Just like any other Indian mothers, Mickey Contractor’s mom was also against the fact that he wanted to make his career with Makeup and beauty. He said, “I couldn’t care about society or friends. But I had to convince my mother; she wanted me to be a doctor. I first started doing hair styling and my mom asked me if I wanted to be a hajam! Then I said I didn’t want to do hairstyling, but I wanted to do makeup and she told me to make up my mind. But she was forward-thinking enough to give me a year to make it. If I didn’t, I would have to go back to studies. I agreed and then the rest is history.”
With no formal schools in makeup art in Bombay, Mickey found it to very difficult to learn the techniques of makeup, until he found a makeup artist who was willing to take him on and then it was from him that, Mickey Contractor learned the basics of applying a foundation. After assisting the makeup artist for eight months, Mickey Contractor could create his own tricks.
He gradually developed a reputation and with time, become one of the most preferred makeup artists by the Bollywood celebrities.
In his 33 years of experience in the glam world, he had started his career as a hair stylist, then he switched to be a makeup artist and started working with the film industry. After a few years, he started working in the advertising field. The film industry wanted him to be back only after he had worked in the advertising for 10 years and showcased his skills and exclusive techniques.
Mickey was approached by MAC when they decided to launch in India. He is now the MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India and proved himself to be the magician for putting India on the global makeup map.
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