The Highs & Lows Of Bollywood Makeup

Being a makeup artist and beautician myself, the first thing I notice is how the Bollywood ladies wear their makeup. I've chose some FAB makeup moments, and the NOT so fab moments that some of the leading ladies have been seen in.
I am fully aware that lighting makes a LOT of difference, please take this post as entertainment only. :)

Deepika Padukone

• Perfect Barbie pink lipstick for her skintone. Doesn’t make her look like a corpse
• The eye makeup is kept quite neat. Kohl in the waterline and on the upperlash line frames her eyes well.
• Her skin looks beautiful, golden and healthy.

• Sporting the classic combo of a bright red lipstick, the added gloss gives it a great touch for a nighttime event.
• The thick liner on the upper lash line is all that is needed, especially when the lips are so bold.


• Everything is over the top. There is TOO much going on with the eye area. Thick brows, too much eyeshadow and obvious contacts just make her look quite witchy.
• The lips are too dark . If the eyes were neutral, the lip colour could have worked. Deepika is usually seen sporting this shade of lipstick, and quite frankly, it does nothing for her complexion.

• Her face looks dull. There is no warmth at all, not on the cheeks or lips. The whole look falls flat.
• Matching your lipstick to your hair is never a good idea. A currant coloured gloss would have elevated this look.


Aishwarya Rai

• Even though this photo is taken in natural lighting, the foundation doesn't look cakey. The base is super smooth and flawless
• The eye makeup is just right. Aishwaryas eyes don't need heavy eyeshadow, so some khol liner and false lashes do the trick in making her eyes sparkle
• The lips are the perfect balance of nude and color.

• The focus is on one area, her lips. The colour suits her skintone perfectly. The coral/rust colour makes her whole face look brighter.
• The blusher is so perfect, it looks like she is blushing from within.


• Instead of looking dewy, her skin just looks oily. The foundation should have been set with powder.
• The eyeshadows used should have been matte. They are shimmery, and along with the oiliness of the face, and the glossy lips, the face just looks too "shiny"
• The nude lips are just wrong. On the HQ of this picture, you can see the foundation has been applied onto the lips. This is just wrong on all levels. Foundation does not make a nude lip.

• If theres one thing that doesnt suit Aishwarya, it is heavy eyes. They make her look a lot older. The excess smokiness of this look just makes it look gothic. The eyeshadow needs to be blended a lot more, and the use of pink as a crease colour only makes it look more gothic.
• We all know the rule. If the eyes are so intense, the lips and cheeks should be muted. However, n this case, every aspect of the look is strong and intense. Too much all at once.


Kareena Kapoor

• Her eyes are understated, yet they pop. The liquid liner is just the right thickness.
• The lips work wonders with her hair colour. Thankfully, she escaped the matchy matchy look by going for a copper coloured gloss as opposed to red.
• The foundation is flawless. This is how to do the dewy look and get it right.

• The gold eyeshadow works well with her eye colour. The lashes are natural and look very romantic.
• The blush and lip colour are the perfect shade of nude. They compliment each other very well.


• The eyeshadow and lipstick should never be the same shade, especially if it is pink.
• Excess lipliner only makes Kareenas full lips look even bigger.

• As Kareenas skin is so pale, anything harsh or strong will look odd. In this case, her face has no dimension to it. The blusher moulds into her natural skintone too well.
• The eyes are lined with liner which is too strong, too dark and too intense. The colour is too much of a contrast with her light eyes. Blending is key!!!


Rani Mukerji

• There is a definite freshness to this look. It makes Rani look 10 years younger.
• We all know Rani is the queen of the smoky eye and this is no exception. The colour is blended so well, you can't tell where the eyeshadow begins, or where the liner starts.
• Nude lipgloss makes Ranis eyes stand out even more. The shine on the lips gives it a very fresh look, for the daytime or nighttime.

• Ranis face looks flawless here. The foundation is matte, and there are no visible pores and no uneven skintone.
• The matte lips look great and they are lined just right. You can see the lipliner, but it doesnt look out of place as it is the same shade as her lipstick.
• Of course, the eyes are smoky perfection. The grey shadow makes her hazel eyes stand out 10 x more.


• There is just too much of everything here. The whole colour scheme seems to be brown.
• The contouring on Ranis nose is too harsh. You can clearly see the bronzer down the sides of her nose. Once again, blending is key!

• With this being a daytime event, the makeup should have been more neutral and dewy.
• This is one time where I thought she got the smoky look all wrong. Browns should have been used instead of black. Her eyes look way too extreme.


Priyanka Chopra

• Priyankas makeup looks exquisite here. The foundation is perfect and matches her skintone well. There is no ashiness, just lovely bronze skin
• The shade of blusher (a dark coral/peach) is just perfect with the golden gown. It really gives her face that extra vibrancy.
• The eyes are very neautral, this allows the lips to do all the talking.. literally. The lipstick shade is perfect for her, she usually gets the lip colour wrong by going for dark plum shades.

• The perfect word for this look is.. SMOULDERING! The eyes are impeccable. I believe this is due to Priyanka taking her coloured contact lenses out. The darkness of her eye colour looks fab with the black liner. It gives her a smokey look without even trying!
• The lips are also spot on. As Priyanka has large lips, nude colours will only make her lips look even bigger, so the lipstick shade she has on here, is brilliant for her.


• I know that the lighting has a lot to pay for here, but the foundation looks patchy and blotchy.
• The lips are so matte, they look dry and cracked. A bright pink gloss would have done wonders here.

• My biggest gripe with Priyanka, is that she tries to hide her natural skin colour. She likes to powder excessively and this shows in the grey patches that show up on her face.
• The lipstick application is shoddy. It needs to be cleaner around the corners of the lips.
• Her eyes needed some khol liner here, just to tie in the whole look.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please note, this isn't a post to hate on anyones looks. It is just a discussion about the makeup techniques which their MUA's have used. I know that nobody is perfect :)

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Anonymous's picture

Wonderfull post.. would mind doing more of these.. we need ppl doing posts on makeup and hair....

Anonymous's picture

i really enjoyed this post....i cant point out a single fault in your observation!!Rani's makeup in the last pic for daytime is so wrong,i totally agree when aishwarya puts on unnecessary eye makeup the first picture of her from Cannes is my all time favorite look from her Cannes just doesn't suit her!!i really like priyanka's makeup in the first picture!!i also love the latest look of kareena from MM fashion show...her makeup and light red lips are gorgeous...i think you can include it!!

Anonymous's picture

Wow great post! Learned some good tips. Good job Makeup critic!

Anonymous's picture

Katrina wears the least amount of makeup and she doesn't do the typical heavy bollywood makeup with painted eyebrows, colour lenses, thick pancake, false eyelashes like shilpa shetty, celina, urmilla, ash rai

Deepika also generally wears less makeup

Lara always has the perfect makeup, it looks so natural

Dia also does good makeup

Anonymous's picture

Amazing post! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Keep on doing these posts on makeup. Thank you!

Anonymous's picture

Rani looks even with the bad make up beautiful :D

MakeupCritic's picture

I didn't do Katrina cause I just couldn't find enough pictures of good/bad makeup.. I shall carry on hunting and do some other girls soon :)

Anonymous's picture

less is more :)

Anonymous's picture

nice post

Anonymous's picture

Why didnt u do katrina??

Anonymous's picture

amazing post yaar. look forward to more of them. keep up the good work :)

Anonymous's picture

nice post & some good tips for women like me!! i love learning about make up and spent $500 on MAC make-up last week :))

Anonymous's picture

good post!!

Deepika looks gorgeous!

Aish looks positively scary in the 4th pic. i think she should not wear fake eye lashes. and do so much eye makeup. simple looks good.
and the wig or whatever it is.. doesnt suit her.

Anonymous's picture

can you critique katrina kaif, sonam kapoor, sonakshi sinha, and anushka sharma as well?

shmoopsypoo's picture

Rani looks good either way! She is the only one who doesn't paint her face like the others.

Anonymous's picture

They all wear way too much makeup....even their light makeup would be considered too much for normal ladies

Bloody_Mary's picture

As someone else pointed out un-matching foundation is what I hate the most . Being an artist I am all for experimenting with colors and looks but I have to say Experiment , keeping in mind what would suit your skin

P.S. I agree with what you said in your post . Great post !! :)

Anonymous's picture

what's up with priyanka always having colored contacts on and wearing lighter makeup? seriously! you are BROWN COLORED BROWN EYED GIRL! She looks waaay better with no colored contacts on and have foundation on that actually matches!

Anonymous's picture

I agree with absolutely everything you have pointed out in this post. I really hate it when foundation does not match a persons actual skin tone AT ALL. It looks ridiculous! I have definitely garnered a lot from reading this, thank you!!! :)

Anonymous's picture

great job. Thanx for sharing ;)

Anonymous's picture

great job, thanx for sharing ;)


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