Making you beautiful

Gayatri Raghavan  

Gayatri Raghavan did not want to pursue a career in finance, instead she chose to become a make-up artist and hairstylist. “I come from an academic family,” says Gayatri, who is now based in Bengaluru, where she worked for Mac Cosmetics for a year before she became an independent professional. “After my graduation in Commerce, I got married and moved to Germany. I learnt German and was getting offers in finance, but I didn’t want to work in that field.” Eventually she studied at the Pro Academy in Germany. Since then there has been no looking back. She has done major shoots in India for Flipkart, Jet Airways, Toyota, Blu-O, and Amie.

Gayatri’s portfolio of bridal make-up shows her distinct style. She brings out the beauty of brides by highlighting their individuality. While she has done corporate shows, advertisements, and ad films she enjoys wedding shoots the most. “I have a soft corner for it,” she smiles. “For a bride her wedding is her biggest day. So it is personal for me to dress the bride. For me, make-up is not about putting on a product and looking completely different. I like to enhance the face and give brides a subtlety and make them look great. I always look at their eyes, skin and face to ascertain what will look good on them.”

She says her first bride was one of her favourite clients. “She will always be special to me. She trusted me and she looked beautiful on her wedding day.”

What were the challenges and joys of starting on her own? Gayatri says: “I thought I am going to start my FB page and that work would just come in. But that didn’t happen. It took a while. I started talking to people and making connections. But the good side is that I get to work when I want and with people I like.” She adds that she had to do a lot of research when she came to India. “I had to learn application techniques while figuring out the Indian skin tone.” And so what kind of make-up is best for the Indian skin? “You should invest in a good concealer. For day make-up use a BB cream or a light foundation. I think mascara is essential because it makes the eyes bright. For night make-up you can apply whatever you want.”

While choosing a foundation, Gayatri says the best way is to draw a line of foundation from the jawline till the end of the neck. “Whatever matches your neck will be the perfect shade.” She emphasizes on taking good care of the skin for make-up to be effective.

For hair care, especially in Bengaluru where hard water leads to hair fall, Gayatri says: “As a last rinse, take a litre of drinking water and wash your hair. It does make a difference in reducing hair fall. And you should wash your hair three days in a week.” She recommends using natural products such as coconut oil, eggs and yoghurt as natural conditioners. “Stay away from perming and straightening, it leaves the hair permanently damaged. I wouldn’t recommend it.”

As for what are the hits and misses in make-up according to her, Gayatri says: “smokey eyes, highlighting and contouring, and the bold lips trend. But she adds that: these are classics, not cliches.”

Gayatri's Facebook page is Make up and Hair by Gayatri . She can be contacted at 7259854525 or emailed at

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