Why Diane Kruger loves cooking, hates facials, and drinks wine before walking a red carpet


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Diane Kruger has always been one of those celebrities who just makes everything look easy. She always comes off as effortlessly chic, well-rested, and healthy. So how does the German-born face of Chanel pull it off?

The ballet dancer-turned-model-turned-actress talked to Coveteur about everything from her sleep habits to her favorite beauty products—and shared some seriously down-to-earth habits (AKA you won’t see her at a facialist, and she does her own makeup on the red carpet—after a glass of wine).

Here are the 6 live-well rules that keep Kruger feeling refreshed, happy, and confident.

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1. She swears by her sleep schedule…

“I do the best when I get enough sleep,” she says. “I’m really not good on no sleep. If I truly don’t get nine hours, I’m not good. I feel best when I feel rested and also when I feel like I have enough time for myself to do the things that I love doing that is not work. I love work, but I need a day every now and then.”

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2. …and her workout schedule

“About two or three years ago I had to gain weight for a movie, and it wouldn’t come off,” she says. “I’ve been the same weight my entire life, and it wouldn’t come off, so I started going to the gym. I guess it’s coming from ballet, I have a very competitive thing in me and I got really into it and I love it. Now I go four or five times a week—I do Pilates, I do Xtend Barre. I just love it, and it makes me feel strong, and I feel confident.”

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3. She loves cooking—and thinks you should, too

“Eat organic, cook for yourself,” she says. “I feel like when you make food for yourself, there’s sort of a satisfactory thing about making good food that’s actually good for you.”

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4. She sticks with what works—and knows less is more

“I never get facials,” she says. “I break out really easily, so once I find a product I like, I stick to it. I get my makeup done so often for work and for photo shoots. On the red carpet, it’s a different thing; the red carpet is not so precise. I always feel like less is more, and I don’t like to be too made up on the red carpet.” (Fun fact: Kruger does her own makeup for the red carpet—and says she usually has a glass of wine before it’s go time.)

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5. She loves a good massage and some me-time

“I like to get Thai massages,” she says. “They’re very energizing. I like to take a day for myself usually [to decompress]. I try to not do anything but get a manicure or pedicure—just be by myself, go see a movie by myself, not really hang out with anyone.”

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6. She believes in “everything in moderation”

“I used to not like myself very much,” she says. “I know when I feel best, when I’m at a certain weight, when I eat a certain way—I just try to be really healthy without going crazy. I don’t believe in all those juicing [crazes]. I believe I should be able to eat everything I love in moderation, and I kind of do.”

Self-care isn’t just for celebs. Try these super-easy (and effective) rituals, join a book club (with Sarah Jessica Parker!), or tune into a soothing sound bath (from the comfort of your own bed). 

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