Mimi Talks to Caroline Cox: Part 2

BATD ON Aug 19, 2009 AT 9:56 am

Classic red lipstick from YSL

Classic red lipstick from YSL

In part two of our interview Caroline tells us what she thinks of celebrities today and what must haves made it into her make-up bag.

Tell us what’s in your make up bag?
I’ll be really honest and tell you exactly! Bourjois eyeshadow 07 Noir Emeraude, Bourjois Pastel Lumiere, Gris Paillettes 92 (great combo for smoky eyes a la Debbie Harry), L’Oreal Double Extension Carbon Black Mascara, YSL Touche Eclat, Urban Decay Oil Slick eyeshadow, YSL Rouge Pure Opium Red lipstick, Sassoon Motion Hold hairspray, Serge Lutens’ Tubereuse Criminelle perfume, dental floss, tweezers and an emergency fiver! As it’s summer I use Chanel bronzing powder rather than the foundation and Clinique pressed powder I use the rest of the year.

Which celebrities today in your opinion embody old school Hollywood glamour?
Scarlett Johansson has old school blonde bombshell glamour down to a ‘T’, Gwen Stefani always looks immaculate, Angelina Jolie is fabulously sexy without looking slutty and I love everything about Halle Berry.

Halle Berry oozes Hollywood glamour

Halle Berry oozes Hollywood glamour

How do you feel about celebrities in the media today?
On the whole celebrity culture today has led to a pretty rigid and conformist attitude to fashion particularly its relationship with bodyshape. The presence of the celebrity stylist has led to an identikit red carpet look and anyone who tries anything a bit different is usually castigated in the press. Now a whole generation of girls have given up on being individual and we have Jordan/Katie Price as a figurehead. That’s horrible! There are different ways of looking and being that are far more fun and my book gives lots of delicious examples.

What do you hate reading about that lets down the reputation of women today?
The whole footballer’s wife scenario where girls line up in a cattle market in some sleazy club waiting to be picked off by overpaid athletes with no charisma, finesse or sophistication. Sodom and Gomorrah re-enacted on cheap package holidays in Crete, shopping listed as a girl’s hobby to the detriment of anything else including reading a good book, sex tapes and girl gangs…. The list is endless!

What old Hollywood make-up and style secrets do you think we should take more notice of?
The idea that glamour is about creating a fantasy, and becoming truly adorable requires commitment to change, not just your handbag, haircut and shoes but your personality too. It’s about charm and kindness to others as well as a kick-ass red lipstick!

What has been your career highlight to date?
I had the great honour of being awarded a Visiting Professorship from the University of the Arts for my contribution to Cultural History but this book, HTBAdored has to be my finest hour!!

If there was one thing you wanted us to take on board after reading your book, what would it be?
Be nice to each other, cultivate fabulous friendships and be charming -  as one who is devoid of charm can never be truly divine!

Any there any more books in the pipeline?
Of course, watch this space!

‘How to be Adored’ is out in September, for more info visit www.quadrille.co.uk

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