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Best Makeup Artists in India

India has seen incredible transformation in the makeup industry in the past few years. With the growing fashion trend there have been an immense evolution and growth in the makeup and cosmetics sector. From dramatic bold eyes dark lips to nude lips and glittery eyes to the famous no makeup makeup look, there are so many things in the industry now.

Makeup can help enhance your appearance by concealing imperfections, evening out skin tone, and accentuating your features. makeup) can be used to conceal blemishes, enhance one’s natural features (such as the eyebrows and eyelashes), add color to a person’s face, or change the appearance of the face entirely to resemble a different person, creature or object.

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make-up artist, also called a makeup artist, and often shortened to MUA, is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup  for theatre, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions.

Here is a list of some of the best makeup artists in India who have created many immensely attractive looks by the perfect and confident strokes of their brush.

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1- Namrata Soni | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Namrata’s approach to style is simple: “I’m all about using the right products in the right places to highlight a person’s best features and natural beauty.”

Namrata Soni is a renowned makeup and beauty artist with over 20 years of experience in the industry. From some of the biggest Bollywood celebrities, to leading influencers, brides and more, Namrata is loved and trusted by women of all ages. She is a leading expert in anything from breathtaking red carpet looks, to subtle, every day beauty rituals. She also runs her own Makeup and Hair Academy.

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Her works have been featured in the world’s top publications including: Vogue, L’officiel, Elle, Harper’s Bazar, Wallpaper magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Femina, Maxim and many more.  She has also opened the Namrata Soni School Of Makeup And Hair. Bollywood’s renowned actress Sonam Kapoor’s go to makeup artist is Namrata Soni.

2- Mickey Contractor | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Mickey Contractor, real name Mehernoush Contractor, is one of the best and highest paid makeup artist of the country. From actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kajol, and prominent personalities like Neeta Ambani, Mickey is the first choice.

He can be credited for bringing the Indian beauty trends to the international stage. Whether it is a family function, red carpet event or some other events he is the go to artist of Neeta Ambani. Not only Nita Ambani but her daughter and daughter in law also prefer the same makeup artist.

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Among his other clients are Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma, he has worked with actresses across generations, including Gen-Z stars and also with some famous stars like Helen. Helen was the person who inspired him to become a makeup artist and join bollywood.

3- Ojas Rajani | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Ojas Rajani has been working in the makeup industry for more than 18 years. This years of experience makes her one of the best makeup artists in the industry. She has worked with some of the best bollywood actors like Shri Devi, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, etc. She also founded the Ojas Rajani Makeup and Hair Academy. With a very confident personality and hard work this makeup artist has made her own space in the industry. Under the direction of Madhur Bhandarkar, she made her acting debut in the Bollywood film Trend in 2008. 

4- Daniel Bauer | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Daniel Bauer is an Australian-born, Mumbai-based make-up artist and hairstylist known for his red carpet makeup work of Bollywood celebrities, his work for the Lakme Fashion Week and his makeup and hair styling academy. In 2017, he launched The Daniel Bauer Academy for makeup and hair studies to provide students with practical industry knowledge and skills. In 2019, Daniel Bauer joined MyGlamm as their Global Makeup Director. He is also the brand ambassador of Lakme and Tresemme.

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He has worked with Bollywood actresses for their red carpet events and bridal makeup and also for actresses featured in Vogue ChinaElle ThailandHarpers Bazaar India, etc. Daniel Bauer has Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Ananya Panday on his client list.

Whether it’s Katrina’s winged liner with a little colour towards the inner eye, soft brown eyes for Deepika Padukone, or Priyanka’s graphic square liner or Aishwarya’s classic dark-kohled eyes with nude lips, Daniel has always nailed the looks by his immensely attractive makeup looks.

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He also did Katrina’s wedding makeup which was appreciated all over the social media.

5- Mehak Oberoi | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Mehak Oberoi is a celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist. With 10+ years of experience she has created some of the most iconic and beautiful looks. She is the artist in recidence at Bobbi Brown India. Mehak has worked on 20+ Bollywood movies with actors like Alia bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Kiara Advani, Malaika Arora, Alaya F etc.

She was awarded the Dada saheb Phalke award for Best makeup artist, 2020 and Vogue Makeup Artist of the year 2020. You can follow her on instagram for learning some of the best makeup tips.

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In an interview with Femina she said-

“Academically I was never really a bright student, and I discovered I was suffering from dyslexia and ADD really late. However, I was always street smart. At first, I wanted to become a hairstylist because I used to always get my hair cut at salons like Hakim’s Aalim or Mad O Wat ever since I was a kid and I was intrigued by the profession. I thought it had a cool vibe.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to learn cut and colour so my mom suggested that I learn makeup. I enrolled myself into Pearl Academy of fashion in Delhi, as I knew my father wouldn’t send me to study abroad because he thought I wasn’t serious about this career path.”

6- Lekha Gupta | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Lekha Gupta started her career as a makeup artist in 2011. Since then she has been working with numerous bollywood stars. She has completed her training from the Makeup Forever Academy in Singapore and received guidance from industry veteran Cory Wallia. She is particularly known for her expertise in creating the “no-makeup” makeup look, where the focus is on enhancing the natural beauty of the skin, following the less-is-more philosophy. She has worked across different platforms like films, television industry, ad commercials, bridal makeups etc and earned a lot of fame and success.

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Lekha has worked with Bollywood superstars like Kiara Advani, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, and many more. She also did Kiara Advani’s wedding makeup and has been working with the actress for 6-7 years.

7- Cheerag Bambboat | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Dr. Cherag Bambboat has been in the Bollywood industry for many years and has an expereine of more than 15+ years and has worked with many superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, even the Hollywood pop icon Lady Gaga and Lauren Gottlieb.

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He is the only Indian makeup artist to have collaborated with both Lauren Gottlieb and worldwide celebrity Lady Gaga. The first makeup artist from India to work with Lady Gaga is Cherag Bambboat. He has also worked in big weddings like Ambani wedding and Mittal wedding. He has worked for many bollywood movies like Om Shaanti Om, Slumdog Millionaire, Dhoom 3, Dabangg 3, Commando 3 etc. He was the first internationally recognised makeup artist to introduce the airbrush company TEMPTU in India.

8- Arti Nayar | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Arti Nayar is a famous celebrity makeup artist who has worked with some of the very fine bollywood stars like Sara Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Bhumi Pednekar, Parineeti Chopra, and Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani. Arti Nayar was makeup artist of Sonam K Ahuja for the movie Neerja (2016).

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Arti Nayar believes in the ‘less is more’ kind of make-up. She feels certain blemish lines, laugh lines and under-eye dark circles have a beauty of their own and are signs of experience. Arti Nayar has come a long way and earned a big name in the industry.

9- Vardan Nayak | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Makeup artist Vardan Nayak has been in the industry for almost 11 years and has created some of the most stunning makeup looks. Vardan is a popular artist who is always booked for months in advance. He is also the former student of celebrity makeup artist Micky Contractor.

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Isha Ambani daughter of Indian industrialist Mukesh Ambani had her wedding makeup done by Vardan Nayak. He has worked with popular stars like Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra etc.

10- Deepak Sawant | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Known for his close relationships with Amitabh Bacchan, Deepak Sawant is one of the most experienced makeup artist who has contributed a lot in the bollywood industry. He has been in the industry for about 50 years. He has also worked as makeup artist of Amitabh Bacchan on a personal basis. He has worked for movies like Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Veer-Zaara, etc.

11- Shaan Muttathil | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Shaan Muttathil is a well known makeup artist in bollywood and also an influencer. He has years of experience in the industry and can be credited for some of the iconic appearances like Jaqueline Fernandez in Murder 2 and Lisa Haydon in Rascal. At the International level, he has worked with Amanda Cerny. Other films include ‘Race 2,’ ‘Student of the Year2,’ etc.

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He is the go to makeup artist of Jacqueline Fernandez.

12- Sandhya Shekar | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Sandhya Shekar started her career in 2009, since then she has come a long way and achieved a lot of fame and success in the industry. Her client list includes magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, GQ, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, etc. She has also worked on several print campaigns, television commercials and with some of the biggest names in Bollywood like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandes, Aditi Rao Hydari, Parineeti Chopra etc.

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She is also responsible for some of the most iconic looks of Deepika Padukone at the Cannes Film Festival and the Met Gala. The industry recognised her excellence by awarding her Vogue Makeup Artist of the Year 2018 and Elle Artist of the Year 2016.

13- Puneet B Saini | Best Makeup Artists in India

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Puneet B Saini is an Indian celebrity makeup artist. She is best known for her signature makeup look- flawless and fresh skin. She has worked with some big names of bollywood like Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bacchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Neha Dhoopia, etc.

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She has also worked for many films like Ae Dil hai Mushkil, Raazi, Angrezi Medium, Gully Boy, Raazi, Jab tak hai Jaan, etc. She was also the makeup artist of Anushka Sharma on her wedding. She has also worked as personal makeup artist of Anushka Sharma.

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