Why Courtney Love Is Just, Like, Getting Hotter
Martial arts workout routines weren’t the only things on Courtney Love’s mind at last night’s Cinema Society screening of Due Date. Sporting her now signature fringe and, dare we say, demure makeup, Ms. Love had beauty on the brain. “Beauty is terror. Isn’t that what Balzac said?” she mused, as she sat in a booth at Lavo at last night’s after-party. The self-proclaimed “skin whore” was eager to share her latest makeup tricks, the skin regimen that keeps her camera-ready, and her philosophy on aging. “I am the smoker and the curser, but I am trying to learn about taking care of myself,” she said.
First things first: Love is losing the caked-on cosmetics. “I have friends that are growing old and freaking out and I am, like, getting hotter,” she said, explaining how she’d recently switched up her trademark heavy black eye makeup and red lips in favor of something a little, um, lighter. The move has been well received, though Love was tongue-in-cheek about the photos of herself at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala for AIDS research in L.A.: “I have been getting a lot of praise for looking good lately, but after the amfAR thing [the press] was like, ‘Oh, she didn’t have a facelift after all.’ I liked it when they thought I had had a facelift.”
Facelifts, in fact, haven’t entered into the equation for the 46-year-old, who hasn’t even gone as far as to have a facial this year. “I had no time to go see a dermatologist and it would have cost too much, so I didn’t do anything,” she said. So what does the Hole front woman do to keep her skin looking good these days? To start, she credits good genes. “My family, they tend to get fat, but they just don’t wrinkle,” she says. Love also uses Biologique Recherche’s famed P50 solution. “It’s really strong; it has things in it it shouldn’t have and lots and lots of alcohol.” Karin Herzog’s Vita-A-Kombi, a product that Uma Thurman turned her on to, rounds out her routine. “There’s a one, two, and three level,” she says of the oxygen-enriched face cream. “Just go for the three.”—Kristin Studeman
Photo: Nicholas Hunt / Patrick McMullan