"I love purple on brown skin."
In an episode of Vogue Beauty Secrets, Padma Lakshmi revealed her beauty routine while reflecting on her inside-out approach and what she’s learned from her years on camera.
Padma said: “When I’m home, I make sure that half of my diet is fruits and vegetables.
“I’m 51 and I think that’s why my skin now looks good because I’ve nourished it properly.”
Along with her minimum intake of 2-3 litres of water per day and the regular consumption of yoghurt for gut health, it’s clear Padma Lakshmi has an inside-out approach to beauty.
She added: “People always ask me what I put on my skin and sometimes it’s not what you put on your skin topically. It’s really what you put in your body.”
Food is also the star of her topical regimen, thanks to a DIY honey mask.
Padma said: “It has anti-inflammatory properties; it’s a smoothing agent and exfoliant. The suction pulls out all the impurities.”
Padma Lakshmi harvested this elixir from her own beehive, which sits nestled on her New York City terrace.
As a food expert, model, and TV host, Lakshmi has spent years on camera, and she’s honed her makeup routine accordingly.
She started with a Laura Mercier primer and two shades of Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk foundation to veil hyperpigmentation and even skin tone.
Padma said: “When I’m going on camera, I make sure my face is extra even but when I’m not on camera I don’t really wear that much makeup. I try to let my skin rest.”
For added coverage, she blended concealer with her fingers on her under-eye area, as well as around her mouth, chin, and forehead.
She etched her brows with a Dior pencil with the help of a Zadro compact mirror, before sweeping a peachy bronze shade atop her lids.
Her eye look was completed with purple eyeshadow on her lower lash line.
Padma said: “I love purple on brown skin. I think it actually acts as a neutral.”
When it comes to lip colour, Padma Lakshmi reaches for matte products that won’t budge throughout a day spent eating.
Padma then reached for a duo by Nars and Clinique.
She highlights her cheeks and Cupid’s bow then adds a soft contour and a spritz of Tata Harper’s hydrating essence.
Her homemade perfume – a blend of essential oils like neroli, geranium, rosemary, and black pepper – provides the perfect finishing touch.