“Becharis” Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

Makeup is an essential part of an actor’s job. A camera requires the person in front of it to look a certain way, that is why makeup becomes a necessity for an actor to prevent the camera from picking up unwanted details & enhancing skin conditions, which in reality look absolutely normal but get accentuated on TV screens. This is the reason why the actors, who may or may not be in favor of wearing a lot of makeup are required to wear some amount of it to at least have the coverage on face so that they don’t look too washed out or tired on screen.

Makeup also plays a crucial part in making or breaking a character, when an actor wears the right kind of makeup, it helps in conveying the scenario that a character is faced within the drama. Similarly, when an actor relies a bit too much on the makeup, it takes away the quotient of realness from the character & makes them look unnecessarily glamorous, which might not be requirement of the character. There are a lot of actors who do believe in wearing least amount of makeup to stay true to their characters & give them the realistic feel. However, there are also a lot such actors who do not shy away from wearing layers & layers of makeup. For such actors, looking good on-screen is the most important thing & that is why they do not really prioritize the feel & the look that actually goes with their characters.

Pakistani drama industry is filled with amazing & talented makeup artists, who work constantly behind the scenes to help the actors achieve the look they want to sport in their project. This is the reason why all the actors look so good on-screen, irrespective of the look that actually is needed for their characters. However, even though all the actors mentioned below have had perfectly done makeup in their dramas, they have always looked unrealistically glamorous considering the kind of characters they have played. This list is dedicated to those beautiful actresses who played the role of victims in their dramas but still succeeded in looking gorgeous & too made up.

Sohai Ali Abro (Surkh Chandni)

Surkh Chandni was probably one such drama that actually covered the journey of an acid attack victim in a very convincing manner. They started off by showing how Aida (Sohai Ali Abro) hit the rock bottom but with constant support, she not only ended up being a survivor but also turned this aspect of her life into her strength. Everything that was shown in Surkh Chandni was convincing & done right, except Sohai Ali Abro’s makeup & glamour. She looked too glam despite the fact that she was playing the role of an acid attack victim. Yes, one half of Aida’s face was covered with scarring (which also kept on fluctuating), however, the other half of her face had a thick, visible layer of perfectly matte foundation. Her eyebrows were on-fleek. Perfectly kohl’ed eyes. Eyeshadow was natural but done really well & not to forget the long-lasting liquid lipsticks that she wore, which completed her full face of makeup.

Sohai Ali Abro is one of those actresses who loves to wear makeup & looks absolutely glamorous in her dramas. However, it seems she was ready to play the role of Aida but not really keen on giving up on her habit of wearing a lot of makeup. Although she kept her makeup natural looking & did not resort to a lot of colors on her face, but the way her makeup was done seemed too perfect for someone who was an acid attack victim. In Surkh Chandni, a lot of real acid attack survivors were shown, so I guess Sohai Ali Abro had an example in front of her that none of the survivors looked the way Aida did. Yes, it was a drama & Sohai Ali Abro was just ‘playing’ this character & even though she acted brilliantly, the least she could have done is was give up on 2 – 3 layers, in order to make her character & her condition as an acid attack victim look a bit realistic.

"Becharis" Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

Ramsha Khan (Kaisa Hai Naseeban)

Ramsha Khan is also one of those actresses who loves wearing tons of makeup. In the beginning of her career, Ramsha did have a hard time finding the right makeup artist because her makeup was always off & poorly done. As the time passed, Ramsha did learn what looked good on her but still, she didn’t really realize that a character like Mariam can not look real with the amount of makeup that she wore in Kaisa Hai Naseeban. Mariam was a typical bechari that is often shown in our dramas, with non-supportive husband, zalim saas, typical nand & Mariam being the girl who is made to run the house by working outside as well as has to do the household chores day & night. Even after all of the hard-work, Ramsha Khan succeeded in looking perfectly made up with rosy cheeks, false eyelashes, under eye highlighting, glossy pink pout & perfectly shaped eyebrows. Yes, she looked fine in the initial stages of the drama when she was at her father’s home & was then a newly wed but later when her world turned upside down, the thing that remained consistently perfect was her makeup. I really hope she lets everyone know which brand of lash glue she used, because her false eyelashes stayed intact even during the hospital scenes.

"Becharis" Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

Minal Khan (Hassad)

Minal Khan is also one of those actresses who find it really hard to put their makeup brushes away. Minal Khan has the kind of face & features that can look absolutely perfect on-screen in minimal makeup but she does not believe in keeping it simple. The thing with Minal is that she does not only focus on her face makeup, she makes sure that her hair look shiny & the curls remain perfectly intact even if the world of her character is crumbling down. Minal Khan played the role of Naintara in Hassad & I guess she took the name of the character a bit too literally & seriously. She made sure to look like nainon ka tara by remaining all dolled up throughout the drama. In Hassad, Naintara loses her husband & her in-laws backwardly tell her to wear all-white outfits. Even in those scenes, I couldn’t help but notice how perfectly done her hair were & how she wore capris with so much of confidence amongst the family which was so bird-brained. Minal Khan tends to rely on makeup may be to add age to her characters since she plays such mature roles but it still looks unrealistic when her foundation is dewy, face is perfectly bronzed & highlighted, eye makeup is perfectly blended & hairdos are valima-appropriate – even in those scenes when she is mourning the loss of her on-screen spouse.

"Becharis" Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

Alizeh Shah (Jo Tu Chahay)

Alizeh Shah is the new eye-candy of Pakistani drama industry. She is getting to be a part of one big project after another because she is extremely beautiful. Her makeup artist knows the art of makeup but this is where the problem begins. Alizeh Shah is usually made to play the roles of a teenager but her hair & makeup make her look too glam to give a damn. Alizeh Shah has dyed her hair which already add a bit of glam to her overall look & then paired with the amount of makeup that she does, it just makes her look unrealistically beautiful to be playing such roles which are faced with challenges in life.

In Jo Tu Chahay, Mashal (Alizeh Shah) is living with her simple, pious, God-fearing Dadi Ma, she is a teenager orphan who is not loved by anyone around her, she does not have much money & her male cousins are protective & keep an eye on her, so not sure how can she afford such amount of makeup because the final result shows that the makeup used on her face is not your cheap drugstore makeup, it definitely must be branded! Considering the fact that Mashal has no exposure & she is just a college-going girl who comes back to her simple si Dadi ma, her on-fleek makeup makes it look like she is obsessed with Nida Yasir’s morning show Good Morning Pakistan & she keenly follows the episodes dedicated to makeup which are conducted by makeup artists like Wajid Khan or Kashee. Alizeh Shah’s makeup actually is perfect but this is what the issue is – she doesn’t need so much of makeup as it makes it hard to feel for her & find her realistic. In Jo Tu Chahay, she has not worn eyeliner once but the rest of the face is so over-done that it doesn’t really matter. Her foundation is perfect, her face is heavily bronzed & hair are always straightened & just perfect. She really should share her beauty secrets with school/college-going girls out there because I am pretty sure, the one & the only thing thing those hard-working girls sport proudly at this age, is the sun-tan!

"Becharis" Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

Ayeza Khan (Koi Chand Rakh)

In Koi Chand Rakh, Ayeza Khan took the title of the drama seriously & decided to play the role of ‘Chaand’ because she went for foundation probably 5 shades lighter than her skin-tone. She also played the role of ‘Chaandni’ because she decided to douse her face with shimmery highlighters. Ayeza Khan played the role of Dr. Rabail & in the very first introductory scene, where Dr. Rabail was shown to be on a long-duty, she looked like she had just finished walking the ramp for a fashion show & came backstage. Her hair was perfectly straightened, complexion was rosy, cheeks perfectly blushed, entire face highlighted, lips a perfect shade of pink & eye makeup done with expensive makeup brushes. The rest of Dr. Rabail’s journey was nothing short of a nightmare with her (makeup loving) husband cheating on her & everyone turning against her but again, her makeup remained perfect & the highlighter didn’t lose its intensity. Ayeza Khan is also one of those actresses who can do with the least amount of makeup & still look good on screen but she chooses not to walk that path!

"Becharis" Who Looked Glamorous in Pakistani Dramas

So, these were the actresses who recently played the characters of victims in their dramas yet succeeded in looking absolutely gorgeous. Their makeup was done well but it just didn’t go well with their situations in the drama. Who else do you think wears a lot of makeup while playing the role of an ultimate victim in our dramas? Please feel free to add more names to the list.

Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with Reviewit.pk in 2012. After moving to Australia, Pakistani content was a way of staying connected to the roots, language & Pakistani culture because it felt home. Eight years ago, review writing began as a hobby but has now turned into a passion.

  • Reviewit should stop recycling articles like the writers who keep on recycling scripts because they don’t have ideas. You have written this article before with the title actors who rely too much on make up. Go and check

    • Yes exactly…same content new name! We visit this forum for fresh informative reviews and articles. Not to be given old articles with new titles. Admin you need some fresh talent obviously Zahra is lost for originality !

    • That was an article written about the actors who generically rely on makeup. This is dedicated to those who played ‘victims’ & still didn’t give up on looking glamorous. There’s a difference.

  • Sry to say bt what happ to ur creativity lady? As far as i remember i read a similar post few weeks back written by the other lady fatima awan. This is almost same post with jst few names missing. Nthng new in this article. Write smthng new please.

  • 100% agree with your article.Specially in surkh Chandni Sohai’s make up was so distracting.It takes away the impact of the story and doesn’t seem realistic.

    • Yes, considering the fact that Sohai worked with the survivors & saw them upclose, I am not sure why she was so comfortable with the idea of having such a perfectly done face. It is more like an insult to the actual survivors.

  • بیچاروں کو بھی شامل کریں، جن میں عثمان خالد بٹ، عمران عباس، منیب فاروق سرفہرست ہیں۔

  • The editpr of this article is surely blind…on the contrary, in India, the so called drramas are most UNREALISTIC and globally famous for their mockery makeup, overacting, over hyped publicity, irritating characters and background score. The saas bahu bitches in indian drama sleep with ornaments and makeup. Whole khaandan along with family is involved in the business, double role or punar janam is day to day affair, plastic surgery, kidnapping, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE MORE THAN 1000 EPISODE LONG SERIALS, pirating a muvi song instead of working on original etc etc Pakistani serial on the other hand show real life issues and characters in their episodes and yet they wind up their every serial in not more than 25 episodes. Makeup is only shown on characters demanding like rich class. Ironically pakistanis are helpless when even after avoiding makeup ,if they look gorgeous, compared to indian bitches who make a mess of their faEces even after applyig makeup.
    Not eveything is to be blamed on pak..mind it editor and learn some ethics.

    • No where in this write up a comparison has been drawn with Indian dramas, Indian actors or their makeup. If you want to make a point against Indian content, you’re definitely free to do that but the context does not match here & then you calling me blind, is a little too much!

  • Ohkay so… is Zahra’s trademark. It’s how she opens a drama review. If I start reading a review which begins Ohkay so… I instantly know who the reviewer is.

    For me, the only articles I read and look out for, are those written by Zahra or Fatima. Many have tried to write drama reviews but none have succeeded to continue week on week, drama after drama and gain the viewership masses to read and comment.

    They command of the English Language and vocab, attention to detail, drama knowledge and settings, props etc is what sets them apart.

    They have also written many interesting articles, if this one is not to your taste, nazar andaaz kur do. Give them the benefit of doubt – we all make mistakes.

    For me, the worst articles on this site are the celebrity gossip, who said what mean things, how many times someone has been divorced, who is with who etc.

    • Yes i agree they have done sm realy gud work thats y v readers are here n thats exactly why v dnt xpct sch things from sch professionals. Repetitive points n repetitive articles is nt what readers want. Ppl lyk u who r a regular might ignore these things bt new ones notice these things. This is their job they r the critics they r nt here to make mistakes.

  • This is a very nice article and perfectly written. You’re so true they are ( Aiza Khan , Minal and Alizeh) are so much pretty that I might guess they don’t need heavy make-up. But I guess regardless of their roles they’re obsessed with glaammmmeed looks! Tch tch tch

    • Thank you Eiman. They really are so pretty & they can pull off the no-makeup look, just like Sarah Khan did in Yaar e Bewafa. She didn’t have any makeup in few scenes & it made her character look very real.

  • I have always found Zara’s reviews up to the mark. Sometimes there is repetition but that too on account of writer ‘a or director’s continuous repetitiveness of the situation or scene. However everyone has the right to comment but not degrade others. Zahra is more graceful in accepting the criticism however when you comment on Fatima’s article, she is extremely harsh. Whenever I criticized her review on aangan serial, she became furious and criticism for the sake of criticism. Well new writers should be introduced but with continuity and consistency.
    Job well done zahra for the consistency and hard work you put in.

    • I guess its a matter of opinion, i have commented many times on Fatimas reviews and she has never been harsh in her replies. I guess its because u liked Aangan… that was like a saza to the awam! Zahra on the other hand haa inky learned grace now… many times its been that she has been a bit too personal in her replies. I in no way am.having a personal ttack on anyone, just on the fact that repetition is boring. Many articles written by admin are then written slight changes with Zahras name! Maybe its an internal thing reviewit has going, but its not appealing to the masses.

      • First of all i m nt comparing zahra with fatima. Aur yahan bat article ki ho ri hai. Iski writer director editor ye khud hain. So nobody else is to blame. This might b ur xprnc bt honestly i hv found her reviews full of repetitive points. I agree with shazia aangan was a pathetic drama. Wahan to readers k b aisei cmnts thay mstly. I hv no prsnl issues with zahra. I hv read her reviews n few were quite interesting bt it seems she has nthng new to offer nw

      • Yes I loved that serial. It was a torture for those who had no love lost for such complicated issues whereas I thoroughly enjoyed that serial. Acting of sajjal was the hallmark of that drama.
        I had read all comments of yours and zahra under this particular article and I found out that its kind of derogatory criticism which has been repeated in every post you guys have posted. You are entitled to your opinion but dragging it unnecessarily just to prove the point was harsh.

        • I had no intention to drag the point. Cmnts were made n i jst replied. As i said earlier i dnt hv anh prsnl issues with zahra. Gud work is always appreciated n bad work always gets some criticism. No need to make fuss abt it. These reviewers criticize same actors many times. Is article pe b jo hmne point uthaya wo yei tha k tpc repeat hua hai. Os men b criticism i tha is men b hai to kya wo actors degrade ho k acting krna chor den? Dnt try to make a big deal out of it. We r readers v read these reviews n articles n v write our cmnts. There is no disrespect in any post.

  • As far as I am aware, Zahra and Fatima do not get paid to do this ‘job’ both review and write articles voluntarily in their own time.

    This must be their passion / hobby. If someone was giving you continuous negative feedback, you may think twice before writing, is it worth it?

    Not easy to sit and write a 10 minute article.

  • This article shows how dramas getting inspired from Indian dramas. If our actors continue to do it, then the audience can’t relate to them. I think these newcomers are more rely on makeup nowadays (Alizey, Minal, Aiman). How can I forget Aiman’s look in Baandi, her makeup was always on point in that bechari character. I never saw Ayeza Khan in simple looks in dramas, take the example of MTNH, KCR, her make up is always too much. Though on her instagram, she post gets simple pics which I like. I seriously want to kill KCR’s makeup artist, The makeup of wholecast was too cakey in that serial. The thing which irritates me that they all are one of the most beautiful actress, who got white skin, sharp features then also use this much makeup. But there are few actresses who stop using makeup. Take an example of Sana Javed, I seriously hate when she put too much makeup in Khaani, though her makeup was put off in crying scenes. If you see her recent dramas, she starts looking more natural. Another one is Sajal, her look in mera raqeeb irritate me a lot but after that, she starts using less makeup. In Alif, her makeup is done nude according to her character. Yumna, Sara, Zara also do little makeup. There are some actresses who also do a lot of makeup like Neelum, Naimal. Naimal is really pretty but whenever I look at her insta photos with that red lipstick, I feel like why this girl needs this much makeup. Look her Nikah pics, she is looking graceful in that simple look. Neelum Muneer kept simple makeup in reality but in her dramas, like Dil mom ka Diya, Dilnawaz in which she put a lot of makeup. We should take little advice from K-dramas, their actresses kept a very simple light look. I think our actress is more pretty in comparison to them, they look more beautiful in that kind of makeup.

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