Have a passion to be a makeup artist but don’t know the correct way to make it to the top? We get you, and so does Aashmeen Munjaal. Whenever, we speak about choosing to be a makeup artist as a career, we think of the probability of becoming successful — especially with the numerous established labels out there.
LoveSutra spoke to Aashmeen Munjaal, who runs Star Saloon Academy, a venture of world class unisex salons and academy all across India and abroad.
You might think ‘Who is a makeup artist?’ is a simple question to answer. Not really. This career path has many variations for professionals.
Who is a makeup artist?
A makeup artist is someone who uses cosmetic techniques and processes to create beauty upon the human body. In its simplest form, it enhances a person’s appearance, bringing out colour and features, and hiding or smoothing out flaws, using cosmetic products.
At its most extreme, makeup artistry creates imaginative characters and special effects for films, television, photography and theatre.
Q. How can we take care of our skin during the monsoon?
AM: For the monsoon, first you need to know your skin type -- whether you have dry skin, oily skin, matured skin, acne prone skin, pigmented skin.
Accordingly, you need to take care of it. But the best thing in monsoon is to keep your skin fresh because your skin gets sweaty at the time.
You can keep a facewash in your purse while travelling -- jasmine facewash and aloe vera facewash are meant for all kinds of skin types. These can be used for adding a fresh feel to your skin so that it can breathe better.
You can even use a mint spray made out of fresh mint leaves. If you cannot wash your face regularly, this spray helps as it keeps the pores of your skin open.
Q. What’s the right order women should follow while applying makeup?
AM: Before applying makeup, the first job is to prep and prime your skin, and especially in the monsoon, it is very much important to prep your skin before makeup.
So for that the order is: CTM (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing)
Sometimes people think that they don’t require a moisturizer during monsoon but it’s a myth. Moisturizing is not like oiling your skin, and you need it every season.
Example: As you drink eight glasses of water every day to keep yourself hydrated, it’s equally important for your skin to be moisturized every day so you can pick the moisturizer as per the weather.
Whenever you are applying makeup, make sure you move either top to bottom or bottom to top. You should never go out of order while applying makeup.
The right order is discussed below: Suppose you are applying makeup from top to bottom
- First step is to apply Base (concealer, foundation, compact)
- The next step is to start with the eyebrows (eyeshadow, kajal, liner, mascara)
- Then the cheek bone zone. Over there you will be doing contouring (blush, highlighter)
- And lastly comes the lip area (lip liner, lip filling)
If you want to move from down to up, you will follow the same steps starting from the bottom of your face
Q. How can we take care of our hair during monsoon?
AM: Your scalp sweats a lot during monsoon and your hair needs to be regularly washed. Even if you cannot use shampoos regularly, you can purchase hair cleansers from the market which are very mild in their chemical consistency. And can be used regularly.
Also, you can use dry shampoo if you do not get time to wash your hair as it is necessary to protect it from due to dandruff, pollution, sweat and fungus which can grow on your hair.
You just need to spray and brush off the cleanser after 20-30 minutes.
What all you need to check while using hair cleansers:
- You need to see whether you have time or not
- Check your length of hair
To maintain good hair health:
- You need to shampoo and condition your hair regularly
- Make sure your hairs are free from sweat
- If you go to swimming make sure your hair doesn’t contain chlorine in it, if it has wash them properly
Q. What can you suggest for oily skin during the monsoon?
AM: For oily skin, the best protection would be to apply Lacto Calamine, sandalwood packs, and aloe vera packs.
If you do apply these face packs daily before going to sleep for just 20 minutes, extra oil secretion, sebum secretion remains under control.
Q. As people go on vacations during the summer, how can they revitalize their hair after spending a lot of time on the beach?
AM: Whenever you go to coastal areas, you will find the weather there more humid. Because of this reason, your hair tends to become more sticky. So what you can do is:
- Use protection spray for hairs
- When sun gets reflected on water and heats your hair, that is very harmful for your hair health. Sun is very harmful for both skin and hair
- Make sure you are applying hair spray. L’Oréal Elnett is a good protection spray
- Alternatively, you can wear a hat
Q. Suggest something for office-going women on Beautician’s Day. How they can maintain their skin health?
AM: Office-going women usually don’t have time to go to salon, so for them here are few tips:
Apply moisture spray when you are in office to stay protected from the drying effect of AC, as spending long hours in the AC tends to absorb the moisture from your skin.
Rejuvenate your skin by spraying rose water 2-3 times while in office so that the moisture of your skin doesn’t get sucked out by the AC ultimately blocking your skin.
Q. Suggest some good homemade face packs for the monsoon.
AM: One thing which not only oily skin but every skin type can apply is raw potato, raw cucumber, raw tomato. Mix these three, freeze in cubes in ice tray pack.
Apply this paste and leave for 20 minutes and wash off your face with warm water. Due to this, the PH balance of your face remains under control.
Q. What causes dark circles and how can we get rid of them?
AM: Dark circles are caused because of melanin present in your skin under your eyes because of less activity there. It can be because of:
- Less sleep
- Intake of medicines
- Hormonal changes
- Diabetic problem
- Usage of computers, mobiles, laptops
Remedies to remove them:
Body toxins should be flushed out regularly by drinking water, raw milk (kaccha dudh), kacchi lassi, coconut water, juices, natural fruits.
Our body contains several toxins which darkens the complexion of body so intake of such things will keep our body free from all kinds of toxins.
Q. What can be done to remove makeup if there’s no cosmetic product at hand at that moment?
AM: Best homemade thing to remove makeup is:
Freeze kaccha dudh’s cubes in ice tray pack and whenever you want to remove makeup, just apply those ice cubes and clean it with the help of cotton balls. Your makeup would be removed quickly and it will bring an instant glow
to your skin.
For oily skin, mix besan along with water and apply it to your skin and leave for 20 minutes and then wash gently. This acts as a great cleanser for oily skin.
Q. Any quick tips for keeping a healthy skin from your side?
- Love yourself
- Keep smiling
- Keep having healthy diet
These are the best tips for health and good skin.