Mira Parmar is a tutor here and top freelance Makeup Artist in the fashion and commercial industry. Known for her glossy skin, brushed-up brow and glamorous finish, Mira is in hot demand for weddings all over the world. She is widely known in the industry for working on Bollywood’s A list stars, including Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.
We have had a huge influx of Indian students in the Academy this year, which like many of our graduates will be required to do bridal make-up. It made perfect sense to host an Indian bridal master class with Mira, looking specifically at contemporary techniques and the fresh glowy-skinned look that is favoured these days, over the heavy make-up, traditionally applied to Indian brides.
The evening started with a delicious selection of Indian food from a local shop in Hanwell. We enjoyed pakoras, samosas, barfi and many other delicious treats with Rubicon mango juice.
Our model Nikkita arrived and underwent the most spectacular transformation from natural beauty to ornate Indian Bride. Mira made use of a beautiful dress lent to us by Este Couture, jewellery from Goenka Jewels, hair adornment, flowers and a bindi. To our British and European Students, this was a real education in Indian bridal preparation.
Mira spoke at length about how the traditional style of heavy make-up, is requested less in favour for a commercial glam look with highlighted skin, shimmering natural eyes and nude lips, rather than matte red.
The students took notes, with every product used and brush Mira picked up. Mira’s key advice was about keeping skin as light as possible, whilst looking flawless – not an easy task! Tinted moisturiser, liquid highlighter and concealers are Mira’s favourite base products. A lot of love was shown to niche brands, Danessa Myricks, Delilah and Elouise Beauty.
Mira explained how harsh black kohl liner can look, and that she prefers to build up the shape with a brown liner, before carefully going in with black kohl at the very end to finish the make-up. Traditionally, eyeliner is worn on the inside of the waterline, as it has been done for thousands of years. There is no sign of this statement trend going anywhere.
Gold and green eye shadow has been replaced by more modern metallic shades of pink, taupe and rich copper. The lip on Nikkita was created with a Laura Mercier lip liner and Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb to finish.
This look was completed with a traditional Bindi and a large round of applause for Mira, who was truly inspiring.
Huge thank you to Mira, Nikkita, Goenka Jewels and Este Couture.