Selma Blair praises 'transformative power' of make-up

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Selma Blair has credited the "transformative power" of make-up for helping her get through some tough days.

The Cruel Intentions actress, who revealed she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in late 2018, has been tapped to front the cover of the May 2021 issue of Town & Country magazine.

In the accompanying interview, Selma reflected on her deep love of cosmetics and how a mere swipe of mascara or slick of lipstick can alter her mindset.

"I've been made up by some of the most famous make-up artists since I started acting, and I've felt so transformed by their make-up that I really did become a different person," she mused. "It was a superpower to me, and I mean this. Make-up is not trivial to me. If anything moves the needle for me in my life - even before my diagnosis or challenges - it is my gorgeous war paint."

Selma went on to insist she is better able to cope with some of the symptoms of her condition if she feels good about the way she looks.

"I don't mind if my muscles get caught at the intersection of a slow brain signal. I just want those words to come from lips covered in Chanel gloss," the 48-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Selma reflected on how she first lost sensation in one leg while making an appearance in a Christian Siriano fashion show in February 2018, as well as her journey to making a "deeper positive connection" with her body in recent years.

"I am aware my challenges affect other hopeful or isolated people - and a few of them may be joyful snobs like me," she continued. "I'm very comfortable in my body, mostly because I am now making a deeper positive connection with it. I am fascinated by this body and this life. I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people."