Mon­ica Bel­lucci shares her beauty se­crets and se­cret vices with Han­nah Nathanson

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Are you a typ­i­cal Ital­ian mamma? Oh God, yes. I’m lucky be­cause I can travel with my daugh­ters [Deva, seven, and Léonie, two] and bring them with me on set so they can be with me as much as pos­si­ble. What’s your beauty se­cret? My chil­dren make me happy. If you feel happy, you in­stantly be­come prettier. What was the first thing you learned about make-up? As a teenager I wanted to be­come a woman very quickly. When I was 14 I wanted to be 18 – I re­mem­ber go­ing to school wear­ing mas­cara and lip gloss and my teacher telling me to go to the bath­room and take it all off . Why were you in such a rush to be­come a woman? I grew up with very fem­i­nine women around me, in­clud­ing my mother, my aunt and my grand­moth­ers. Even now, my 80-year- old grand­mother still puts make- up on to go to church. How do you re­act today when you see young girls dress­ing up beyond their years? I think it’s nor­mal. When I see young girls in tight jeans and high heels and make-up, I want to say, ‘ Why are you do­ing that? You’re so beau­ti­ful with­out it.’ But at the same time, I know the feel­ing. It’s touch­ing that they want to be lit­tle women. Has there been a time when you haven’t felt com­fort­able in your own skin? When I was 13 I didn’t. When you’re young you have so many in­se­cu­ri­ties; you don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen to you or how your life is go­ing to turn out. When you get older you may be­come less beau­ti­ful but you feel stronger. It’s not about your physique, it’s more about a change inside. How do you deal with a bad hair day? As a mother, I don’t have as much time for my­self as I had be­fore. I’m lucky if I have time to shower and mois­turise with Dr Hauschka cream. Can be­ing too pretty be a hand­i­cap? If you’re pretty and it’s a prob­lem, it won’t be a prob­lem for long... You won’t be pretty for­ever. Peo­ple have said that you were born with an old-fash­ioned glam­our, do you agree? Yes, there is some­thing clas­sic about me. My body is curvy so I like very sim­ple lines and very sim­ple things. Do you wear make-up to bed? I take ev­ery­thing off for bed. Your skin has to breathe. Has be­com­ing a mother changed your fit­ness regime? Af­ter I had my sec­ond daugh­ter two years ago, I started to take care of my­self. I go to the gym more and I had to say, ‘ Stop with the pasta!’ Which beauty prod­uct do you al­ways have in your hand­bag? If I need to feel good quickly, I put on Dolce & Gab­bana’s Volup­tuous lip­stick and use the Lace Col­lec­tion Black In­ten­sity mas­cara. Even when you’re tired and you haven’t had any sleep, mas­cara makes your face look alive. What is your big­gest vice? I don’t smoke or drink much but I love to eat. I like cakes, pasta and a good glass of wine. If I have to get in shape for a fi lm, I make sac­ri­fices and stick to a diet of fi sh and veg­eta­bles. What’s your spe­cial­ity dish? I like to eat but I’m not a good cook. The only peo­ple who think I am are my chil­dren be­cause I can do sim­ple dishes for them. How do you re­lax? Vin­cent [Cas­sel, Mon­ica’s hus­band] and I love go­ing to Brazil ( be­low left). I love the na­ture, the men­tal­ity, the qual­ity of life. The peo­ple are re­ally easy- go­ing and great to watch. How do you pam­per your­self? Sleep! Nights are still in­ter­rupted be­cause of my youngest daugh­ter. When you’re a mother you know how im­por­tant it is to sleep. What is it about Dolce and Gab­bana that keeps you com­ing back to work with them? We’ve known each other for such a long time. I did my fi rst show for them when I was 17 and still at school. I like that they ad­mire and love women. Ev­ery­thing they do is sen­sual and el­e­gant. Are you flat­tered that they’ve cho­sen a 40-plus woman to front their cam­paign? It’s a beau­ti­ful mes­sage to women, that even though we get older and the beauty of youth is no longer there, some­thing else starts to emerge that is even more in­ter­est­ing. Mon­ica Bel­lucci is the face of Dolce & Gab­bana Lace Col­lec­tion, avail­able now at Har­rods ( har­rods. com)

With hus­band Vin­cent Cas­sel at the Rome film festival, 2008

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