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Want to learn how to look and dress like Bollywood actress and star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? Here is your comprehensive how-to guide on Aishwarya Rai’s beauty secrets, makeup mantras, and fashion favorites.

Aishwarya Rai won the title of Miss World in 1994 and went on to become possibly the most famous Indian film (Bollywood) actress of all time. Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, and countless media outlets from around the world have declared Aishwarya “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Today she is married to another actor (and Bollywood royalty), Abhishek Bachchan, and continues to act in films.

AISHWARYA’S DIET, EXERCISE AND SKINCARE

Aishwarya is famous for her no-nonsense beauty routine: she eats and lives healthily. To keep her figure in shape and her skin clear and smooth, she avoids smoking, alcohol, and highly-processed foods. Aishwarya’s advice to fans for looking good is to “avoid oily, unhealthy food, [and to] exercise,” as well as to “eat your breakfast… the most important meal of the day.”

Aishwarya, or Ash as she is nicknamed, starts her morning with hot water mixed with honey and lemon. This is a great way to kick-start your detox at the start of the day and get your metabolism revved up. Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemon, and, for extra health benefits, try active raw Manuka honey. This special antibacterial honey has not been processed like regular honey sold in grocery stores and so retains its naturally occurring healing properties.

Throughout the day, Aishwarya keeps hydrated by drinking up to eight glasses of water. Drinking water keeps your skin moist and helps your body flush blemish-causing toxins away for good.

For meals, Aishwarya eats plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables. For healthy skin and hair, make sure you are getting enough daily portions of antioxidant vitamins C and E, as well as B-vitamins. Eat plenty of leafy greens (kale, spinach), carrots, peppers, oranges, and berries. She regularly eats home-cooked Indian food. Says Ash: “I can survive on dal chawal and vegetables.”

Aishwarya loves to use ancient Indian beauty secrets to care for her skin. As a cleanser/exfoliator, mix gram flour (besan) with haldi (turmeric) and milk into a paste. Rub gently over the skin and wash thoroughly. Massage fresh yogurt into your skin as a natural moisturizer. Finally, to pamper youself, apply a cucumber face mask made of crushed fresh cucumber. Sit back, relax, and wash off after you’ve enjoyed this cool and refreshing skin treat!

Aishwarya washes her face three times a day with a baby soap and is careful to apply a moisturizer every night before sleeping. Remember to massage your moisturize into your skin in gentle, upward strokes to fight wrinkles (this goes for your neck, too!).

AISHWARYA’S DAILY LOOK

For her every day makeup looks, Aishwarya keeps it natural. She will wear a peach, pink, or tan eye shadow, black eyeliner, and mascara on her eyes. She is quite diligent about wearing foundation and concealer, so her skin always looks fresh and dewy. She will apply a warm pink or peach blush on the apples of her cheeks and match it with a neutral, “my lips but better” shade of pinky-brown or peachy-brown lipstick.

Aishwarya once stated in an interview that the brands of makeup she preferred were MAC, Lakme, Revlon and Maybelline.

Among fragrances, Aishwarya wears Happy by Clinique and Eternity by Calvin Klein.

AISHWARYA’S MAKEUP ROUTINE

There are three basic rules to follow when applying makeup to look like Aishwarya Rai.

1) Keep your lips natural

It will be a rare day indeed when you see Aishwarya wearing an unusual or out-there lipcolor. She knows her lips are beautiful without needing to draw excessive attention to them, so she applies lipsticks of “my lips but better” (MLBB) shades. Try lipsticks/glosses that are pink-based or brown-based, like MAC Lipstick in Twig or MAC Tinted Lipglass in Chai.

2) Get those light eyes

Her stand-out feature is her stunning aqua-blue eyes. You can’t emulate Ash without going light! If you are naturally dark-eyed, try wearing colored contacts in shades of gray or green. I don’t recommend blue contacts for Asians or Indians, simply because they tend to look unnatural. A Bollywood brand favorite for colored contacts is Freshlook Colorblends.

3) Soft, feminine eye makeup

As it is with her clothes, Aishwarya knows what colors work for her in makeup. She avoids harsh makeup looks, preferring her eyeshadows to be blended to softness. She looks gorgeous in pink or peach eyeshadows paired with a gel eyeliner with a pop of color (a signature technique of MAC makeup artist Mickey Contractor). To get her look, try MAC Eye Shadow in Expensive Pink and MAC Fluidline in Waveline.

AISHWARYA’S HAIR ROUTINE

Throughout her career, Aishwarya has sported hair in all sorts of colors and shapes, but she’ll always go back to her favorite chocolate brown locks. If you are dying your hair, be sure to remember your eyebrows too! Aishwarya’s hair is usually blow-dried straight, blow-dried straight then curled, or given a blow-out. She always parts her hair at the right side and keeps the front pieces of her hair trimmed past her chin for some layers. The key to getting hair like Aishwarya Rai is to keep it down, keep it clean, and keep it away from your beautiful face.

AISHWARYA’S FASHION

In an interview given years ago, Aishwarya said that among clothes she prefers structured jackets and form-fitting gowns for formal attire, and chikan salwar kameez (a Lucknow specialty) or jeans and a t-shirt for casual wear. She said she “hate[d] anything that’s too fussy and frilly”. Looks like her tastes haven’t changed!

A list of her illustrious favorite designers includes Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Armani Prive, Shahab Durrazi, Neeta Lulla, Sabyasachi, Lanvin, and Elie Saab.

Aishwarya’s look is very consistent and very timeless. She is never one to take risks and tends to prefer certain sets of colors and cuts for her body.

As far as ethnic wear goes, Aishwarya favors two different color families: pale pastels and rich earth colors.

The pale pastels include pink, peach, tan, blue, yellow, and white. She tends to wear these colors with salwars on quiet occasions (not shown here) and matches her pastels with silver jewelry. She wore these colors to great effect in her 2000 film “Dhai Akshar Prem Ke”.

The rich earth colors include dark green, maroon, deep purple, gold and cream. Ash often opts for these darker colors in her (Sabyasachi) saris.

For her Western outfits, Aishwarya almost unfailingly falls back on two easy colors to work with: black and white. She LOVES tailored black jackets and owns them in practically every material you can think of- satin, velvet, lightweight wool, silk. To get her look, find a neat black jacket at The Limited or Nordstrom. Be sure to get it tailored to your size- you’ll want it to fit perfectly or else you will look sloppy! Wear your jacket with a smart black top (or nothing inside!) and black pants. Accessorize with delicate jewelry or a scarf.

Aishwarya also likes to keep it simple in floaty white tops worn over dark-wash jeans. Pair your favorite dark blue jeans with a breezy, loose white bohemian top from J. Crew or H&M. Ash, a quintessential “adult” in her style sense, likes to wear heels with casual outfits, so find yourself some open-toed tan pumps or close-toed black ankle booties. For bags, try Louis Vuitton or go classic with a leather purse from Tod’s.

In the summer time, Aishwarya looks beautiful in printed, structured summer dresses. She keeps the colors mild (you won’t see her wearing neon!) and womanly. Find dresses like Aishwarya’s at Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic. Pair with sandals or wedges, small earrings and a metallic watch.

Aishwarya has some jewelry staples, the first and foremost of which are her luxury watches (she is a brand ambassador for Longines). Invest in a fancy one by keeping an eye on sales at stores like Von Maur or Nordstrom. She also will wear a ring or two; she is frequently photographed wearing a particular large ring set with a cream-white stone along with her wedding ring. Aishwarya likes to don a thin metallic or diamond bracelet and small jeweled earrings. Lastly, she’s often spotted wearing huge black sunglasses, as seen above, a favorite accessory of celebrities.

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

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Do you think Freida Pinto is beautiful or average-looking?

Would you say Aishwarya Rai’s looks are Indian or Western?

Who IS the “perfect” Indian woman? Who is the most beautiful Indian woman?

In this post I am going to attempt to address the SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED Indian beauty ideal. I’ll look at the questions above and attempt to break down the expectations. Will this mean that if you don’t look like the women below, you’re not beautiful? Absolutely not. There are no heavenly-ordained guidlines for deciding who has perfect features and who does not- this post is addressing social constructs, culture and society, and a little history.

From ancient sculptures on the sides of temples to modern calendar art depicting Hindu goddesses, we find trends that inform us on what characteristics, through the ages, have been considered “most beautiful” in South Asia. Ancient poets wrote of women with flowers strung in their hair, whose feet were small and delicate as the lotus, who enticed their lovers with their generous breasts, small waists, and almond eyes.

So who, in modern times, physically embodies the Indian beauty ideal? South Indian actress Shriya Saran.

Shriya’s looks are “textbook” perfect for understanding the features most valued on Indian women for thousands of years:

ALMOND-SHAPED EYES: Her eyes are large and expressive, a quality valued for centuries in a nation proud of its culture of theatrical dance.

A STRAIGHT, SHARP NOSE: Shriya’s nose is prominent but sharp and straight, making it a noticeable but positive feature on her face.

FULL LIPS: No explanation needed here! Her full lips are a symbol of sexuality and fertility.

HAIRLESS BODY: Obviously a result of diligent hair removal, Shriya’s body is devoid of extraneous hair. Ancient poetry spoke of the appealing beauty of a woman “without down”.

THICK BLACK HAIR: Shriya keeps her hair long, representative of femininity, and her hair is thick and rich, a trait valued in Indian women as a sign of good health.

HOURGLASS FIGURE: Shriya is tall, but not drastically so; she is slim, but not willowy; her breasts and hips are ample (also suggestive of fertility), and her waist is narrow.

Now, let’s talk about Miss World and Bollywood-Hollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, whom the Queen of America Oprah Winfrey recognized as “the most beautiful woman in the world”. I agree, but why didn’t I name her the ideal Indian beauty? Two reasons: first, the light eyes. I love them, but they are, in the context of the social construct under discussion, an anomaly. In ancient India, light eyes were derogatorily called “cat’s eyes”. Second, her nose is crooked. Sorry. Otherwise- heck yes, she’d be the ideal!

While we’re on the subject of the light-skinned Aishwarya… you’ll notice I didn’t list FAIR SKIN up above. That’s because this is a questionable addition to the list. Yes, I’ll grant that many Indians value fair skin above dark skin. However, considering India’s very long cultural and religious history, and factors you’ll be bored by that I might discuss in a later post, it remains unclear as to whether or not this is a phenomenon primarily influenced by the Western beauty ideal (totally different ballgame) that has recently taken India by storm.

Moving on to Freida Pinto. This young Hollywood actress from Mumbai is considered beautiful and sexy in the United States, where she hit the scene in “Slumdog Millionaire”. But in India, she was a struggling model who achieved little notable success, and remains fairly unadmired in comparison to her popularity abroad. What gives?

Many Indians believe Freida’s looks to be average, dime-a-dozen. To understand this attitude, try and look at her in the context of what’s working for Shriya above. Freida’s eyes, by comparison, are small, her nose is slightly beaky and wide, and her lips are asymmetrical. Her jaw is squared, unlike Shriya’s and Aishwarya’s, whose jaws are chiseled and pointed at the chin. Her hair is fine, not thick (and yes, her skin is darker than the others’, I add grudgingly). Freida is also very petite- small in frame and small in the chest. While Freida’s looks allow her to fit in perfectly with the Hollywood crowd (read: Western beauty ideal), she would be lost among her Bollywood contemporaries.

While you may or may not personally agree or adhere to these beauty ideals, it can be important to understand perceptions of beauty within a larger cultural framework.

I hope this was illuminating!

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