His work has graced dozens of magazine covers from Vogue and Elle India to Grazia and American Condé Nast Traveller. Old timers from Manisha Koirala and Juhi Chawala to young Turks like Alia Bhatt and Aditi Rao Hydari can’t stop singing his praises. Makeup magic at his fingertips, he can transform virtually anyone into a graceful swan. Over to Elton Fernandez as he traipses down memory lane and recalls his favorite muses.
“I styled her for the Maxim cover. I simply love her for her open heart and mind. There is such a wholesomeness about her. It’s such a joy to see her transform from the early days when she was making a name for herself as an Indie artist and didn’t much care about her appearance, to her present, polished self.”
Aditi Rao Hydari
“She has flawless skin and is a natural stunner. But what I love most about her is the fact that she is always looking for ways to stretch her personality. She has a fragility about her that she doesn’t mind playing up. Her clear, gorgeous skin is the perfect canvas for me to work with. I loved styling her for the Femina cover where we gave her this awesome Boho-Tribal vibe with loads of stunning silver jewelry.”
“Sure she’s got a cherubic baby face but I’ve styled her from early on and I’m amazed at how she has grown and evolved into this poised, talented actress. At the end of the day makeup needs to be an extension of your personality and Alia has this chilled-out vibe about her and that reflects on her face. She’s not scared of taking risks and that reflects in her cinematic choices as well. ”
“I love the fact that she has this open, vital energy about her. She’s open minded, willing to try different things, and the fact that she has flawless skin only helps! That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a mind of her own. I also like the fact that she has embraced her age and looks lovelier today than she ever did.”
“I remember the first time I saw her, I couldn’t stop staring! She is so beautiful. The best part, she’s so down to earth and has such an attractive, intelligent personality. I like that in a woman. Someone who doesn’t blindly ape anyone, and is confident enough to walk into a room without a shred of makeup, knowing that all heads will turn the minute she makes an entrance.”