As the American enthusiasm for Halloween rubs off on Indians, a 21-year-old woman has upped her make-up skills to give her clients an edge. Simone Lalwani, a professional make-up artist, with a basic special effects make-up knowledge, who has been following international Halloween make-up artistes on YouTube, is getting her clients their preferred Halloween look for Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.
Lalwani shuttles between Mumbai and Goa, which is her home. She has completed an extended course in sports in the UK, but returned to Goa.
Two years back, she took up a two-month course with Mumbai-based Fat-Mu make-up academy, which also had a basic training in special effects make-up. Then she took a short air-brushing course to improve her skills. After this, she began taking up bridal make-up, fashion and editorial assignments.
Lalwani says she discovered her passion for Halloween make-up only last year and has since been “self learning” by experimenting and following professionals on YouTube. One of the artistes she follows is Jordan Hanz. She said that her love for painting is the sole reason for taking up Halloween make-up assignments. It lets her experiment and express herself as she can completely transform a person to another character.
Lalwani uses different products like water-activated paints, which is “more sheer in nature and gives skin finish”. IPA which has 99 per cent alcohol is usually sprayed in paints. It gives long-lasting effect and helps the make-up look natural for features like bruises and cuts. Grease paints with powder can also be used instead of water activated ones.
She usually takes order a week prior. On the previous day, she makes the look on the plastic face mask and then lets it dry overnight. “One can use hair dryer as well to quickly dry the mask,” she says.
On the day of the make-up, she sticks it on her client’s face with spirit gum and then she blends the edges with liquid latex. This year, she took a 31-day Halloween make-up challenge for which she created 30 looks and posted them on Instagram. “The ‘Venom’ character look that she made took eight hours to construct and apply,” she says.
Lalwani is totally booked this week for Halloween today.