In the business of make-up artistry for 20 years now, Riya Chandra has mastered every aspect of make-up whether it is bridal, fashion or editorial. She has also setup her own make-up academy by the name of ‘Be Beautiful with Riya Chandra’. With Salon India, Chandra shares her vision and plans.
Inspiration to be a make-up artist
I have been interested in the art since childhood. When I was 8 years old and in school, I would participate in dance and cultural programmes and insist on doing my own make-up. When I was older, I remember playing the role of Radha and used sandalwood as a base for make-up. As I grew older, so did my interest. I am inspired by our culture and artists who perform in shows and do their own makeup extremely well.
Education in the line
I was 12 when I entered the beauty industry, and realised I had to study it as well. So, I did courses from Orane International School of Beauty & Wellness and VLCC. I also worked part-time at a salon to improve my skills and support my family as our financial condition was not good. I worked on improving my skills and gradually got better. Later, I worked as a freelancer and also did a course from an international academy in Dubai. After that I joined an institute as a make-up educator, and since then have continued to attend national and international seminars.
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