Hello there Desi Brides!
As both a bride and an Asian wedding blogger I am always on the lookout for new and exciting fresh faced talent in the UK Asian wedding industry. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of big names out there which get booked day in day out but here at Desi Bride Dreams I’m all about the rising stars too and not all about the established names. That’s why I get so excited when I see new aspiring suppliers and artists and Rang by Reet was no different. I melted a little bit inside when I discovered her on Instagram and the transformations were amazing. So I would like you to introduce to you Rang by Reet!
So I met up with Reet a few weekends ago on my travels in London. She had agreed to do an interview and a makeover for me, and the results were quite simply amazing. I’ll let the pictures do all of talking (see below)! But first up, my interview with Reet! If you guys are wondering what she’s like – she’s the bubbliest Canadian you’ll find in London and a true perfectionist! So here it goes!
Tell us about Rang by Reet and the unique name
Rang by Reet combines rich colour (Rang) and vibrant tradition (Reet) of the subcontinent to create a breath-taking and flawless look for each beautiful bride. Bright colours have always been an inspiration as has my culture so both just fit perfectly – and together, the brand Rang by Reet was created.
You were trained by the renowned Lubna Rafiq. Tell us a little bit about this
When I had made the decision to pursue makeup & hair artistry, I wanted to ensure that I associated my reputation and brand with an accredited training academy. I wanted to train with a renowned artist in London who has a true passion and talent in beautifying women. I took my time and did my homework before selecting Lubna Rafiq’s Training Academy and I’m very happy that I did. Lubna not only provides the foundation for makeup artistry but also teaches the latest techniques, advises on the use of the greatest tools and products and gives insight into her very own secrets to flawless beauty. What really stood out was the portfolio session that she offers as part of her course. In this session I had the opportunity to re-create 4 looks on 2 models and walked away with a professional portfolio. You can take a look at my stunning photographs on www.reetkhara.com.
Who inspired you to set up Rang by Reet?
Haha, everyone! I’ve always been an artistic and creative person. I used to sketch and paint when I was young and I’m always the one helping my mum with her makeup, fixing a friend’s eyeshadow or styling my sister’s hair for a party! My family and friends always told me that I should do something with my talent – perhaps become a professional in makeup and hair artistry. I had the passion, the patience and the personality to succeed and always told myself that I would have a business by the age of 30. I transformed my dream to reality and Rang by Reet was officially launched on the 1st of May 2013. I’m blessed to have the love and support of my family and friends and thanks to them the brand has been growing strong ever since – thank you!
When a bride comes to you for her trial what can she expect?
I differentiate myself from other makeup & hair artists in the industry by offering a very tailored and bespoke experience for my bride- to-be. Unlike other artists, I offer my brides with a full bridal makeup and hair look as part of their trial, not ‘half’ a look (ie. 2 different looks on each half of the face and sometimes no hair trial!). Also, my trials are not restricted to just one hour as most other artists and its definitely not an in and out session! A bridal trial normally takes 2-3 hours to complete and my client leaves only when she is satisfied with what she sees in the mirror!
I normally start with a ‘garam’ cup of tea, followed by a mini consultation in which we discuss the looks and vision the bride has for her special day. Together, we’ll talk about all things makeup – what type of makeup the bride prefers, for example a dewy or matte finish, glittery or smokey eyes, nude or bold lips and so on. We will then move onto the actual makeup trial (45-60 minutes) and then the hair trial (30-45 minutes). I don’t let my clients look in the mirror until the very end – the moment I wait for is when she turns around and says, “OMG, I love it!“ It’s the best feeling ever!
I naturally have a very friendly personality and I encourage brides to ask questions or share any images that they come across for inspiration on their wedding day! They can get in touch via Whatsapp, Facebook or email and they can expect a response from me soon after! I believe in building trusted relationships with my clients and hold true to that by ensuring we have open communication leading up to her big day.
In 18 months, I’ve beautified over 20 brides and over 30 bridal parties. It also gives me great pleasure to say that every bridal trial has results in a booked bride! This is one of my greatest achievements for Rang by Reet!
What’s one makeup product you can’t live without?
The one makeup product I absolutely cannot live without is Anastasia of Beverley Hills Dip Brow Promade in Dark Brown. I’m obsessed with eyebrows and this is truly the best product in the market! It’s a waterproof brow colour that sculpts and defines the brows. Dipbrow is perfect for oily skin and humid climate and glides on effortlessly to create optimal definition and the perfect brows for any occasion!
What’s next for Rang by Reet?
I’ve lived in London for over 7 years and it’s where Rang by Reet was born! I want to continue to expand my brand here and in my native Toronto as well as other major cities across Canada, UK, US, United Emirates and India. I have aspirations to grow the brand internationally and travel between my favorite cities for editorial, bridal and celebrity makeup & hair opportunities. I also have ambitions to offer a training academy and master classes to cultivate aspiring artists around the world as well as product innovation in eyelash and hair extensions. Lastly, an end-to-end bridal experience – one in which I will offer my brides with a truly personalised service from makeup & hair to styling her complete look! Stay tuned beautiful ladies!
And if you didn’t believe me, here are the beautiful creations of Rang by Reet….
For more information on Reet Khara | Rang by Reet | Bridal Makeup & Hair Artistry visit www.reetkhara.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for her latest looks and offers: