An Evening With Dame Joan Collins

An Evening With Dame Joan Collins
Dubai Opera December 12th 2017

Saturday, June 4, 2016


Annabel Meggeson’s Weekend Beauty

Joan Collins’ 10 rules of style
Lunch with Dame Joan Collins a couple of weeks ago was just as fabulous as I had imagined. She was open, outspoken and, yes, sometimes outrageous. Here are a few things I learned about our iconic ex-Alexis.
The best beauty advice I have ever been given? Keep your face out of the sun. I wear big hats and scarves and SPF and make-up, which is rather a good sun barrier. I love getting my body in the sun, though, so the skin there’s not as great.
I never blow dry my hair. Only if I go to the hairdresser’s. Otherwise, I just pull it back into a bun or wear a hat. It’s very fine, so sometimes I’ll have pieces put in.
Espadrilles are great for travelling as you don’t normally have to take them off at security and if you do… Clothes-wise, it’s all about layering – shirt, tank, sweater, jacket, scarf – you can remove or pile on accordingly and none are too heavy to roll up and put in your bag.
My beauty icons were Vivien Leigh and Ava Gardner. Today I really admire Carmen Dell’Orefice and Dita Von Teese, as they’re both real individualists and they both wear a lot of make-up. I think women should always wear make-up and make the best of themselves.
If I’m going out, it takes me about 25 minutes to put on make-up. I use my First Base foundation, some eye shadow from my Moody Browns & Gold Eye Shadow Quad, mascara, lip pencil, lipstick.
I love the high street. They interpret high fashion in a more accessible way and get it just right. I love M&S – I swear by their cashmere.
I hate blue and green eye shadows, over-plucked eyebrows and lip liner that’s darker than the rest of the lips. But we all make beauty mistakes. Goodness knows, I’ve made enough myself.
I love face oilThe first thing I do in the morning is work some into my skin - before I’ve even had coffee.  It’s all about hydration and if I’m at home during the day, I’ll apply moisturiser four or five times. I slather on night cream at night and if I wake up during the night, I’ll top up.
Ice pads work well for puffy eyes, especially after a big night out. The last do I went to, I was out till midnight.
I love spending time with my husband. We write together, watch TV together, go to the cinema together, travel together and he cooks, while I keep him company in the kitchen!
I’m very proud of my Lipstick and Powder Compact Duo – it’s all I take on a night out.

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