Embrace Your Age: Celebrity Beauty Secrets for Your 20s, 30s and 40s
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who has spent more time having her makeup done than an actress. So it's safe to say that the top talents featured here have gathered quite a few celebrity beauty secrets over the years. We asked stunning screen stars Deborah Ann Woll, 25; Elizabeth Reaser, 35; and Hope Davis, 46, to share their best confidence-boosting beauty tips. Their celebrity beauty secrets, along with our expert makeup tips and product picks, will get you-and keep you-gorgeous for years to come.
Celebrity beauty secrets for your 20s:
Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Jessica Hamby, a vampire in HBO 's True Blood, doesn't mind trying out different makeup looks, especially for red-carpet events. "Your 20s are all about experimentation," she says. "You're still defining your style, and you're allowed to make mistakes. Hopefully, by the time you reach your 30s, you know better what works and what doesn't."
When she's not filming, Deborah keeps her look simple-her only must-haves are sunscreen, blush, and mascara. The one area she does pay more attention to is her hair color. "Growing up pale and blonde, I sometimes felt like I disappeared," she says. "So 10 years ago, I picked up a box of red dye at the drugstore (celebrity beauty secret: to this day, she colors her own hair) , and suddenly I made more of an impact on people."
As for plastic surgery, Deborah doesn't plan to head down that road. "Our lines define the expressions we've made most throughout life. They say a lot about who we are and what we've done," she says. "Besides, I gravitate toward roles that explore the messiness of life, and I need to be able to furrow my brow for that!"
Celebrity beauty secrets for your 30s:
For Elizabeth Reaser-a Michigan-born beauty who plays Esme Cullen in the popular Twilight series- what's especially freeing about being in her 30s is learning to accept herself. "You suddenly realize that whatever flaw you've been trying to hide all your life-whether it's a belly, freckles, or zits-guess what? People can't see it, so you might as well not stress about it."
That's not to say that she's never self-critical (she's 5'4" and still hates being short), but she admits: "It's the biggest waste of time, life, and energy to obsess over who you're not."
Of course, there's little to obsess over when it comes to Elizabeth's appearance: Her skin is, at 35, practically devoid of lines and sunspots. "My mother has never worn much makeup, but she did instill in us the importance of sunscreen."
She does have one celebrity beauty secret: deep-cleansing facials every other week at the Face Place in Los Angeles. So how does she square her casual image with life in glamorous Tinseltown? "My beauty icons are actresses like Charlotte Gainsbourg, who can just put on a swipe of red lipstick and be ready to go. I think you're sexiest when you look relaxed."
Celebrity beauty secrets for your 40s:
"Now that I'm in my 40s, I don't work as hard to stop the clock," says Tony- and Emmy-nominated Hope Davis, who recently played Hillary Clinton in the HBO movie The Special Relationship. "I've found the products I like and that work."
Hope also attributes her porcelain complexion and youthful looks to clean living. "I don't drink or smoke; I eat a mostly organic, vegetarian diet; and I do yoga regularly," she says. "The older you get, the more you realize that the way you look is a reflection of how you treat yourself."
To that end, everything Hope uses and puts into her body comes from the health food store. And despite having tried "lots of expensive skincare products," she now favors Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk ($37; beauty.com) and Alba Jasmine & Vitamin E Moisture Cream ($18; albabotanica.com).
While she appreciates getting done up now and then, Hope doesn't feel the need to do it daily. "I have two young kids; at most, I fill in my brows and apply tinted lip balm." Plus, she believes it's important to set a good example for her daughters. "It's so easy for girls to have self-esteem issues; I want my kids to realize that it's good to think about something other than your looks."