Functions are galore and the women absolutely love to doll up for whatever the function may be.
The more subdued and classier lot may get their hair done at a salon but are capable enough to slap on their own make up in a subtle fashion that brings out their good features and drape their sari or whatever dress they have decided to wear and turn up looking good.
"Some ladies bring along pictures of celebrities and wish to have that look and to top it all, also want to look natural. "
The last decade has created another type of women who do not know either to drape a sari or do their own make up. Salons have made it a booming business to cater to this type of woman and most succeed in pulling it off, making quite ordinary looking women look good and presentable. Then again you see another lot who make these women look worse than they really are, all caked up with bad make up, sporting ridiculous hair styles and funny sari drapes which do not suit them. What takes the cake are the designed sari blouses that have straps, holes, no straps etc. worn by women whose flesh bulge and ooze out of all these holes and straps. Some of these women actually look like drag queens on a bad day tripping the nigh fantastic on a night out. The society magazines and society columns are good places to peek at and have a look at how ridiculous some of these women look, especially the older women who yet think they have it and prove the fact that “Naki Vise” is rampant among a heavy percentage of women in Colombo.
New to the scene Viran Jose Peter has a great approach to making women up. Talking to him he says that every woman has that certain feature that makes her different and unique and as a makeup artist he has to recognize that feature and enhance it. At most times what is seen is a stereotype make-up on women with heavy foundation, pink eye shadow, liquid eye liner and dark brow lip liner. What Viran believes is that each individual should be made up with what suits them to enhance the beauty they already are blessed with.
New clients can be difficult. These ladies bring along pictures of certain celebrities and wish to have that look and to top it all, also want to look natural. Little do they know that the make-up of the photographed has been intentionally done for the camera and is a different technique to normal make-up. To be different and what is known as the usual norm is what they wish to have. Here Viran has to build trust and confidence with his clients and then show them what is best and suits them and he then wins the clients’ approval.
Viran has always dreamt of being a make-up artist from his childhood. Upon completion of his schooling he joined Cheryl Guneratne as a trainee hair dresser. Under training he used to watch her making up ladies and got more inspired. Being passionate about being a makeup artist he learnt every possible thing about it by reading books, going on the internet and reading all sorts of magazines related to make up.
At first Viran used to make up many ladies whom he knew. Recognizing his talent they used to want him to do their faces all the time. He then began working at Chagall as a freelance makeup artist where he built up a big clientele. Five years hence he has done makeup for many a women, brides and fashion shows. He now has a great following on Facebook and Instagram and could easily be consulted at Chagall.
One can see that Viran has a natural talent and watching him at work and seeing the finish I can only foresee a great future in his career. It would be great if some of these badly made-up women would try him out and see what
magic he creates.