Garnier Skin Naturals have just introduced one of their international bestsellers in India -- the BB cream, and they’ve chosen Deepika Padukone to be the face. Sitting across her, it’s easy to see why the brand picked the star. Her skin in real life is unbelievable.
For Padukone, who is usually quite choosy about the products she endorses, the clincher with Garnier’s BB cream was that “it’s almost like an all-in-one. I think for women who use a moisturizer, and then an SPF, and then a concealer, and then wear their make-up, they now have this one product that does everything for you in one go. It's great for Indian women on-the-go, and working women especially," she adds.
But her beauty philosophy goes deeper than her plum endorsements. Here's all that Deepika's learned about being beautiful from her mother and from her modelling days. Including why it's healthy to indulge once in a while, too.
Mum’s beauty advice: "It’s a bit spiritual but it’s true!"
Beauty knowledge inherited from her mum includes basics like "eating your vegetables, sleeping enough and to work out and exercise." But the most important lesson she was taught, was to keep feeling and thinking positive.
"I believe that makes a huge difference -- keeping away negativity from your life. It’s a bit spiritual but it’s true!"
Model’s tricks: "Eyebrows are very important"
Across runways and reel, Padukone’s worked with some of India’s most talented make-up professionals and photographers and picked up a few tricks along the way. Don’t dismiss the brows for one.
“Eyebrows are very important,” Deepika says. “If you have the right thickness and shape, I feel they define your face.”
Over-thinning and over-drawing are two traps than Indian women often fall into.
"What many tend to do is go to a salon and keep threading and threading the brows, and one day they’re left with pencil thin eyebrows”.
“Thicker eyebrows make you look younger” is her stand. And a little tidbit for aspiring models: "People have the tendency to look straight into the camera, but a little profile always looks nicer."
Fitness mantra: "Eat healthy, eat correctly, eat often"
She is, quite possibly, one of the best bodies in Bollywood, with an enviable athletic frame she owes to both her stint as a badminton player and a commitment to healthy living.
She rubbishes the idea that a diet is about starving; “It’s more about eating healthy, eating correctly and eating often.”
Rather than spouting the virtues of working out, she emphasizes the importance not working out every once in a while.
“People are generally two extremes, either they don’t workout at all or they workout every single day,” she says, “But I think it’s important to maintain a balance. It’s important to give your body that time to rest and recover.”
“And it’s good to indulge once in a while,” she signs off, “My indulgence is chocolates.”
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