MAD­HURI DIXIT NENE’S beauty se­crets

The diva speaks to BAZAAR about the art of look­ing EF­FORT­LESSLY GOR­GEOUS, and what it means to be a beauty brand am­bas­sador. By Jhelum Biswas Bose

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BEST BEAUTY -

W hether h th you l loved dh her movies i or dissed di d them, those of us girls who grew up in the ’90s can’t deny that se­cretly, we all wanted to, well, be her (re­mem­ber Main

Mad­huri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon). Yes, men and women alike were smit­ten by her bil­lion-dol­lar-smile and were heart­bro­ken when, at the peak of her ca­reer, she de­cided to give it all up post-mar­riage for a life of do­mes­tic­ity in Den­ver, Colorado. But the for­mer screen god­dess is now very much back in In­dia, and look­ing as fab­u­lous as ever. It’s oft re­peated, but I be­lieve that beauty lies in the eyes of the be­holder. What’s beau­ti­ful to me might not be beau­ti­ful to some­one else. How­ever, I do feel one must use ev­ery­thing in one’s power to look and feel good. Stress has be­come a ma­jor part of our lives, par­tic­u­larly be­cause ev­ery­body is work­ing so hard. Add to this, the harsh ef­fects of the sun and the en­vi­ron­ment. Luck­ily, sci­ence has made ad­vances, and prod­ucts like Olay Re­gener­ist have been de­vel­oped to help women look their best and give them that ex­tra con­fi­dence. It is a prod­uct that al­lows any woman to look her best at any age.

WHY DO YOU EN­DORSE OLAY RE­GENER­IST? Olay Re­gener­ist chal­lenges what’s pos­si­ble, and so do I, and that is why I en­dorse the prod­uct. I have al­ways be­lieved in chal­lenge—right from the very start. Early in my ca­reer, I was told that I wouldn’t be­come a ma­jor heroine, and I chal­lenged that and proved ev­ery­one wrong. I was ap­pre­ci­ated for my danc­ing, but some­where along the line, I was be­ing limited to clas­si­cal dance. With Ek

do-teen, all that changed. Films like Dil Toh Pa­gal Hai, Beta, and Pukar, fur­ther proved that I was good at Western dance too. It was a chal­lenge when I left my ca­reer at its peak and went to Den­ver to live a quiet life. Now it is a chal­lenge to move back to In­dia and start from where I left off. I revel in new chal­lenges and will al­ways step up to them.

WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU? WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PROD­UCT FROM THE RANGE? The day and night creams. The day cream in­cludes SPF, and the night cream re­ju­ve­nates the skin. Both con­tain green tea, which has an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties and is a great mois­turiser. WHAT’S THE BARE MIN­I­MUM MAKEUP THAT YOU WOULD DARE STEP OUT IN? I be­lieve a woman’s beauty comes from within. How you carry your­self is very im­por­tant. There are a lot of times that I go out of the house with­out any makeup at all. Olay Re­gener­ist’s glow gives you the con­fi­dence to step out of the house with­out a trace of makeup.

ANY MUST-HAVES IN YOUR HAND­BAG? I love lip­gloss and eye­liner. You will al­ways find these two things in my hand­bag.

GROOM­ING SE­CRETS YOU SWEAR BY? Mois­turise, mois­turise, and mois­turise, and just wear SPF. Also, oil your hair. It is very im­por­tant to oil your hair be­fore you wash it.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE MAKEUP ARTIST? Mickey Contractor, be­cause when he works on a face it is on a very in­di­vid­ual ba­sis. He brings out the best of your fea­tures. And of course, I’ve worked with him for many, many years.


Issey Miyake fra­grances; they smell beau­ti­ful.

DE­FINE YOUR PER­SONAL STYLE. For me, com­fort is es­sen­tial no mat­ter what I wear. I love pas­tels and ba­sic colours, and not too much em­broi­dery. I find my­self in a happy space when all of these el­e­ments come to­gether.

WHAT IS YOUR FIT­NESS REG­I­MEN? I cur­rently work out six days a week, eat healthy, and try to get plenty of sleep. Ide­ally, I will have five to six small, healthy meals a day. I don’t be­lieve in fad di­ets. It is very im­por­tant to main­tain your vi­ta­min in­take and sup­ple­ments as nec­es­sary. Most peo­ple gen­er­ally for­get that their skin­care is a part of their health reg­i­men. So use the Olay Re­gener­ist range for your face to look healthy too.


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