Our Story

fat mu was founded in 2006 by dynamic duo, and all-round make-up pioneers, Natasha Nischol and Virginia Holmes. It is now singly helmed by Natasha who leads the fat mu team in both make-up education and services. fat mu’s vision is to transform make-up from a basic service into a respected art form and create a make-up community of make-up lovers through their training academy in Mumbai.
fat mu designs and manages make-up for shoots, events, bridals and makeovers and in 2010 it started a state-of-the-art Academy offering the best-in-class make-up education for professionals and all make-up lovers alike. They have trained over 2000 artists!

Their teams have worked on numerous eclectic faces over the years, both in fashion and film, designing over 100 TVCs, and working on over 38 feature films from Hollywood’s 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Zero Dark Thirty' to Bollywood’s ‘Gully Boy’,'Dil Dhadakne Do', 'Rock on 2' and the Netflix releases such 'Lust stories', ‘Ghost Stories’ and ‘Yeh Ballet’. fat mu also designed the make-up for Prime Video super hit Made in Heaven and is soon to start work on season 2 for the series!

The team have also filmed on location in Ahmedabad and Mumbai for 'Dhaka' under the guidance of Make-up Designer Matteo Silvi in 2018, have recently started work on ‘The Actress’ with Dharma and have films in the pipeline like Bunty Aur Babli 2 and Mimi.

our clients

  • Amazon
  • Excel Entertainment
  • Netflix
  • ROY KAPOOR FILMS
  • Elle
  • GQ
  • Vogue
  • HUL
  • IMG
  • India Take one
  • Maybelline
  • Dove
  • Nivea
  • Ponds
  • Sunsilk
  • Garnier
  • Lakme
  • MTV
  • Flipkart
  • Offroad
    Films
  • Indigo Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Heineken
  • Incredible India
  • Dharmatic Entertainment
  • Roy Kapur Films
TIMELINE
2006

After being set up on a business blind date, Natasha and Virginia start fat mu

2007

fat mu design the make-up and hair for a small little film that almost went straight to video. In 2009 this ‘little film’ scooped 8 Oscars, Jai Ho!

2009

fat mu design Zoya Akhtar’s debut movie. Luck By Chance goes on to become a super-duper hit.

2010

fat mu follow their dreams and open their academy in the heart of India’s pulsating media hub - Mumbai

2011

Another hit movie with Ms. Akhtar, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara sweeps the world

2013

fat mu cement in their reputation in creating flawless skin for big beauty brands

2014

fat mu create cutting edge looks for leading fashion publications and campaigns and our first year at Lakme Fashion Week

2015

Alongside our movies of this year, our make-up sculpt show at Lakme Fashion Week was the ultimate highlight. Loved the creative freedom, expression and pushing those boundaries!

2017

fat mu firmly make their mark at the LFW shows over the last couple of years. An incredible journey of make-up design in films, tvcs, education, fashion and now we've set up fat mu brides!

2018

fat mu complete 12 years. A year of film. Designed films like Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Amazon's Made in Heaven, and Netflix's Lust Stories. Marked a perfect year-end with our MUs looking after the bridesmaids at Isha Ambani’s wedding.

2019

We started our year with being a part of Shloka and Akash Ambani’s wedding celebrations and continued with success of Gully Boy and Made in Heaven. We’re looking forward to the 9 year anniversary of our academy!.

2020

We started 2020 on a spooky note with the release of “Ghost Stories”, took a dramatic spin with “Yeh Ballet” and have loads of other upcoming projects we’re excited to work on and share with you! We also blow candles and make lots of wishes, as the Academy turns 10 this year…