Priyanka Chopra likes to make a good first impression.
But the actress, who married Nick Jonas last December, has also earned that “in the world we live in, the standard of beauty is not really real,” she tells PEOPLE in the upcoming Beautiful Issue, in which she is named a Beauty of the Year. “And that’s something that we have done to ourselves.”
When Chopra, 36, began working in show business, “I think I realized what all it takes to actually look the way we do on magazine covers and the work we do,” she adds. “That’s when I realized looks aren’t everything, it’s the confidence with which you walk into a room, it’s the ability to do your job to the best of your capabilities.”
Her own definition of wellness revolves around her skincare. “The way that I take care of my skin is to make sure to moisturize every day,” she says. “I take off all my makeup before I go to bed, and it doesn’t have to be really difficult. I think hydration is extremely important, drinking as much water as you can. That is truly the elixir of life.”
As for her future, the actress is focused on building her brand and plans to be an “extremely glamorous old lady, who will always have an opinion on everyone,” jokes Chopra, who stars in the YouTube special Tell You Just One Thing.
“I’ll be super fun and yeah, [mine] will be the house everyone will want to come to,” she says.
For more from our Beautiful Issue, pick up the magazine when it hits newsstands on April 26 and check out all of our coverage on PEOPLE.com.