Beauty Breakdown: How To Recreate Malaika’s 90s-Inspired Makeup Look

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  Oct 6, 2021
Beauty Breakdown: How To Recreate Malaika’s 90s-Inspired Makeup Look


If there’s one Bollywood celebrity you should keep on your inspiration board for experimental makeup, luminous skin, and perfectly bouncy curls, it’s Malaika Arora. Apart from inspiring her followers to hop onto their yoga mats, the 47-year-old also never fails to serve some trend-forward beauty looks. From makeup-free and sunlit selfies to no-black renditions of smokey eyes and not-so-basic versions of classic hairstyles – her play on makeup and hair has not gone unnoticed. 

That said, the star recently took to Instagram to make a strong case for ombre eyeliner and 90s-inspired voluminous mane and we’re totes in love. With the power to instantly elevate any look from the boardroom to the bar, Malaika’s glittery eye makeup serves as a crucial cornerstone in the party girl’s arsenal. It’s glamorous, versatile, and most importantly, it translates really, really well in pictures. The best bits? It’s surprisingly easy to execute and won’t take you longer than 10 minutes. So if you want to turn up the heat by giving it a go, follow these six simple steps.

Is Experimental Eye Makeup Your New Go-To? These Steps Will Help You Ace The Look

Step 1: Glowy Skin, We’re Coming For Ya

After cleansing, massage a moisturiser and a primer all over your face to create a smooth, hydrated canvas. Then, buff a little layer of an illuminating serum-infused foundation to retain max glow. Make sure you don’t forget the neck area. Use a damp sponge to get a flawless finish. Dot and blend concealer under the eyes and on any scars or blemishes you wish to cover.

Step 2: Get Awesome Arches

Use a brow pencil to fill in gaps in your brows using feather-light strokes. Next, use a gel in dark brown through the brows to set them in place. 

Step 3: The Ombre Perfection

For the eyes, first, apply an eyeshadow primer and dab a hint of warm nude eyeshadow to define the crease area. Apply sparingly – a light wash is all you need. Then, take a silver sparkly eyeliner and apply it along the lash liner starting from the inner corner. Grab your black liquid liner and apply it on the outer lash line as the points of the wings. After your colours are blended to ombre perfection, go back to clean up any messy edges or mistakes to sharpen the lines. 

Step 4: For Your Longest Lashes Ever!

Curl your lashes and coat them with a volumizing mascara. To make them look extra fluttery, you could also stick on a pair of falsies.

Step 5: For The Lifted Cheekbone You See On IG

Set the makeup on your forehead, around the chin and nose using a translucent powder to keep it from creasing. With a powder bronzer, warm up your complexion, focusing on the areas where sun would naturally hit. 

Step 6: To Mimic That Model-Perfect Glow

To mimic Malaika’s unreal glow, apply a cream highlighter on cheeks and high points of the face, using your fingers to pat and press the product. Then, apply a rosy cream blush on the apple of your cheeks, blend it upwards towards the temple. 

Step 7: Here Comes The Best Nude Hue

Just prep your lips, grab a matte brown lipstick and liner duo. Focus the liner on the outer corner of your lips and fill it in with nude lipstick.

Step 8: To Channel Your Inner Ariana

Grab a curling wand to create waves rather than tight curls throughout the length of your strands. Apply a salt spray to turn your hair into gorgeous beach waves. Then, use a comb to separate the hair you will put in the top not from the hair that’ll stay down. Tie it using a transparent elastic band.

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