Brides & You got a chance to catch up with Sadya of Sadya's Salon. Read on to find out some interesting things you would want to know about this talented makeup artist:
Did you discover your talent accidentally or were you always sure about what you wanted to do?
Like every girl, I have always loved makeup. I remember doing my own makeup, sitting on my mother's vanity table as a child. But education has always been a priority in my family. So after getting my degree, I began learning makeup properly from my mother, Mrs Nazli Iftikhar who is the owner of House Wife Home located in Lahore. Then I started teaching girls at her salon. That's how it all started.
You have been in the business since 2002. What is the pull that draws you to this profession?
When a bride is ready and her face lights up with joy, it inspires me. I thank God for making my passion my profession. I graduated from NCA with a degree in Communication Design and did my masters from London in Interactive Media. But through the years the art of makeup has always been by my priority and now my profession.
Name one person who has been your support throughout the years?
My mother. She has been the pillar of strength in my career. She was one of the pioneers in the field and learnt makeup from London in 1982. I can't thank her enough for being my mentor, friend and support through the years.
Sometimes the fame goes to one's head but you seem like a really down to earth person. How do you maintain a low profile?
Everyone has ups and downs and time teaches you a lot. I stay focused on my work and believe that no one can be perfect- we must all improve every single day, that's what keeps my feet on the ground.
What is the one thing that makes you relax, after a tiring and busy day?
My family. The smiles of my kids really lift me up.
With cutthroat competition in the market what is it that sets you apart from others?
My work speaks for itself. Personalized makeup is all about giving personal attention to the bride. I go into the minutest of details, from makeup to hair to dupatta setting, paying personal attention to everything, making sure that it is done with utmost finesse and perfection. I do not let the bride go out of my salon, till I see the spark of satisfaction and confidence in her eyes.
How do you make sure that the bride is satisfied on her big day?
Wedding day is a huge day for every girl and we are honored to be a part of it. We try to make sure she is comfortable, relaxed and confident. One week before the wedding day, we have trials for hair-do and a session about the overall look and styling of the bride. This helps the girl be happier about how she will look on her big day.
Do you offer bridal deals for brides who cannot afford expensive make up packages?
Yes. We offer to pre book your wedding package in summer for a winter wedding. The package costs between Rs 30,000 to 60,000. We highly respect the appreciation girls have of our work and for those we have special Summer Packages.
What brands of make-up do you use?
There are so many amazing brands in the market now, some have amazing foundations, others have an amazing colour palette. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is one my favourite foundations. Two faced has amazing bronzer/ contouring colours. Mac has unbelievable lip shades with pigmentation. Dior has great glosses and the list goes on.
Which lipstick trend do you promote- classic or matte?
I love classic but only with a little gloss.
Do you enjoy teaching your trade? Do you ever feel insecure?
It is a blessing to have a skill. To me it is important to share it with others. The best part is when you teach someone, you inspire them, you motivate them and that is fulfilling in itself. It gives me a sense of achievement, not insecurity.
What is one thing you like most about being a beautician?
The most beautiful thing is the smile of a bride or anyone who is made to feel beautiful after the services have been completed. As the bride walks out of my salon feeling beautiful, I feel pride.
If stranded on an island which product, do you feel you cannot do without?
If I have to choose from makeup products, it would be lip balm.
Which products do you feel a girl on her honeymoon cannot do without?
Sunscreen, face powder, mascara, blush and a lip gloss.
Do visit Sadya's Salon which is located on Maratab Ali Road. It is worth the time, effort and money. We at Brides & You wish Sadya, a future full of even more success and expansion.