I am Sathiya, a 33 year old makeup artist with 6 years experience in the industry, and three years as a professional makeup artist.
I am from Thiruvannamalai. I studied beauty therapy in a government scheme in Chennai at Pivot Point.
Then I went back to my village, got married and settled in Panaolai Paadi.
It had only 2 buses and was very backward. I have been married for 3 years and have a one-year-old child. There were problems due to dowry, and I had to earn for myself.
Beauty Therapy helped me make money to support myself. I have done makeup for brides (Rs. 1500). I would cycle to do bridal makeup with my baby in the back.
Word spread and I got orders from interior parts of the village too. The brides & their families took good care of me and my baby. Yearly twice, I conduct classes for those below the poverty line and especially women for empowerment.
We are now a team of 9 homemakers who coordinate to cater for multiple functions. I provide free Mehendi service for advertisement. I am interested in learning advanced makeup techniques. Ten years from now, I want to be more confident, learn more techniques and start my own bridal studio.
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