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The rise and rise of Deepika Padukone

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She took her first steps in Bollywood as Shanti and every man instantly wanted to be her Om! Even though this lissome model-turned-actress was the new girl on the block, directors were falling over themselves to sign her up. With Shah Rukh and Farah Khan as mentors, she instantly made her way to Bollywood's most desired ladies' list, yet remained true to her roots; grounded, soft spoken, a thorough professional, untouched by the praise and awards that came her way.
We've kept our eyes on her, watching her growth with delight and Nykaa is proud to say, Deepika tops our list of all time favorite stars. Her look is always classy, elegant and simply Deepika. This has become her USP and anything she does today, the rest of India does tomorrow. Read on for the six most glam Ms Padukone looks that Nykaa adores.
Om Shanti Om, 2007
Miss Seventies meets Ms Mod
Deepika played a double role in her very first Bollywood release that went on to become a blockbuster hit, winning her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut . Anyone who watched  the film was  enthralled by her '70s inspired look and how it unfolded into the bubble gum popping wide eyed teen. Blessed with classic  doe eyes she showed off vintage Hindi cinema beauty at its best, flicked liner, bouffant and all.
What caught everyone's fancy was the center parted updo that became a hit at weddings and theme parties. The look transformed effortlessly into the breezy girl-next-door avatar with soft makeup, streaked blowy tresses, big brown eyes filled with wonder. Talk about looking glamorous and fresh faced all at once. One look at Deepika and the awestruck audience went crazy at her electrifying beauty.
Bachna Ae Haseeno, 2008
Soft, romantic girl-next door
Though her performance in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno met with negative reviews, it was her style that once again caught everyone's attention. It also marked the beginning of the tumultuous and public love affair between Deepika and Ranbir Kapur. Meanwhile, designer Akki Narula had to use all his ingenuity to create Deepika's costumes; she played a Sydney-based NRI who is both fashion forward and traditional.
While filming Bachna Ae Haseeno, Padukone  openly talked about her budding romance with co-star Ranbir, and before you knew it, had their initials tattooed on the nape of her neck. The relationship may be over but the tattoo remains.  We love her 'don't give a damn what people think' attitude and of course,   the soft pastel shaded eye shadows she sports in the movie. We also fancied her choice of nude pink lippies. This was such a pleasant sight for sore eyes, because soon after Bollywood went crazy with  daring reds and electric pink lips.
Long messy or straight tresses, pastel makeup, it was the look every girl, including the gal next door could carry off with confidence.
Dum Maaro Dum, 2011
Sensuality thy name is Deepika
As Deepika grooved to the iconic Dum Maaro Dum from Hare Rama Hare Krishna, she looked sexier and hotter than ever. And why not? By her own admission, she had worked very hard for her look in the song. Clearly all the labor paid off, and it was Deepika's sexiest avatar till date.
Originally, she was meant to wear the shortest of short skirts in the song but given the sensuous dance moves, it was transformed into hot shorts with tassels by designer Anahita Adajania Shroff. No one's complaining though, because she looked stunning nonetheless. As she herself admitted, it was  "the wildest song any actress has done."
Nykaa loved her no holds barred sensuality. The biggest talking point of course was her bronzed, chiseled body that sent many an actress scurrying to the gym. Of course bronzer sales went through the roof as fashionistas tried to live up to Deepika's bronzed goddess  look.
The film may have been panned by some for being too erotic but Nykaa gives Deepika a ten on ten for setting the screen on fire with her intoxicating  dance moves and sultry body.
Cocktail, 2012
Deepika plays Veronica (and Betty doesn't stand a chance)
She starred in Homi Adjania's Cocktail, alongside Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty. Her character in the film had negative shades but her boho chic look elicited oohs and aahs. It was a sun, sand and beach inspired look; tousled, wind swept tresses, bronzed skin and toned body, the package couldn't get any better. Having said that Deepika's Veronica has demure and sexy alter egos; the demure girl sports the covered up look,  striped body-fitting sheath, high ponytail and clashing purse. The party girl flaunts high hemlines, floral palazzos, and plenty of sequins. Combine that with a super lean and lithe physique like DP's and you get drop dead gorgeous.
Her acting prowess and to-die-for bod was acknowledged by critics and the film fraternity; turning her into one of the most sought after Bollywood brand ambassadors.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, 2013
Dull Betty becomes sparkly Veronica
In Ayan Mukerji's romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani that starrred Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Deepika, the dimpled star stole the show, again. She went from boring Betty (complete with floral dresses, cardigans and geeky glasses) to vroom Veronica. Only she could carry off the nerdy look so prettily, actually making headbands look sexy!
The transformation from 'chasmish' to hot-n-happening Naina came after a trek in the mountains, and what better way to show it off than in the shortest shorts, button down shirt and T strap sandals. And who could possibly carry off this simple sexy other than the long legged Deepika? Here's one girl who's legs are long and slender enough without heels and she knows it. We like….
Ram Leela, 2013
Sultry dancing danseuse Deepika
We are completely blown away by the versatility of this actress. From the short skirted Cocktail gal to the lehenga clad ethnic dancing queen. Designed by Anju Modi, Deepika's zari and embroidery laden lehenga-choli outfits showed off her slim waist to perfection as she spun to the beat of the music.
The romantic drama directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, was set in violent times in Gujarat.  Yet what struck all was the high intensity earthy glam look she displayed.  The outfits, chunky jewelry, high voltage sex appeal and sensuality made Deepika (and we daresay Ranveer) the biggest stars of 2013. To check out her look in more detail click here.
Rock '70s inspired winged eyes
From all the six sizzling Deepika looks, we now go back to her very first, the Shantipriya look in Om Shanti Om. Check out the express tutorial and recreate some '70s glamor of your own.
Step 1: On clean eye lids, apply concealer and foundation. Follow it up with a compact for a flawless texture. But before doing that don't forget first apply NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer
Step 2: Apply Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow– Painted Purple eye shadow on the entire eyelid. Don't extend it into a tail. Keep the pigment only on the eyelids.
Step 3: Apply the Bourjois New Little Round Pot Eye Shadow– 01 Light highlighter on the whole eyelid crease, on the brow bones and at the eye-nose junction. Remember to blend it well.
NYX Maybelline Bourjois
Step 4: Time for some kajal! Use kajal or a black liner pencil (whichever you are comfortable using). Line the lower lash line properly. I highly recommend the Lotus Herbals Natural Kajal for this look.
Step 5: Use a fine brush with some kajal on it and buff lightly following the line of the eyes just below the waterline too. Extend a bit towards the nose. I chose to do this with Colorbar Angled Angel Eye Defining Brush.
Step 6:Time for liquid liner application. Start at the top lid in a little extended form by drawing a small line. Define the line once again and broaden the exterior. Carefully give the tail a swipe towards the top. The Lakme Insta Liner is perfect to create this effect.
Lotus Herbals Colorbar Lakme
Step 7: When the top wing is complete, extend the lower liner in a straight line using a liquid liner only. This is why we drew the lower rim lining with a liner pencil. This will not give you a proper extension , no matter how finely it's sharpened. So use a liquid liner only with a sleek brush for these expert extensions and wings.
Step 8: Use mascara in a top-to-down manner on the upper lashes and in a zig zag manner on the lower lashes. I love the volume and effect of the Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Mascara - Waterproof
Step 9: Brush out any clumps with a mascara brush. Run the Roots Eye Groomer lightly through lashes. You could also use the brush to shape or fill your eyebrows.
Step 10: For the finished look and to add more oomph to eyes I used the Basicare Euro Eyelash Curler with Black Plastic Handles. This step is necessary only if you want super curly lashes.
Maybelline Roots Basicare
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By makeup artist Arshis Javeri (www.arshisjaveri.com)
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