Ambika Pillai is a hairstylist and makeup artist in the fashion industry who hails from Kollam, Kerala, India. Her work regularly appears in advertising campaigns, catwalk shows, fashion films, and editorials.
Ambika was born to a cashew exporter Gopinath Pillai & Santha Gopinath Pillai in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Her family then moved to her native place in Kollam, where she had a luxurious childhood, living in a bungalow by the backwaters of Kollam. After her boarding in Ooty, at the age of 7, she joined Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School in 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. 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 Trivandrum and Kochi.
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.
|Vogue Best Make-up Artist Award||2011|
|Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards for Best Hair and Makeup artist||2009|
|Bharat Nirman Super Achievers Award||2007|
|Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Make up artist of the year||2006|
|Zee Idea Fashion Awards for Best Hair Stylist of the year||2006|
|Kingfisher Fashion awards for the best hair designer of the year||2000|
|IAAFA Award for Best Make-up Artist||1996|
Television shows as a Judge
- Midukki (Mazhavil Manorama)
- Malayali Veetamma (Flowers TV)