Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Aishwarya Rai’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.
Aishwarya Rai won the title of Miss World in 1994 and went on to become possibly the most famous Indian film (Bollywood) actress of all time. Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and countless media outlets from around the world have declared Aishwarya “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Today she is married to another actor (and Bollywood royalty), Abhishek Bachchan, and continues to act in films.
AISHWARYA’S DIET, EXERCISE AND SKINCARE
Aishwarya is famous for her no-nonsense beauty routine: she eats and lives healthily. To keep her figure in shape and her skin clear and smooth, she avoids smoking, alcohol, and highly-processed foods. Aishwarya’s advice to fans for looking good is to “avoid oily, unhealthy food, [and to] exercise,” as well as to “eat your breakfast… the most important meal of the day.”
Aishwarya, or Ash as she is nicknamed, starts her morning with hot water mixed with honey and lemon. This is a great way to kick-start your detox at the start of the day and get your metabolism revved up. Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemon, and, for extra health benefits, try active raw Manuka honey. This special antibacterial honey has not been processed like regular honey sold in grocery stores and so retains its naturally occurring healing properties.
Throughout the day, Aishwarya keeps hydrated by drinking up to eight glasses of water. Drinking water keeps your skin moist and helps your body flush blemish-causing toxins away for good.
For meals, Aishwarya eats plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables. For healthy skin and hair, make sure you are getting enough daily portions of antioxidant vitamins C and E, as well as B-vitamins. Eat plenty of leafy greens (kale, spinach), carrots, peppers, oranges, and berries. She regularly eats home-cooked Indian food. Says Ash: “I can survive on dal chawal and vegetables.”
Aishwarya loves to use ancient Indian beauty secrets to care for her skin. As a cleanser/exfoliator, mix gram flour (besan) with haldi (turmeric) and milk into a paste. Rub gently over the skin and wash thoroughly. Massage fresh yogurt into your skin as a natural moisturizer. Finally, to pamper youself, apply a cucumber face mask made of crushed fresh cucumber. Sit back, relax, and wash off after you’ve enjoyed this cool and refreshing skin treat!
Aishwarya washes her face three times a day with a baby soap and is careful to apply a moisturizer every night before sleeping. Remember to massage your moisturize into your skin in gentle, upward strokes to fight wrinkles (this goes for your neck, too!).
AISHWARYA’S DAILY LOOK
For her every day makeup looks, Aishwarya keeps it natural. She will wear a peach, pink, or tan eye shadow, black eyeliner, and mascara on her eyes. She is quite diligent about wearing foundation and concealer, so her skin always looks fresh and dewy. She will apply a warm pink or peach blush on the apples of her cheeks and match it with a neutral, “my lips but better” shade of pinky-brown or peachy-brown lipstick.
Aishwarya once stated in an interview that the brands of makeup she preferred were MAC, Lakme, Revlon and Maybelline.
AISHWARYA’S MAKEUP ROUTINE
There are three basic rules to follow when applying makeup to look like Aishwarya Rai.
1) Keep your lips natural
It will be a rare day indeed when you see Aishwarya wearing an unusual or out-there lipcolor. She knows her lips are beautiful without needing to draw excessive attention to them, so she applies lipsticks of “my lips but better” (MLBB) shades. Try lipsticks/glosses that are pink-based or brown-based, like MAC Lipstick in Twig or MAC Tinted Lipglass in Chai.
2) Get those light eyes
Her stand-out feature is her stunning aqua-blue eyes. You can’t emulate Ash without going light! If you are naturally dark-eyed, try wearing colored contacts in shades of gray or green. I don’t recommend blue contacts for Asians or Indians, simply because they tend to look unnatural. A Bollywood brand favorite for colored contacts is Freshlook Colorblends.
3) Soft, feminine eye makeup
As it is with her clothes, Aishwarya knows what colors work for her in makeup. She avoids harsh makeup looks, preferring her eyeshadows to be blended to softness. She looks gorgeous in pink or peach eyeshadows paired with a gel eyeliner with a pop of color (a signature technique of MAC makeup artist Mickey Contractor). To get her look, try MAC Eye Shadow in Expensive Pink and MAC Fluidline in Waveline.
AISHWARYA’S HAIR ROUTINE
Throughout her career, Aishwarya has sported hair in all sorts of colors and shapes, but she’ll always go back to her favorite chocolate brown locks. If you are dying your hair, be sure to remember your eyebrows too! Aishwarya’s hair is usually blow-dried straight, blow-dried straight then curled, or given a blow-out. She always parts her hair at the right side and keeps the front pieces of her hair trimmed past her chin for some layers. The key to getting hair like Aishwarya Rai is to keep it down, keep it clean, and keep it away from your beautiful face.
In an interview given years ago, Aishwarya said that among clothes she prefers structured jackets and form-fitting gowns for formal attire, and chikan salwar kameez (a Lucknow specialty) or jeans and a t-shirt for casual wear. She said she “hate[d] anything that’s too fussy and frilly”. Looks like her tastes haven’t changed!
A list of her illustrious favorite designers includes Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Armani Prive, Shahab Durrazi, Neeta Lulla, Sabyasachi, Lanvin, and Elie Saab.
Aishwarya’s look is very consistent and very timeless. She is never one to take risks and tends to prefer certain sets of colors and cuts for her body.
As far as ethnic wear goes, Aishwarya favors two different color families: pale pastels and rich earth colors.
The pale pastels include pink, peach, tan, blue, yellow, and white. She tends to wear these colors with salwars on quiet occasions (not shown here) and matches her pastels with silver jewelry. She wore these colors to great effect in her 2000 film “Dhai Akshar Prem Ke”.
The rich earth colors include dark green, maroon, deep purple, gold and cream. Ash often opts for these darker colors in her (Sabyasachi) saris.
For her Western outfits, Aishwarya almost unfailingly falls back on two easy colors to work with: black and white. She LOVES tailored black jackets and owns them in practically every material you can think of- satin, velvet, lightweight wool, silk. To get her look, find a neat black jacket at The Limited or Nordstrom. Be sure to get it tailored to your size- you’ll want it to fit perfectly or else you will look sloppy! Wear your jacket with a smart black top (or nothing inside!) and black pants. Accessorize with delicate jewelry or a scarf.
Aishwarya also likes to keep it simple in floaty white tops worn over dark-wash jeans. Pair your favorite dark blue jeans with a breezy, loose white bohemian top from J. Crew or H&M. Ash, a quintessential “adult” in her style sense, likes to wear heels with casual outfits, so find yourself some open-toed tan pumps or close-toed black ankle booties. For bags, try Louis Vuitton or go classic with a leather purse from Tod’s.
In the summer time, Aishwarya looks beautiful in printed, structured summer dresses. She keeps the colors mild (you won’t see her wearing neon!) and womanly. Find dresses like Aishwarya’s at Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic. Pair with sandals or wedges, small earrings and a metallic watch.
Aishwarya has some jewelry staples, the first and foremost of which are her luxury watches (she is a brand ambassador for Longines). Invest in a fancy one by keeping an eye on sales at stores like Von Maur or Nordstrom. She also will wear a ring or two; she is frequently photographed wearing a particular large ring set with a cream-white stone along with her wedding ring. Aishwarya likes to don a thin metallic or diamond bracelet and small jeweled earrings. Lastly, she’s often spotted wearing huge black sunglasses, as seen above, a favorite accessory of celebrities.
And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, hair styling, and fashion to look just like Bollywood celebrity Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!