How To: Do Bollywood Makeup

Bollywood actresses are definitely some of the most *beautiful* women on earth. Not only do they have great features, their makeup and hair are always perfect! Read on for tips on how to nail the look.

Actress Aishwarya Rai

Tips On Nailing The Bollywood Look

* The skin should be flawless. Wear a medium to heavy coverage foundation and use concealer if necessary.

* There is no doubt that the eyes are the main focus. Think big, dramatic eyes in bold colors. To achieve that, use different shades of eyeshadows. Gold, copper, mahogany, green, blue, pink and purple are all good choices. Mix and match different colors and remember to use the darker color on the outer corner.

* You will almost never see a Bollywood actress without heavily lined eyes. Rim both the top and bottom lashes with a black kohl eyeliner. Flick the line upwards on the top to create an almond, elongated shape. Need help on kohl liner? Check out the 411 on kohl liner and a list of my reviews.

* Apply a pair of thick false eyelashes on the top to fake those luscious lashes. You can use a light coat of black mascara on the bottom.

* Don’t forget the eyebrows, which are always strong, dark and very defined. Apply a brow powder with an angled brush like Anastasia’s Mini Duo Brush #7 to fill in your eyebrows.

* Bollywood actresses always have sculpted cheeks so apply a bronzer on the hollows of the cheeks and a blush on the cheekbones and blend upwards.

* For the lips, go with colors like reds, pinks and browns. Use a lipstick then top with gloss.

* Finish the look with bindis on your forehead and jewelery.

Check out my Bollywood Inspired FOTD and these gorgeous South Asian/Arabic Bridal Makeup Looks!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hey Phyllis,
    It’s great that you post so much useful information and you’re FOTDs are always awesome.
    If you have time, would you mind posting about general tips/techniques with regards to makeup for diff face shapes (oval, round, heart, etc)?

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