Rajesh Patil, who has been making Bollywood’s leading ladies look gorgeous in the movies for the last 21 years, opens Face Factor Makeup Studio in Andheri today.
“After working for so long, I have learnt a lot about make-up and felt it would be great to share tips with regular people and provide them with an opportunity to get their favourite Bollywood star look,” says Patil, who created 12 looks for Priyanka Chopra in What’s Your Rashee? (2009). Patil also worked on her in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion (2008). He has also touched up Dimple Kapadia, Rani Mukherji, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty and Shruti Haasan.
Apart from professional make-up services, Patil also plans to train newcomers in Bollywood make-up. Aspirants can sign up on his website www.rajeshpatil.com . “Training could take between 15 days to a month, depending on the trainee,” he says.
Remind Patil that the wedding season is not too far away, and he says that his studio will specialise in bridal make-up too. “There is a great demand for it. Women want to wear their favourite leading lady’s look on their wedding day,” he says, cautioning that the trend may change soon and eventually, become redundant.
He adds that several girls plan their look on a popular video, magazine cover or films poster. “I can deliver that,” he promises. Patil says that Bollywood today is slowly moving towards the subtle as far as lipstick, kajal and rouge goes. He smiles, “But that’s not the case with Indian weddings, right?