God’s Gift to Mankind

Women are known to be God’s gift to mankind, not least because they seamlessly juggle myriad roles. They’re born multi-taskers. Whether it’s being a mother, wife, sister, daughter,
daughter-in-law, colleague, or housewife, women are accustomed to wearing many hats. And yet so often they are unappreciated for everything they do.

It is Women’s Day on March 8, and while there shouldn’t be just a single day to celebrate the amazing beings that women are, it’s still a great time to take a step back and cherish the beauty that each woman is naturally born with – both inner and outer. Inner beauty is something that is unique to each person; it cannot be mimicked, and requires a lot of inner reflection and being one with yourself. Outer beauty is far easier to preach about, since the tried and tested rules often work for most women.

While it can be tough for time-strapped working women to take time out to pamper themselves, it’s worth rewarding yourself because you totally deserve it! While being happy and comfortable is the best accessory that no make-up can compensate for, there are a host of tips and tricks that movie stars and other celebrities use to make themselves sparkle just a little bit brighter.

“A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturiser!” -Beyoncé

Invest in eye creams
“A good eye cream is really important when you are travelling, busy, and stressed–that’s when the dark puffy circles can get you.” -Kate Winslet


Reconsider using oil
“I use omega-3 oil. I love light oil on my skin. It’s one of my favourite feelings in the world.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Be a water baby
“Once I started drinking more water, my skin, hair, and nails all flourished.” -America Ferrera

Mix moisturisers with bronzers
“A shimmery bronzer is the perfect way to look alive. If you don’t want to wear make-up, mix some with moisturiser. You’ll look pretty but not made-up.” -Eva Mendes


Spritz your outfit
“I love walking into a closet and smelling lingering perfume, so I always spray my clothes. And at the end of the bottle, when the atomiser no longer reaches the tiny little dribble that is left, I unscrew the top and pour the remainder onto a T-shirt or dress.” -Sarah Jessica Parker

Closer home, Bollywood stars too are known to go to great lengths in order to look like a million bucks. But interestingly, lots of our Indian movie star goddesses prefer using age-old beauty tips that can be found right in your kitchen, and those that we all grew up listening to our mothers and grandmothers prodding us about.

Beauty begins inside
The British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif believes beauty starts on the inside and what you put into your body. ”I use a lot of acai berry supplements to keep my skin healthy. Plus, I have wheatgrass every day as a drink, and I’m trying to give myself an antioxidant boost with green tea just to break my coffee habit. I am on a macrobiotic raw food diet, and it has done wonders for me.” - Katrina Kaif


Ice, ice baby!
To quell puffiness and maintain a healthy glow, Jacqueline Fernandez simply reaches for the ice tray. She wraps ice cubes in thin muslin or tissue and gently places them on her cheeks and eyes. - Jacqueline Fernandez


Oil therapy
Madhuri Dixit keeps her mane nourished with ingredients from her kitchen pantry. “I follow the old wives’ tale where oiling hair is considered good. Mix olive oil and castor oil in equal proportions and apply to your hair and scalp.” - Madhuri Dixit

Kitchen essentials
Anushka Sharma detoxifies her face by using neem face packs, made of neem powder (crushed, dried neem leaves), yogurt, rose water, and milk, religiously.  -Anushka Sharma

Oldest tale in the book
The Bachchan daughter-in-law uses an at-home face pack comprised of besan (gram flour), milk and turmeric for exfoliating, as well as yogurt and freshly crushed cucumber as a moisturiser. - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


So there you go, beautiful ladies, a little bit of inspiration from some Hollywood and Bollywood divas to get your inner movie star going. Don’t forget to love yourself and make yourself the most important person in your life, because you are totally worth it. Happy Women’s Day!     - Suneela