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6 Makeup Artists In Mumbai We Love!

When it comes to makeup for events, parties, small functions and so on, sometimes doing it yourself just doesn’t cut it. Especially if you’re the sort whose hands shake with the idea of applying a perfect stroke of eyeliner. Or even after making countless attempts at smokey eyes you still land up looking like a freaking panda! We get it. You’ve got that love/hate relationship with makeup. Which is why you’ll need a pro who’ll not only achieve that needle sharp winged liner and smokey eye 2.0 but whose insane skills are what dreams are made of! And better yet, they’ll come right to your home or wherever you happen to need them. So as legit lovers of this art, we’ve rounded a list of our favourites whom we count on to bail us out – *Disclaimer – All the artist’s fees may vary on the basis of clientele, project and so on.

#1 Shamita Gogia

A former student of New York’s Make-Up Designory Institute, she’s got many talents, but achieving flawlessly dewy skin tops them. Currently obsessed with the glossy eyelids, lightened brows and matte lips look, she’s got her eyes set on taking the most coveted masterclass with Kim Kardashian & her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Talk about big plans!

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Pro tip  Looking to nail that dewy look? All it takes is “liquid foundation, cream blush on cheeks & a setting spray by NYX cosmetics.” If you’ve got oily skin, this finish is a BIG no-no but it works like magic for dry skin. 

Beauty Buys  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade, L.A. Girl Pro Concealer &  Josie Maran’s Cheek Gelee. 

Fees Rs. 6,000/- to 12,000/- approximately

#2 Aanchal Bahl Thakkar

Having worked for movies like Bajirao Mastani, Kabaali etc, her signature style= brows on fleek + curled lashes + contoured cheeks + nude lips. Aanchal swears by makeup feeds of Huda Kattan, tutorials by Nikkie and the minute beauty boredom strikes, she looks to IT girls Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner and actor Kareena Kapoor for instant inspo!

Pro tip  Think picking up the correct foundation shade is tough? Turns out, it’s ridiculously simple. Swatch it on your jawline to match it with that of your neck. And, voila! you’ve found it.

Beauty buys  Smashbox photo finish primer, NARS Radiant creamy concealer, and an eyelash curler.

Fees Rs. 8,000/- to 12,000/- approximately

#3 Bianca B

Achieving a perfect cat-eye isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this freelancer whose learned the trade under artist Sunita Divecha, has made it her calling card. Her go-to tools? Bianca relies on the beauty blender sponge and makeup brushes by Makeup Forever and PAC Cosmetics to score that flawless blend. And someday, she’s looking to teach her craft too.

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Pro tip Want to master a winged liner? Channel your inner artist by drawing it from the halfway point of your eyes & after achieving the wing join the inner corner to the point where it all began.

Beauty Buys The moisturizer rich foundation by Bobbi Brown, Becca Highlighter, Kat Von D liquid lipstick.

Fees Rs. 5,000/- to 7,000/-  approximately

#4 Afreen Shaikh

If you love wearing foundation with a seamless finish, she’s got tricks up her sleeve to achieve exactly that and more off course. With an experience of 6 years, her portfolio boasts of being associated with Sony Music, editorials etc. Afreen’s makeup career goals? Well, she aspires to work with sought-after names like PatMcGrath, Val Garland and Huda Kattan.  

Pro tip Instead of using a pencil or filler for your brows use a half-dried mascara to shape and fill them. Like who would’ve ever thought of using that for #browsonfleek?

Beauty Buys Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics, NARS Blush (Orgasm) and Ruby Woo lipstick by MAC 

Fees Rs. 5,000/- to 7,000/- approximately

 #5 Saher Ahmed

Clean, glowing looks take on a whole new meaning when she creates them. For Saher, her favourite beauty era ought to be the digital space we are currently in as beauty junkies are veering towards experimental looks. And what she loves most about being an artist is the opportunity it’s given her to explore her creativity, meet new faces & that no two days are the same.

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Pro tip When you need that instant lift or otherworldly glow after a long tiring day, mix a little bit of illuminator with your foundation, but makes sure it doesn’t lighten up too much.  

Beauty Buys Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, Laura Mercier Setting Powder and Embroylisse face moisturizer. 

Fees On request

#6 Stacy Gomes

What you’ll find in her feed are fresh-faced and minimal makeup looks that’ll not only inspire but leave you wanting more! When asked about a common makeup mistake, Stacy feels using the wrong/excessive foundation is messing things up for many. So don’t let it happen to you. And speaking of makeup fads which are on their way out, she insists “Baking” and “stark contouring” are the ones we’ll soon bidding adieu to.

Pro tip You’ll never need a white eye pencil on your waterline or a soft brown eyeliner under your lash to create an illusion of bigger eyes when a nude liner will work way better. It’s literally her secret weapon.

Beauty Buys MAC strobe cream and cream Blush along with Clinique lash powder brown mascara.

Fees On request

All in all, these are hands down the best we’ve come across. So, do yourself a favour, call them as they’ll not only turn up your beauty A game but probably even your life.

Written by Amaira Chhabria