Pandemic can have many downsides, but turning Andie MacDowell into the “bad guy” in your children’s eyes is not one of them. Like millions of other women, the 64-year-old actress, model and brand ambassador L’Oréal Paris is finding it difficult to find a colorist during the Covid-19 lockdown. “No one goes to the salon,” she told us via Zoom, her signature South Carolina accent dropping the G. “My hair is turning salt and pepper and my daughters are constantly on it. tell me I look bad. And no one has ever told me I look lousy before! I love it.”
Her children, actresses Rainey Qualley and Margaret Qualley, aren’t the only fans of her cool new hair color: Last summer, when she strutted her hair down the L’Oréal Paris runway rebellious silver curls, that image went viral, making it hard to breathe. the title calls her decision “the ultimate power move.” Although MacDowell says she doesn’t give much thought to her salt-and-pepper hair anymore — “that’s who I am and I feel pretty,” she says — it was helpful on the set of “The Way Home.” ,” a multi-generational family drama she recently shot for the Hallmark channel. “In the movie, I had to play myself at two different ages, 19 years old and present,” she said. When describing her younger self, MacDowell said she wore a wig, deliberately denying her age of 45 and the wisdom of letting go of a hair net. Read on for more genius ways the legendary star is turning the script around on what it means to age gracefully in Hollywood today.
“I don’t like to call my hair gray,” says MacDowell. “I tell people it’s silver — and this one-step toner you can use in the shower really helps bring out the silver strands and make them shine.”
“I am absolutely addicted to these mint balls,” she said. “I carry them everywhere and I always give them to people. No sugar – they are pure mint and they leave the best taste in your mouth! If you have coffee-smelling breath or don’t feel refreshed, you bite into one of these and it gives off a very strong mint flavor. I like to turn one on before shooting starts.
“I’m going crazy for the smell of these incense sticks!” MacDowell said. “They make you smell like a spa. I wish L’Oréal would make a perfume that smells like this because I love it. I rub this on my body and I get a lot of compliments.”
“I have always loved red lipstick. If you’re just wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, you can put on a little lipstick and look glamorous,” says MacDowell. “It’s very French. I found with silver hair, a Red lipstick pop up more. I love this red-orange because it really brings out my hazel eye color.”
“These reading glasses are both classic and modern,” she says. “They make frames in different colors: red, green, amber, pink, blue. I don’t like gray glasses. I like tinted, slightly red shades. They make you look mysterious.”
“In my everyday life, I don’t wear foundation,” she says. “I only use a little concealer around my eyes and nose, where it can be a bit red. I love this concealer because it doesn’t look clumpy.”
“I started collecting Hermès scarves 35 years ago,” says MacDowell. “I wear them to protect my neck and chest area from the sun while hiking in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. And I’ll tell you why: I don’t hang out! I do not do anything. But I love hiking – I do it every day and it’s my favorite thing in the world. So I thought, I might as well enjoy my Hermès scarves!