Let the record show that we have finally arrived in the age of the anti-heroine. An era of cinema, it seems, where multi-faceted, complex, and morally ambiguous women are represented and deemed worthy of examination and exploration. We see it in Zoey Deutch’s portrayal of Danni Sanders in It’s Not Okay; a satirical comedy which centres around a young woman’s out-of-control ambition that leads her to fake surviving a terrorist attack. Then there’s The Worst Person in The World, so aptly titled to describe rudderless and aimless protagonist Julie. And Margot Robbie’s revamped comic book icon Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey requires no introduction. Traversing down this line of thought, another name comes to mind with regard to roles that fully convey the confounding and complicated nature of being a woman: Alia Bhatt.
As the critics would tell it, British-Indian actress Alia Bhatt catapulted to fame due to her convincing portrayals of “women in troubling circumstances.” This includes Gangubai Kathiawadi, a Hindi biographical crime drama which deals with elements of prostitution and power; Udta Punjab where she plays a victim of drug abuse; and Dear Zindagi, which chronicles her journey as an insomniac filmmaker contending with millennial angst. The sheer spectrum of characters she opts for is an indicator of her valorous and versatile spirit—that extends, naturally, to her choices in hair and make-up as well.
From voluminous blowouts to dimensional smoky eyes, Vogue Singapore provides a roundup of enthralling beauty moments which deftly showcases Alia Bhatt’s timeless style. Feast your eyes on our curation, below.
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The eyes have it
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An oldie but a goodie. Alia is living proof that a vibrant red lip is all you need to enliven complexions and simple make-up.
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Warm tones comprising burnished copper and terracotta are the perfect complement to a vacation glow. The flowers in her hair act as the cherry on top to this relaxed look.
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Twist and flip
This elaborate ‘do amalgamates the sensibilities of both a bun and a braid. The contrasting textures between the gelled-down front and the intricate weaves and twists further ups the ante on the style and makes for a unique visual spectacle.
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Precision and poise
Emulate the interplay of shadow and light with a series of striking contours and highlights. Pair it with a nude lip to ensure all eyes stay on the chiselled planes of the face, à la Alia.
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Barrettes and bling
A statement hair accessory is a surefire way of adding whimsy to any look. This bedazzled rendition by Gucci adds just the right amount of pizzazz to Alia’s full face of neutrals.