In the theater world or in the filmy Bollywood, Kalki Koechlin is a known name in the industry. Moreover, when it comes to her remarkable roles in movies like ‘Margarita With a Straw’ or her views on feminism, she has managed to be stellar on each level. Not to forget, her flawless skin that makes everyone go green with envy. That’s what got us chatting about her beauty routine, her makeup mistakes and the secret behind her glowing skin. Here’s what she had to say:
When she was about You grew up in Pondicherry. What’s the best beauty tip you got there And are there any beauty tips that you learned from your mother while growing up?
Using cold pressed coconut oil on my skin and hair and I Always Used to clean my face at night and also used fresh aloe vera gel.
Who are the beauty idols that inspire you And what’s a beauty trend you’d never try in a million years?
Audrey Hepburn, Brigette Bardot, and Gwen Stefani. I will never ever try Plastic surgery cause I’m beautiful (smiling) and I know that.
How old were you when you first started wearing makeup? And which your first beauty investment and Were you confident about your looks growing up?
I first bought a kajal when I was 13-year-old. And I was in boarding school when I first tried makeup. Not at all! I was lanky and awkward looking geek with braces.
What is the worst beauty advice you’ve ever received and Is there any popular beauty trend you tried and regretted?
Dye your hair black and do an item number and you know the 90’s was all about really dark lip colors. Now, when I look at my teenage photographs, I cringe!
So, if there is a big day tomorrow, how would you prepare your skin and What are your everyday makeup essentials?
I try to keep it clean and then get a good amount of sleep. Also, I drink lots of water. Two things I avoid is too much salt and sugar. I always like to keep it simple. I just dab some sunscreen, apply mascara. If I’m stepping out of the house, then I put on lipstick and I’m good to go.
Your skin is luminous. What is the secret?
Being in the profession that I am in, I have to take good care of my skin, as I am required to look good always! I ensure that I keep my skin hydrated and moisturized. I also try to stay away from products that can harm my skin like waxing and creams. I prefer to use a razor to get that smooth skin whenever I want and no matter where I am. This is an important part of my daily grooming as it keeps me ready for all occasions.
Do you think a woman should be judged for using a razor?
Shaving is always associated with several taboos and myths. However, now it’s time to break away from the conventional methods, refresh your beliefs and embrace change. Today’s woman is clever, confident and unapologetically feminine and there are choices available for her that are as cutting-edge as she is. Personally, shaving is my go-to ritual that keeps me away from painful waxing sessions and creams full of harmful chemicals. It is painless and gives me the convenience to get rid of unwanted hair anywhere, anytime. Also, dermatologists have recommended shaving as the best method of hair removal.