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Hi ladies! As I mentioned earlier, I’ve moved to New York City for the summer, and I’m loving it! Life in NYC is crazy, breakneck, and beautiful, so I hardly have any time to think, let alone blog. But I had to share this with you– I was out tonight for a late dinner and ran into Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Rampal at Buddakan in Chelsea Market!

Hrithik Roshan and Meg

For those of you who are wondering, Hrithik is very sweet and absolutely as gorgeous in real life as he is on camera.

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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 with sister Karisma (left) and mother Babita (center)

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.

Kareena practicing yoga with her husband and fitness instructor

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.

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Indian film actress Sneha Ullal debuted in the 2005 film “Lucky: No Time for Love”, co-starring Salman Khan; she then went on to star in hit Telugu films. The media was abuzz with comparisons between her and look-a-like Aishwarya Rai– but we at Jolie Asie think Sneha has a beauty and charm that’s all her own! I had the chance to interview Sneha on all of her beauty secrets recently; here’s what she had to say!

MEG: What is the secret to your gorgeous, flawless skin?

SNEHA: I always believe the less you play with your skin, the more clear and clean it’s going to stay… so ever since I’ve known about makeup, creams, oils, etc., I prefer to stay away. I feel the more you pamper your skin, the more prone it’s going to get to all these products. And it’s going to want it even more. And let’s face it, there’s chemicals in everything today. So my most basic secret is to  just try and wash your face 3 to 5 times a day with plain water if your skin is dry or with the mildest soap if skin is oily. I don’t use face wash at all.

But I must say– and I don’t know if this is the reason — but it’s my belief, I have been using talcum powder on my face and body since childhood. And I’ve had a lot of milk too. And I mean a lot.

What is your diet and exercise routine like? Do you have any special tricks for staying slim and healthy?

I’m a vegetarian/eggtarian (not a lot of eggs, since they’re heaty), so my diet is all about spinach, fenugreek, potato, thyme, cottage cheese, etc. I’m not a rice person, so I have my wheat chapatis daily. [Plus] all kinds of lentils that help in protein levels… most food is cooked in minimum oil (preferably olive oil), which helps keep my stomach light and clear, and as we all know, a bad stomach means bad skin.

Exercise is mostly YOGA which is my favorite time of the day… includes stretching, light workout, and breathing (bandhas), which opens all the blocks in my body. It’s my belief that sweating is top secret for good skin.

What is your number one beauty tip for young women?

My tip for my girls out there would be “keep your stomach as light and healthy as possible and try to sleep without your phone next to you.” And stay away from heartbreaks, hehe.

How do you stay energized and fresh during long days on the sets?

If I have enough sleep and a light breakfast, I’m good to go at least 12 hours a day. A heavy breakfast makes me lazy, so I recommend something light, but don’t starve yourself like most women today… as it is the most importantly meal of the day. And it’s stupid, but I say, “the day is as good as your breakfast” :).

To feel fresh, inspite of my makeup artist hating this fact, but I do wash my face even with makeup on, as it feels clean. My most important thing is a perfume. I spray it almost every 2-3 hours especially while shooting; my favorites are Gucci Rush and Chanel Chance.

Can you tell us about some of your favorite beauty products?

You will always find me without makeup but if I have to wear some, here’s what I use: a liquid foundation of Guerlain Parure Gold with SPF only under the eyes, with a cover-up mix of MAC concealer in NC35. A very natural feminine blush on just the cheeks and chin– Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats’ Sculpting Blush in Rose Plein Vent. For my green eyes I prefer to go nude (without any eyeshadow; maybe a little cream to shine it up). But my mascara is nice and thin– 1 coat, no matter what. For my lips, I prefer no lipstick, but a healthy lip balm with some fruit extracts… I do Body Shop for that quite often.

What is your daily makeup routine?

Absolutely not a good idea to apply makeup everyday; of course when at work, then we have to… but if I have a meeting or an outing then it’s just undereyes and lip balm. 🙂

Thanks, Sneha!

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This is your comprehensive, step-by-step guide to looking like your favorite Hindi film heroine– from Aishwarya to Katrina, Priyanka to Deepika, Kareena to Madhuri. If you want to look like a movie star, a celebrity, or a model, you’ve come to the right place. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to glamorous in no time at all!

Lesson One: Grooming

The biggest difference between a superstar and the average girl is grooming. These beauty queens are scrubbed, polished, mani- and pedicured, and coiffed to perfection on a daily basis. This step is the most simple, but also the most time-consuming. Girls, if you want to look fabulous, remember to:

1. Remove ALL excess facial and body hair

I know, it’s not fun. But the difference it makes will be pretty astounding. Most Bollywood actresses probably undergo laser hair removal to permanently remove their facial and body hair. Because laser hair removal is not an option for everyone, here are some other approaches to consider:

Face: Use a depilatory cream for the cheeks, chin, and sideburns. Use tweezers to pluck your eyebrows and upper lip. I do not recommend threading (unsanitary) and waxing (pulls skin), particularly because of the risk of ingrown hairs.

Hairline: This is probably one of the most overlooked hair removal areas for Asian women especially. The hairline, along the forehead, often produces short hairs (one to two inches long) that are thin and unable to grow. These can look sloppy and ruin many hairstyles. Take care of these with a small pair of scissors, and tweezers where appropriate. As for the back of the neck, you can try trimming these short hairs with scissors and carefully following it up with an epilator or depilatory cream.

Bikini area: Brazilian wax (costly but effective) or scissors plus an epilator (with caution) and a razor as needed.

Body (including underarms, arms, legs, back, stomach): Epilator. You can try a regular epilator (plug into the wall) or a wet/dry epilator (can be used in the shower). It’s useful to have both; the regular is more effective and the results last longer, but the wet/dry is far more convenient and less noisy. Waxing is effective, but you must wait for the hair to grow long to remove it again. I don’t recommend shaving, as it’s a temporary fix and the hair will grow back spikier.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating involves scrubbing dead skin cells from your skin to reveal smooth, healthy skin from underneath. There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical.

Face: For the face I recommend chemical exfoliation, as physical exfoliation (scrubs) can cause minute tears in your delicate facial skin. Try daily toners or natural, organic chemical exfoliation with a lemon juice and honey face mask once a week. Exfoliation can help skin look fair and bright by removing tans.

Body: Sugar/salt/powder scrubs can be fun to make or buy, but the most cost-effective method is to use a dry brush to scrub your entire body before stepping into the shower. Do this once or twice a week. To lighten dark skin patches around the elbows and knees, apply lemon juice for a bleaching effect.

3. Cleanse

It is worth adding that you must always maintain proper hygiene. Shower every day, use a deodorant, and wash your hair every other day. Never, ever go to bed at night without washing off every trace of your makeup. Brush your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste and floss in the evening. If your teeth are very stained, use a round of whitening strips once or twice a year. These are simple but necessary steps to looking and feeling beautiful.

4. Moisturize

You’ll never see a Mumbai superstar walking around with an ashy, dry complexion. Apply a moisturizer to your face twice a day, morning and night. If it suits your skin type, include a face and body sunblock/sunscreen (SPF) in your skin care regimen. Use a richer, heavier night cream, serum, or oil for anti-aging benefits during the night. Always apply moisturizer to your body after you have showered. I recommend using baby oil gel for ultimate moisturization; it also leaves a slight sheen to the skin without being greasy. You can also use a shea or cocoa butter lotion to help with stretch marks. Use a hand cream to keep your hands soft.

5. Maintain your nails

Keep your nails well-groomed on both your hands and feet. Opt for a French manicure (you can do this at home with a white polish French manicure pen and a clear or pale pink nail polish) for an elegant, versatile and womanly look.

6. Pamper yourself

Celebrities and socialites love to indulge in regular facials and massages once a month. Massages in particular can be especially good for reviving the body and relaxing the mind, as well as stimulating blood circulation to the skin for a youthful glow. Give yourself a facial with an all-natural aloe vera face mask.

Lesson Two: Makeup

MAC Cosmetics is Bollywood’s premiere choice for makeup; the majority of actresses rely on MAC Cosmetics for their film and event appearances. Follow these makeup tips and look ready to star in the next Karan Johar or Aditya Chopra picture!

1. Use concealer and foundation

To conceal undereye darkness and blemishes, use MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in a shade that matches your skin color (or is one shade lighter).

Even out and perfect your skintone with MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in a shade that matches your skin color. It is very, very important to get a perfect match, so have a friend or a professional MAC makeup artist help you select the right shade. If your makeup is the wrong color, it will be obvious in real life and in photographs (your skin will look grayish and sickly). Don’t let that happen! Apply a translucent powder to blot oil if necessary throughout the day.

2. Apply eye makeup

To get the famous Bollywood heroine look, sweep a matte medium-brown eyeshadow (MAC Eye Shadow in Folie) over the lid and blend up past the crease, fading halfway to the brow. Using a black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack), line your lower waterline and lower lashline. Use a smudgy black pencil (MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder) to line the upper lashline generously. Use a matte black eyeshadow (MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon) and blend it into the upper lashes. Sweep outwards just a touch to create a small winged effect. Curl lashes (apply false eyelashes for full effect) and apply mascara.

The preferred colored contact lenses of the movie industry are Freshlook Colorblends in Green.

3. Apply blusher and/or bronzer

Three top-used Bollywood blushes to include in your makeup bag are: MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly, MAC Powder Blush in Mocha, and MAC Powder Blush in Pink Swoon. Also invest in a matte bronzer like MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze.

4. Apply lipstick

Indian actresses tend to favorite natural, brown-based pink, brown-based peach, and neutral pink lipsticks. To complete your makeup look, try these B’wood favorites: MAC Lipstick in Twig, MAC Lipstick in Mocha, MAC Lipstick in Touch, MAC Lipstick in Fast Play, and MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam VI. For evening looks, experiment with a red lipstick.

Lesson Three: Hair

1. Cut/grow your hair about four to five inches past shoulder length

Bollywood actresses typically keep their hair about this length (reaching just past the bust area). Have your hair dresser cut your hair in layers for added volume and character. If your hair is too thick, ask the salon to “thin out” your hair. They will use a specific type of scissor that will cut the hair in a way that makes it appear less bushy.

2. Be a brunette or a black-haired beauty

Some actresses and models will keep their hair its natural black or dark chocolate color, but many will have their hair professionally dyed a rich mahogany brown, or brown with some lighter highlights. If you want to lighten your hair, seek professional help.

3. Learn to blow dry and curl your hair

The gorgeous ladies of tinsel town will often step out with a magnificent blowout, with locks shining and not a frizzy strand in sight. Learn to use hot rollers, a hair dryer, a curling iron, and a straightening flat iron to style your hair in different ways. Most often, the actresses keep their hair down, and save the up dos, buns and ponytails for rare occasions.

4. Take good care of your hair

Most actresses’ top beauty secret to keep their tresses healthy and gleaming is hair oil massages. Celebs also swear by Kérastase hair products. Apply conditioner after shampooing and use heat protection products before hot styling. Avoid washing too often by using a dry shampoo between washes to prevent oiliness.

Lesson Four: Lifestyle and Presentation

1. Your body is your temple

Maintain a healthy diet, consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and an adequate amount of protein. Exercise at least four times a week; include yoga and Pilates in your workout routine. Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Stay hydrated with water and white or green tea throughout the day. Take daily multivitamins and fish oil capsules every day. Limit consumption of skin sins like alcohol, cigarettes, fatty, processed foods and (perhaps most importantly) sugar.

2. Posture and comportment

Do not slouch. Keep your head held high and your back straight throughout the day. Do not sit with your legs spread out or in an unladylike manner. Do not make silly or unflattering faces or voices. Do not laugh in an unattractive way. Practice the smile you will use in front of the camera when pictures are being taken. Do not be photographed while eating or drinking.

3. Attitude

Stay positive and upbeat! Smile! Be friendly– do not scowl, glare, or sulk. Goodness and kindness lend a woman (or a man) a special poise and beauty that go beyond the physical appearance. Reject the concept of “stress” and embrace inner calm. Take time to enjoy your life and appreciate the gifts you have been given, including your family and friends. Work diligently and efficiently, and keep your face and body relaxed to avoid creating tension in the body, mind, and soul. Have a passion, goals, and ambitions; the determination and motivation you feel towards realizing your dreams will show in the sparkle of your eyes.

4. Master the arts

Practice singing and dancing. Singing will develop and give you command over your voice, making it more melodious, even, and attractive. Dancing will make you more graceful, less clumsy, and will tone and firm your body. Gracefulness of the figure can be expressed in even the slightest movements– from the tilt of the head, to the movement of the hands, to the sway of the hips.

5. Dress in a feminine, professional manner

Bollywood actresses are popular symbols of South Asian femininity. They dress in feminine clothing– skirts, blouses, Western and Eastern dresses, tailored pants, stylish jackets– and accessorize with jewelry, high heels, and purses. Avoid sloppy, ill-fitted, tawdry, or dirty outfits. Respect yourself and others will respect you. Refer to our Jolie Asie “How to Dress Like” guides for more information on putting together a suitable wardrobe.

Whether you want to look like Kajol, Sonakshi Sinha, Sridevi, Rani Mukherjee, or Sonam Kapoor, remember that Bollywood heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. What’s important is how you take care of yourself, how you present yourself, and how you feel about yourself.

You are beautiful– now let the world know!

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Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie, like her exquisite Eastern counterpart Aishwarya Rai, has the kind of flawless beauty and breathtaking perfection that no beauty secret can duplicate. That won’t stop us from trying, though!

ANGELINA’S DIET, EXERCISE, AND SKINCARE

Angelina’s diet consists of the usual staples adored by celebrities around the world: steamed fish, vegetables and soymilk. Fish is an amazing anti-inflammatory and its omega-3s promote glowing, soft skin and silky hair. Vegetables provide fiber and vitamins, and soy milk can help with acne-prone skin and provides necessary minerals and calcium. She often consumes healthy soups, which are a great way to stay hydrated and consume veggies and beans in one go. Angie also tries to avoid smoking many cigarettes and drinking sugar with her coffee.

To stay fit, Angelina likes to switch it up, preferring yoga and Pilates to lose post- pregnancy pounds, and otherwise spending time on the treadmill, kickboxing, canoeing, street fighting, push-ups, and playing contact sports. The best way to exercise is to add variety to your routines, so you don’t get bored and you constantly work out new muscles in different ways.

According to makeup artist Toni Garavaglia, Angelina Jolie never uses harsh soaps to wash her face, applies lotion liberally, and always wears SPF. She chooses Colbert MD Nutrify and Protect Day age-defying cream for her delicate facial skin. She has also been known to use La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and Lierac Paris’s Aqua-D Multivitamine Tinted Emulsion. Another favorite skincare brand of Angie’s is YonKa, from which she uses the Advanced Optimizer Creme Serum, as well as its Huile Corps and La Baume Body. During her pregnancy, she indulged in products from Bella Mama, a luxury cream line designed for maternity. Clearly, the actress likes to experiment with her skincare products– but she almost always keeps it high-end. Ironically, her most famous feature– her lips– are kept plump and hydrated by the popular drugstore lipbalm Blistex.

Angelina is famous for shunning plastic surgeons and opting for natural beauty, but she does like to indulge and experiment in new-fangled beauty procedures, including derma rolling (a do-it-yourself treatment using a hand-held device covered with needles), caviar-based full body treatments and facials (believed to reduce the appearance of veins), and fraxel-laser treatments.

As for scents, Angie prefers clean, masculine fragrances. She has worn Carolina Herrerra’s Herrerra for Men since she was sixteen. She also wears Bvlgari Black and CREED Love in White.

ANGELINA’S MAKEUP LOOK

Angelina Jolie uses Clé de Peau Beauté concealer to conceal darkness and to “let her skin breathe while still perfecting it”. She also has been known to use Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge. She follows up with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup, an oil-free medium-coverage liquid foundation. According to makeup artist Eugenia Weston, Angelina “likes natural colours [and] nude lips. But she never wears blusher.”

“I always wear a little makeup,” a younger Angelina told Vogue Magazine. “Well, not always. When I’m tan, especially, I go natural. The only makeup I always wear– and this is going to sound funny, but my lips on their own are bright red, which I hate– is gray lipstick.” Angelina once informed the press her favorite lipstick was Urban Apothecary‘s “Charm”; she also uses Chantecaille Brilliante Glosses in Love and Charm.

Angelina is famous for her pouty lips and subtle black winged cat eyes. To emulate, prep with concealer, a tinted moisturizer or light-to-medium-coverage foundation, and translucent powder where needed to mattify. The look you are going for is natural and clean– not pancake! Angelina always lets her skin glow from underneath her makeup. You do not need to apply a blush, but you can use a subtle matte bronzer under your cheekbones if you would like.

Keep your lip color simple, natural, and sheer, to allow your eyes to shine. Choose lipsticks and lipglosses in nude, pink, and peach shades. If you’re going for a high-impact, “red carpet” look, choose a red semi-matte lipstick (like NARS Jungle Red).

Angelina usually keeps her eye makeup simple and straightforward, allowing her emerald green eyes to do all the talking. Using a liquid or gel eyeliner, line the upper eyelid and form a wing. Curl lashes and apply mascara.

ANGELINA’S HAIR STYLES

Angelina washes and conditions her hair with Aveda products and uses Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment on her hair to keep it sleek, shining and healthy. The model-actress will often highlight her hair in lighter shades of brown for interest, as seen at left– or dye her locks a rich mahogany, as seen above.

Angelina will often wear her brunette mane in elegant up-dos, teased in the front or back for height, slicked back, or in loose, womanly curls reminiscent of Kate Middleton’s famous hairstyle. If you are looking to emulate Angelina’s hair styles, be prepared to spend some time perfecting the look with a hair dryer, a round brush, and lots of hair spray!

Sources for this post included (in no particular order): Diva Village, Celebrity Beauty Buzz, Perfume Shrine, Belfast Telegraph, Yahoo!, Celebrity Diet Rules, Elle, Beauty Channel, Our Vanity, Examiner, and Beauty and Makeup Tips.

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Happy holidays! Here’s a Jolie Asie exclusive interview with personal trainer to India’s top stars, Yasmin Karachiwala. Yasmin’s famous clients include Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Rampal, Kunal Kapoor, and Imran Khan, among others. Without further ado, to the interview:

Meg: You are Bollywood’s reigning fitness superstar! Please tell us a little about your famous clients and the workouts they love. We hear Katrina is into Pilates!

Yasmin: Katrina trains her body differently everyday. One day it could be pilates, and the next functional training, or interval training, or just machines. The look she’s aiming for dictates the workouts I design for her.

Yasmin (pictured at right) with Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif

MegDo you recommend any special foods, supplements or vitamins to your trainees?

Yasmin: I only recommend protein shakes once a day for non-vegetarians and maybe twice for vegetarians, depending on what their current foodplan is. Vitamins, etc. I leave to the doctors to recommend, as they would be the best qualified to do so.

MegYou recommend eating meals every two hours. What are some examples of meals that you suggest?

Yasmin: 3 egg whites and a whole-wheat toast, 1 jowar chappatti with a bowl of eggs and a vati of daal, 1 banana with 3 walnuts.

MegWhat is the best form of exercise for women to burn calories and lose extra weight fast?

Yasmin: A combination of strength training and cardio. I find interval training most effective.

MegWhat is the best form of exercise for women to trim their waistline and tighten and firm their problem areas?

Yasmin: First, to watch what they eat. I find a combination of cardio & Pilates works the best for the abdominals.

MegWhich gives better results for a lean and toned body: Yoga or Pilates?

Yasmin: I would say its different for each person, you need to try both and figure out for yourself which works best for you.

MegWhat should Indian women in particular be doing to live healthier lifestyles? What common diet and fitness mistakes do you find them making—and how can they correct them?

Yasmin: Cut the ghee, butter, [and] milk from their diets which their ancestors swear by. Women need to realize that our ancestors’ lives were far more active than our sedentary ones, with drivers, maids and nannies at our beck and call.
Women need to start strength training, and not just stick to cardio, as more and more women of today are heading towards osteoporosis.

MegWhat forms of exercise do you recommend for older women, who may not be comfortable hitting the gym?

Yasmin: I cannot generalize exercises for older women, as with age comes problems and each one’s is different from another’s. For me, it’s very important to view each client as an individual before I can advise them about any kind of exercise. There are lots of exercises that older women can do at home; my advice to them would be to consult a good trainer and find out which would work for them.

MegWhat can we do in our diets and fitness strategies to improve low energy levels?

Yasmin: Eat every 2 hours, make sure each meal consists of protein, carbs, fiber, don’t eat till you’re gonna burst, stop just short of being stuffed, do some form of exercise at least 3 days a week. I find 1 banana and 3 walnuts work instantaneously on low energy levels.

MegIs there a “best time of day to work out”? If so, is it the morning, afternoon, or evening?

Yasmin: The best time to work out is ‘the time that works best for you’!!

Thanks, Yasmin!

If you are interested in training with Yasmin, visit her website at http://www.bodyimage.in/.

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The grazing diet, in which one takes in several small meals throughout the day as opposed to three large meals, is hugely popular among celebs around the world– from East Asia, to Bollywood, to Hollywood. This method is recommended by nutritionists and fitness experts to keep the metabolism stimulated throughout the day and prevent gorging during any one meal. This means more energy and faster weight loss!

I’ve compiled here for you a meal plan followed by many celebrities, from Katrina Kaif to Sonakshi Sinha. Choose ONE of the meal options for each of the five meals. Be sure that you are picking wisely– if you have brown bread with breakfast, don’t eat it again for your snack. Try and choose snacks that complement one another: instead of having two fruits for both snacks, have one fruit in the morning, and vegetable juice in the afternoon. Strive for balance by including fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates, and some fats (in moderation) into your meals every day.

Also, learn to rethink portion sizes. Because you are eating five meals, your portion sizes must be smaller (fewer calories) than they would be if you were only eating three. This may involve some challenging realigning of your thinking– it might feel strange having only one roti with dinner, but remember that you’ve been munching throughout the day!

Be sure to stay hydrated from morning to night by drinking water and sipping green or white tea.

8 AM

Breakfast:

  • Eggs and paratha/roti (Indian flatbread)
  • Egg whites and porridge
  • Egg whites and muesli
  • Oatmeal and fruit
  • Egg and toast
  • Cereal

10 AM

Mid-morning snack:

  • Vegetable juice
  • Sprouts
  • Protein shake (recommended protein powder: whey protein)
  • Fruit

12 PM

Lunch:

  • Dal (lentils) and roti or brown rice
  • Salad and soup
  • Roti and vegetables
  • Fish and bread (recommended fish: salmon)
  • Chicken and salad
  • Protein shake with juice

Between 2 & 4 PM

Afternoon snack:

  • Brown bread with peanut butter
  • Tahini with whole-wheat pita bread
  • Fruit
  • High-fiber crackers with chicken cold cuts
  • Skim milk and nuts (almonds, walnuts; throw in a few dates and figs)
  • Yogurt
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable juice
  • Sprouts
  • Protein shake

6 PM

Dinner:

  • Dal and roti or brown rice
  • Salad and soup
  • Roti and vegetables
  • Fish and soup
  • Chicken and salad

Do not eat carbs, sweets, or other heavy foods after 7 PM. Consume only fruit after this time (if you are hungry). If you’d like dessert after dinner, try a piece of antioxidant-rich, low-sugar dark chocolate.

Best of luck!

Everyone loves grazing!

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