5 Most Influential Makeup Artists Of Bollywood

Updated on 19 Jan, 2018 at 4:51 pm


We do observe a trend of photographs appearing on internet where pictures placed side by side show how celebrities look with and without their makeup. This is enough proof to show what difference a makeup artist can do. A makeup artist has a great challenge of working on a canvass called human body; moreover, this body belongs to a Film Star who is going to shine on the big screen.

The bald get hair, the wrinkles are erased, the lips develop beckoning curve and time runs backwards when the makeup artist begin to weave their magic. The audience swoons over the looks of the actors who look young even after decades, but never bother to find out who is responsible for their youth. Unfortunately, except for a few make-up artists who have made a name for themselves, most of them are not known to movie goers. If not all, it is good to know about these 5 makeup artists of Bollywood who have enthralled the audience with their skill.

5. Banu

Banu is known in the Bollywood for the creation of Chitti in the film Robot. She made Chitti appear like a robotic rubber toy without being different from Rajinikanth. This is the one film which put her in limelight in Bollywood. A beautician turned makeup artist Banu has worked with stars like Vikram, Suriya, Aishwarya and off course Rajinikanth. She had a humble beginning with ‘Nivaran’ ad. She is an artist who has passion for what she does which is why producers and top superstars choose her for their films.


4. Vidyadhar Bhatte

Vidyadhar Bhatte is a Mumbai based makeup artist who has been working in the industry since 1974. His unmatched talent has transformed actors, making them perfect for the characters they are playing for the movies. He is been in the industry more than 35 years. He is associated with great names like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Chopra, Rani Mukherji, Vidya Balan and many more. He has survived the changes in the industry by enhancing his skills and learning new techniques in the field of makeup and prosthetics and innovating without a break.

Vidyadhar Bhatte

3. Christien Tinsley


Remember how Amitabh Bachchan enacted the part of Auro, Abishek Bachchan’s son in the film Paa? Well the role of father and son could be reversed for the movie due to the makeup magic cast by Christien Tinsley from Hollywood. Christien Tinsley is known for is known for his creation techniques by applying 2D and 3D makeup known as ‘Tinsley Transfers’ and also for his work in ‘The Passion of the Christ’.

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Christen Tinsley

2. Namrata Soni

Namrata Soni, a famous makeup artist, with an exceptional and unique style has amazed audience through different mediums. Her talent has been showcased on magazine covers, feature films and Ad films. Her notable Bollywood movies are Om Shanti Om, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Musafir, Main Hoon Na, Janemaan, and Aisha, though there are many more to her credit. She is the most sought after makeup artist by celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Salman Khan. The list of big names that seek her services should be enough to tell you about her credibility.

Namrata Soni

1. Mickey Contractor

Mickey Contractor is a makeup artist who can choose which Bollywood star he wants to work with. Not many makeup artists have tasted fame and celebrity status like he has done. Winner of IIFA Award for Best Make-up for films Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Mickey Contractor has been a force to reckon in make-up industry for more than three decades. He faced gender discrimination in the industry when he was refused to do hair, because Bollywood did not accept men to do hair back then. Today, he is one of the most popular makeup artists in India and works in Bollywood on his own terms.

Mickey Contractor