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One of my favorite Hollywood celebrities has to be Vanessa Hudgens. I think she is a great style star to emulate for petite young Asian and Indian girls because she has a small frame and similar coloring of skin and hair. What’s more, she has great taste in casual clothes!

I’ve created a wallpaper of sorts for you to explore Vanessa Anne Hudgens’s style and fashions. For some of the outfits I’ve labelled brands that are easily accessible (i.e. UO= Urban Outfitters; VS = Victoria’s Secret; AE = American Eagle) to the average college-going girl.

Check it out! Then come back to me here and we’ll go over the basics:

Click on the image to see it in its larger form!

Feeling inspired? Here are some outfit ideas and Vanessa Hudgens staples:

  • On spring days, pair dark wash jeans with neutral flats, a long neutral cardigan, and a long floaty scarf with a pop of color.
  • Another spring outfit might be an embroidered cami paired with a ripped denim skirt and a long dark cardigan. Top it off with a beanie or slouchy hat to look Cali cool.
  • Wear cotton dresses with a single chain necklace, sandals, and a large hobo bag. Pair with shades.
  • Try oversized designer t-shirts (Vanessa likes Free People for this) worn off-shoulder over leggings and Ugg boots.
  • For sporty looks, pair Victoria’s Secret yoga pants or Abercrombie & Fitch/Hollister sweatpants with fitted tanks and tees.
  • In the fall, throw on a button-down over black skinny jeans. Finish the look with a pair of taupe-colored boots.
  • In cold weather, wear an elegant dark peacoat with a solid colored scarf in purple or red for a hint of vibrancy and femininity. For footwear, opt for dark leather heeled boots.
  • Try a Hollywood favorite outfit: pair a dark-toned Juicy Couture velour tracksuit with Ugg boots in chilly weather.
  • Tone down a bohemian maxi dress with a neutral cardigan and leather sandals in the summertime.
That’s all it takes to get Vanessa Hudgens’s casual street style! Be sure to check out our How to Look Like Vanessa Hudgens makeup guide for mini breakdowns of Vanessa’s fabulous looks!

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Want to learn how to dress like Bollywood actress and star Deepika Padukone? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Deepika Padukone’s fashion favorites.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT our How to Look Like Guide on Deepika Padukone to learn about her beauty secrets and makeup mantras!

Deepika’s style is that of a modern, working woman who is at heart still just a girl. She has a few go-to colors that she loves to use: white, sea green, and tan.

To get Deepika’s fresh white look, stock up on white blouses, camis, and tanks. Pair with an elegant skirt and matching heels, or jeans with a brown belt. Try Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.

She’s a big fan of belts and will unfailingly pair her jeans with dark brown belts and her dresses with thin or wide tan belts.

There’s no denying Deepika loves sea-green! Look for a casual zippie sweater in a foamy green color at American Apparel. For evenings out, try a bandage dress or bubble dress like Deepika (cinch it with a tan belt and match with tan sandal heels). If the color is hard to find in Western clothes, seek it out at Indian ethnic-wear boutiques.

Deepika will often step out with a black or white blazer over a blouse or tank. Look for blazers at large department stores (i.e. Macy’s and Nordstrom) to find a wide selection of materials and cuts. Try three-quarter length blazers for a more casual look.

You’ll notice Deepika pairs all of her day looks with a large tan handbag. Tan, beige, taupe, or camel colored purses are excellent for matching with any outfit at all because they are classy and very understated. Good choice, Deepika!

Every girl has quirky accessories she uses to have a little fun with an otherwise plain outfit. Deepika’s are her red shoes– flats and pumps. Add a pop of color to your white-based outfits as an unexpected surprise!

Deepika’s summer style is simple: flirty, girly dresses paired with sandals- either flat or with some heel. She’ll wear floaty dresses with the requisite brown belt. Deepika’s favorite pair of earrings have to be her small, thick metallic hoops; they are a sweet touch and go well with both dressy and casual looks. Finish the look with a few chunky metallic bracelets and bangles.

When on the move or in colder weather, Deepika keeps her layering simple by sticking with white and tan. Pair white tanks and blouses with white cardigans with a subtle pattern (i.e. stripes or block colors). Pair with only one piece of jewelry: a chunky necklace, drop earrings, or glasses. Finish the look with a brown belt and medium-to-light wash jeans and sandals or Ugg boots. As you can see, Deepika plays it very safe… and so hardly goes wrong.

And that’s how you can use fashion and styling to dress just like Bollywood celebrity Deepika Padukone. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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The world’s eyes may be on U.S. President Barack Obama, but the eyes of the world of fashion are all tuned to his lovely wife Michelle.  Poised, intelligent, down-to-earth Michelle has stepped into the role of First Lady with tremendous grace, all while being a wonderful and attentive mother to her two young daughters.  Mrs. Obama has dazzled the world with her easy charm and impeccable style.

Michelle Obama doesn’t seem like a logical choice for a style translation (like, say, Rachel Bilson) because, well, at nearly the same height as her husband, there aren’t many Asian women with figures like hers.  However, I think Michelle’s style appeal goes much deeper than that.

I’ve long maintained that Michelle Obama isn’t a style icon in the same way as a Jackie Kennedy or a Princess Diana.  Jackie and Diana were fashion trail blazers, they made unique, sometimes risky, choices and really changed the way people dressed for their times.  Michelle is different.  She hasn’t shaken the fashion world and changed its landscape; she’s simply been impeccably well-dressed.

I think that Michelle Obama took her immense intelligence, the same one that made her an Ivy League-educated lawyer, and applied it to fashion.  She knows exactly what she likes and exactly what flatters her.  Her choices aren’t that of a fashion guru, but rather of a very smart woman who knows how to look good.  And she does it on a relatively normal budget, famously wearing a lot of accessible brands like The Gap and J. Crew.  That is why we can all learn from her.

Michelle has a formula for every fashion situation she’s in.  Then she keeps from looking mundane by varying colors, textures, and accessories.  Let’s take a look!

Scenario 1: Casual Lady

Whether she’s taking her daughters to school (accompanied by the secret service of course) or touring the Eiffel Tower or planting in her vegetable garden at the White House, Mrs. Obama always looks presentable.  And it’s no wonder why, as a public figure she understands that she’s always under scrutiny.  Now, the rest of us don’t necessarily need to always operate under those assumptions, but it never hurts to look well put together.

Michelle stays comfortable and ladylike by pairing nicely tailored pants with structured tops.  Tailored pants does not mean suit pants, but rather pants that have structure and fit well.  For example, Michelle wears jeans and khakis all the time, but they’re always perfectly fitted and the absolute perfect length for her.  If you think that’s because she has the body to find pants easily, think again!  She’s around 6 ft tall and by no means possessing a supermodel’s figure.  Her pants don’t fit because she’s lucky, they fit because she gets them tailored!

Michelle Obama likes to wear little jackets or her signature fitted cardigans over simple tees or comfortable feminine blouses to give her upper body structure and shape.  To add interest she might wear a scarf, a sparkly brooch, or simply bright colors!  She knows how to stand out in a good way.

To channel this style first make sure the pants you have already fit well.  If they don’t, take them to the tailor!  And remember, one pair of well-fitting jeans are worth five pairs of ill-fitting ones.  Make an investment of it and purchase a pair of high quality jeans, like J. Brand or my personal favorite Adriano Goldschmied, and spend the money to get them tailored.   You won’t regret it.  Also, remember that designer jeans don’t always have to come with a designer price tag.  Stores like Anthropologie often have them on sale for a fraction of the original price and you can often find good deals on designer jeans at outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack or Neiman Marcus Last Call.  Then try Obama favorites like The Gap or J. Crew for colorful cardigans, cute blouses, and shape-giving little jackets.  Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and department stores like Macy’s would also have good options.

Finish the look with a pair of kitten heels in a bright matching color!

Scenario 2: A Lady’s Lady

Mrs. Obama has many occasions where she must look every inch the lady, from when she’s meeting the UK’s Prime Minister to when she’s descending Air Force One to when she’s on the cover of a national magazine.  She’s put this look together so much she could probably do it in her sleep.

She always wears dresses or skirts in two figure-flattering cuts: the A-line or the pencil.  And when I say pencil I’m not talking slutty secretary, but rather a classic, very straight, pencil skirt.  On top, Obama keeps it consistent with pretty blouses, structured jackets, and her signature colorful cardigans.  For chillier days Michelle will often switch out her cardigan or little jacket for a long, knee-length coat.  Fun tip: accentuate  your waist and create an hour-glass figure by following Michelle Obama’s lead with a waist belt!

To channel this look, try the same stores as her first look or look into some of Obama’s favorite designers: Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, and Michael Kors.  Complete this look with the same accessories as before, and kitten heels.  My favorite Michelle Obama accessories are always her brooches.  To find interesting brooches of your own look at vintage stores, specialized designers like Tom Binns, and your mothers/grandmother’s jewelry boxes!  Chances are, they still have a few from when brooches were the must-have lady like accessory!

Scenario 3: Elegant Lady

As First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has had more occasion than most of us to get full-out dressed up.  But she’s done it so well that, were an occasion to arise, I would channel her black tie style in a heartbeat.  Why?  Because she’s not a model or an actress or a celebrity.  She’s a normal, albeit incredibly talented and intelligent, woman whose husband happens to have one of the most high-profile jobs in the world.  She has a real woman’s body, and she’s learned to dress that body well.

Michele Obama always pics gowns with fitted, interesting tops and flowing skirts that begin at the lower part of her waist.  This style accentuates her hourglass shape and elongates her legs.  She makes sure that the skirt is flowy but not too poofy, so she doesn’t seem too large or too much like a little girl dressed up like a princess on Halloween.  Michelle also likes to highlight her nicely toned arms by wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless gowns.

Look for dresses in this shape at department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Saks Fifth Avenue, and at local boutiques.  Make sure to try on your gowns with the exact type of underwear you would wear on the day of your event.  Oftentimes, you might need specialized under clothes, like a shift with a built-in bra, to look your best in evening clothes.  If you love a gown but the fit is slightly off, see if you can alter the gown without damaging it.  Usually this isn’t a problem, but sometimes dresses made of very delicate materials or that have a lot of hand-made detail are hard to alter.

Finally, accessorize with jewels, a glossy up-do, and (if you really want to be glamourous) gloves!

Michelle Obama is truly a lady, one that I’m proud to call my First Lady.  She’s an admirable woman with admirable style.  Anyone can channel her looks with great success because she takes classic, tried-and-true outfits and makes them unique and personal by adding accessories and color!

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Want to learn how to dress like Bollywood actress and star Priyanka Chopra? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Priyanka Chopra’s fashion favorites.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT our How To Look Like Guide on Priyanka Chopra to learn about her beauty secrets and makeup mantras!

Don’t miss our exclusive Jolie Asie interview with Priyanka Chopra’s former personal stylist, Teena Ahuja Kapoor! Teena styled many of the looks seen below.

PRIYANKA’S FASHION

Priyanka’s style is very summery and very sexy. She knows she has an incredible figure and loves to show it off.

Priyanka attended high school in the United States and its influence on her wardrobe selections shows. For casual day wear, Priyanka loves to buy and wear clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister.

From these stores she wears logo tees and shirts, ripped jeans, jackets, tanks, track pants, you name it! She’ll also on occasion slip into a sexier casual top from Guess Jeans. She’ll pair her A&F tops and bottoms with sneakers, flip flops, or funky heels.

Priyanka’s day wear outing clothes are perhaps my favorites of hers- they are stunning and incredibly flattering! Look for solid-colored fitted cotton or jersey dresses and tops (try online at topshop.com and shopbop.com).

Pair the dresses with a well-fitting strapless bra, strappy sandals, a thin belt if cinching is needed, and a few silver bracelets. Pair tops with short light-wash denim skirts from (you got it) PC’s beloved Abercrombie & Fitch.

Day and night, Priyanka likes to try out different fabrics and cuts. Not at all one for layering, she prefers one-piece outfits, be they dresses or jumpsuits and rompers, as seen above. This style is particularly good for emulating in hot weather or when you find color-coordinating or layering exhausting and bothersome. Play it safe like Priyanka by keeping your color schemes cohesive and simple.

Now to her evening or night wear. Priyanka is (in)famous for her love of short, fitted dresses. It’s true that she will attend award shows or interviews in the occasional gown, but her favorite fall-backs are seen above. Personally, I think the dresses look fabulous on her- glamorous and oh, so attractive!

Notice her consistency: she likes her dresses to have a subtle drape in the front, with a snug fit in the chest and looser fit in the waist. To get Priyanka’s dress style, try BCBG, French Connection, and Alice+Olivia. She usually pairs her dresses with one of her two favorites pairs of shoes: silver Louboutin sandals and open-toed Jimmy Choo pumps. Look for heels that are metallic or glittery to match with all of your evening dresses.

As for ethnic wear, Priyanka rather religiously sticks with saris and anarkalis designed by Bollywood’s darling designer Manish Malhotra, pictured with her above. When picking a sari like Priyanka’s, look for sheer materials, tiny metallic blouses with plunging necklines, and go for a revealing drape. Pair with large drop earrings and a select few bangles to finish the look.

Last but not least, accessories. Priyanka is often photographed wearing aviators (try Ray Bans if you are going for the celeb look). On casual days she’ll wear a few rings, bracelets, and silver bangles on her left arm. When dressing up, she will wear bare-minimal accessories: a large ring OR a luxury watch OR a pair of earrings.

Priyanka has beautiful hands and tends to keep her nails long and painted with a french manicure.

And that’s how you can use fashion and styling to dress just like Bollywood celebrity Priyanka Chopra. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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This is the first Style Translation post i’m writing and I’m very excited.  While we love finding inspiration in Asian celebrities, we certainly don’t think that inspiration should be limited.  I get the majority of my fashion inspiration from western celebrities.  The trick is to know what works for you and what doesn’t. 

For example, it’s pretty hard for any woman (let alone Asian women who tend to be shorter and more willowy than most Caucasian women) to channel the style of someone like Adriana Lima.  Why?  The woman is a Victoria Secret Supermodel!  She’s like a perfectly toned, outrageously generously proportioned amazon. To get Adriana Lima’s look you basically have to, well, look like Adriana Lima. 

But not to worry, there are tons of stylish celebrities that aren’t complete natural anomalies for us to emulate! 

 

Which brings us to one of my favorite stylish celebrities: Rachel Bilson.  You might remember her as Summer from the TV show The OC or the horrible action film Jumper or the even more horrible film New York, I love You.  Or you might simply recognize her as the cute brunette who’s always in magazines or the girl who’s in those Magnum Ice cream ads that are always on TV.  So …  her acting credentials aren’t exactly top notch, but she’s always dressed cute, right?

Right!

Bilson is also a perfect candidate for a Style Translation because she has an easily Asian-relateable figure.  Bilson is quite petite and, while she is slender, she’s not a skeleton.  She’s got hips like the rest of us. 

Bilson’s daytime style downtown chic with a little bit of California cool.  She wears a lot of Isabel Marant, Rag and Bone, Madewell.  She also loves to layer and is a perfect example of  how someone who more petite can layer.  She makes sure that when she adds layers she’s not adding bulk.  Rachel also loves to accessorize with scarves, hats, fabulous bags, and her signature Ray Ban wayfarer sunglasses.  During the day time she’s usually wearing either interesting flats (like strappy sandals) or cute, casual booties. Fun Tip: to elongate your legs, cuff your jeans by rolling the bottom up twice in 2 inch increments to show a bit of your ankles.  This creates the illusion that your legs are longer. 

For evening, Rachel might just add some sky high heels to a daytime look, add a bit of makeup, and be ready to go.  But, other times she likes to have a bit more fun with her outfits.  And I love it.  Rachel, though hardly possessing a model’s physique, is never afraid to take a fashion risk.  She makes unique, fashion forward choices that prove to anyone that you don’t have to be a model to be truly fashionable. 

Still, she always remembers what works for her.  She chooses looks that elongate her body and accentuate her legs, making sure to add heels for height.  And she continues to layer for interest, without added bulk. 

To imitate Rachel’s fun, casual style try to do the same!  If you’re wearing a sundress, throw a small, fitted denim jacket over it.  If you’re wearing jeans and a tee, add a blazer and a scarf.  If you’re wearing shorts and a blouse, add a fedora and some sunnies.  Try to add items without adding to your overall size.  This doesn’t mean though that everything has to be fitted.  In fact, Rachel wears lots of loose items.  The trick is to reign in the looseness with a structured item.  For example, below Rachel is wearing

a flowing maxi dress that you wouldn’t expect to work for someone so petite.  She makes it work by adding a fitted blazer on top that gives her a distinct shape and by choosing a maxi dress with a skirt that flows close to her body. 

For a night out, do you same but try and combine neutral items with pops of color.  For example, add a  brightly colored blazer to a nude dress (like Rachel does above) or throw a little black leather jacket or blazer over a patterned dress.  And don’t forget to add heels!  Nothing lengthens the body like actually adding height. 

Hopefully this was interesting and fun and you’re not motivated to try some of Rachel’s cool girl style!

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Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Bipasha Basu? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Bipasha Basu’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.

Bipasha Basu came into India’s spotlight after winning a Ford Supermodel contest in 1996. Since then she has become a popular Bollywood actress and fitness spokesperson. Bipasha is famous for being one of the first “dusky”-skinned beauties to find mainstream success in modern Bollywood. She was also known for her “Indian supercouple” status with now ex-boyfriend John Abraham, a fellow model and actor.

BIPASHA’S DIET, EXERCISE, AND SKINCARE

Bipasha Basu is one of Bollywood’s most outspoken advocates for a healthy diet and exercise. She’s even released a workout DVD! She says she is “completely into workouts” because she “believe[s] in being healthy and it’s not about just looking good…. That’s the reason [she is] so much into fitness”.

She advises her fans to work out at least four times a week for an hour a day. She likes to hit the gym or swim laps in the swimming pool. Her devotion to exercise keeps her from having to follow a strict diet: “I just work out like crazy in the gym and keep on my toes the whole day,” she says. Bips prefers the grazing method, eating six healthful small meals a day as opposed to three large meals. Proponents of the grazing method believe it prevents overeating and helps stimulate the metabolism.

In addition to eating well and working out, Bipasha told Female First Magazine that she thinks it’s important to get “a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a day” in order to “look fit and beautiful”. For relaxation, she goes for a massage twice a week.

Generous with her fans, Bipasha posted her beauty secrets on her own personal website. She recommends drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, applying a sunscreen to protect skin from UV damage, and keeping skin clean by removing makeup thoroughly at the end of the day. For beautiful skin, Bipasha recommends eating fish, barley, nuts, seeds, sprouts, yogurt, and fruits and vegetables- especially of the leafy green variety. She warns against eating sugar, packaged foods, and succumbing to crash diets; these are all skin-damagers!

For her skin, Bipasha likes to avoid wearing foundation on off-days. She told the Times of India that she thinks it’s crucial to “spend on quality beauty products” instead of buying those that are cheaply made. At night, she massages almond oil around her eyes for skin nourishment and to keep them wrinkle-free.

BIPASHA’S MAKEUP ROUTINE

There are three basic rules to follow when applying makeup to look like Bipasha Basu.

1) Cat eye liner/winged eye liner

Bipasha is well-known for her habitual cat-eye or winged-eye liner makeup looks. I recommend using a black liquid or gel eyeliner to get the above makeup. Follow the angle of your lower lashline to draw a short line upward and outward from the corner of your eye. Connect this line with a thick black line drawn over your upper lashes. Fill in the curved triangle, and voila!

2) Coral or pink lipgloss

Bipasha loves to wear lipglosses in coral and pink shades; these are youthful choices that go well with her sexy and flirty outfits. To get lips like Bips, try MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink, MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar, and MAC Tinted Lipglass in Lychee Luxe. Doesn’t she look pretty?

3) False eyelashes

Because Bipasha’s makeup is all about her eyes, you’ll want to bring big drama and big lashes. If you have long lashes, you might be able to do without out falsies, but if you’re really trying to look like Bipasha, they will help. Try false lashes by Ardell. Follow up with curling your lashes and applying mascara.

BIPASHA’S HAIR ROUTINE

Like many Bollywood actresses, Bipasha takes care of her hair with regular oil massages.

She tends to keep her hair a little past shoulder length, a cut flattering for a woman with her musculature and height. Her hair is cut with a face frame beginning past her chin for interest. Bipasha is almost always seen with side bangs sweeping over the right half of her forehead. She experiments with her styling, wearing her hair curled, blown-out, with beachy waves, or up with teasing for volume in the back.

Bipasha’s naturally black hair is usually dyed brown and streaked with light brown highlights. This medium brown shade looks great on her dark skin.

BIPASHA’S FASHION

Bipasha has three different wardrobe looks she likes to choose from: sexy, flirty, and casual bohemian. Bright, jewel-toned colors suit her dark skin best; you’ll rarely see her wearing colors like tan, light gray, or navy blue.

To emulate her sexy style, don’t think twice before checking out your nearest Bebe store. Bipasha is the ultimate Bebe girl! Think bold, bright colors, short fitted dresses, and high (colorful) pumps. Keep your accessories at a minimum by wearing a small pair of earrings and a ring only.

To get Bipasha’s flirty style, stay in Bebe or else take a trip to Forever 21. Pair short, girly dresses with a wide belt to cinch the waistline and chunky bracelets. Don’t forget to wear open-toed pumps to finish the look!

Bipasha is not often photographed wearing casual looks, but when she is, she’ll be seen wearing loose tops or summer dresses (a relief after those tight dresses, I’m sure) worn over jeans or leggings. Bips will often finish the outfit with metallic sandals or heels. She’ll make her look bohemian by wearing an assortment of colorful bracelets and bands, long beaded necklaces, or by carrying a hobo bag. Don’t forget to pack an oversized cotton cardigan for windy days!

Interestingly enough, when she does don ethnic wear, Bipasha tends to go in the other color direction: she often chooses saris, lahengas, and salwars in soft blues, creams, and pinks. It’s a gorgeous change from her brighter dresses, and a smart way to experiment with new colors.

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

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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.

Among fragrances, Aishwarya wears Happy by Clinique and Eternity by Calvin Klein.

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.

AISHWARYA’S FASHION

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!

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