Meet Shivani Shivaji Roy, Senior Inspector, Crime Branch, Mumbai Police, as she sets out to confront the mastermind behind the child trafficking mafia. The kingpins make the mistake of kidnapping and smuggling a teenage girl she's fond of and Senior Inspector Roy (Rani Mukerji) launches into attack mode. She plays an unstoppable cop who won't rest till the perpetrators are caught. It's a role of a lifetime and Rani does it full justice; she is completely believable in the action sequences which she has performed herself.
Directed by Pradeep Sarkar and produced by Aditya Chopra, this raw and gritty film is YRF's boldest subject yet and a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar's usual style of film making. The role is a far cry from the svelte, sari clad avatars Rani normally plays. In this action flick she is (almost) makeup-free and pony-tailed as she stuns us with her tough cop routine that includes hanging from a moving bus while chasing a criminal. Reportedly, Rani lost 13 kg to play the role of a rough and tough, hard-hitting cop.
Her character in the film is apparently based on a real- life lady police officer from Mumbai who solved several child trafficking cases in the city. The movie starts with the day she takes a critical case that changes her life completely. When the kidnapper discovers that Senior Inspector Roy has taken the case he tries warning her off but this spurs her to track him even more relentlessly. The film has shot a special national anthem video that sees Rani dressed in normal attire but all the police officers clad in their work uniforms. As Sarkar says, 'Shooting the National Anthem with the women police force and Rani was an exhilarating experience. The Anthem itself gives you goose bumps and watching the Women Power of India singing it all together makes you stand up in pride and salute the true Shakti present in all the Mardaanis of India." Jai Ho!
As I mentioned earlier, Rani has gone with the 'almost no-makeup' look in the movie. Bu do you actually think she's wearing no makeup? Not true! You can recreate this natural no-product look too but first you need to understand your skin tone better and then choose the right products to give it a 'makeup-free glow'. We can't stress the importance of understanding your skin tone enough. It's as important as knowing your blood type! Okay, maybe that sounds a tad dramatic, but when it comes to your beauty routine, a good understanding of your skin's natural tone is key. Not only will it help you select the right makeup to complement your complexion, but it can also help you effectively protect your skin and address issues your skin is susceptible to. Let's start by dissecting some basic skin tone types and the best products for them so that you can flaunt the no-makeup look with confidence.
Fair skinned beauties
On the tanning scale, you porcelain beauties are at the very bottom. Your skin has cool, milky, blueish/red undertones. Just a little sun exposure and it skips the sun-kissed bronze phase and goes straight to sunburn. You are also prone to redness and skin conditions such as rosacea. Keep your beauty cabinet stocked with gentle moisturizers and sunscreens with a high SPF. To deal with the redness, counter attack with a green corrector. The NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer - Green does just that. It eliminates redness and camouflages acne marks and blemishes.
Your skin has cool, rosy-peach undertones. It flushes easily in the heat. You need cool-colored makeup to tone down heat flush. Break out the blue eye shadow! Generally speaking, blue is a complete no-no for dusky and olive skins, but works well with lighter skin tones. Cool your look and freshen up with a nice blue eye shadow or liner.
Medium/Wheatish skinned girls
Talk about a happy medium. Your light beige complexions contain no traces of olive, pink or yellow tones, making the foundation search a breeze. Try the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Make Up Warm Gold, or Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation Blushing Beige for on-the-go coverage with a superior finish.
Stepping into warm territory, your skin has lovely yellow, green and light brown undertones that makes for easy tanning, sans the burn. While not as easily tarnished by the sun, your skin is often oily and prone to enlarged pores and breakouts. Foaming cleansers and oil-free moisturizers can help keep that oil and excess dirt at bay! As for makeup, stock up on neutral-colored products. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Undressed and Rimmel Colour Rush Quad Eyeshadow Smoky Burn are a must in your makeup kit.
Dark-skinned complexions range from copper and espresso tones to dark brown and ebony. However, you are not exempt from sun damage such as hyperpigmentation, so hold on to that sunscreen. If you're already experiencing pigmentation and dark spots remember to use a sunscreen like Sebamed Multiprotect Sunsreen SPF 50+. Then apply Colorbar Perfect Match Primer under your foundation to even out and enhance your skin's texture, hide pores, blemishes and fine lines to give you a flawless finish.
Want to know, how to figure out where you fall on the tone scale?
Start by checking out the veins on the inside of your wrist.
- If your veins are more of a bluish-purple color, you fall in in the cool-toned (fair) category.
- If your veins are green, you are a (wheatish) medium-toned girl.
- If your veins fall somewhere between blue and green (meaning they have both tones), you probably have a more neutral-colored complexion.
- If your veins are yellow or olive, you have warm (dusky)undertones.
By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)
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