BEAUTY MARK

“If some­one says, ‘You still look good,’ the ‘still’ part both­ers me. When peo­ple say, ‘You look el­e­gant,’ I like that bet­ter.” THE ICONIC BEAUTY ON HER SIG­NA­TURE LOOK AND EM­BRAC­ING AGE WITH CON­FI­DENCE

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For Isabella Ros­sellini, a red lip ripens with age

I STARTED WEAR­ING RED LIP­STICK...

Quite late in life, when I be­came a model at age 28. I was work­ing with top makeup artists, like François Nars, and I’d al­ways ask for a tip I could do quickly ev­ery day. They all said the same thing: “Pick a fea­ture you re­ally like and em­pha­size it.” For me, that was my lips, and my color was red.

THE SHADES I’M DRAWN TO...

Range from coral reds to deep bur­gundies. I pre­fer a matte tex­ture and gen­er­ally wear brighter tones dur­ing the sum­mer and darker ones in the win­ter.

I’VE AL­WAYS WORN MY HAIR SHORT BE­CAUSE...

It’s very fine and straight. Lips may be my strong point, but hair is my weak point. So, with short hair—and I of­ten wear men’s clothes be­cause I have a bad back and heels are un­com­fort­able for me—red lip­stick adds a touch of fem­i­nin­ity.

THE BEST THING ABOUT LIP­STICK IS...

Al­though it can’t save your life, it can be a step to­ward feel­ing good. If you put on lip­stick, ex­er­cise, eat healthy, dress nice, and clean your house, you be­come hap­pier and things look bet­ter.

MY BEAUTY ICONIS...

Jackie Kennedy. She rep­re­sented el­e­gance and a way of pre­sent­ing her­self that was Amer­i­can and well put-to­gether.

AT 66, MY AP­PROACH TO AG­ING IS...

To em­brace it. I never feel like, “Oh, I wish I were 35.” When you’re young, you have the pres­sure to earn money, prove your­self. I had to be a beauty, an ac­tress, and do the red car­pet. The fact that I was in­ter­ested in an­i­mals or run­ning a farm had no value. So age has given me time to do all the things I’ve al­ways wanted to do. I feel richer in a way. OK, the neck I don’t love! And I’ve cer­tainly lost agility. I can’t do som­er­saults any­more, but it’s all right.

The Lip­stick “I don’t have just one red—i have sev­eral,” says Ros­sellini. This warm brick shade is one of them. “I ap­ply straight from the tube, blot with tis­sue, then swipe it on again.” Lancôme L’ab­solu Rouge in Lie de Vin, $32; lan­comeusa.com.

The Lip Liner To give lips more sym­me­try, Ros­sellini uses a pen­cil that’s slightly darker than her lip­stick. Lancôme Le Lip Liner in Caprice, $26; lan­come-usa.com.

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