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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
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 1
Movies: Janma Bhoomi, Karma
Years: 1920s –1950s
Beauty highlight: Neutral natural eyes
Seetha Devi (Renee Smith)
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 2
Movies: 20s Silent Movies (Prem Sanyas) (1925)
Years: 1925 - 1945
Beauty highlight: Matte skin texture
Nargis
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 3
Movies: Tamanna
Years: 1940s to the 1960s
Beauty highlight: Nude eye shadow
Meena Kumari
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 4
Movies: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Years: 1940 - 1970
Beauty highlight: Forever watering eyes!
Madhubala
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 5
Movies: Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Mughal-E-Azam
Years: 1940 - 1960
Beauty highlight: Flawless skin
Nutan
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 6
Movies: Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, Anari
Years: 1940s - 1970s
Beauty highlight: Naturally flushed and shaded lips
Vaijayanti Mala
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 7
Movies: Bahar , Nagin , Ladki
Years: 1949 - 1970
Beauty highlight: Graphic eyeliner
Geeta Bali
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 8
Movies: Ghayal (1951),  Kavi (1955)
Years: 1950s
Beauty highlight: Center parted curly hair
Nimmi: (born 18 February 1933)
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 9
Movies: Sazaa, Aandhiyan, Banwara and many more
Years:1950s and early 1960s
Beauty highlight: OTT Eyelashes
Saira Banu
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 10
Movies: Junglee, Deewana
Years:1950s and 1960s
Beauty highlight: Black thick hair
Helen
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 11
Movies: Imaan Dharam, Don, Dostana
Years:1950s
Beauty highlight: Drop front fringe
Waheeda Rehman
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 12
Movies: Khamoshi, Lamhe
Years:1950s – 2000s
Beauty highlight: A glossy smile
Sadhana
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 13
Movies: Woh Kaun Thi , Waqt
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: The Sadhana Cut
The half-way forehead head slanting fringe
Nanda
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 14
Movies: Hum Dono, Gumnaam, Jab Jab Phool Khile
Years:1960s and early 70s
Beauty highlight: Dramatic Egyptian Eyeliner
Sharmila Tagore
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 15
Movies: Evening in Paris
Years:1960s to date
Beauty highlight: Graphic liner, big lashes
Farida Jalal
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 16
Movies: Taqdeer (1967)
Years:1960s to date
Beauty highlight: Moisturized skin
Bina Rai
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 17
Movies: Anarkali, Taj Mahal
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: Arched eyebrows
Nanda
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 18
Movies: Gumnaam, Teen Deviyan
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: Bright flushed cheeks
Asha Parekh
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 19
Movies: Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: Perfectly shaped winged liner
Simi Garewal
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 20
Movies: Mera Naam Joker
Years:1960s and 1980s
Beauty highlight: Straight smooth hair
Mumtaz
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 21
Movies: Sawan Ki Ghata, Suraj
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: Natural coral lips
Babita
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 22
Movies: Anjaana, Hasina Maan Jayegi, Kismat
Years:1960s
Beauty highlight: Colored eye shadow
Tanuja
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 23
Movies: : Mere Saathi (1971), Anubhav
Years:1960s - 2000
Beauty highlight: High cheek bones
Sridevi
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 24
Movies: Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988), Chandni (1989)
Years:1960s till date
Beauty highlight: Exaggerated lashes
Aruna Irani
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 25
Movies: Khel Khel Mein, Angoor
Years:1960s till date
Beauty highlight: Graphic eyeliner
Parveen Babi
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 26
Movies: Deewar, Namak Halaal, Amar Akbar Anthony
Years:1970s and early 1980s
Beauty highlight: Bright lips
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 27
Movies: Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Sholay
Years:1970s
Beauty highlight: The sheer natural glow
Hema Malini
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 28
Movies: Dream Girl, Seeta Aur Geeta
Years:1970s and 1980s
Beauty highlight: Deep kajal lined eyes
Rekha
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 29
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 
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 30
Movies: Gardish (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Bobby
Years:1970s to date
Beauty highlight: Forever beautifully blow dried hair
Silk Smitha
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 31
Movies: Vandichakkaram
Years:1970s – 1990s
Beauty highlight: Bronzed dusky skin
Smita Patil
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 32
Movies: Bhumika, Aakrosh, Chakra
Years:1970s – 1980s
Beauty highlight: Dramatic kajal lined eyes
Shabana Azmi
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 33
Movies: Mandi, Masoom
Years:1970s-2000
Beauty highlight: Natural, soft look
Tina Ambani (nee Munim)
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 34
Movies: Fiffty Fiffty, Bewafai, Suraag
Years:1980s
Beauty highlight: Blow dried hair
Kimmi Katkar
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 35
Movies: Mera Lahoo, Dariya Dil, Gair Kanooni, Tarzan
Years:1980s and 1990s
Beauty highlight: Sultry expressive eyes
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 36
Movies: Hero, Bewafai, Meri Jung
Years:1980s and 1990s
Beauty highlight: Healthy voluminous hair
Juhi Chawla
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 37
Movies: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Darr
Years:1980s to date
Beauty highlight: Long curly hair
Madhuri Dixit
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 38
Movies: Tridev, Tezab, Dil To Pagal Hai
Years:1980s to date
Beauty highlight: Cheek apples when she flashes her million dollar smile
Bhagyashree
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 39
Movies: Maine Pyar Kiya, Tyagi
Years:Late 80s to date
Beauty highlight: Fresh dewy skin
Divya Bharti
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 40
Movies: Shola Aur Shabnam,  Deewana 
Years:Early 1990s
Beauty highlight: Flawlessly luminous complexion
Manisha Koirala
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 41
Movies: Saudagar, Khamoshi: The Musical
Years:1990s - 2000
Beauty highlight: Copper – brown lips
Kajol
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 42
Movies: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Traditional Indian eyes 
Karishma Kapoor
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 43
Movies: Coolie No. 1, Gopi Kishan
Years:1990s and 2000
Beauty highlight: Pink flushed cheeks 
Preity Zinta
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 44
Movies: Dil Se, Salaam Namaste
Years:1990s and 2000
Beauty highlight: Dimples that light up perfect, flawless skin 
Rani Mukerji 
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 45
Movies: Black,  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Tum
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Sultry shaded eyes
Aishwariya Rai 
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 46
Movies: Devdas , Dhoom 2
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Breathtaking, stunning eyes
Sushmita Sen 
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 47
Movies: Main Hoon Na, Sirf Tum
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Perfectly blow dried tresses
Vidya Balan
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 48
Movies: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dirty Picture
Years:1990s to date
Beauty highlight: Long lustrous locks
Priyanka Chopra
Fifty most iconic actresses over the last century - 49
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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