Archive for the ‘models’ Category

Here’s a Jolie Asie exclusive beauty interview with the super hot, super glam Kingfisher calendar girl Saiyami Kher. Read on for her fashion tips and beauty secrets…

Meg: Tell us a little about your background and how you came to be a Kingfisher Calendar model.

Saiyami: I was born and brought up in Nasik and shifted to Bombay 5 years ago for college. I studied at St. Xaviers college (Mumbai). Both my parents were models, my mother was a Miss India and they both did over a 100 ads. I thought of giving it a shot when I was in college and really enjoyed the process. Atul Kasbekar was very impressed with my photographs and he signed me up with his agency. There’s been no looking back from there, I did ads for Mahindra Rodeo, Pantaloons, L’Oreal, Levis and lots more over the past 2 years. He asked me to do the Kingfisher calendar last year, but I wanted to wait until I got done with college and also I felt this would be a great year because it is the 10th edition so it makes it even more special. The Kingfisher calendar was a fab experience!

What is your number one beauty secret?
Happiness! If you are happy inside it automatically shows on your skin, I have experienced it!

What are some of your top fashion tips for women who are tall?
I feel women who are tall are absolutely stunning! My only tip is to be confident and not conscious about your height. You are blessed with good height– flaunt it. You stand tall; you stand out from the crowd!

Tell us about your skincare regimen– what products do you use for glowing skin?
I drink a lot of water through the day which is essential for glowing skin. Besides that I moisturize my skin at all times. I use a sun block by Avene without which I don’t step out of my room and use Vichy’s under eye cream before I sleep. It’s very important that every little trace of makeup is wiped out when it’s not required. I feel if one even does just these basics it makes your skin flawless and the sun block and under eye cream is a precautionary measure for the future.

How do you treat and take care of your hair?
I have extremely curly hair. I normally like to keep it tied to protect it from the sun and pollution but I use a range of L’Oreal products which I am very happy with and I do a Kerastase hair treatment very often which just makes my hair so soft and beautiful.

Everyone always wonders– do models get stretch marks and cellulite like the rest of us? If so, what do you do to treat it?
As models we face problems like anyone else. Almond oil mixed with haldi (turmeric powder) really helps lighten stretch marks and make your overall skin look wonderful. This was something I did everyday before the Kingfisher calendar and I could see the results!

What foods does your diet regimen include?
Every morning I start my day with a liter of water and a fruit and eat 4 egg whites after my workout. A normal lunch with 2 rotis and vegetable and soup and salad for dinner. I love eating fruits and keep eating them all day. I am a chocolate lover so I do treat myself to chocolate every so often.

Modelling is no cakewalk. The lifestyle can include late nights and long work days. How do you stay fresh despite the difficult hours?
Sometimes I shoot and get hardly 1-2 hours of sleep with all the erratic schedules and traveling. My secret to it is I catch up on sleep anytime and anywhere I get a chance. So if the hair stylist is doing my hair, I sleep; when they are setting up, I doze off. These power naps really help!

Lastly, what is your exercise regimen like? What exercises do you enjoy best?
I am a fitness freak, have always been one. I played badminton and cricket for Maharashtra. I was called for the Indian women’s national cricket team selection but didn’t go for the tryout because modeling wouldn’t have been possible then. Even now I play a lot of sports. I prefer a sport or a run much more than going to the gym. So if I am not shooting you will see me running around Bandra between 5-8. 🙂

Thanks, Saiyami!

Saiyami Kher featured in the 2012 Kingfisher Calendar, shot by Atul Kasbekar

Read Full Post »

Hello darling readers!  I know I’ve been horrible about posting lately, but I recently started working and it’s been a bit of a madhouse, but I think things are calming down a bit/I’m getting the hang of things thus my triumphant blogging return!

I’m going to restart with a bang by breaking down Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ready to Wear Runway Look!  Chanel had an under the sea theme (Check out the video on Style.com here) that was reflected in the clothes, accessories, and even makeup – shell-shaped clutches, pearl encrusted hair, even scattered pearls imitating piercing.  But not to worry, the beauty was under the sea inspired, but still perfectly appropriate (and dare I say awesome?) for us land dwellers to rock!

What the Pro’s said: Style.com Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg wrote “…Models were given a smooth base of Chanel pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup for a semi-matte finish that contrasted well with the ‘wet shine’ eyes [Peter] Phillips [Chanel’s global creative director of makeup] crafted using his Illusion d’Ombre long-wear luminous eyeshadow in 81 Fantasme, a glimmering white cream pigment. ‘It blends out into Illusion [d’]Ombre 92 Emervelle, a peach color, so the sparkle becomes a glow,’ Phillips pointed out, lining the inner rims of eyes with Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair, a light beige, and using its Stylo Yeux waterproof long-lasting eyeliner in black shimmer along the upper lash line to further carve out definition.  Cheeks were dusted with its forthcoming L’Horizon de Chanel, a blush compact with graduating shades of pink that can be swirled on for multidimensinoal color, while mouths were coated in its new Levres Scintillantes Glossimer lip shine in Plaisir, a sheer pink hue sans sparkle…”

ON HAIR: “’wet hair down looked a little sad,’ [Sam] McKnight admitted.  Instead, he prepped strands with Sebastian Mousse Forte and Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner, a leave-in mask, and swept them up into a chignon, letting the ends hang out.  McKnight advocated for using mousse-rather than gel-to get the desired level of saturation. ‘Gel can be difficult to manipulate and mousse just distributes better,’ hes aid. ‘I added a slight side part, too, so there’s a little bit of a Chanel boyish feel.’”

I encourage you all to check out the entire Style.com beauty review.  It was a great read! (click “more” on the blurb above the pictures)

Our Breakdown

(I say breakdown, but it’s a bit of a translation – breaklation? – too because while the runway look is gorgeous, it’s a bit intense for every day.  And, also, while I’d love to have oodles of Chanel makeup at my fingertips, it’s all on the pricy side.  Not to mention many of the colors haven’t been released yet…but if you have the products handy/want to make an investment, may the force of Chanel be with you.)

Suggested Products

-Liquid/Cream Foundation: (it’s ironic that I’m dying to recommend Chanel’s Teint Innocence liquid foundation – because it’s amazing – but I’m not because it’s discontinued…why Chanel? Why?) Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover liquid foundation or (Meg’s favorite) MAC Mineralize cream foundation.

-Setting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites (if you like a slightly glow-y finish) or Clinique’s Almost Powder (if you like a totally matte finish)

-Luminizer: Benefit High Beam

-Eyeshadow: MAC Cream Color Base in Luna and Hush

-Eye Liner(black): MAC Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack

-Eye liner(beige): Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Clair (it’s pricy but, surprisingly, the only beige color I could find! The closest I came was Tarte’s EmphasEyes Inner Rim Brightener)

-Mascara: Lancome Hypnose

-Blush: MAC Powder blush in Pink Swoon

-Lip Gloss: Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon


-Start by concealing any blemishes.  Apply liquid (Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover) or cream foundation (MAC Studio Fix cream) lightly with a sponge for a smooth finish.

-Set foundation with a powder (Guerlain Meteorites/Clinique Almost Powder).

-Apply a little bit of luminizer (Benefit High Beam) to the cheekbones, arches of the brows, cupid’s bow, center of the chin right underneath the lips, and the bridge of the nose to create a fresh dewy skin look.


-Apply a thin layer of white shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Luna) to the entire lid.  Then, apply a very small amount of shimmery cream eyeshadow (MAC Cream Color Base in Hush) to the outer corner of the lid and blend inwards.

-Line the inner rims of the eyes (top and bottom if possible) with a beige eye liner (Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense eye pencil in Clair)

-Draw a line of medium thickness along the upper lash line (thinner on the inside corner of the eye, thickest on the middle of the eyelid) and end the line slightly past the actual endpoint of the eye with a very very slight cat eye (check out the picture below of model Candice Swanepoel as a reference).

-Use the same white shimmery cream shadow (MAC Cream Eye Base in Luna) to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

-Curl lashes (Shu Uemera Eye Lash Curler) and apply a thickening mascara (Lancome Hypnose).


-Lightly dust the tiniest bit of pink blush (MAC powder blush in pink swoon) on to the apples of your cheeks.


-Complete the look with a pink glossy lip (Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon).  For extra gloss and pout potential apply a dab of clear gloss to the center of your lips (try moisturizing and multifunctional Aquafor healing ointment!)


-The easiest way to get this look is to start styling with wet hair.  So either take a relaxing shower or wet your hair down with a spray bottle.

-Apply a nickel-sized dab of leave in conditioner (Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Conditioner) and a quarter-sized dab of mousse (Sebastian Mousse Forte) into your wet hair.  Comb the conditioner and mousse in thoroughly with your fingers.  Note: this is if you want the totally wet look for the entire day!

-Brush your hair and part severely to one side.  (Part should be at the middle point of one of your eyebrows)

-Tie hair back tightly into a low ponytail.

-Twist hair and wrap around in a slightly loose bun.  Secure with a hair tie.  Note: it doesn’t have to be a perfect bun, in fact, the point is to not have a perfect bun.  The wet texture of the hair will help the bun stay up, even though it’s a bit loose.

Runway to the Real World Style Tip!

Spice up any loose bun with pretty embellishments, jewelled pins, studded hair ties, colored ribbons.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Check back for other SS12 RTW beauty breakdowns!

* all the wonderful pictures are from Style.com, a great resource for all things fashion!  

Read Full Post »

Sun Fei Fei and Ming Xi look beautiful in September’s issue of Vogue China.  They exude a vitality that I find very appealing.

Recommended Products

Clinique Stay Matte pressed powder in Invisible Matte

MAC Eyeshadow in Patina and Carbon

MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Black Track

Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour

Smashbox Fusion Softlights bronzer in Baked Starburst

Benefit Highbeam Luminizer 

MAC Brow Set in Clear

– First apply your usual concealer and foundation.  Set your foundation with a powder to achieve a matte look (Clinique Stay Matte pressed powder in Invisible Matte).

– Liberally apply a metallic eyeshadow that is slightly darker than the natural color of your eyelid over your lid with a blending eyeshadow brush.   I color I use is MAC Eyeshadow in Patina, described as a “taupe brown with gold”, but find a metallic that suites the color of your lids.

– Draw a line of medium thickness along your upper lash line with a gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Black Track).  Leave your bottom lash line bare.

– Draw over your gel eyeliner with a matte black eyeshadow (MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon) with a shader eyeshadow brush.  This will make your eyeliner last longer.  If you want a slightly smokey look like Sun Fei Fei’s look (below) take your finger and smudge the black eyeshadow upwards.

– Suck in your cheeks and apply a slightly metallic bronzer (Smashbox Fusion Softlights bronzer in Baked Starburst) along the bottom half of your cheekbones.

– Get their beautifully luminous look by applying a luminizer (Benefit Highbeam Luminizer) along the top half of your cheekbones, on your chin just below your lips, under the arch of your eyebrows, and along the bridge of your nose.  With a liquid luminizer like Benefit’s Highbeam simply dab a bit along the areas you wish to illuminate and rub in with your fingers.

– Create a naturally strong looking brow by applying a brow-setting gel with a mascara wand (MAC Brow Set in Clear).

– Finish the look with Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour, a sheer nude.

If you have any Makeup Breakdown requests please let us know via email, twitter, or in the comments section!

*all photos courtesy of AsianModelsBlog.  For more pictures from that shoot click here.

Read Full Post »

Want to know how to get a great body like the Miss India competitors? Listen to Mickey Mehta, dietician to the stars. Mickey has trained and groomed such Indian superstars as Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Dia Mirza… the list goes on and on! He is also the official trainer for the Miss India competition.

Mickey has revealed the diet he prepares for the contestants as they train for the beauty pageant. Says Mickey:

“The diet given to them is as follows:


  • Green tea with ginger, crushed black pepper, cloves and cinnamon (the crushed pepper, clove and cinnamon must be very minimum)
  • ½ sweet lime (moosambi) before work out
  • Unstrained and unrefined orange juice immediately after work out


  • Oats with little jaggery
  • Nestle slim milk and nuts (almonds/ walnuts/dry figs/dates…very few dry figs and dates)


  • Vegetable juice of lauki or bottle gourd + spinach + tomato + carrot + beetroot (less of carrots and beet)


  • Brown rice + dal + vegetables + salad
  • Alternate days: Jowar roti + veg + dal + salad


  • Vegetable juice + 1 orange or sweet lime (whole)


  • Choice of seasonal Indian vegetables + Chinese stir fried vegetables + a bowl of thick soup (cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, spinach, lauki and other mixed vegetables)
  • 1 slice of papaya (this may be supplemented with more fruits, nuts or dry fruits)”
Cool advice, right? Now, this diet can be difficult to follow without the help of a professional, so use your judgment. Mickey also implements breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, pranayam, calisthenics, and agility drills to get the girls in shape.

Read Full Post »

Recently saw this article in Telegraph about Asian model Liu Wen, the first Asian Victoria’s Secret model and the first Asian face for beauty superpower Estee Lauder.  It’s a great piece on how she became a model and what her life is like now that she’s made it big.  I urge you all to give it a read!

Read Full Post »

Supermodel and TV host Padma Lakshmi has been quizzed by America’s leading beauty magazines on the secrets to her long and lustrous raven-black hair. Here’s what she has to say!

“When she wants ’70s-style Farrah Fawcett waves, she plugs in her BaByliss hot curlers. Her trick: First, spritz sections of hair with Pantene volumizer, then roll them up (not under). “I use narrower ones underneath for volume and larger ones on top to create loose, fuller waves,” she says.

When blow-drying, “I use a boar-bristle Mason Pearson brush and put my head upside down,” says Lakshmi. “Anyone with long hair will tell you that her arms get tired otherwise.” Also, “I hold the dryer by the nozzle for more control.”

When the inverted-head blow-dry yields an occasional imperfection, “I fix it with a straightening iron,” she says.” (InStyle)

Padma told Marie Claire that she likes to use Desert Essence JoJoba Oil: “To fight flakes, I microwave a cup of this and massage it into my scalp. My grandmother used to do it on the stove.”

Her last and most surprising beauty tip? Padma admitted to Cosmopolitan that she doesn’t use conditioner! “I have fine hair, but it has a lot of body,” said Padma. “And if I use conditioner, it looks greasy. All I do is shampoo it. And for that I am not particular. I take whatever is on sale, as long as it smells good.”

Love that she is smart enough to tailor her beauty regimen to her own personal needs, instead of following trends.

Read Full Post »

Check out these lovely photoshoot pictures of Zhang Zi Lin (or Zhang Zilin), Chinese model and former Miss World 2007.

Did you know that Zhang Zilin is the first beauty of East Asian origin to win Miss World? Here’s to more winning soon!

To get her dewy rose makeup, apply a creamy moisturizing foundation (MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15) over an illuminating hydrator (MAC Strobe Cream). On the eyelid and up halfway to the eyebrow, apply a golden-beige eyeshadow with slight shimmer (MAC Eye Shadow in Grain). Very lightly smudge a brown eye pencil (MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee) into the lower lashes. Use a black liquid liner (MAC Liquid Eye Liner) over the top lashes to give the illusion of thicker lashes.

On the apples of the cheeks, apply a rosy-mauve cream blush (MAC Cremeblend Blush in Brit Wit) using your fingers. For your lips, try a red-pink lipgloss like MAC Dazzleglass Lipcolor in Love Alert.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »