Beauty

Entrepreneur Roohi Jaikishan's favourite beauty multi-tasker is so affordable

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Entrepreneur Roohi Jaikishan shares her top health advice, fragrances she loves, and why olive oil is non-negotiable.

ELLE: What does your beauty routine include?

Roohi Jaikishan: Not much actually. I follow the basics, but I have learnt to be more disciplined about using sunscreen. I also make sure I take my multivitamins, and calcium with magnesium and zinc. 

ELLE: Since you’re always on the go, what are your travel essentials?

RJ: I always fly with a moisturiser, hand cream and a fragrance.

ELLE: What is your morning ritual?

RJ: It begins with a warm cup of water that has haldi, lemon and tulsi leaves to kick-start the system and boost my immunity. I’ve learnt to value the time I spend over breakfast and coffee. It’s like meditation because it’s the only me time I get before my day begins.

ELLE: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?

RJ: I’m addicted to the La Mer moisturiser. It keeps my skin smooth and just feels very good.

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ELLE: A beauty mistake you avoid…

RJ: I’m extremely disciplined about taking off my make-up before going to bed. It’s usually with Olivio olive oil; it’s very easy and all natural. This olive oil is my real multitasker, I use it for tanning, and moisturising my skin and hair. I also massage it on after a shower and then rinse it off for glowing skin.

ELLE: What’s your signature beauty look?

RJ: Kohl and nude lips are my go-to look. I occasionally experiment with bright lip colours too.

ELLE: What’s the craziest look you’ve tried?

RJ: Heavy ’70s blunt bangs, if I may say so. It was a disaster, but I loved it while it lasted.

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Photograph: Manasi Sawant; Sittings editor: Rahul Vijay; Hair: Laila Dalal; Make-up: Priya Todarwal On Jaikishan: All clothing and accessories, Jaikishan’s own

ELLE: What is your go-to recovery method after a long flight?

RJ: Sleep and lots of hydration. 

ELLE: Time-tested products you’ve come to love over the years.

RJ: Carmex is the only balm that fixes my lips. Huda Beauty Highlighting Palette for shimmer and glow, and a lot of Nuxe. I really like the French brand’s perfume, body oils and face wash.

ELLE: What fragrances do you wear?

RJ: Gucci Bloom, anything from Jo Malone, and everything from Santa María Novella.

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ELLE: How do you stay fit?

RJ: I’ve always been active, and I keep switching up my workout to stay on top of my game. I love running, and I’ve recently taken to kick boxing, interval training and boot camp-style workouts.

ELLE: The beauty experts you rely on.

RJ: Make-up artist Priya Todarwal (@priyatodarwal) glams me up for events. For hair, I trust my stylist Fiona Varela, and Kauser Shaikh at The Hair Station salon (022 2499 8866) in Mumbai has been my colourist for 10 years.

ELLE: What’s your favourite wellness getaway in the city?

RJ: Taj Spa at Wellington Mews (022 6656 9494) is the best. Their therapists are good and it’s a peaceful sanctuary in a noisy city. It’s in the Colaba district, so it’s close to home and work.