Creativity Is Your Best Makeup Skill, Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment - Isha Khanna

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1. Tell me about you and your journey.

I was born and brought up in Amritsar. Came to Delhi after completing 10th boards to join South Delhi polytechnic. Where I did 4 years diploma course in Commercial Arts.It was my dream to be an artist. But while I was growing up I Was made to realise that being a fine artist won’t fill up the pockets  unless you are really good at it. And it was better to work in corporate first and gather experience. So worked couple of years, I’d say almost 8years as graphic designer. I was leading my team at one point. 

Then, I got married. And I didn’t want to continue working 9-6 job. On and off I used to think about starting of my own thing but could never decide. 

My husband belongs to the same industry and he pushed me to learn makeup. Well, at first I wasn’t sure because I was no makeup person. Forget about doing someone’s makeup, I didn’t even know how to do mine. Words like concealer, corrector, primer were not part of my vocabulary. 

But then I was like WTH I am an artist and how difficult could it be. So I decided to learn from Chandni Singh. After the course I hustled between my graphics job and makeup for couple of months and when I started seeing good prospect in makeup I quit my job. And from there on my journey as a makeup artist started.

2. Why did you chose this career?

I won’t be able to tell you why I chose this career because it was more like this career chose me. I don’t know how I got into it. It was never my dream to be a makeup artist but what had to happen, happened. And I now love my work to bits. I feel like I was born to do it. That’s how much I love it. 

3. How can one build a clientele as a makeup artist?

I did lot of free makeups back in the day for friends and family to get good number of work pictures on my profile. Worked with models and photographers too for free. At the early stage it was all about having a good profile. And honestly, when your work is good clients come on their own. Word of mouth really works.

4. What are some of your top makeup tips?

Please don’t use foundation that is 10 shades lighter than your own complexion. It just doesn’t work. 
Other than that, have fun and don’t limit yourself.

5. What kind of opportunities one can get after becoming makeup artist?

Oh, sooo many!!!
You have lot of sectors to choose from if you have learnt makeup. 
You can be specialised bridal artist, some artists love to work on shoots only, you can work with makeup brands, you can be a YouTuber, content creator. There is so much to do.

6. Which professional courses would you suggest for aspiring artists?

I’d advice all the aspiring makeup artists to pick an Indian artist to learn from first if they will be working in India. Lot of artists travel abroad to learn makeup but they need to understand that white skin is very different from ours and what works on them won’t work on Indian skin.
I am not against it though, one should definitely go out and learn And gather experience but only after you have minimum 2 years of experience in India. 

7.Your favourite book and why?

I love reading romantic novels. Don’t have 1 favourite but My first author was Danielle Steel and her books got me hooked onto to reading more and more.

- Isha Khanna
Interviewed by- Rupali Rawat

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