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Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s complete beauty transformation

The year was 2007 when a fresh-faced Sonam Kapoor Ahuja set foot in the industry with Saawariyan, going head-to-head with Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om over the Diwali weekend. Fast forward to a decade later, and Kapoor Ahuja has a hefty list of accomplishments to show for her time in the A-lister club. When the Cannes veteran isn’t setting the red carpet aflame, she can be found reinventing herself for her wide repertoire of roles, most notably featuring a poignant tribute to Neerja (2016) that fetched her a special mention at the National Film Awards this year.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Kapoor Ahuja’s rise to one becoming of the highest-paid actors in the country has been brewing for a while. The two years after her debut saw her shaking off the girl next door tag and putting on a brash charm as Bittu in Delhi 6 (2009), and playing a bratty sophisticate in Aisha (2010). Both films traversed the style spectrum and Kapoor Ahuja’s ease in high-street salwars and designer duds didn’t go unnoticed. It wasn’t long before she was signed on as the face of one of the biggest beauty brands in the world.

Her portrayal of a conflicted Muslim student in Raanjhanaa (2013) brought forth more acclaim, post which she took up the mantle of the modern-day Disney girl in Khoobsurat (2014). She went on to bag one of the biggest commercial hits of 2015 with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, put in a colourful cameo in the Coldplay music video for ‘Hymn for the Weekend’, struck gold with Ram Madhvani’s Neerja (2016) and took on the role of an ambitious lawyer in sister Rhea Kapoor’s production, Veere Di Wedding (2018), which saw her co-starring with Kareena Kapoor Khan. Scroll ahead to take a detour back in time to the beginning of her beauty evolution.

From the beginning

The show of confidence post Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s debut brought forth a slew of beauty looks that took her from suburbia to style central. While 2011 was the year of big updos, she was spotted at Milan Fashion Week in 2012 with flowing mahogany locks, smoky eyes and a severe middle part, and at the Salvatore Ferragamo show with a shocking red lip. Kapoor Ahuja has constantly upped her beauty ante, be it on the 65th Cannes Film Festival red carpet with a fierce cat eye (and a nose ring to boot) or at the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012, where she played coy in soft ringlets and a baby pink lip. For 2013, the actor veered towards pink for her lips and kept her hair fairly basic. In 2014, Kapoor Ahuja gave her beauty game a twist on the Cannes red carpet, effortlessly channeling her inner Rita Hayworth with a retro do and a pink pout.

Glam girl central

2015 began on a beauty high for Kapoor Ahuja with her appearance at an awards function. She went for all out-shock value with a startling, exaggerated cat eye, sleek hair and her trademark severe part. Bronzed skin and bold brows with high-glam hair added to her allure. Come 2016, the actor was spotted wearing looks she’d shied away from before, like an elaborate bird-eye eyeliner, a metallic nude lip and even a deep purple version. This year, too, the actor experimented with glossy, beachy waves and gold eyeshadow at Cannes 2017 and even a net-covered bun. She was also spotted in a retro chic avatar on the Vogue Women Of The Year 2017 red carpet with a faux lob and to-die-for scarlet pout.

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s big, fat Indian wedding

2018 saw Sonam Kapoor add an extension to her last name as she married Anand Ahuja. For her wedding ceremony, she kept things simple with barely-there eyeliner, glossy rose tinted lips and soft peach cheeks. For her mehandi, she chose to wear her hair in a long, twisted braid covered in mogra gajras, with a smoky eye, larger-than-life eyelashes and pink lipstick. All year round, coloured eyeshadow was a favourite—Kapoor Ahuja wore yellow to an IWC event and at Cannes 2018, and rocked green lids at a promotional event for the film.

New year, new looks

Kapoor Ahuja started 2019 by going full swing onto promotions for her film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga. Just like the many sartorial routes she tends to take, she has kept her fans guessing in the beauty department as well—the actor started her promotional journey with a severe slicked-back hairstyle and a smoky eye, and then chose romantic curls and pink lids as the second look of the day. If the preliminary looks are any representation of the makeup to come, colour us excited.

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This article was originally published in August 2015. Updated February 4, 2019