At last! The Exact Make-Up Used On a Celeb: Vidya Balan

I think I hear thunder growling, feel the earth giving away under my feet, and hear wild animals screeching. Yes, I have finally found out the exact colours used on a Bollywood celeb. Of course, the colours are enhanced with Photoshop but hey it's a huge step in the right direction. As suspected, all products used were from MAC. Enjoy this rare occurrence.

Products Used

Select Cover-Up

Studio Fix Fluid

Sincere powder blush

Star Violet
Gold Mine


Zoom Lash

Lip Liner:


Lip Gloss:
Love Nectar


This look also requires that skin looks flawless. To get the best results when using foundation, use a moisturizer and an eye cream according to the needs of your skin.

The brows for this look are very defined and neat so pluck any stray hairs so that your eyebrows. Using a dark brown brow-pencil, enhance your eyebrows with short strokes of the brow pencil.

With a make-up sponge or foundation brush, apply the foundation as evenly as possible. If necessary, cover up any problematic areas with concealer. Thoroughly blend the foundation and concealer together and into the jawline, sides of your face etc. You want the foundation melt into your skin.

I am so repetitive, but with such gorgeous, vibrant colours, I really recommend using a primer to make the colours pop.

Apply Star Violet from lash line to crease.

Apply Sprout on the outer "V" of the eyes and follow through with applying the colour along the entire lower lash line.

Apply Gold Mine from crease to brow bone.

With a steady hand, apply the Minted eye pencil along the lower lash line. Blend the eyeshadow and eye pencil with a q-tip.

Since thee is not liner on the top rim, curl your lashes for maximum impact and apply Zoom Lash mascara generously on upper and lower lashes. If you get clumps, comb through the lashes with a lash comb to separate them.

Apply the Sincere blush on the apple of your cheeks all the way to the temple, decreasing intensity as you go towards the temple.


Line lips with the Plum lip liner. Apply the twig lipstick and finish off with the Love Nectar lustreglass.

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Is This Natural Make-Up? Is This Normal Behaviour?

Mallika's Mishaps - Yes, I'm just that lame to find a title like this

I don't know whether this is a Lowlight, a make-up pet peeve, or just something that goes against everything I believe. Am I being dramatic? I don't think so. Take a look and tell me what you see. She's got a pretty face but her foundation is doing her no favours. If she comes out with a statement that she just "put on some gloss and some kaajal" and went to a press conference we'll know she's lying. It looks like a mask that is a couple of shades too light with the wrong undertones to boot. Then comes, I am feeling very faint form the impact here, the darkly lined lips with a different, lighter shade of lipstick and lip gloss. I don't really know what she's trying to accomplish here. Is she trying to tell us something about her mouth? Is the dark ring of lip line some code that I don't know about? Is it some kind of Bollywood insider secret? I don't know, but if you do please let me know. There has to be a logical explanation for this.

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Bollywood Make-Up Artist Speaks... A Little... On Make-Up Application

So my search for finding out what desi celebs use has brought me one step further, only no one ever seems to specify what products are often used on specific celebs. I truly believe that the day will come when we will find out exactly what eyeshadow a particular celeb uses as a crease colour when she's making press statements. Until then, I suppose we can make do with this interview I found with Bollywood make-up artist Cory Walia.

Makeup expert Cory Walia smoothens some blush for model Indrani at a Lakme beauty workshopMakeup artiste Cory Walia (seen doing model Indrani Dasgupta's face at the Lakme beauty salon) lists five common makeup mistakes:

* Using too much foundation or foundation that is the wrong colour.

"Most people think foundation is a mask they can hide behind!" says Cory.

People who have dark complexions tend to use a pink-based foundation. As a result is their skin looks purple, which Cory dubs as the 'Krishna look'.

* Not using mascara

Most women do elaborate eye makeup and forget to use the one thing that will make a difference: mascara. "Women use kajal and eye shadow but no mascara. All makeup is incomplete without mascara. It lifts your eyes and really makes them stand out," says Cory.

* Using a dark brown lipliner and filling the lips with a lighter shade of lipstick.

Women tend to go for very dark brown or almost black colored lipliner and then fill it with a lighter brown coloured lipstick. This, says Cory, is a big no-no. Use a lipliner that blends in.

* Sticking with matte

Matte lipsticks are out. Lips that are dry, wrinkled looking and filled with dark colours like brown, burgundy or chocolate are out. Gloss them, says Cory. "Make your lips look juicy. Matt/desert dry is out. Brown and burgundy are nice colours but put some gloss on it," he says.

* Imitating actresses or models you see on television

Cory says many women walk up to him and ask him to give them the 'Ramola Sikand' (of television serial Kahiin Kissi Roz fame) look or make them look like (veejay-model-actress) Malaika Arora. "Don't try to imitate others. Develop your own personality, self-confidence and attitude. Any kind of makeup will then look good on you," he says.Model Indrani sports the look of this season

Finally, get rid of the complex you have about your skin tone. "Indians think being dark or tanned is bad. That's their biggest complex. Learn to love your skin tone, only then can you highlight it," he says.

Five makeup must-haves

1. Lip pencil

2. Mascara

3. Kajal

4. Blush

5. Gloss

Get these, pair them with of self-confidence and attitude, and you are set to look great, says Cory.


Great Make-Up: Priyanka Chopra

While I still felt the urge to voice my opinion on lining outside the natural lip line with Katrina Kaif's make-up, I have no such complaints with this one. This is a gorgeous romantic look that I hope you like.

This look is neither very glowy nor matte. To get the best results when using foundation, use a moisturizer and an eye cream according to the needs of your skin.

This look doesn't require much complicated eyeshadow application and so relies on neat brows. Pluck any stray hairs so that your eyebrows and Using a dark brown brow-pencil, enhance your eyebrows with short strokes of the brow pencil.

With a make-up sponge or foundation brush, apply a satin finish foundation with medium coverage. If necessary, cover up any problematic areas with concealer. Thoroughly blend the foundation and concealer together and into the jawline, sides of your face etc.

A always, I recommend using a primer as it really helps make the eyeshadow stand out as it would on a primed canvas.

Apply a shimmery lavender eyeshadow from lash line to slightly above the crease.

Apply a shimmery cream-coloured eyeshadow on the brow bone. Blend both the lavender and the highlight so that no harsh lines are visible (I told you the eyeshadow wasn't as complicated in this look).

With a steady hand, apply liquid liner starting from the inner corner. As you approach the outer corner, start thickening the line. Extend the liner just slightly from the outer corner. Using a soft black pencil, line the entire lower rim an connect the line with the extended line at the outer corner.

Apply a full strip of false lashes as close to the lash line as possible. Apply one coat of a lengthening mascara to mesh your own lashes to the false lashes. Be careful that you don't get clumps when applying the mascara.

Apply a terracotta blush on the apple of your cheeks with a light hand. To add a soft glow, apply a gold-hued highlighter with a featherlight touch to the apple of your cheeks.


Line lips with a medium ginger-coloured lip liner. Finish off the look with a creamy, lipstick with a satin sheen in the same shade.

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Great Make-Up: Katrina kaif

The next celebrity's make-up to be scrutinized by me is Katrina Kaif. I like the look so much I won't even crib about the liner outside the natural lip line. I mean I won't complain lot about it, even though the entire look is gorgeous.

This look is very glowly and enhances the beauty of the skin. To get rid of any flaky skin and make sure that the make-up will look its best, try using a gentle scrub before moisturizing or applying make-up.

As always, I recommend using a moisturizer and an eye cream according to the needs of your skin.

I sound very repetitive, but make sure to pluck an stray hairs so that your eyebrows look neat. Using a dark brown brow-pencil, enhance your eyebrows with short strokes of the brow pencil.

Apply a dewy foundation and if needed use a concealer sparingly only where necessary. Blend the foundation and concealer so that there is no line of demarcation.

This is going to sound like a practiced mantra, but prep your eyelids with a primer. Your eyeshadow don't disappear or crease as quickly.

Apply a matte taupe eyeshadow from lash line to crease. My eyelids are very dark and I find that using a primer really stops nudes and taupes from disappearing or blending into the darkness of my eyelids.

Apply a matte black eyeshadow on the outer "V" of the eye. To outer "V" is the "V" shape you get when you deposit eyeshadow from the outer corner to the center of the crease and the outer corner to the center of the lash line. What you essentially get in this case is a "V" of unblended black shadow.

Highlight the brow bone with a translucent silver shadow or highlighter. Now blend the lid, crease, and highlight colour so that there are no visible lines. Add a dot of the same highlight on the inner corner of the eye.

Using a soft black pencil, dot along the upper and lower lash line to create a thing line. Be sure to dot in between the lashes to enhance the lashes and the eye make-up in general.

Let your inner mascara fiend loose and apply two coats of volumizing mascara on top and bottom lashes. Using a lash comb, separate any clumps you may have. For added drama, you can add a few clumps of individual lashes at the outer edges.

This look requires bronzer more than a blush, so apply a shimmery bronzer along the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the temples. With a fluffy bronzer brush, lightly apply the bronzer to the bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead.

Katrina's lips have been lined just outside her natural lip line. I promised I wouldn't complain about it (I'm really trying here), but I recommend just lining along your natural lip line with a pinky nude lip liner. Then, apply a milky nude lip gloss all over the lips.

Great Make-up: Malaika Arora

My next breakdown features Malaika Arora. I wish I could actually steal her make-up bag, but for the time being, until I figure out to perform this heist, you'll have to do with my interpretation of her look.

The basis of this look is soft, glowy skin. As always, I would advise you to start off with a gentle moisturizer and eye cream suited for your skin type.

Since this look enhances the eyes with soft gold tones, make sure your eyebrows are neat. Pluck any stray hairs.

For this look, try a sheer, dewy foundation. If your skin is in good shape, you can possibly skip the moisturizer when you prep your skin and just use a tinted moisturizer.

Apply concealer sparingly and only where needed. Don't forget to blend, blend, blend. You want to face a soft, flawless, glowing base.

You might have figured this out, but I always recommend using a primer before applying eye shadows. This way, the colours are more true to what you see in the pan and the shadows don't crease when applied or just disappear sooner rather than later.

Apply a shimmery gold eyeshadow from lash line to crease. Deposit the same shadow along the lower lash line from the outer to the inner corner.

Apply a medium-brown shadow from the outer corner to the center of the crease.

Apply a shimmery champagne colour as a wash from your lash line to your brow bone. Make sure to blend the lid, crease, and highlight colour so that there are no visible lines. Add a dot of the same highlight on the inner corner of the eye. This brightens up the eye area subtly.

With a soft black pencil, draw along the upper lash line. Smudge the liner with a q-tip and carefully go line the upper lash line as close to the lashes as possible.

Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and then apply mascara generously on top and bottom lashes.

The blush for this look is very subtle and should almost be imperceptible. Apply a warm, shimmery apricot blush with a very light hand. As the blush already has shimmer, you can skip applying a highlighter.

The lips for this look are fairly defined so line lips with a wine coloured lip liner. As you've already defined the lips with a lip pencil, you can use a sheer lipstick. Apply a sheer, shiny, wine coloured lipstick to complete the look. If you want to amp up the lips, apply a dot of clear gloss on the center of the lips but be sure to not overdo this as your lipstick should already have a fair amount of shine.

Great Make-up: Rani Mukherjee

This is a great look with soft, smokey brown eyes and understated lips. If you've read any interview where either Rani Mukherjee or the make-up artists said that only eyeshadow, kajal, an lipstick was used, throw that out of the window. Although I was not the make-up artist present, I give you my breakdown for the following look.

I always recommend using a good eye cream and moisturizing before applying any make-up. Just be careful to use products specific to your skin needs.

This look requires that the brows are defined, so pluck any stray hairs before you start.

Flawless skin is an important part of this look. Choose a matte foundation with the right undertones to suit your skin.

If necessary, apply concealer where needed. Blend concealer and foundation so that no patches of foundation or concealer can be seen.

I highly recommend using a primer before applying shadow. I have dark eyelids and any eyeshadow I use looks muted or doesn't show up. Primers also help fight creasing or shadows disappearing.

Apply a shimmery medium brown eyeshadow from lash line to crease and deposit shadow along the lower lash line from the outer to the inner corner.

Apply a shimmery dark, chocolate brown eyeshadow in the crease. Decrease the intensity of the crease eyeshadow as you get to the inner corner.

Apply a shimmery cream-coloured eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone. Make sure to blend the lid, crease, and highlight colour so that there are no visible lines. Also, apply a dot of the same highlight on the inner corners of the eye.

Apply a liquid or gel eyeliner along the top lash line. Increase the width of the liner as you reach the outer corner of the eye and be sure to line between the lashes. With a soft black pencil, line the lower rims of the eye and smudge slightly with a q-tip.

Generously apply a volumizing mascara. For added drama, apply individual lashes the the outer corners.

Apply a medium rose-brown blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the temples. For a slight glow, apply a highlighter to the apples of the cheeks and on top of the cheekbones.

Set your make-up with translucent powder. Be sure that you apply the powder as sheer as possible.

Use a medium rose-brown lip liner all over the lips. Fill the lips in with a lipstick colour similar to the lip liner. As a finishing touch, dab a dot of a caramel coloured lip gloss to the center of the top and bottom lips.

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Bollywood Make-up... Again. Too much of a good thing?

Alright, so once I'm on a roll, I get lightly obsessed. If you so wish, you could probably psycho-analyze me and probably see how I got to be such a make-up afficianado. If you do end up doing this, let me know. I'd like you to analyze whYIi have such an intense hatred for visible dark lipliner with frosted pink or grey lipstick. I'm not sure this abhorrence is healthy. Anyway, here is more information on Bollywood and make-up.

Sonali Bendre:
"I have a very sensitive skin, and anything unusual bothers my skin. I can't even use something like besan to wash it. It doesn't agree with me. When I get up, I just wash it with water and a non-moisturising soap. Moisturisers don't gel with me. The less I do to my skin, the better. The only thing I consciously do is to never sleep with make-up on. I use baby oil to take off the make-up and then wash it off with soap and water. If I'm going out in the day, I wear a very light lipstick and mascara. If I were going out in the night, I'd add on a liner and a very light eye shadow. I like Mac."

Malaika Arora:
"I believe that to look good, you must have a healthy skin and for that, the age old recipe of loads of water is what I believe in. First thing I do in the morning even before drinking tea or coffee is to drink warm water with lime and honey. I follow this up with literally a liter of water and then start my day. I don't smoke or drink, so these things are naturally excluded from my diet.

I believe that water flushes out all the toxins we accumulate throughout the day. The kind of lifestyle we lead, eating fast food and also frequently eating out is harmful. So water is the first medicine I use. Then come all the cleansers, moisturisers, skin globs etc. I use these but what I follow strictly is exercise, healthy eating and keeping my skin very clean. Last thing before going to bed, I wash my face with Margo soap. It's a neem soap, mild and very good for the skin. Then I drink a glass of warm water and go to bed. My skin is very oily so I moisturise it with an oil-free moisturiser after washing it lightly."

"In cosmetics I use a lot of moisturisers, mascara and kohl pencil. Other make-up is minimal, I believe that one should highlight the attractive aspects of one's face. I have high cheekbones so I highlight these with a blusher, to achieve a sun-kissed, flushed, healthy look. I use cosmetics by Body Shop or Mac because these shades suit the Indian skin."

Juhi Chawla:
"I believe in the 6 to 8 glasses of water for the skin tip. I drink lots of water. Besides, I have a very simple routine. I just use a moisturiser and an eye cream to keep my skin moist. Generally, I keep it very clean. For face wash, I use La Mer. They have a mild washing lotion, which I like. I use their moisturising lotion and an eye cream from Clinique.

To fight dry skin, I drink lots of water, eat curds and lots of green vegetables and salads. I eat less spicy food and opt for more of the boiled and baked variety. When my eyes feel tired, I lie back with slices of potatoes on my eyes to remove the tiredness from them. After I remove my make-up, I use a cleanser to clean my face.

I wash my face with a very mild soap. "I don't apply any creams at night or any other time, but if I feel like using something, I opt for the moisturiser again at night. I find leaving the skin alone is better than doing hundreds of things to it. Allow your skin to breathe freely by keeping it clean. The lesser you meddle with your skin, the less it meddles with you."

Rani Mukherjee:
On eye care: "I don't take any special care of my eyes. Except when I'm feeling tired, I use an eye toner, which is rose water. And it really helps because after that, my eyes do feel cool and clear. That's my secret."

Manisha Koirala:
"I think I've inherited my flawless skin texture from my parents. I keep it very clean and wash it with lots of cold water and use moisturiser to protect it. To take off my make-up, I use baby oil. I don't do much to my skin. I'm going out, I just use a little blusher and nothing more. I prefer my face to be clean of make-up. If I'm going out in the night and it's a dressy occasion, I use a bit of mascara and liner but not too much. No make-up during daytime. I drink lots of water and juices but not with the intention of keeping my skin looking good."

Archana Puransingh:
"The only thing I really care about is my hair. I cut it and look after it regularly. I just like to wash my hair and leave it dry. I don't even blow-dry it. I love sitting at a hair salon to get all the works done - waxing, pedicures, manicure, facials, etc. I don't follow any beauty regime. No creams, face packs and masks for me. The only thing I do regularly is wash my face before I sleep and brush my teeth and nothing else. The only allowance I make is that I use Neutrogena soap. I bleach my face maybe once in nine months. So for me, hair care is the most important."

Hema Malini:
"My skin is good because God made it so. I keep it very clean and free of make-up as much as possible. I visit the beautician often and let her take care of my skin. Farida, my beautician, makes this nourishing aroma oil for me, which is excellent. I use this on my face and even before applying make-up. I don't use foundations for the most part. I think the skin should be allowed to breathe naturally. I concentrate on the eyes and leave the skin alone. Sometimes, I use a light lipstick but that's all. Before sleeping, I apply my current favorite night cream, Aveda. When I do my own make-up, I only work on the eyes and use kaajal."

"I think your skin has a lot to do with your eating. I eat a lot of green vegetables and seldom eat out. I also eat my last meal before 8 p.m. and make sure I eat very little. This really helps your complexion. Not too much food or spices and very little oil. I'm a curd person and have it in liberal doses. I use the usual cosmetics."

Mahima Chaudhary:
"I have a dry skin. As soon as I get up in the morning, I wash my face and apply moisturiser. I don't do much make-up except for using kaajal and lipstick. I think lots of sleep, lots of water and the fact that I follow a vegetarian diet helps in keeping my skin clean." "I keep changing my moisturiser and use different cleansers for my eyes and face."

"I don't use any kind of cream or scrub on my skin. It has always been very soft and smooth. I have totally stopped using pan stick since I neither have pimples, blackheads or any facial hair. When I'm shooting, I use some pancake and shading. When I'm home, no make-up at all. Eat a lot of yoghurt, curds, cucumbers and cooling foods. Also drink a lot of water to keep your skin without blemishes."

Kareena Kapoor:
"Don't use any chemical preparations," she advises. "Control your eating and drinking habits and your skin will be glowing forever."

Tabu believes that her favorite accessory is her great-looking hair. "I shampoo my hair regularly. Using a shampoo regularly makes your hair look dazzling. I also believe in oil therapy for my hair. I oil my hair at least twice a week. I also apply an herbal hair powder, which we make at home, to nourish my hair. I make it a point to blow-dry my hair if it gets wet or after washing it. That really helps. I believe, that if you have straight hair, use shampoos with cleansers and if you have thick and coarse hair, avoid shampoos with added proteins, as they tend to worsen the hair condition. For normal hair, use mild shampoos made with moisturisers.

Nandita Das:
"I drink a lot of water, starting with about three glasses after I wake up. I wear kaajal on a regular basis. I use a lip pencil whenever I go out and that's all. I go to the beauty parlour once in a while to get a nice hair massage or for dipping my feet into water for pedicure, when I'm tired. But mostly, I have a very ordinary lifestyle."

Bipasha Basu:
"Make-up is mostly for the eyes. If I've done my eyes, it's enough. I prefer a highlighter on my eyes and use kaajal. I dislike lipstick. I love lip-glosses. On an ordinary day, if I'm going out, I use the Mac Shimmer, a moisturiser with sheen and not a foundation. I like mascara. And for blush, I use YSL Bronser."

Perfume favorites:
Juhi Chawla - Cartier Declaration
Manisha Koirala - Chanel Five and Opium
Kareena Kapoor - Vive-Versa by YSL or Romance
Hrithik Roshan - Issey Miyake
Neelam -Naomi Campbell
Sanjay Suri - XS Pour Homme
Manish Malhotra - 212 Men
Raima Sen - Clinique
Pooja Bhatt - Enjoys men's perfumes.

Hot Bollywood star favorites: Hugo Boss, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Gucci Rush and 212 On Ice.


...Bollywood Celeb Make-up Continued

Continuing with my obsession of make-up worn by bollywood celebrities, i stumbled on this article featuring Mallika Bhat. She is, according to Fashion Watch Indiatimes, "the make-up artist responsible for Kajol's luminous new comeback look in ‘Fanaa’, gives Aditi Jayakar Kane the lowdown on 'making-up' our screen beauties. "


/photo.cms?msid=1920371 Professionally speaking: I worked with Kajol in ‘Fanaa’ and the recent Marie Biscuit campaign. For ‘Fanaa’, since Kajol was making a comeback, I was given strict instructions by director Kunal Kohli that she needs to look very good in every frame. Throughout the movie, we used make-up to give her a 'no make-up' look. As she played a blind girl in the first half of the film, I used minimum make-up and only applied a little mascara to her eyes. But in the second half, I could experiment a bit more. I made her look more Indian because she plays a mother. I gave her hair-extensions and added kohl to her eyes, along with regular foundation and slight make-up on her face.

Body Basics: Kajol has a very interesting face. She has a very strong bone structure and a prominent jaw line. She does not ordinarily like to dress up, but once she sits in the make-up chair she gives herself to you completely. She's the kind of person who gets completely transformed by make-up and takes to it very well. Once we finish the entire look, along with the costume, she looks absolutely fantastic.

Her skin has turned a little dry post pregnancy, so during Fanaa the make-up used to take a little time to settle down. But given the crazy schedules we had and the dry weather we were shooting in — Delhi in November and after that in Poland, we couldn't help it.


/photo.cms?msid=1920373 Professionally speaking: I've done Bipasha's make-up in ‘Rakht’, ‘Shikaar’, ‘Barsaat’ and ‘No Entry’.

Body basics: Bipasha has beautiful, smooth, dusky skin. It has good texture, but it has a tendency to go dry. Bipasha also gives herself to the make-up artist completely and says 'treat me like your canvas'. She has high cheek bones with plenty of place on the eyelids to work on and a good amount of space between her eyebrows. This gives the make-up artist room to try out different looks. This is also the reason why she can carry off an Indian look as well as a glamorous look. Bipasha takes make-up very well, and it suits her face. I love to shape her eyes and give her the durga-mata look with a lot of kajal. She also has a knack of dressing perfectly for her roles.


/photo.cms?msid=1920375 Professionally Speaking: I recently did Kareena's make-up for a magazine cover, and I'm also her make-up professional for ‘Don.’ In ‘Don,’ since she plays Helen's role, I've given her an ultra glam look with plenty of cool accessories. I can't say much, but it's the most glamorous Kareena has ever looked.

Body basics: If you ask me what I'd like to do with her face, it is to get her straight out of the shower, remove all her make-up and rub her face clean of everything. Then just apply gloss on her lips, and a little mascara on her eyes and send her out for the shoot. I feel she looks her best without any make-up as she has such a fabulous complexion. She has a broad jaw line, high cheek bones, a very strong face structure, beautiful coloured eyes, and after her workouts in the morning when she comes in for her shoots, she has a peachy pink glow. I don't want any make-up on her then, but Kareena loves make-up when she's facing the camera. She loves her hair in different styles, different colours on her eye-lids and everything else under the sun.


Professionally speaking: I've travelled with Malaika almost across the globe now since I do all her stage show make-up. I'm jokingly called her 'show ki rani'. We've been to Frankfurt, Durban, America... I did Amrita's make-up from her film ‘Rakht’ onward.

Body Basics: Both sisters have been blessed with natural good skin, thanks to their mother. I call Malaika's skin 'malai' and Amrita's skin 'maska'. I kid them that the make-up brush just starts moving on its own. Malaika of course has the most beautiful bone structure and a great pout that we accentuate with a little lip make-up. Malaika knows she is glamorous and can carry off anything with great panache, so I stick to the glamour look. But since I've done mainly stage shows with her everything has to be bolder, so that it is noticed from a distance. We have mastered the art of make-up on her face and now 20 minutes is all I need to get her ready. My patent 'Malaika' look is black and gold eye make-up. She too takes to make-up extremely well.

I feel Amrita looks best without make-up. She looks her best when we clean her face after a shoot, and I keep wondering why we have to get her all dolled up when she looks much better without make-up. As this stage of her life I feel she has never looked better. All her baby fat is gone and maturity is setting in. Her bone structure is getting stronger and her skin is also glowing.


Bollywood and Make-up

Brands Celebrities Use

I love make-up and am always on the lookout for more looks, tips, etc. Bollywood celebs have great make-up but somehow seem to feel they can't admit to wearing it. Their standard comment is something along the lines of "I don't wear any make-up. In fact in so-and-so film I didn't wear make-up at all." Um, yeah, there's such a things as natural make-up. We can tell. Ever so often I come across and article where Bollywood celebs dish on their make-up stash. Enjoy!

Ayesha Takia: Blush-on, mascara and mocca lipstick from Mac and chapstick from Molten Brown is what I dig for. 212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera, Cheery by Christian Dior and True Star by Tommy Hilfiger are among my favourite brands in fragrance.

Neha Dhupia: I am very particular about my makeup as we practically live in it for long hours when we are shooting. I only use MAC and Bobbi Brown as these suit my skin and they are in tune with the international trends in makeup

Esha Deol: I am very particular about my skin and trust only Mac as it suits my skin. I also like Clarins moisturizers as they are very light.

Simone Singh: If not on shoots I use very little make-up. I like Estee Lauder's kohl and mascara, Chanel and Dior lip gloss as they suit my skin well.

Tanushree: Make-up is another big domain I shop for. I like Christian Dior foundation and nail polish, Mac eye shadows and lip glosses. I also use Nina Ricci lip gloss and Revlon nail polish. I don't use Indian products as I am not too sure of their quality.

Shilpa Shetty: I use products from Mac, Stella, Estee Lauder and Nars. I don't stick to one brand. If a colour suits my skin tone I may even go for a new brand. Before I go to bed, I use Johnson's baby oil to get rid of the makeup on my face and then dab it with a hot towel.

Amrita Arora: I am not very fond of make-up. But if I use I am very particular about the brands. I draw on mascara by Estee Lauder, kajal by Revlon and fruity lipgloss and cheek tint from MAC. They suit my skin tone and are very soft on sensitive skin.

Nina Manuel: I use blushers of Japanese brand Shu Uemura. For mascara, lipsticks, eye shadow or compact powder I either go for Makeup Forever or Christian Dior as these brands are of very good quality and come in amazing colours to choose from. I only use Biotherm moisturiser. But this time I also picked up a Biotherm lip-gloss and I am very kicked about the colour.

Sophie Chowdhury: I am a big fan of makeup. I don’t understand how girls in India say that they prefer not to wear any makeup. In fact abroad they teach you that a good moisturiser, sunscreen, and foundation are very important to protect your skin. I always wear foundation, lip gloss and mascara when I go out. My favourite brands are Mac for lipsticks and lip gloss, Chanel foundation, and Trish McEvoy.

Koena Mitra: For my stage shows and shoots the brands I stick to for cosmetics are Derma, Krylol, Mac and Bobby Brown. I usually shop at Beautiful in Khar or from make-up artists Bharat and Doris’s make-up counter at Citi Mall. They generally have all the uncommon and latest stuff in make-up. When I am not facing the camera I dab Kohl pencil, Mac gloss and very little cream blush. I hate using a base cream unless it’s very imperative.


Summer Glosses

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss

I absolutely love the Revlon super lustrous lip glosses. The packaging is sleep, modern, and grown up; the formula is neither too sticky nor too runny; and the glosses come in a range of colours that have great depth. There is one caveat to these glosses: their cough medicine smell. The smell is quite strong in the beginning and did take me back to the days where I took spoonful of cough medicine to prove to my mother that I was sick and didn't need to go to school. The good news is that the smell disappears quickly and what you are left with is a glossy sheen of dimensional colour.

If you're looking for a beautiful nude shade that adds a nudey-pink sheen to your lips, Revlon Glossy Rose is a good bet. I have two-toned lips and lips products can make my lower lip a bright fuchsia and my upper lip an ashy purple. I think I might have vented about this before. However, this moisturizing lip gloss does the trick and doesn't make me look like I drenched my lower lip in Kool Aid and my upper lip in purple paint. The colour is soft enough that I can wear this for a barely made up face but I can also pair this up with dramatically made eyes.

Another winner from this range of glosses is Cherries in the Glow. This imparts a beautiful cherry/strawberry sheen on my lips without any sparkle an glitter. Make no mistake, this is still very glossy. The gloss is more like a layer of sophisticated, sheer cherry/strawberry colour with great shine. This gloss is a good bet for those who are intimidated by bright colours but would like to try a sheer, flattering version of the red lippie.

Summery body scrub

Yummy Body Scrub

With Summer and Spring slowly peering through the raining skies, it's going to be time for sandals and frilly little skirts again. Since I used the word yummy to describe this, rest assured that it's another one of my "raid the pantry" recipes. This is one of my favourite scrubs I use for my whole body and is great for at-home pedicures. You can store the scrub in a jar and keep it in the fridge.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp milk
  • 4 tsp rose water
  • 4 tsp cucumber water (grate a cucumber and squeeze the juice from it)
  • 4 tsp honey

Mix the ingredients together and it's ready for use. You can add more sugar to get the consistency you prefer.