Cutting right to the chase - you’d expect nothing less from a music legend and cultural symbol who has made a career out of self-empowerment - she delves right into the eight-product line that now includes a light, water-based finishing cream that is packed with hydrating ceramides and derived from the shimmering mineral mica.
It is the culmination of a life spent on the road, she says, where much activity and little sleep is had. After all, good products, sleep, and water are the answer to perfect skin: 'Juice is not water! Water is water!' says the 59-year-old, her enthusiasm making way for her Midwestern accent.
The sun-conscious, Michigan-born mogul, who now has six children, the eldest of which is Lourdes Leon, 21 - 'I have dreams of her laying out by the pool without wearing any sunscreen and I go ballistic,' she says - prides herself on having always taken care of her skin, even when she was a broke artist just starting out on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
'When I was making the transition from dance to music, I would save the little money I had and get a facial on Seventh Street, sandwiched in between all of the punk stores, once every couple of weeks,' she says. 'I don’t know why we took care of our skin, but we did.'
The 'we' she is referring to is her and best friend Debi Mazar, the actress who moonlighted as her makeup artist at the time, not she and then-boyfriend Jean-Michel Basquiat or good friend Keith Haring. No, she says with a laugh, 'the boys did not take care of their skin. But they were artists and painters and everything was about visuals.'
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