Introducing the AS IF Proust Beauty Confession Album, where beauty icons, artists, and influencers reveal their deepest beauty secrets by answering the original Marcel Proust questions, but with beauty-centric answers.
As an entrepreneur, designer, and the newly minted creative director at Judith Leiber Couture, Dee Hilfiger has yielded more than a momentous amount of influence in contemporary zeitgeist, solidifying her legacy as a voice in the fashion world. Tommy Hilfiger, designer and husband to the model-turned-businesswoman, attests to the fact as he once described her as someone who is “busier than me.” In our first AS IF Proust Beauty Confession Album, the lead designer at eponymous label, Dee Ocleppo, weighs in on her greatest beauty achievement, her biggest beauty pet peeves, her beauty heroes, and why she'd lie to her friends.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Dee Hilfiger: Having my “skinny” jeans feel a little loose.
What is your greatest fear?
Bad breath and spinach stuck between my two front teeth.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes being too lazy to wash my face before I go to bed.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
When someone asks me if they look fat.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Too many things to list!
Which living person do you most despise?
I don’t despise people, I pray for them.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Loyalty and good hygiene.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Loyalty and a great outfit.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, Tommy, my children, and my moisturizer.
When and where were you happiest?
When I was 16, wrinkle free, and could eat anything without getting fat.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to apply false eyelashes without a mirror!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My hair! Would give anything for some natural curls.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Finding a great colorist.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A large D flawless diamond of course, or one of Valentino’s Dogs.
Where would you most like to live?
In any blue zone.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having a full blown cold sore and a black tie event on the same day.
What is your favorite occupation?
Food critic or travel blogger.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Their dermatologist's and surgeon’s phone numbers.
Who are your favorite writers?
Dr. Seuss, and Stormy Daniels.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Cinderella—the OG of Disney Princesses!
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Naomi Campbell, and Christie Brinkley.
What are your favorite names?
Graff and Cartier.
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest regret?
Overplucking my eyebrows in the '90s.
How would you like to die?
What is your motto?
No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart, but a bit of lipstick and mascara never hurt anyone!
AS IF: Describe your daily beauty regime
My morning beauty routine is pretty simple and quick. Every morning in the shower I use Dr. Lancer method polish exfoliator. After the shower, I apply -- my Jesus juice -- Lotion P50 V 1970 by Biologique Recherche on my face and neck. Then I apply La Mer's Crème de la Mer Moisturizer just around my eyes, and their soft lotion on the rest of my face and neck. Sometimes I use a hydrating serum from Biologique Recherche, and always apply a light tinted sunscreen to finish. I like Elta MD.
My afternoon routine is pretty non- existent as I am usually running around.
If I can’t brush my teeth after lunch, I pop a couple of Listerine strips a fresh coat of lipstick and I am good to go.
Evening routine is makeup removal with Lancôme eye makeup remover, and La Prairie cream cleanser followed by the P50 lotion again. I top it off with the moisturizer cream by Crème de la Mer.