Stop Everything and Follow these Bollywood Make-up Artists on Instagram!

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It is the fine artistry of makeup artists that helps B-town actresses put their best fashion face forward. If you have been following the who’s who of Bollywood on Instagram then you would know who paints their faces. But, if not, then here’s our five favourite make-up artists who you should follow to get an insider’s scoop of the stylish ways of your fav celebrity! Hit follow button and never miss their photos of celeb candids, make-up inspiration or goofball time they have that keeps them sane!

Namrata Soni

You have to call her the Bollywood Beauty Guru for she is one of the most sought after makeup artistsin the country. From Vidya Balan, Twinkle Khanna, Kajol, Malaika Arora, Preity Zinta, Sonakshi to Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan, she has used her magic wand and sponges on them all. And, btw, she is the one behind Sonam’s magnifique Cannes looks! But, it didn’t come easy for her since she had to fight back against this male-dominated industry. She had a fair share of struggle before she was noticed in the industry every A-lister has their special go-to artist. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Namrata said,"I was 21, it was a male-dominated industry, and I had to work doubly hard. I did free magazine shoots for a year before I started getting assignments."

Micky Contractor

He is Aishwarya’s, Kajal’s and Sushmita’s favourite make-up man for their friendship goes back a long time. Besides, he has been in the industry for over three decades and there is no shortage of words said in praise of this magician. But, he had his fair share of struggle due to gender discrimination and he was refused to do hair for Bollywood believed men don’t do hair. Today he is a force to reckon with and he seems to be one of those few who continues to tout for a ‘no make-up or ‘minimal makeup’ look! We promise you that you will not only see stunning photographs of his artistry, but also some vintage photos of actresses he’s worked with in the past. His gallery is worth a visit!

Elton J Fernandez

Before shifting to the city of dreams, Mumbai, Elton J Fernandez use to work for HSBC and Google. He would oil paint on canvas, but it was his friend, Sachin Dakoji, who was also a makeup artist who prompted him into the industry. At 25, he started working at MAAC; got sacked during recession and started from scratch by freelancing across India. He has worked notable magazines like Harpar Bazaar Bride, Grazia, Vogue, Elle India andCondé Nast Traveller and collaborated with plethora of brands like Hermes, Provogue, Anita Dogre to name a few. His closest friend is musician, Monica Dogra and apparently his muse is the ethereal Aditi Rao Hyadri! You’ve got to see it to believe it how he transforms them all with his fine skills!

Mallika Bhatt

Mallika has a clientele that have made her grow from strength to strength and has over a period of time managed to work with industry biggies. She got Mira Rajput decked up for her marriage and her Instagram photos reveal that she is close friends with the sister duo, Malaika and Amrita Arora and that she has worked with Twinkle Khanna,  Sonam Kapoor, Tabu, Kajal, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra among others.

Shaan Muttathil

The actors who root for Shaan who was literally an outsider in Bollywood, include Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineeti Chopra, Kirti Sannon, Nargis Fakhri and Shraddha Kapoor. He’s worked as a make-up artist and hair stylist in the movie Half Girlfriend which is slated for release in a month from now. In the past, Shaan also got to showcase his talent in Murder 2 and Aashiqui 2. But, his first stint was when he did make up for Chitragada Singh for a song in the movie, ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’, after which work kept coming to him and there was no turning back. Cheers to the talent who made his way up on the basis of pure talent.

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