If you scroll through celebrity makeup artist Billy Manik’s Instagram profile, the experience she has up her sleeve is remarkable. She’s worked with some of the most popular celebrities from the industry including Tamannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta, Bipasha Basu, Athiya Shetty and Madhuri Dixit. But that’s not all, Billy also owns a makeup academy – the Out of the Box Makeup Academy, where she teaches budding makeup enthusiasts everything about the one thing she’s most passionate about.

When we got the chance to interact with this super talented woman, and asked her the makeup questions you always had, but no one would answer. This is what she had to say.

interview with celebrity makeup artist billy manik

BB: I have five minutes to do my makeup. What can I do to make the most difference?

BM: Do your brows, they define your entire face shape and eyes. So if you have only five minutes, fill your eyebrows, put on some mascara and lipstick or lip balm.

BB: 3 beauty dos and don'ts every woman should follow.

BM: Do: Moisturise, drink lots of water, have a skincare regimen.

Don’t: Sleep with makeup on, use expired makeup or skincare products, use a lighter shade of foundation than your skin colour.

interview with celebrity makeup artist billy manik

BB: What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day look into something that works for a night out?

BM: Lipstick! Pop it up with a bright or deep tone and it will change the look in a minute.

BB: What are the makeup products a girl should never be caught without?

BM: Lip balm, mascara and moisturiser.

interview with celebrity makeup artist billy manik

BB: How can I do an easy smokey eye?

BM: Take a kohl pencil either black or brown and smudge it on your eyelid. Pull it all the way up till your crease line. Then take a brown eyeshadow and blend it on your crease. Lastly, take a natural nude tone and blend it till your brow bone.

BB: What’s the one thing girls who love makeup need to know? 

BM: Makeup doesn't make you, it only enhances what you already have. Before makeup, wear your confidence and always keep it simple. It always works!