SO HOT …
The voluptuous 1940s star with the voluminous, flame-coloured hair is the subject of a major retrospective at the BFI this month – a rare chance to celebrate her best movies, among them the musicals Cover Girl and Pal Joey and the influential film noirs Gilda and The Lady From Shanghai. They’re not all great movies but those last two films in particular have many inspiring style moments – notably the famous redhead’s brief stint as a short-haired platinum blonde (The Lady From Shanghai) and her entire Gilda wardrobe (notably the way she works her satin evening gloves .. ). Look and learn. Full details of the Rita Hayworth season are at www.bfi.org.uk .
BENEFIT STAY FLAWLESS 15-HOUR PRIMER (£24.50; www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk, from June 13)
Once you’ve developed a routine with this new primer, it will become indispensable.. A stick formula which rolls on to the skin, it sets very very quickly so speed is of the essence for the foundation-applying stage. The reason it’s so fab? It keeps your foundation in place for hours and hours. It saw me through an evening which included a photo shoot, and several glasses of wine – ’nuff said.
CHANEL UV ESSENTIELS (£41 each; 0207-493 3836)
Now that the sun is finally putting his hat on, Chanel’s new handy, handbag-friendly, tubes of sun protection are making a timely debut. Available in SPFs of 20, 30 and (for those of us of a Scottish inclination) 50, they not only protect the skin, but are also great bases for make-up – just don’t use them at the same time as the Benefit primer!
SO NOT ….
CLINIQUE A DIFFERENT NAIL ENAMEL (£12; www.clinique.co.uk)
I wanted to love this new range of reasonably priced, gloriously colourful nail varnishes but, frankly, their drippiness is a pain in the ass (and a stain on the floorboards!).
Put them away! Nobody suits the natural nail colour of their toes – that’s why God invented Chanel nail polishes .. The only excuse for an unpainted toenail is if it’s attached to a male foot.
DRESSES WITH TIES AT THE BACK
Which grown woman wants to wear a dress that reminds her of something she wore to a party when she was six years old?! Hello – Monsoon? Save your Holly Hobby dresses for your girlswear department.