Having recently opted for a new hot on-trend pixie look, Lily Collins is on all of our beauty radars. So in celebration of her birthday today, let’s take a look at Lily’s beauty secrets, and what her dad, Phil Collins, taught her about fame…
What are your top beauty secrets?
After a workout at the gym and a shower, I wash my face with a gentle exfoliating cleanser and apply Lancôme Hydra Zen moisturiser, £39.50 – my skin is rather dry. I keep make-up very simple – concealer on red areas, a light translucent compact powder, Lancôme Hypnôse mascara, £22.50, a little blush, a touch of highlighter under my brows and some eyebrow gel.
How would you define beauty?
Happiness and self-confidence.
As an actress you travel a lot, what do you carry with you?
I love having everything with me, just in case, but with press tours, I’ve learned to be efficient. I’m sure I’ll be a great mum, because I always have everything to hand. I bring teabags and lots of lipsticks with me… I like being able to choose so I take my time when I pack.
Do you have one favourite product?
Lancôme Lip Lover, £18.50, is my go-to at the moment. Shade 337 is my favourite as it goes with everything. I wasn’t much of a lipgloss fan before, but this is more like lipstick – it isn’t gloopy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, I will still be doing what I’m doing now – acting. And I’d love to have a family. I’d love to be an incredible mother, while continuing my career. I don’t ever want to get bored of all this. I want to stay excited and enchanted by everything.
Do you think it is possible to have it all?
I think the biggest thing is that it’s possible to have an amazing family and to work. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Julia Roberts, who is above all a woman and a fabulous mother, in addition to being an incredible actress.
What has your dad, Phil Collins, taught you about fame?
Where your private life is concerned, you choose what you make public. You don’t have to answer an unpleasant question. It’s important to understand you can be in this business without giving everyone the right to intrude into your private life.
You were brought up in LA, did you miss anything about the UK?
I was born in England but moved to LA when I was six. I do love the life here – the food, the countryside… When I go to our country house in West Sussex, I spend my days reading by the lake and drinking tea, with no make-up on. There’s something very real [about it].
Have you ever been starstruck?
The first time I met J-Lo, she asked me for a picture. She said: “It’s great to finally meet you, I follow you on Instagram.” I just couldn’t believe it!
Before becoming an actress you studied journalism. Do you still write?
I keep a journal and I write as much as I can. I would love to write a screenplay, too. I started one a year ago, but haven’t had the time to make much progress since then. I love to read magazines – they’ve always fascinated me. At one point, I wanted to be a fashion designer. In fact, I still think about designing clothing one day. I love every aspect of the process advertising, colours, cuts…
When you do get some time off, what do you like to do?
I read at the gym while I’m cycling and I’m a big fan of pastry making! I love cookbooks, like the ones by [American chef] Julia Child. There’s a great novel called Eat Cake about a woman who has a midlife crisis and becomes a pastry chef. It makes me want to open a pastry shop right away!