TV’s breakout star Priyanka Chopra spills beauty secrets

Former Miss World and acclaimed Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is turning up the primetime heat thanks to her captivating role on TV’s Quantico. The star, who has acted in more than 50 films in India, plays FBI recruit Alex Parrish in the dramatic thriller, which examines the aftermath of a terrorist attack on American soil.

The series debuted to more than seven-million viewers on Sept. 27 and is considered to be one of fall’s hottest new shows. And although her character is tasked with keeping a low profile and protecting government secrets, Priyanka isn’t shy when it comes to talking about health and beauty. Here, the gorgeous 33-year-old dishes her favourite beauty secrets and tips to Hello!


What are your go-to beauty products?

I’m a beauty product hoarder – literally – and I’m proud of it! I’ll short-list my go-to products because there are a quite a few. Anything Kiehl’s. I’m a huge fan. Perfume, I love perfume and I change up the scent regularly. Lip moisturizer. Usually something with a hint of colour. I love Maybelline Baby Lips and Burt’s Bees. Mascara is at the top of my list and I’m using Dior right now. A good mask... SK II has one of the best. Water, I drink lots of it especially when I travel. And sunglasses are a very important go-to, particularly when I’m tired.

What's your number one beauty rule?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! And always washing my face before bed, no matter what.

The stunning actress captured the Miss World crown in 2000. Photo: © Getty Images

What's the secret to having great hair?
I think a lot of it has to do with genetics; I suppose I’ve been blessed with good ones. Next to that, I’m a big fan of warm coconut oil hair massages. I try to do this as often as I can, given the regular beating my hair takes. Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It keeps the hair strong, nourished and protected and even prevents hair loss. Let’s not forget the therapeutic effects of a good head massage! A great stress buster!

What's your beauty regimen?
Between my film schedule, and now my TV schedule for Quantico, I pretty much never do my own makeup. It sounds glamorous, but we’re talking camera makeup, so thick, thick layers. When I do have a day off, I try to let my skin breathe so I keep my face as clean as possible. I use a moisturizer, mascara (best beauty product on earth), pull my hair back into a bun, and use some lip stain – bold red lips if I’m feeling tired – and voilà! If I’m home, with no plans to leave the house, my routine is au natural.

What's you travel beauty regimen?
Loads of water. I moisturize my face, body, and hands because the plane can be so drying to your skin. I usually go right from the airport to an event, so I try to prep on the plane as much as possible. I also use a moisturizing facemask about 20 minutes before landing, it really helps to refresh and brighten my skin.

Priyanka's FBI drama Quantico is filmed in Montreal. Photo: © Bell Media

Do you have any other beauty/hair rules?
Yogurt for my skin and also for my hair. For my hair, I mix half a cup of yogurt (for moisture) with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice (great for exfoliating), apply it to your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour. Shampoo as usual and voilà!

What's the craziest beauty treatment you've done?
The closest I’ve come to doing anything in the "crazy" zone is the fish pedicure, where you soak your feet in a tub of water filled with these tiny fish who bite off all the dead and callused skin from your feet. It was a creepy experience and I’m not sure I will do it again. I did once consider "leech detox" therapy for like a second, but it was too gross for me even to go beyond the thought. I’m just happy to use the various natural Indian beauty therapies that are super cool and work like a dream.

When do you feel most beautiful?

When my confidence is at an all time high! I seriously believe that there is a direct correlation between inner and outer beauty. If you believe in yourself and believe you are beautiful then that confidence shines through and kind of adds an extra layer to your outer beauty. When both connect, its like, "No one can stop me!"

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