Professional Makeup Courses and Makeup School/ Academy in Delhi

by Rati on June 28, 2010 · 157 comments

Make up course in New Delhi

Professional Makeup Courses in Delhi

For the past 4-5 months, I had been hunting for a professional makeup course before finding one eventually. Every time I used to shortlist a makeup course or a makeup school/ academy for myself, something or the other used to happen and I could never take up that course. Finally I did a 2 week professional certificate course at Vidya Tikari and I was very happy with the course.

My criteria for picking up the course:

I wanted to pick up a course that

  • I could manage with my work. I cannot takeup a course that would need a full time devotion.
  • would give me professional knowledge about the various products in market, and
  • would teach me basic techniques of makeup.

I was not looking for a career opportunity because I don’t aspire to become a professional makeup artist. I just wanted to learn and grow my knowledge about something that I love very much- makeup. Following is the list of makeup course which I discovered in Delhi during my research, and a little review on all of them. This might help a few of you who must be willing to take up a professional makeup course.

VLCC Professional Makeup Course

Duration 2 months / 90 hours

  • Make Up Theory
  • Tools of Make Up
  • Different Eye Make Up
  • Day Make Up ( 3 types )
  • Evening Make Up
  • Engagement Make Up
  • Reception Make Up
  • Bridal Make Up
  • Corrective Make Up
  • Ramp Make Up / Illusion Make Up
  • Portfolio Make Up / Fantasy Make Up
  • Glossy Make Up / Black & White Make Up

Career Opportunities : Beauty Industry, Hotels, Cosmetic units, Academic Institutes, Fashion Industry, TV and Film Industry

My Take: The only reason I didn’t pick up this course was because the staff was very pushy. Whatever little belief I had in their course just vanished because they kept calling and asking me when was I going to visit them, or telling me how good their course was and blah blah. It might be an excellent course but my first impressions were just not good at all. I also didn’t know who was going to teachย  or the experiences their teachers had.

Ambika Pillai

The bigger her name is in makeup industry, the smaller is the duration of the the courses she offers. 3 Day self grooming course, which covered basic makeup classes. the duration of the classes was 3 hours.

Fees : 20,000

Also, her courses are not held at regular intervals. If she holds a course this month, you can never be sure when will it take place next.

Pearl Academy of Fashion Diploma in Fashion and Media Make-Up

They offer one year course, and conduct classes 3 days a week. Excellent course if you aspire to become a professional makeup artist. A lot of MAC Makeup artists in Delhi are passouts from Pearl Academy of fashion. I just didn’t have patience to spare one complete year for a makeup course so I didn’t pick it up. I would have have, if I could. This course is excellent even for those who don’t even have a basic knowledge about makeup. Complete Details HERE

Lakme Training Academy:

They have courses in advance Diploma in Hair and Skin. Both the courses are 17 week courses. The fees for both the courses is Rs 90,000 and RS 70, 00 resp. They offer a loan assistance for the course and a job guarantee at the end of the course.

Read full details on courses at Lakme Training Academy

Makeup Studio Professional Makeup Course

It was a one month makeup course, had classes from 11 a.m to 5 p.m and covered everything I wanted to learn. They even teach airbrushing techniques during the one month period. In March, they told me that the complete fees of the course was Rs 40, 000 and the course was staring in April. I was convinced that this is what I wanted to do. The counsellor had completely convinced me about the course and was in touch with me the entire month. She said that this did not include the makeup kit, just a regular brush kit and they provide the makeup to students for practice and all. My search for the course ended here and I stopped looking for courses. Finally, a few days before the course was about to start, my hubby and I went to pay the fees. The counsellor who was in touch with me, wasn’t present at the center so I talked to her over the phone. She asked me to pay 20k fees then and “rest of the fees” later on. I was about to pay the fees when my hubby asked me to call up the counselor again and confirm the amount of the rest of the fees. I called her up again and this time she told me that the rest of the fees was Rs 40,000. This means that the complete fees was actually Rs 60,000. The entire month the counselor kept lying to me. Well! when I confronted her, she never admitted her mistake. She said that she told the correct fees to everyone and I was the only one she made a mistake of telling the fees. I mean she talked to me atleast 5-6 times during the course of one month, you can make a mistake once or twice but not so many times. I was really heartbroken. One because my whole month was wasted and two I had to start my search for a makeup course again. ๐Ÿ™

They called me later to apologize and even offered me to join to someย  other course. But I had completely lost my faith in them and now I wasn’t even sure whether they would even live up to the promises about the course as well. They might even charge for a makeup kit later. At least I wouldn’t recommend their course to anyone.

MUD ( Makeup Designory)ย  Makeup Course by Samantha Kochhar:

It is a one month makeup course and they give you a professional makeup kit along with the course. They conduct classes 5 days a week and you get to practice with MUD makeup products.The only problem with this course was that I would have been stuck with only one makeup brand. Not too much of an issue but still it’s always good if you can play with different products, textures and know what’s going around you.

Well! Samantha Kochhar knew about IMBB so she was never interested in teaching me. Initially, her staff kept lying to me that the course was not starting or that Samantha was traveling and zillion other reasons. I was waiting and waiting so that they could tell me the exact date about when the course was starting. They never did. One day I made my friend call up at the institute to find out if the course was going on and they said that it was. Finally we realized that she was never willing to teach me because I had a blog and I could use her tips and tricks. She even called me up and she said that students have to sign a contract that states that students will never use the techniques she will teach to them and that MUD owners had problems with a blogger earlier who made her videos after learning from them. I told her that they train people to become professional makeup artists, and the students are free to do what they wish after they complete the course, and as teachers they should in fact encourage their students.ย  ๐Ÿ™ Well! she gave me examples of how she never reveals her techniques when she does makeup on stage and blah blah! Her next batch was starting next month but they never bothered to inform me.

The saga of so-called celebrity makeup artist.

The makeup course I would say might be good but if at all you join it, please be on your guards as to what you would tell Miss Kochhar about your future plans. Also, don’t sign any contracts. What is the point of paying 60k if you cannot use the course to your own benefit?

Vidya Tikari

They offer a 2 week course in which they cover most of the tips and techniques of makeup. Also, they work with different products ranging from Kraylon, KET, VOV, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Inglot, Makeup Forever, …You name it and they use it.ย  You also get in touch with the dealers who supply professional makeup products. Vidya Tikari is a celebrity makeup artist and has an experience of more than 20 years in the field.

Fees : Rs 40, 000

The course includes two makeup classes for hair and draping, which in my opinion were useless.

My biggest concern regarding this course was that the duration of the course was less and the fees was more. I had a word with a few people regarding the course and everyone had good words to say about both Vidya and her course.

I anyway took up the course and I am glad I did.

I would say that this course is best for people who have some basic knowledge about makeup, and the products that are available in the market. If you are very new to makeup, I would say that you do a basic course first and then probably join this course. The course moves very fast and a huge onus of gaining from the course lies on you. Vidya creates magic in her classes but it is all coming from her experience. You should be willing to work hard and gain as much from her. She will tell you every single thing you ask her. Not even a single day I felt that she was hiding things from us or was not willing to her tips and tricks. My batch had people who were running their own salon, makeup artists who had an experience of 12 years and a model but Vidya had no issues with that. Everyone was welcome in her class.ย  Their staff was supportive in every possible way. We can go to the studio and practice even after the course is completed.

I personally think that I have gained a lot from the course both in terms of different products one can use for different occasions and different techniques of makeup. But as they say, makeup is an art and the more your practice, the more finesse and perfection would come in your hands. If it would have been a longer course, it would have been great because we would have got more time to practice. But honestly I gained a lot from it and I am going to share lots of things with you guys as we move ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Full information HERE

I hope this post proves helpful to a few of you who might be willing to take up a makeup course. If you have any questions regarding the same, let me know. I’ll try to answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Vidya Tikari didn’t ask me to write this post. In fact I was so on guards after the Samantha Kochhar experience that I barely mentioned about IMBB at the institute. ๐Ÿ™ This post is just my personal experience.

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Wanderlust June 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Fantastic post. Very useful!. If you do have some information on courses available in Bangalore/Chennai pls do pass it on!

And Im glad u finally found the perfect course.

sush June 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

yes rati awesome post… :yes: looking forward to learn some magical tips from u… :-))

Rati June 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thank you, Sush. Will surely share stuff with all of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rati June 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Kraylon offers a makeup course in Chennai :

Find out about it. They also have some excellent makeup products especially glitters, bases and primers. ๐Ÿ™‚

ki. June 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

i’m definitely going to take the kryolan course sometime ๐Ÿ™‚ kabhi na kabhi toh i’ll be in chennai long enough ๐Ÿ˜›
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Guest post – happy- colourful eye make up =-.

sush June 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

regarding samantha kochhar, i m wondering how can a teacher be so mean…glad u didnt joined her…she wouldnt hv revealed 100 %. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Rati June 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

That’s what my biggest concern was. I would pay also and still she wouldn’t have told all the stuff. ๐Ÿ™

I don’t even consider her as a teacher. Teachers teach their students and impart all the knowledge that they have to their students. I don’t know what was she thinking.

sheena November 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

where is the studio of samntha kochhar located in delhi?

Palak June 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm

You had such a ball , eh !
feeling bad at how the people at Samantha Kochar treated you ๐Ÿ™ .. whats the point in learning more bout make up tips and techniques if you are not allowed to “share” your experience and tips with other .. and bloggers aint allowed to post about such things and they are asked to sign a contract !! Ridiculous .. Baby , I aint joining Samantha kochar classes for sure !! Thats plain ludicrous ๐Ÿ˜›
I’m interested to join some make up classes later .. maybe after graduation and I think Pearl would be my obvious choice or maybe Vidya Tikari ๐Ÿ˜€
Do share the tips you learnt at VT classes .. I’m sure she wont sue you :silly:
.-= Palak´s last blog ..Beyu eye Base-Primer review =-.

Rati June 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

You know , Palak. More than the makeup it’s Vidya’s attitude towards things that make you respect her even more. She is so secured about what she is doing. Would you believe she did the makeup for the models at Zara launch? ๐Ÿ™‚ We used to be all fascinated by her strokes and perfection during our classes.

If time allows you, pick up Pearl’s course and you can always do Vidya’s course later on. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will share all the stuff with you guys, in fact that would be a great learning for me as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think Samantha Kochhar was just insecured and she even mentioned that if I share her tips and techniques, she would lose her MUD franchisee. God knows, what’s the truth!

Sunayana June 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Wow Rati, I must say that I am so impressed with the wide range of things related to makeup and beauty you manage to cover in this blog! Fantastic post!

Rati June 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Thank you, Sunayana. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love makeup, no. All these things come naturally. ๐Ÿ˜›

Poornima June 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Excellent round up Rati. Im glad you did his post.

And a person like Samantha Kochar + the attitude..I have seen this in my field of work too.

Sad, but true ๐Ÿ™

Palak June 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Poornima , Whats your profession ?? ๐Ÿ˜›
Surprisingly I also have these kinda people in my proffesion .. i.e “student” :silly:
.-= Palak´s last blog ..Beyu eye Base-Primer review =-.

Poornima June 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

LOL Palak..I am an interior designer by profession..

I also run an organisation which promotes traditional Indian arts and Artisans, where we work for reviving diff art forms of India, which also involves training and workshops for thats where this problem comes.

Rati June 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thank you, Poornima. you know I was dying to do her course but after talking to her I realized that it was not worth it and they wasted so much of my time playing tricks with me. ๐Ÿ™

Palak June 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

hehe .. that was absurd on Samantha’s part.. !! I read about MUD cosmetics on Dr Neeraj’s blog .. Do they also have stores in Delhi .. did you try anything from there ?
You tend to respect people who are sure of themselves and their profession .. I love how you described about your experience in classes .. it made me think how approachable a person like Vidya would be . . so looking for a post on these tricks .. excited .. gee :-))
.-= Palak´s last blog ..Beyu eye Base-Primer review =-.

Rati June 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

No palak, as of now they don’t retail. It’s only through their course that they offer complete makeup kits provided by MUD. They might retail the products in future.

Vidya is pretty approachable . In fact, she even lets you watch how she does makeup for her real clients. ๐Ÿ™‚

ki. June 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Sweetie, you know my take on this – it was their loss and your gain that you finally picked vidya :))
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Guest post – happy- colourful eye make up =-.

Rati June 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm


Rima Kaur June 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

pearl sounds interesting and samantha seems to be bound by contract. how can you learn something and not spread it? boo!

Rati June 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Honestly, Rima. I don’t believe in it but that’s exactly what she told me. Why would anyone join your course and pay you 60 k if one cannot use the knowledge only ?

Rima Kaur June 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

i’m very intrigued by vidya tikari too. it’s great that the course is only for a couple of weeks. what all did the kit include?
.-= Rima Kaur´s last blog ..Beneath The Smiles =-.

Rati June 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

They just give you regular 12 brushes. They are okayish and good for practicing and rough usage. During the course they provide you with their own makeup to practice. You just have to carry your brushes with you everyday. oh!! I so miss my classes. ๐Ÿ™

I could also do the course because that course was for two weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚

sheena November 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm

wat’s the rate of pearl academy for diploma in proffesional makeup

Sanjeev June 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I have been present during two of these occasions. And I was surprised by the lack of professionalism shown by both makeup studio and Samantha Kochhar. I run an educational institute myself hence I am very cautious about fees in any educational institute. I asked Rati to confirm about the ‘rest of the fees’ because I wanted to be sure about the service tax part. Most of the times, institutes tell their fees without including/mentioning the service tax. Imagine my surprise and shock to hear that they were charging 20k more than their counselor had told us on the phone. And I was also right about the service tax part not being told. We were angry at this malpractice over there itself. The owner of the place came and took us to his office. He said there might have been a mistake in telling us the fees. It was a lie because we had confirmed the fees several times over the phone. I told the owner there itself that I also ran a business and that I tell all my students and parents about the fees clearly. Also, I was very shocked to see the unprofessionalism displayed by the owner himself. If any of my colleague had conveyed this kind of ‘low fees’ I would have first enrolled the student at that mentioned low fees only, and then blasted the colleague later. I would have lost some revenue but I would not have let anyone tarnish the brand name of my company. As far as I could gather, the owner was aware of this hiding of the complete fee and was in favor of these kinds of tactics.

As for Samantha Kochhar, I was hearing her when she was telling Rati about the contract thing over the phone. I personally think that the contract thing is a lie. She probably did it just to scare her away. But still, if a teacher is so insecure she is certainly not going to teach well. To pay 60k to a teacher who is so scared about her tricks going out is foolish.

As it is, Vidya Tikari is the best makeup artist in Delhi. I am glad that Rati joined her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Urmi June 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

The whole fiasco is ridiculously kiddish… I dont think she wld have been that great either…. dil khol ke nahin sikha pati ๐Ÿ™‚
btw, just checked out vidya tikari’s portfolia… very very impressive….:)

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

I agree Urmi. Even if I would have joined her course I would have never been sure whether she was even teaching the right stuff. It wouldn’t have made any difference to her but it wold have been a bigger loss to me.

I am glad I joined Vidya’s course. Although I agree I would need a lot of practice but at least she taught everyone alike and helped us in every possible way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yeah, her portfolio is excellent. We used to be awestruck by her in classes. he he. ๐Ÿ˜›

Sabrina June 29, 2010 at 2:00 am

Hi Rati….Many thanks for your email. I’ll be replying tonight. I really liked what you said about the Vidya Tikari course and I just followed your link to her website. It looks very interesting indeed, I would love to take up a make up course with her. Thats really bad and mean of Samantha Kochar, I’m glad you didnt go in for her course. Whats the use of gaining knowledge and experience if you cant share it? Strange logic, but she was the loser so let her keep her knowledge to herself!

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:25 am

Do join Vidya’s course whenever you can. You will gain a lot from there.

I agree knowledge is about spreading and sharing with people. ๐Ÿ™‚

Will wait for your mail. ๐Ÿ™‚

Deepti February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi Rati,

Im lukin for a make-up course for media, models, films and television so can you please guide me to whom I should get in touch with.


jomol June 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

Hey Rati…I am so glad you rejeted that Samantha Kohar’s (I am going to miss some “c’s” only till Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I think she should ompletely stop teahing professional ourses to students, beause then she will be alled a teaher and a teaher has to impart her knowledge and by the way she is inseure about letting out her tehnique and &rap, I don’t think she is going to teah her students anything. I am aware of this type of thinking and the students who pay hefty fees to “LEARN” from her would truly be deprived of the true knowledge that they ould learn somewhere else….boo :shout: to you Samantha….BTW, I have seen her in one of the makeover shows on NDTV or somewhwere and believe me, the guys and gals were muh better before they got made over by Samantha…..

rs June 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

:laugh: Oh Jomol! the last line of your comment..

jomol June 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ :rotfl: Hey rs…”made out” thing…na…. ๐Ÿ˜€

rs June 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

I laughed because I tried to imagine what went wrong with their looks after the great Samantha “MUD Devi” did their make up.Its good that Rati have left behind the whole issue but I truly feel that Samantha should have more honest with Rati.This almost hide and seek game of ‘the course is not starting now’ and this and that did no good to her reputation as a make up artist.

rs June 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

Missed the word ‘been'(should have been)in the 4th line of my above comment.Guess I should be more careful while posting comments.

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

loll!!! Jomol I am forgiving your “C”s this time. I am so used to of reading comments without C now that I will feel weird when that evil “C” come back. Don’t get it back. I am sure radhika will agree. :giggle: :giggle:

I have lost respect fro Samantha. Her course might be excellent but I would never recommend her course to anyone. And by the way she has forgotten that she also learnt all these techniques from somewhere and had her teachers been dishonest she would have not become what she is today. :pissedoff:

Radhika June 29, 2010 at 7:05 am

Heyy Rati..good for you the Samantha thing didn’t work out….strange that she should feel so insecure!! And thank goodness you didnt sign up at that fishy-liar place – goodness knows what other hidden charges would have come out later. I am a complete makeup dodo, so I suppose if I look for something like this, I should search for some place where they start from the basics…

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

Rads, i never thought makeup classes would be so much fun. Luckily I got such an excellent batch where every one was enthusiastic about learning and everyone was there to help each other. That really added to the overall experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am sure you would enjoy if you join some classes. ๐Ÿ™‚

jomol June 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

Hey, Rati, I know many people will be so grateful to you for having eposed that hideous “etra harge” ourse…..many people just walk into these kind of traps and so many small amounts are added, whih is ompletely unethial….good that you took Sanjeev along……what if you had paid the fees…suh hideous institutes do have a strong “nonrefundable” poliy in plae……. ๐Ÿ˜€ …….I would like to all Sanjeev “haha houdhary”…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

Yes he is a ha ha ha ha ha haudhry ha ha h aha :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 7:51 am

Look, whos’s here…Ri”c”inus Radhika is here….welome here…..

Radhika June 29, 2010 at 7:53 am


Radhika June 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

UYYYYOOOOOOOO….runnnnn…. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ the C is back….Ratiiiiiiii…did u see the C?????

jomol June 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

No, Ricinus Radhika…I just opied it and new keyboard will ome tomorrow……or beter, I should all you jamalgota Radhika if it does not sound too gross….I would want everyone’s opinion….. ๐Ÿ˜€

Radhika June 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

Ewwww…and dearie Jomol…don’t you try slowly shifting the limelight on me. You have been crowned the glorious Bacreee until your “C” returns!

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:36 am

I am already searching for a hiding place, Rads. I don’t want that wicked “C ” to come back. :curse: :curse:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

Well, just one more day to go and I will be relieved of the “see” handiap……but then from tomorrow onwards…you are “jamalgota” queen……. :female: :chicken:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

:pumpkin: :chick: :chicken:

rashmi June 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

congrats rati for completeting the course…
i know how hard it is to manage the house n doing a full time course and coming up with flying colors….
best of luck in all ur coming ventures…
sorry to hear abt the initial part but u r a winner in the end and that is what matters
now i think we all should name u some gurumata or so ????
hey ladies do come up with some namkaran of rati ……

love n wishes

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:38 am

Thank you Rashmi. ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually don’t even remember those ugly episodes now. I just want to move ahead with all the good things I have gained at vidya’s .

I already have a name on IMBB, he he.

Read Jomol’s comments below. ๐Ÿ˜›

jomol June 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

Hey Rashmi…we already have a name for Rati..she is our offiial “Poutmati”…she has the most saxy pout in the world and it looks so classy.,…Urmila shold learn how to pout from Rati. alling Rati “gurumata” makes her sound old….she is very young……in her early 20s……

BTW, we have a name for you too…….Rashmi….”Idrops Rashmi”…I mean I laughed unontrollably when I saw you were trying to ombine eye drops and astor oil…but I maintained silene sine I didnt want to let off Radhika…. :laugh: :rotfl: :rotfl:

rashmi June 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

yeah i know poutmati …. n liked it very much ….
u r right gurumata is sounding old hmmmm
poutmati … with so much oomph

Sanjeev June 29, 2010 at 9:03 am


Here’s something to help you out:

Type your text simply, for ‘c’ click on the keyboard with the mouse and just copy and paste here. :beauty: :beauty: :beauty:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

You are cheating. :pain: :pain:

Radhika June 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

RATI..did u see the unity between the potato and the donkey… :reallyangry:
.-= Radhika´s last blog ..Zen in a Mall – The Shiseido Massage =-.

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

Donkey’s ear needs to be pulled. :teeth:

Sanjeev June 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

Jomol, make them write 100 times they will not take punga with you again :devil: :devil:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

I am gonna do just that Sanjeev….Radhika and Rati partiularly…they thrashed me around….. :smirk: :smirk: :smirk: :idk: :struggle:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

:rose: :rose: *gandhigiri*

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

Did you just forget that you will not be served grass if you don’t take my side. :vampire:

Sanjeev June 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

:tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

Sanjeev….you have to hooose between Vodka and grass….waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:27 am

*standing akimbo and waiting.* :waiting:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

:blush: Thanks a lot Sanjeev…first you saved me from the belan and now from these gurls who have ganged up against me….watch out ladeej….i have a ultra-literate haha houdhary on my side to help me….. :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 10:28 am

Radhika…….me and Sanjeev have typial “neta” minds….no party is our party…..we can jump either sides…..geee……BTW….my dad says “defence ke vodka ki baat hi alag hoti hai,”…I didn’t understand what that meant…..after Sanjeev joining sides with me…guess now I know!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sanjeev June 29, 2010 at 10:37 am

Jomol, I shall come for the vodka later, pahle jaan to bacha loon :tremble: :tremble:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

Radhika :handshake:


Radhika June 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

Ahem ahemmm Sanjeev…am a pampered army brat so the defence vodka is available here too….Rati don’t worry..bribery + belan = Donkey is on our side..heehehehheheheeee
.-= Radhika´s last blog ..Zen in a Mall – The Shiseido Massage =-.

rashmi June 29, 2010 at 10:46 am

thanks re .. even me to laughing on that but u should agree that m sooo creative …
imagine me doing that aahhhh ….

jomol June 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

Rati…. :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: ….I know you don’t wnt me to have a new keyboard…yesterday when nobody’s was around, I plugged out the keyboard and opened it with a srew and tried to repair it, I thought I had repaired it, but then, “z” and “alt” also fused out…… ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Sanjeev, you were telling about adding astor oil in Rati’s breakfast na…..I think you should go ahead with it

Rati June 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hush?? Castor oil in breakfast. He is not entering the kitchen. ๐Ÿ™„

I am wondering who is at loss here. ๐Ÿ™„

Jomol, is “z” also going away anytime soon. :giggle:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

it went rati,,,,,,,,i am without that letter too, i jusyt opied andf pasted

Rati June 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

Awww!!! :hugleft:

We won’t tease you for the lack of “z” in your life promise. :X-P:

Mrunmayee June 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

HEy Rati…. ๐Ÿ˜€
Wow… So much thought into the choice of classes… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

It’s gr8 tht you chose the best out of the mixed bag…. :yes: :yes:

And can’t wait to see the new tips and tricks… :drool: :drool:

I think we would settle for 15 videos… Each for a day at the classes!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ :dance: :dance:

What say, Crazy makeup ladies????? :highfive: :highfive:
.-= Mrunmayee´s last blog ..Jovees Gold Eye Contour gel- Review =-.

Rati June 29, 2010 at 11:27 am


The money was way too much so I wanted to make a wise decision. 15 videos. ?? he he. I’ll try to do as many. Some things are very technical, will do posts on them. Let’s see how it goes but I am so dying to share everything with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

jomol June 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

Rati…I want your help in deciding one thing…actually, I want to undergo laser hair removal now…..I have heard about VLcc,but wanna chek their credibility with you first……….what do you think…also i have heard about YAG laser and pulse laser….can you help?

Rati June 29, 2010 at 11:28 am


Please get in touch with Priya. She will help you out in a better way. ๐Ÿ™‚

jomol June 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

whih priya…priyanka????

Rati June 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

no the one who sent you TBS mask. ๐Ÿ˜›

jomol June 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

I know would lure me into typing words with “โ€œz” and that ricinus would grab that opportunity and you ppl would gang up against me :-(( …………BTW, that was your hubby’s idea of adding astor oil to keep you away from shopping :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

He and his ideas. One day I cook food in castor oil and he would stop asking me to cook food only.

Actually that’s not a bad idea. ๐Ÿ˜›

jomol June 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Do that….I will tell you one he hanges sides again or pulls my legs… do then right away Rati…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Radhika June 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

Awww Jomol…one or two alphabets are okay..but we don’t want you to disappear from here so don’t try to repair the keyboard. Poor you…waiting for everyone to go and trying to make it all right. Looks like you really fed up…is okay a few more days and u will get a good keyboard and then you can :zombiekiller: all you want!!

Rati June 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I am scared now. :chicken2:

jomol June 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hey Ricinus Rads……….I wont try my hand at repairing anything now……… goes terribly wrong… ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ……..Rads, I offered him the defene quota first… opying…heating heating!!!!!!!!!!!

HD June 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Woowww the course would have been very exciting na???

Waiting to read gr8 tips here and also see the videos …like Mrun said….15 shud be good enuf :yes: :yes:

Rati June 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

It was, HD. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will share all that I learnt with all of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

iluvmakeup June 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

hey , bout the Pro make up courses , i wanted to know dt i wanted to join a course both for myself and for applying to others , which one did u think was the best among these…? i have heard a lot bout pearl academy though n i strictly hate VLCC for any service .

Rati June 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Iluvmakeup ,

if you are aspiring to become a professional makeup artist, please join pearl. It would be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

jomol June 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Hey Rati, Rads, fly and ome to the reent post….I wanna show you ppl something… ๐Ÿ™‚

Rashmi June 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm

this is sooooooooooooo cool…. the blog entry is about a make up course… n there r 87 responses very few abt the post… but loved it this place is awesome and wat makes it awesome… this awesome set of ppl… oooops said awesome way tooo much… heheheh
:cat2: meow..!! muah

Rati June 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

loll!!!I know we are such gossip mongers. Never get tired of it. :rotfl: You are slowly joining in. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day you become Jomol’s scapegoat. ๐Ÿ˜›

Rashmi June 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

sooo soon I wont b catty anymore I will become a goatie ehehhe… :cat2: ——> :goat:

WOAH!! transformation… will give a review on my everyday catty to gaotie routine… hehehe :rotfl:

:cat2: ——> :goat: meomaaaaahhhh!! muah!! ๐Ÿ˜›

Rati July 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

:rotfl: :rotfl:

tanvi August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

i wana learn pro make-up …do more of fashion ,editorial,ramp work..
any suggestion were i cn find a course..

p.s – cant seem 2 find d phone number of (Makeup Studio Professional Makeup Course) place

kriti September 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

what are the charges for VLCC’s professional coarse?

kriti September 2, 2010 at 12:30 am

and please anyone tell me… is bharti taneja’s alps…..????

pallavi September 13, 2010 at 2:36 am

hey..i too want to learn make up..but just for self!
i have never used make-up ever in life except for a little bit of kajal and lip gloss..i am getting married this year and want to learn make-up so i can look lady like and pretty.

currently im in delhi could u suggest a make-up course with less number of days and money!
as in 40,000 is way too much does this include the make-up kit..also wht products does VT use?? i wanna learn MAC as i will be travelling all around the world after my wedding and MAC is available in almost every country.

Rati September 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

Hi Pallavi,

Welcome to IMBB. ๐Ÿ™‚

As mentioned in my post, that my course did not include the makeup kit . We only 10 a professional brush kit, which in my opinion is of mediocre quality. It works well with beginners but if you have used some high quality brushes you might not find Vidya Tikari’s brush kit to be anything great.

At Vidya Tikari’s we have used products starting from VOV to Chanel and yes she uses a huge range of MAC products.

You can check out Michelle Montes, she takes workshops etc. and I think her charges are lesser than Vidya Tikari. I have never seen her work, just going by friend’s opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mani September 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I have learnt professional makeup from Samantha Kochhar, this was almost 5 years back. Like you i never aspired to be a professional artist but just because I am passionate abt makeup!
I am not sure if MUDD is recent or not, but when I learnt it the institute was called Pivot point, this was in East of kailash, delhi.

I had an amazing experience with her. She was supportive and encouraging. There might be a possibility of guarding your makeup secret but everybody does tht!!!
The techniques are only so many, at the end of it, its your creativity. There werent problems then to make videos. I never did, but some would take snaps and stuff for records. They welcomed us everytime, even when the course was over. Infact, they wanted us to get experience, I remember going to a couple of shows with the staff to help them backstage!!

As beginners we used kryolan, etude and revlon. The kit was really helpful as well, and I remember the course being for 25K tht time. Have nothing realy left from the kit, and to tell you the truth i remember only the techniques i use for myself now.
Its really sad to hear you had tht kind of experience with her!

Rati September 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Hi Mani,

I am glad you had a great experience with Samantha. Infact I was dying to learn makeup from her because I respected her for for what she was/is . She just didn’t teach me and even made her staff lie to me a couple of time. I wasted so many months believing her lies. :(( Later someone told me that she did the same thing with someone else also. I don’t respect her any more.

Now they have tied up with MUD cosmetics for their course and fees is around 60 k. the office is now shifted to Nehru Place and it’s still called Pivot Point.

I like Kraylon product. Especially some of their bases are really good but I don’t think they can be used on day to day basis. What do you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

Glad you wrote this post. And I am happy you learnt good things from her.:)

Mani September 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Yeah, I have good memories of it and I am really glad I did that course!

I love kraylon concealors. They do a pretty neat job. Sometimes I just take a bit of it, mix it with my moisturizer and thats my base! I don’t use to much of correctors though. Don’t like a heavy look at all.
However, I didn’t like their primer. Found it too liquidy! It didn’t do anything for my skin. It’s been a while, but I remember it making me really oily(have combination skin)

What do you think of primers? I use only for my eyes(for the shadow to be even and last long) MAC Fast response eye cream, nothing on my face, only a good moisturiser! what about u?

Tatjana December 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Great article :waytogo: Very interesting…. indeed.

Rati December 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Thanks, Tatjana. ๐Ÿ™‚

indigirl January 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hey, happened to stumble upon this blog while searching for classes and spent an fun one hour on it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best part is that you seem to have a dedicated set of readers.

Rati, would you happen to know of any makeup lessons in Bangalore? I usually do liner, lipstick and compact when I go out but am really bored of this. One of my NY resolutions is to be a lil more inventive with my makeup. MAC makeup lesson ( 1 hr+products for Rs.5000/-) was my first choice but they seem to have discontinued it. I am just looking for a short lesson in applying foundation, eye color, and smoky eyes. Maybe 1-2 days. Too lazy to go through online tutorials and practise it…

Do suggest if you know of something.

RUCHI March 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Hi rati,

โ€œGrt blog โ€œ
Blog like these are really helpful for the users like have no or very limited knowledge abt the product.
Its really grt to see tht such a huge no of people replied to ur blog
Rati I need ur help
Well I want to learn make-up as I always wanted to do this earlier it was for a personal learning only
but now I hv decided to make it a profession.
I hv no knowledge abt it expect doing my own make up n I had watched several videos on utube for d same.

Kindly suggest me frm were I should d the course if ur r suggesting vidya thn will it be suitable for me as I am a beginner
with no professional knowledge.

Waiting 4 ur reply

Priya April 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hi.. !! Nice post.. m looking for a very entry level course in make up … not as a career but for personal grooming .. plz suggest how to start with ?

Priya May 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hey Rati can u pl tell me if there are any good make up artists in gurgaon. Going to Delhi is tough. Thanks much……..

Isha May 10, 2011 at 2:22 am

hi, nice post i want to do professional make up course which’ll help me in making my career in the respective field so pls suggest me some reputed academy in delhi/ncr and want to do short term course like(6 months or 1yr)

Deepti Mahajan Bhatla May 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hi Rati,,,
Awesome Blog…Thanks for sharing all dis info. Also wanted to knoe from u if u know any international school for d make up course. I also liked the Pearl course.
Thanks so much:)

Sarika May 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thanks a ton for the valueable info u have posted here….

I too have been searchin for a short duration ,part time makeup course just to know the techniques/science or Art of makeup ๐Ÿ™‚

Shall get in touch with Vidya very soon!

Vanshika July 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

Hi Rati.
Interesting inputs. I am actually looking for a good professional make- up course in Delhi. And would love to know your opinion as to what course to join. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rati July 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

Hi Vanshika I joined Vidhya tikari’s only and I am pretty happy with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

kriti July 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

:pigtail: please suggest me a good beauty institute in delhi !!!!! :pompom:

Sujata Setia July 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm


I just wanted to thank you for this blog… I am shifting to the UK owing to marriage now and have been desperately exploring all possible options to find my self an occupation there… I studied there but the job market is so dry tht i could not land my self a job there… so i just spoke with my husband and told him I woul dlike to do a quick make up course… I am in India for the next month or so…. and I just could not undrstand what to do and where to start… now this really awesome makeup artist called sonai did my wwedding makeup and since I was a TV producer earlier I have seen her paint faces of artists during my shoots… so I thought I would ask her to teach me but she is charging me 45000 for 15 days without any kit or anything… I am so new to all this that I did not know what to do… but thanks to your blog I got some clarity on things…. really u know it takes a huge heart to dispense with experiences and knowledge and I am thankful to you to share your experiences with such ease… thanks a lot.

Narmatha July 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hi Rathi

Itz really very usefull post for me since i am hunting for entry level foundation courses for makeup & hairstyle. could you suggest me any academy in bangalore?

Padma July 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

Hi Rati,

Very impressive post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been wanting to learn make-up since very long.. Can u pls suggest some places where they offer basic level make-up classes in Bangalore. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rati July 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

i wouldnt hve any idea on that padma. really sorry!

prabhnoor August 22, 2011 at 11:16 am

hey i agree with u n i want to be a famous professional make up artist that do’s make up of models and celebrities. and i think ur points given above will help me. thnak you.

DIVYA August 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm


Just read ur post i was also in a simila r situation and finally joined VLCC…the course is actually good, they teach from Krylon products but sadly it s not available everywher…and the faculty is also decent ๐Ÿ™‚
what are ur plans now??

Smitaa Singh August 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Hi Rati.
I’m Smitaa aged 15+, completed my High School.
I went through the adv. published in The Times of India, keen to know about the courses offered by VLCC : in which I can enrol myself and which will be more prosperous and will suit to me.
Reply at the earliest & thanks
Smitaa O:)

Chitranjali September 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hi, i really liked ur blog a lot. I was googling about make up artists professional courses n i found ur blog. i got loads of info from ur blog itself and i have few doubts ๐Ÿ™ can u pls help me out. :((

Chitranjali September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hi Rati, How u doing ๐Ÿ™‚
I am planning to open my cosmetics retail shop in mumbai so i want to learn make up course. Actually m very fond of it and i always interested in make up and fashion world. Now i realised THIS IS IT! This can be my career!:)
My querries are :-
1. I want to do some professional make up artist course but i dont know which should i choose?
2. My course budget is Rs.90,000/-
3. Duration of course
4. what r the Educational and age Requirements
Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Chitranjali September 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hi Rati,
I am interested in makeup course which will help of in making my career, so please recommend me some reputed academies or schools in mumbai. Short term/long term course may do. Pls give me detailed info. Thanks a lot.
I have been waiting for your reply…

Rati September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Fat Mu is all I know in mumbai. It’s pretty good from what i know. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chitranjali September 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Thanks a lot Rati ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I had just logged into fat mu website if there are any doubts then i will ask you.
Bye ! Have a nice day.

Chitranjali September 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thanks a lot Rati ๐Ÿ™‚ !

Bye ! Have a nice day.

frooti September 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hi Rati,
I am interested in makeup course which will help of in making my career, so please recommend me some reputed academies or schools in delhi and they also gives placement for their students. Already i wasted my money in skin course from vlcc.please send me detail.
waiting for your reply.

pema September 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

hi people…well i am here to seek some advice regarding make up course. i am completely new in this line. so which institute will be the best for me. i mean in delhi. i went to blossom kochar and i didn’t find it quite interesting as they are using only one brand. and at the same time they are charging 80000 for 2 and half month which includes hairstyling and make up. so guys pls advice me …. ๐Ÿ™

ruhi October 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

hi, i was looking for a professional make up course in gurgaon.
i googled and got dese names as the best makeup artist like , shalini Vasisth,ria Vasisth, Renuka pillai ,Renu Arora and about faces.

Now i am really confused most of dem sounds gud. can u pls help me in deciding as u have already done so much of research and the course .


Rati October 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hi Ruhi, all the research I have done I have listed it in the post above. I dont have any more knowledge about the courses other than that. I am sorry. Hope you find a good one for yourself. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

ruhi October 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

hey , cant join Vidya Tikaris classes they will start in jan so i am only left with Makeup studio whc is 60 k. now pls suggest.

also do u knw the best institute in UK and US for the same course plsss help

ruhi October 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

hi, vidya classes r startin in jan whc will be too late for me.. makeup studio so many ppl r sayin no to it … almost every1 is tokin abt samartha or vidya now m only left wid samartha or makeupstudio wot to do????????

Sneha December 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Hey Rati

Amazing reviews amazing blog. I have recently discovered this website of yours and these days I make sure, I read your reviews before actually shopping any cosmetic.

I am a working professional and am looking for basic level makeup courses in Mumbai. Do you have any idea how is the VLCC self makeup course. Or would you be able to help me suggest any other basic level courses in Mumbai.


Sneha December 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hey Rati

Amazing reviews amazing blog. I have recently discovered this website of yours and these days I make sure, I read your reviews before actually shopping any cosmetic.

I am a working professional and am looking for basic level makeup courses in Mumbai. Do you have any idea how is the VLCC self makeup course. Or would you be able to help me suggest any other basic level courses in Mumbai.


sonia January 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

Dear as u have mentioned about VLCC course, plz tell me the aggregate fees(including any tax) of two months make up course.
I’m a CA but willing to learn bridal make up, kindly let me kno any other institute which hav short duration make course.

anu February 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

hey rati love ur blog:)as i was reading am really interested in asking i want to take make up as a profession nd therefore wanted to ask u which course would be ideal nd do these professional courses also give any placements or maybe keep one as an intern????


Rati February 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

welcome to IMBB anu. They do hire people if someone is really good. You may ask about such opportunities at the individual institutes as well. They’d be able to guide you better. ๐Ÿ™‚

aakriti February 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

thankyou sooo much…you’ve made our lives soo easy…
big help!

dishha shrma March 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

hey hi Rati……i wanted to learn professional make up …….plz recommend :struggle:

madhuri March 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hi, thank u so much for such brief experience about various makeup artist and institutes as I am searching one of the best institute who can teach me all makeup techniques from beginning to end i mean to say that includes the basic course as well,as i am new to this profession and want to make my career in this field. Please advise me the best institute in Delhi which charges nominal or affordable fees. Will be waiting for your reply. :victory2:

Garima April 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Hi Rati.Thanks for sharing your experience with us.My question is similar to Madhuri.Would be really great if you could advise of an institute which teaches the End to end make up expertise i.e. starting from the basic to the high level.Do Vidya Tikari has some course which teaches the basics as well??

Anna May 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

Can you suggest any begginers course in delhi? I would like to take up a basic makeup course,since i have been recently given permission to wear makeup and would like have atleast a basic knowledge before applying for any course

Astha Agarwal June 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

Hi, I might be writing here too late but i just couldn’t stop myself from writing this. Im a MUD student and honestly, if u ask me, SAMANTHA KOCCHAR is a superb makeup artist n a great teacher. For a novice student like me, she literally held my hand and made me do makeup. And not only her, other offcials too are like this at MUD. And the fear of loosing a trick or anything of that sort, im sorry to say Rati, i did not feel that. U see a person, interact with them, be with them for good 3 months, u definitely know em!!!!! Trust me, she is contrary to what has been mentioned about her over here.

Im not writing this to advertise her or her academy but because my teacher, my Guru, the person who has imparted me knowledge is being falsely blamed for not being true to her work!!!! NO, i really cant restrIn myself from reacting to it. Though no grudges against you…….:-)

Rati June 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

aastha, I would say you were lucky enough to join her course. and I am sure she gives her 100 percent to students who have paid such a high fees for her course. I just penned down my experience. I wouldnt blame anyone falsely. If you can gather from my post I gave samantha & MUD my first preference, only if she had let me join. ๐Ÿ™‚

Glad you had a nice experience ๐Ÿ™‚

Ritika Marwaha June 17, 2012 at 4:58 am

Hi Rati, read ur blog and found it very interesting and informative too.BTW I am a software engineer by profession but soon after the birth of my son I had to leave my job last year. Though right now I am in UK for a while but on returning since it will be close to a year and a half since I let my job I am a little reluctant in joing the so called software industry again.Since childhood I dreamt about being in the Fashion Industry and specially d makeup industry. I think it’s the right time that I make my dream come true. Thanks indeed to ur blog for letting me come it terms with the various courses and stuff. Please if possible let me know what are the carrer opportunities after doing a professional course or say after becoming a makeup artist and I mean what’s the industry like in Delhi and NCR. Thanks!!

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