Botox, bronzer and babies
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