4,200 during the opening ceremony, and another 4,800 during the closing — that’s the number of performers Delhi-based Vidya Tikari is supposed to do make-up for; all in six hours! “No doubt, I’m a bit on the edge, but it’s all in a day’s work,” says Tikari, who has been hired by the Commonwealth Games organising committee as the official make-up artist for the Games.
Three holding areas have been designated for the task, which will begin at 9.30am and end at 4pm, on both days. And, for the mammoth task of dolling up 9,000 people, Tikari had to hire 50 extra team members, bringing her team count for the CWG to 100 artists. “We’ll spend at the most three minutes on each face,” she reveals. Soniya Chandola, a senior make-up artist from the team, says, “There is no time to eat, sleep, or even take loo breaks. There’s panic and chaos right now, but we’ll pull through.”
“They haven’t been able to practise on the performers, so they are practising on each other,” says Viraf Sarkari, director CWG opening and closing ceremony. “I’m nervous because Thursday’s rehearsals were called off. But, I hope things will work out,” says singer Shibani Kashyap, who is performing at the opening ceremony.