Hira Pervaiz is a driven actor and takes on every project with the same amount of excitement. Hira forayed into media as a news anchor and made her acting debut with serial ‘Kadoorat’. She has never dithered away from doing challenging roles be it her character of a traditional innocent bahu, Mehrunisa in ‘Noore Zindagi’ or as a negative character, Mahira, in serial ‘Mein Gunnahgar Nahi’ where she went all out with her portrayal of a spoiled, outspoken glamorous girl. She has always managed to render stellar performances. Other serials of her include ‘Mere Meherbaan’, ‘Chubhan’, ‘Yeh Shadi Nahi Ho Sakti’, ‘Siskiyan’, ‘Hatheli’ and ‘Ek Thi Misaal’, etc. In this candid interview with You! Hira talks about her beauty regime and her enigmatic personality…
How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
In my early 20s, before that I used to be a nerd and makeup was not my thing at all.
What’s your everyday makeup like?
I hardly put on any makeup everyday as I feel comfortable without it. I’m blessed with good skin so eyeliner and kohl are more than enough.
Are you good at doing your own makeup?
Yes, I've gotten better over time.
Do you wear makeup every time you step out?
Not necessarily. It depends on my mood. If I feel like, I'll put on makeup otherwise not. But, when I go out, I want to look very ordinary and normal.
Do you wear sunblock?
I do wear sunblocks occasionally. I try not to get out in the sun during day time but, if I have to then I make sure to use some.
Any skin care tips, for school going girls?
Keep your skin clean, make seasonal fruits a regular part of your diet and drink lots of water the whole day. Try to look as simple as you possibly can. Put on a little bit of mascara and kohl and that's enough as you are not going to a party; but school.
Which lipsticks do you apply mostly?
I stick to M.A.C. but now use Huda Beauty as well.
Your favourite brand of perfume?
For me, a perfume has to be very strong and Chanel tops my list of brands.
Do you use lighter tones of foundations or warm?
I have fair complexion, I pick the lighter tones as the darker ones make me look tan.
After coming from shoots how do you remove your makeup?
My skin is very sensitive and I can't afford to experiment with many products on my face as I usually end up getting rashes. So, I take off my makeup with Johnson’s Baby oil with a cotton pad and that really works for me.
What do you do to keep your hair healthy?
I oil them occasionally and try to stick to my particular shampoo containing Keratin.
Hair gets damaged after straightening and blow drying. How do you manage?
I’ve got good hair genetically and it’s true that regular blow dry and straighteners don’t leave a good impact on hair. But there is no escape when you are in showbiz.
What is your take on natural makeup or zero makeup?
Zero makeup suits me more where I just highlight the eyes and use very little base.
Which is the one cosmetic you cannot do without?
My blusher! I really like to make my cheeks look pink so that has to be there in the bag.
Your favourite local stylist or beautician?
Nabila, the kind of command and knowledge that she has about hair, I don’t think anybody in Pakistan comes close to it.
Your favourite international stylist or beautician:
I’ve always gotten everything done from Pakistan so I think there's so much talent here that you don’t need to go to any international stylist.
Do you use whitening creams?
No, I don’t. I’m already very fair.
Do you use anti-aging creams?
I use anti-aging creams which are rich in collagen to help skin glow and remain tightened.
Advice for women who can’t buy expensive brands but still want to look good:
There are a lot of makeup available of local brands and we underestimate those. Besides it’s not about expensive makeup, it’s the technique of applying it.
Your beauty regimen?
My beauty rules are not too strict; keep your face clean and apply creams which are rich in collagen. Don’t underestimate yogurt and eggs and make exercise a regular part of your lifestyle.
What does the word ‘beauty’ mean to you?
Beautiful soul and companionate heart.
The valuables that you are incomplete without?
I’m going to say, some very good friends who have always been there for me through thick and thin. Had they not been there in my life, I would have perhaps collapsed. So, I'm very blessed.
Three words which best describe you?
Well, I’m extremely emotional. People also say I'm smart and intelligent. But I am extremely over sensitive.
The attributes in opposite gender that you get attracted to?
The first thing that attracts me is their intelligence. Besides that, they need to be compassionate and protective about the women.
Your favourite pastime during the lockdown phase?
As gyms were closed, I could not remain consistent with my fitness regimen. I go crazy if I don’t work out but Netflix became my rescue. Most importantly, during that time I came across some very nice people who could be the potential investors for setting up my dream project which is a production house that I'm avid to open. So, this way I kept working towards my goals and did not squander on the excuse of lockdown.
Which actor do you relate most to?
A lot of people say that I look like Kareena Kapoor and some call me a replica of Katrina Kaif. Well, that’s definitely a compliment for me as both are very nice artists but I find myself similar to Kareena's mannerisms. I have always been an ardent fan of Brad Pitt. His superb flick ‘Benjamin Button’ is my all-time favourite.