Beauty Tips

Actress Sandra Prinsloo is 68 and looking fantastic. Here are a few of her tips on how to age with grace and keep looking younger for longer:

  • Clean your skin twice a day, morning and night, and use thick moisturiser to keep it hydrated.
  • Use loads of sunscreen, and preferably a foundation with an SPF of about 15 to 20. Sun damage is irreversible, so be careful.
  • Go for products you trust. I’ve been using the same range of cleansers, day creams and serums from local company Cosmetique 2000 for over 24 years – they work for me. I love their Concepts Resurgence range with everything from face wash to eye cream.
  • Eat lots of raw food, like fruit and vegetables. I believe that what you put inside your body shows on the outside, too. I must admit, I’ve never eaten fast-food in my life, and I can’t imagine I’m missing out on much.
  • Try not to wear too much make-up. For every day, I go for a light foundation and a lick of mascara. If I wear lipstick, you know there’s something special happening. The purer you keep your skin, the better.

So would you say that’s your typical beauty ritual?

It really depends! When I’m at home, I’m a lot more plebeian. I love the summer and I love a little bit of Vitamin D. But when I’m on stage, it’s all about creating a character and being an exaggerated version of myself.

You create on-stage personas better than anyone in the business. What are a few of your favorites?

I feel like the world is my playing field and I especially love pulling from all sorts of different eras. Typically, I’ve always connected with a vintage pinup girl, but lately I’ve leaned more toward a tumbler rat or alternative grunge girl.

But that’s the magic of makeup! You can transform yourself depending on your mood.

Oh yeah, it’s like highlighting what you already have.

Speaking of magic, what’s the connection with it in your new fragrance Mad Potion?

Perfume to me is like a potion and can be very enchanting. Scents create these incredible memories. Think about it: Sometimes you’ll walk past someone in a hallway who is wearing a fragrance you used to spray when you were a teen. It transports you back to that time. I love that scents are so powerful!

Do you connect with any of the notes in this fragrance?

Yes! I have worn vanilla since I was a teenager and it’s always been so alluring — especially to the opposite sex. As I got older my tastes kind of changed and I wanted something a little bit more androgynous, which pushed me more towards musks. The combination of those two made me feel like I’m wearing something that’s both. So I could attract anything or anyone — everything is fluid.

Even in your beauty regimen! There are so many products out now that we want to work double duty. Do you use any in unintended ways?

I feel like you can take any lipstick and make it a blush. I use it like finger paint and you can put it on your eyes, too. When you’re using less of a matte and more of a cream lipstick, it moves better and gives you a gloss.

Do you have a face-washing routine after that?

I never sleep with my makeup on unless I’m, like, spending the night over at a guy’s house. Then I wake up an hour early to get that natch look! No, not anymore. I used to do that a lot when I was younger. Now I’m like, what you see is what you get. To wash my face I use Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and have for several years now. I used to be deathly afraid of putting oil on my face but it really pulls out the dirt from my skin.

Quick! You snag a nail on the go. How do you fix it?

Actually, I was looking for a nail file the other day and I didn’t have one so I just used a matchbook. Weird little tricks!