For most hair and make-up artists across the globe, the focus point of their work is on how to improve the appearance of their clients by focusing only on their faces. For Tina Prajapat at Hair Makeup, a leading expert in the field of hair and make-up in London, it is about more than improving only the facial features as she focuses on the entire body as her canvas. As an expert in Asian bridal hair and make-up, she does this by including the art of Mehndi in her service portfolio. This is one of the many features that sets her apart and makes her an expert in her niche field.
“When it comes to Asian weddings, specifically Indian weddings, it is important to always keep in mind that the appearance of the bride consists of far more than a magnificent dress and outstanding make-up and hair. In these weddings, tradition plays a major role and how fantastic the bride looks depends also on how well her make-up, jewels, and traditional clothes complement each other. These are aspects that the artist needs to keep in mind while transforming the bride’s appearance,” says Tina Prajapat, the widely acclaimed make-up artist and director of Hair Makeup.
She explains that the art of Mehndi plays an important role in these weddings. Mehndi is a traditional art form of painting the hands, feet, and even body with a henna paste. It has been a traditional way of beautifying brides for centuries in India, the Middle East, and even in certain African countries.
As an expert in her field, Tina also shares that the art form originated as a way to cool down body temperature in these warm regions. A simple dot of the paste on the hands or the feet would help to make someone feel cooler. However, it soon turned into a way to decorate hands and feet and various patterns started to develop amongst different cultural groups staying in these regions. There are several ways to apply this paste and each pattern is symbolic of your heritage.
“The style of my Mehndi patterns is leaning towards those patterns originating in the Arabic regions. While this is an Eastern artform, the demand in a Westernized city such as London is quite large. It is why I often travel to several locations across the Northwest of London to apply Mehndi not only to brides but also to many others who are simply fans of the beautiful tradition,” Tina concludes.
Tina went straight from the London College of Fashion into being a hair and makeup artist. This was a quarter of a century ago. Today her career evolved through numerous hair and makeup courses and by taking a comprehensive approach to beauty. Tina has extensive exposure to beauty in a range of fields, such as music videos, backstage shows, and wedding hair and makeup. Her work took her in a direction where numerous Asian brides approached and this became her field of expertise. She also has been celebrated in a range of Asian bridal magazines. Look at our website at https://www.hairmakeup.co.uk/ or contact her directly and see how Tina can assist you.