Into the Gloss sat down with the inimitable nonagenarian to discuss getting older, personal style, and her new line of MAC cosmetics. Among her interesting beauty secrets: She used to use mustache wax on her eyelashes. “One day, I fell into the hands of my friend’s sister who was a very glamorous fashion model. She took me by the hand and in the other hand she had a tube of black mustache wax. She took a spoon and struck a match, and the wax melted, then she took a brush on the eyes and they beaded — I looked like Miss Piggy. On my eyelashes — very heavy — it was like heavy, heavy, heavy mascara. I had very long lashes, so it was very striking. This was when I was about eighteen, which, let me see — I’m ninety now, so, how long was that? About seventy-two years ago — I don’t know if they even make it anymore. That’s what I used to use, and I used to use eye shadow and very bright lipstick. I’m not good at putting on makeup, but you have to be a moron not to be able to put on lipstick. Now since I’m older, I don’t do my eyes anymore because when you’re older, your eyelids wrinkle. If you use blue or green, and you’re not really expert, you end up looking like a turtle.” The whole interview is just fabulous, of course. I could listen to her prattle on about ANYTHING. And of course I just keep coming back to this DIVINE picture of her, with the great clattering of bracelets and piles of necklaces that she’s wearing, and that marvelous orange lipstick. Also: THE MONKEY IN THE FROCK COAT HOLDING THE CANDLESTICKS IN THE BACKGROUND. It’s TOO WONDERFUL. I’m SWOONING.
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