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Dita Von Teese Interview: Hair and Beauty Tips, Plus How to Get Your "Pretty" Confidence

Miss Dita Von Teese — retro icon —is the ultimate hyphen.

She's a dancer-model-costume-designer-actress and now a midlifer. You might know her from her burlesque performances or even her marriage to Marilyn Manson.

With porcelein skin and gorgeous dark locks, she is also a style icon.

If you happen to be in New York City, she will be at Obliphica's showcase at the International Beauty Show alongside client celebrity hairstylist John Blaine (read his interview here tomorrow!) He has recently been named the creative director and spokesperson for Obliphica Professional and will also have Pamela Anderson with him at the show.

StyleGoesStrong.com got to spend some time with Dita who gave us her beauty and hair tips while also explaining how to get your "pretty" confidence tuned way up.

What products would you recommend to your friends who are in their 40s?

"I can't live without my hot rollers, my Mason Pearson brush and I love my Obliphica products for keeping my hair protected with all the styling that I do to it. No other hair products have so drastically changed the way my hair behaves."

What is your biggest hair challenge?

"I love doing my hair myself for the red carpet and for my shows, so it can be a challenge sometimes to feel confident about my work in front of the cameras. But, it's also extremely rewarding when later, my hairstyles are referenced by others for being the gold standard of retro hairstyling."

What was your biggest hair disaster of the past? My own JC Penney's teenage perm comes to mind. It would have been easier to just fry my hair.

"My mother used to give me permanents when I was very young. But, my hair is so straight that the curls would fall out within a few days. I never really had many hair disasters because I've always thought through every change I wanted to make. Before I dyed my hair from blonde to jet black, I wore a black wig to see how I liked it."

What kind of reaction did you get from other people?

"My boyfriend back then was SO angry with me for dying my natural blonde hair bright red, then deep red and finally blue-black. I never really cared what the men in my life thought of my beauty choices. What matters most is what makes us feel confident and not what someone else thinks. Someone will love you and appreciate you for however you choose to look!"

Dita, you're a style icon for so many. Who is your style icon?

"I love women of the past – particularly those who were also self-styled. The models of the '40s and '50s like Dovima and Lisa Fonssagrives are beauty role models for me because they knew how to do their own hair and makeup for the cameras beore the modern era 'Glam Squads.' This is an inspiration to me and I try to do the same thing in order to show my fans that they can learn to glamorize, too!"
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She's Bringing Sexy Back: We Get Intimate With Dita Von Teese

Entertainer, stunning beauty, savvy entrepreneur — Dita Von Teese is truly a modern Renaissance woman. While bringing back retro glamour, she single-handedly re-introduced the world to the long-forgotten art of burlesque. Not content to be just a pretty face with a knack for shimmying, Von Teese (née Heather Sweet) capitalized on her momentum by launching her own line of fragrances overseas. Now, with the help of HSN, she's finally bringing her signature scents and a lingerie line to her home shores.

We got the chance to talk to DVT about the launch, her reputation as a master of seduction, and her surprisingly no-nonsense beauty routine. Read on to learn more about this bewitching babe, and be prepared to fall under her spell — we sure did.

Tell us a bit about how this collaboration with HSN came about.
"I have an existing fragrance line in Europe and lingerie collection in Australia. I'm more of a household name in Europe, so this was a great opportunity to open me up to a wider audience. I'm still a bit more risqué here and have a more underground fan base. For me, it's a great way to be introduced to the HSN woman. Maybe she hasn't heard of me before and hopefully she will understand what I preach — obtainable, everyday glamour."

Can you describe the fragrances?
"I'm currently in the process of creating my fourth — they've been on the shelves in Europe and Fred Segal has been carrying them, but [nowhere else in the U.S.]. HSN is going to carry my first two fragrances, Dita Von Teese and Dita Von Teese Rouge."

What made you want to create your own perfume?
"I had been wearing the same fragrance for 20 years — Quelques Fleurs — since I was 15. My boyfriend at the time [Louis-Marie de Castelbajac] confessed to me that his mom wore the same perfume, so I tried other perfumes, but nothing really grabbed me. At the same time, I had been approached to create my own. I was able to work closely with the perfumers and create my signature scent from scratch."

How are your perfumes different from other celebrity fragrances?
"Usually [when you make your own fragrance] they put bottles in front of you and say 'Choose one of these, because these did the best in focus groups.' I was intent on making something sophisticated and elegant and glamorous — a tribute to Old Hollywood, but not a grandma perfume. I'm pretty knowledgeable about old and rare perfumes, so I got really into it. I stood my ground and insisted on no vanilla, or fruit, or candy, or gourmand elements. I wanted it to be a sophisticated, refined, glamorous, mysterious, elegant, voluptuous, floral fragrance. To show my fans what a classic, beautiful fragrance should be — not your typical celebrity perfume."

Why do you think your retro style appeals to the modern woman?
"I like to think that it appeals to them for the same reason it appealed to me: I felt like there aren't a lot of modern role models of glamour and beauty that I could relate to. When I look at the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, there's nothing I can do there. She [Kate Upton] looks like she has no makeup on, she has a tan, she's perfect — it's god-given natural beauty. We're fed natural beauty; that if you wear too much makeup it's fake. I thought, 'I don't look like those girls; I need a role model of sexy, pretty, and glamour.' I look at Old Hollywood and it's clear those women were created beauties — and I can create that.

"A lot of my female fans know I am quick to admit that there is discipline and creation involved with my look, but they know they can do it, too. Whether it's with makeup, or clothes, or a nice hairstyle, or beautiful lingerie, or perfume — there are little bits of luxury and glamour you can infuse into your everyday life. Even when I had no money to spend on clothes, that's when I started dressing in vintage clothes — I couldn't afford designer. That's why I started wearing red lipstick — it made a very glamorous statement, made me feel special, and you can buy two lipsticks for $5. Everything that my style is developed on — the way I dress and how I do my hair and makeup — started when I was making $2.25 an hour at my job. The art of creating glamour is what I believe in. There's a special kind of glamour that comes from the creation of beauty that isn't about private jets, fancy cars, or the most expensive whatever."

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ASK DITA VON TEESE: HOW DO YOU GET READY IN JUST 20 MINUTES?

Hello Ms. von Teese! I had the pleasure of seeing you at the Crazy Horse in Vegas a few years ago. I was in heaven. Do you plan to do more Crazy Horse shows? Also, I once read an interview where you said that it only takes you something like 20 minutes to get ready?!? Can you please share with us how this is possible when you always appear so well put-together? I need an hour at least from shower to stepping out the door, with the majority of my time spent blowing out my long-*** hair. It is necessary if I'm to go out without a frizzy mess o' tangles. Finally, what is your favorite liquid eye-liner, and do you have application tips/tricks? Thanks in advance! -Lacey

Hello Lacey,

Thank you for your question. I'm asked this often, so I'm pleased to explain my routine in detail for you and XOJane.com readers. Although it does appear that I have a high maintenance-looking beauty style, over the past 15 years, I've managed to figure out ways to get ready quickly when I need to. I do not like to keep people waiting for me whenever I can help it, plus I'm usually far too busy to be leisurely primping in front of the mirror, so I have a system in place for glamorizing.

I believe that the keys to maintaining glamour and not being late for things is to is prioritize, focus, and practice. Having a beauty regime in place helps with the time factor. I have definite ideas of which things I need to do for myself to feel confident about facing the world, and those are things that I have become well-practiced at achieving quickly. I advise you to consider what those things are for you. It sounds like your hair is important to you, and it's at the top of the quintessentials list for me too.

When I have very little time, I stick to the basics that I have decided are important to me. For instance, before leaving the house in the morning for my Pilates class, I will bounce out of bed, brush my teeth, splash my face with water, apply a light moisturizer with SPF, and then a sweep of mattifying powder.

Recently, I've discovered a great product called Miracle Skin Transformer (...I don't work for them, I just like this cream for my busy days). It's similar to the new "BB" creams that you may have noticed are getting a lot of press lately. These creams have it all; moisturizer, sun protection and beautifying/mattifying in one product. There are lots of options out there, at many different price points, so see what works for you.

The next thing I do is put my hair in a neat twist or chignon, which I can do very quickly. I advise every woman to learn and practice a chic, simple updo that you can do anytime, anyplace. I can do it without even looking in a mirror!

Next I put on a matte red lipstick, because red lips top my personal list of "Things I will NOT leave the house without." Then I put on a pair of sunglasses and I'm out the door in mere minutes, because I also have a "uniform" for my workout-wear: a simple black fitted tee, black capri pants, ballet flats and a coat if it's chilly. I can do all of this in under 10 minutes, maybe even less! I think I need someone to break out a stopwatch and start timing my various beauty routines.

So I come home after my workout and I want to get ready for my typical afternoon. Let's say I plan on going out to lunch with a friend. Not a business lunch, but with someone I'm close to.

I think about my hair. If it's still feeling clean, I will immediately plug in my hot rollers and take a quick shower. When I get out, if the rollers are hot enough, I do a very quick roller set, with maybe 10 rollers, just to add a bit of bounce and bend. (if they aren't hot enough yet, I will fill that time by choosing what to wear or washing my face).

Then I do a quick makeup while the rollers cool. On a normal day, I wear a touch of foundation or concealer just where I need it, a sweep of powder (I like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish), a touch of blush, a sweep of ivory eyeshadow, I curl my lashes and apply mascara, and of course, my mandatory red lipstick.

I brush out my hair, and if I like what I see, I spray it and go. If I don't, it's time for another chignon. Another trick I have to getting out the door quickly is to think about what to wear while I'm primping. When in doubt, wear something you KNOW you love.

If I have a little more time, and if I'm having a business meeting, I might draw a little cat-eye liner, or I might spend more time setting my hair, or making a more polished french twist. I would say that on a day when I am not being photographed, or going on a date, or going to a party, I rarely spend more than 20-30 minutes on beauty.

If I'm turning on full-power glamour for a red carpet appearance, photo shoot, etc, I like to block out more time. I usually give myself an hour and a half to two hours to allow for things like a leisurely bath, intermittent texting, having a snack (never show up at a cocktail party starving!) mixing a cocktail, playing music, and extra time for any possible wardrobe snafus or those "I have nothing to wear!" moments.

If you're the kind of girl who loses track of time, try creating a playlist that runs a certain amount of time so that you can notice when you should be getting out the door. I like to put a ridiculous song at the end of my playlist so it's my obvious cue to hurry up!

I also have clocks everywhere, especially at my vanity. It's really rude to consistently keep people waiting, and if you show up late with a glamorous look, it can be especially annoying to people because no matter what it is that made you late, they're likely to think it was your primping that did it, and we don't need to be giving glamour a bad rap, do we?

To answer your eyeliner questions.

If you're in Europe, you'll love my signature gel eyeliner I've created for ART DECO beauty.

If not, try MAC's Blacktrack gel liner with a fine brush. I prefer gel liners to liquids usually, but I keep various liquid liners around too. I also like Guerlain's glamorous gilded liquid eyeliner wand. The only thing I do not like for drawing cat-eyeliner is a felt tipped liner pen or pencil, but that's just me, because i like the smoothness of a gel or liquid, and I've been using a fine-tipped brush for the 20+ years I've been wearing my eyeliner the same exact way.

I'm a creature of habit, and like I said, I think the key to getting a fabulous makeup look is practice, and I don't like to change what I've perfected. I do find that when I don't wear eyeliner for a while, like when on holiday, or if I'm at home sick, I can't do it as well or as quickly, even though I've been doing it for so many years. So practice, practice, practice!

One simply cannot decide to get a perfect high-glamour look for a special occasion without practice. If you do want to do a new look for a special event, start practicing in your daily routine weeks ahead of time, and why not make some effort to infuse a little extra va va va voom into your day?

Some tips for my cat-eye liner style:

-If you're using my recommended gel liner in a pot, turn the open pot upside down as you draw to keep it from drying out.

-Decide right away how much "sweep" you want for your cat-eye. I have various styles I like, but I try to decide right away if the flick on the outer corner is going to veer upwards or outwards, or if I'm going big or small, or if I want it thick or thin. There are many different ways to paint, and if you look closely you will see that my styles vary slightly. I go back and forth between each eye until they seem even, checking different angles in the main vanity mirror with my secondary hand-mirror. A lighted round vanity mirror with a slight magnification on one side is ideal. I don't care for highly magnified mirrors.

-Don't be hard on yourself if they don't match perfectly every time. Just keep practicing and do your best!

-I keep a tissue handy and wipe the brush often as the eyeliner might tend to dry and become thick and hard to use. I always wipe the brush clean after use. Throw out dried out gel-liner, it's too difficult to draw a smooth line with thick liner, which is why I never use pencil.

-If you tend to get watery, allergy eyes as I do sometimes, keep a waterproof liner handy. I love MAC LiquidLast, but you have to be very careful to allow extra drying time or you'll have an absolute disaster on your hands, because it doesn't come off easily!

I wear this liner just in the corners when I need it, and I use my usual liner for the rest of my eye. I use LiquidLast by itself when I'm performing a show with lots of water, like my Birdcage show, which rains down water for the finale. It doesn't budge! With it, you could paint a Maria Callas-worthy cat-eye and go for a swim, emerging from the pool as glamorous as ever!

-I like to clean up liner mistakes with a q-tip with a bit of non-oily makeup remover, and then a use a heavy powder like MAC StudioFix on a flat brush to cover the spot. You can also find pre-treated q-tips at some beauty supply stores.

-Wait for liner to dry before curling lashes and applying mascara. I keep an inexpensive little hand-fan in my beauty kit to dry it quickly.

Lastly, I'm glad you enjoyed my performance at The Crazy Horse Paris in Las Vegas. The Crazy Horse has an incredible history in Paris, I've been fascinated with it since I was very young. I may be returning to the authentic Crazy Horse in Paris sometime this spring/summer, so perhaps you can consider coming on over to see me at the original cabaret there that's been open since 1951! Stay tuned to my website and Twitter for updates on all of my shows, including my full-length revue, Strip Strip Hooray!

Wishing you lots of luck in your glamorous adventures!

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Mynxii White Interviews Dita Von Teese for Obliphica Professional
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In the height of the madness of the International Beauty Show in NY, I was able to get a few minutes to interview the iconic Dita Von Teese. She is always so stunning in person, and always looks just as beautiful, if not more, as in her images. Standing alongside celebrity stylist, John Blaine, I got exclusive beauty advice from the style guru herself.

Mynxii: John has done your hair for many years now. What is the best beauty tip you have learned from him?

Dita: Introducing me to Obliphica was the best thing John could have done for my hair, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here. I used to think it didn’t matter what kind of shampoo and conditioner you used, and he convinced me otherwise with this line.

Mynxii: You are such a strong style and beauty icon. What PERSONAL beauty advice can you give to your fans?

Dita: My best advice is practice makes perfect. You cannot expect to become great by just trying a new hair style a few times. You have to really practice at everything. Some of the greatest hair dressers and makeup people I know didn’t even go to school. They are self taught, and that goes a long way. It shows that you can learn how to do it yourself too with a little patience and time.

Mynxii: John, is there anything that Dita has taught you in return?

John: STYLE!

It was such a pleasure to be able to get some great one on one time with the woman who has inspired much of my own personal style, as well as the man behind her always fierce and fabulous vintage locks.
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Sunday April 14,2013. Dita Von Teese flaunts a vintage John Galliano circa 1992 dress, gloves by Fratello Orsini, clutch by Analeena, shoes by Louboutin and sunglasses by Moschino, attends the 'International Beauty Show' at Jacob Javits Center in New York City

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Playboy magazine presented their Holiday covergirl, Dita Von Teese, along side Cathrine D’Lish and Tempest Storm for burlesque show, Swank.

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Dita Von Teese: International Beauty Show with John Blaine!

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