What’s the one thing a girl never wants to regret in her life? Her makeup. On her wedding day. Featuring, the number one on every bride’s wedding checklist, the Sabyasachi of makeup, the renowned and the fabulous, self taught makeup-expert and salon owner – Miss Chandni Singh. Her gorgeous transformations through makeup have made every girl dream to be a Chandni Singh Bride! I got to witness the artist paint her canvas during the much raved about Professional Makeup Course, at her salon itself.
Amidst her busy schedule, I got the chance to have a chat with her over a cup of coffee, and she was such a delight! Young, charming, spirited and so beautiful (she wore no makeup, and glowed like a bulb!). She has been in the business for over ten years, and her salon has been up and running for over two and a half years now. With brides lined up all around the year, she is one busy woman, with as much as thirteen brides a day, in the peak season (yes, that’s right). You will be extremely surprised to know that she takes just about thirty to forty minutes for one bridal makeup. That’s it!! But I guess, with the kind of dedication, knowledge, experience, and par professionalism she holds, she seems completely driven to accomplish her goals. But, where does one get the energy!? It’s hard to leave out her passion for working out! Visit her Instagram account and watch the crazy workout videos. That’s where she gets it!
The students were really keen to know her personal daily makeup routine, and so she decided to show them that. The pictures you see above are of the same. After prepping her face with a primer by Nivea, she took her favourite Face Fabric Foundation (SPF 12) by Giorgio Armani, and applied it all over her face and neck. She then took the buffing brush by Real Techniques to blend the product onto the skin. I really loved the way this foundation worked, so smooth and great coverage as well, without giving out that typical foundation look. It was something between a BB cream and a foundation maybe! She totally swears by it, and it’s one of her go-to products. Then she moved on to some blush on, liner and then mascara which was by Deborah. For eyebrows, she used the Benefit Brow Zings kit. And for her lips, she picked a soft pink shade. I personally loved how the look turned out, it was so natural and understated, almost like a no-makeup look.
Moving on, I was lucky enough to attend that particular class as she taught her personal favourite look – Dark Smokey Eyes & Soft lips, in her words, ‘The Understated look’.
With some great tricks and time management techniques, the one thing that she really stressed on was how to correct a mistake. Be it contouring or smoking the eye, she knew the usual mistakes and she taught how to work onto it to correct it, without having to take the makeup off and redo it. She made makeup seem like cakewalk!
Quickly over viewing the products she used on her student/model :
Eyes – Smoulder pencil and Club by MAC, to create the dark smokiness, with a neutral brown transition shade to complete the effect, and added a highlighter under the brows and on the inner corners of the eyes to sort of bring them out. She used the Maybelline Gel eye liner, and for lashes she used the Deborahmascara along with some gorgeous falsies!
Lips – She actually did two looks for the lips. One was a soft pink, for which she used a beautiful limited edition lipstick by MAC. And the other was a dark oxblood lip, for which she used a lip pencil in the shade Vino by MAC and filled the lips with a mix of three shades, i.e. Diva, Cyber, and Media, all by MAC. This was such a hit!
Here are some of the minute yet really important tips by Miss Chandni herself :
· Inglot eye-shadow palettes over MAC palettes for beginners, as it’s value for money!
· Powder contour a big yes for oily skin types. Cream based contours more suitable for dry skin.
· For falsies, make sure you apply tonnes of glue. We don’t want our falsies swinging around!
· Go off salt and alcohol before a big day to avoid water retention and any kind of puffiness.
The salon was beautifully done up, the mirrors were vintage, the powder blue and white theme just made it all look so classy!
Not to forget, her staff was beyond professional and so kind! Well, I’m sure the credit goes to the boss who treats them like her own big fam! Her personal assistant, Miss Ananya took care of every little detail of her work, from answering her phone calls to promptly helping the students during the class. Wish we could all have our very own Miss Ananya!
Chandni Singh definitely tops my list of favorite MUA’s. With her confidence, and ability to cater to every little need of the client, makes her a complete package!
You can visit her at 15, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi.
Website : www.chandnisinghsalon.com
Instagram : chandnisinghsalon