When it comes to looking your best, makeup is just as important as your outfit. From going all out with dramatic makeup to keeping things subtle with a glowy base, makeup can do wonders to enhance your overall look. We’ve always looked up to celebrities who never fail to impress with their oh-so-glamorous looks. And their makeup artists are to thank for that. If you’ve ever wondered who is behind your favourite actor's flawless makeup and fabulous hair, you can now follow them on Instagram! Here's a list of the top makeup artists in India who are well-known in the film industry.
1. Mickey Contractor
Mickey Contractor, known as one of the most renowned makeup artists, has worked in the film industry for many years. Before receiving his big break as Kajol’s makeup artist in the film Bekhudi, he worked on the makeup looks of supporting actors and dancers. Mickey is still the go-to celebrity makeup artist for Kajol. Apart from that, he has also worked with some of the most famous actors in B-town including the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Preity Zinta, among others.
2. Sandhya Shekar
Sandhya Shekar is one of Bollywood's most loved makeup artists and hairstylists. She is known for her skin-like makeup that is natural, flawless and seamless. She began her career with bridal makeup and later moved on to regular makeup. The makeup artist has made a name for herself in the field, having worked for some of the most prominent magazines and publications, as well as stars like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma. Sandhya also did Deepika Padukone's makeup for her Met Gala appearance in 2018.
3. Namrata Soni
With her prominent radiant skin-like makeup style, Namrata Soni dominates the Bollywood industry. Her portfolio includes films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Om Shanti Om, Khoobsurat and Main Hoon Na, among others. She has worked with some esteemed actors, including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. Her outstanding talent has been displayed in a variety of mediums, including movies, commercials and magazine covers.
4. Puneet B Saini
Puneet B Saini began her career as a freelance makeup artist. She is now considered among the industry's most influential Bollywood makeup artists. This skilled artist has worked on numerous films, including Gully Boy, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raazi, Sadak 2, among others. She is the go-to makeup artist for Alia Bhatt and did Anushka Sharma's bridal makeup on her big day.
5. Mehak Oberoi
Mehak Oberoi has worked as a makeup artist in films like Fukrey Returns and Hello Charlie. Mehak, who has been in the industry for over a decade, is also the go-to artist for celebrities such as Alaya F, Shanaya Kapoor, Malaika Arora and Gauri Khan. Taking to her social media pages, Mehak often shares several celebrity makeup posts, tutorials, and much more to keep her followers up to date on beauty tips and tricks.
6. Shraddha Mishra
Shraddha Mishra is among the new generation of makeup artists. She has worked with some big names in the film industry, such as Dia Mirza, Diana Penty, Bipasha Basu and many more. Her Instagram account showcases her work with various celebrities and magazines. She prefers to keep her makeup looks minimal, with an emphasis on the eyes and contouring. Shraddha Mishra also did Dia Mirza’s bridal makeup for her wedding.
7. Daniel Bauer
If you have been fanning over the red carpet looks of leading Bollywood divas, Daniel Bauer is the secret name behind them. Often known for breaking the rules, Bauer likes to be super creative with his makeup looks. He has collaborated with Deepika Padukone, Janhvi Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, and many more. He has also appeared on several reality shows based on makeup and fashion, such as MTV India's Next Top Model. Daniel also runs a makeup academy of the same name.