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Rosanna Greenstreet

The Guardian, Saturday 1 November 2014

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How I get ready: Dawn O'Porter Dawn O’Porter: ‘I am 35 and I’ve fallen into my style.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

I probably take half an hour to get ready – quick shower, wash my hair, head upside down, hardcore blow-dry, hairspray into the roots to make it as massive as possible. The thing that takes longest is my hair (about 10 minutes), because there’s a lot of back-brushing, then I straighten the fringe and bob it under.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve specifically shopped so that I don’t have panic attacks when I need to get ready. I have loads of easy-to-wear vintage dresses in bonkers colourful prints, so that any shoes go. I don’t have an awful lot of tight clothes, so I rarely have that “I am feeling too fat for this” moment.

My makeup is the same if I am doing a red carpet or just going out for dinner with friends. I moisturise, put on eye cream and then a light dusting of this new mineral foundation by Jane Iredale, which I found here in LA. I put it on with a brush and I don’t have to touch it all night. I love big, smoky eyes, so I load up on either thick brown or black eye makeup – I love Smashbox’s, because it is really solid and doesn’t move.

I usually go for nude lips. I like the idea of bright red lips, but I look like a tranny when I wear lipstick, and I don’t like the fact that when I kiss my husband [Chris O’Dowd], I squash it all over him.

I am 35 and I’ve fallen into my style. I don’t take massive risks any more: I used to try to do things that were really different, then go out and just feel awkward, uncomfortable and embarrassed. I don’t do that to myself any more. I know what works.

• Dawn O’Porter’s new vintage-inspired clothing line is available at

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