Popular make up artist Kirthika Ranjeet on trends and multi-tasking products
Peek into make-up artist Kirthika Ranjeet’s handbag and you will find a cornucopia of delectable cosmetics and beauty products. From foundation, to lipsticks, concealers to eyelash curlers, the 31-year-old confesses that her love of cosmetics fuelled the start of her career. “When I saw how make-up can make the dullest of complexions flawless, I was hooked.” The make-up maven is therefore much in demand in the city for her transformational services.
“My clients are mostly brides; I have dressed doctors, engineers and architects… and of course their socialite mamas,” says Kirthika who has a Master of Arts degree in English literature (Ethiraj College). She has also had professional training courtesy MAC Cosmetics (USA) and trained with Mumbai’s Mariam Zaveri for hair. “I trained under Bharat and Doriss Godambe’s team briefly.” Kirthika, who is the grand-daughter of acclaimed Tamil actor ‘Thengai’ Srinivasan, remains refreshingly unconnected with the industry. The make up artist has, however, done make up for her actor brother Yogi, for a song sequence.
When asked for tips on contemporary make-up she professes, “My make-up is inspired by the golden rule that less is more!” She names make-up marvels Bharat and Bobbi Brown as her greatest influences. “I love Bobbi Brown—she changed how women wear make-up internationally. I love her flawless skin make-up mantra. I also think pop star Rihanna is so daring with her hair and make-up,” she says.
The young mom also credits her travels abroad for teaching her new tricks of the trade. “I just returned from Shanghai and was amazed at the way Chinese professionals used dry shampoo for a quick hair set. I do much of my cosmetics shopping overseas,’’ she says. As for the products she would never leave the house without, the make-up artist says, “Benefit ‘Get Even’ powder is great for excess oil. Their rose tint is perfect to touch up lips and cheeks.
— Shibi Kumaramangalam