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You know her as the girl from Four More Shots and rightly so... with every role she’s played, Sayani Gupta has made her mark as a talented actress and trendsetter. Her journey from a theatre artist to a movie star working with some of the biggest names in the film industry such as Shah Rukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurana and Kalki Koechlin, is proof enough!

Her first stint on the silver screen was in the year 2012, and today she is known for path-breaking performances in movies like Fan, Margarita With A Straw and Article 15. While we wait with bated breath for her series Four More Shots to return to Netflix on April 17, 2020, we got Sayani (pronounced Shayoni) to reveal just how much of a trendsetter she is.

In a country obsessed will long, straight, silky hair, Sayani has never shied away from flaunting cropped hair or going all out with a bold red pout. So, who better than her to represent the theme of our March issue The Future is Bold? As she walks into the BB studio sporting a denim playsuit and a oversized boho bag, we can’t help but look forward to her take on beauty trends as well as the skincare tips and tricks she has up her sleeve. She does, after all, sport that unmistakable glow! Not an ardent follower of trends, Sayani says,

“I don’t really follow trends, but I believe whatever I do often becomes a trend.”

For example, I was one of the first people to go really short with my hair and experiment with a mushroom cut. I think short hair is now very much in!

But you’ve got to admit; in the film industry, it’s very easy to get carried away by beauty trends. She does have to stand out, right? What then is Sayani’s beauty statement, we ask. She describes it in one word: “Natural.” “I feel everyone should be natural and comfortable in their own skin. If you’re healthy from the inside, you’ll definitely feel good, your skin will feel good... and you’ll look your best.” True that! Talking of skin, we were curious to get our hands on Sayani’s skin secrets… and lucky for you, we did! “Honestly, I don’t use a lot of cosmetics. Whatever I use on my skin is prescribed by my dermatologist. But I’d advise you to always opt for soap-free products especially when it comes to face wash.

“The secret to my glowing skin is a good dermat, lots of water and of course my Bengali genes; oh, and lots of fish”

But there’s more to beauty than good genes. Sayani believes that self care plays an important role and for good reason. “Since I’ve lived away from home, I’ve realised over time the importance of caring for your own self. I think I’ve really stretched my body, not really taken enough care of it especially when it comes to food, diet and other lifestyle habits. So, I’m trying to change that. Also, I feel I should have listened to my mom and oiled my hair more often,” laughs Sayani.

Sporting a super trendy lob, seems like Sayani does have her own hair tricks too.

“Short hair takes away a lot of age from your face and it is super easy to maintain.”

I often just clip my hair and do a blast-dry upside down, which gives me great volume,” she says. She also prefers to stay true to the natural texture of her hair, and chooses not to overstyle or use too much product.

When it comes to makeup however, she relies on the experts. Being a part of the film industry for so many years now, Sayani’s worked with leading makeup artists and has learned a thing or two from them. “I’ve worked with Elton Fernandez and I really love his style. He does very basic stuff to make you look so good. I love his makeup techniques.” According to her, her makeup artist Eshwar Log too does a fabulous job when it comes to makeup multitasking. “He uses a lipstick to apply blush on my cheeks and sometimes a hint of colour on my eyes. That’s the kind of stuff I like. It’s always great to collaborate with artists who not only make you look good, but also teach you a lot about the art of doing makeup,” she says.

Well, Sayani sure did teach us a thing or two and we quite enjoyed stealing her beauty secrets; did you?