How to Do Groom Makeup Like a Pro

Date: June 12, 2024

Groom makeup

So, the wedding sherwani (traditional Indian outfit) is picked, the dhol (drum) beats are planned, and everything’s set for the big day. But have you considered taking your wedding look a step further? I am talking about “Groom Makeup!” Yes, it is not just often subtle but impactful, and it can be your secret weapon for a fresh, camera-ready glow on your special day. Don’t worry, gentlemen; this isn’t about a dramatic makeover. It’s about enhancing your natural features and ensuring you look your absolute best under the bright Indian wedding lights.

Additionally, for those who want to master this art, Orane International offers affordable workshops that are perfect for grooms who want to do their own makeup and are aspiring professional makeup artists. These workshops provide practical, hands-on training to help you achieve a flawless look.

Here’s your easy guide to mastering the groom’s makeup like a pro, perfect for Indian weddings:

How to Do Makeup for the Groom: Step-by-Step Process

Prep is Key: Skincare Like a Maharaja (King)

Think of makeup as building a beautiful palace. You wouldn’t build it on uneven ground, right? The same goes for your skin. A clean, well-prepared canvas is essential for flawless makeup application. Here’s how you get that royal glow:

  1. Cleanse: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. This removes dirt, oil, and any leftover products, creating a smooth base.
  2. Exfoliate (Optional): If you have slightly rough skin, exfoliate 1-2 times a week. This removes dead skin cells, allowing for smoother makeup application. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, use a gentle scrub or a chemical exfoliant (AHAs or BHAs).
  3. Moisturise: This is crucial! A good moisturizer hydrates your skin, preventing makeup from looking cakey. Because of this, you should pick a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that suits your specific skin type. Apply it at least 15 minutes before makeup for proper absorption.
  4. Sunscreen (Optional, but recommended): Sun protection is vital even on your wedding day. Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen 30 minutes before any makeup goes on.

Foundation: Finding Your Perfect Match

Foundation evens out your skin tone and provides a base for other makeup products, so you must choose the right one. Here’s the breakdown to go about it:

  1. Match Your Shade: This is vital! Test the foundation of your jawline in natural light. It should blend into your skin tone. Foundation colours that are too light or dark may look unnatural.
  2. Coverage: Indian weddings often involve long ceremonies and bright lights. Consider a lightweight or medium-coverage foundation that evens out skin tone without looking heavy.
  3. Formula: For Indian climates, a water-based or oil-free foundation is ideal. It provides coverage without clogging pores or looking greasy.

Camouflage Duty: Concealing Imperfections

At this step, you can address concerns like blemishes, dark circles, or minor redness. But remember, less is more!

  1. Choose Your Method: Opt for a creamy concealer that matches your foundation shade.
  2. Target and Blend: Apply concealer only to the areas that need it. Use a small brush or your fingertip to dab the product on and gently blend it outwards, ensuring no harsh lines.

Setting the Stage: Powder for a Polished Finish

Setting powder aids in controlling shine, maintaining makeup longevity, and securing the foundation. Here’s a professional guide on its application:

  1. Less is More: When learning how to do a groom’s makeup, you should know that light dusting is excellent for it. Use a fluffy brush to apply a translucent powder focusing on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).
  2. Focus on Blotting, Not Caking: If you need to touch up throughout the day, use blotting papers instead of reapplying powder since it absorbs excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

Optional: Sculpting with Bronzer for a Sun-Kissed Look

Bronzer enhances definition and provides a warm glow. However, it’s optional for a natural look:

  1. Choose the Right Shade: Opt for a 1-2 shades darker than your foundation but not orange-toned bronzer.
  2. Light Application: Use a large, fluffy brush to apply bronzer in a sweeping motion along your cheekbones, hairline, and jawline. Remember, a light dusting is key to avoid looking overdone.

Brow Wow: Taming and Defining

Well-groomed brows frame your face and add structure. Here’s how to keep them looking sharp:

  1. Tweezing or Trimming: Ideally, get your eyebrows professionally shaped a few days before the wedding. However, if you’re comfortable DIY-ing, use tweezers or a brow trimmer to clean up stray hairs and define the shape.
  2. Filling It In: Use a brow pencil in a shade that matches your natural brow color. Lightly draw small strokes in the direction of hair growth to fill in sparse areas.

By now, you will have understood how to do makeup for the groom. But it’s just a tutorial. For further learning, you need help from the best professionals, like those available at Orane beauty academies, but how? Let’s learn!

Enhance Your Skills with Orane

For those who want to learn groom’s makeup like professionals, Orane offers affordable and highly informative workshops on various beauty and wellness skills. One of these is an online groom’s makeup workshop. These short courses or workshops are excellent for grooms who want to perfect their own makeup and for aspiring or already working makeup professionals looking to enhance their skills. Orane’s practical, hands-on approach ensures you gain the confidence and expertise needed for any occasion.


In conclusion, groom makeup is all about enhancing your natural features to ensure you look your best on your wedding day. With the right preparation and techniques, you can achieve a flawless, camera-ready look that will shine in every photograph. And if you’re eager to learn more, Orane’s workshops are a fantastic resource to get you started on your makeup journey.

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