Makeup By Marla: Bollywood Beauties

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and a time to celebrate the contributions of those of Asian descent who are helping to make our country the prosperous and diverse nation it is today. When it comes to makeup I immediately think of the stunning women of South Asia and the glamour of Bollywood. I therefore am dedicating this weeks blog to the beauties of Bollywood hailing from countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.

A Bollywood look is both sultry and mysterious with a focus on intense eye makeup. The dramatic impact is captured by creating a smoky eye. A good eyeshadow compact to consider for this look would be the “Naked Smoky” palette by Urban Decay or the more economical “La Palette Noir” by L’Oréal. I suggest using the gray hues in the crease area and blending a black shadow in the outer corner of the eye bringing it down and smoking this color out under the lower lash line. This seductive look is topped off with a gold glitter shadow on the mid eyelid extended to the inner eye corner. I prefer using an all-in-one glitter shadow such as Stila's Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadow in “Gold Goddess." Once dry, this glitter lasts all day and doesn’t end up falling all over your cheeks and turning you into a shimmer shambles! If you choose a loose glitter, it is important to use a glitter glue primer such as “Glitter Insurance” by Too Faced as a base and tap the glitter directly onto the surface of your lid with a dense brush while the primer is still damp.

The dramatic Bollywood cat eye is created by using Kajal Kohl eyeliner which is intense due to a carbon, charcoal and/or soot content. The look is characterized by rather thick winged eyeliner that extends past both the outer corner and inner corner of the eye as well as an ample application of the pigment in the water line. Kajal kohl is available in a loose powder format that is applied with a stick like wand and smudged. I like Guerlain's Terracotta Kohl Loose Powder Eyeliner in “Deep Charcoal Black." Kajal kohl is also available in a liner stick and my favorite one on the market is budget-friendly. Get your hands on the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in black by Rimmel London. This Kajal kohl stayed in my waterline from early morning through a day of work and through my evening workout with little to no color fading! This pencil has a soft consistency that goes on like a charm and has super high intensity pigments and is the blackest of blacks.  Not bad for around $7 at your nearest Walmart!

Another Bollywood eyeshadow look boasts bright beautiful colors with intense matte liquid eyeliner. A wonderful and colorful limited edition palette is by Urban Decay and appropriately named “Full Spectrum." Scoop… it is currently on sale online and worth every cent as it is pigmented and buttery soft for easy blending. My favourite matte liquid liner is by NYX. It comes in a thin tube with a finally tapered brush and produces a uniform matte result. Sadly the product only has mediocre staying power and you may require a touch up by midday.

I received compliments when I wore a Bollywood inspired Double Winged eyeliner look to work this week. This look is produced by extending a wing of black eyeliner out from the top lid and another wing extending from the bottom lid leaving a space between the two lines. A line of white eyeliner is then placed in the space between. The result is unique and exotic. I discovered a unique white liquid eyeliner in a pen format by Rimmel London called Colour Precise that helped me ace this look. It is hands down the best white eyeliner I have used to date... highly recommended!

A Bollywood makeup look would not be complete without a vibrant and bold red lip! Therefore I recommend none other than the infamous matte red lipstick “Ruby Woo” by Mac. I call this lipstick glamour in a tube! A little lip balm under this product will ensure your lips are safe from dryness.

Finally the art of tattooing using henna is a natural and temporary way of beautifying the body and is often worn on the hands and feet when celebrating happy occasions. This look is absolutely exotic and a fun way to sport a tat for those not ready to make a long-term body art commitment.

To all my dear friends and readers from South Asian communities, I wish you a heritage month filled with wonderful celebrations and much joy.

Until next time my loves, feel free to contact me at with any questions or suggestions you may have. 

As always, never forget you are gorgeous and Rock Your Beauty!

Marla xxx

Marla Overland BSW, PSW is a Professional Social Worker in practice for over 30 years in the Public Health Care system and privately. Marla has also been a long-standing, avid follower of makeup and beauty trends and enjoys to share her suggestions and beauty world scoops with friends and readers of her online blog.