From a glam, tantrum-throwing supermodel in Fashion to a 70s-era actress in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai to the gorgeous, naughty rebel in Tanu Weds Manu, and more recently, the Queen of everyone’s hearts, the super-stylish actor, Kangana Ranaut, delights audiences with her looks and personal style
“I have style and it is evolving”
This should not be taken as under-confidence, but perhaps the extra effort I put into dressing up was propelled by the impression that I was from a small town. I don’t desire to ape somebody, but I definitely wanted to prove that not having a blood-line or a last name that mattered in Bollywood, was going to stop me. Of course, my experiences as an actor, who was exposed thankfully to various influences, have also shaped my sense of style.
“My hair takes up most of my grooming time”
With Maggi noodles for hair, isn’t it obvious?! (Laughs) Sporting various hairstyles in films can damage your tresses. There have been films where I’ve worn my natural curls, but then I’ve also had to get it poker-straight for a few, and then I’ve had to sport a completely different style in others! All that drastic styling and the use of chemicals have taken a toll on my hair and I’m beginning to lose a lot of it. I pamper my tresses regularly with intensive repair treatments. Three times a week, I treat my hair to hot oil and steaming.
“Don’t rely only on make-up to look good”
I do yoga regularly and eat a balanced diet. I firmly believe that you can’t get away with treating your skin badly and then expect make-up to do wonders. It won’t. The base of good make-up is a healthy, hydrated skin. Once you eat right, drink loads of fluids and include exercise in your daily schedule, make-up can work its magic for you. I eat every two hours, consuming high proteins, drink lots of water and keeping the right attitude. Being happy is what translates into a beautiful woman.
“I’m not fussy about make-up”
You can’t be loyal to a single label when you have to create so many different looks. I pick from a lot of different brands depending on the effect I’m going for, the occasion and my dress. On the film sets, if I’m portraying a dramatic character and need intense make-up, I would choose MAC for my face, eyes and lips. When I need to create a less dramatic look or for my regular daytime look, I go for a lighter base like YSL and an Armani lip shade. I also like Chanel’s make-up, especially its shimmer products. You will usually find no make-up in my bag except for Nuxe Gentle Radiance Emulsion and Lancome Juicy Tube in Raspberry Ice. I am partial to peach and pale pink shades. The NARS Multiple Duo in Orgasm or South Beach, MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam 5, Benefit Posietint, Bare Minerals Powder Foundation in Light and Stila Eyeshadow Quad in Marrakesh are some of my favourite products. I must always scrub my face with REN Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Scrub.