Break­out star Priyanka Cho­pra is light­ing up red car­pets with her colour­ful gowns, cre­ative beauty looks and gen­eral joie de vivre. Here’s how she does it


Priyanka Cho­pra on her best looks

She’s made her mark on North Amer­i­can TV and red car­pets in the past two years, but Priyanka Cho­pra has been a su­per­star in her home coun­try of In­dia since 2000. There, she suc­cess­fully tran­si­tioned from win­ning Miss World to act­ing in al­most 50 Bol­ly­wood fi lms.

For the Quan­tico lead’s next act, she’ll be ap­pear­ing in the much­hyped Bay­watch fi lm com­ing this sum­mer. “It’s go­ing to be a re­ally funny movie, and I can’t wait to un­leash it onto the world,” says Cho­pra, who watched the orig­i­nal show re­li­giously grow­ing up. The ac­tor also re­cently joined Pan­tene as its lat­est global am­bas­sador— a fit­ting gig since she’s an avid sham­poo pro­po­nent. “I wash my hair nearly ev­ery day now, be­cause I love the feel­ing of fresh hair,” she says. Read on for Cho­pra’s red car­pet prep.

Do you have any pre-red-car­pet

rit­u­als? “I do, ac­tu­ally: It’s called a cheese­burger. It’s true! Red car­pets are re­ally long and peo­ple don’t re­al­ize that. They’re two or three hours, usu­ally in the sun, and you don’t get food, so you’re starv­ing! I al­ways try and line my­self up with a mas­sive cheese­burger be­fore I go, be­cause I love cheese­burg­ers, and it gives me en­ergy. Then I’m not crav­ing food four hours down the line.”

You’re al­ways switch­ing up your

red car­pet hair looks. Why? “I first put on the dress and then I see what works. It’s re­ally im­por­tant to com­ple­ment what you’re wear­ing with your hair. That’s why I like to switch up my red car­pet game. I try and tell a story with the en­tire look, which is hair, makeup and wardrobe.”

Are there any looks that you would never try again on a red

car­pet? “Oh my God, yes. I’m not go­ing to re­mind the world of them. Less is more—I can­not stress that enough. There were red car­pets where I went [dressed up] like a Christ­mas tree and I’ll never do it again.”

What’s your main goal when

you’re dress­ing for an event? “I think it’s very im­por­tant for your per­son­al­ity to shine through, rather than what you look like. Every­one’s go­ing to be dressed in gor­geous clothes and every­one’s go­ing to be look­ing their best. I think you stand out when your per­son­al­ity stands out, when peo­ple can see who you re­ally are. By that I don’t mean wav­ing your arms around and ask­ing for at­ten­tion; I mean that you’ve got to let peo­ple see you.” What was the most fun part about work­ing on Bay­watch? “Play­ing an an­tag­o­nist in the fi lm. It’s a part that was orig­i­nally writ­ten for a man—I think that was an amaz­ing win. My char­ac­ter is a lit­tle os­ten­ta­tious and over the top. It’s so much fun. No­body will un­der­stand this, but play­ing an evil bitch is re­ally great be­cause you never get to do it in real life.”

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