If ever there was a year for wellness and self-care, it’s 2020. Poppy Delevingne has long understood the holistic importance of a good beauty regime and its capacity to empower, soothe and uplift – things that feel all the more crucial in times such as these.
“I’ve really learnt the power of beauty and make-up during lockdown,” she told us. “I had to read a story for an initiative with Save The Children, and I dried my hair with a hairdryer, brushed it, put on some make-up and suddenly I felt like another person. I felt strong, elevated and powerful. It made such a huge difference. Good hair and a good make-up moment can make you feel a million dollars.”
Her grandmother has spent years dishing out excellent beauty advice (her tip on how to achieve fluttery eyelashes are well worth noting) and her sisters, Cara and Chloe, love lotions and potions even more than she does: “Chloe has a nail polish addiction – she has more than god. Still to this day, I steal one when I go to her house… sorry Chloe.”
Delevingne’s latest project, season three of Riviera, expanded her beauty knowledge even further, including finding a scent that instantly takes her back to South of France set location – and quite frankly who couldn’t do with a slice of the Riviera right now? “Wood sage and sea salt by Jo Malone London reminds me of being by the sea, but also of pine trees in that overwhelming heat. It takes me back, I’ve got butterflies.”
From tan-enhancing cheats that require zero sun exposure (it’s time to dig out your brown eyeliner) to the perfect red lipstick to ensure instant glamour, here the actress and muse shares her ultimate tips and tricks, and what she’s learnt about beauty over the years.
“My views of beauty have changed as I’ve grown older,” she says. “I now feel that less is more. In my twenties, I was piling it on. Every picture taken of me in my twenties, I’m wearing a lot of frosted eyeshadow… I wish I hadn’t worn so much of it, but back then it was kind of cool.”
Season three of Riviera is available to watch now
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