IT’S IN HER EYES
We are spinning around in glamorous glasses and Kylie Minogue’s ageless beauty tips!
A fter celebrating her 50th birthday last month Kylie Minogue shares the secrets to a youthful complexion and discusses her love affair with specs.
Have you been wearing glasses for long?
I started wearing glasses around the age of 21 or 22. I didn’t need them to see generally, but if I was reading for a period of time I would get headaches. Which designer specs did you often buy? Back in the day I would buy Alain Mikli, they were the brand that I liked then, or Cutler and Gross, which was a really well-known established British brand and I would fork out for those.
What was the first process in designing for Specsavers?
When I first worked with Specsavers, I just
grabbed all of my old frames, I kept a lot of them in boxes and cupboards and showed them, “These are my glasses from through the years.” You could see there were all the basic shapes—round, cats’ eyes, aviator. Specsavers are fantastic, the lead designer is just so accommodating in making up so many prototypes. The first range did so well, we could see what worked and what we could keep in the bulk of the range and then what additions we could make.
Can you describe the look of the new collection?
I think for the most part they are classic, my favourites are the “never too late” that I’m wearing right now, they’re rose gold and I’ve seen them on a couple of my girlfriends. They look good. There are also a really nice pair of sunglasses that have almost a peacocky fleck through them, they are absolutely gorgeous!
Any tips on choosing the right frame?
This is where I am a letdown, I wish there was a trick to getting glasses. Take a friend! Take someone who is going to be honest. You need to have had some brain food or coffee before you go and shop for glasses. And I sound like an infomercial, but I really do think it’s a good thing with Specsavers that you do get two for the price of one.
Advice for ageing gracefully, especially in the public eye?
There is definitely a time when I wish that God hadn’t invented digital, I think it’s great for when you want to study the wings of a Christmas beetle, but no-one ever needs to see their face in that detail. I would say what I have learned is I am very diligent with cleansing, I don’t do anything too extreme but as I started working in TV and wearing makeup, I loved to get that face clean at the end of the day! I really think there is a lot to be said for a muslin cloth or face towel as opposed to splashing your face with a cream, cleanser and water. It’s exfoliation but something you do every day.
Other products you swear by?
Sunblock, for sure! I love makeup and I love product, but I’m just not that faithful to any of them. The Elemis [product I] use instead of a toner—it has a slight exfoliating quality. If you have a good dermatologist that gives you the right treatment for your skin, [that] can really help.
Kylie for Specsavers 2018
Kylie at a fashion show in 1992. The 2006 video for “Spinning Around” and those gold hotpants. $66 Josie Maran Cosmetics Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid mecca.com.au
Kylie Minogue recently celebrated her 50th birthday in London with a VIP guest list including Guy Pearce, Sporty Spice Mel C and singer James Blunt.
Kylie and Michael Hutchence 1992.