Victoria Beckham on Exercise, Beauty Fails and What She Eats for Flawless Skin
Victoria Beckham is something of a rarity. Despite the fact it's been an eternity since we first met her as Posh Spice (22 years, you guys!), she doesn't appear to have aged a day. Not only that, but despite her being a major fashion icon she consistently turns out aspirational-but-accessible makeup looks—emphasis on the accessible. (Even VB's signature smoky eye is quick to replicate.) As one of the most pulled together women we've had the pleasure of style-stalking, it's clear Beckham knows what's up when it comes to real-life beauty. You'll never hear her espouse a complicated skincare routine or recommend a 25-product makeup look. All this to say when VB deigns to reveal her beauty secrets, we're the first to pull out our notepads. If you do the same, now's the time to reach for a Moleskine...
According to a new interview with The Edit, in which Beckham divulges everything from how she works out to the food she eats every single day, the busy mum of four says she believes in being open about what works for her: "There are two types of women out there: there’s the kind of woman who finds something nice and likes to keep it to herself, and then there’s the other type, which is me, who wants to share." (Could you love her any more?) VB also talks beauty fails, names her favourite skincare products (including possibly the most Insta-friendly sheet mask, ever), and spills the beans on how her makeup collection with Estée Lauder came to be. (Spoiler: It involved an entire dining-room table full of products.)
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"Though it’s nice to look like you haven’t made too much of an effort sometimes, I still think it’s good to look pulled together and make the best of what you have. Most of the time, when people claim to have just woken up [looking effortlessly beautiful], they’ve actually spent more time on themselves than someone who looks overly done."
"I am someone who really enjoys makeup; I’ve worn makeup for a long, long time and collected it for many years. At my first meeting with Estée Lauder, at my house in L.A., I had an entire dining-room table full of products I’ve collected over the years—colours that I have made up, things that have been discontinued—and I went through everything. I told them about things I liked, things I didn’t like, and what I couldn’t find in my makeup bag, because I truly believe there is a lot of product that every woman needs that actually isn’t available, whether it’s the right pigments in an eyeshadow or the perfect nude lip. I think Estée Lauder were really quite surprised at how much I knew about the subject."
"I eat lots of good fats, in avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon... I see a dermatologist in L.A., called Dr Harold Lancer, who is incredible. I’ve known him for years—he sorted my skin out. I used to have really problematic skin and he said to me, 'You have to eat salmon every single day.' I said, 'Really, every day?' And he said, 'Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.' I’ve also started seeing [nutritionist] Amelia Freer. I’ve learned so much about food; you’ve got to eat the right things."
"There are two types of women out there: there’s the kind of woman who finds something nice and likes to keep it to herself, and then there’s the other type, which is me, who wants to share. I have worked with the best makeup artists hairdressers and stylists, and I’ve learned so much. I haven’t always got it right, but when I’ve got it wrong, I’ve actually learned an enormous amount from that, too. And I want to share everything I know."