Lisa Vanderpump lives in a world of backstabbing, one-upping, and zingers that linger long after the Jimmy Choos are put away from that last lavish weekend in Palm Springs. You think it’s easy being a real housewife of Beverly Hills?
There is so much drama that there is barely enough time to accessorize, well…wait a minute. What am I saying? Life is all about accessorizing in the 90210 zip code. Two seconds into a conversation with Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” and we’re halfway through her Chanel clutch discussing what products are the must-haves in her world.
Of course, there is one little secret that must be divulged—one that you might never hear about on either of her shows.
Me: “This is serious. People have written in, Lisa. They want to know exactly what shade of pink lipstick you wear? It’s the perfect pink.”
Lisa: “Darrrling, I know! It is perfect. I have so many people ask me that question.”
For a moment, her British accent is distracting and her warm demeanor is so lovely that the question might just disappear like a peach Bellini at a cocktail party. No. Focus. What is that damn lipstick color? Inquiring minds!
“I think the Chanel lip glosses are amazing. You really do get what you pay for,” Vanderpump insists. Just tell us. We’ll pay for it! Finally, she starts rifling through her purse to figure out what colors she uses. “I do a mix of Chanel glosses to get that pink,” she confides. “My number one is Chanel 11 and I mix it with a pinker one called Chanel 02. Then I use a nude lip liner.”
“I mix it up a bit and use one of the glosses more than the other,” she says. “I think if you go for a little something on your eyelashes and a little gloss on your mouth then you’re good to go,” Lisa confides.
No one is more real than “Housewife” Lisa Vanderpump. Ask her about aging, and the small screen, ageless beauty and businesswoman doesn’t mince words. “I think it’s really important to embrace your age,” says Vanderpump whose three-part reunion shows start airing this week on Bravo for “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” “I know it sounds cliché, but you must embrace it. I’m not one of those women who looks 30,” she says. “And you know what? I don’t care.”
What are her views on Botox, filler and plastic surgery? “Botox and a little filler can be done if that’s your choice, but it shouldn’t look done,” says Vanderpump. “When it comes to my face, I don’t want it to look like I’ve had something done. It’s important to try to look glamorous in a natural type of way,” she says.
Vanderpump is known for her gorgeous mane of chestnut hair. “I always think my hair is pretty boring, but it is kind of classic,” she says.
How does she weigh in on the classic question of long hair vs. short hair post 40? Can you be in your 40s and 50s and have long hair? “I think women my age can have longer hair,” she says. “You just need to keep the style classic. Personally, I’ve never been tempted to cut my hair short because I think long hair can be so sexy,” she says.
Her body is also the envy of women of all ages. Lisa Vanderpump has been a spokesperson for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.” “I just love the product,” she says. “I wouldn’t attach myself to anything I didn’t use. I’ve used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for years,” she says. “I hate how you have to wait for real butter to soften. This is just ready and it has lower cholesterol,” she says. “We’ve also got some great recipes on the website that are simple.”
“As you get older, simple is better.” Lisa maintains her amazing figure by trying to eat healthy, which isn’t easy when you own restaurants. “It’s always a struggle to maintain your figure,” she says. “My secret is I don’t eat too many carbs at night. You should avoid heavy, doughy carbs at night.”
She likes to cook, which means easy meals at home. “I’ll do salads with a protein or roast chicken. That really works for us,” she says. Vanderpump admits that she has a sweet tooth, but isn’t exactly ordering too many desserts. “I absolutely love chocolate!” she says. “I do have chocolate every single day, but in moderation.”
She makes up for it by doing some exercise at home. “I do the treadmill while looking at my E-mails or watching the news. I’ll go for about 45 minutes. Then I do sit ups and weights. “If you don’t like the gym, you can get it all done at home if you have a little discipline. Multi-tasking while exercising really makes me feel as if I’m getting so much done. “
“Gleb and I were literally locked up for six weeks. I hope Ken was jealous. After 30 years, I think I deserve a little bit of jealous!” she jokes.
by Cindy Pearlman