In my beauty bag: Denise L’estrange-Corbet

Last updated 05:03 21/02/2013

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Denise L'estrange-Corbet is a fashion designer and co-founder of WORLD clothing. She shares her beauty secrets. 

"I'm very much into skincare so I actually don't wear a lot of make-up at all, I'm much more interested in making my skin the best it can be. I see the skin as a canvas. If the canvas is no good you're not going to put a masterpiece on it. The imperfections of the canvas will show up when you put the paint on it, and the skin is exactly the same. As you get older a lot of women think they need to put more foundation on, and it just makes the lines look so much worse. You actually need less make-up as you age. 

I never wear foundation, I only use Shiseido Moisture Mist Powder. I don't like shine and I find it gives me complete coverage, and I can put it on as many times a day as I want. And then lipstick - I've worn the same colour since I was about 13. I change it when they stop doing them - which I find they do a lot. You find the red that's 'the red' and it takes a long time, and then they discontinue it, and then I'm like 'God I have to start again!'. Everyone is always asking me what lipstick I use - and I'll never tell, because it'll sell out and there'll be none left for me!

And that's it for make-up, that's all I use. I never wear mascara - I only wear it out or if I'm being photographed. I've tried them all but I when I do wear it I use Shiseido mascara. I've used Shiseido for years, and I really like the Japanese philosophy towards skincare. 

I use soap on my face, I always have. I don't feel clean without soap, even to bathe with. I use Aesop Slab, it's a really creamy rich lather. After I've showered I completely tone and moisturise, I tone with Aesop's Parsley Seed. Sometimes if I'm going out to an evening event and I don't have time to shower beforehand, I'll take my make-up off, completely cleanse and then tone with the Aesop and I feel clean and refreshed. For my face I use the Aesop Parsley Seed Hydrator [moisturiser], parsley seeds are high in antioxidants. 

I sometimes use eye creams, but I'm not crazy about them like 'Oh my God I've got to use my eye cream' - I find the moisturiser that I use does a good enough job. I use them when I remember to put one on, but I'm not fanatical about it. I think as long as I moisturise I don't feel like I need one.

There are products that are continually in your face and advertised as they have to sell it, and then there are those products that people don't always scream about that you go 'that's actually amazing'. Some of them have been around forever and are incredible. I absolutely love the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood. It's a basic product range that all French women use. It comes in a tub and it looks like honey. It feels quite greasy and you put it all over your face and get in the shower, and it just washes all your make-up off. When I first saw it I thought it looked like goose grease! But it's like comb honey and the smell is divine. 

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I always shower before going to work, and I always shower before getting into bed, because I always think it's so lovely to get into bed really clean. Twice a week I exfoliate my face and body, and not always with an exfoliator. I use German body brushes that we stock in WORLD beauty. I'm really into sloughing off all the dead skin. I have a little facial brush, which I really scrub my face with. I really love a good old scrub. It's very ritualistic, and I really love feeling clean. The process is cleansing too. I'm away from the phone, and it's the only time you can be truly alone and have time out. 

The Japanese really believe in intense cleansing. They're all about scrubbing, and washing your hair correctly. The secret is to rinse it really well. People never rinse it enough which is why it gets really dull. You get a build up of shampoo and it dulls the hair. It's the same reason why every fourth to sixth shower you shouldn't use conditioner, because you get a build-up of conditioner too."

- As told to Bronwyn Williams 

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