Helen Mirren uses make-up to feel like her best self

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetic…

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.

The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetics to present the best version of herself.

“It’s wonderful what it can do and how it can really make you feel,” Helen said about make-up in a chat with People magazine. “It is to do with feeling good and looking as good as you can on a particular day in this particular time in your life and feeling okay with the world.”

“There are a tiny minority of people in the world who are absolutely beautiful. David Beckham, my God, you are so beautiful,” she laughed. “The rest of us are in a different category. So I don’t think we should try to look beautiful. We should try to look like ourselves and present that in the best way possible.”

The Oscar-winning actress, who is an brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris’ new Age Perfect make-up collection, also revealed that she focuses on how using cosmetics makes her feel, not how it makes her look.

“My happiest times were spent at my makeup table mucking around with makeup,” Helen explained, before sharing her beauty staples, which included her go-to red lipstick.

“It makes you feel great the moment you put it on. A red lip, a pair of sunglasses and earrings does the trick. Just throw that on and go!” The Queen star exclaimed.

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Helen Mirren wants more beauty products for older women

Helen Mirren wants to see more beauty products made for mature women.The Oscar-winning actress is currently the face of L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect range, and while there may be more inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, the 74-year-old wants…

Helen Mirren wants to see more beauty products made for mature women.

The Oscar-winning actress is currently the face of L’Oreal Paris’ Age Perfect range, and while there may be more inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry, the 74-year-old wants there to be more choice for women of her generation when it comes to quality skincare products.

“Certainly, I think more needs to be done in the development of products,” she explained in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “Everybody’s entitled to look the best they can, to feel great, to enjoy doing their hair or putting on make-up, or a dress or suit. It should be open and accessible to everyone, and not just a select few who only look this way.”

And she revealed her own empowering personal philosophy which has helped her feel comfortable in her own skin.

“Try to find joy in your life, wherever you can, and be optimistic as far as is possible. Because I think this weird thing called ‘beauty’, which I’m not too sure I altogether agree with that word, has many different forms, and only one form is the outward form of your physicality. There are many other ways of being and feeling beautiful,” Mirren added.

On Sunday, The Queen star walked the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week for L’Oreal’s Le Defile show, alongside fellow L’Oreal Paris brand ambassadors including Camila Cabello, Eva Longoria, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Doutzen Kroes.

Mirren stunned as she joyfully ran barefoot down the runway while wearing a black and white chiffon Giambattista Valli gown, and she later confessed to Harper’s Bazaar that she was so grateful for the opportunity to take part in the inclusive presentation.

“I’m so happy that I witnessed that, and it’s come in my lifetime,” she smiled.

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Helen Mirren takes issue with the word ‘beauty’

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements …

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements – rather than looks – when giving out praise.

“Sometimes I clean up nice with a lot of help… So I want a new word instead of ‘beautiful,'” Mirren said during an appearance on British show This Morning. “I think ‘being’ is a good word. My ‘being’ tip is really to be curious and interested in other people and not think too much about yourself. Give your attention to other people and that has a way of making you, if you like, more beautiful in many ways.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mirren confessed she sometimes cuts her own hair with the kitchen scissors, even before red carpet events.

“I do often cut my own hair,” Mirren shared. “I said to my brilliant hair guy here, Stefan, ‘The cut I have right now, Stefan, is something that I did with the kitchen scissors about a week ago in my kitchen. So you know, maybe you could clean it up a bit for me?’ So yes, I do cut my own hair.”

The British actress, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, previously revealed she hated going to the hair salon every six weeks, so took matters into her own hands.

“I only go about once a year,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014. “In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.”

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Helen Mirren to reprise Fast & Furious 8 role in Hobbs and Shaw – report

Dame Helen Mirren is reportedly set to return to the big screen as an action heroine once again.The 73-year-old actress is allegedly set to reprise her role from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) as Jason Statham’s feisty mum Magdalen…

Dame Helen Mirren is reportedly set to return to the big screen as an action heroine once again.

The 73-year-old actress is allegedly set to reprise her role from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) as Jason Statham’s feisty mum Magdalene Shaw, in spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, which also focuses on Dwayne Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs.

According to editors at The Sun, Oscar winner Helen will return as the matriarch of the hard-nosed Shaw clan, in the ninth outing in the franchise, and will reportedly up her action credentials by trading blows with baddies in the movie.

“Helen was such a hit in Fast 8 that there was a decision that she should return,” a source told the British newspaper. “She was hilarious bossing around Vin Diesel and Jason as the no-nonsense Cockney kingpin.

“The sight of Helen taking on villains with fight moves is a great selling point.”

Helen, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, was a surprise addition to the cast of the 2017 action movie franchise, which stars Vin, Tyrese Gibson, and Michelle Rodriguez.

But in an interview with website BuzzFeed, Helen admitted she “begged” for the role, as she was desperate to work with Vin, and wanted to be an action star.

“I’m dying to be a full-time action movie heroine,” she said. “You might get a bit bruised and so forth, but taking a few ibuprofen sorts that out.”

Meanwhile, Jason recently spoke about the upcoming movie and Helen’s involvement in the franchise to Collider.

“I know the last time (Helen) slapped me around the face and we got this little… We don’t want to take it too seriously,” Jason told the movie website. “At the end of the day, we want to have the laughs. We want to tear each other apart. We want to enjoy it. This has to be a ride.”

David Leitch is helming the movie, which will also star Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby, and begins shooting in London this week (ends18Aug18).

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British royals lead Tatler’s 2018 best-dressed list

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have…

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have been declared two of Britain’s best-dressed women by Tatler magazine.

The U.K. publication will publish the full feature in its September issue (18), but has already revealed that the two royals have made the cut.

Praising The Queen as “the ultimate power dresser,” editors noted her fondness for “bright block colours” as well as her love of floral prints, while former Suits actress Meghan’s impeccable dress sense was boosted by her wedding to Prince Harry in May, where she wore an elegant bridal gown designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.

“Prince Harry’s Californian bride blew us away with her Givenchy wedding dress and has redefined modern royal style with every subsequent appearance,” a Tatler editor commented in a statement.

Meghan is joined on the list by her sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was complimented for re-wearing outfits and mixing designer and high street labels. While Catherine’s five-year-old son Prince George earned a place for flying “the flag for Christopher Robin chic” with a wardrobe full of shorts, long socks and sleeveless jumpers.

Away from the royal family, singer Dua Lipa was mentioned for her outfits, particularly her choice of “bra tops and tracksuits”.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya was described as “sharp and suave,” whereas Amal Clooney received recognition for being “polished” with a “playful” touch.

Other high-profile names on Tatler’s 2018 list include Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, Jerry Hall, Nicky Hilton, Harry Styles, Stella McCartney as well as A-list couple Lily James and Matt Smith.

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