Looking good all the time can be a tedious job if you are an actor, especially because you are constantly on the radar of the fashion police. Celebrities spend millions and plenty of their time in an effort to look good and fresh. Nargis Fakri, who entered Bollywood with Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor admits it’s tough to keep up at times, but then again, she feels it is important to take special care of your skin and hair, especially during the monsoon season.
When asked about her beauty regime, she said, “I think looks are important but not as important as your skill as an actor. It’s your craft and your ability to perform that needs to shine the most. The audience will come to see a pretty girl on the screen, maybe twice, but after that they want you to bring more to the table,” Nargis told IANS in an exclusive interview.
Even though the actor has been blessed with flawless beauty, she said it is “annoying” to look her best at all times. “It all depends on what your idea of perfection is. It’s not a struggle as much as it is annoying and time consuming. I enjoy fashion, so I like experimenting with looks, but make-up is one thing I could do without,” said Fakhri.
Having said that, the actor says taking care of her tresses and skin during monsoon is important. “I need a beauty regime that guarantees results. During the monsoon season, my hair becomes unmanageable as the moisture in the air swells up the hair. I get a 20-minutes deep conditioning treatment with hot, coconut-based hair oil. It works wonders for my tresses,” said the actor. “It is also important to keep your scalp dry during monsoon as dampness leads to hair fall. I try to carry an umbrella when I step out in the rain to ensure my hair isn’t exposed to rain water,” she added.
Talking about her skincare regime, Fakhri said she makes it a point to cleanse and moisturise her skin in rainy weather. “Cleansing and moisturising your skin is very important during monsoon. All my skincare products are light, so they allow my skin to breathe in the humid weather. I never skip moisturising my skin with a natural ingredients-based moisturiser. This beauty ritual is important in all seasons.”
“Last but not the least, drinking plenty of water is always a good idea as it keeps skin hydrated and supple,” she advised.
The actor also makes it a point to wear comfortable and light clothes in the rainy season. “Clothes made of any light fabric, which can be dried easily, are perfect for monsoon. Cottons are my personal favourite. I avoid wearing light-coloured clothes. Also, carrying wet wipes always come in handy if you ever receive an unexpected splash,” she said.
The actor said that her style statement for the monsoon season is “comfortable and easy”. “I stick to shorts and T-shirts with gum boots,” she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.
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