Her inspirational journey and more..
SE - Please tell ShaadiElephant about your journey as a Makeup artist
Anu: Professionally I started a little late in my career but I have been very close to beautifying things around me since very early. I have been into dressing up my friends when I was in my college. Later decorating my house. I always had an eye for beauty and good aesthetic sense. So picking up this as a career came quite naturally to me. I am trained under Gouri Kapur (Bangalore) and then Samer khouzami (Lebanese make-up artist). But I feel throughout my journey, learning has never ended. Every new make-up styling demand from a client and fulfilling it has made me more learned and wise.
SE - Who was your inspiration behind becoming a makeup artist
Anu: I have always admired people who are known for their skills. So when I started my career, I was very clear that I don’t want to own a business or manage a studio but I wanted to own a skill myself. I want people to look out for me for my skills. Therefore all the skillful people of different industries inspire me.
SE - What are the top Bridal trends this season
Anu: Beautiful skin is always in trend. After I get booked by a client, I stress on a good skin care routine. A healthy lifestyle, good eating, drinking enough water, using sunscreen, these all are must to have a beautiful skin. Make-up works out wonders on a beautiful skin. Apart from this liquid lip colors are in trend. They are highly pigmented and do not bleed. Amongst many like Stillla, Huda and others my favorite one is Anastasia Beverly Hills shade “Heathers”.
SE - Which products do you use for Bridal makeup
Anu: I use a mix bag of products for my bridal make-up. Starting from primers there is a variety in my kit depending upon client’s requirement. I keep updating my product line to be in sync with what’s new in the market. It’s not necessary that all the new upcoming products are better than old ones, but to try all is essential so as to stop at that one product which is perfect for my bride.
My favorite brands are Laura Mercier, Mac , Smashbox, Make-up Forever, Nars, Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills among others.
SE - Tell us something about pre wedding shoot Makeup
Anu: Pre wedding shoots are quite in these days. Couples want to capture their chemistry of pre wedding days in a story line with different themes. Make-up for these shoots is very different. It’s mostly a very fresh look with minimal make-up and not at all a done up look. It’s my job to make the girl feel pretty and beautiful so that she emotes confidently in front of the camera and gets the best pictures
SE - What do you love the most about being a makeup artist
Anu: Though I am hired to do make-up and hair, but I feel quite responsible for overall look of the bride. Be it dress fitting or jewelry setting. It all comes down to a make-up artist to set things perfectly. I feel quite content and chuffed when the bride walks out of the green room in perfect make-up, hair, jewelry and flower setting. And this responsibility that I carry makes me love my job all the more.
SE - What is the biggest highlight of your career?
Anu: Every client I have done till date is very precious to me. My biggest highlight of my career is that not once but many times I have been told by bride friends and relatives “You must be really good if bride has chosen you, as she is very picky”. This statement when comes repeatedly from my client makes me feel blessed. It’s a highlight in my career as I always wanted to be recognized for my skill.
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