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At IMPERFEKT BEAUTY WE SEE BEAUTY IN INDIVIDUALITY.

The expert team at IMPERFEKT BEAUTY keeps you on trend and up to date with the latest in hair, makeup, skin care, fragrance, wellness and beauty happening.

We review products and services so you can make a more informed decision, we keep you informed of new launches and we decode the latest techniques to encourage you to discover and select your ideal beauty regime.

Although we love our brands and are always on the lookout for new beauty discoveries, be assured that our readers are our priority and we would never make recommendations or endorse any product or service that we have not tried and tested personally.

 

Our Experts:

Kadambari Lakhani

Kadambari has been associated with the fashion and beauty industry in India for the last 15 years. She has been a partner in one of the foremost designer fashion brands in the country. She was Beauty Editor at ELLE magazine for 5 years. During that  time she started ELLE Beauty Award, the first on ground beauty awards in the country which drew participation from all key players integral to the beauty industry including top management of major brands, celebrities, makeup artists, brand managers, dermatologists, models, photographers, etc. it’s now an event which brings out networking opportunities for the industry and is a much-coveted event in the calendar for beauty and fashion enthusiasts.

Her association with global brands includes consulting with them on strategies for brand expansion in India. At present, she is working with Korean K-beauty brands in advising them on building and sustaining their brand in the Indian market. She has also organised many events for brands such as Sheisedo, Clarins, Lancome, Dermaolgica, Estée Lauder, Kerastase etc in order for them to be able to engage directly with their target consumers in India.

Kadambari is passionate about Imperfect Beauty, an invaluable source of information for people who want to know about and understand beauty in a market that’s being inundated with increasing choices. Its also a great platform for niche brands to reach a wider audience and for international brands, Imperfekt Beauty is a great insight on what concerns the Indian consumer since it endeavours to address the beauty concerns of its readers. However, for Kadambari the most important aspect of the blog is that it encourages women to bring out the best in themselves.

 

Shamlee Bhagat

Shamlee is a makeup & hairstyling expert. Her enthusiasm for the latest trends in the beauty space and a keen eye for detail has been her forte. Her early experience comes from her 17 years long stint in the Indian fashion and media industry where she started out as a fashion stylist and then graduated to being a makeup and hair technician. She has styled and rendered her professional services for various commercial advertisements, editorials for magazines, music, videos, soap operas and catalogues for various fashion brands and the bridal industry.

In makeup and hair styling she is celebrated for her flawless technique, creative genius and signature touch. She is adored amongst her industry peers for her dedication, warmth and easy going personality. Her clients include many famous fashionistas, film personalities, supermodels and socialites. Her ability to pinpoint current and emerging trends and to translate them into art for today’s makeup and hair Industry has enabled her to work with many reputed designers such as Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Delna Poonawala, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Pria Kataaria Puri, Pallavi Jaikishen, Wendell Rodricks, Rebecca Dewan and associated with shows like the Lakme fashion week, Bridal Asia, Liva, Mod’art, Max design and many more.

She is also a beauty, hair& makeup educator and a grooming expert who has done many masterclasses across the country for many women’s organizations like IMW, CII, Lion’s club, Inner circle and for educational institutions like NIFT, BDsomani, WLCI college, Fazlani L’academie Globale and many in-house workshops. Apart from this, she owns T-Zonehair, makeup and beauty salon from where she and her trained team cater to niche clients where her clients feel at ease in her presence and believe in her as a dependable professional. Shamlee is also a full hands-on mom of two kids. She believes in being the complete woman’s and feels that Imperfekt Beauty only translates to ‘Im’ perfect beauty and wants every woman to believe in herself and her own potential.

 

Sonali Gladel

Sonali Gladel has lived and breathed beauty in all its facets her entire life. Her approach to beauty has always been from a worldwide perspective with Sonali living in many different continents, seeing and experiencing beauty through the eyes of different cultures.

Living her early dream of France and the elegant Paris life style at a young age during her time at Sorbonne, she continued to explore the world passing her next stations in New York, Zurich, Paris again!, Milano and Mumbai.

The “fil rouge” in her life has been the beauty industry and she has worked with many of the leading beauty companies from La Prairie, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Narciso Rodriguez, Issey Myake and PR agencies with clients like Chanel, Dior and Hermès. Through this experience she has become a true connoisseur and sought after expert in the industry.

Working on brand communication for so many different players, she has had deep insights in the creation of Consumer Brand Preferences and Loyalty, as well as the Luxury Beauty market in India.

Sonali offers expertise in Designer Fragrances and in International Luxury Niche Beauty Products. For Imperfekt Beauty she is on a mission to unveil even the best kept beauty secrets from around the world.

 

Varun Tolani

Well travelled and having resided between North America and Asia for a large part of his life, Varun always had a keen interest as to what global retail experiences would translate well to the Indian subcontinent. This has largely contributed to his advising and developing road maps for beauty and skincare startups in Asia for Fortune 100 Companies.

Varun gained a dual degree in Finance and Management from New York, however his passion for skincare, beauty and men’s health came full circle when he decided to move back to India to assist Dermalogica grow their Indian operations and making them a major player in Asia.

As General Manager for the brand he oversaw all new strategic alliances, along with marketing and sales strategies for the company within India in keeping with the brand ethos globally. Expansion into new territories through vendor partnerships, alliances and e-commerce assisted him in garnering numerous awards in the beauty and skincare sectors.

Varun has also been a keynote speaker at the Indian Salon and Wellness Congress. Additionally in 2015 Varun achieved his Football Managerial Licenses and badges and has managed pro teams in the Indian division. He was also part of the GQ 2017 Man Of The Year issue with his insights on football development and expansion in India

As a key contributor to Imperfekt Beauty, he’s garnered vast experience in the beauty business and is keen to experiment and discover versatile brands, products and formulations that cater to the various aspects of a mans lifestyle regardless of luxury, premium or mass market.

Varun is also an ardent reader and enjoys writing and chess in his free time.

 

Contributing Editor- Avni Amlani

A dynamic entrepreneur and internationally trained skin care specialist. She’s also a media favourite with some of the foremost beauty publications globally for her expertise on skin care as well as her insight on consumer concerns because of her hands-on approach. She is a powerhouse of knowledge in the world of skin care.

Avni has 30 years of experience in the field of skin care, spa and wellness. She qualified as an aesthetician in 1988 after receiving her diploma in London. Avni has now worked in the beauty and wellness Industry for over 30 years, specializing in skin care including the latest techniques and product innovation. Avni has been associated with some of the leading international skin and spa brands such as Clarins, Decleor, Sothy’s, Thalgo, Dermalogica, Guinot, Pevonia, etc. She has managed many skin clinics and owned skin care centres in London before her foray into India.

Apart from being a beauty entrepreneur, Avni has continued as a world-class educator. She’s been a senior lecturer, training new therapists to gain CIBTAC/CIDESCO diploma in London. Avni recognizes the need for constant education and continues to keep abreast of scientific innovation in beauty through continuous training from the International Dermal Institute, Glow Aesthetics, and other specialist training institutes in the UK, USA and Europe. Having achieved expert status, she has been able to provide advanced training in skincare to dermatologists and professional therapists. Avni is regularly invited to speak at various trade shows, congresses and seminars around the world.

As Director of Education and founder for Nytec Beauty International, Avni was instrumental in setting up the first if it’s kind, ‘state of the art’ training facility in India for Dermalogica India. Since its inception back in 2007, Avni has educated more than two thousand skin care professionals over the past 11years.

Avni has observed that within India there is immense scope in not only educating skin therapists in the latest techniques but also developing a new generation of therapists to elevate the standards of skin care and skin therapy in the country. With this thought process, Avni had been instrumental in implementing Dermalogica’s FITE (Financial Independence through Entrepreneurship) initiative in India, to Educate, Empower & Enlighten women by providing occupational skills. She has trained over 200 women and girls from some of the underprivileged areas in India and placed them in jobs! Avni believed these women have the power to yield significant returns for themselves, their families and the beauty industry as professional skin therapists. All they needed was a ‘Hand Up’ rather than a ‘Hand out’ in life!

Apart from consulting global brands on their foray into India, Avni continues to work with non-profit organisations as a national initiative to be able to join brands and hands to continue an ongoing passion of the education and awareness of skin health. She is indeed a true professional in the area of skin care and skin health education in India and believes in educating both the skin therapists and her clients.