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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.

RANI’S DIET, EXERCISE AND SKINCARE

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).

RANI’S MAKEUP LOOK

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.

RANI’S HAIR STYLES

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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I share a beauty secret with Rani Mukerji, and that’s Margo Original Neem Soap!

Margo Original Neem Soap has been around for ages- it’s that one you see in all the Indian grocery stores, and quite possibly, overlook.

Cut that out. Rewind. Pick up a bar of Margo soap yourself (I get mine 3 bars for $5!) and revel in the antibacterial essential oil goodness!

Margo soap is a simple facial and body soap that has been enriched with the awesome antibacterial and healing powers of neem essential oil. The use of neem oil for healing purposes began with Ayurvedic medicine in India thousands of years ago. Ancient Ayurvedic practitioners spoke highly of the benefits of neem for skin disorders- including acne.

So my great-great-great…-great grandmother might have been using neem in a very similar way to what I am today!

Margo soap is a green soap bar with a distinctive herbal scent. The soap lathers well and successfully removes all of my makeup- including my sunscreen. I do like to preface washing by removing my eye makeup with baby oil; Margo washes away all traces of the oil as well. I use it morning and night, and I love the clear skin results it delivers!

I’ve tried every cleanser you can think of: oil cleansers, liquid soaps, cream cleansers, all-natural cleansing pastes, and bar soaps. Margo is the facial cleansing soap I kept going back to- and now, will always stay with.

Thank you, Rani. Thank you, Margo.

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Rani Mukherjee’s favorite makeup artist is Mickey Contractor for MAC- and I can see why. He made her look like an angel (albeit of the philandering variety) in the 2006 Bollywood film “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, a story of adulterous lovers directed by Karan Johar.

Rani’s look in the film is one of my all-time favorites. I particularly loved her heartbreak outfits. You know, the long trenchcoats and fur-lined jackets she wears when she is meandering through snowy fields moping over her lost beloved? Contractor gave her a muted, smoldering look throughout the movie that fit the mood of the story- it was somber and yet glamorous, soft and yet untouchable.

Here are my recommendations for replicating her look! I’ve incorporated products that Mickey Contractor informed Vogue India he loves to use for Indian smoky eye makeup looks in particular. Another great place to find information on Mickey Contractor’s likes and dislikes is this blog. Check it out!

And now, on to the breakdown…

Recommended Products:

MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer

MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder

MAC Powder Blush in Mocha

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

MAC Eye Shadows in Folie and Carbon

MAC Plush Lash Mascara

MAC Lip Pencil in Spice

MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V

Face

– After application of your regular moisturizer/sunscreen, use a sponge to apply your foundation (MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15). I recommend this cream-based foundation for its incredible hydrating effects and natural finish. This foundation looks beautiful on both young and old skin.

– Using a concealer brush, thoroughly conceal under-eye circles and blemishes with your concealer. Contractor has often said that his favorite MAC product is the MAC Select Cover-Up concealer. I personally have found this liquid concealer good for the undereyes (but I prefer a cream concealer on darkness/blemishes).

– Set the foundation and concealer with a loose powder matching your skin color (MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder) for a mattifying effect.

– Apply a warm pink blush (MAC Powder Blush in Mocha) to the tops of your cheekbones. If you so desire, apply a small amount of bronzing powder or tan-based blush in the hollows under your cheekbones.

Eyes

– Line the upper and lower waterline with a black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack).

– To create a smoky effect, run a small amount of a medium-dark brown eye shadow (MAC Eye Shadow in Folie) on the lower half of your eyelid. Blend very well upward. Apply a small amount of the same shadow along your lower lashline. If you have close-set eyes, keep the eyeshadow on the outer third of your eyes, further away from the inner corners.

– Line the upper lashline with the black gel eyeliner. Over the black line, smudge on a little black eye shadow (MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon) to diffuse the harshness of the look.

– Curl your lashes and apply a thickening mascara (MAC Plush Lash Mascara).

Lips

– To get Rani’s nude-pink lips, line your lips with a tan-pink lip liner (MAC Lip Pencil in Spice, described as “pink cinnamon stick”).

– Apply a “pure neutral pink” lipstick (MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam V).

Now go and face the world looking gorgeous like Rani! Wonder why half the internet is spelling “smoky” as “smokey”! And if you are up for melodrama, watch the song below!

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