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7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

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7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

 

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7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Advice from Dita Von Teese

In the era of perfectly imperfect hair and no-makeup makeup, Dita Von Teese is a beauty anomaly. That’s why we were thrilled to hear she's sharing her beauty secrets in her new book, Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour. Here she spills some of her favourites.   READ MORE: 8 celebrity hairstyles the ELLE Canada editors are obsessed with

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of Harper Collins

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Find your inspiration

“I just noticed certain beauties that I wanted to be like from watching old movies with my mother when I was a little girl.[Editors' note: One of her favourite actress is Mae West, pictured here.] I always encourage individuality. I’d rather people aren’t looking at someone they know and completely copying their look. It’s good to take a little influence from people or things from all over. My look is comprised of different eras, different things that have affected me."   READ MORE: The 10 best red-carpet beauty looks at the British Fashion Awards

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Instagram/ditavonteese

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Muses can come from anywhere

“A lot of my modern muses are even people who aren’t celebrities. I think we all know by now that most celebrities are the product of glam squads. I do everything myself. Suzanne von Aichinger is someone that I really admire. She was a famous model for Jean Paul Gaultier and for John Galliano. She has an amazing profile with a bump in her nose and she’s so regal and gorgeous. She does not look like a classic American beauty. Actually I think she’s Canadian!”   READ MORE: The best beauty looks at the 2015 American Music Awards

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Instagram/ditavonteese

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Don’t be afraid to experiment

“I think the most important thing is to keep playing with different looks. I’m a blond girl from a farming town in Michigan [Editors' note: this is a #tbt photo of Dita in high school] – not so glamorous. For some of us that aren’t born looking like supermodels, I feel like we can create intrigue with beauty. When I don’t have makeup on, people look right past me, so I’ve seen how different it is in my life, the effects, the power it’s given me, how it makes me feel confident.”   READ MORE: 8 celebrity hairstyles the ELLE Canada editors are obsessed with

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Instagram/ditavonteese

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: A little indulgence is good for the soul

“The first thing I spent a lot of money on was perfume, in high school. I used to save up like crazy to get the things that I wanted. I was always a sucker for beautiful compacts and nice packaging. I was obsessed with a very expensive perfume that was at Neiman Marcus called Quelques Fleurs.”   READ MORE: 10 essential red lipsticks for the holidays

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Instagram/ditavonteese

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Find the beauty in beauty

“I always figure when you have a choice in life to buy a pretty thing and an ugly thing, why wouldn't you just buy the pretty thing? It doesn't always cost too much more. If couldn't afford a nice brand new thing then I would buy something from the flea market for $5. Glamour doesn’t depend on money. You can have more glamour in red lipstick and your hair pulled back than somebody who’s dripping in signs of wealth."   READ MORE: 9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

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7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Wear sunscreen and don’t smoke (aka your mother was right)

“You can never learn early enough that sunscreen is important. And also, don’t smoke cigarettes. I was never a smoker either, but I know that those are the things that will preserve your beauty.” READ MORE: The right way to spray perfume in your hair

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Instagram/ditavonteese

7 secrets for owning your beauty look from Dita Von Teese

How to own your look: Don’t be afraid of red lipstick

“I always use a lip liner because I like the look of a nice pigmented, truly red lipstick. But I understand some people are afraid of using a real true red and so a sheer red lipstick or a gloss is like training wheels. Usually, I outline the lip and then I fill in most of the lips as well because it gives it more staying power when you put the lipstick over the top." M.A.C Cosmetics Von Teese ($21.50), at maccosmetics.ca. READ MORE: The modern way to wear seductive scents

Image by: ELLE Canada By: Carli Whitwell Source: Courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics
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