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Lily James' sunscreen trick to stop her beau from using it

Published 23/08/2016

Lily James
Lily James

Lily James was nervous about famed photographer Mario Testino shooting her for Burberry's My Burberry Black campaign.

Lily James wears a shimmery sun cream so her boyfriend doesn’t steal it.

The British actress has to take great care in protecting her flawless porcelain skin from harsh rays. Rather than opting for a standard sunscreen, the 27-year-old actress favours a more luxurious choice which has the added benefit of preventing her Doctor Who star beau Matt Smith from sneakily use it.

"Kate Somerville does this amazing sun cream that's shimmery (Body Glow Sunscreen),” she told Allure. “I like that because my boyfriend can't use it - usually he just takes my expensive sunscreen and pours it all over his body. (I'm like) 'Hello, not that one!'"

Lily also touched upon her passion for perfume, naming Van Cleef & Arpels’ First as one scent that stands out, because her mother has always worn it.

Her love of fragrance certainly helps in her new collaboration with Burberry, as Lily poses in a raunchy campaign for their My Burberry Black scent. In one photo the former Downton Abbey star lounges back topless, with her arms protecting her modesty, while in another picture the star is seen in one of the brand’s famous trench coats holding an umbrella with its recognisable print.

“I was nervous to meet (photographer) Mario Testino because I admire his work so much and he's worked with such incredible models and actresses,” Lily gushed to Vogue.co.uk about the advertisements. “It's intimidating but also inspiring. He was so funny and so charming and naughty and I just immediately felt very at ease in his company. Mario was great at getting me to be me in that environment. He made me feel really free and confident.”

The actress also noted how much she loves the label and its ability to represent “Britishness”, revealing she was extremely excited when approached by chief creative and chief executive officer, Christopher Bailey, to appear in the campaign.

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