The face that launched a thou­sand ships re­veals how char­ac­ter is the true def­i­ni­tion of beauty. By Li Ying Lim.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

As the new face of Chanel Beauty, do the house’s ideals fit yours? Chanel’s mes­sage about its new skin­care prod­ucts is that in­stead of con­ceal­ing and cor­rect­ing your flaws, you can ac­cept your­self for who you are and en­hance your beauty. I con­vey the mes­sage that Chanel makes life more beau­ti­ful while free­ing one­self from con­ven­tions. This mes­sage is in sync with the di­rec­tion of my own life. I chose to be an ac­tress, to use my flaws and turn them into my strengths on screen. I no longer try to hide be­hind an ap­pear­ance; I want to o show who I re­ally am. Sounds like some­thing the late Gabrielle Chanel stood for. Gabrielle Chanel was a very mod­ern woman be­cause she never made com­pro­mises – not for fash­ion, not for her jew­ellery, and not for the beauty she rep­re­sented. I think we share a form of sub­tlety, an eye for de­tail, a cer­tain rigour, and a way of hold­ing our­selves. We also have the same def­i­ni­tion of el­e­gance, which is never os­ten­ta­tious. s. How has your def­i­ni­tion of what hat is at­trac­tive evolved? When I was younger, my beauty y ideal re­flected tra­di­tional norms. Slim­ness mness and per­fec­tion were char­ac­ter­is­tic is­tic of this im­age. With ex­pe­ri­ence and trav­el­ling, rav­el­ling, I be­came more open-minded. I learned d that there is no such thing as per­fec­tion. Flaws make us more in­ter­est­ing. I find that a smooth, un­marked face is in­ca­pable of ex­press­ing any­thing that touches me. Are you all for nat­u­ral beauty? To­day, I want above all to look like my­self. My ex­pe­ri­ence as a model has taught me the right tricks to en­hance my fea­tures so I pre­fer to do my own make-up. I’m not here to judge oth­ers but I can’t imag­ine for one sec­ond mak­ing ar­ti­fi­cial changes “I am very strict with pro­tect­ing my skin.” Chanel UV Es­sen­tiel SPF50 PA+++, RM160 t to my face. Wrin­kles are part of you. Th They demon­strate the ex­pe­ri­ences of a life­time. You seem to have em­braced th the later years of your 30s. I’m kinder to my­self. Even though I loved lov be­ing 20, I’m not nos­tal­gic about my beauty at the time. Any An se­crets to share? I al al­ways make sure to get some sleep and to mois­turise my skin and hands. Mak Make-up lasts longer on hy­drated skin. What Wh ap­peals to you most about a skin­care ki prod­uct? Tex­ture is what gets my at­ten­tion first; I adore vel­vety creams. I travel a lot so com­fort c is a pri­or­ity, even in terms of my m face and eye creams. What do you think of Chanel’s new skin­care ap­proach? Th­ese are prod­ucts adapted to women’s life­styles to­day. As a woman, you pamper your­self, no mat­ter how old o you are. How do you trans­late life’s beauty into your be­ing? Bal­let B taught me that the body al­lows you t to ex­press strong emo­tions. To be the most beau­ti­ful, or the most fas­ci­nat­ing, you don’t have to be the youngest. You have to in­vent your beauty the way you do your life but with­out pro­ject­ing your­self into an ideal or an in­ac­ces­si­ble dream.

“Gabrielle Chanel was a very mod­ern woman.” “I’m nos­tal­gic about my firsts: The first time I kissed some­one pas­sion­ately, the first time I saw New York.”

Chanel Sublim­age La Crème Tex­ture Fine, RM1,029

“I’ve known Peter [Lind­bergh] for a long time. We had a fan­tas­tic time shoot­ing the cam­paign in Los An­ge­les.”

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Ren­dez-vous, RM95

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