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Facial Yoga?

As I quickly approach a big milestone birthday  – I find myself more and more aware of lines that have appeared on my face. As much as makeup can transform you, your painting can only as good as its canvass. Sure, I’ve tried and tested many, many, many face creams, oils and serums (all of which I’m sure has helped me so far!) this time round, I thought I would take the natural approach and try to slow down the hands of time through the latest celebrity craze, facial yoga. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston all swear by this exercise, so what exactly is it?

Face yoga is a series of exercises that promise to do for your face what yoga does for your body: relax and tone muscles. So, I set out to research if making these targeted facial expressions can really prevent — and even reverse — wrinkles and sagging.

Some dermatologists claim that repetitive movement creates creases in the skin, hence laughter and frown lines, however Annelise Hagen, a New York yoga instructor and author of “The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift”, says “relaxing the facial muscles, especially where we hold tension — like the jaw, brow, and forehead — can counteract the wrinkle-causing grimacing we do on a daily basis”.
Essentially face yoga is the simple process of relaxing your face, which ultimately smoothes those tension-filled expressions we make every day without even realizing it. Just by relaxing those contorted facial muscles you can give yourself a natural face lift.
Let’s take a look at what these exercises are…

Surprise me To smooth your forehead
Widen your eyes, trying to expose as much of the white in your eye as you can. Hold that until your eyes start to water.
How it works: By holding this expression, Hagen says you’re exercising the muscles around your eyes and your forehead, erasing the negative effects of scowling by doing the opposite action.

Get cheeky To firm your cheeks
Take a big breath through your mouth, then puff the breath from cheek to cheek like a bullfrog; then release.
How it works: This pose strengthens your cheek muscles and prevents them from becoming thinner and looking hollow. “If you look at people who play the saxophone, they always have firm cheeks. When you use a muscle in a specific way, it changes the facial appearance. So do this if you want toned, lifted, almost plump cheeks,” says Hagen.

Crow, crow, fly away To get rid of crow’s feet
Imagine winking with your lower lid. Kind of hard, right? Hagen says it’ll take some practice, but your brain will learn how to do this quickly. First, lift and release your lower lid gently without moving any other facial muscles. Then add a little bit of fingertip pressure in the outer crease of the crow’s feet, which creates some pressure for the muscle to work against. Just make sure you don’t drag or pull the skin, says Hagen, since that area is very sensitive. You also want to make sure the skin is clean and slightly moisturized so it’s not tight.
How it works: By exercising the muscles around your eyes, you’re firming the skin to keep it from folding into itself, which creates wrinkles

Puppet face To lift nasal labial folds
Smile with your teeth showing, then gently press your fingertips into the creases between your nose and lips. Lift the muscles up and press your fingertips down into the muscles for slight resistance.
How it works: One of the best signs of youth are plump, round cheeks, which is why people use injectables to fill the area. Instead, Hagen says to try this exercise, which will “strengthen the muscle so that it doesn’t become slack.” “When your fingertips push into facial muscles, the muscles push back, which is what makes them stronger and fuller,” she says


Baby bird To prevent your chin and neck from sagging
Press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, then smile and swallow while pointing your chin at the ceiling.
How it works: While you may never forget to slather SPF on your face, your neck may often get skipped — and that’s why the neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Hagen says this pose is “great at tightening the jaw, since you’re working out your chewing muscle and the platysma, which is the muscle that surrounds your upper chest, collarbone, and neck,” she says


Buddha face To reset your face to a neutral, unlined state
Saying your “oms” can relax more than your mind, it may work to relax those lines on your face as well. Good news: This exercise is the easiest of all of the face yoga poses. Hagen says all you have to do is “imagine the face of Buddha superimposed over your face like a Photoshop filter.” Just close your eyes, visualize the point between your eyebrows, and make a very slight smile.
How it works: Hagen says this pose can “reset your facial habits” — almost like rebooting your computer. “Most people don’t realize they’re grimacing. It’s an unconscious thing. But repeated scowls create wrinkles. This pose helps offset those line-making expressions.”

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So there’s not much to lose: Facial yoga is non-toxic, non-invasive and safe for anyone, plus it’s inexpensive and you can do it on your own time. Like any good workout, you must keep it consistent and regular for at least 3-5 months to really notice a difference. Which is perfect, because it’s just in time for the summer

If you have other facial exercises you do which works for you, or would like to share your experience, then please do get in touch at
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Seeing RED: Here’s your guide to help you find ‘the one’

Whether it’s a glamourous evening event, a classy cocktail party or a fabulous wedding, you can’t go wrong with a statement red lippie that demands attention. The best thing with red lips is that they alone can carry your whole look. Minimalist makeup with strong red lips can bring out class and sophistication in us all. Here is my tips on how to pick your perfect partner in crime.

PREP – Always start off with a generous helping of lip primer. Yes, you heard right! Lip primers are ideal for super smoothing your lips as well as ensuring there is no fade or transfer from your lippie to your clothing. It also prevents flaking and bleeding of your favourite colour. We would recommend MAC Prep & Prime as our fave, but equally good is NYX Lip Primer, MAKEUP FORVER Eye and Lip Primer.

LINE – If you’re going for bold lips, create a silhouette of your lips with a lip pencil that is similar to your lippie shade. This will stop the colour ‘bleeding’ and make application easy. And, with careful outlining, you can even contour your lips slightly to make them appear smaller or fuller by tracing the upper and outer edge, to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Try Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour which comes in an array of hues to match your chosen lipstick shade or Urban Decays Long Lasting Lip Liners

TONE – Now comes the tricky part – finding your perfect red shade! Choosing your perfect red should be a perfect marriage to your skin tone.

Fair – If you are fair toned, think Aishwarya Rai or Taylor Swift, you should opt for a glossy bright red shades such as  Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick or a velvet MAC Ruby Woo

Medium Olive – If you are olive or medium toned, think Priyanka Chopra or Jennifer Lopez, opt for brick red shades that’s intense and is an easy shade for all olive skins to carry off. Try Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater or MAC Marrakesh, an intense orange-brown matte red.

Dusky Bronzed– If you are a dusky bronze tone, think Deepika Padukone, opt for deeper reds that are blue based and give you a seductive and alluring look. Try MAC Ruby Woo or Lime Crime’s Velvetine. 

GLOSS OR MATT – There is no right or wrong when it comes to texture and finish – it really depends on you. With my brides, I tend to use matt colours as they have a much longer lasting power. With my models and party clients, I use glossy or semi matt finish lipsticks as they make the lips appear more plump.

I hope I have helped you to find your perfect red! If you are still unsure or need further advice, remember we offer 121 self-grooming sessions for 1 or 2 hours. We can help you to either choose the right colours for your tone or help you with general makeup techniques. We also run 121 professional intensive bridal courses. Get in touch to see how we can help you at


SS18 Trend Report – What To Expect

Welcome to the Asian Bride Designs Spring / Summer 2018 trend report.

Yes, we are in full swing of wedding season now. The sun is out (finally!) and not a snow flake is in sight. What better way to start this seasons trend report than sharing inspiration from the genius wedding designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

2017 wedding trend was a definitive homage to the Royal Rajasthani style, with panelled brocade lehengas and banarsi silks. The trend continued with the eventual release of Bollywood epic movie Padmavat, where we saw the Royal Rajasthani style in all its glory and full beauty. At the end of 2017, Ansuhka Sharma wowed us all with her breathtakingly beautiful Reception outfit, the fully embellished sequin lehenga 
And how can we forget the iconic Vogue India shoot with Kim Kardashian wearing the stunning sequined red saree by Sabyasachi.


As styles transfer to the UK market, we will continue to see more sequin outfits being made available in our Asian clothing stores. You will find elaborate bridal sequin styles in the market, as well as glam party wear style.
This stunning Anarkali pink suit with stunning heavy sequin embellished full sleeved top is an excellent alternative for a bride (or bridesmaid) who appreciates simplistic elegance at a wedding. Match this with effortlessly glam open hair, bronze skin finish and a touch of nude glossy lips, for a match made in heaven!



Here is our top 5 trends to watch out for this wedding season

#1 Vintage Florals – yes, just when you thought you couldn’t get enough! Outfits, décor, accessories, we love it all!

#2 Elegant Whites – muted florals, gold thread work, and beautiful borders to create elegant and timeless fashion styles

#3 Geos & Stripes – block patterns will be huge this season – keep it young, organic and summer fresh with nude make-up and open hair.


#4 Bride & Groom Matching Monotones – Mr. Mukherjee says he actually loves it when brides & grooms go matchy-matchy with a single colour from head to toe.

#5 Keep It Classy – nothing beats a classy look than a fresh, dewy bride. Keep it natural, clean and effortlessly glam just like our bridal look created here…

Asian Bride Makeup by Anita


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Love, Asian Bride Makeup Team x