Iconic actress Joan Collins (we loved her as Alexis in the TV soap Dynasty in the 1980s) has her own range of beauty products called Joan Collins Timeless Beauty and alongside running I also write features and style photo shoots about fashion and beauty for magazines and newspapers. I was therefore invited, as a beauty journalist, to meet and interview Joan Collins DBE for cocktails at Claridges Hotel in London on Wednesday 9th September 2015. This was ten days before any of us knew that her sister Jackie Collins was about to sadly pass away from breast cancer and we pass our condolences on to her family.

We hope you enjoy the pictures taken at Claridges Hotel of me and Joan (oh yes!), her cocktails and her wonderful range of Timeless Beauty products. The foundations are particularly good and stay put all day and the lipsticks are nice and creamy. You can buy them all HERE

My Joan Collins interview

  1. Do you have a set beauty routine every day?

I always thoroughly cleanse to make sure I get every last scrap of make-up off, followed by using a balancing toner and then I apply a really good night cream, and when cleansing in the morning I use my day cream. I also always apply foundation before going outside to protect my skin and make-up and I keep my face out of the sun, plus of course I use SPF.

  1. What is your one item of make-up you could not go without? Lipstick 
  1. Did your love of cosmetics start very young and can you remember the first piece of make-up you owned?

My love of make-up started at a very young age when I would watch my mother and many aunts who were all very glamorous, apply their make-up and I always wanted to try it myself. The first piece of make-up I owned was mascara.

  1. Were you taught by anyone when you were young how to apply make-up?

I was taught by my mother, however it was only when I went to Hollywood for my first American film when I learnt how to properly apply it. I was fortunate enough to work with Allan “Whitey” Snyder who also did Marilyn Monroe and many Fox stars, and although I was adamant that I would not have a make-up artist and do my own make-up, Allan kindly said that he would show me how to properly apply make-up myself, and I have ever since done my own make-up for everything.

  1. What inspired you to create your Timeless Beauty range?

I have been very fortunate to learn many beauty secrets from so many great make-up artists and celebrities through the years so I wanted to share my knowledge with other women, as I know how confident and great make-up makes me feel. By creating the Timeless Beauty range it has enabled me to give others that same confidence when wearing makeup which is what inspired me in the beginning.

  1. Do you have a favourite decade for fashion?

The 80’s definitely! 

  1. Do you have a favourite item of clothing and what is it?

Probably one of the items I’ve designed myself, I have wonderful designers and dress makers in LA and in London.

  1. Do you have a top fashion styling tip for Lovely's Vintage Emporium fans to look good?

Don’t slavishly follow fashion.

  1. Do you have a top beauty tip for Lovely's Vintage Emporium fans to look good?

My top tip would be to keep your face out of the sun, I was taught it from a friend and have observed it since.

 10. From the last few decades who is your female beauty/fashion icon? 

Cate Blanchett, as she’s absolutely beautiful and is one of the few people of today whom I feel are truly glamorous. Victoria Beckham has a particular style which I really like, and Ava Gardner and Vivien Leigh were extremely beautifully dressed. 

Love Lovely x

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