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There are very few Bollywood stars who know their serums from their oils and their neck creams from everything in between. And Sameera Reddy is one of them. The beauty addict admits she’s a closet hoarder and is always on the ball with her skincare. When she’s not looking up reviews for the newest under-eye cream, she’s making sure she’s shipping down the latest toner from the US. And it’s quite a charm interviewing her on her latest buys, her ride or die products and her unique beauty tips that she learnt on the job. 

 

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The new mama after a few memorable movies is now back on the radar with her thought-provoking Instagram stories, her advice for new moms and mostly her newest campaign on body loving called #ImperfectlyperfectShe’s currently being applauded for her stunning underwater maternity photoshoot and the conversations such a body positive stance has started. In short, her aim to normalise pregnant bodies and breastfeeding has been resonating with Indian moms across the country. 

We spoke to the star about her idea of beauty and her AM and PM skincare routines to understand how she manages to do it all – take care of two kids, create beautiful campaigns and come out looking fabulous every single day.

What is your daily skincare regime in the AM?

I start with a Japanese cleanser called Leaf & Botanics Cleansing Gel, it’s great for dry skin. With a blend of natural essential oils, it retains hydration while cleansing the face and removing debris, makeup and grease. Almost like a cleansing oil, this one prepares the skin beautifully for moisturising. I then use a simple Muji Light Toning Water, a light toner that is great for sensitive skin to set the pace for the regime. This is followed by my favourite Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum that firms and moisturises the skin, and then comes my current favourite, the First Aid Ultra Repair Beauty Cream and then a sunscreen referred to me by my dermatologist, it’s called Baxt Cosmedical BB Cream. I also love the First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer these days, it has become my go-to for all events. It comes with a lovely glow and I alternate that with the First Aid Ultra Repair Beauty Cream. 

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

How do you wash your face? Is there a special process you follow?

I have learnt to trust the right products and I researched quite a bit before I buy one. I currently love the Fresh Soy Cleanser. On normal days, I just wash and head out without makeup. To be honest,  it’s the lightest, softest face wash I’ve ever used. On days when I wear makeup, the regime is quite different. I use a micellar water or a Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover before I wash my face. I follow that up with the Leaf & Botanics Cleansing Gel, then the Muji Light Toning Water and then, spritz my favourite Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Hydro-mist to cool my skin down.

Supplements you are taking for good skin and hair?

I love Vitabiotics skin hair and nails. and take them regularly. Currently, I am breastfeeding, so I take extra care on what I’m using. I do suffer from a hair condition called Alopecia Areata and for that I have taken courses of Biotin supplements and use Hairfollic from Vitabiotics UK in 3-month courses with breaks.


Let us move onto makeup? Are there any staples you love?

When it comes to makeup, I’m a bit of a hoarder. Let’s start with the basics. I’m just not a foundation girl though, I like my skin shining through. I start with a good primer, these days I’m in love with the First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, sometimes I like the Hourglass Primer too – they hold up very well. Then, I move onto a good foundation, usually Elf or M.A.C and then it’s onto a good Contour Palette, like the Elf Contour Palette. I do my eyes with the Marc Jacobs EyeShadow Palette – this label honestly has the best eye palettes with an assortment of shades that suit Indian skin. They are well-curated and effortless on the eyes. Then, it’s a good lipstick and am done. My favourite lipsticks: The Bobbie Brown Luxe Lip Color in Neutral Rose and Christian Dior Ultra Rouge lipstick in 999 Ultra Dior.

What are the essentials in makeup you cannot do without?

I never leave home without my trusted Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara. I also am a big fan of the YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils. I usually go for lipsticks that are bolder and brighter. The Bobbi Brown Bronzer is a lifesaver and my ultimate indulgence is the Chrissy Teigen Becca Highlighter Palette that can be used as a good blush and highlighter. Mostly, I’ll say, invest in a good contouring palette – it can really change the shape of your face.

What’s your evening skincare routine?

I wash my face with the Fresh Soy Cleanser, then it’s the Gentle Toner with Rose Petals followed by The First Aid Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum and then the Charlotte Tillbury Magic Cream along with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Hydro-mist.


What about facials, sheet masks and face masks?

I have not done facials in a while and I am not into sheet masks. The face masks I love are these two: The Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, an iconic mask that really cleans you up. I also love the Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask.

Sameera Reddy
What are the beauty lessons you learnt on the job as an actor and model?

When I was 13, Cory Walia told me to always take care of three things, my undereyes, the neck area and the hands and ever since, I have followed that rule to the T. The NIOD Neck Elasticity Cream in that sense is a lifesaver for me. A friendly tip though, if you don’t have a neck cream, double up your hand cream as a neck cream. Or extend your moisturiser or serum from the face down to the neck. The under-eye cream is very important too and you need to constantly change your eye cream every three months for best results. The best Under-eye creams I have used? Hands down the Elemis Undereye Collagen Cream and the Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Under Eye Cream. I don’t repeat my creams, I simply move to a new one.


The one unique product that changed your life?

Derma-blading as a skin saviour has changed my perspective on facials. I learnt how to do it at home and now, I hardly go for facials.  I cannot believe that people don’t do it, it’s shockingly good. There’s also one for pimples, I use an amazing little patch called the Mighty Patch, it works wonders when you have an event and you are burdened with a zit.


Your most extravagant beauty purchase?

There were two. The La Prairie Marine Biology Day Cream and the Lancome Genifique Advanced Youth Activating Concentrate. The former was just okay and the latter lived up to its expectations.

A beauty DIY you swear by?

From my teen years, these two DIYs have always been on my side. Besan and Dahi face pack and a natural sugar scrub I make using Castor sugar and lime. The Castor sugar and lime scrub makes your skin shine and can give any high-end body scrub a run for her money.

 

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.