Ines de la Fressange's straight talk on beauty

Everything we read about Ines de la Fressange makes us like her more.

Our latest instalment of Ines adoration has to do with beauty wisdom from the Frenchwoman. De la Fressange, recently signed as a L’Oreal model, talked sense on makeup, tattoos, sunscreen and trying too hard with Into the Gloss. Read on...

On other people: ‘I understood very late that after a while, you have to be a bit comfortable and that people are not looking at you precisely—it’s a general feeling. But it took me years to understand that they are not looking at how your eyelashes are...’ On looking too ‘done’: ‘I think it is awful to have your hair too well done. When you are young, it looks cheap to have your have your hair perfect, and when you are old, it looks tacky. It looks like you want to look wealthy, which is very vulgar.’ On aging naturally: ‘I think it’s better to keep a bit of wrinkle here and there; I see these bizarre faces, and after people tell me they have had Botox or fillers, I don’t realize—I just find they have a funny face.... You know, people are not looking at exactly how many wrinkles you have—they don’t care so much. I mean you are old, I am old, it will show…you are not fooling anyone.’ On exercise: ‘I never exercise, I don’t have time…and anyway, why would I pay a fortune to suffer? When I can walk ten miles around Paris? I go by stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. I carry things. It’s important to move and do things.’ On youthful mistakes: ‘When I was young, I was much too serious. I saw that Freja did the under-shave like in the ‘80s, and when the hairdresser Christiaan was starting that I didn’t dare do it, but I was twenty-two, I should have. Maybe I was a square. In youth it’s okay to take a risk, but no tattoos, no things that stay.’
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