Beauty Secrets From India’s Top Models

by Niharika Nayak

It’s no secret that Indian women are well known for their exotic features and enviable tan skin. Many women in the western part of the world spend a lot on dough on spray tans to achieve that coveted bronze Goddess look. With East-Asian and Middle-Eastern models like Chrissy Teigen, Bella & Gigi Hadid, being at the top of the runway hierarchy, it’s no secret that exotic features are coveted in terms of beauty. India too has spawned many successful models; from the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi to the stunning Miss Universe 1994, Sushmita Sen. Ever wondered how they achieved to look that amazing and how they still manage to stay youthful? Here are a few beauty secrets from some of our country’s top models:

Arshia Ahuja


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When it comes to dressing up, Arshia believes in dressing smartly and practically. She admits that she does not wear bodycon dresses when she feels bloated and says she would instead ask to be dressed in a crop top with high-waisted flared trousers. This would add more volume to the bottom of her outfit and act as a distraction from her bloated tummy. She also states one should be extremely religious about their skincare routine in order to maintain that youthful glow. The statuesque model even joked that she looks younger than her friends from school. She states that indulging in self-care and taking care of your body is the best gift you can give yourself. She also advises people to stay hydrated and cut out sugar to keep their skin clear. The model admits to having had her struggles with acne in the past and believes home remedies and masks work well to treat it.

Elena Fernandes


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You’ve probably seen this spectacular Indian-Peruvian actress in the movie Kapoor & Sons. Besides that, the actress has also modeled for lingerie brands like Zivame, walked the ramp at fashion weeks in both London and New York, and has appeared in major ad campaigns for many high-end fashion magazines. The model swears by water-based products and states that she changes her moisturizers quite frequently and says that this keeps her skin from adapting to one product. She firmly believes in exfoliating her skin and even owns a pair of exfoliating gloves to help her with the same. The model also has one little beauty secret every model swears by— hemorrhoid cream to remove zits and acne. She claims that it makes zits disappear in 24 hours.

Nidhi Sunil


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This Bangalore based beauty has walked the runway for leading designers and has modeled for major magazines like Harper’s Bazaar. She is known for her slim and svelte figure and stunning, sun-kissed dusky complexion. The model swears by Ayurvedic and organic products and states that they balance out her skin. She washes her face with a gentle soap-free cleanser and uses a face mist to hydrate her skin. When she notices her skin looking tired, she spruces it up with a spray of face mist which she says makes her skin look dewy and glowy.

Arlette Evita Grao


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This fresh-faced beauty is not just a model but also a travel host and influencer. She’s known in the fashion world for her youthful looks, gorgeous curly locks and girl-next-door appeal. She uses a prescribed face wash to clean her face and follows it up with a water-based moisturizer. While traveling, the model advises using a face mist and a sunscreen with high SPF. She states that a hydrating lotion and cream is necessary to keep your skin soft and supple. She also says that you should wash your face twice a day and pat it dry. She recommends working out, eating healthy and following a good skincare routine to help your skin achieve an inner glow.

Sushmita Sen


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And what better way to end this list than by the addition of our former Miss Universe? This gorgeous diva made her entertainment industry debut after winning Miss Universe 1994 at a young age of 18. Now 44, the stunning mom of two has an extremely desirable figure and youthful-looking skin. She states that her secret to healthy skin is staying hydrated, getting a lot of beauty sleep and making use of sunscreen. The stunning model/actress swears by natural products and often makes use of homemade face masks and face packs to nourish her skin. She also believes that dressing right can make your skin look brighter and states that she likes wearing pastels and light colors for that very reason. She also eats right and avoids eating fried food and any form of junk food. Her exercise routine usually consists of pilates, crunches, cardio and power yoga.

In Conclusion

There’s no denying that models are in a position where they can afford personal trainers and expensive skincare products, but there are some aspects to their routines that could be incorporated in our own. Eating right, staying hydrated, regular exercise, and following a skincare routine religiously seems to work wonders. Do you agree with this list? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below.

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Niharika Nayak

Niharika has a passion for all things art, music and travel. During her spare time she likes experimenting in the kitchen, painting pop culture icons and chasing after random street cats. Her dream is to one day own an amusement park so she can ride roller coasters for free.