complexion can also choose pastel hues like rose pink, light blue, pale yellow, lilac and pleasing orange.
Those of you with this skin tone should however avoid colours that come close to it, like medium greys and medium browns. Indian wedding outfits with matching medium tones will blend with the skin tone and give an unflattering uniform look.
Suitable colours: Warm tones like yellow, orange and reds, and also pastel shades of any colour.
To avoid: Medium browns and greys
Shilpa Shetty's wedding dress
Examples: Bipasha Basu, Freida Pinto, Lisa Haydon
The Indian glamour industry has a reputation to be biased towards fairer skin tones. However female celebrity like Nandita Das and others mentioned above have stood out with their incomparable good looks. These ladies can pull off deeper and richer hues better than the rest. Indian wedding outfits in colours like midnight blue, Marsala, burnt orange and brick red, look outstanding on ladies with dark brown skin. The dark hues can be paired with silver or gold bling for an interesting presentation.
Pastels complement olive toned skin too. However, it is better if the ladies with darker complexion stay clear of neon hues as it creates an un-complimentary colour contrast.
Suitable colours: Darker classic tones in blue, red, green and pastel tones.
To avoid: Bright neons
Bipasha Basu's wedding dress
Examples: Fashion designer Archana Rao, Arpita Khan (Actor Salman Khan’s sister)
If you have very dark skin tone, you will have to choose your Indian wedding outfits with great care. A very bright outfit will make you look darker whereas a deeper hue will blend with your skin tone. However neutral shades work best with this skin type. Black, white, ivory and beige complement dark skin tones. Colours that are neither too pale nor too deep go best with very dark skin tone. Indian wedding outfits in medium colours of warmer as well as cooler disposition are best choices for such skin tone.
Suitable colours: Medium colour tones like rust, teal, cobalt blue and classic neutrals like black, white, ivory, nude, beige and pale grey.
To avoid: Bright neons and extremely light pastels of yellow, blue and green.
Arpita Khan’s Indian wedding outfits can be a great inspiration for picking out wedding dresses for a very dark skin tone.
Apart from complexion specific colours there are certain shades that suit almost everyone irrespective of their skin tone. Bright red, teal / emerald, charcoal / dark grey, blush, navy blue, cobalt blue and purple / eggplant have a balance of warmer and cooler hues and so look good on people of any skin colour. Also classics like black and white do justice to every complexion. Whites are for everyone but it manages to create a surreal contrast on darker skin tones.
For every complexion there are perfect Indian wedding outfits waiting to be picked up. We hope that our guide helps you to find the other important perfect match (your wedding dress) for your special day!
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