April 14, 2014 12:00 PM

MAD ABOUT MINDY!

MINDY K. VS. MINDY L.

You’re so busy. How do you pamper yourself?

Pampering for me is sleeping. I have the sleep patterns of a 12-year-old boy, so I could sleep until 2 in the afternoon. In terms of massage and stuff, massages make me a little uneasy. My mind wanders. But I love getting my nails done.

How does your personal style compare to your character’s?

My character is not afraid of color, and she’s not afraid of print, and she’s frequently not afraid to wear them at the same time. I’m less complicated than Mindy Lahiri, but I love her love of color. I, Mindy Kaling, wear a lot of gray Helmut Lang T-shirts, trousers, oxfords, sneakers and ripped jeans. I’m also all about “skin to win” (to quote my costume designer Salvador Perez), which means tops unbuttoned basically to the belly button.

What’s one of your wardrobe essentials?

When I’m in New York City, I need a cool pair of sneakers because I like to wander around shopping and looking for adventure. I invested in some Maison Martin Margiela sneakers, in addition to black high-tops from Giuseppe Zanotti. And of course, my white high-top Converse.

You’re in the April issue of Vogue. What was that like?

I loved every second of shooting for Vogue. They made me look powerful and showed me in a way I’m never seen, which is something different than the grinning “your best friend” comedy actress. I mean, I love being that, but this was such a nice change.

We’re loving your makeup recently.

Lots of color! I’m all about a bright, unusual colored [eye] liner right now. It’s a fun way to make a classic look playful, even for daytime.

What can Mindy Project fans look forward to this season?

The last eight episodes are a roller coaster of sex, breakups, workplace awkwardness and secrets.

“I DON’T HAVE BIG BREASTS, SO I LIKE TO WEAR LOW-CUT THINGS”

—In Salvador Perez and J.Crew at SiriusXM on March 27

“WITH A CUSTOM GOWN, THERE’S NOT THE HELL OF TRYING ON DRESSES AND YOUR EGO GETTING HURT BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FIT IN CERTAIN PLACES”

—In Salvador Perez at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 3

“THE COLOR, THE SILHOUETTE, THE TRAIN; [THIS DRESS] IS ALL DECADENCE AND DRAMA, CUT IN THE MOST FLATTERING SHAPE”

—In Salvador Perez at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 22

“I’M NOT SKINNY, I DON’T HAVE A SIX-PACK, BUT I CAN WEAR [A CROP TOP] AND STILL FEEL COMFORTABLE”

—In Topshop at PlayFest 2014 on March 25

“I’M INSPIRED BY MY CHARACTER TO ROCK A LOT OF COLOR”

—In Trina Turk at SXSW on March 9

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