Beauty

Deepika Padukone wishes she had never made this beauty mistake

When the cameras go off, the superstar is all about normcore beauty

Deepika Padukone is inching closer to world domination every day, especially with her latest stint as the brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. This year’s been a good one for the actor: she made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return Of Xander Cage and once again proved her credentials as a style icon on the Cannes red carpet. But it turns out that IRL, she’s happy to ditch the glitz in favour of a low-key beauty philosophy that is all about staying true to yourself.

ELLE: What’s your beauty philosophy?

Deepika Padukone: My mother’s ‘less is more’ mantra definitely rubbed off on me early on. She taught me to stick to a more natural look and to choose clothes and make-up that reflect my personality. I usually like to bring out only one feature instead of trying too many things, so I’ll either wear just eyeliner or red lips.

ELLE: What’s the one beauty mistake you wish you hadn’t made?

DP: I’ve made tonnes, but my katori cut from when I was a child is by far the worst—though I can’t be blamed for it! My friends joke and tell me that my mum probably got a ‘buy one get one free’ deal on the haircut, since my sister and I both debuted it together.

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ELLE: What is your skincare routine?

DP: Skincare is a combination of things for me. A lot of how your skin looks depends on what you eat, so I make sure I eat healthy. I also plug in regular workouts because fitness isn’t just about working on my body for a particular movie or event, it’s what I do to feel good. Cosmetics like concealers and foundations help with extra touch-ups.

ELLE: What’s your go-to make-up look?

DP: I rarely do my own make-up. But if it were left up to me, I would always wear red lipstick.

ELLE: How do you zero in on the right red carpet look?

DP: The look you choose needs to be an extension of you. You need to feel good in it and not worry about what other people will think about it. I don’t care for being criticised for what I wear. The only time I regret a decision is if my mum or girlfriends give me flak for it.