American actress, filmmaker and activist Somy Ali is blown away by the natural beauty of Bollywood actresses Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala. While some celebs like to be au-natural when they’re not taking photos, others like to wear makeup when they get out. These decisions are sometimes judged by people.
“There will never be a time when people stop judging others for one thing or the other. It’s rooted in us by nature and as humans we just won’t and will not stop criticizing others. I don’t care who wears makeup or not. It is their choice and what makes them happy. I have to say the two female actresses I saw in Mumbai without makeup were Raveena and Manisha and I was completely amazed by their natural beauty, ”said Somy, who appeared in Bollywood films such as Anth: A Dream for a better tomorrow ”and“ Chupp ”.
Make-up used to be a lot of stigma. Somy thinks it’s all about social media and celebrities. “If celebs saw banana peel as the new trend, the average person would totally get involved,” said the founder and president of No More Tears, Inc.
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She thinks people are more open now when it comes to makeup. “Again, many celebrities have launched their own makeup lines like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez along with perfumes. Even male celebrities have launched colognes and moisturizers. It has all to do with social media and fame, ”she said. Nowadays, even male celebs post videos and photos while doing makeup. Does she think this got the public to speak openly about it? “Well, make-up plays an important role when you’re in front of the camera, whether it’s a news anchor, TV or feature film. Makeup is a necessity as you can’t get your forehead shimmering with all the studio lights. In addition, make-up enhances the artist’s look and brings out their properties. One of the best makeup artists in the Hindi film industry is Mickey Contractor. He is brilliant and his craft is magical. I was lucky enough to have him put on my make-up during a shoot with Gautam R, ”said the activist of Pakistani descent.
For them, makeup is a personal choice when you’re not in front of the camera. “The norm in Hollywood is to cover your face with huge sunglasses and just wear lipstick when you walk the streets and you know the paparazzi are going to catch you. I’ve seen the same pattern on celebs in Mumbai. Look, it’s an appearance-based field so of course you have to make sure they do it all the time, ”she said.
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“When I wasn’t filming, I still wore makeup because I inherited dark circles, so an under-eye concealer was a must for me and still has foundation in it,” she added. Makeup, she believes, actually protects the skin when we’re in the sun. “That corresponds to wearing sunscreen. Personally, I’m in favor of it and I like to wear make-up. I think it has already normalized with all the hype on Instagram and celebrities endorsing makeup brands. There are up-to-date videos on YouTube about how to do makeup like Rekha ji and others, ”said Somy.
Nowadays, male celebrities also recommend wax products. “This is progress and we are moving in the right direction. Laser hair removal and waxing are now the norm for both men and women, ”she shared. She also has a post makeup regime. “I never go to bed with my make-up on. Manisha taught me this many moons ago and told me how bad it is for our skin to go to bed without removing make-up. I still take that advice, ”she said.
She also religiously follows a skin care routine. “After a shower, first use a moisturizer, then sunscreen and then make-up. Sun protection is critical to protecting your skin and aging well. The sun is our greatest enemy as it can severely damage our skin, not to mention a major culprit when it comes to skin cancer, ”she shared.