Why I Look Like This: Christine D’Ornano

Christine D'Ornano, International Vice President of Sisley talks genes and creams.

by Kathleen Baird-Murray


Christine D’Ornano, International Vice President of Sisley talks genes and creams.

Face: “People tell me I take after my mother, who is over 70 years old and looks amazing. She has a real glow and a presence whenever she walks into a room. I’ve definitely got her nose and cheekbones, which are very Slavic – she comes from Poland. Unusually she has olive skin and luckily I’ve got that too.”

Skin: “I’ve never had any injectables, it just doesn’t appeal but I have recently made an effort to have a facial once a month and it really makes a difference – I see Antonina at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and have the Supreme Anti Ageing Facial which uses muscular massage to stimulate the muscles on your face.

I alternate my skincare on a monthly basis – one month I’ll use SupremelyA every night, the next month I’ll use Sisley Global Anti Age, the Extra Rich version because I have very dry skin. I find it all works better if I switch it like this.

By day I’ll use All Day All Year moisturizer which filters 95% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. There’s no SPF number because an SPF reflects the amount of time you can stay in the sun, whereas the sun protection in this moisturizer releases over time for up to eight hours. The 5% of sun it lets through is good for Vitamin D and also to kick start your skin’s own sun protection mechanisms. Sisley’s Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skincare is completely error-proof and I’ll use that two or three times a week to give me a little colour.

If I need a quick pick me up before I go out for dinner I’ll put on the Black Rose Cream mask, maybe three times a week. A lot of fine lines are from dehydration and it completely re-plumps my skin and makes me feel good.”

Brows: “Sometimes I’ll pluck a few hairs but otherwise I leave them alone. I don’t wax them any more. When I was 20 I had very thin brows, I look back and I don’t like them.”

Lips: “I use make-up more to perfect my skin rather than to make a strong statement and I find that this coral pink gives a bit of structure to your face without being overpowering. (Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick Pinky L9).”

Eyes: “I’ve inherited my French father’s green eyes which have black spots in them. By day I rarely wear more than mascara, but at night I’ll do more with my eyes and put eyeliner around them.”

Hair: “I see Yves Durif at the Carlyle for cut and I go to Lynette at Hari’s in London for highlights. My hair is quite thin and I’m not very confident at doing it myself – I use a bit of Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. Sometimes I’d like to have a great mane of hair that I can hide behind.” **