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Shweta Ganesh| Posted On: 05-Oct.-2012

She has been on the ramp and behind the ramp too. Her affair with the brushes has lasted for more than twenty years now. Meenakshi Dutta, celebrity make-up artist who has worked on faces like Neha Dhupia, Amrita Rao, Bipasha Basu, Indrani Dasgupta and Fleur Xavier to name a few, was a former model doing ramp shows and TVCs. What started as a mere interest to look good went on to become a career. With her own studio called Makeovers, a one-stop station for all things beautiful and relaxing, she plans to take over the world of make-up. Here, she chats about her journey, beauty trends , what’s in her bag and more...

How has your journey been from a model to a make-up artist?
Normally, you would hear of a model becoming an actress however, I took a route less travelled. Modelling during those days was not a good career option and coming from an over-protective family I knew that I had to respect the sentiments of my parents. I opted for a ‘safer’ life, got married and had kids. Once I was well-settled I knew that I could be a professional make-up artist as I used to do touch-ups for fellow models like Gracy Singh, Shefali Talwar before. I knew where to use what and that was considered big in those times. I thought it was best to take this talent forward to make the most of it.

What according to you are make-up must haves?
For daily wear, it would have to be a good base that matches with our skin tone. We, as Indians always ignore the importance of a base. A dry, clean blush to highlight the cheeks is another must-have. Then there’s the usual, mascara and kajal as nothing does more wonders to the eyes!

Name a celebrity who is always good with make-up and one you would call a disaster.
When it comes to glamorous make-up its Rekha; I believe she’s very adventurous, trendy and experimental when it comes to make-up. Next, would be Bipasha Basu who gave the world the joy of winged eyeliners. I hated the way Madhuri Dixit looked in her prime years, the make-up was caked and quite a disaster! Vidya Balan is taking her TDP image too literally with just red lips at every do. She could do nudes, browns or even mauves too.

What are the top three make-up trends this season?
This season, nude is out and it’s all about colour. I’m thrilled because as a make-up artist it’s so much more fun to splash around colour as compared to the dull browns and nudes. Colours like neons, peaches and cranberry make for good lip colours. Also, matte is making a big come back which is great as I think it’s feminine yet sexy. Thick, false lashes are trendy and glamorous. So, play with colours in matte finish while your lashes are all curled up!

What’s in a make-up artist’s handbag?
I have a MAC concealer, Lancome mascara, Chanel liquid foundation, Christian Dior blusher and a Loreal eyeshadow and eye-pencil. I mix-match the branded products as every brand has something lovely to offer!

How has bridal make-up changed over the years?
More than bridal make-up I think the way I apply make-up for brides has undergone a tremendous change. From being loud, brash and very glittery it has become subtle just good enough to highlight the special features.  Make-up in general is not about being subtle or loud, it’s just about being right.

If you were to bust one make-up myth, what would that be?
It would have to be that make-up is not for everyone. Ladies, make-up is for everyone! Depending on the shade, features we just have to try different styles to highlight the best features.

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