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’S DIET, EXERCISE AND SKINCARE
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.
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.
KAREENA’S MAKEUP LOOK
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.
KAREENA’S HAIR STYLES
“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.