Priyantha Kumara is one of the most sought after hair and makeup artists, with over 100 brides to his credit. Attached to Beauty Quest in Colombo, he operates his bridal studio Brides By Priyantha since the last three years.
A self-taught, hardworking and persevering makeup artist, Priyantha consistently devotes himself to learning and experimenting with new trends. Discovering a love for the art of bridal dressing at an early age, he has progressed to be one of the most established personas in the industry.
“I always believe in dressing brides with simplicity and elegance. This involves having the person run through pictures and later scheduling two to three meetings to discuss their needs in depth. I want to bring out the best in the bride or whoever I’m dressing, and my passion is to see people happy, beautiful and confident. The right colour and shade can make a huge difference”.
Brides By Priyantha was established in 2017 and continues to run successfully even during the pandemic. Inspite of inevitable cancellations, still, the brides and bridesmaids wanted to him render his work to later months or next year. “I am thankful to my customers, they didn’t opt for another hair and makeup artists, with so many offering services at various prices, the customers still wanted me and some customers have made me a part of the family. And I believe it’s my obligation and responsibility to serve them. During the lockdown, I was hit hard but was able to bounce back and my boss Nazneen Fernando, went all out to ensure the safety and hygiene of our clients”.
Like many businesses, this has been a challenging year for many, but new ways were found and safety has become a top priority, “We sanitize all makeup and hair items for our clients’ safety; after all we cannot change the situation but we can change ourselves to adapt to a new way of life and living”
Through Brides By Priyantha, he has a lot of plans in the pipeline. Right now he has a whole list of weddings, where brides have opted for something simple and light, with a focus on beautiful eye makeup. Besides bridals, he is busy with hair and makeup for various shoots, “It’s good to be back in action, and hope we can go back to normal soon”.
By Mena Kumar