Dita Von Teese won't leave the house without lipstick on.

The 42-year-old beauty - who is famed for her crimson pout and carefully coiffured raven locks - insists it doesn't take her long to get ready each day but admits she would never step out of the house before donning her iconic lip colour.

She said: ''Although I don't spend a lot of time getting ready before I leave for the day, there are things. My red lipstick is always in place and it takes me only a minute to do. I don't have this dishevelled personality. I have a distinctive casual look that doesn't take me much time, but it's not like anybody's going to catch me in jeans and a T-shirt.''

Dita - who began her career as a pin up model before starting her own burlesque show business - has sported the same retro-inspired look for the past two decades.

And the star doesn't care if she is criticised for not changing her appearance as she ''really respects people'' that stand by their own sense of style.

She explained to Hong Kong's Prestige magazine: ''I really love people who have a distinctive sense of self, a distinctive personal style that doesn't falter or waiver depending on what's fashionable at the time.

''I really respect people who know how they want to look because I feel very close to that. I have a very distinctive look as well.

''I've been wearing my hair and make-up the same way for more than 20 years and I know what clothes I want to wear. I don't really care if someone says that it's outdated or they've seen it already, or they think I should do something else. Real glamour and beauty and personal style comes from what makes you feel good about yourself. And that's it.''