image above from www.simihairandbeauty.com
face painting used to be an integral part of the indian bridal makeup. it was done on the forehead starting from a bindi and running above each eye brow. over the years it has been substituted with stick on crystals, bindis etc. i'm am not particularly sure i like that. i think i would still want to get the traditional painted look...which is simple and small and not jazzed up with crystals.
have you seen the namesake? you can see the painted look in the movie...shown in both the traditional (when tabu gets married) and contemporary style (the daughter in law)....here are some pics to refresh your memory.