Get Anushka Sharma’s flawless skin
Always dreamed of having actor Anushka Sharma’s fresh-faced look? Now, her personal make-up artiste reveals her trade secrets, joining the gang of war-paint wizards whose client base is increasingly filled with regular Janes, eager to learn the art of application.fashion and trends Updated: May 17, 2012 16:09 IST
Puneet Saini, who’s just finished dolling Sharma up for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, offers classes for make-up amateurs as part of her company, Pankake by Puneet. "The classes usually last for four days, six hours each, where we tackle four different looks," she explains, adding, "Make-up wasn’t part of the Indian girl’s regimen while growing up. But now, most women like getting decked up to go out, and it’s not possible to call a make-up artiste over all the time."
According to Vikas Marwah, who’s worked with names like Mallika Sherawat and Arjun Rampal, his non-celebrity client base consists largely of women in the hospitality and aviation industry. "We get a lot of requests from air hostesses and hoteliers because they need to look their best all the time," he reveals.
Indian women seem to be obsessed with eye make-up, and all the artistes agree that the ‘smokey eye’ tops the list of popular make-up techniques. But like her colleagues, Virginia Holmes, who conducts regular ‘make-overs’ with her company Fat Mu, insists that they must always start with the face. Starting with a class on how to select the right foundation to build a natural ‘day look’, they progress to a glamourous night look. "We ask them to bring their own products to the class so that we can design a look that doesn’t require a departure from their daily schedule. Sometimes, we get just one kajal pencil, though we’ve even had someone bring in three trunks of make-up. Ideally, we show you how to get a professional look using just five products in under 10 minutes," Holmes explains.
Here are the fundamentals you need to know before you start piling on the war paint.
1 Make-up begins with good skin care. Take care of your skin by using the right products and being a stickler for cleanliness.
2 Minimise the items in your make-up bag to a few essential items so that you’re not confused by an overload of products.
3 Check your tools. Do you have the right brushes, swabs, pencils?
4 Check if your make-up still works for you. If it’s too old or doesn’t match your style any more, throw it away. Even expensive make-up comes with an expiry date.
5 The Little Black Dress of eye make-up is a good black eye pencil, so make sure you have one.
The courses cost anywhere from Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000. For Fat Mu, contact 9920753846. Or visit www.pankakebypuneet.com