The Power of Powdering: Sachin Dakoji

Our wedding is one event of our life that we plan to have something that looks like forever. From the wedding shoes to a wedding dress, and more, we want everything to be done flawlessly. We want the perfect venue, food, dress, flowers and makeup, because we want our most awaited day to be special. Isn’t it? I’ve always wondered what the fuss was about when it came to being a bride. You pick an outfit, match your shoes, co-ordinate jewellery, hire a makeup artist and you are good to go. But I was missing the point by a mile, until I lived through my best friend’s wedding! It’s easy to find a makeup artist, but tough to find a skilled and talented makeup artist, who would bring everybody’s attention to the beautiful bride. So whilst you are busy with your wedding preparations, we have put together a list of some of the best makeup artists in Hyderabad, in no particular order – to make your life easier. Know them a little before you make your pick.

Text: Anahita Ahuja

Sachin Dakoji

He started working in this field about 27 years ago and since then has worked very hard to transform the coiffure scene of the city. Meet Sachin Dakoji, owner of Manea- The Salon, who believes in spreading his talent and hence has even opened a school. A man with magic in his brush, he is one of the top stylists in the country (He is a member of the prestigious L’Oreal Dream Team). Here’s more about him…

What made you pick this career?

I cannot remember how long it has actually been, but playing ‘dress up’ as a child was always fun. I remember, I would gather my sisters and cousins to do their makeup during my teen years. It was during my second year of Medicine that I realised this was my true calling and took to it. Naturally, I followed my heart leaving the sciences behind. I enrolled myself in a course for cosmetology for six months and then ended up becoming a professional.

How do you handle competition?

I take it in my stride. I have had many students who are now handling work parallel to mine, and that actually pleases me today.

Must have makeup tools…

A spooley brush to tame the brows, my thread for the brows again and my fan brush for strobing. These are enough to create my signature ‘clean’ look.

Your favourite quote?

Judge not lest thou shalt be judged

Motto you live by?

Let there be light and love. If there is no love, there is no beauty. You need to love your work in order for it to look beautiful.

Why do you work?

I work because I was destined to be a makeup artist. My passion for this is only getting higher and I feel I have so much to give before I go. That is the reason I started teaching the art, for me to spread it among others. I want to give back my art by producing more for the industry.

Do you work for passion or money?

The art and commerce has always been confusing. I am an artist but we also have bills to pay, right?

Dream celebrity to work with?

Madonna