How to Make Your Budget Bridal Lehenga Look & Feel Like A Designer One!
January 28, 2023

The Secret to Looking Like a B-town Bride Under Budget

Your dreams of looking like a Sabyasachi or a Manish Malhotra bride can come true under a budget. Even if you have the money, expensive wedding lehengas are statement pieces which cannot be repurposed for regular wear. 

Hence, go for budget lehengas and spruce them up to look like a magazine bride! If you agree, it’s time for your budget bridal lehenga transformation.

How to style your wedding lehenga?

To achieve a designer lehenga bridal look, you must focus on structure, pattern, colour, material, makeup and jewellery. 

Follow these three major hacks for a designer bride look.

Focus on the complete lehenga look

Sabyasachi lehengas often have thick can–can skirt layering. If you want a royal look, you can locally source the material and ask your local tailor to stitch it at a much lower budget. Otherwise, you can opt for the Manish Malhotra lehenga design with a long dupatta veil. 

A custom-made lehenga is an added advantage because you can have the correct dimensions in one go compared to a store-bought lehenga. Next, let your blouse do the talking. If you do not have a lehenga with exquisite handwork or stones, go for blouses with heavy embroidery or studs.

You can take inspiration from Pinterest or Sabyasachi. You can pay your local tailor to stitch a blouse with a unique pattern, like a plunging neckline or a backless blouse. Pick a style that will accentuate your best features. 


For instance, if you want the classic Sabyasachi lehenga look, go for a closed-back with a deep V-neck blouse.

Bridal makeup according to lehengas

Pastel lehengas 


You can play with colours if you wear pastels or light colours. You can go for the same hue or a darker shade of your lehenga. For instance, if you have opted for a Sabyasachi lehenga in light shades of baby pink or blue, go for pink or blue/silver smokey eyes with black liner.

You can buy  Femica products to create stunning eye looks.

Product Description : Let your eyes be the life of the party!

Iba Eye Talk Party Vibes palette packs a punch with six bold, vibrant, warm, and cool tones with a hint of shimmer. Use it for high drama, dazzling party look. Use individually or mix shades to match your party wear for that perfect, bold, and glamorous look.

How to use : Apply a light color all over the lid.Take a mid tone color and put it in the crease. Blend the colors together and add a shimmer shade to the center lid portion of your eye. Using a light shimmer, highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.

Benefits of using this product :
• Velvety smooth texture
• Easy to blend, long stay high intensity colors
• Comes with a sponge applicator

Shelf Life : 3 Years

Country of Origin : India

Brand Name : Iba

You can choose a dewy and glowy look with nude lipstick for shimmery looks like modern Manish Malhotra lehengas. You can buy the lipstick trio for your lips, blush and contouring.

When it comes to jewellery, go for Kundan stones or diamonds. These are a sound investment for a bride.

Product Description : The Party Edit Multi Tasking Lipstick Trio has been carefully curated by Iba beauty experts to create a Party Makeup Look that’s sure to make heads turn and keep your friends guessing!

How to use : Use shade M15 Cinnamon Chai as Lipstick. Add a soft blush to your cheeks with shade M19 Nude Alert. Use shade M02 Mocha Shot as a Contour.

Benefits of using this product :
Set the mood for the night with three exciting shades of Iba Matte Lipsticks:

• M21 Urban Red as Lipstick
• M16 Rose Tan as Blush
• M02 Mocha Shot for Contouring

Be the dancing queen of the party with your dazzling smile, high intensity look, and power pout.

Product Ingredient : Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera

Shelf Life : 3 Years

Country of Origin : India

Brand Name : Iba

Dark lehengas 

For dark lehengas, it’s always safe to go with soft smokey eyes (brown or a lighter shade of the lehenga). You can also go for Deepika Padukone’s smudged kohl eyes from her wedding. Do not go overboard by choosing multiple colours. 

Further, dark lehengas are already catchy. Hence, it would help if you opted for a matte base for your makeup. You can buy the Dewy matte foundation from Femica India

There are other shades available in this range.

Product Description : For Oil Control and Radiant Matte skin For Oily & Combination Skin A Face Serum + Foundation for balancing oil and moisture in the skin. With this mattifying foundation, your skin will look like skin, but smoother and healthier. This lightweight formula is powered by Niacinamide for sebum control, Hyaluronic Acid for unmatched hydration, Kale Oil for cell regeneration and boosting collagen production, and Calendula Extract for protection from external aggressors and breakouts.

How to use :
1. Shake the foundation bottle well
2. Take an appropriate amount and place dots of the foundation on your face, ears and neck, and then spread and blend the drops
3. It is recommended to press the foudation into your skin with your fingers, to maximise the benefits of the serum formula
4. For more coverage, apply another layer of the foundation and build as desired

Benefits of using this product : 1. Healthy Matte Finish 2. Water Resistent 3. Skin like Finish 4. Buildable Coverage 5. Non Comedogenic 6. All skin tones 7. Oil Balancing 8. Clarifying 9. Anti Acne

Product Ingredient :
Niacinamide A stable vitamin (Vitamin B3), Niacinamide offers a wide range of benefits for the skin. It controls sebum production, making the skin look fresh and radiant, reduces the appearance of large pores, and helps control breakouts due to clogged pores. It also has incredible restorative properties and restores cell energy and repairs damage.
Hyaluronic Acid Experts agree that there is no other like the erstwhile Hyaluronic Acid for hydrating the skin! It also does a great job of plumping the skin and increasing its elasticity with regular use.
Kale Oil The queen of greens, Kale, is rich in Vitamins C, E, K that together help to brighten the skin, boost collagen levels in the skin, and fight free radicals causing signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and dryness.
Calendula Extract The power ingredient Calendula Extract helps soothe skin, heal scars and wounds quickly, and even skin texture.
Contains: Water, Calendula Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Isopropyl Myristate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl methicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Kaolin, Sodium Chloride, Mica, Silica, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Kale Oil, C30 45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Patchouli Oil, Gernaium Oil, Titanium dioxide May Contain: CI 77491, CI 77492/91/99, CI 77492
Does not contain: Paraben, Petrolatum, Artificial Fragrance, EDTA, BDTA, Pthalates, Ethoxylates, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Talc, MEA, DEA, TEA, Mineral Oil, Alcohol

Shelf Life : 24 months

Country of Origin : India

Brand Name : Trudiance

This gives the perfect foundation base to get the desired matte bridal look with a dewy undertone. If you want Alia Bhatt’s no–makeup makeup look, go for neutral makeup with subtle hints of copper/bronze shimmer.

Contrast lehengas

For contrast lehengas, you can wear heavy or light eye makeup. If you don’t like attention on your face, go for neutral makeup with subtle hints of copper /bronze shimmer on your eyes with a nude lip colour. You can replicate the dream-like Alia Bhatt’s day wedding look.

Pro-tip: For matte lehengas, go for shimmery or glittery eyes with a bold red lip. You can buy  Femica’s vegan lipstick to achieve the perfect pout!


Product Description : ?Organic, Natural, Vegan Lipstick -Creamy, Matte finish, hydrating, moisturizing, clean & highly pigmented with 12 vibrant colours to complement any look.

Formulated with Organic Coconut oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Cacao Butter, Sunflower seed oil, Ashwagandha, Turmeric root extract, Mango Butter, Basil leaf oil, Our Lip nourishing formula naturally comforts and protects lips.

BlushBee lip nourishing, Organic, Natural, Vegan lipstick formula will inspire you that everything was made consciously clean, pure, and carefully chosen which are good for you, good for your skin & good for the planet.

How to use : ?Apply directly on the lip. Start with the upper lip and then go to lower lip. Press your lips together to evenly distribute the product. Dab with a tissue for the perfect matte finish.

Benefits of using this product : ?

1. Our moisturizing lipstick is cleanly formulated with ECOCERT / COSMOS approved organic & natural ingredients along with ancient Ayurveda herbs.

2. Glides smoothly on your lips, giving you a perfectly opaque finish. It lasts longer throughout the day without over-drying or chapping your lips because of the nourishing plant-powered ingredients.

3. Sheer, high pigmented colour infuses lips with lasting moisture and fullness. Formulated with Shea butter, Avocado oil, Ashwagandha, Turmeric root extract, Mango seed Butter, Basil leaf oil which soothe and moisturize chapped lips, provides comfort and nutrition to lips.

4. Free from Beeswax, Petrochemicals (Paraffin Waxes, Petrolatum, Mineral oils), Silicones, Microplastics, Synthetic film -formers(copolymer), Alcohol, Parabens, Phthalates, Carmine, Lead, Heavy metals, Bismuth Oxychloride, Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Animal derived ingredients, Synthetic waxes, Formaldehyde releasing preservatives and Other nasty chemicals.

5. We care for our mother earth and pack in elegant aluminium containers, proudly made in India.

Product Ingredient : ?Ricinus communis (castor) Seed Oil*,Butyrospermum parkii(Shea) Butter*,Euphorbia Cerifera( Candelilla) Wax**,Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) wax*,Caprylic/capric Triglyceride**,Cocos Nucifer (Coconut) Oil*,Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter**,Mangifera Indica Seed Butter**,Lauryl Olivate,Hydrogenated Olive Oil (and) Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (and) Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables**,Sorbitan olivate**,Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate**,Mica***,Rose mary Oil*,Ocimum Sanctum (Leaf) Oil*,Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract**,Persea Gratissima (Avacado) oil*,Glycerin**,Water,Withania Somnifera(Ashwagandha)**,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*,Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate**,Rose geranium oil** May Contain [+/-] CI 15850:1, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 45380:3, CI 77742, CI 77499/4791/77492/77891, CI 42090:2, CI 77491, CI 15850 :2, CI 77891, CI 19140,CI 45410,CI 17200 Mica, CI 77019. *-Organic **- Natural ***- Natural Mineral

Shelf Life : 3 Years

Country of Origin : India

Brand Name : BlushBee Organic Beauty


Your jewellery can make or break your look – choose statement pieces such as chokers and heavy earrings to complement your lehenga. You can opt for gold or heavy Kundan sets and layer them with two lighter necklaces for a wholesome look. 

Don’t forget the smaller details like maangteekas, nose rings, and bangles. Additionally, you can wear a kamarband for a royal bridal look. It enhances the beauty of the lehenga. Many brides opt for this to make their waists look smaller.

For budget shopping, you can find rented or artificial jewellery online or contact shops involved in this business.

Wrapping Up

Wedding ideas like the perfect lehenga style, blouse and makeup will enhance your look to the next level. Once you have worn your lehenga and makeup, highlight your cheekbones and collarbones to look like the most glam girl in the room.


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 For the final royal touch, put on a second dupatta over your head that contrasts your lehenga dupatta. This will amplify your brides dress tenfold. Let Femica India help you prepare for your big day – their products come in a wide range, so you can pick whichever tones and hues suit your makeup look the best.

Also Read: Here Are the Bridal Makeup Essentials That Should Be in Your Bag

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