Article taken from Vogue UK.
From Dr Sarah Harding in The Lost World: Jurassic Park to Laura Brown in The Hours, Julianne Moore has carved out a stellar career playing complex, formidable characters. And her latest role, as Theresa Young in After The Wedding, is no different. Set to hit UK cinemas on November 1, the film follows the lives of two women – Theresa (Moore) and Isabel (played by Michelle Williams) – whose lives unexpectedly intertwine.
Known first and foremost for her screen presence, the Pre-Raphaelite beauty has also honed a distinctive red carpet aesthetic that has seen her win plaudits for her style, as well as sweep up during awards season. Here, she reflects on her fashion and beauty journey with British Vogue.
On her first designer purchase
My first major designer purchase was a Ralph Lauren dress that I bought. It was brown silk and it had white flowers on it. It was so expensive for me at the time. I remember how nervous I was buying it because it was $500 (£400) which was a fortune for me, and it was [from] a very fancy store. I went into the store and bought it myself when I was 25. It was a very big deal for me to spend that much money on a dress. I had it for a very long time and I loved it… God knows where it ended up.
On her childhood style icon
As a teenager I was always pretty conservative, so I didn’t have a childhood style icon. My mother would give us a little bit of money to go shopping at the beginning of the school year, and I would come back with one plaid skirt and one sweater, and that was all of my money spent. My sister would come back with a boat-load of clothes because she would go to one of those places where you can buy a gazillion things for less. I essentially spent all of my money on two really traditional things, while my sister would get lots of clothes that were much more interesting, for less money.
I’ve always bought pretty classic stuff… Even now, I’m much happier when I do that. When I intentionally go too trendy I’m always really sorry because it doesn’t suit me, and I don’t wear it as often.
On the outfit she regrets
Oh, I have a huge regret [over] a dress that I wore when I was nominated for a Golden Globe right after my son was born. My baby was only six weeks old – and I wasn’t my usual size because I hadn’t lost the baby weight obviously – and I was in this very shiny, satin dress and it was very low cut, which was really a mistake because I was nursing. My body looked terrible and my boobs got bigger and bigger through the night and my hair and make-up weren’t good. It was just an absolute fiasco.
On five-minute dressing
If it’s a regular day and I have a meeting and I want to look nice, I would probably wear my really cute black Louis Vuitton dress – it’s great. It’s very casual… but it looks a little bit dressy. I would wear it with a little short black boot and then I’d make sure that my hair was… clean. A blow-out really, really helps – or dry shampoo. A blow-out, a black dress, short black boots and then I like to do a lip and cheek stain, and some mascara. That’s it, all in five minutes.
I’ve been a big fan of Olay, Oil of Olay with SPF 15, for probably 25 years. I don’t know where I’d be without it. I use it everyday. I absolutely love it. I always use some kind of a skin oil, and then I use the Olay, and that’s pretty much it.
On her best beauty advice
Well, it’s so boring, but stay out of the sun. My mother is from Scotland, she had red hair and freckles and she moved to America when she was 10-years-old. She got a terrible burn when she was a teenager and she had to go to the hospital. As a result, she was like “don’t go into the sun, don’t do it”. If we went to the beach during the day we’d only be out for a short period of time. I avoid the sun, not in a weird way, but I’ll cross over to the shaded side of the street and I’ll always wear a hat, I’ll always wear sunscreen. It really does pay off. And now I wish I’d been even more on it [when I was younger].
On her favourite fashion pieces
I like to have a really great pair of jeans. A Saint Laurent army jacket and then a really good pair of Birkenstocks. Right now they’re my favourite. If I go on trips or if I go somewhere I always have them with me. This outfit makes me feel good, like myself.