Expert’s Step-By-Step Guide: Recreate A Celeb’s Mehendi Makeup Look

Create a fresh makeup look for your mehendi ceremony inspired by your favourite celebrity.

Published On Nov 18, 2022 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


If there’s one thing everyone knows about weddings, it’s that all eyes are always on the bride and the guests as well! So, looking luminous is essential. But, makeup for pre-wedding functions can be tricky. You want to glow, not shine, and your makeup should last, not melt halfway through the event.

One of the most memorable celeb weddings of this year would be of actor and model, Carla Ruth Dennis with singer Arjun Kanungo. She set the bridal beauty bar high for all millennial brides-to-be. In particular, her mehndi makeup look was impressive, with subtle pink shadowed eyes and rosy lips.

Gunjan Aghera Patel, a celebrity makeup artist and educator, gives us a step-by-step guide to nailing this simple yet impactful nude pink makeup look. Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a wedding guest, this one is a versatile makeup look that you can wear for almost any festivities and beyond.

When it comes to bulletproof makeup staying power, it's a layered process. It's better to take the long route than to attempt quick fixes that are likely to disappoint. The solution is simple — start with your skin. Patel begins her makeup with an illuminating cream followed by an essential oil and liquid highlighter for a flawless base. This helps in boosting, highlighting, and luminising the makeup steps that will follow.

Follow along with Patel’s beauty tutorial to recreate this glowing makeup look:


Patel advises applying the foundation in a minimal amount in order to keep the complexion looking even and fresh. Next, she opts for a colour-correcting concealer to neutralise redness or dark spots. However, this step's optional.

Our recommendations: Pixi Beauty H2O Skin Tint Cream; Kiko Milano 2-In-1 Full Coverage Foundation & Concealer; Kay Beauty Colour Corrector


Next, she advises that it is important to use a setting powder to settle the base makeup. She recommends finishing with dusting with a setting powder to prevent caking and creasing. This ensures that your makeup has a more extended staying power.

After that, apply a subtle contour to define your features. To complete the rest of your makeup, add some colour to your face by applying a touch of blush and highlighter for an effortlessly dewy look.

Our recommendations: Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder; SUGAR Cosmetics Contour De Force Eyes and Face Palette (Warm Win); Too Faced Natural Face Palette


Patel suggests going for a neutral-hued eye shadow. The makeup artist uses brown eye shadow all over the lid to keep it neutral and subtle. Nothing beats an effortless festive makeup look than fluttery lashes. Give more depth to your eyes with mascara and some dark liner strokes to finish off your eye makeup.

Our recommendations: Typsy Beauty Magic Dust Foil Eyeshadow; Simply Nam Clean Lashes Mascara;  amág Beauty Liquid Eyeliner


To complete this easy and quick festive makeup look, Patel goes for a darker lip liner and lip shade for a pop-out effect that balances out the soft makeup. Lip colours in unapologetic shades add warmth to your face and allow you to change up your look from the conventional.

Our recommendations: Smashbox Be Legendary Line & Prime Pencil; Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution; Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color

Photo: Featured brands, Instagram/Carla Ruth Dennis