Adoer, opinionated and candid, Anam Tanveer is a Pakistani actress who started her career as a marketer and soon recognised the actress inside her. Tanveer entered the industry from hosting a show at PTV ‘Dum Dum Diggi’ with Anam Khaled. ‘Mere Dard Ko Jo Zuban Milay’ was her second drama opposite Hamza Ali Abbasi. She has done numerous top-rated TV dramas that include ‘Mera Dil Mera Dushman’, ‘Do Bol’, ‘Raaz-e-Ulfat’, ‘Jalebi’, ‘Juru Ka Ghulam’, ‘Bedardi’ and many more.
Having naturally beautiful and glowing skin, Anam also takes extra care of her health, skin and hair. To know her beauty secrets, daily skin care routine and makeup brands that add on to her beauty, she answers all the questions that we want to know…
What is your go-to makeup?
Lipstick, eyebrow pencil, blusher and mascara and I am good to go.
Do you use sun blocks or any serums when you go to shoots?
Yes, I use L’Oreal day cream and serums which have Vitamin C.
Summers are around the corner, any tip for school and university going girls?
I would say please keep yourself hydrated as it saves you from sun strokes and also from skin becoming too oily. Use sun block which is less greasy because if it is then the chances of having acne and pimples increases.
Any brand that you particularly like?
Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow kit and mascara, Kiko Milano is also good, however you look the same anyway (laughs).
What is your favorite perfume?
Your favourite brand in lipsticks?
Do you use lighter tones of foundations or warm tones?
Armani, Nars and M.A.C. are the foundation brands that I use. I often mix beige and off white together and apply.
When you come back rom shoots, there must be a lot of makeup to remove from your face. What are your steps to cleanse it?
I remove my makeup with oil or lotion then I pat dry my face. I use night creams afterwards to moisturise my skin.
Hair gets damaged after straightening and blow drying. How do you manage?
I actually don’t prefer using straighteners or ironing my hair. And if I have to get it done so to protect my hair from damage, I use lots of oil in my hair.
And what do you do to keep hair healthy?
It’s related to what you eat. I eat fish; take B12 and Vitamin A. Hair supplements are also a good option to keep healthy hair. I go for hair protein treatment also and get trimming as well.
You have lost a lot of weight. Please share your journey with our readers:
I was fat, yes, but I lost weight when I cut down on carbs and junk and rest I eat everything like grilled meat, fish but less oily. Dieting also makes you lose your hair so don’t go on for a diet to have a zero figure, this is wrong. This type of diet makes you weak. You also have to sleep well at least take 7 to 8 hours of good sleep so your hormones are balanced.
What is your take on natural makeup or zero makeup?
It’s like any makeup that people use, it’s just that it has been branded which is a good marketing strategy.
Advice for women who can’t buy expensive brands but still want to look good:
You don’t necessarily need to use expensive brands. Go for brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal. They are good as well as affordable.
One thing you can’t give up that keeps you healthy and fit?
Gym, gym and only gym!
Was coming towards acting a tough decision?
It wasn’t. I already had friends from industry when I was doing MBA so that gave me courage. Although my father was not very happy with my decision initially, because there is a mindset that industry isn’t a good place and girls are easily manipulated, but all is well now.
What are you conscious about?
A challenging script, which is important for me rather than being a heroin.
People from industry say that you are outspoken. Agree/ disagree?
I am proud of being outspoken, but there is a fine line.
Annoying habits of actors:
Senior actors have unnecessary attitude while young ones, waste too much time on makeup and come late on sets.
Friends in the industry:
Zhalay Sarhadi, Yumna Zaidi and KhaledAnum.
Iqra Aziz, Mahira Khan, Aiman Khan
What is the formula to stay in the industry?
Do something shocking to stay in the news.
What people in the industry pretend to be?
Boys pretend to be cool and girls pretend to be childish and innocent.
What do you miss the most that you had before becoming an actor?
My freedom and changing behaviour of relatives. My relatives stalk me on Instagram and Facebook but never drop an encouraging comment.
What the drama industry needs now?
There is no exposure to the writers and they are still writing a heroin who is 18 years, we don’t have heroines who are 30 years old thus the character lacks grace, maturity and wisdom. Writers are just writing dramas on house politics when there is a whole world outside of house politics.
You are possessive about?
My pets and my hair (haha).
Annoying habit of yours?
I eat too much sweet when I am upset and procrastination.
What bores you the most?
To get heartbroken and hurt and maybe that’s why I am single.
What makes you uncomfortable?
When people stare at me and ask me ‘when am I getting married?’
Any rumour that you would love to spread about yourself:
I am seeing somebody (haha).
Chai dhaaba or cafes?
I love dhaabas but they have parathas and it will ruin my diet so a place I can find diet food.
Message for the fans:
Many of my female fans want to become actors. I want to tell them that it’s not an easy job you have to give up your comfort, freedom and choices. Once you sit in this roller coaster, you can’t get off of it until it stops. Try to go in the fields where many females aren’t present like in law, navy, army. Acting is not just about makeup, glamour and fame.