We all Goth girls have one time or the other dreamt of a Goth wedding. We have fantasized those horror themes, the black roses, the black fabric and have made several debates about weather we would go all in with the makeup or just let the outfits speak for themselves.
But here is a problem, in our Indian culture, black is actively discouraged in weddings because it is related to the color of mourning. Also, the exposure to a Goth culture is less and belonging to a society that believes in conformity, I have rarely seen a Goth Indian wedding. The only recent news was that Bollywood actors, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh had a Gothic wedding reception. You can check out the article here.
I was heavily unimpressed by their so called ‘Goth’ theme because it was a huge mismatch with the entire concept of Goth. That being said, Goth has mixed into several other traditions to form a unique blend in every culture.
So, getting back to the weddings. I was curious to see what would happen if I mix the Indian bridal attire with Goth and make a whole new outfit for myself. Maybe not a complete bridal, but good enough to draw some inspiration from if you are planning to completely rebel at your next family wedding and go Goth. Without much further ado, here is what I came up with.
As you can clearly see, my lehenga is very simple and only has golden borders at the borders (From Maxfashions for INR 1500). I coupled it with a black blouse that has lace half sleeves and a golden dupatta that was a gift from my mother. There is another black dupatta that I wore which is just a simple dupatta from Biba (INR 800).
As you can see, there are patterns etched on the golden dupatta as well. I went for a golden-black duo because weddings in India use gold jewelry as their prime ornament metal. It signifies prosperity and generosity. Thus, I decided not to change that one detail for my look. However, if you want, you can always choose platinum, silver or even diamonds according to your needs.
I went for a warmer tone makeup using my Colorbar foundation in the shade Nude beige 002. You can buy it here. You can always choose your contour according to whatever suits best to you. I just went ahead with contouring my nose and cheekbones. Next, for the eyes, I went for a bold golden eyeshadow smokey eye. I used Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions . For my lips, I wanted to go all black with the lipstick but also didn’t want to completely ditch the red lipstick. I found a middle ground and went for ombre lips. For the outer circle, I used my black lipstick and for the red, I used Sephora’s rouge. My eyeliner is from lakme and I lined my upper and lower inner lids with black soot.
Do not forget to pop the tops of your cheeks, the tip of the nose, brow bone and cupid’s bow with your highlighter pallet. I use this one.
With the look complete, I needed the bridal jewelry to match too. Thus, I got a set of earrings and head accessory from Amazon India for INR 400. It was so beautiful and of course, I decided to go with my heaviest choker for this one. Also, the nose ring is a must (and I say a must, because I simply adore them). I wore this one gifted by my friend and photographer of these beautiful pictures, Lisha. Check out her page her.
After I was done with this particular traditional look, I decided to experiment a little bit and I actually untied my hair from the bun and used my head accessory differently, just so you know that getting creative is fun and a great way to explore your choices. Here is what I came up with.
I felt that both of the looks did justice to the look that I was going for. If you have any questions for queries regarding the look, just ask me up in the comment section below. Hope you all slay, my queens!
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