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Shine on, Miss America!

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Congratulations to Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri! You are gorgeous in the skin you’re in!

Remember– the key to beautiful skin is brightening, not lightening.

Want to join the conversation about Nina’s win and the Indian beauty ideal? Read on, and leave me your thoughts!

Miss America Nina Davuluri: Too ‘Indian’ to ever be Miss India

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[Stephen] Colbert Loses It Over Twitter’s Racist Reaction To Indian Miss America

Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth

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Hi ladies! As I mentioned earlier, I’ve moved to New York City for the summer, and I’m loving it! Life in NYC is crazy, breakneck, and beautiful, so I hardly have any time to think, let alone blog. But I had to share this with you– I was out tonight for a late dinner and ran into Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Rampal at Buddakan in Chelsea Market!

Hrithik Roshan and Meg

For those of you who are wondering, Hrithik is very sweet and absolutely as gorgeous in real life as he is on camera.

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Rest in Peace, Jiah Khan

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The incomparably beautiful Nafisa Khan– also known as Jiah Khan— who debuted opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd, has passed away. I had the chance to interact with her briefly after posting a makeup breakdown of her look in the film, and she was very sweet. A talented young woman, she is gone from the industry and the world too soon.

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By now most of you have seen Deepika Padukone‘s gorgy retro look on this January’s cover of Filmfare Magazine. To imitate, pair a flirty olive-brown winged eye with a peach-pink cheek and matching lipstick– try MAC Lipstick in Fanfare.

In contrast, someone at Hi! Blitz deserves a slap on the wrist for allowing Imran Khan to appear in front of the camera in this state. Someone get him a glass of water and a Blistex!

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I’m a huge fan of ABC’s fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time”, now in its second season, starring Hollywood film and television actress Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard. I couldn’t help but notice that she shares a resemblance to young Bollywood star and magazine cover darling Anushka Sharma.

Although their eyes are not quite alike (Ginny’s are more close-set and almond-shaped, whereas Anushka’s eyes are rounder) and Anushka has a slightly larger nose than Ginnifer, their face shape and jawline are extremely similar, as are many of their expressions, particularly when posing for the camera on the red carpet. Their strongest similarities appear to be the way in which they hold their mouth and in their smiles.

Let’s take it to a vote!

(While you’re at it, be sure to cast your ballot in the “Is Sonam Kapoor the Indian Emma Watson?” poll! The votes are very close!)

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Netflix has just added the 2012 film “Heroine”, starring Kareena Kapoor, to its collection of Bollywood movies, and I just had to capture some screen shots and break down this particular look from the film (in which Mahi Arora meets her PR agent). Not only had I absolutely loved it within the context of the movie, but I also had a makeup request from one of my readers specifically for this very scene!

To begin, make sure you have a flawless base. Apply a primer (a sunscreen would be appropriate, considering Bebo is sitting by the poolside), follow with your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer. Concealer isn’t necessary for this; you’ll want to appear even-toned, but don’t need to go all-out to conceal darkness, since you’re going for a natural, no-makeup feel.

This look is marked by Kareena’s ethereal “perfection complexion”, raspberry-tinted cheeks, and a pretty and unassuming lipstick. Sweep a cool pink blush (MAC Powder Blush in Coygirl) over the apples of your cheeks and blend. Apply a sweet pink lipstick (MAC Lipstick in Sweetie). Make the look authentic with medium brown, wind-swept locks. Curl a few tendrils of your hair here and there and loosely tie the rest back.


Kareena’s understated eye makeup is actually similar to a look sported by Priyanka Chopra in Fashion. Her lids and crease are swept with a neutral light brown shadow (pick a color that is only one or two shades darker than your skintone). A faint dusting of highlighter powder (e.g. MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom, Ricepaper) is applied over the upper lashes in a line of medium thickness. This is followed by a line of black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack). Curl lashes, apply mascara, and you’re all set!

What was your favorite look from the movie?

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Reigning queen of Bollywood Kareena Kapoor Khan is no stranger to the spotlight. Born into one of Bollywood’s oldest acting clans, the Kapoor family, Kareena was raised on film sets. Her sister, Karisma Kapoor, was a leading actress of ’90s cinema, and when Kareena– nicknamed Bebo– entered the industry, no one expected anything less than superstardom.

During her 12-year career, Bebo has garnered acting awards, critical acclaim (Omkara), and won the hearts of the masses (Jab We Met). In her recent marriage with actor Saif Ali Khan, Kareena has added the powerful “Khan” surname to the already weighty “Kapoor”– a sure indicator of greater heights to come.


Kareena with sister Karisma (left) and mother Babita (center)

Kareena has been long envied for her fair, luminous complexion. She attributes her glowing skin to genetics (“My mom is beautiful, so it is also my parents who have gifted me with beautiful skin”) and drinking plenty of water throughout the day (“I try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of boiled water every day”). Kareena adds, “I also do little things to help my skin…. I use as little makeup as possible in my films as well as in daily life. The first thing I do after coming back from the sets is to get rid of the war paint.”

The striking actress takes a less-is-more approach to skincare, proclaiming that she “doesn’t believe in facials” and avoiding pancake makeup and creams for their chemical content. She uses a Lancome face wash and moisturizes with Sisley Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration Moisturiser and Clarins HydraQuench Rich Cream in cold weather. She chooses a Clarins sunscreen when she hits the beach. Among fragrances, she loves Jean Paul Gaultier and prefers Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermes for special occasions.

Bebo is a very vocal advocate for vegetarianism, which she was turned on to by ex-boyfriend and fellow co-star Shahid Kapoor. Says Kareena: “I don’t eat meat and that has helped me a lot to keep fit. I am proud to be a vegetarian and I am against those who eat meat. Go green to be fit, that’s the best way for me at least.” Speaking more specifically about her diet plan, she says, “[I] believe in eating lots of green vegetables, like spinach, fenugreek and broccoli. I eat healthy meals with lots of whole grains and don’t cut down on carbs. I eat every 2-3 hours. At night, I usually have dal, vegetables, curd and roti or brown rice.”

Kareena’s dietician Rujuta Diwekar, who helped get her in “size zero” shape for her famous bikini scene in the 2008 film Tashan, revealed that the secret to Bebo’s hot bod was “hot yoga, Pilates, cardio and a wholesome, healthy diet”.

This special weight loss diet program (lasting eight months) included “upma, poha, parantha (without oil) or milk and muesli for breakfast. In the afternoon, [Kareena snacked] on a brown bread sandwich. Lunch was roti, sabji and dal (without oil). An evening snack was either upma or idli. Dinner was again roti, sabji, dal or soup.” Kareena also consumed calcium and vitamin B supplements and snacked on packets of peanuts, chana, yogurt, and soymilk.

Kareena practicing yoga with her husband and fitness instructor

Nowadays, to keep her figure trim and fit, Kareena performs ashtanga and power yoga for an hour every day. On days that she is working, she does 80 suryanamaskars (sun salutations); on days she is not working, she completes 100 suryanamaskars.


1) Nude, flawless skin

Kareena is always at her best when she is flaunting her perfect peaches ‘n’ cream complexion. “During the day,” admits Bebo, “I like to wear no makeup at all.” To emulate, keep eye and lip makeup at a minimum (often, Kareena keeps sunglasses on and lets her skin do the talking). Use a matte powder foundation (like MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation) or a concealer followed by a translucent powder to keep the skin from looking oily. Apply a lip balm without shine to finish. You’ll want to look like you’re not wearing makeup. Be sure to keep your hair (and eyebrows) well-groomed for this look, or else you’ll risk looking sloppy, instead of effortless.

2) Shades of bronze and peach

Kareena’s go-to makeup look includes kohl-lined eyes, a peachy lipstick, and peachy-bronze blusher. As Kareena told Vogue India: “My eyes have never failed me. So I usually concentrate on doing them up. For a night out, I accentuate them with a shimmery silver or champagne eyeshadow. I love a smoky-eyed look with Yves Saint Laurent Wood Brown Long-Lasting Eye Pencil.” She also uses Chanel Noir Le Crayon Kohl (“I can’t live without my kohl pencil.”) She curls her lashes and uses “lots of Yves Saunt Laurent Faux Cils Mascara“.

“One makeup trick I believe in,” says Kareena, “is to use bronzer…that’s because I love a dusky complexion.” In her handbag she always carries her favorite MAC Improper Copper Cream Colour Base, and for her lips, she chooses a pale peach or pink lipstick– often MAC Cherish Lipstick or MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick, which she says “goes with anything”.

3) Red lips, black liner

This heroine is not afraid to go bold with her lipstick (remember Chameli?), which is all well and good, because she knows how to rock a red lip. Kareena experiments with her reds, choosing anything from a deep, bluish matte red to a semi-matte bright orange red. Head to the makeup counter and pick one that suits your skintone! Finish the look with a matte bronzer under the cheekbones and a sweep of black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack) to form a subtle cat-eye. Curl your lashes and apply lots of mascara.


“I love oiling my hair with a mix of almond, castor, coconut and olive oils,” says Kareena. “I do this once a month. I use a Kerastase shampoo specifically for dry hair, and follow it with a blow-dry.”

Kareena keeps her hair long and layered, colored in a dark chocolate brown or black shade. Celebrity hairstylist Pompy Hans says of Bebo’s preferred hair style: “She prefers bouncy blow-dry for her everyday look. We use good voluminising products like L’Oreal or Tigi. I use a root booster and volume hairspray.” On her off-days, he says, she likes to messily pile her hair up with a rubber band.

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, and hair styling to look just like Bollywood celebrity Kareena Kapoor Khan. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

Sources for this post included (in no particular order): Vogue India, Bwood Beauty, Wonderwoman.in, Masala, and Pinkvilla.

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