Often referred to as Bollywood's quintessential girl-next-door, the very pretty Prachi Desai shares some of her beauty secrets with Time 'n Style Beauty.
What is your definition of beauty?
For me, healthy skin is beautiful skin. Taking care of your skin, having a positive attitude, and sticking to a healthy diet go a long way in defining your appearance. I believe that the key to looking good lies within you. If you are happy and at peace with yourself, the glow is bound to show.
What is your relationship with beauty?
My relationship with beauty stems from my relationship with the health of mind and body. For me, it's about being happy, eating right and living healthy. What I feel within automatically reflects in the way I look. I believe in using time-tested home remedies and use a lot of aloe vera and turmeric on my face. I drink at least three to four litres of water a day. I also enjoy coconut water and drink it through the year for healthy skin.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I drink a glass of lukewarm water mixed with honey. This is followed by a yoga session. Besides helping me kick start my day, it does wonders for my skin.
What are your favourite beauty products?
I'm not too fond of cosmetics; however, I religiously follow the cleanse-tone-moisturise routine. I use the Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Facial Cleanser, followed by a good toner and moisturiser. I never step out without sunblock. For my skin, I trust Neutrogena, whereas Kérastase works well for my hair. M.A.C and Lancôme are my favourite makeup brands.
What is inside your makeup bag?
I always keep a compact, a cream blush, lip gloss, lip moisturiser and sunblock in my bag.
The face I wear everyday
… is a confident and smiling one!
What's your secret for looking good always?
Keeping your mind and body healthy and maintaining a positive approach to life.
What's your personal beauty tip?
Drink lots of water and eat right by including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. It's also imporant to work out regularly. If you're healthy from the inside, you will surely shine on the outside.
What is the one thing you have learnt during a shoot?
One tends to get busy during shoots and I'd always end up skipping meals and not drink enough water. This would leave me weak and dehydrated. With time, I have learnt to regularise my meals. I keep sipping water all day to stay energised and look fresh.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I love watching movies, eating out and going out dancing with girlfriends.
How do you like to pamper yourself?
I love to shop…it's my personal indulgence. I also enjoy the occasional spa visit, which is very relaxing.
What's your personal style statement?
I'd say it's casual chic. I love wearing dresses and like to keep my makeup minimal, yet elegant. For me, beauty lies in simplicity.
Which of your roles has left the most lasting impression on you?
My role in I, Me aur Main has left a lasting impression on me, because I rediscovered my fun side while playing the part.
Out of all the movies you have seen, which are the roles that you would've liked to play the most?
I would love to play Kareena Kapoor's role in Jab We Met or Audrey Hepburn's part in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
What has been the greatest challenge in your life?
My greatest challenge was switching from television to films.
What are you looking forward to on the career front?
I'm looking forward to my next movie I, Me aur Main.
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