Cara Delevingne thinks putting lipstick on is a similar experience to masturbating.

The 26-year-old model-and-actress - who is dating Ashley Benson - loves the ''intimate experience'' of ''seducing'' herself by applying a slick of colour to her mouth because it's such a personal thing to do.

She told Marie Claire: ''I love a lipstick in a dark colour like Dior Celestial. You can wear it day and night, and change it from matte to shiny by layering a gloss over the top. I'm someone who eats, talks a lot and is bad at maintaining lipstick, so it's great because it's long-lasting

''It's the process of putting [lipstick] on that I enjoy. It's almost like an intimate experience with yourself, like touching yourself. That sounds a bit weird, ha ha! But it's almost like you are seducing yourself. You're putting something on your lips, you're feeling sexy... it's empowering.

''And it's not just women; men can wear lipstick, too. It's something they should do more. There's nothing as great as putting lipstick on and having it smudged off later.''

Two years ago, Cara shaved her head to play a cancer patient in upcoming movie 'Life In a Year' and she admitted it taught her a lot about beauty and her own femininity.

She said: ''Shaving it all off was a big leap of faith into my own exploration of femininity. It didn't mean that I wasn't beautiful. I learned you don't need hair to be a woman and that my previous beauty ideals weren't true.''

While she is known for her bushy eyebrows, the 'Suicide Squad' star didn't believe her mother when she always told her they were her ''best feature'' because so many people mocked her for them.

She added: ''I wanted to make them smaller. Of course if you're being told that you have something horrible on your face you're going to want to change it, but I'm glad that I listened to her.' ''