Shivangi Dutt: Of Art and Unfolding Generations
Looking back at the highlighted archives of her life, Shivangi recollects her presence at the Graduate Fashion Week in London as a phenomenal experience, “I felt like I just belong!” as she puts it. However, beyond the accentuated spotlight that surrounds her today, lies years of consistent practice and hard work. Working extended hours and ensuring optimum client satisfaction in times when everyone has a unique set of expectations, while also bracing the art that you represent is not a piece of cake. And yet, we find her charm and allure still intact. As valuable as she contemplates her work, Shivangi also acknowledges the significance of fostering an equilibrium in life and enjoying it to the fullest. In an interview with The Societal, she asserts “Everything has to be fun for me, whatever is not fun is not in my life anymore.”
In a culture where people have started associating self-love with materialistic pleasures, Shivangi preaches self-love through positive affirmations, “I’m learning to accept my appearance and not undermine myself when people compliment me”. For her, self-love is all about “accepting yourself for exactly who you are and who you’ve been in the past, and keeping in mind who you want to become. The coordination amongst these three versions is beneficial.”
Shivangi’s tale embarks a sense of confidence and dedication in all the budding youngsters starting out in this profession. Her placid composure and clutter-free approach to her work paint a vivid picture of idealism with an added tint of amusement. A piece of professional advice she aims at passing on is that “Being a makeup artist is not a fancy thing, you are basically a slave to glamour. When you are preparing everyone to look pretty, you are going to end up looking really funny and exhausted by the end of the day. But you will learn a lot. So enjoy it, enjoy the process, the challenges, dealing with people. Enjoy whatever you do, just keep going.” The young beauty icon reckons she has a long way to go, and reiterates that consistency and optimism will take you places. The Societal congratulates Shivangi for following the footsteps of her mother, Meenakshi Dutt, and creating a constructive space for herself in the make up industry, and endows for her the best of wishes for her future endeavours.