For an Indian bride, makeup is not just to make her look stunning–it is also part of a long-standing tradition that holds deep significance regarding the marriage itself. There are three things an Indian bride should do regarding makeup application for the big day: practice healthy skin care; sit for the application of the mehndi, or henna, design; and apply appropriate makeup before the ceremony.

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Start a skin care regimen six weeks before the ceremony. Ask a professional makeup artist or beautician if you are unsure about what products to use. Get plenty of rest, and drink water often to get rid of toxins that may be in your body for healthier looking skin.

Choose a mehndi design to go on your hands and feet. Popular designs include peacocks, flowers, leaves and conch shells, and traditionally the groom’s name is included somewhere in the design on the hands. After the henna is applied, make sure it is completely dry before removing the paste. Apply oil and heat to the design to ensure the color turns dark.

On the day of the wedding, wash your face and apply a moisturizer. Then apply concealer, oil-free foundation and translucent powder to create a long-lasting, shine-free look. If you plan on applying decorative makeup on your face, apply the concealer and foundation first.

Accentuate your eyes. Luxury magazine says, “For the makeover of the eyes, glitters over the eyebrows are used to give a glowing look of the bride. A thin line of white eyeliner on the eyelid is used to highlight the eyes. Black mascara is used to highlight the bride’s lashes. Eyebrows are brushed out to have a thorough look.”

Shalini Vadhera, a Hollywood makeup artist, suggests using bronze or gold eyeshadows, which compliment the bright colors of an Indian bride’s dress, and dramatizing the eyes with fake eyelashes.

Apply lipstick. “The best colors for lipsticks,” according to Luxury magazine, “are maroons and browns for the darkish skin color of the Indian bride.” The magazine recommends matching lipstick to the red shade of the bride’s dress.