Zorain Khaleeli is an internationally trained makeup artist and trainer, having over 20 years of experience in the industry, catering to celebrities, fashion, film and brides. Her specialisations lie in bridal makeup, hairstyling, nail art,  hair refixing, and lash extensions.

Right from the age of 15, Zorain Khaleeli has been in love with the art of makeup and has ever since pursued this passion. Her journey into the fascinating world of makeup began in her home town Bengaluru (then Bangalore), with the focus on brides and photo shoots.

This journey carried on after her marriage, which took her to Oman, which introduced her to the Arabic style of facial make up and hair, helping create her signature Indo Arab style of makeup.

After her return to Bangalore, Zorain joined MAC in early 1997, which was their first flagship store in Bangalore. Soon her collaboration with MAC spread to the entire south India, and then to Dubai, culminating with her heading MAC Cosmetics’ Training in India and international markets for over a decade.

Working at the MAC counter everyday was one of her most beautiful memories of learning to adapt the makeup art to each person. According to her, “There was no better school for me than that.”

Zorain’s Vision

To create a platform of makeup artists, by makeup artists and for makeup artists. We believe in creating an exceptional experience for our students & clients; committing ourselves to providing our customers with premium quality and unparalleled services.

An Inspirational Journey

Zorain has been a part of over 12 seasons of the India Fashion Week, Couture Weeks, Blenders Pride Fashion Weeks, having worked with top models like Noynika Chatterji, Carol Gracias, Sania Sheikh, Netra Raghuraman, Racheal Byros to mention a few. She has keyed many shows for designers like Rocky S, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gaurav Gupta, Sanchita Ajjampur and Deepika Govind to mention a few.

Zorain has also had the opportunity of being a backstage artist at the IIFA Awards, the GIMA Music Awards and in the 100 years of Kannada film industry celebrations. During her journey through the world of fashion and style, she has worked with a host of actresses from Bollywood and Kannada film industry including Zeenat Aman, Vasundra Das, Shraddha Kapoor, Shruti Haasan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranuat, Kriti Sanon, Ramya, Sharmiela Madre, Shruti Hariharan and Jennifer Kotwal.

Each individual is unique and beautiful in her/his own way and to work with each one’s face anatomy is a science in itself. The beautiful blend of science, art and technology can transform many ordinary looking women into sheer glamorous beauties.

She counts Kevin Aucoin, Charlotte Tilbury, Tony Reberio, Tom Pecheau, Gordan Espinet , Terry Barber, and Mickey Contractor among her chief inspirations.

Become a Beauty Professional at Zorain’s Studio & Academy

Founding Zorain Studio & Academy

Zorain moved on from MAC to set up Zorain’s Studio & Academy, with a vision of building it to be India’s largest chain of premier makeup and beauty schools. Conveniently located in the heart of Bengaluru, is spread across 6000 sq. ft., and has by now regarded as the largest makeup studio and academy in India. Over the years, Zorain has trained over 3000 students, and worked on over 5000 brides.

Makeup is like magic. It involves those hidden small tricks that can amaze your mind and change what you see. Makeup is not just an art but a technology that can create the most beautiful transformations.

The Academy offers an array of courses for both professional and personal make up and hair, both for personal fulfillment or as full-fledged careers in the make up industry. As India’s biggest makeup training academy, and Bangalore’s premier make up destination, Zorain’s Academy caters to beauty enthusiasts from varied backgrounds and cultures, helping them reveal their artistic interests and acquire the relevant professional techniques. The courses offered range for a time duration of a few hours to a month.

We believe in creating an exceptional experience for our students & clients; committing ourselves to providing our customers with premium quality and unparalleled services.

Overall, Zorain’s Studio and Academy amply reflects Zorain Khaleeli’s vision, “To create a platform of makeup artists, by makeup artists and for makeup artists.”

Awards & Recognitions

MICE Global 2020


Most Fabulous Women Leaders – Indian Wedding Industry

International Quality Award – 2019


Best Makeup Academy Award India 2019

ET Power Icon 2020


Excellence in Make up, Hair, Nails & Beauty 2020

ASSOCHAM Award 2020


Fastest Growing Make up Academy 2020

India Salons & Wellness Awards 2019


Best Makeup Artist of the Year 2019

Asia Women of Substance Awards 2019


Excellence in Makeup, Hair & Beauty Award 2019

She Unlimited 2019


Winner – She Unlimited 2019

National Choice Awards 2017-18


India’s Best Makeup Studio of the Year 2017-18

India Lifestyle Awards 2016



Best Professional Makeup Artist in India

Look Book


  • "The best place to start your journey with make-up & hair. Zorain's patience and her ability to make sure you reach perfection is amazing. On the whole a very optimistic and fun environment, she lets you be yourself and makes sure that you learn at your own pace. Apart from various makeup methods you will also be taught about the ingredients in various products, color wheel, face shapes etc. Once you finish your course you will be equipped enough to start of on your own, this comes from personal experience. I was new to a lot of things when I joined Zorain's class but her confidence in me and her method of teaching is impeccable. Undoubtedly the best investment in your career whether its personal grooming or a full fledged makeup and hair course." - Blessy Mary Chacko

  • "When a girl imagines herself on her wedding day only beautiful speechless and grand images remain in her mind .. It takes only magical hands and talent to turn those images into reality ... Zohrain is one among them who left me with abundant compliments on all the functions for my wedding ...she understands the needs of the client..... patient, comforting ,punctual and most importantly a beautiful soul who trusts her clients even in times when you can't help it ... Thank you Zohrain & team for being there for me to make me look like my daddy's little princess just as how I wanted it . Not too much of make up not too less just perfect ... you made me relax and be at ease even at times of anxiety which every bride goes through... A big thank you from the Sabharwal family ...With all my love hugs and regards." - Gurman Sabharwaal

  • A wonderful person and a brilliant artist. She is an inspiration to many. I am also a makeup artist and if I want be someone's replica then its my dear, my inspiration and a goddess like figure Zo. All the best for the amazing future ahead. Love you lots Zo." - Kinjal Mehta

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