Old Bollywood Glam Makeup & Hair Tips

May 4, 2012 - by Preeti

Creating the Old Bollywood Glam look just takes a little bit of practice and the right tools. We saw earlier the styled shoot by Amna Hakim Photography and makeup artist, Radha Subramani, to recreate the glam of 1960s Bollywood.

I asked Radha to share her tips on how she created the look so you can do it at home. A couple Youtube videos (not by Radha) will help you visual the steps.

Foundation

  1. In the 1950s and 1960s, actresses in Bollywood (and Hollywood!) used very heavy pancake makeup as a base. Today, we don't have to use anything as heavy, but creating the vintage look starts with a full coverage foundation.
  2. I use Cinema Secrets foundation in my kit and on the models in 60s shoot, but in every day life, I love Makeup Forever's HD foundation.
  3. Put a primer underneath it, and use concealers where you need to, particularly in the under eye area.
  4. Use a translucent powder over your foundation to set it and ensure it stays matte.

Old Hollywood Glam Makeup

Winged tip

  1. The wing tip “Cat's Eye” is a signature look from the Golden Era of Bollywood. Use an angled brush, like MAC's 266 Brush, and a gel liner or a liquid liner to create it. I used Makeup Forever's Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow.
  2. Start by figuring out where you want the wing tip to end on the outer corner of your eye. Use the end of your eyebrow as a guide for placement. The end of the tip should be in line with the end of your eyebrow. Join the end of the tip to the outer corner of your eye.
  3. Draw a line from the inner corner of your eye to the end of the tip, and fill in the space with the liner, getting right to the base of your lashes. In creating this line, you can either follow the shape of your eye, in which case the “wing” may be more pronounced, or you can take your liner in a fairly straight line to meet the tip. In this case, the line will be more dramatic, like Samia (model in green sari).

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Winged Eyeliner - The Cat Eyeliner

Tip: Use a pencil to sketch out the line – they are more forgiving! When you are happy, with the shape, trace over it with the liquid liner or the gel liner.

Lipstick

Finish off with two coats of black mascara on curled lashes and a nude or baby pink lipstick. I like MAC's Hug Me and NARS' Roman Holiday for this look.

Tip: For something more bold, go with a bright red or dark burgundy to give the femme fatale look.

Hair

Check out this video on doing a pinup poof.

60s Bollywood Hair

Thank you Radha!

Sharmila Tagore is best remembered as the 60s Bollywood babe along with Saira Banu.