Leila began her training in the beauty & fashion world in 1991 when she attended the Roberta Mechan School of Beauty in the United Kingdom. Qualified as an International Beautician she holds the Itec Diploma. Branching into the fashion world shortly after she moved to bangalore, She also trained under the internationally acclaimed makeup specialist Linda Meridith in London & holds a diploma in screen, stage, film and fashion makeup. Her foray into the fashion world began quite by chance and she was privileged to work with ace photographer rafiq sayed on her very first assignment.
Based out of Bangalore, Leila has been working with the best talent of the country. She was closely associated with prasad bidapa & was responsible for the makeup for all his fashion shows & shoots for 6 years. She has worked with most of india's leading designers such as Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Raghavendra Rathore, Hemant Trevedi, Abraham & Thakore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, JJ Valaya & Savio Jon to name a few. Working on several international & national advertisment campaigns like evian, titan, ganjam jewelers, She has also done several shows for de beers, kingfisher, swarovski, the gold council of india, and many other international & indian companies. she has recently been a part of the makeup team for the femina miss india 2003 show held in bangalore. Leila has had the priviledge to work with most of india's leading Photographers, the list which includes Prabuddha Das Gupta, Tarun Khiwal, Sudhir Ramchandra, Rafiq Sayed, Atul Kasbekar, Radhakrishnan, Darren Centofanti and Numerous others. Leila styles for both the print media & tv commercials as well. She works extensively with a number of ad film houses, with a vast range of commercials to her credit such as Titan, Lakme, Wagon R, Asian Paints, Sunsilk, Rahul Dravid’s Kissan Jammy, Britannia, Taza Tea, Lipton, Brooke Bond, Pepsodent, Fair & Lovely, Clinic, Samsung, Aditya Birla Microsoft, ICICI, Indian Oil Servo, Parachute Sampoorna & many others. Many of the celebrities she has worked with include top bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan, Diya Mirza & Perizad Zorabian. top sports personalities such as Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Wasim Akram, Irfan Pathan, Bret Lee, Baichang Bhutia & Mahesh Bhupathi just to name a few. Her range of work extends into fantasy make up & body painting where in she finds that her creative talents are most explored. She is the Recipient of the Kingfisher award for excellence in makeup in the year 2000.