From the past few years, Bollywood stars have been trying to do different things to give their career a whole new direction. According to Nasscom report, India is now the third largest startup ecosystem in the world with more than 50 unicorns by 2021. Which is why in the recent years the number startups or ventures funded by well-known Bollywood celebrities have increased.
Bollywood celebs like Alia Bhatt, Suniel Shetty, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Anushka Sharma, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonu Sood have become investors or angel investors, while some have also started their own venture by becoming entrepreneurs.
This includes Katrina Kaif who is a British actress that predominantly works in Hindi Cinema. She is one of the highest paid actress in India and is known for her Box office hits like Namastey London, Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara, Bang Bang, Tiger Zinda Hai, Raajneti, etc.
Besides acting Katrina is also involved with her mother's charity and participates in many stage shows. The actress has recently funded in the e-commerce startup Nykaa and has also started her own makeup brand known as Kay beauty.
Nykaa is an Indian Online shopping site that sells cosmetics and skincare/beauty products. The company was founded by Falguni Nayar and is the number 1 online marketplace for beauty and wellness products in India. Nykaa has its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra and was established in 2012.
The company also received an investment of Rs 100 crore from Steadview Capital in May, 2020 and has grown into a unicorn company with the help of many such investments.
Nykaa is currently present in over 70 stores in India including products from from luxury brands like Tom Ford, Jo Malone London, Dior and Givenchy among others.
The main competitors of Nykaa in India are companies like Amazon Fashion, Flipkart Fashion and Myntra. The website currently has over 5 million monthly active users and handles more than 1.5 million order per month. Nykaa is known to have huge portfolio of more than 1,500 brands with a range of 1.3 lakh products available on all its platforms like website, app and stores.
Nykaa also offers a wide variety of beauty and grooming products for men, the website also includes Nykaa Pro which caters to their customers with beauty needs and special offers. They also have their own in-house beauty products known as Nykaa beauty which makes cosmetics for lips, eyes, face and nails among other skin body care range. The company also raised Rs 100 Crore from TPG Growth which is an American private equity firm in April 2019.
Katrina Kaif launched her make up brand Kay Beauty in 2019 and went on to invest an undisclosed amount in Nykaa through a secondary transaction. When asked about why she choose to invest in Nykaa, the actress replied by saying that she was familiar with growth of the company’s equity and market leadership and so becoming an investor was a logical step to do.
She also added that Nykaa has opened new avenues for women to explore and celebrate their own unique idea of beauty. Falguni Nayar the CEO of Nykaa, also commented that she admires Katrina's work ethic and understanding of beauty products.
The Venture started by Katrina Kaif
Kay Beauty is an Indian Cosmetic Brand that was founded by Katrina Kaif, this beauty line is available on the Nykaa’s website and its retail stores. Nykaa currently has two types of store which are Nykaa On trend and Nykaa Luxe.
Kay beauty is divided three sections which are Kolor, Kover, Kare. The Kolor represents the color cosmetics with eyes, Lips and Nails, while Kover and Kare includes face products with nourishing ingredients. The brand has 48 different pieces of makeup products for eyes and lips just from Kolor Category.
These products are affordable and are priced at Rs. 249 to Rs. 799. Kay Beauty is India's first celebrity brand. According to Katrina it has been a long journey and a lot of work for creating the brand the way she wanted it to be. The actress is involved in making decisions from the quality of the products to the textures of the company’s first campaign and photo shoot for the brand.
The Kay Beauty brand was created by Katrina because she is passionate about makeup, understood the art of makeup and gained knowledge about it through her experience of being a model and actor. Which is why the actress know exactly what to convey to consumers when it comes to Kay Beauty.
The company manufactures products that are said to be high-performance and long lasting while caring for ones skin at the same time. Commenting on her vision for the brand Katrina added that Kay beauty is not just another brand endorsement, but her own brand that truly represents who she is.
The Kay Beauty is good at marketing its products and has come up with many interesting hashtags such as the #MakeupThatKares and #ItsKayToBeYou, through which the brand talks about the gap that the brand fulfils by providing a makeup collection that has care ingredients to nourish the skin.
Nykaa’s partnership with Kay Beauty
Kay beauty has also recently made a partnership with Nykaa, after which the company gave the Kay beauty team full freedom to create and market the brand.
Katrina partners with nykaa because Nykaa’s team has knowledge on creating unique formulations, educating the consumer and bringing the best beauty trends in the market. What Nykaa also has is a strong network of online distribution and stores all across India which will help the brand reach to top tier cities.
During the launch of Kay Beauty, Falguni Nayar, founder and CEO Nykaa added,
"The launch of Kay Beauty is a proud moment for Nykaa too because it is the country’s first celebrity beauty brand. I have always admired Katrina’s independent spirit and was also inspired by her vision to create this unique collection. Over the past two years, Katrina and the team have worked relentlessly with passion and dedication to bring this vision to life.”
Katrina also mentioned that this partnership has all the ingredients she is looking for, as Nykaa has all information in business, distribution and technical side of things which is very necessary while starting a brand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Katrina Kaif?
Katrina Kaif is a British actress that predominantly works in Hindi Cinema and is one of the highest paid actress in India.
Which startup did Katrina Kaif fund?
Katrina Kaif has invested an undisclosed amount in omnichannel lifestyle retailer Nykaa in October 2020.
What is Nykaa?
Nykaa is an Indian online shopping site that sells cosmetics and skincare/beauty products.
What is the makeup brand of Katrina Kaif?
Katrina Kaif has launched her own cosmetic brand Kay beauty in partnership with Nykaa.
What is the net worth of Katrina Kaif?
The net worth of Katrina Kaif is estimated to be around $6 million.