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 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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