Last week I was invited to a special Bollywood event by Netflix. I tried Netflix a while back when they first launched in the UK, and although they don't always have the very latest films, they do have a rather interesting mix of movies and TV shows... I watched so many cult films while I was a member. I was intrigued by the Bollywood theme too, having only really watched one or two Bollywood films before.
To celebrate the wide range of Bollywood movies available on Netflix, the company offered us Indian-inspired drinks (Chai Collins and Ginger Dahling cocktails) and a session on Bollywood beauty with the lovely Ruby Hammer. Ruby gave us a beauty demo inspired by the Indian movies that she grew up watching.
Check out Ruby Hammer’s had 5 top tips on getting the Bollywood look…
1. Strong Eyebrows: "Every Bollywood star has killer eyebrows" Ruby explains. "Use a matt brow colour with an Angled Bristle Brush - Bobbi Brown Brow Kit comes with its own brush and tweezers and the colour lasts all day. You can also use an old or new toothbrush to brows tidy." 2. Thick Eyeliner & Large Lashes: It can be a simple flick or bold, whatever you feel confident wearing. Ruby's favourites are by Bobbi Brown and Mac or RMK (which comes with a Fab Brush) gel eyeliners. "For mascara you can’t go wrong with Benefit’s They're Real Mascara" she says.
3. Bold Colour & Sparkle: Ruby used the latest Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Vision (a shimmering gold) on eyelids Guerlain 14 Les Fauves 4 Ecrin Couleurs Palette has 4 really bold eye shadow colours, perfect for autumn/winter 2012. Use deep coloured chubby pencils (matt) from a selection at Top Shop Cosmetics on lips
4. Big Hair & Bling: According to Ruby, "A Bollywood star wouldn't dream of going out without luxurious bouncy hair, they spend a lot of money on extensions and treatments, if an up-coming starlet was to leave the house with flat hair up in a bun rumours would start that she is in an 'art house' movie! Jewellery is a must-have, big dangly earrings and a statement necklace are a starting point but get the full effect by adding hair, face, hand, ankle and foot jewelry to create an authentic Bollywood look."
5. The Basics: Ruby suggests getting your eyebrows threaded by a professional, saying it really makes all the difference. "Every one of the big department stores including Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser have brow bars these days – you can get your done for under £15". Ruby says: "start with a flawless base, I recommend using SteamCream 3 in 1 Moisturiser (I have my own Limited edition tin launching this September!) to prepare the skin, leave it to sink in for 5 minutes and then apply a good foundation and powder finish. I used a selection of blushers from Mac in pink/peach/coral shades, layered on thickly to create a vibrant glow.
Ruby was really passionate about the Bollywood film industry and it definitely rubbed off on us guests. Kareena Kapoor is one of the actresses Ruby urged us to check out for inspiration and she is indeed beautiful.
Fancy giving Bollywood films a try? Here are a few that you'll find on Netflix...
Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Main Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
Dhoom & Dhoom 2
Dil to Pagal Hai
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom