Crave for a body like Angelina Jolie or Kareena Kapoor?
NO ONE’S perfect. But here’s the problem: a lot of women want to achieve that seemingly impossible perfection. Like, today. Right now! A pout as inviting as Angelina Jolie’s, a derrière that gives Pippa Middleton and Jennifer Lopez (JLo) some serious competition or that awesome waistline that Deepika Padukone flaunts at every chance — they have it, you crave it.
Surgeries are not just prohibitively expensive but more importantly, dangerous. Examples of stars who sought perfection but ended up with botched up surgeries are numerous.
But what if you could fake these looks by simply opting for the right cut of clothes and choosing the perfect colour and fabric? Too good to be true? Read on.
Go for bust
If you have it, flaunt it, goes the saying. But maybe it’s not always true, especially in case of well-endowed women. Designer Pria Kataria Puri suggests busty women should opt for square and boat necks as they enhance the collarbone.
Reality star Kim Kardashian looks resplendent in a deep-cut crepe silk red gown that flaunts her assets. Pic/AFP
“Choose fabrics such as cotton chiffon, crepe silk and georgette and cuts such as A-line tunics, A-line blouses, kaftan tops and A-line churidars as they draw the focus away from the chest,” she says.
Designers Prem and Khushboo, who own the label KHEM, add that women who want to reduce the big bust effect, should look for uniform colours as camouflage. Agrees designer Digvijay Singh who suggests dark colours as they generally have a slimming effect. “You can add bright shades to the rest of your ensemble or also in the form of accessories, if you want,” he says.
Accessorise it right: Wear long chains, scarves and necklaces with large pendants that sit above your bust and just below your collarbone to make your bust appear smaller.
Avoid: Heavy embroideries and embellishments around the necklines and fabrics such as lycra and stretch cotton that cling to your body.
Up the ante
Okay, now that we have sorted the big bust issue, what about those who want to fake a bigger size? Puri says they should wear deep necklines, chinese collars and turtlenecks to make their bust appear bigger.
Priyanka Chopra opts for a strapless body-hugging top to create an illusion of a fuller bust. Pic/AFP
Dresses with patterns are also great for creating the illusion of a curve. “Wear clothing that nips in at the waist, or settle for a peplum dress as it creates the illusion of a fuller bust and a curvaceous body. Also opt for bright colours and horizontal stripes,” adds Singh.
Accessorise it right: Wear chokers, small necklaces and bundle up scarves around your neck.
Avoid: Flared trousers or skirts as they draw attention to the bottom half of your body and make your top half look smaller.
What a waist
Never mind if your waist refuses to reach the 26-inch mark even after numerous diets. Fake it! Settle for dresses, maxis and gowns that are highly fitted at the waist and hip area, says Puri.
Kareena Kapoor flaunts a tiny waist in a bright sequinned dress teamed with a belt.. Pic/AFP
Prem and Khushboo suggest accentuating the bust and skirt area with bold colours and contrasting the waist area with a neutral shade. Ensure your shirt or top is well-fitted and slightly nipped at the waist.
Accessorise it right: Wide elastic or leather belts clinched at the waist create the illusion of slimness.
Avoid: Anarkalis, A-line styles and stiff fabrics.
Add the inches, but don’t let anyone in on your secret. Here’s how. Wear saris, gowns, maxis and kaftans that camouflage your heeled footwear and make you appear taller and slimmer.
Actor Eva Longoria stands tall in a baby pink body-hugging dress and red stilettos. Pic/AFP
Opt for vertical lines and geometric prints. “Wear off- shoulder, short and fitted dresses and pastel shades,” suggest Prem and Khushboo.
Accessorise it right: Wear high heels and maybe an interesting hat.
Avoid: Big motif prints such as flowery prints and jeans
If you have long envied Beyonce’s derriere (or Jlo’s or Pippa Middleton’s), then it’s time you spring into action, literally.
You can fake a well-rounded butt like actor and singer Jennifer Lopez by opting for figure-hugging dresses. Pic/AFP
Wear fitted cuts and silhouettes that hug the hips. Jeans, skinny pants, fishtail gowns, shorts and figure-hugging dresses are kick-ass ideas. Prem and Khushboo suggest you wear high-waisted trousers or tight-fitting bottoms till your ankle. Choose fabrics such as suede, velvet, faux leather or corduroy. These fabrics give an illusion of a bigger butt.
Accessorise it right: Opt for wide belts that draw attention to your hips.
Avoid: A-line outfits and loose-fitting clothes.
For heaven’s sake, do not get a lip job done. The bee-sting effect is easily achieved with a few clever make-up tricks.
Get an Angelina Jolie-like pout by outlining your lips with a lipliner, filling them in with a light shade of lipstick and finishing the look with a gloss
Start off by exfoliating your lips with a good scrub or a soft-bristle toothbrush. Take a lip pencil that matches the colour of your lips perfectly and draw a line just outside your natural lip line. Once you reach the cupid’s bow, draw slightly further away from your natural lip line. This effect will make your lips look plumper.
Dab a little concealer on your lips as this will help you retain the lip-gloss or lipstick for a longer time. Opt for muted shades such as nudes, pinks, light browns, coral etc. If you have to wear a darker shade such as red, berry or maroon, add a dab of shimmer lipstick in the middle of your bottom lip. Finally, add a dash of gloss at the centre of your lower lip.
Press the lips together to distribute the shine. Viola! Jolie has competition.