An artist par excellence
KANISHKA RAMCHANDANI in conversation with make-up expert Priya Kapur on the upcoming bridal trends and much more.
Looking at Priya Kapur’s bridal collection
How did you start off in the field of make-up?
After acquiring a diploma in hairstyling and make-up from Nalini & Yasmin Academy almost a decade ago, I moved on to the technical side of hair by training with brands such as L’Oréal Professionnel and Wella Professionals. Later, I headed my own salon, Ti Amo, for five years.
Since my creative interests always leaned towards make-up, I shut the shop in 2011 and put all my energies into make-up artistry. Over the years, I have worked on many editorial and fashion shoots for several leading magazines. I have also been featured on FTV online, conducted workshops, been a part of Femina Miss India ’09 contest and finally authored and published my first book Bridal Diaries.
What is the best thing about bridal make-up?
Every bride wants to look not just her best but also different. What got me interested in this branch of make-up is the fact that the modern bride is ready to experiment. The concept of a traditional approach is finally fading away. Many artists steer clear of bridal make-up because they think it doesn’t have the scope to explore their talent. However, times are changing and bridal make-up is catching up with trends and moving alongside glamour and fashion.
look. Many brides try out several different wedding hairdos before making a final decision of the style they like best. A top tip is to wear a button-up shirt while having your hair styled on your wedding day. This will eliminate the need to take off a garment from over your head and possibly messing up your hair.
Which products are must-haves for brides?
A moisturiser suited to the bride’s skin type, a face wash, a cleanser or face wipes, an under eye gel or cream, mascara (coloured or transparent), tinted lip balm with SPF, a compact and a waterproof liner or kohl.
What pointers should a make-up artist keep in mind while doing bridal make-up?
The products used, be it an eyeliner, mascara or the base,
Which celebrity would you like to dress up as a bride?
It’s Deepika Padukone hands down! Her lovely ethereal features, rustic beauty and panache can carry off any look with ease — whether it’s casual, traditional or western. Styling her is one of my dreams.
What are your plans for your career?
To expand into education for upcoming artists as well as to increase awareness regarding grooming. I also plan to launch my own range of make-up products and restart my salon with a bridal studio as soon as I can.
Which aspect of make-up do you enjoy the most?
All and any make-up is fun; it’s the play of colours after all. Bridal is something you do for someone who trusts you enough on the most special day of her life. There’s immense satisfaction in knowing you’re responsible for the look that a bride carries forever in her photographs. Editorial, backstage and films teach you to follow concepts true to the requirement. They helps challenge your skill and make you better at each step.