Bo­tox, bronzer and ba­bies

Friday - - Society -

In the flesh, he cuts a dash­ing fig­ure. Dressed in his sig­na­ture dark suit, his skin is lightly tanned and his eyes have the mis­chievous sparkle of a man who isn’t afraid of any­thing, ex­cept maybe dirt. He’s the king of suave, not overly man­i­cured, but groomed to manly per­fec­tion – at least, to my eye. Ford begs to dif­fer. He says he’s fraz­zled af­ter a long sum­mer of work, and has stopped go­ing to the gym be­cause it clashes with his son Jack’s feed­ing sched­ule. Born via a sur­ro­gate al­most year ago, Jack is Ford’s game-changer. He de­clares him­self “hap­pier than ever” and says the per­fec­tion­ism that drove him al­most to the point of in­san­ity has been tem­pered by the chaos a child brings.

Fraz­zled new par­ent or not, it’s hard to be­lieve he’s 52. He is sur­pris­ingly frank about his past use of Bo­tox and fillers. (“It was a very reg­u­lar thing in my plan­ner. Six months: time to go.”) But now he’s over all that. “I haven’t had Bo­tox in a year and a half,” he says, and fur­rows his once placid brow to prove it. “I guess, when you look in the mir­ror, you look fine, but if you see your­self mov­ing, and in my in­dus­try I catch my­self on video a lot, then it can look strange – be­cause you’re mov­ing, but you’re not mov­ing.” In­jec­tions are out, for now. “I think you have to age, and you have to age grace­fully,” he says. “That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do a few small things as time goes by. I think it’s like any­thing – you have to have a good eye, you re­ally do.”

So, th­ese days, he’s au na­turel. Well, al­most. “To­day, I have on bronzer and a lit­tle bit of con­cealer right around the sides of my nose, be­cause, as you get older, you get bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies. Why not cover that up?” he says. He hates call­ing it make-up, “but I sup­pose, tech­ni­cally, that is what it is”.

The prod­ucts are from his new men’s skin­care range, launch­ing in Oc­to­ber. Frus­trated by what was out there and armed with the knowl­edge that his friends steal their wives’ con­cealer, he de­cided to do his own line. “I’m not try­ing to look like a woman. I’m try­ing to look like I have good skin as a man,” he in­sists. “I’m sure this will come off as ego­tis­ti­cal, but I think most men can re­late to my looks. You can say, ‘Hey, well, he looks good for his age. He looks like he takes care of him­self. He has good skin. I un­der­stand him telling me that this is what I should do.’”

Ford has al­ways been his own best spokesmodel. Even when a top mag­a­zine wanted to pho­to­graph his new women’s wear col­lec­tion, he in­sisted he ap­pear in ev­ery shot

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