Mickey Contractor, Makeup and MAC


Mickey Contractor, Makeup and MAC

How many of you read my post on Ambika Pillai Makeup Artist – The Woman Behind The face ?  Well, if you liked that then today I bring to you the work of another one of India’s best make-up artists. MICKEY CONTRACTOR.

For over three decades makeup magician Mickey Contractor has been wielding his magic wand on Bollywood’s brightest beauties for dozens of hit films and advertising campaigns.  Though change has been slow to come in India, he’s proud to have been a driving force behind altering mindsets to embrace different kinds of makeup and lighter applications.  He was fed up with archaic beauty ideals and lighting technology that required egregious amounts of makeup.


Mickey Contractor, Makeup and MAC+mickey make up


He started out doing hair, then got into makeup because they were not allowing men to do hair at that time in India, in the film industry.  The turning point in his career came when he decided to stop doing films and went into advertising.  It was also more challenging, purely because in advertising one could do different kinds of looks.

Mickey is M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India,  He has mentored Artists around the world. He has a collection to his name and his musts are all about natural skin and total performance.  Foundation, Concealer, goddess-gorgeous eye shades and his favourite brushes.

His favourite tools are his hands and his favourite MAC product is Blacktrack Fluidline.  His favourite feature to work on is his definitely a womans eyes. India is all about eyes, because of our tradition.   Kohl is so important to every Indian woman, it’s also the highest selling product at MAC. It will always be eyes.

Ok now for the best part his make-up tip to finish doing your make up in half the time!.  Generously moisturize your face and then apply foundation.  After that use Select Moisturecover Concealer only on the T-Zone and under eyes and blend outwards to get an even finish. Lightly dust over it with Loose Invisible Powder, so it sets and gives a smooth, well-groomed look.

He also has a suggestion for men.  They should use skin care products on a regular basis and occasionally bronzer maybe a good idea. I know some men who use concealer very deftly for their under eyes to look a bit well rested.

Let me tell you about some of his most famous work.  Do you remember the movie Chalte Chalte?  Then do you remember Rani’s smoky eyes.  He then when on to do 2 IIFA winning films… in Kal Ho Naa Ho on Preity that was very clean and very nice scrubbed fresh look.  Second in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghamhe did Rani, Kajol and Jaya Bachchans make-up.  The song Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli with Aishwarya was a very very popular was with done with no foundation at all.  His latest project was  turning Kareena Kapoor into a glamorous sexy HEROIN  in the very same film.

Mickey Contractor, Makeup and MAC+Kareena Kapoor Heroine


Finally from the man himself ” The way I look at success is, the fact that you have the option of choosing what you want to do — that to me is success, not just making more money or fame.”


Are you a fan of Mickey contractor work ? Have you tried his range of cosmetics from MAC ?


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  1. smokey eyes became famous after that movie chalte chalte .. and also other started experimenting on color smokey eyes and not just black .. he’s a rock star ..

      • rani wore brown smokey in that movie .. after that everyone started wearing smokey eyes for all red carpet events .. i like aishwarya’s soft grey smokey looks ..

  2. A legend…love love love his clean looks 🙂 His best answer, as always, is the one where he says that his hands are his favourite tools. It takes a lot of experience and confidence to say that !!


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