Between Project Runway and America’s Got Talent, Heidi Klum is constantly hitting the red carpet; so much so that the star tells PEOPLE, “I go to so many shows — and obviously with Americas Got Talent — I pretty much have a red carpet every week.”
Which is why, in order to gear up for the 2016 Emmy Awards, we tapped the Project Runway nominee for her must-have red carpet checklist. See her tips below.
1. Keep the prep simple
“I get hair and makeup, I don’t know how many times a week,” says Klum, 43. “So I go about my day like any other day, then I jump in my outfit, hop in the car and I go.”
2. Pack it in your purse
“Awards shows can be long, so I bring a little snack or a granola bar with me,” says Klum. She’s also ready for touch-ups: “For the heat, blotting paper is a must, and I always have lip gloss.”
3. Take a fashion risk
“I like to be unexpected with what I’m wearing, and I love to push boundaries,” says Klum. “A lot of girls are afraid to be on the ‘don’t’ page the next day. I go for it.”
4. Don’t skip the cocktail
“We’re either toasting a win, or sometimes we toast that we were losers,” Klum says. “Most of the time that’s the case. No matter what, it’s fun.”
For more from the 2016 Emmy Awards, check out the latest issue of PEOPLE, on stands now! And tell us: which tip will you be stealing from Klum?