T for Tilat

I first came across to her name on the web. Her entire makeup line got me all interested as I always wanted a local makeup brand. I became so fascinated with her that I searched for her facebook page, bought lipstick and became a fangirl. I soon spoke to her and organized for an interview through email. Here I present Tilat Khayer a Bangladeshi makeup artist who has a makeup line under her name.

Makeup by Tilat
Makeup by Tilat

1.How did you break into creating your own make-up brand?

Some brands are born out of a business idea. In my case, it was inspired by my own needs as a make-up artist. When I started working in Dhaka, I quickly realised how few products of professional standard are available catering specifically to the Asian skin tone. I guess you could say that the businesswoman in me surfaced to collaborate with the make-up artist in me and here I am with my own line of make-up tailored specifically to cater the needs of my Asian clientele.

Makeup by Tilat
Makeup by Tilat

2.What led you to this journey?

Well, after graduating with a Masters degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, I began working in the Financial sector. However I soon realised that my true passion lay in make-up artistry, so I abandoned Finance to join the UK fashion industry full-time. It wasn’t long before I realised that there are currently many products available in the international market that are well suited to the Caucasian skin tones but little for South Asian skin tones. When working with my South Asian clients, I end up spending a lot of time mixing different foundations to match their specific skin tones. Before, after my work was done most of my clients would request me to write down the name of the foundation shade that I had used on them and I would see the disappointment on their face when I had to tell them that I created the particular shade myself by mixing nine or ten different products. It was then that I came up with the idea of launching my own line of make-up designed primarily for my South Asian Clientele. All the products in my range are created with the Asian skin tones in mind.

Make up by Tilat
Make up by Tilat

3.What inspires you about working with make-up?

My passion for make-up is very deep-rooted. Since my childhood I have been fascinated by it. I have always been in awe of its magical power to transform a face. I see it as one of the most creative ways to express one’s personality. In my journey so far as a make-up artist I have seen it as a powerful tool to boost a woman’s innate confidence. I am very much aware of the change that takes place in my clients’ behaviour: the way she stands, the way she feels and how differently she conducts herself before and after the make-up is on. The confident smile it brings onto the face once the make-up has been applied is the greatest gift you can give anyone.

Photo Source: Tilat Khayer

Leave a Reply