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One of my favourite aspects of editing BEAUTY the Guide is the opportunity to interview fascinating people. From master perfumers to makeup artists to celebrities, everyone has a story to tell. And some of the best interviews are with actors and actresses who grew up in the Hollywood studio system. These are men and women who took classes on Hollywood backlots on how to properly apply makeup for the big screen, how to care for your skin and how to choose cosmetics that will project on a theatre stage. Joan Collins is one of the best such interviews I’ve ever done.
At the age of 16, Collins attended London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was soon signed to Twentieth Century Fox in California. This was the Golden Age of Hollywood when studios groomed their young actresses to be movie stars. Collins had the great fortune of working with Whitey Snyder, a top Fox makeup artist who happened to be Marilyn Monroe’s favourite. “Whitey taught me a lot,” says Collins from her London home. “Particularly how to apply foundation with the lightest touch and always to blend, blend, blend.” In her beauty book “Joan’s Way”, she tells the story of how Snyder built a black metal travel case for Monroe to carry her extensive collection of cosmetics. You can actually view it the Max Factor Makeup Museum in Los Angeles. “When she first came to Fox, she wore too much makeup, particularly her base, which was far too thick and heavy, and she had ‘bee-stung’ lips and unplucked brows. He taught Marilyn to put Vaseline on her face to create the illusion of depth and luminosity.”
“It’s very important to have defined features on stage,” continues Collins. “So I use heavier and darker foundation than usual and accentuate my eyes and eyelashes top and bottom. And I never let the sun’s rays touch my face. I always wear a hat with a brim, summer and winter.” Asked how she keeps her skin luminous, she says, “I always use a moisturizer and foundation and I’m scrupulous about removing makeup at night when I use a very good night cream.”
Very wise beauty advice from a Hollywood legend. This month, we spotlight some remarkable new fragrance and skincare launches. And we highlight the best catwalk beauty trends. I hope you enjoy this issue.
Dave Lackie, editor
BEAUTY the Guide magazine