“Be You, Unapologetically,” Says Celebrity Makeup Artist Daniel Bauer

Daniel created a host of noteworthy hair and makeup looks for the recently concluded season of Lakmé Fashion Week x FDCI.

Published On Mar 14, 2023 | Updated On Mar 05, 2024


Lakmé Fashion Week x FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India), the much-talked-about fashion extravaganza, concluded with a bang on March 13, 2022. Celebrated Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra headlined the grand finale with an electrifying showcase of his latest collection - Diffuse. Bollywood stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Ananya Panday were the showstoppers for the closing show. And while everyone is raving about the retro meets new-age designs and the showstoppers, we just can’t take our minds off the mesmerising makeup and hair looks created for this and the other Lakmé shows of this season.  

The credit for these noteworthy beauty looks goes to celebrity makeup artist Daniel C Bauer and his team. He works with the likes of Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, and Deepika Padukone. On this season of the said fashion week, his creative process included classic fiery red lips, crystal headbands, bold black eyeliners, metallic brows, and free and flowing hairstyles. 

In an interview with Zee Zest, Daniel talks about being unapologetically yourself, emerging trends for summer, fun challenges the fashion week throws at artists, and his inspiration, and also lets us in on a bunch of secrets to ace the beauty game this season.

Read the edited excerpts below:

We played with lots of colours and bold looks this time. We had bold black liners with golden eyes and colourful graphic liners as well. The red lips made a statement this season along with bright pinks and nudes. The hair owned the runway, we kept it free to flow, wild and sexy. 

Firstly, it feels amazing to be back at the Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. Everyone at the Lakmé Fashion Week knows the joys of a three-designer show. You have three designers sharing a show slot and there are sometimes just three minutes between shows. In these three minutes, 16 models change their outfits from one designer to another and at the same time, we might be required to change their hair and makeup. It’s beyond stressful but so addictive and that’s why we come back every season of Lakmé Fashion Week. 


The human eye can recognise over a million unique colours, why would you ever want to pick one as your favourite? Life is better with different colours!

People fuel my creativity, there is something to learn from everyone from every walk of life. Being open to ideas, naturally inquisitive, and being humble generates endless creativity.  

I recommend all women to follow these tips: Don’t follow any trends, love yourself and set your own makeup trends. If I must mention a summer tip, it would be light sheer makeup to keep your skin moisturised. I’d recommend the Lakmé Absolute Lip Mousse and Lakmé 9To5 CC Light Mousse to create a perfect lightweight, moisturised summer makeup look. 

Instagram is like instant glam. One filter can trick the world into believing something which is not true. Real influence is what you see around you - people not living their lives on their phones, but those embracing our beautiful world and living in it. We have had fads, fashion, and style. Instagram is just a fad, full of opinions on how not to look like yourself so it’s better to be yourself.  

Bridal Makeup is such a fun topic, I think the biggest faux pas is when people show a before and after video of the wedding makeup look. Having the bride look her most horrendous self at the start and then miraculously showing how makeup has transformed her beyond recognition. All brides should feel beautiful and be treated with respect, with or without makeup. 

Whoever I am doing makeup for!

This is quite simple; they never go to bed with their makeup on. The best makeup is your best skin. 

I am influenced by the genius Alexander McQueen! He was one of a kind, and nothing ever seems to come close to what he did all those years ago. This genius inspires me every day. 

Be you, unapologetically! 

Photo: Lakmé Fashion Week x FDCI and Instagram/Daniel Bauer