Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam
India’s first example of that thin and soft vintage winged eyeliner, Madhubala’s subtle make-up in Mughal-E-Azam was ethereal. With pencilled-in round brows typical at that time, pretty reds and pale pinks were her lipsticks of choice.
Suraiya in Dillagi
Suraiya was an iconic actress, singer and beauty. Her old-world look, complete with heavy jewellery, deep red lips and lash-heavy eyes, in the film Dillagi, is in keeping with this iconic image of hers.
Hema Malini in Sita Aur Geeta
Did anyone say 70s drama? Thick winged liner, light turquoise eyeshadow and a frosty pale pink lip made for Bollywood’s “dream girl” Hema Malini’s beautiful look.
Rekha in Khoon Bhari Maang
Purposefully excessive yet extremely glamorous, this 80s look seen on Rekha could only have been pulled off by her. From oodles of highlighter, to sheen-filled dark lipsticks, to thick falsies and loads of bronzer, there was no make-up product spared. Despite that, Rekha looked classy as ever!
Sushmita Sen in Biwi No. 1
Rescuing the 90s make-up singlehandedly, Sushmita Sen’s minimal eyeshadow, simple black eyeliner, brown lipstick, strong brows and bronzed cheekbones were also the saving grace of this rather unfortunate movie.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
If you grew up watching Hindi films, then there is no way you don’t remember Aishwarya Rai’s beautiful eyes in the song ‘Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan’. With extremely heavy black liner and coquettish falsies, the liner’s soft wing accentuated Aishwarya’s eyes, while the slim yet expressive eyebrows added to the femininity of the look. Brown-toned shadow contoured her eyes, while 90s style brick brown lipstick finished her look.
Karisma Kapoor in Zubeida
Karisma seemed to be sporting a Maharani Gayatri Devi-approved look of sophistication in this film. With black eyeliner and mascara on the upper lash line, the rest of the look was kept matte and clean. Arched eyebrows, well-defined red lips and a powdered down face, made Karisma look like a princess.