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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Penélope Cruz's make-up memories

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz can still remember what her grandmother's lipsticks smelled like.

The actress is known for her sultry Spanish looks and is often spotted with a smoky eye on the red carpet.

And it's no wonder she always looks so immaculate - the star was just a toddler when she first experimented with cosmetics.

"From three years old, when I was at my grandmother's house, I would look through her bathroom cupboards and put everything I found there on at once," she laughed to the latest edition of British InStyle magazine.

"I loved her make-up and I used to apply it almost every day. I remember the smell of some of her lipsticks from when I was a child, too. They smelt like baby powder; I still love that aroma today."

The 40-year-old star juggles her busy movie career with being a mom to her children with husband Javier Bardem, Leonardo and Luna.

Her mother was a hairdresser, so the multitasking actress knows how much it can mean to take some time for beauty treatments.

"I don't put a lot of time into pampering myself, but I know the influence beauty has on me," she explained.

"I grew up in a salon, so I saw what it meant for women to go there and have two hours for themselves, and to take care of their skin and hair. It was much more than the superficial aspect. It was about getting some time for themselves, even if it was just ten minutes. That's what I think is important."

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