The Navhind Times Zest workshop with make-up maven, Cory Walia was held on Sunday, September 17 at Dempo House, Panaji. Open to those above 18 years of age, the 130- odd participants included lawyers, homemakers, businesswomen, doctors, beauticians, accountants and many more. The half-day session aimed at giving participants tips on different types of make-up besides covering the dos and don’ts of make-up and grooming.

The session began with a brief introduction by Cory about himself whereby he shared how he left the family business at the age of 29 years to pursue his career in make-up. He spoke passionately about his work and the joy it brings him. He then spoke about grooming and the use of make-up as a tool to empower women. “Beauty contests were invented for women to celebrate their looks and Indian culture and history depicts the same in the centuries-old stone carvings,” he stated. “Make-up is not a mask behind which a woman needs to hide any insecurities she may have regarding her appearance. Instead it is a powerful tool to enhance and embellish natural looks and make her look graceful, elegant and charming.” With an anecdote about the desire to be and look fairer, he began the workshop and had participants enthralled from the word go.

The workshop was a judicious mix of demonstrations and talks on the dos and don’ts of make-up. In the first demo, a young lawyer who rarely uses make-up was chosen. With the help of a few strokes of concealer, blush-on, eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara and a nude shade of lipstick, he made the youngster look glamorous within a few minutes. Throughout the demo, Cory explained each step he undertook and stressed on the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. “Removing your make-up at night is a very important part of maintaining a clear complexion and avoiding spots and acne. Make-up that is left on all night will dry out the skin and clog the pores. And if you leave your mascara on all night it dries the eyelashes, which causes them to crack and break off,” he said. He recommended good quality cleansers and spoke about the wonders of exfoliating. “Even homemade scrubs like sooji and khus-khus are amazing if they work for your skin,” he added.

In the second demo, he highlighted eye-makeup and gave expert tips on application of liner, mascara, kajal and eye-shadow. “Never use an eyelash curler after applying mascara,” he warned and explained how mascara should be applied and removed.

In the final demo, he showed how make-up on a dusky complexion should be applied that looked elegant and attractive. In the question-answer session, Cory cleared many doubts as well as gave tips on applying and buying make-up and advised, “Don’t overdo any makeup. Instead use less and if it is inadequate, you can always add more, but subtracting is far more difficult. Proportion is everything. Just enough is most effective.”

The workshop ended with Cory thanking the participants for being a wonderful audience and said, “Women must be able to look into a mirror and feel proud to look attractive and elegant, for themselves, not for the rest of the world! It is their birthright to be gorgeous. So ladies, be subtle, be empowered and be yourself. There is nothing more beautiful!”


Very good session and tips.

Sharmila Shirodkar, bank officer

I now know how to use my eye make-up and get the smoky eyes look.

Zoya Joao, doctor

The workshop was wonderful. Cory made it very entertaining and informative. Thanks to Navhind Times for a wonderful experience.

Deepa Sharieff, doctor

It was wonderful. Got to learn many tricks about make-up.

Smita Govekar, make-up artist

Very effective, educative and productive.

Janville Fernandes, student

Great workshop. Would like to attend more like these. Please keep up the good work. Thank you.

Andrea Rodrigues, teacher

Cory’s explanations and expressions were simply marvellous. His sense of humour too is always the best.

Lida Joao, advocate

It was a fabulous workshop. Mr Walia taught us how to embrace ourselves and highlight our positive feature rather than the negative one. I also learnt that my make-up need not be over the top to look glamorous. Thank you Navhind Times for a wonderful workshop.

Devashri Kamat, student

A very interesting, educative and informative workshop. Thanks Cory Walia.

Nasima Shaikh, service

The workshop was informative, methodical and user friendly.

Happy Saha, student

Some often repeated sentences were demonstrated today. It was amazing to see Cory decide what worked best just by looking at the person.

Reshma Salelkar, general surgeon

It was an amazing experience. Now that I have learnt something, I will try it.

Vaishnavi Sawant, law student

It was fascinating to see ordinary faces looking so glamorous with the magical touch of Cory’s. It was also wonderful listening to him and learning a few tricks.

Marcelyna Fernandes, technical director, Doordarshan

An interesting session especially for lay people.

Roanna Silveira, make-up artist

Cory is an inspiration. Loved the workshop. It was educational, informative and fun!

Tejal Mhambrey, make-up artist

We really enjoyed the workshop. It was good and very helpful.

Saisha Rasam, student

I enjoyed the workshop thoroughly. Thank you and Navhind Times for all the efforts. Look forward to many more.

Sangeeta Sawant, businesswoman

Loved each and every bit of the workshop. Informative and useful.

Sushma Kamath, homemaker

The workshop was more than what I expected! Kudos! Thanks to Navhind Times. It was such a pleasure.

Anupama Chaturvedi, marketing manager

Cory Walia inspired me and has given my confidence a boost.

Kumudini Gadekar, homemaker

I just loved the session.

Shivalika Gupta, student

Cory Walia is my guru and I have always admired him. Today I learnt so much it is unbelievable even after knowing a bit its never enough.

Blossom Pinto, make-up artist

It was very nice and am looking forward to many more.

Suchita Gad

The talk was all about empowerment of women from within and outside. Feel beautiful within and look the same outside.

Anny Gomes, service

Cory Walia is one of the best and I wanted to be at this workshop. Thanks to Navhind Times, you guys ‘rock’.

Reema Thapa, make-up artist

Cory Walia is a wonder. It was a privilege to attend his workshop. Even more mesmerising was the fact he worked on my face. Thank you so much Cory and Navhind Times Zest.

Pallavi Arondekar, deputy director, GCCI

A very good, crisp and informative workshop.

Asha Arondekar, entrepreneur, Tatva spa

I enjoyed the workshop and felt it was an honour to learn from Cory Walia. So many of my questions were answered. Thank you for the opportunity.

Victoria Lobo, student

Thanks for the wonderful workshop. It was everything we ever hoped for and all our questions were answered. It was informative as well.

Sueallen Lobo, HR executive