Brooke Shields Lashes Out
Brooke Shields has been many things since exploding onto the scene as a teenage modeling and acting phenom in the late seventies: poster girl for Calvin Klein, one-time girlfriend of the irreplaceable Michael Jackson, and owner of the most spectacular set of brows in a generation. But it’s lashes, not brows or blue jeans, that might be her biggest claim to fame. Shields is the spokesperson for Latisse, the wonder drug for longer, thicker, darker lashes recently approved by the FDA. And as the miracle elixir permeates doctors’ offices nationwide (it’s available by prescription only), her newly exceptional eye fringe will take center stage. We caught up with Shields to talk lashes and beauty regimens, and even got some insight into that increasingly buff bod (all Kiefer-related questions were, sadly, off limits).
First and foremost, does it work?
That was my first question! But, yes—I am so pleased, and actually shocked, by Latisse’s results. I was lucky enough to start seeing results fairly early, but, you know, you have to be patient. Within the first month to six weeks, I was encouraged because I’d see them coming in one by one. And then they started fanning out.
Have you always been attentive to your lashes—like, do you get extensions or wear falsies regularly?
I used to dye my lashes, and I’ve also spent so much time on Broadway putting on fake ones then ripping them off—I’ve actually had holes in my lash line from the damage that does. So I was even more grateful that Latisse was able to make them darker and fuller.
And what about those brows—do you think your lashes are going to become your new signature?
I know—actually, my brows are getting jealous!
Your brows are still pretty fantastic, though. How do you keep them up?
I work with Anastasia [Soare]. I’ll have her shape them once in a while, but I usually get better results by just letting them grow and cleaning them up in the middle so I don’t get a unibrow.
You’re obviously familiar with the spokesperson game—everyone knows how important a healthy smile is to you after those Colgate Total spots. Has this new partnership with Latisse differed in any way?
Well, this has definitely been different because it’s not just about talking about someone else’s product. My ego’s a little more involved because it’s my face, and I get to celebrate the changes. It’s something that’s so much more tangible, and the results are so evident. Also, Latisse’s association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been meaningful. Allergan donated an initial sum of $500,000 to the foundation, and for every new visitor who registers online with Latisse, they donate $5 more. That’s a large sum of money!
So lashes, brows, white teeth. What else is an important part of your beauty regimen?
All of those things really do fall into the category of daily routine, you know, simple maintenance. But I’ve added Latisse to my nightly routine, which has actually shortened my daily routine. I don’t have to put so much effort into makeup or anything like that on a daily basis because my lashes look so good.
What about exercise routines? How did you get those guns?!
The thing that works for me the most is spinning. I’m an emotional worker-outer—if there’s something I have to get ready for, I’m much more inspired to work out. If I’m working too much or not enough, I tend to slack off, but I try to do something active three times a week, like spinning, yoga, a hike. I try to make sure it can change all the time, too, because my schedule changes all the time. It’s less about being skinny at this point in my life.
And, we have to ask, what of those Calvins? Is there still nothing that gets between you?
Actually, the only pair I brought with me on this press junket happen to be a pair of Calvins! I still have the originals, too—and I can still fit in them! They definitely don’t look the same, and they come up to, like, my neck, but I can still get them on. I had two pairs of the originals, so I kept one and donated the other to the Met.