Joan Collins believes make-up is essential for women to look their best.

The 77-year-old actress claims she has never had Botox and avoids plastic surgery because make-up helps her look good.

She said: "Botox, I think, is poison, I would never put it into my face, and I'm needle-phobic .

"I spend a lot of time keeping my face out of the sun and taking care of my skin and wearing make-up. I'm appalled at the amount of women who don't bother to take care of their skin.

"I was at Ascot, and there are these women in beautiful hats, very nice clothes, and they haven't got a shred of make-up on their faces."

The 'Dynasty' star also reveals she is not keen on the look of extremely thin Hollywood actresses.

She told the Daily Telegraph: "I'm not a fan of that look, are you? In Hollywood, the girls are forced by the studios to look extremely thin. I don't know why. When I first went to Hollywood years and years ago, I was 126 lbs and they made me go down to 119. Now 119 lbs is considered fat."