Deepika Padukone's Signature Make-Up Is A Revival Of Indian Beauty Traditions

The traditional Indian beauty look is a simple one: lustrous locks, kohl-rimmed eyes, and glowing, tanned skin. From West Bengal to South India, this look not only represents what many Indian women traditionally look like, but also our aesthetic in the beauty department. A beauty look like this plays up our South-Asian features, without trying to change anything or go against our natural attributes. One famous public personality who is a great example of this is Deepika Padukone.



Deepika is known for her doe-eyes, which are often rimmed with some form of kajal, be it smudged charcoal, smoky black, or traditional, thick kohl. Deepika has taken that ethnic Indian style of kajal wearing, and upgraded it to make a glamorous statement.



The same can be said of her skin. Dusky and glowing, her luminous complexion is one of her best features. Deepika has often rocked a tan with her radiant complexion blinding us with its gorgeous brightness. In doing so, she has proved an important part about skin quality being more important than skin colour.



It doesn’t end there. Even Deepika’s hairdo involves a desi take on things. From being a staunch coconut oil lover, to maintaining long, thick hair like many Indian girls, Deepika has always played to her strengths. From her sleek middle parted buns, to her hairdos in films like Bajirao Mastani and Ram Leela, Deepika has never gone for a Texas-style blowout, or attempted French girl chic. In short: she has owned what she’s got, and set trends staying true to her features.



The best part is, you can do it, too. Here’s how.

Keep a good kajal handy.


These days, Deepika rarely goes for winged liquid liner, and opts for messily sexy kohl instead. A soft, dark, matte black kajal which can be smoked out nicely is what you need. Use this on both lash lines, and line the lower water line with this as well. Then, smoke out both portions with a smudger brush for a less graphic effect. This helps your look appear more sophisticated.

You must stock up on neutral eyeshadows.


Just swiping on kajal is not enough if you want Deepika’s signature eye look. To get Deepika’s polished make-up, you need to upgrade the kajal by adding dimension with brown eye shadows. The kajal you apply has to have a dark brown base right above it so that the gradient shadows from the brown enhance your eyes and add depth. Since Indian skin is already medium-toned on the average, this looks very natural. In addition to that, you also need to contour the crease to add depth. Of course, neutral shadows are also important as eyeliner toppers, to keep the kajal in place during Indian summers!

Keep the lips natural.


While Deepika also sports bright colours and is famous for her love for dark lipsticks, those are becoming a rarity these days. In this case, though, let your skin and eyes be the highlight of your look, by keeping your lip colour neutral. Deepika usually does this by going for matte nude lipsticks. In Piku, she sported nude lipsticks very close to her original lip colour, while in Bajirao Mastani, there was a slight stain on her lips. For red carpets, she is often seen in peachy nudes, warm caramel nudes, and even pink-toned nudes. Now, Deepika might love mattes, but you can always try a gloss as well.

Don’t be afraid of a tan, but do moisturise like your life depends on it.


The best thing about Deepika’s skin is how even-toned, smooth, and glowing it looks. So, instead of slapping on ten different fairness creams a day, try to moisturise and prep your skin well, so that it is bright and hydrated enough to glow no matter what colour it is.

Don’t run away from your grandmother when she offers you an oil massage.


No glamorous look is complete without a luxuriant head of hair. The reason Deepika’s hair looks so good, is because of how voluminous it is. Even when slicked straight, it doesn’t seem flat or sparse. So, to even attempt any of her hairstyles on yourself, hair quality like hers is a must. The easiest way to do so with cosmetics, is to get regular oil massages, which is what Deepika claims to do.


All in all, despite the presence of a glam squad, Deepika’s signature beauty style, is quite sensuous yet earthy. Taking that intellectual University student look, and giving it a cosmopolitan edge, Deepika is quite iconic. Like our own Indian version of chic like the French have theirs, this sexy kajal and glowing skin look, is one we are bookmarking for LIFE.


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