Even though Padma Lakshmi has been getting glammed up for the Judge’s Table on “Top Chef” for years, her off-screen beauty routine is contrary to her TV look.
“Don’t spend more than 15 minutes on your makeup, it’s time you’ll never get back and it’s not that worth it,” she said. “Only you know that your eyelashes aren’t as curled as they should be unless you’re going to be on TV or you’re getting married, or it’s the Emmys, don’t do it.”
“Find a good lip color you can put on in the elevator and go,” she added.
Talking to a crowd at The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” event on Monday at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Lakshmi’s makeup rules came up while chatting about prioritizing a busy schedule.
“I’m a really big maker of lists,” the 48-year-old said. “I vomit everything I really want to get done on a piece of paper but then I go back and write numbers next to each one and that is the order that I attack that list … what you don’t want is to go through all of the secondary issues but the one that’s most important and the one that has most value you forgot to do.”
But when it comes to her job as a judge on the Bravo show, she also admitted that it took her three years to start feeling comfortable on set of the cooking competition when she started on the show in 2006 as she “never worked the line in the back of a restaurant” and didn’t go to culinary school like some of her counterparts.
“I was really nervous that someone was going to find out that I didn’t know how to work a sous vide machine or something dumb like that,” she said considering her background as a writer. “Then I started realizing that I don’t need to be exactly like them, the reason why I’m sitting in the chair that I am is because I bring a different set of skills and knowledge to the job … that took me a really really long time to internalize.”
Lakshmi, who is now the executive producer of “Top Chef,” was also joined by “SNL” star Aidy Bryant and Olympic soccer player Hope Solo in the panel discussion.