Anushka Sharma stepped into Bollywood with finely stencilled brows, radiant skin and that trademark 100-watt smile, but has outdone herself in the years she has spent in the A-lister club since. From hair makeovers to dramatic beauty looks, the actor has tried it all over the years, and aced each look with equal ease.
Anushka Sharma’s film career
Now completing a decade in Bollywood, Sharma was first seen on the big screen back in 2008, opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. She served back-to-back hits within her first few years in the industry—including films like Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), among others. 2015 marked a landmark in her career as she turned producer with the critically-acclaimed NH10. She revisited the producer’s chair for the fantasy comedy film, Phillauri in 2017, and then Pari in 2018. She was last seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in Zero (2018). In all of this, her natural glow has remained a constant. Blessed with baby soft skin and a lustrous mane, the lively actor traverses from bombshell to girl-next-door city girl effortlessly.
A sultry bronzed-out beach face, bambi-esque doll eyes, dark wine lips—the young debutante did it all as she gained a toehold in the industry. 2011 was all about that high glam look for the actor—long, fluttering lashes, glittering eyes and shades of pink on her lips, which aligned with the release of her film, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. In 2012, her go-to beauty look was a contoured face, bold red lips and sleek updos. She continued her streak of keeping her base smooth and chiselled over the next two years, and enhanced her lashes with oodles of mascara every time she stepped out.
Not one to think twice about getting that drastic haircut and styles (unlike most Indian women), Sharma went all out with her hair experiments. She kept her mane long and lustrous in 2011 and 2012, playing it up with beach waves, bombshell blowouts and sleek ponytails from time to time. She even appeared in purple streaks for an event back then. In 2013, she opted for bangs, switching between straight blunt bangs over the forehead and a soft side fringe.
Then came her makeover moment in 2014, when she chopped her strands into a short lob. She continued to sport a cutesy lob through 2015 and had fun with her shorter crop—soft curls, top knots and pin-up tails, she’s done them all. The year also saw her tucking the rulebook out of reach and instead opting for all shades in the lipstick lexicon—from bright corals and burgundy to peaches and pink.
2016 was when she decided to go for the gusto, and gave her hairstylist Yianni Tsapatori free reign. From boss lady buns to slicked-back hair, she has since tried everything—even going with the wet hair look for a promotional event for Phillauri. When she walked to the red carpet for the Lux Golden Rose Awards, she kept her strands wavy, long, and clipped at both sides. She complemented this hairdo with dark eyeshadow and light pink lips.
In 2017, Sharma walked the Hindustan Times Style Awards red carpet in shiny dark curls, and then made a splash at the Vogue Women Of The Year Awards in a tight bun with double tendrils at the front, paired with a dark smoky eye and lots of mascara. It was also the year Sharma got married to Virat Kohli, and her beauty looks have inspired brides-to-be ever since. As a bride, Sharma served a wide roster of hair and makeup looks over the events, from straightened hair and nude makeup at the mehandi to kohl-lined eyes and a sleek bun at the reception. “For the ring ceremony, which was a night event, we wanted to keep the lips nude and eyes smoky. For the mehandi, she was wearing a lot of colours so we kept the makeup fairly basic, very wintery with cream blush, minimal makeup and lots of mascara. [On the wedding day] I kept it very soft, we used a brown kohl and smudged it, shadows in peach-pink tones and lots of mascara,” her makeup artist, Puneet B Saini told Vogue.
In 2019, Sharma chopped her hair to the 2015 lengths again. She played with texture at every major event this year—sleek and swingy at the Vogue x Nykaa Fashion – The Power List, sculpted and slicked-back at the Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards, and tied back in a low, middle-parted bun for the GQ Style Awards. When off the red carpet, Sharma likes to keep her looks simple and fuss-free. “I do my eyebrows, which is important. I do a lip tint, and then the same thing goes on my cheeks,” she shared of her everyday beauty repertoire.
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