Quantico star Priyanka Chopra's beauty regimen

Actress Priyanka Chopra arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on Feb 28, 2016.
Actress Priyanka Chopra arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on Feb 28, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Actress Priyanka Chopra, 33, made a career in Bollywood before becoming the first South Asian woman to lead an American network series, the ABC drama Quantico.

Though she is filming in Montreal for the show, which has been renewed for a second season, she is more often "based on a plane", she said.

Born in Jamshedpur, India, she was also raised in Newton, Massachusetts, and Queens, New York City. Her beauty regimen is a hybrid of Indian DIY and Western favourites.



What is most important for skincare is what you do the night before. You have to remove all make-up before you go to bed, no matter how tired you are.

I double wash because I wear a lot of make-up when I work. I have dry skin, but it is still very important to take off all the make-up and grime. I also double moisturise. I use a Kiehl's serum and then a cream by Tatcha. I've also found that StriVectin under-eye cream works for me.


For my body, I moisturise with Bio-Oil and a body lotion from Diptyque. If I'm going in the sun, I wear a face sunscreen by Shiseido.

I find most of my products from reading magazines and listening to what make-up artists tell me to do. And I usually do my shopping at the duty-free section of airports, so I keep trying new things.

Whenever I'm tired or getting on a flight, I'll wear an SK-II mask. I'm usually in a cabin on the plane and I shut the door and put it on. Sometimes, I put on fresh yogurt as a mask with a little turmeric powder in it - this is an Indian trick. The turmeric is a healer for skin.


I try to wear very little make-up on a day-to-day basis. I use Armani foundation under my eyes. Then it is mostly just lip balm or a lip stain. I like the lip stains by Laura Mercier. I also like MAC and Nars lipsticks when I'm doing something bold.

I stick with matte lipsticks. I don't wear gloss. I have big lips and when I wear gloss, they look way bigger.

My mum wears kohl all the time. It's an amazing look and part of our culture for eons. Kohl makes big brown or black eyes stand out that much more. But I'm not big on the smoky eye. I like to keep the eye fresh.

I use my fingers to curl up my mascara. I'm not very meticulous when it comes to my make-up. I pretty much use my fingers, except I'll use a brush for my blush.

It's an interesting thing, the concept of "beauty" as an actor. People have doubted my abilities because of my beauty and I've enjoyed proving to them that beauty shouldn't have anything to do with your ability to tell the story. It's important for actors to be chameleons. Beauty is just one aspect.


It's very important to me. It makes me feel like I'm walking around in my own bubble. Right now I'm using Dolce & Gabbana's The One and Diptyque L'Ombre dans l'Eau.


I'm blessed with Indian genes. I have good hair. When I was young, my grandmother used to give me coconut-oil head massages. I used to say: "I don't want it." Now, of course, I know how great it was.

I like Oribe products. I love the smell and I find they make my hair glossy.

Because I'm sitting in the hair and make-up chair all the time, my hair gets blown out, but it's actually wavy. I let it be and pull it back if it's my day off.

For haircuts, I get trims. I can't change it much because I'm always filming some scene for a character and you need continuity.


I try to get massages whenever I can, but I'm not very fussy. I go to a nice spa in the city I'm in or I have a massage at home - somebody that does house calls.


You're going to be very bored with this answer, but I don't do anything for fitness. I realise it's my genes and my age. I'm going to take advantage of it for as long as I can.

I drink a lot of coconut water. It has electrolytes, which are good for you. And in Mumbai, the coconuts are so fresh.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2016, with the headline 'Wearing a yogurt turmeric mask on a plane'. Print Edition | Subscribe