I never thought or even planned to do a post for brides but as I said HERE, having many weddings in the family I was actively involved in 'wedding preparations' and that includes everything from shopping, makeup, decor, photography, wedding halls and what not ! So today I thought I will do a post for the to-be-brides at the same time something of my interest - Makeup. I can proudly say that Chennaities are lucky to have some amazing make up artists who have emerged in the past 3-4 years time. In random order I shall list them along with their contact details.
Let me start with the ladies first
A couple of years back we actually tried her for my sister's wedding and she was keen in taking it up too but unfortunately she didn't compromise on her rates where as we found some body else with a better deal. However she did make up for my cousin's wedding last december and she did a fantastic job. Over the phone she might sound a bit rude but personally she is sweet and she puts all her efforts for the bride and only the bride. Now you have to read between the lines, yes she can't personally work for more than 1-2 people ! We were 4 including the bride and we had to get our makeup done by her assistants. If I had known I would have done my own makeup and my sister's too !! Currently, she charges the most [out of all] for makeup however you wouldn't be disappointed even a bit at the end [provided you don't mind the money].
She uses mostly MAC and I see all good branded stuff [only] with her. She is really passionate about her work and I could see it in her efforts. She seems to be the guru for other top make up artists in Chennai too !
You can see her work here - Makeup Artist Sunita along with her contact details.
She is an MAC MUA and looks like a model herself. I have seen her work a lot in her blog Mesmereyes Makeup and then I didn't know she was pretty popular here in Chennai. She even used to take make up classes but I am not sure if she is still doing it. My cousin was so keen on getting her makeup done by only a women so we tried reaching both Sunita and Akriti and unfortunately we never heard back from Akriti ! Akriti has also done amazing makeup videos and you can search youtube for the same.
You can see her work here - Mesmereyes Makeup along with her contact details.
Ibrahim is supposed to be one of Sunita's best student and you can see more of his work into South Indian movies and ads. I have heard a lot of people rave about his makeup and it looks so picture perfect. Again, you can't bargain much with him and his rates are almost equal to that of Sunita's ! I don't think you will mind the price if you see his work. Also I heard he not only uses MAC and Kryolan but also Bobbi Brown !!!!
You can see his work here - Makeup Ibrahim along with his contact details.
Noor was a very sweet and friendly person who did makeup for my sister's wedding. He comes with a great team and they can work even for 10 people at the same time [provided you tell them before] ! He did an amazing job for my sister's engagement, wedding and reception too. Some how I felt the makeup looked fab in pics but too made up when seen directly ! However my sister loved her makeup but I felt she looked totally like a different person.
On me the make up oxidised and I turned dark during the engagement and people started telling me - 'Go wash your face' :p So I asked him to do really light makeup on me for my sister's wedding and reception. Hubby was not very happy with the way I looked for the reception so I ended up doing my own makeup for her wedding and he just did the eye makeup. He compromised on the rates as he had to do makeup for more than 5 people in the family.
Noor does for movies and ads too and I feel that makes his work picture perfect ! He mostly uses Kryolan and less MAC.
You can see his work here - Bridal Studio Noor along with his contact details.
Another person who ventured bridal make up from the movies, ads and tele films is Venkat. I haven't seen him or him doing make up personally but when my friend was looking around for a makeup artist and when all the above listed people were booked already, she came up with this name. I had no idea about him but we didn't have a choice so she went ahead and booked him. I saw her only during the reception and the makeup was really good on stage. When we actually got some time to sit and chit-chat, I found that the makeup was a bit cake -y and eye shadow went wrong somewhere. When everybody else around her were complimenting her makeup I didn't want to disappoint her with my feedback. It was not great but not bad at the same time.
You can see his work here - Fashion & Bridal Makeup Artist Venkat along with his contact details.
All makeup artists mentioned above can do makeup, saree draping, lehenga styling and hair do as well. Hope the information is helpful :)
♥ Aarthi ♥
Note - This is not a paid post nor did any of the people mentioned above compensate in any way for this post. It is all purely my personal experience and opinions. I do not owe any responsibility for the work done by any of them listed above.