Make Up master class with Deepti Mohindar- Airbrush Make Up Expert

Make Up master class with Deepti Mohindar- Airbrush Make Up Expert

If you have been following my blog, then you know that most of my posts are about make up. I am completely obsessed with make up and I love experimenting and learning new techniques. In fact, I have never had any formal training in makeup and whatever i know is self taught, through years of practice, numerous mistakes and YouTube videos! So when I was invited to attend a make up master class with Deepti Mohindar, one of Calcutta’s renowned make up artists, who is also an airbrush specialist apart from being the owner of Studio Meche (a Luxe-Boutique Salon-Spa-Makeup studio at AJC Bose Road)  , I just couldn’t turn down the offer!

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Deepti Mohindar at her make up studio and salon – Studio Meche

It was a fun workshop and myself along  with other fellow bloggers like Dolon from PoutPretty, Kinkinee from Gupshup Avenue, Tanumita from Thank God Its Fashion!, and Nikita from PenTwister  did learn so much about make up application, techniques, common mistakes to avoid and current trends. Here are some precious takeaways from the workshop :

  1. Make up is secondary, nourish your skin first

Deepti emphasised on the importance of keeping your skin moisturiesd and nourished at all times, as no matter how high end your make up might be, if your skin is not hydrated or well nourished, it is impossible to achieve that healthy glow even if you layer up make up on your face. It is extremely important for every person to have a skin care regime comprising of the usual CTM – Cleansing, Toning and Mositurising along with the daily use of SPF, Day creams and Night creams. Even if some one has oily skin, one must always use the right products in order to keep away signs of ageing, sun damage, acne, spots and marks. Healthy skin is the right kind of canvas for good make up.

2. Expensive is not always good.

Deepti believes that as important it is to invest in good quality cosmetics, people also need to understand that a tag of a brand does not always validate the utility of the product. She showed us some inexpensive, unbelievably pigmented eye shadows she picked up from Bangkok which are non branded and actually way better than high end expensive eye shadows. The bottom line is to spend wisely and invest in the right products instead of blindly running behind brands.

3. Choose the right foundation shade

Getting your foundation right is tricky business. At the store, foundation is usually swatched on the hands of a client (which is absolutely incorrect because the skin on your hands is completely different from the skin on your face) or on the face under yellow lights where the pigments don’t show up in real colors. Deepti explained a very simple way of choosing your foundation shade with ease.

Once at the store, preferably during day time,  choose two shades which are closest to your original skin tone. Then, blend each shades on either sides of your jaw. Wait for twenty minutes for the foundation to settle on your face, and then go out in sunlight and check in a small mirror which side is closest to the skin tone of the rest of your face. Then go back to the store and finalise your shade. It might sound like a tedious process but it is well worth it.

4. Concept of Contouring, Highlighting and Strobing

These terms are being widely used around the world by make up enthusiasts but are misunderstood by many. The easiest way to understand these terms is by simply defining them.

Contouring on Dolon from Poutpretty
Contouring on Dolon from Poutpretty

Contouring – This is the process by which make up artists sculpt the face to give it a more defined shape, buy adding darker color foundation to the chubbier areas of the face like cheeks, under the chin, jawline, nose and forehead in order to hide facial fat and to give the face a more sculpted, slimmer look.

Highlighting/ Strobing – These are synonyms used for the process of adding a lighter shade of foundation or shimmer to the high points of the face like cheekbones, T-zone, cupid’s bow etc in order to highlight them or make them appear more prominently.

The whole idea is to hide the flaws and accentuate the best features of the face.

5. Using the right kind of tools for make up

Deepti stressed on the fact that no matter how hard one tries, there will always be a difference in the finish between make up done with fingers and with brushes. It is not advised to apply make up with the help of your fingers as our fingers have a certain temperature which tends to change the consistency of the foundation, thus altering the final results. Also, using fingers may lead to infections if proper hygiene is not maintained. Deepti suggests investing in good quality make up brushes and sponges for flawless make up application. She also thoroughly maintains that one must keep their make up brushes and sponges very clean in order to avoid using dirty tools which results in skin infection, acne and break outs.

Deepti showed me how to get the winged liner right
Deepti showed me how to get the winged liner right

Tips for Brides-to-be

Weddings are considered as one of the biggest events in our lives and we all want to look our best on our D-day, when we are going to be the center of attraction. Deepti has some useful tips for brides-to-be.

  • A make up trial is of utmost importance – Get your make up trial done as soon as possible so that you and your make up artist are on the same page about the kind of make up you want for your big day.
  • As an Indian bride from a hot and humid climate, getting airbrush make up done is better than regular make up – Indian Bridal make up is heavy and bold, which also needs to last longer in our climate. Deepti recommends going for airbrush make up which costs barely a few thousand rupees more than regular bridal make up. The make up sets on your face like your own skin and lasts really long – in her words, three days if the bride does not wash her face! Airbrush make up is smudge proof & water proof.
  • The technology, tools and products used in airbrush make up is a completely different science and can only be used by a professional make up artist, Airbrush technology is not for self use.

Deepti Mohindar is an airbrush make up specialist. To get in touch with her for make up appointments and to stay updated about her work, please follow her Facebook Page –

Studio Meche 
Address: Gr Floor, 216/3 B AJC Bose Road, Near Conclave, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Phone: 033 4061 9368

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