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TBG Indian Academy Awards – Story of Makeup Artist Dhivya Manohar

I am Dhivya Manohar, and I would like to nominate myself for the third category award. I am an upcoming passionate makeup artist. Here is my journey. When it comes to makeup, Let’s just start by plainly saying that I love to look good and stand out, no matter where I am and what I am doing. Also, I strongly believe that looks are the first impression that you make on anyone and everything follows next.

Even as a child, and as far as I can remember, I was one of the siblings and I was the one who always wanted to look good and fashionable all the time. My sister, nah! – not so much (I hope she is not reading this :). Coming from a family where most of the members are from rural parts of India, makeup was not really something one would think about and makeup went as far as Fair & Lovely creams and fashion as far as wearing a Silk Saree. But I, on the other hand, wanted to go beyond just Fair & Lovely and Silk clothing.

My father served the Indian Air Force and that brought the whole family to the great city of Delhi, which was already a metro city at the time. The city had the glitz, glamour, and fashion that engrossed me and provoked my urge and love towards fashion and makeup. Growing up, and competing everyday to look good among the metropolitan citizens fueled my passion to become a makeup artist one day and make people look good for who and what they are.

Being fashionable and wearing makeup always put me on the spot when I made family visits to rural India. But this going back and forth put so many fashion fusion ideas in my head that I had to do something. I would mix and match the best of both rural and urban styles which started to make me stand out even in the urban areas. This fueled my fashion and makeup ideas. With the given Indian student lifestyle, I think I did not have the time and the liberty to pursue my passion. Like every other evolving student, I completed my Engineering degree. Whew!

But the next part of my life, I moved to ‘singara’ Chennai, another interesting metro city. I got a job and now I had the FREEDOM and LIBERTY. It was a blast of fashion and makeup. I would volunteer to makeup and dress up all the girlfriends be it formal or party events or casual outings. Just to see the smiles and happiness of my friends when I make them up and make them look good gave me a great sense of satisfaction and happiness. I was always looking for an opportunity in my life to make this passion of mine go mainstream and make lots of people look good and put more smiles on faces.

Well, my next experience was in Singapore, where the multicultural community gave me an opportunity to explore a lot on the makeup side. The first ever opportunity that I got was when my friend Priya Ravibalan from Singapore called me out of the blue, and asked me to be her official makeup artist for a party that she was hosting for her son’s birthday. I will never forget that day in my life and that was the day that took my passion to a whole new level.

I didn’t think twice, packed my bags with the whatever I had that was related to makeup and fashion, dashed to her house and let my imagination take its toll.

But if you ask me, How was it so different? Then here is the answer. That is the time when I was an official makeup artist for the whole family and friends, girls of all sizes, ages and shades. Wow! And when the party began, all the beauty and smiles that were exchanged and captured that day had a contribution from me. That’s when I was the happiest and that’s what triggered me to want to be a part of the fashion industry.

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