Ravita Pannu, is one of the leading and most established makeup artists in the UK. Based in Birmingham, West Midlands, she has been recognised as the Crème de le Crème of Makeup, Henna and Hair art. Her story of following her passion and giving up her career has been covered by the BBC and national press. She has dedicated her time and efforts to serving her tribe – RPdivas, with a firm faith, that nothing can be left to chance when it comes to creating and accomplishing the most beautiful looks whatever the occasion. Having entered the artistic world of all things beautiful, she created her very first bridal look at the age of 13 with her natural ability and talent of henna art. This expanded to makeup, hair and now products too! She was a panel speaker at the Asian Woman Festival and spoke with electric passion and eloquence on the importance of educating our girls, colourism and living a life of full potential.
Tell us about yourself and what you do?
I am Ravita Pannu, #RP and founder and owner of Ravita Pannu LTD- aka #RPBrand. I had a vision that through the art of makeup we can engage, empower and educate, so that’s exactly what I did! After years of being overweight, feeling unfilled I went on a self-development journey and believe it honestly was then the real making of the Brand. Now at 39 and 5 years later after taking the risk and going full time with my vision, I have never looked back. I am a female entrepreneur with a real, honest, drive to help women whether its to act in a supportive role on their big day – the Bride, or mentoring through the application and art of makeup. Nothing gives me more satisfaction and joy!
What inspires you?
Every day I am inspired in so many ways! It could be an article that I read, a quote or an act of kindness. Inspiration can be measured and transpired in many ways and is translated by everyone so differently. I find that listening to every single person I meet, hearing their story inspires me so much! I take note of every story as you never know what lies beneath.
What are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
I have read many many books over the years and honestly believe they are food for the brain… so try to read as often as I can! I have been known to read a book within 24 hours! To be able to whittle down 3 books that have greatly influenced my life is like asking me to give one fave lipstick shade! Impossible!
However the latest 3 books that I have read are the following and honestly were fantastic. I highly recommend!
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I recently gifted Jasmine Sandlas this book. She was hugely touched, I know she will read it!
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Take a walk in my Big Indian Heels by Lucky Roy Singh.
What purchase of £100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?
Gosh, this is a hard one! I think we can make purchases and without realising the positive impacts it can have on your life. This is where we can often take things for granted? However, not so much a purchase but a donation to a children’s charity recently. I donated a small amount to charity and honestly what it reinforced was that the platform I have been created can be used in so many positive ways! By sharing the reasons for my donation, it also encouraged followers and like minded individuals with such platforms to encourage them to do the same!
What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt in business?
I haven’t come from a business background, so it was something that I have had to learn. One of the biggest lessons has been to keep ‘Business relations business and Personal relations personal’.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why?
I have always often look at billboards and think, honestly, one day I will most definitely have a sea of billboards! However, one quote I can often be heard to be recited is the following and the influences of social media and the negative impact it is having on peoples lives to keep up with others:
“Be careful of a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget”
In the last 2 years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
I have most definitely been on a spiritual journey over the past 2 years! It has been a progressive and reflective time and it’s about recognising the signs, reading them and listening to your gut feelings! Being in tune with my intuition has greatly improved my vision and making decisions which simply feel right!
What advice would you give to a smart, driven student about to enter the “real world? What advice should they ignore?
Work bloody hard! Nothing is easy anymore but by networking and surrounding yourself with likeminded people, will honestly benefit you but don’t ever feel you can’t eat at the table alone! But just work hard and create your own opportunities! However do it with integrity- it is key!
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I affirm positive statements regularly. Rather than seeing the negatives in life, switch it and see the positive. Is your glass half full or half empty?
Tell us something that would surprise us about you?
I love marmite and hate feet! Haha not together of course!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
My self fears. Accepting and forgiving my previous self for mistakes made along the way. By reflecting on your previous self, learning from all life lessons, you can improve and become the person you really want to become.Turn all lessons into real blessings!
What would be your message to the AWMB community?
Don’t be put off and support one another! By cheering for another won’t dampen your success it actually feeds the soul to a greater degree! Fix those crowns for each other and always operate with integrity!