Arti Nayar Bollywood Makeup Artist

Arti Nayar is one of the most celebrated makeup artists in the industry. With her stellar work with known Bollywood faces like Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and many more. Let’s take a sneak peak into her success story.

Q. Tell us about your background. Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the beauty industry?

A. I didn’t know I what I wanted to do when I was young. The only thing I didn’t know was that I loved teaching what I would eventually do only came to me once I finished college.

Q. What inspired you to become a makeup/hair artist and who is your inspiration?

A. Growing up I watched a lot of movies what fascinated about films were with characters and how they were shown on camera. That is actually what inspired me to look into the world of cinema and see which aspect worked for me. Once I did all my research the one person that inspired me the most was Namrata Soni, her work was so advanced and modern that I wanted to learn only from her.

Q. Who do you look up to in terms of their makeup/hair artistry in India and abroad?

A.  Namrata Soni,  Mickey Contractor, Anil Chinappa, Pat Mcgrath , Kevin Aucoin , Scott Barnes, and there are so many more

Q. When you first started experimenting with makeup/hairstyling did it come to you naturally?

A. When I first started learning I had to practice a lot I would come home and practice what I had learned in class on my roommate or any friend that was available to sit for me to practice. The key to makeup is to never stop practicing.

Q. How did you go about in your journey? Were you formally trained at a traditional beauty school?

A. I first learned makeup at Bharat and Dorris school, Bharat was my teacher. Thereafter I did many other jobs like a stylist for about three years, just because I wanted to meet lots of people and this was the only way since I was not from the industry or Bombay.

Q. Was there ever a specific moment when you remember feeling like you’d gotten your big break?

A. I got my big break when I got a job as an assistant stylist on the film “Wake Up Sid” through that film I met so many people who have been integral to my journey. Through this film, I met Rhea Kapoor who then wanted to produce her film and ended up working on that film “AISHA” which was such a big deal to me. Through this project, I took my first ever trip to New York to source for the film. I thought I was living a dream. Then on the set, I met Namrata Soni who was doing Sonam’s makeup, and I always wanted to assist her. It was of Sonam, who insisted that I speak to her about makeup and having a career in this field. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Q. How has social media impacted your career?

A. Social Media has been great for me because it has allowed my work to reach people all over the world. It has helped my career a lot.

Q. When you are working with an actress on a film, what is the rapport like?

A. When you work on a film, it is very important to have a good rapport with the team because you end up spending a lot of time with them. Whether its the actress or the film team. But I have been very lucky to work with the actresses that I am also friends with. And I have some great memories from each film and people that I have worked with.

Q. How do you stay innovative?

A. Being innovative in the field of makeup is very important. Earlier we had magazines and fashion shows and the internet to look at it. Now we have social media that has opened up doors to so many people. It gives us access to so many tutorials so we can learn all the time and be up to date with all the trends worldwide.

Q. Tell us about your upcoming projects.

A. Well, this year I have taken some time for myself and I’m enjoying being married. Let’s see what happens later in the year. I have finished all my pending projects.

Q. What advice do you have for aspiring makeup/hair artists who are just starting out?

A. For aspiring makeup artists, I would say this: Please be patient, take time to learn, and practice it will only make you a better artist. Don’t be in a rush, there is enough work for everyone. Therefore, enjoy the process and the journey

Q. Where do you see the beauty industry in the next 5 years?

Well, with times we live in the current times, I don’t know what will happen. But surely we will have to re-evaluate ourselves. Having said that, I feel the beauty industry will grow bigger and better I hope.