“The only way up is through hard work and dedication,” rightly muses Expert Swati Gupta. That teamed with passion and talent has got the certified makeup artist and hair stylist where she is today. Having trained with the likes of Toni & Guy, Vidal Sassoon and the Greasepaint Academy, London, Australia and Singapore, she continues to shine the beauty beacon with her role as the head of Creative Development at Bodycraft and brand ambassador of System Professional in India. Here, the dynamic lady gives us an insight into her learnings and the world of hair and beauty.
You head the Creative Development at Bodycraft, could you throw light on its vision and unveiling in Mumbai?
At Bodycraft, we aim to provide clients with as many avenues as possible. We look at a well-rounded approach and associations with the latest brands in the market. We are working on building a stylist team that is capable and skilled in the latest techniques of hair styling and colouring, catering to our various segments of clientele.
How do you feel Bodycraft Spa & Salon stands apart from the rest?
Bodycraft’s USP lies in the fact that we provide a bouquet of beauty and wellness services under one roof. Particularly with skincare, we have associations with renowned brands like Ainhoa and Dermalogica. We have also introduced a range of 360-degree skincare services that bring together essential skincare with clinical treatments for better and lasting results. Bringing N.Bar, Dubai’s premium personal grooming chain to India has certainly taken grooming to the next level. Our association with the Sassoon Academy & the Sassoon Academy School Connection ensure our stylists are trained in the best techniques. All our therapists and stylist undergo constant knowledge upgrades in order to provide clients only the best of services.
“It did not matter whether you were a business owner or an apprentice, you had to start from scratch.”
You have trained with reputed names like Toni & Guy, Vidal Sassoon and the Greasepaint Academy, London, Australia and Singapore. What are the most valuable lessons that you learnt from them?
Humility, integrity, discipline and professionalism! It did not matter whether you were a business owner or an apprentice, you had to start from scratch. This helps you stay grounded and shows you that no work is small. The only way up is through hard work and dedication.
You are an internationally certified makeup artist and hair stylist. What advice would you give the readers regarding hairstyling and makeup?
Don’t go after the latest trends. Stick to your comfort zone and work with what suits you. You may be inspired by and admire celebrities in magazines and pictures but we need to understand the reality that it may not look the same on you. It is best to take advice from a professional who will guide you with what suits you.
Are there any key mistakes that you have observed Indian woman making?
Following trends that are working in the western market blindly without understanding the difference in skin tone and texture of hair. By going behind trends like fair skin, straight hair, etc., we have forgotten our roots and how to embrace our natural beauty and identity.
What do you feel are the must-have makeup products that one should own?
- A foundation or base that will help your skin glow more, look better and more fluid.
- Mascara or kohl to give your eyes definition.
- Lip gloss or lipstick for that pop of colour or a subtle look.
Lastly, what advice would you give women who want to look and feel their best?
Be comfortable with who you are. Opting for a certain makeup or doing something with your hair is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do something that will make you look better. But we certainly should find a balance and not go overboard. There is no harm in investing in good quality products and wanting to spend time in taking care of yourself.