For quite a few years I couldn’t really understand why Bharatanatyam makeup looked so different compared to other makeup. For me it was pretty much the regular foundation, eye liner , kajal and lipstick. I didn’t even know words like contouring and different makeup look even existed.
After a lot of trial and error I have slowly started learning to do Bharatanatyam makeup all by myself.
So let’s get started.
Items you need:
6. Makeup brushes
7. Cotton swab
8.q- tips or ear buds
Step 1: Dab on concealer and spread with a brush or fingers
Step 2: Apply foundation and blend well with a sponge or a brush.
Step 3 : Pick a primary color for your eye shadow.
Step 4 : Pick a secondary color for eye shadow. I chose pink to give a warm undertone to the gold previously chosen.
Step 5 : Use a blending color like white gold to blend these two colours away. Put the eyeshadow on the center or your eyelids and blend away.
Step 6 : Darken eyebrows using black eyeshadow.
Step 7 : apply eyeliner. One very important step in Bharatanatyam make up is to ensure the lower eye is lined properly to form a winged outline.
Step 8 : Correct imperfections using makeup remover and Q-tip.
Step 9 : Apply kajal along the inner corner of the lower eyelash for better outline.
Step 10 : Apply blush. Try and stick to only the apple of your cheeks and not too much otherwise thou stand the risk of looking like a bunny rabbit 🙂
Step 12: Apply lip liner and lipstick, Coat with a layer of gloss for better shine.
Step 13: Accessorise with bindi and white liquid bindi. Unfortunately I didn’t have a long bindi so had to make do with a round one.
Add your required jewellery and your look is complete.
Final look :
Photography : Anisha Mahapatra
Concept and make up : Priya Kumar