Posts Tagged ‘Bipasha Basu’

Many of the ladies of Bollywood love to swim, swim, swim to keep their bodies fit and trim. Such superstars as Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, and Sonam Kapoor all swear by swimming for their outstanding figures.

Other Indian actresses and models known to love swimming for fitness and weight loss are Mugdha Godse, Koena Mitra, Neetu Chandra, Ileana D’Cruz, Aarti Chabria, and Sameera Reddy, who says that a 45-minute freestyle swim around the pool “rejuvenates” and de-stresses her like nothing else (Bwood Beauty).

Gliding through the water like a fish isn’t as hard as it sounds! Unfortunately, many South Asian women are reluctant to try swimming— possibly because it’s just not a sport they grew up with. How to remedy this? Swimming lessons! Swimming clubs! If you fear the water, remember, you’re not alone! But countless women have conquered their fear of swimming with the help of an instructor or friends. You never know how wonderful it is until you try– and with a supportive companion at your side, you’ll quickly realize how fun and freeing it feels!

Some are uncomfortable wearing skimpy bathing suits or bikinis. Never fear! There are plenty of conservative and cute outfits out there– (boyshort bottoms, tankinis, swimwear dresses) at swimwear specialty stores and department stores— for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Stores now even offer control tops and bottoms to smooth curves and give a trim appearance… think Spanx in bathing suit form!

Learning to swim has benefits that go beyond a supermodel’s waistline, a tight derriere, and toned arms and legs! Swimming is brilliant for improving lung function. Learning how to breathe properly and deeply is so important for a beautiful mind, body, and soul. Just ask any yoga or pilates lover!

Furthermore, swimming is an amazing form of exercise for older women or women with joint problems, because unlike running, it’s very low impact on the knees and other delicate joints.

I have been swimming since I was little. I always find swimming to be incredibly relaxing– even meditative. There is a peacefulness in the water, with its ruminative silence, with the lights from the sky glittering in the pool’s depths, that takes me out of this world and into a next. It’s a great time to think, to reflect, and– hey!– burn calories at the same time. Truly, to swim is to fulfill the entire being.

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On the popular chat show “Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable”, Anushka Sharma revealed Akshay Kumar‘s “vanity van secrets”: that he barely wears makeup, and likes to massage his face with almond oil.

Bengali beauty Bipasha Basu is also a fan of using almond oil on her delicate facial skin; it is soothing and nutritious– full of Vitamin E! I use almond oil every day in my essential oil serum. It is light enough for summer nights and moisturizing enough for harsh winters.

Use almond oil as a natural alternative to mineral oil to remove your makeup at night, or else massage it onto a clean face before you go to bed for luxurious, chemical-free moisturizing effects. Almond oil is an excellent, affordable alternative to overpriced face creams.

Have you tried almond oil for the health of your skin?

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Another year, another IIFA (International Indian Film Academy awards), this time in Toronto, Canada. This year’s IIFA was full of glitz, glam, and for the most part, gorgeous-ness. Here are my picks for the beauty and fashion winners and losers of the weekend.

Without a doubt, my pick for winner of the weekend is Anushka Sharma. She dazzled in a Sabyasachi sari (show them how to make it look youthful, girl!) and a long black gown; what a figure! Love the volumized bun! Also appreciate the branching out of her usual makeup style with a dark winged cat-eye on right.

Another winner at the awards function was Shilpa Shetty. She put everyone to shame in a slinky, sequined black number on the green carpet. Only Shilpa’s waistline can pull this one off! Also like the matching of the lipstick to the clutch; very cute. To emulate, try a frosty pink lip color like MAC Lipstick in Creme de la Femme.

The runner-up is Priyanka Chopra. I loved her Manish Malhotra lahenga (the blue velvet is gorgeous and so rich); BUT, her lipstick really hurt the look for me. Think it might be MAC Lipstick in Verve. A beautiful deep blood-red with a hint of shimmer would have worked oh-so-much better. Lovely PC, what can I tell you that will get you out of your matte brownish lipsticks rut?

Now for the losers.

It pains me deeply to say this about Shahrukh Khan, because he is my first love and my absolute favorite actor. I used to have six life-size posters of his up in my bedroom. But that ridiculous hairstyle has got to go.

Where has Rahul of “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” gone? SRK’s signature haircut has been replaced by thirteen-year-old boy circa Y2K with a gravity-defying roof (minus the frosted tips, at least). Basically, it looks like he’s trying too hard to appear younger than he really is.

As spotted by highheelconfidential, Bipasha Basu and Ameesha Patel showed up on the green carpet wearing the same dress in different colors. Both actresses also acknowledged this on their Twitter pages:

Embarrassing, but in my opinion, not actually that big of a deal. What’s more pressing to me is- how on Earth did they sit down in those tiny dresses?!

I don’t know about Malaika Arora Khan. Recently I’ve been cringing a little at her wardrobe choices; as her husband gains weight and loses hair, she remains fit and fabulous, but if I were her age, I’d be covering up a little more. Too much skin-show can look desperate.

I felt awkward looking at Genelia D’Souza‘s pictures on the green carpet. Her cat eye/smoky eye makeup was over-the-top and her hair styling was amateurish. I love her playfulness but it’s consuming her in the picture on the right. Unfortunately, she’s not making it work!

What do you think about my choices for winners and losers at IIFA? Agree? Disagree? Got other favorites?

All images courtesy pinkvilla.com and highheelconfidential.com. Thank you!

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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 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.


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.


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 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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