Making celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan look stunning, the poised Namrata Soni talks about make-up essentials, tips for budding make-up artists, and her favourite dishes to order in.
Can you suggest a few foods to eat for glowing skin?
“One of my favourite things to use is cucumber for tired eyes. Put it in the fridge overnight and apply on the eyes in the morning for a fresh look. To clear acne, cut a tomato in half and rub it on your skin. Another fruit that I love is papaya. You can rub it on your skin raw or mash it up and put it as a pack on your face with lemon. It helps to de-tan and is really refreshing.”
What are a few good summer products for the skin?
“In summer, don’t use too much on your skin, as it will block your pores and make you hotter and sweatier than usual. Depending on your skin type, use a light face wash like Cetaphil. As a next step, use a combined moisturiser and sunscreen. And if you get tanned easily, then I recommend a gel-based sunscreen with an oil-free moisturiser. Also, always carry face mist as it takes away the dirt and grime. You can quickly refresh your face with a spritz of Avène or Forest Essential mist.”
Any particular product you recommend for Indian skin?
“My go-to product, especially for Indian skin, is a BB cream, and two of the brands that really have it right are Bobbi Brown and Guerlain. BB cream is a must for every girl, whether it’s summer or winter. It adds a layer to your skin that protects you from getting sunburnt.”
An everyday make-up tip that is simple yet effective?
“An eyelash curler really changes the way your face looks. It opens up your eyes and makes you look like you’re awake. Apply either a transparent mascara or non-waterproof mascara, which is easy to remove, on your lashes to change your make-up game.”
Which colour will rule the make-up world this season?
“Pantone’s beautiful coral orange is definitely the colour of the year.”
Your personal favourite Sonam Kapoor Ahuja look?
“I love all her looks, but my favourite is the 2013 Cannes Red Carpet look, where she wore an Anamika Khanna sari paired with berry lips.”
Who are your beauty style icons and inspirations?
“In India, I’ve always looked up to Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Kangana Ranaut and Anushka Sharma. Internationally, I love the crazy stuff Lady Gaga does, and definitely love Kate Bosworth – she’s stunning!”
What is the one thing every budding make-up artist should keep in mind?
“Practice a lot and don’t learn everything from YouTube. Take the time and effort to go to an actual academy, where you will learn the basics of correcting and concealing. Indian skin is very complicated – we have a lot of different tones and undertones – so you have to be very particular. Study well and ensure your basics are very strong, so you will never go wrong with your foundation work.”
What is the best and the worst thing about your job?
“The best thing about my work is that I get to create and work on new faces every single day. The worse is the hours.”
Any favourite items you order on Scootsy?
“At work, I’m constantly craving coffee, so I always order Starbucks from Scootsy.”
Asian, Indian, European, American, Mexican – your choice of cuisine?
“I love Thai. It is very light in comparison to the Indian food that we eat. Sometimes, having a green curry with rice or just a papaya salad is so refreshing, especially in the summer.”
Any particular dish you remember from your childhood?
“One of my favourite things growing up was my grandmother and mom’s kaddu, or pumpkin. It was made in a pressure cooker with ghee, and then we would place it on very thin chapattis, roll it up and eat it.”