Jane Birkin Daily Routine

Describe your beauty routine.

“I use Sisley Phyto-Teint Eclat foundation for nose and blemishes, a Mac Soar lip pencil on lips and cheeks, and Nars Bengali eyeshadow – and, at night, a little mascara. I take off my make-up with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré.”


I splash with cold water and put on Sisley’s Global Anti-Age Day and Night cream (£218, 020 7591 6380). Otherwise Nivea or any old cream will do, as long as it’s kind to animals.

I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £12, on my lips, and my arms if they’re sunburned. I’m past caring that sunbathing is dangerous. This summer I rushed out and lay in the sun to get my stomach brown.

In fact, I burned it and was crippled with sunburn, but at least I got a tan. I know it’s bad, but it made me look smashing for a month so I don’t care.


Without my specs on I think I look really great, then I put them on and I scream. But at 62, I still think less is better. I use Clarins foundation, but I don’t put it everywhere – I hate that covered look – so just on the sides of my nose where the veins have gone bang.

I put some red stuff on my mouth and cheeks so I look healthy – any old red lip pencil and a lip colour from Dr Hauschka in a crushed berry tone. I never put anything on my eyes or I look like Joan Crawford.


I don’t do a bloody thing except put some sticky on it to make it stand up a bit. I cut it off myself when I was in a bad mood, and now I like looking like a boy. I have a lovely hairdresser called Moissant I visit every two months on the Rue de Seine in Paris who does beautiful highlights so subtle that roots don’t show through.


I do Pilates when I’m in Paris, but being on stage every night is exhausting. I’m always running, always late, so that keeps the weight off. If I have time, I do sit ups, or I do front crawl on the carpet. I can’t swim in water – I don’t know how – so I do it on dry land. I have to be careful not to get a paunch – I’m so skinny that if I put any weight anywhere, it’d be there, and I don’t like a bulge. I wouldn’t mind if it went on my bosom, but it doesn’t.


For breakfast, I eat porridge and honey with green tea. I like Japanese food, it’s very elegant, but I don’t eat tuna or cod now that it’s endangered. I like any white fish that’s not endangered, and I eat it with vegetables.

Chickens pose a problem, now I know how they’re killed. I eat a steak from time to time – I could shoot a cow, and sometimes I wish one could do just that; I have a fear of slaughterhouses. I eat pasta before going on stage, do a two hour show, then afterwards eat two bananas with sleeping pills in between each one, then bed.


My children. I know that nothing matters as much as them, and everything else seems like nothing in comparison. It’s what matters in life. Family makes me really happy.


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