We’re thrilled she was able to make time to answer our questions – a window into the heart of a magnificent artist.
Watching my mother put lipstick on. It was fascinating and alluring. I loved trying on her makeup.
I’m deeply loved-up and feeling romantic vibes.
Quite simple; not nearly as elaborate as mine can get! She always had great lipstick to match the tones of her beautiful silk saris, strong black eyeliner and beautiful bindis in the perfect size that would draw attention to her eyes without overwhelming her face. She’s always epitomized a classic Indian look in a way that, to me, no one else can match.
Generally I enjoy makeup very much. Sometimes I get too focused on looking “perfect” and that ruins it. When I approach makeup as fun, I’m more likely to slick on a daring lipstick or do an unusual shape of eyeliner and feel more joyous and heightened as a result. I try to keep remembering it’s just fun.
My father was a deep Romantic. He always expressed, both through gestures, gifts, and words, how much he adored and appreciated my mother. He responded and noticed whenever she dressed up and frequently complimented her. He set the bar high!
Nothing comes to mind as particularly traumatic. But sometimes I’ve made the mistake of trying something for the first time on a night I’m going to be very photographed, and I wouldn’t really recommend that! Certain tones can clash with skin under bright lights in a way that can be hard to tell when putting makeup on in evening light.
8. Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?
I can do a full face of makeup without a mirror in a moving car.
9. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?
Women above 35 advertising products not to do with ageing. A ban on photoshop as it’s false advertising. Diversity.
10. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?
I just performed a memorial concert for my father on his birthday this April and burst into tears during my first announcement in front of everyone. However I must say that vulnerability felt honest and seemed to help create a very intimate and loving concert environment. I did kick myself afterwards for not putting waterproof mascara on though!
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