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Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century

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We’ve seen them in so many avatars; the chiffon clad temptress dancing round trees, the mysterious, touch-me-not ice queen, the breathtaking nymph, the sexy vamp, and the suave contemporary lass with the beachy waves in skinny jeans. There’s something irresistible about Bollywood beauties. As we celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, there’s no better time to drool over 50 of Hindi cinema’s most celebrated icons.
Indeed the Hindi film heroine has come into her own, no longer willing to play second fiddle to the leading man (think Sridevi in English Vinglish, Rani Mukerji in Mardaani or Vidya Balan in Dirty Picture). Nor is she willing to be considered arm candy or a beautiful prop.   As Nykaa’s Beauty Book celebrates its 100th issue, we are proud to present fifty of the most celebrated Bollywood heroines who’ve left their mark on the beauty world forever.
Devika Rani
Movies: Janma Bhoomi, Karma
Years: 1920s –1950s
Beauty highlight: Neutral natural eyes
Seetha Devi (Renee Smith)
Movies: 20s Silent Movies (Prem Sanyas) (1925)
Years: 1925 - 1945
Beauty highlight: Matte skin texture
Movies: Tamanna
Years: 1940s to the 1960s
Beauty highlight: Nude eye shadow
Meena Kumari
Movies: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Years: 1940 - 1970
Beauty highlight: Forever watering eyes!
Movies: Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Mughal-E-Azam
Years: 1940 - 1960
Beauty highlight: Flawless skin
Movies: Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Anari
Years: 1940s - 1970s
Beauty highlight: Naturally flushed and shaded lips
Vaijayanti Mala
Movies: Bahar , Nagin , Ladki
Years: 1949 - 1970
Beauty highlight: Graphic eyeliner
Geeta Bali
Movies: Ghayal (1951),  Kavi (1955)
Years: 1950s
Beauty highlight: Center parted curly hair
Nimmi: (born 18 February 1933)
Movies: Sazaa, Aandhiyan, Banwara and many more
Years:1950s and early 1960s
Beauty highlight: OTT Eyelashes
Saira Banu
Movies: Junglee, Deewana
Years:1950s and 1960s
Beauty highlight: Black thick hair
Movies: Imaan Dharam, Don, Dostana
Beauty highlight: Drop front fringe
Waheeda Rehman
Movies: Khamoshi, Lamhe
Years:1950s – 2000s
Beauty highlight: A glossy smile
Movies: Woh Kaun Thi , Waqt
Beauty highlight: The Sadhana Cut
The half-way forehead head slanting fringe
Movies: Hum Dono, Gumnaam, Jab Jab Phool Khile
Years:1960s and early 70s
Beauty highlight: Dramatic Egyptian Eyeliner
Sharmila Tagore
Movies: Evening in Paris
Years:1960s to date
Beauty highlight: Graphic liner, big lashes
Farida Jalal
Movies: Taqdeer (1967)
Years:1960s to date
Beauty highlight: Moisturized skin
Bina Rai
Movies: Anarkali, Taj Mahal
Beauty highlight: Arched eyebrows
Movies: Gumnaam, Teen Deviyan
Beauty highlight: Bright flushed cheeks
Asha Parekh
Movies: Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo
Beauty highlight: Perfectly shaped winged liner
Simi Garewal
Movies: Mera Naam Joker
Years:1960s and 1980s
Beauty highlight: Straight smooth hair
Movies: Sawan Ki Ghata, Suraj
Beauty highlight: Natural coral lips
Movies: Anjaana, Hasina Maan Jayegi, Kismat
Beauty highlight: Colored eye shadow
Movies: : Mere Saathi (1971), Anubhav
Years:1960s - 2000
Beauty highlight: High cheek bones
Movies: Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988), Chandni (1989)
Years:1960s till date
Beauty highlight: Exaggerated lashes
Aruna Irani
Movies: Khel Khel Mein, Angoor
Years:1960s till date
Beauty highlight: Graphic eyeliner
Parveen Babi
Movies: Deewar, Namak Halaal, Amar Akbar Anthony
Years:1970s and early 1980s
Beauty highlight: Bright lips
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
Movies: Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Sholay
Beauty highlight: The sheer natural glow
Hema Malini
Movies: Dream Girl, Seeta Aur Geeta
Years:1970s and 1980s
Beauty highlight: Deep kajal lined eyes
Movies: Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
Years:1970s to date
Beauty highlight: Sultry smoky eyes with sweeping lashes
Dimple Chunnibhai Kapadia 
Movies: Gardish (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Bobby
Years:1970s to date
Beauty highlight: Forever beautifully blow dried hair
Silk Smitha
Movies: Vandichakkaram
Years:1970s – 1990s
Beauty highlight: Bronzed dusky skin
Smita Patil
Movies: Bhumika, Aakrosh, Chakra
Years:1970s – 1980s
Beauty highlight: Dramatic kajal lined eyes
Shabana Azmi
Movies: Mandi, Masoom
Beauty highlight: Natural, soft look
Tina Ambani (nee Munim)
Movies: Fiffty Fiffty, Bewafai, Suraag
Beauty highlight: Blow dried hair
Kimmi Katkar
Movies: Mera Lahoo, Dariya Dil, Gair Kanooni, Tarzan
Years:1980s and 1990s
Beauty highlight: Sultry expressive eyes
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Movies: Hero, Bewafai, Meri Jung
Years:1980s and 1990s
Beauty highlight: Healthy voluminous hair
Juhi Chawla
Movies: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Darr
Years:1980s to date
Beauty highlight: Long curly hair
Madhuri Dixit
Movies: Tridev, Tezab, Dil To Pagal Hai
Years:1980s to date
Beauty highlight: Cheek apples when she flashes her million dollar smile
Movies: Maine Pyar Kiya, Tyagi
Years:Late 80s to date
Beauty highlight: Fresh dewy skin
Divya Bharti
Movies: Shola Aur Shabnam,  Deewana 
Years:Early 1990s
Beauty highlight: Flawlessly luminous complexion
Manisha Koirala
Movies: Saudagar, Khamoshi: The Musical
Years:1990s - 2000
Beauty highlight: Copper – brown lips
Movies: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Traditional Indian eyes 
Karishma Kapoor
Movies: Coolie No. 1, Gopi Kishan
Years:1990s and 2000
Beauty highlight: Pink flushed cheeks 
Preity Zinta
Movies: Dil Se, Salaam Namaste
Years:1990s and 2000
Beauty highlight: Dimples that light up perfect, flawless skin 
Rani Mukerji 
Movies: Black,  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Tum
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Sultry shaded eyes
Aishwariya Rai 
Movies: Devdas , Dhoom 2
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Breathtaking, stunning eyes
Sushmita Sen 
Movies: Main Hoon Na, Sirf Tum
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Perfectly blow dried tresses
Vidya Balan
Movies: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dirty Picture
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Long lustrous locks
Priyanka Chopra
Movies: Mary Kom, Fashion, Barfi, Zanjeer and many more
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Pouty lips
By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)
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