Once known as the wife of eccentric rock star Marilyn Manson, the glamorous Dita Von Teese has carved a name for herself as a burlesque dancer, model, author, and beauty icon. So, when we found out about her appearance at New York’s International Beauty Show, we simply had to be there. And all that pushing through throngs of adoring fans was worth it! Von Teese glided through the crowd (like magic!) in a deliciously curve-hugging number, sky-high Louboutins, and her signature red lip and bouncy mane. We chatted with the modern Marilyn at Obliphica Professional’s booth about her beauty and hair secrets and the exciting projects she’s working on now.
Betty Confidential: We adore your flawless beauty look. What’s your secret?
Dita Von Teese: Well, it’s different every day because I don’t always go 100 percent, full-power glamour. I am a master at getting ready in under 15 minutes because I have a lot of tricks. Sometimes, it’s just powder, sunglasses, hair in a chignon, red lipstick –it looks like it’s full glamour, but it’s easy. I’m writing a beauty book and I talk more about what my priorities are and the key to a good beauty routine without spending a lot of money or time. It’s about knowing what’s most important to you and going from there. I’m rarely late for things. But a day like today, I’ll usually block aside an hour and a half to two hours, but it’s not something I do every day, you know?
BC: What about your hair? Do you have any tips to share with us?
DVT: Obliphica products really changed my life because I roller set my hair every day –sometimes two or three times a day– and they help keep it moisturized and healthy. And since I like to wear my hair curled, it helps make the bend better. People are always commenting on how shiny my hair is too, and I equate that with when I began using Obliphica. It changed my life.
BC: What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received?
Celebrity Stylist John Blaine: I’m her best beauty tip. [laughs]
DVT: Use sunscreen and don’t smoke.
BC: You’ve designed some gorgeous lingerie. Is a full clothing line in your future?
DVT: I do have a small dress capsule collection. It consists of five dresses that are all based on vintage pieces from my wardrobe. I am all about making the vintage more wearable, including a full range of sizes, making fabric quality better, but I wouldn’t claim to be a designer.
BC: Can you tell us a little more about the exciting projects you have in the works?
DVT: Well, I have three fragrances out, and a fourth coming out by the end of the year. And I’m about to go on air with HSN in Tampa to sell my first two perfumes. April 24th is my big day…no wait, April 21st. Actually, scratch that. It’s sometime next week. [Look out for Dita’s American debut on HSN and hsn.com on April 23, 2013.]
Can’t get enough of Dita’s luscious locks? John Blaine, who serves as hairstylist to the Queen of Burlesque herself and as creative director for Obliphica, dishes on recreating her Great Gatsby-inspired coif:
1. To achieve Dita’s signature glossy, long-lasting waves, start with a nourishing shampoo. As Blaine points out, “All beautiful styles start with healthy hair.” We can’t argue with that! Dita uses Obliphica Professional’s intensive nourishing shampoo ($55, obliphicastore.com) and Obliphica Professional’s intensive hair mask ($58, obliphicastore.com) to keep her locks in tip-top shape.
2. Next, you’ll want to massage two drops of Obliphica Professional’s treatment serum ($58, obliphicastore.com) through damp tresses for an extra dose of shine. Mix in your go-to styling cream if desired.
3. For those big, bouncy curls we can’t help but covet, separate your hair into two-inch sections and blow dry it with a boar bristle round brush. Start with your innermost layers and work your way outward as you create an inward curl. Then, separate locks into one-inch sections and wrap them around one-inch (or less) rollers, aka Dita’s tool of choice.
4. Beginning at the front of your head and at the level of your temple, place rollers under your one-inch sections and roll downward toward the tips. Keep your hard work from falling flat (literally) by pinning or clipping each section in place and spraying a touch of heat-activated hairspray directly onto every curl.
5. Repeat step four with your mane’s lower layers.
6. As you reach the back of your head, your curls should begin at a lower point. Drop your rollers accordingly (for reference, the curls should create a diagonal line from your temple to the lowest point in back).
7. Proceed to set your soon-to-be Dita-fied mane by blow drying it on a low setting.
8. Take out each roller with care, starting with those at the undermost layers. Spritz on one last helping of hair spray.
9. Finish off your sultry style by pinning a couple of waves back or above the ear. Et voilà! Dita’s ‘do is all yours.
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.