Posted by Editor on July 14, 2012 | No Comments

What do celebrities like Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, Bipasha Basu, Yana Gupta, Katrina Kaif, Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone, Tabu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Madhu Sapre, Sheetal Malhar, Jesse Randhawa, Shobha De, Parmeshwar Godrej,Lata Mangeshkar ,Shahrukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Milind Soman, Kamal Haasan, Rahul Dev, etc have in common? All of them have had their make up done by India’s topnotch Make Up professional and artist, Marvie Ann Beck.

Marvie has recently set up her company in Mumbai, to supplement her salon and her academy. The academy is the first one of its kind in Mumbai, the film capital of India, where the Make up skills from A to Z, are taught. In the field of make up, Marvie is a pioneer, venturing into things which have not yet made their way into the sub continent. She takes great pride in the Indian make up artists, and likens them to an airplane pilot, who fly through different seasons, all in one flight, to get to their destination, and do it successfully and with great skills, given all the challenges they do face.

Here we get to talk to Marvie:

How and why did you choose to be a make up professional?

As a child I had been very interested in make up, art and culture. Growing up I was surrounded by artists, painters and make up professionals, so it was a combination of being born with it and an inner talent that already existed. Also I had done a few things in life, prior to embarking on my journey as a make up artist. The need came to not feel like I am going to work, but to enjoy my work and also be able to make a living out of it. Make up was that profession for me.

On being a woman professional in a very “Makeup- Men” centric industry?

Initially that did not bother me because, more than films, I was more interested in the advertising industry and I was also into other consultative fields like being a color consultant for Lakme. This carried on for 7-8 years and hence how Bollywood was, did not bother me because Bollywood was not my interest or calling back then.

Yes back then you had to be male to be doing make up in films, because of the presence of a strong Union. But I kept getting called by celebrities for specialized scenes or songs, so that meant I was busy 26 days a month, hence my livelihood or professional development was not hindered by the “male only” way of working. But yes, overall it has been a challenge for the females, to be in this profession in Bollywood. In fact there was a time when only hair stylist were allowed to be female. They had this very weird logic that one woman would not want to make another woman, appear more beautiful since she would get envious of her client. But things have changed for the better now. There are no such restrictions and in fact a lot of foreign make up artists are now coming to Bollywood, male and female. Also a lot of shoots are happening abroad, so Unions cannot take any actions or impose any guidelines there.

Your beauty Mantra?

Clean and cleanse your skin if you want to wear make up. The care of the skin is the most essential element. I believe less is more. Look as natural as possible, not too much though, a natural –glamour, as I call it, is the perfect blend. For me purely natural is putting lip gloss and sun block and sitting in the sun, that is not in today, it is more a glamorous natural that is in.

 On your favorite Celebrities?

Without sounding diplomatic, I don’t have any favorites, I love all of them. Every woman, man and celebrity is unique in their own way. I appreciate them for what they are. Each one of them is special and that is a plus point about me as a person and as a professional. Because I feel everyone is special, maybe it comes across in my work with them too.

Your advise to aspiring Make Up professionals?

I think it is about 100% skills and 100% attitude. And it is both. You could be the most skilled person on earth, but without the right attitude you won’t be able to translate that into being good on the job. Your motivation should not be how much you are going to earn, but how much you are going to make the client look beautiful. If that intention is clear, there is no better way.
When I am training Make up artists, I tell them not to worry about the skills,  I will impart that to them, what they will have to work on themselves, is the attitude that they are going to have.

And the make up forecast for the next season is…?

We have come into an age where we want color, lots of color and attention, keeping the skin very pure and almost translucent, I’m also seeing hair color being very bright. Having recently returned from the US, I am seeing that in the brands that are selling. Lots of emphasis on textures too. Everyone wants to have fun and it is “look at me cause I am wearing make up.” A great attitude and that is looking amazing. So I think that is what is a big hit right now.

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