Ambika Pillai

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Ambika Pillai
Born Kollam,[1] Kerala
Nationality Indian
Occupation Make-up Artist
  • Surendra Nath(1980-1988)
  • Rakesh Rocky( 1993-1996)
Children Kavitha
  • Gopinath Pillai
  • Santha Pillai

Ambika Pillai is a hairstylist and makeup artist in the fashion industry from Kollam,[1] Kerala, India. Her work regularly appears in advertising campaigns, catwalk shows, fashion films, and editorials.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ambika was born to a cashew exporter Gopinath Pillai & Santha Gopinath Pillai in Kollam, Kerala. She had a luxurious childhood, living in a bungalow by the backwaters of Kollam. She was married to Surenda Nath on 1980 at the age of 17 and moved to Calcutta to have a settled married life but things did not turn out the way she had desired and had to be satisfied with taking forward her life in a tiny one bed room apartment. They have one daughter, Kavitha. Later she married Rakesh (aka Rocky) in 1993 but due to his heavy drinking & gambling she left him.[3] Her three sisters, Gopika, Renuka and Devika were trained by her and are also into hair and skin makeover. She lives in New Delhi but frequently travels to Kochi.[4]


She started her career as a hair stylist and moved on to Make-up. When Ambika started her first salon it was called Visions by Ambika. She later decided to develop it as a brand. At present Ambika Pillai is a brand by itself.[5][6]


Awards Year
Vogue Best Make-up Artist Award[7][8][9] 2011
Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards for Best Hair and Makeup artist[10][9] 2009
Bharat Nirman Super Achievers Award[10][9] 2007
Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Make up artist of the year[10][9] 2006
Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Hair Stylist of the year[10][9] 2006
Kingfisher Fashion awards for the best hair designer of the year[10][9] 2000
IAAFA Award for Best Make-up Artist[10][9] 1996

Salon details[edit]

South Extension[10]
Punjabi Bagh[10]
Rajouri Garden[10]
Malviya Nagar[10]
Model Town[10]

Television shows as a Judge[edit]


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