Namrata Soni, a renowned makeup artist, with an exceptional and unique style has reached audiences in a range of mediums, from magazine covers to feature films and Ad films.
Her works have featured in the world’s top publications including: Vogue, Lofficiel, Elle, Harpers bazar, Wallpaper magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Femina, etc. Namrata has also worked on various feature films including: Om Shanti Om, Kabhi Alvidha Aa Kehna, Musafir, Main Hoon Na, Janemaan, Emi, Salaam Namaste , Aisha , I Hate Love Stories …
Namrata has received the prestigious International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award for her ageing make-up design for the award winning film, Om Shanti Om. She has also been nominated for the best makeup artist at the IIFA for her work in Aisha and i hate love stories . She is the most sought after makeup artist by celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, Sonam kapoor ,Deepika padukone , Sonakshi sinha , Malaika Arora Khan, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Salman Khan, Arjun Rampal, Asin ,Shruti hassan and more… .
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.” As her work in Om Shanti Om demonstrates she has a unique talent in character-make up as well.
If you want to see flawless skin, look for her work in ad films such as Liril Aloevera, Nivea Visage, Sunsilk, Revlon, Vaseline, Pears.
As a young artist, Namrata has a commitment to going beyond the traditional. She studied at the delamar academy of makeup in London, specializing in prosthetic and casualty makeup.
Lately, it seems like the more advanced we become as women, the more insecure we feel about the way we look. Women are always pointing out their flaws to me hoping I can make them go away with make-up. they only see what is “wrong” with them trying to achieve someone else’s idea of perfection. instead of looking for what to correct, I focus on bringing out their best features.
I apply makeup like a watercolor painting, using sheer washes of color, allowing the skin and a woman’s special loveliness to shine through. For this, I use the right products in the right places to enhance natural beauty. I don’t use products because they are “the latest trend” but because they are the best product for the individual.
I believe looking good starts and ends with feeling beautiful from within. Make-up is simply a reflection of that beauty.
And work it!
Namrata’s do and donts for makeup
Have you fallen into a makeup rut? You know you want a new look, but you keeping coming back to the same old routines? Change can be challenging. But switching gears and emphasizing your best features in new ways can be positively thrilling.
The most important thing is your skin.
Radiant skin is the key to beauty. Healthy skin is essential and the beauty basics start with a good, consistent skin care routine. Some of us are blessed by flawless skin. For most of us, though, we need to enhance our complexion and create a luminous glow by using the right products-for our skin type. Always Always start by moisturizing your face. I do not apply makeup without following this cardinal rule .
Sunscreen — Never leave your home without sunscreen it’s the most essential beauty tip I can pass onto you. it protects the skin from all the pollution and harmful effects of the sun .
Freckles — Freckles are fantastic! Let them show. A lot of models and actresses I work on have freckles and I love them. They keep you looking young and fresh.
The matte look — Using powder to matte down your face is as dated as the beehive. To control shine, use oil-control lotion, blotting papers, or sheer blotting powders. Or just powder the T-zone area. Look clean, not cakey.
Over-lining the lips — Lip liner abuse is the biggest sin I see. Never use liner to draw on big lips unless you’re in a stage show. And don’t use liners darker than your lipstick or gloss shade.
Concealer gone wrong — Don’t apply concealer before the foundation; you’ll just wipe it off when you apply foundation. And don’t use a shade much lighter than your foundation; that highlights rather than conceals. Apply it to the problem spots later and blend away .
Finding your foundation shade — Never use the back of the wrist to test foundation shades. Always use the chest area or the side of your face. Always try 2 to 3 shades along side each other so that u know which will be the perfect match .
” UNDERTONES ”
Ok ladies. If there is ONE thing that I could ever teach you about beauty that will change your life, it’s determining your skin undertones. I know it sounds trivial, but when you know yours and then adjust your make-up colors accordingly, something magical happens and you’ll light up a room. Here are a few of the best ways to detect yours:
1. Stand in front of a well-lit mirror in the privacy of your bathroom wearing only a pure white towel/bath robe and wrap your hair under a white towel. Drape another white towel over any furniture behind you because the more you are surrounded with white, the easier it is to see what colors are hiding beneath the surface of your skin. Now what do you see? Does your skin look blue-ish? If so, you have cool undertones. If it looks yellow-ish, you have warm undertones, and if it’s green-ish, you have neutral undertones.
2. Hold up a piece of silver or platinum jewelry next to your skin, then a piece of yellow-gold jewelry and determine which one looks better, regardless of your personal preference (I love a yellow-gold necklace, but if I hold both up to my skin, silver is much more harmonious because I have cool undertones). So if the silver/platinum looks better on you, you have cool tones, if the yellow gold looks better, you have warm tones. If both hues look equally good on you, you probably have neutral.
3. Look at the veins on your underside of your forearm or underarm in the sunlight. If your veins are blue or blue-purple, you have cool undertones. If your veins are yellow or olive, you have warm undertones. If you have both blue and green veins, you are neutral.
After taking all three tests, you should have a good idea what your undertones are. Here’s what to do with this invaluable information (with a cheat sheet)
If you have warm undertones, you look best when you wear eye shadows that are gold, copper, bronze or any of the earth tones (orange, olive, yellow or brown) paired with a warm peach or coral blush. When picking out your perfect red lipstick, choose an orange-based red and when choosing your foundation, look for a yellow-based or peach-based shade.
If you have cool undertones, you look best when you wear eye shadows that are silver, grey, magenta, pink, white or any of the jewel tones (emerald, sapphire, garnet) paired with a cool pink or rosy blush. When picking out your perfect red lipstick, choose a blue-based red( wine or burgundy) and when choosing your foundation, look for a pink-based or neutral shade.
If you are lucky enough to have neutral undertones, you get to wear EVERYTHING! And black is the exception and looks good on cool, warm and neutral undertones. But of course, rules were meant to be broken (like mixing a printed skirt with a striped top) and you can wear whatever you’re in the mood to wear… So if you have warm undertones but your favorite make-up line just came out with an amazing silver liquid liner that you have to have, go for it, just know that the copper one will look better on you. But don’t break the rules when it applies to your foundation shade; there’s nothing pretty about a yellow-based skin tone covered with pink-based foundation
Heavy eyeliner — Using heavy liner is only okay if you’re trying to create a look for the evening (like the cat eye), otherwise it is better to gently smudge liner only into the lash line for a more natural effect.
Matching eye shadow to eye color — Get greater impact by choosing colors opposite your eye color. The contrast brings out your eyes. Using the same shade as your eye color will only make you look like you’re wearing too much eye shadow.
Bland blush — Using dull blush colors makes you look muddy. Instead choose bright shades and apply them on the cheekbones with a big blush brush for a flushed effect.
Contouring — Again, unless you are in the theatre, use highlights instead. Contouring is almost always noticeable and it is time we embrace the different shapes and lines of our faces and focus on using makeup to enhance, not recreate.
Plucking gone wrong — We used to think that a thin arch was best, and the butchering began. Put the tweezers down. Modern brows are groomed, natural and soft.
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