Wondering how to perfect your smokey eye makeup or if a concealer is right for you or the 5 must have M·A·C lipstick or the the must have eyeshadows from M·A·C? Well to answer all your Makeup & Beauty queries, Indian Beauty Central presents to you Sonic Sarwate – Senior Artist, M·A·C (India)
In a freewheeling Indian Beauty Central (IBC) exclusive interview Sonic shares some awesome smokey eye makeup Pro tricks. Also if you are looking at putting together your makeup kit and want to know know the must haves from M·A·C this interview has all the dope you need to know about M·A·C!
When Sonic Sarwate was a teenager, he was picking up fashion trends from TV and magazines and dressing up his mom and sisters in the same styles. At 14, he became the family’s hairstylist after going with his mom to the salon. “I watched the hairdresser throughout the session. When we came back home I tried to do the same thing with my sister’s hair. After that day, my mom never had to go to the hair salon again,” recalls Sonic. Transforming his family into visions from the media was just the beginning of a lifelong passion that would launch him into a career filled with Indian celebrities, shoots with internationally acclaimed fashion magazines and Fashion Weeks around the world.
Immediately after high school Sonic took a fashion design course where his sketches always included hair and makeup styles to complete the outfits. After graduation, Sonic worked in a design house for a time, but took a job at United Colors of Benetton because he was missing direct contact with people. As store manager at Benetton he discovered he had an affinity for styling when his customers would buy every outfit he put together for them, which launched his career as a stylist. Wanting to add to what he could offer his clients, Sonic enrolled in makeup school. On the first day, he found himself the subject of his teacher’s laughter who,seeing the makeup on his finished model, called in the head of faculty believing Sonic had no future in the field. The head of faculty however, saw otherwise and immediately enrolled Sonic in an advanced fashion makeup course. Sonic started freelancing and during the first three months of his career he had already participated in his first Fashion Week.
In 2005, he made his leap into the world of M·A·C, joining the Events Team as an Artist at M·A·C’s first store in Mumbai and soaking up inspiration at various fashion events including Indian Fashion Week, as well as working with talent at the Dubai International Film Festival and the International Film Awards. “When M·A·C decided to open in India, I got a call from the Dubai office saying that the brand manager for M·A·C Middle East wanted to meet me. I was oblivious that it was for an interview – I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go back into a retail environment and give up freelancing,” he confesses. “What inspired me to do it was the M·A·C AIDS Fund and the work that M·A·C does in this respect, and the credo of ‘All Ages. All Races. All Sexes.’” By 2010, Sonic had become Resident Trainer for West India. “This gave me the opportunity to train the Artists who work at M·A·C Counters and learn from their techniques at the same time.” In 2010, Vogue India listed Sonic as one of the Top Five makeup artists in India. In 2012, Sonic moved up the ranks to his current role, Senior Artist for India.
Not surprisingly, given his current home in Mumbai, or “Bollywood,” the hub of Indian movies and fashion, Sonic cites period makeup as a key reference in his work. “I like to take elements from different eras and modernize them.” Among these references,Marilyn Monroe is a particular favorite. “It’s a classic makeup look of the ‘50s which can make anyone look like a million dollars.”Working on shows like Alexander McQueen, DSquared2 and Roberto Cavalli during Milan Menswear Fashion Week A/W2012 was a dream come true. Having that under his belt, Sonic’s determined to continue strengthening his craft and has set his sights on becoming Director of Artistry at M·A·C.
Always choose a foundation that’s closest to your skin tone and a concealer that works for shadows and discoloration on the skin. Most of the Indian skin tones have golden or honey undertone, so choose a foundation accordingly.
- M·A·C Kohl Pencil in Smolder
- M·A·C Mascara in Zoomlash
- M·A·C Studiofix
- M·A·C Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink
- M·A·C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
- Viva Glam I – A perfect red for any skin tone
- Meher – It’s a dirty pink, not too bright, part of the India Lipsticks line too
- Double Shot – Double shot has a pinky brown undertone which works very well from medium to dark complexions. It gives enhanced natural colour to the lips, very popular shade which is also re-introduced now to a part of the permanent lipstick lineup for India
- Mocha – Pleasant mocha with coral tinch, making it favourable for most Indian skin complexion
- Viva Glam V – Sheer, neutral colour with luster texture, which makes it perfect nude shade preferred by a lot of people
- Amber Lights – It’s a deep gold with burnt orange undertone
- Woodwinked – It’s a nice, antique gold,
- Folie – Reddish brown, gives a natural shadow on the eyes for Indian skin complexions
- Carbon –Its blacker than black, ideal for Smokey eye look
- Sketch – It’s a Plumy brown
- Humid – Elegant emerald green
- Deep Truth – It’s a jewel tone inky blue
- Star violet – A pink with gold sheen in it
- Antiqued – Deep copper
- Rice Paper – It’s a beige gold, preferred by a lot of people, especially used for highlighting
- Mocha – Its subtle pink that blends with skin tones
- Coppertone – One of my favorites for a sun tanned look
- Sunbasque – Perfect choice for a naturally glowing cheeks
8) Juicy coral lips or blood red lips? Which is your favorite coral lippie (suitable for M·A·C NC 40- 45 skin tones)
- Blog Source: Indian Beauty Central