10 gorgeous women and what they learnt from their worst beauty mistakes
Time to revisit the blunder years
If you could go back in time and give your 18-year-old self some essential beauty advice, what would you say? We asked these gorgeous ladies to revisit their blunder years. From designer Masaba Gupta’s sage advice about making peace with acne to blogger Malini Agarwal’s acceptance of her body image, here are the gems we brought back with us.
Beauty advice you wish you had received
Kalyani Saha Chawla, co-founder of Lulu & Sky
"Stop plucking your eyebrows. Brooke Shields defined the now-hugely popular bushy brows — a look way more dramatic than overly-tweezed, scanty ones. I regret threading mine and thinning them out so much that they now barely grow.”
Indrani Dasgupta, model
“Dance like no one's watching. Take up yoga seriously. Let song and music take you on journeys that the mind and body celebrate in harmony.”
Sheetal Mallar, model and photographer
"Let your hair be. Once in a while. Being a model, frequent blow-dries and Brazilian blowouts were an unavoidable part of the job. I would ask my 18-year-old self to let her hair stay natural, without using any tongs or products, whenever possible.”
Malini Agarwal, Founder, MissMalini.com
“Stop worrying about your hair, your skin, your lips, your cheeks, your chin. I spent too much time in my teens wondering about the colour of my hair and acne and things like that. I would tell my younger self that confidence is the only extra something she needs.”
Vandana Verma, Editor, Motherland
“Let go a little. I was plagued by insecurities as a young girl, so looking back, I’d just tell my younger self to let loose. Everything led to where I am now, but I definitely think that girl could’ve relaxed and had more fun with her haircuts, her clothing.”
Niamat Singh Bakshi, former lawyer with the UN High Commission
“Use mascara right. I made the mistake of using too much of it to make my eyes look dramatic. Unfortunately, I usually ended up with thick, clumpy and horrible-looking lashes instead.
Vesna Jacob, author of Fit To Fight, fitness and wellness consultant
"Stop subbing henna for hair colour. When I was in my late teens, I wanted to experiment with hair colour but didn’t have access to quality colour and bleach. So I used henna, without realising that it probably wasn’t the best fit for my dry, fine and brittle hair.”
Feroze Gujral, model, columnist and philanthropist
“Practise yoga and Pranayama on a daily basis with correct technique, watching your posture. I wish I had done it more religiously over the years.
Masaba Gupta, Founder and Creator, House of Masaba
"Acne is okay. It’s actually a blessing in disguise: the scars it leaves behind will teach you that beauty is more than skin deep and that you don’t need to be flawless in order to be beautiful.”