Hi readers! I’m so happy to present another exclusive Jolie Asie beauty interview, this time with the well-established Bollywood hair and makeup artist, Ruhee M Bindra! Let’s get started!
Meg: What are some of your best Bollywood hair and makeup styling accomplishments?
Ruhee: My best Bollywood makeup and hair styling accomplishments have been on the films that I have worked on, like Chak De India, Rocket Singh, Fanaa, Band Baaja Baaraat, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Faltu, Ra. One, Luv Ka The End, and Wake Up Sid.
Tell us about your training and experience. How did you break into Bollywood and stay in the field, despite tough competition?
Ruhee: I have never got myself trained from any institute, nor have I ever assisted a senior makeup artist. I have always had a flair since I was a kid. I was very lucky and blessed to have got a chance to work with all the ace people in the industry. It was very tough for me, I really had to work hard to prove myself, as I had no portfolio neither experience nor a certificate. It was tougher for me to work and prove myself.
What is a typical day on film sets like for you? What do you do, who do you interact with?
Ruhee: Being on the sets for me is monitoring the work correctly. I’m a perfectionist so I believe in doing my work accurately, considering every aspect in details, keeping a watch on my assistants as well if they are doing their job correctly, and getting out the work peacefully and patiently.
Let’s talk makeup. What are your five must-have makeup products?
What mistake do most Indian women make in regards to makeup, and how can they fix this?
Ruhee: Indian women usually feel by applying layers of makeup on their face, they’ll look prettier and brighter. Heavy makeup can make your features very harsh; they need a very light water-based foundation as per their skintone, a shade darker than their skintone, a loose translucent powder, a skin-color eyeshadow, kohl pencil, mascara, natural pink blush, and a nude lipstick.
What is the best way for women with acne or scars to apply their concealer and foundation for flawless skin?
Ruhee: For acne or scars, the best way to apply a foundation would be a waterproof silicone-based cake foundation. This is water-based, light, and at the same time, it covers the scars well and they get an even tone and flawless complexion.
How is film makeup different than other types of makeup? How are the application techniques different?
Ruhee: Film makeup is natural, minimal, and realistic as compared to fashion makeup. Film makeup varies from minimal to a glam doll look, depending on the requirement of the character. Fashion makeup demands very heavy, elaborate and glamorous look.
What are your three must-have hair products?
How can women get height and volume in their hair without teasing/backcombing it?
Ruhee: To create volume and height without backcombing, one can let down their hair completely and scrunch it with their hands and ruffle it with fingers, brush it with a paddle brush and flip back. Another way is cold blowdrying and diffusing it and spraying it. Another way is to stuff in a flat and thin layer of a black hair cushion inside the hair, camouflaging it and pinning it neatly from inside.
Got any final beauty/hair/makeup advice or recommendations for our readers?
Ruhee: Makeup and hair advice for your readers would be:
- Keep your skin clean, healthy, fresh, moisturized, with proper care.
- Use a good quality sunscreen with SPF 80.
- Use a good day and night moisturizer and use a good face wash.
- Cleanse your face with a proper cleanser and toner.
- Wash your face thrice a day.
- Apply a lip balm or Vaseline on your lips.
- Go for skin peels twice a month to a cosmetologist.
- Eat healthy and drink healthy.
- Use the right type of shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner as per your hair type.
- Keep your scalp clean.
- Shampoo and condition your hair every alternate day.
- Oil your tresses every alternate day before washing your hair.