The pandemic may have had many downsides, but making Andie MacDowell a “tough guy” in the eyes of her kids wasn’t one of them. Like millions of other women, the 64-year-old actress, model and L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador has struggled to find a colorist during the Covid-19 lockdowns. “No one was going to the salon,” she tells us on Zoom, her signature South Carolina accent dropping the G. “My hair was kind of going salt and pepper and my girls kept telling me that I looked badass. And no one ever told me I looked badass before! I loved it.”
Her children, actresses Rainey Qualley and Margaret Qualley, weren’t the only fans of her badass new hair color: Last summer, when she strutted down the L’Oréal Paris catwalk sporting a riot of silver curls, the picture went viral, breathless. headlines calling his decision “the ultimate power grab”. While MacDowell says she doesn’t think much about her salt and pepper locks anymore – “it’s just who I am and I feel beautiful,” she says – it came in handy on the set of ‘The Way Home”. the multi-generational family drama she recently filmed for the Hallmark channel. “On the show, I have to play myself at two different ages, 19 and today,” she says. When it came to portraying herself younger, MacDowell says she donned a wig, valiantly disavowing 45 years and wisdom with the fall of a hairnet. Read on to find out more awesome ways the legendary star is flipping the script on what it means to age gracefully in Hollywood these days.
“I don’t like to call my hair gray,” MacDowell says. “I tell people it’s silver – and this one-step toner you can use in the shower really helps bring out the silver streaks and make them shine.”
“I’m totally addicted to these peppermint balls,” she says. “I take them everywhere with me and I always give them to people. There’s no sugar in them – they’re pure peppermint and they leave the best taste in your mouth! If you have coffee breath or don’t feel fresh, you bite into one and it releases that very intense peppermint flavor. I like to put one on before I go on set.
“I’m crazy about the smell of these incense sticks!” MacDowell said. “They make you feel like a spa. I wish L’Oréal would make a perfume that smells like this incense because I love it. I rub this on me and get so many compliments.
“I’ve always loved red lipstick. If you’re just wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, you can put on lipstick and you’ll look glamorous,” says MacDowell. “It’s very French. I find that with silver hair, a red lipstick stands out even more. I love this orange-red shade because it really intensifies my hazel eye color.
“These reading glasses are both retro and modern,” she says. “They make the frames in all colors: red, green, amber, pink, blue. I don’t like gray glasses. I prefer tinted, reddish shades. They make you look mysterious.
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“In my everyday life, I don’t wear foundation,” she says. “I just use a bit of concealer around my eyes and nose where it can get a little red. I like this concealer because it doesn’t look cakey.
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“I know people are always worried about fine lines, but that’s not my thing,” she says. “I have very dry skin, so for me it’s really all about hydration. I use this cream to remove my makeup at night and it leaves my skin glowing, plumped and dewy.
“I started collecting Hermès scarves 35 years ago,” says MacDowell. “I wear them to protect my neck and décolleté from the sun when I go hiking in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. And I’ll tell you why: I don’t go out! I’m not doing anything. But I love hiking – I do it every day and it’s my favorite thing in the world. So I said to myself, might as well take advantage of my Hermès scarves!
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