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Want to learn how to look like Bollywood actress and star Rani Mukerji? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Rani Mukerji’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and hair styling tips.

Ask anyone and they’ll agree that Rani Mukherjee is the most talented actress Bollywood has had in a over a decade. She has delivered a series of critically-acclaimed box office hits, the most notable being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. Rani is often featured in gossip tabloids for her alleged relationship with Yash Raj Films director Aditya Chopra, whom she is rumored to be marrying in the near future.

Known for her raspy voice, petite frame, and honey-colored eyes, this “Khandala” girl has held and will hold the hearts of men and women across India for years to come.


The three pillars of Rani’s beautiful bod are: a diet of homemade food, loads of fluids throughout the day, and yoga.

Rani loves rice and dal and Bengali fish curry made by her mother (UTV Stars). According to one source, “Rani who lost all the extra flab with “a balanced diet and junking sweets”, lives on “home-cooked food – dal, roti, salad and soup.” Fastfood and colas are a no-no, instead it’s “nariyal pani, nimbu pani, jal jeera and water” (Bwood Beauty).

Rani drinks water like a fish— one report claims she drinks 4 liters (132 ounces) a day! Now, I wouldn’t recommend drinking that much, but be sure to stay hydrated to keep your skin looking fresh. She also enjoys drinking nariyaal pani (coconut water) and green tea.

To lose weight for a movie in recent years, Rani trained with celebrity fitness instructor Satya Chaurasiya, who revealed the diet plan she used to lose extra pounds:

  • Early morning: Aloe vera juice, (after some time) a shot of karela juice, and half a banana before work-out
  • Breakfast: 1 egg white, muesli, 1 glass of fruit juice
  • Lunch: 1 chapati (flat bread), boiled vegetables, and salad
  • Dinner: (always taken before 8:30 p.m.) 1 chapati, boiled vegetables

In between meals, Rani snacked on soup and green tea (Indusladies).

Rani works out for about an hour and a half at the gym doing cardio exercises, and follows it up with yoga. She trains with another celebrity exercise favorite, Payal Gidwani. Reports Cinefolks: “At first Rani had a heavy lower body. She [could] only do 5-10 Suryanamaskars and had very weak nerves. As a result, stretching would direct to cramps.

To enlarge her cardiovascular stamina, Payal had to include simple cardio exercises like getting Rani to walk up and down the stairs of her bungalow.

Now Rani has not only lost the extra kilos but can simply do 100 Suryanamaskars or 2,000-2,500 Kapalbhati in a go and can also hold on to Asanas for 1 minute. Her breathing system has also improved.”

Rani shares little about her skincare routine, save this: “I don’t take any special care of my eyes. Except when I’m feeling tired, I use an eye toner, which is rose water. And it really helps because after that, my eyes do feel cool and clear. That’s my secret” (Bwood Beauty).

We also know that Rani’s favorite perfume is Stella by Stella McCartney (and that her favorite used to be Ralph Lauren Polo Sport– a men’s fragrance!) (UTV Stars).


1) Matte foundation, bronze touches

First and foremost: if you really want to look like Rani, stick with products from MAC, her favorite makeup brand. You can’t go wrong! Try starting with MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15, a popular medium-coverage liquid foundation. Top with a sheer colored powder (MAC Select Sheer / Loose Powder) to give your skin a matte finish– you won’t ever see Rani looking oily!

Embrace a dusky complexion by finishing with a matte bronzer one shade darker than your skin tone, like MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder, applied in the hollows under your cheekbones.

2) Work a smoky eye

Post-Chalte Chalte, Rani is almost never seen without a smoky eye. The glamorous look was gifted to Rani by MAC makeup artist Mickey Contractor (shown above), and was it the best present ever, or what? Rani’s light eyes pop with inky shades of black, blue, and purple blended around them.

Go bold and try a blue gel liner paired with brown shadows, as pictured below (MAC Fluidline in Waveline). Be sure to check out our breakdown of Rani’s makeup in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna for more on the smoky eye. For added oomph, pair the look with hazel colored contacts.

3) Wear a neutral brownish-pink lipstick

Because Rani loves to wear dramatic eye makeup, she chooses to keep her lip color natural and muted. To emulate, try MAC Lipstick in Twig and MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V.


Luckily for us plebians, the Queen of Bollywood keeps her hair simple and unadorned, making it easy to replicate.

To get hair like Rani Mukherjee, simply grow it out as long as you like and color it a deep, rich mahogany! She likes to part her hair far to the right for added volume at the top. Rani’s hairstylist, Avan Contractor, cuts her hair in long layers, often with a subtle face frame for added interest around her face.

For lazy days, go ahead and straighten your hair, or braid it. When dressing it up, trying blowing it out and curling your hair with large rollers. Keep a serum and hairspray handy to smooth frizz.

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, and hair styling to look just like Bollywood celebrity Rani Mukerji. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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Want to learn how to look like Bollywood actress and star Katrina Kaif? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Katrina Kaif’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and hair styling tips.

Katrina Kaif is one of India’s most sought-after superstars, known for her beautiful face and stunning body. Kat first came into the public eye as the girlfriend of Salman Khan. At that time, this half-Indian, half-British beauty was still a struggling model. After she became actor Akshay Kumar’s “lucky charm”, starring in several hit films by his side, Katrina’s star began to shine in its own right. Now she is one of the hottest celebrities in B-town, sought after for everything from magazine covers to starring roles.


Katrina begins her morning by drinking three to four glasses of water, starting the detox process early. She always advises drinking a lot of water for clear and radiant skin. Katrina sips antioxidant-rich green tea and black coffee throughout the day to keep her energy levels up (UTV Stars).

Katrina says: “I’m not sure if you could call it a ‘diet’ but I do try and eat right… I mean eating the right foods, in right quantities, at the right time. If you follow this mantra, you’re sure to be not just in better shape but also feel much healthier from within” (Pinkvilla).

This Bollywood beauty stays up-to-date on the latest beauty trends, and is not afraid of experiment with her routine for best results. Says Kat: “I use acai berry supplements to keep my skin healthy. I have wheatgrass powder every day in a drink. I am trying to give myself an antioxidant boost with green tea and am on a macrobiotic raw food diet” (Vogue India).

Katrina eats fresh fruits every two hours, and gets all of her vitamins and minerals from plenty of fresh vegetables. She prefers brown bread on her sandwiches. Katrina likes to consume a lot of fiber to keep her system regular and fresh, and avoids carbohydrates and empty calories. People Magazine revealed the diet Kat undertook to get in shape for her item song “Sheela ki Jawani”:

  • Breakfast: Cereals and oatmeal
  • Lunch: Grilled/steamed fish with buttered brown bread
  • Evening snack: Brown bread peanut butter sandwich
  • Dinner: Soup, fish and some rotis with grilled vegetables

Kat told Vogue India that she doesn’t usually hit the gym because she puts on muscle easily, and has instead turned to pilates with instructor Yasmin Karachiwala. She also enjoys swimming, jogging, weight training, and Kathak dancing (Indiatimes). Exercise, Katrina says, is her “shortcut to beauty therapy”, because it gives her blood circulation a boost and makes her skin feel healthier.

The pretty actress likes to stress that true beauty comes from within: “If you feel good from inside, you are bound to have great looks very soon. Most of the people go for the external cure only. But you must be healthy within if you are looking forward to that natural glow” (Times of India).

Katrina says that “the way you look, honestly, has a lot to do with how you feel… the calmer you are, the easier the smile comes to your face” (Desihits). Kat also likes to unwind at spas and beauty salons, saying that her “favorite beauty haunt” is the Shahnaz Herbal Clinic. She regularly indulges in facial and body massages at The Oberoi and Freeda’s in Bandra (Bwood Beauty).

Known for her smooth, moon-like complexion, Katrina’s favorite beauty tip is to keep it clean! “The only [beauty rule] I adhere to religiously is ‘take off your makeup’ before you hit the bed. It helps tremendously!… I use a face wash by Mene & Moy which has two per cent salicylic acid and Lancôme Cleansing Milk for the face and eyes” (iheartmakeup). She also uses the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil (Vogue India).

But, like all of us, Katrina too suffers from skin imperfections. “To deal with a beauty emergency,” Kat says, “I rely on a mineral mud mask by Anne Semonin. It calms my skin” (Bwood Beauty). Mud masks are said to draw out impurities and toxins, firm skin, and bring a rejuvenated glow by encouraging blood circulation. Kat believes less is more when it comes to makeup, saying, “My skin behaves well if I use less make-up” (iheartmakeup).

Katrina is not a stickler for specific beauty products on her skin but likes to keep her brands high-end: “I don’t have any favourites. What matters to me is that the product has to be from a reputed company… I feel that even if it may work out a bit more expensive, it’s worth it” (Pinkvilla).

To moisturize her skin, she chooses a La Prarie night cream or the Clarins Gentle Night Cream at night and the Peter Thomas Roth Max Daily Defense Moisture Cream SPF 30 or the Purifying Apricot Facial Oil by Anne Semonin by day.

Kat keeps her lips soft with Smith’s Rosebud Salve and Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.

Katrina’s favorite perfume is Gucci Rush. She likes to pick up new fragrances that suit her fancy when she is travelling at duty-free shops.


1) Give yourself a flawless base

Kat’s number one asset is her gorgeous peaches ‘n’ cream complexion. No matter how busy she is, she always makes sure to have her concealer and powder in place for any appearance. (Remember ladies, you don’t have to be fair like Katrina to have sensational skin! Just make sure you are concealing imperfections carefully- any skin color can be Bollywood-worthy.)

Katrina avoids foundation and sticks with a cream concealer (Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette in No. 3) and a loose powder (M.A.C NC 30 Select Sheer Loose Powder). For touch-ups to prevent shine, she carries a pressed powder with her (Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Warm Natural). Her makeup must-have is her cream highlighter (Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat).

Fun tip: “[When feeling tired] I put ice in a muslin cloth and apply it on my face before I wear makeup. I do that because it wakes me up,” says Katrina (People).

2) Wear a peach-toned blush

Peach blushes look divine on fair-skinned Bollywood celebs like Katrina and Kareena. Try peach, peach-beige, or pink-peach blushes to emulate Katrina’s healthy radiance. Her go-to cosmetics brand for blushes is Giorgio Armani.

3) Wear lipgloss

Katrina “doesn’t like makeup, but loves lipgloss” (UTV Stars). Katrina uses Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot and MAC Tinted Lipglass in Underage. Lately she has been favoring the above lip color, a gorgeous coppered plum (MAC Tinted Lipglass in Lovechild).


I’ve said before that Katrina has the best hair in the business. On her hair care routine, she says: “I wash my hair with Pantene shampoo once every two days. It’s something I’ve been using since I was a child. After washing my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner and serum because my hair is fine and tends to get frizzy in the heat. And then I blow dry it” (People).

“I use Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak… My hair is exposed to a lot of styling and blow-drying so I also use heat-protect products. I use Pantene Five Minute Strengthening Rinse-Off Mask; it really works on my thick hair” (Vogue India).

To get hair like Katrina, blow-dry or straighten with a flat iron and curl the bottom half into large, loose curls.

Kat told Cosmo Magazine that she takes iron supplements, which she says are “excellent for hair”. She has been quoted multiple times saying that she has regretted coloring her hair in the past, as it caused it to dry up and fall out. I’m sure Katrina would advise you to keep your hair its natural color!

“My hair suffers quite a bit, thanks to the number of products that are used during shoots to style it,” says Katrina. “I try and take care of it by using serums or going for a hair spa. I get my hair trimmed from a good hairdresser once a month. In Mumbai, I go to Asif Rajan, Dilshad Pastakia or Sapna Bhavnani” (Pinkvilla).

And that’s how you can use diet, exercise, makeup, and hair styling to look just like Bollywood celebrity Katrina Kaif. Let us know what you think and if there are any other celebrities you’d like to learn more about!

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Rhea Kapoor is a Bollywood producer and Indian fashionista. She is the sister of actress Sonam Kapoor and the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor. Thanks for the great advice, Rhea!!

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Kajol and Shahrukh Khan had sizzling chemistry in the most sensual Bollywood song of all time, “Suraj Hua Madham” from the 2001 blockbuster film “Kabhi Khushi Khabhie Gham”, also known as K3G. Mickey Contractor made Kajol look her beautiful best for this song.

The key elements to this look? Raven black hair, kohl-rimmed eyes, and gorgeous parrot-green and sunset-red saris. Sigh!

For starters, to get Kajol’s look, you’ll need to try on some green or hazel colored contacts. They’ll also off-set the darkness of the black eyeliner beautifully. Next, 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 falsies for full effect) and apply mascara.

Add a warm pink blush (MAC Powder Blush in Mocha) to your cheeks and blend upwards towards your cheekbones. Finish with a peach-brown lipstick (MAC Lipstick in Mocha). Mocha, mocha!

Basically this face, along with Rani’s very similar look in KANK, is the Karan Johar film heroine makeup standby.

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Beauty queen Jacqueline Fernandez first hit the Indian glamour scene after winning Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006. She has since entered Bollywood as a film actress. Jacqueline spoke with Cosmopolitan India about her favorite beauty secrets and tips for skin care and hair care.

What’s the secret of your translucent skin?

Jacqueline: Believe me, as a teen I was plagued with acne! What cosmetics couldn’t do, my diet did. Slowly, I became more conscious about my nutrition and stopped eating junk. More of fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and a diet low on carbs and sugar soon made my skin glow!

Your beauty and skincare routine is…

Jacqueline: Oh, it’s no secret! I am very particular about cleansing, I stare hard at every cotton ball I use till the time I’m sure there’s no makeup on the cotton itself! Then there’s the regular toning and moisturising. I love Dermalogica products, they work well on me.

Do you diet? And exercise?

Jacqueline: I take care of my diet. A lot of grilled fish, steamed veggies, some fruits, nuts to snack on. I go low on carbs and totally avoid sugar, sticking to green tea rather than coffee or tea. I’m not big on exercising, but of course I do yoga. If I can’t make a class, then I do some weight training and cardio to break into a good sweat (which is good for your body and skin!)

Such gorgeous hair! You bathe them in milk or beer?

Jacqueline: I am as careful about caring for my hair as I am about cleansing my skin. With all those shoots, there is so much product in my hair that going to bed without shampooing is criminal. I feel that the basic step to taking care of your tresses is choosing the right shampoo and conditioner. The second step would be to update your product type, according to the change in quality of your hair.

A brand I can vouch for is Kérastase, they’ve got some fabulous solutions for hair problems. It is slightly high-end but hey, if it gives me good results, I think it’s worth it. I also use their hair mask once a week and I just adore a good head massage with hot oil! But these are still secondary solutions. I really believe in the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. Clichéd, I know, but since I eat a lot of fish and snack on nuts, I think the Omega-3 keeps my hair healthy!

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As promised, our much-anticipated Jolie Asie exclusive beauty interview with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra‘s very own personal hair stylist, Priyanka Borkar! I had a great time interviewing Priyanka, and am eager to head out to the stores to try out her favorite products!

Meg: What are your favorite hair products for getting celebrity-quality tresses? What products do you use on Priyanka’s beautiful hair?

Priyanka: A great shampoo and conditioner is the base to all beautiful hair. My personal favourite for one and all is ‘L’Oreal Absolut Repair‘. For a straight look go with ‘Wella [High Hair] Sleek Wonder‘ and for a beachy messy look go with ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ spray.

PC is one of the lucky few to have great quality and thickness of hair. For PC I use a variety of products depending on the look. The basic one for every look is a product called ‘Moroccan Oil‘ which acts like a serum to give it that added shine and softness. Couple of other great ones are ‘L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray‘, ‘L’Oreal Hydra Repair‘ and ‘Wella Gloss Spray‘ for extra shine to name a few.

Lots of girls want to be just like you! What is your training and experience, and how did you get your job as Priyanka Chopra’s hairstylist?

Priyanka: I worked for over 5 years in a well-known salon called Kromakay in Mumbai, where I got my training and experience. The salon has a range of loyal celebrity clients and that’s where I met Priyanka Chopra for the first time. It began with a simple blow dry at the salon, moved on to a personal appearance and then a full-fledged movie, to put it in a nutshell. And rest how they say is history!

But let me just add that however glam it may seem to all the girls out there it is a very tough job, from having days standing on the sets for 18 hours at a stretch to not being able to seeing your family for months. You gotta love what you’re doing!!!

What was your favorite hair look you created for a Priyanka Chopra movie?

Priyanka: One of my personal faves is her look in the movie ‘Pyaar Impossible’ where she carried off a short graduated bob with uber ease.

Like so many girls, I’m uncoordinated and can’t hold a hair dryer and styling brush at the same time. How can I still get glamorous hair?

Priyanka: That only can be achieved with a lot of experience. But if you really wanna do it yourself the go with hot rollers for a glam look, it works the best! And for a straight look go with a straightening iron.

How can curly-haired girls make their hair look chic?

Priyanka: There are a range of products you could choose from- hair mousse, hair cream and serum are a few essential ones to go for. And like I mentioned before ‘Tigi Curls Rock‘ works the best!

What is it like working as Priyanka Chopra’s personal hairstylist?

Priyanka: Considering her busy schedule one may think it is very difficult to manage her daily hair rituals but her vibrant spirit and professionalism make it a breeze. She is easy to work with, and not afraid to try new things. She gets a lot of inputs from different people so sometimes it gets difficult to choose one particular hairstyle but she is very open to critique and comments. She is a fun person and takes good care of her entire team.

Do you have any fun beauty-related stories about working with PC you can share?

Priyanka: Backstage moments are the most fun! One of my fave memories was at a show where she had to sport 5 different looks in 6 minutes. It was sheer madness but way too much fun!

Styling hair can lead to heat and color damage. What can we do to prevent this?

Priyanka: To avoid damage to the hair, you must always use heat protecting products which are easily available with all leading brands.

What are the biggest hair mistakes style-conscious Indian women make, and how can they fix them?

Priyanka: Always let the professionals handle it! A lot of women do not follow up or take the recommendations given to them by their personal hairstylist. That’s the biggest mistake they make. There are a million products in the market nowadays for hair. The fact that a certain product suits your friends does not mean that the same will work for you too, so do consult your hairstylist for the same.

What’s your number one hair/beauty secret?

Priyanka: Washing your hair regularly, keeping your scalp clean and brushing your hair through the day.

How should older women style hair that is thinning? Do you have any advice, styles or treatments to achieve fullness and volume?

Priyanka: I recommend  to get a shorter do – it’s easier to maintain and adds volume instantly. Also, there are shampoos, conditioners and products for thinning hair which one can go for, for instance ‘L’Oreal Volume Extreme‘.

Thanks, Priyanka!

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I recently had the chance to chat with Bollywood actress and American model Nargis Fakhri about her beauty secrets and tips.

Nargis, whose debut Indian film “Rockstar” co-starring Ranbir Kapoor releases later this year, had great advice to give me that is applicable to any woman looking to get gorgeous skin:

“Everything starts from the inside. Your body is your temple. Only put healthy food and positive thoughts in it!”

For radiant skin, Nargis recommends: “sleep, good food, lots of water, no soda or juice. I put lemons in my water so it has some flavor and [use a] face wash with salicylic acid. I like Neutrogena Acne Wash. I use coconut oil or olive oil to moisturize. Each person is different and I know what works for me.”

Great suggestions! The key to perfecting your skincare regimen is finding what suits your routine and your skin type. Thanks, Nargis!

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