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Dame Helen Mirren is a walking beauty and it’s clear that she’s not stopping any time soon. Having recently walked in L’Oreal Paris’s runway, it’s clear that there’s a lot we can learn about health and beauty from the 76-year-old.

Helen Mirren Top Beauty and Wellness Hacks

The Queen actress recently spoke to British Vogue, sharing her top beauty and wellness tips for living a long, healthy, and happy life.

Break the rules of makeup


When did makeup become so serious? It’s supposed to be fun and experimental and that’s something that Mirren very clearly believes in saying,

I always mix it up and do something different. I apply make-up according to how I feelIf I’m working with a make-up artist, they will ask what I like and I always tell them that my face is their canvas and to do what they want.

You always find new ideas and ways of looking at yourself that way. We all get stuck in our ruts in the way we make up our eyes, hair, or lips – it’s good to shake it up.

Love the skin you’re in

In an image-obsessed world, it can be hard to be comfortable in your own skin. This is especially true when you’re in the public eye. Granted, it took some time for the Oscar-winning actress to become comfortable with herself. Thankfully, she’s never looked back, sharing that now she’s become so happy with her smile.

I never smiled. Then I discovered that, actually, it’s nice to smile openly and with freedom, not a tight little smile, a big one. It certainly has served me in good stead.

Embrace the grey

Going grey is to be encouraged – that’s not to say you can’t have fun with your hair, because it’s a very important part of how you feel about yourself. People should do whatever makes them feel comfortable.


Yes, not everybody is proud of their grey hair, and it’s their prerogative if they want to hide them. But for the BAFTA-winning actress, living life on the grey side is exactly where she wants to be.

Be open to opportunities

According to Mirren, this is the secret to a life well-lived. She adds that you should look at life from a fresh pair of eyes, imaging that you’re seeing the world for the first time. She also adds that you shouldn’t feel paralyzed by your own insecurities and that while you should always be polite, try not to be too apologetic in life.

Diet and exercise are the key to growing older

Diet is incredibly important, especially if you want to live a life as long and healthy as Helen Mirren’s. She advises that you work from the inside out and while she’s the first one at the fish and chips, she reminds us that what you put inside your body does influence how you feel about yourself.

In regards to her fitness routine, Mirren shares that she follows the Canadian Air Force women’s exercise regime, which is a 12-minute exercise regime that starts easy but becomes difficult over time. Mirren admits that  she’s  incredibly lazy and if she can avoid doing it, she will, but every now and then she pulls herself back in.

Exercise and Adele
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Want to know more?

Another British babe who recently spoke to British Vogue, as well as American Vogue, was Grammy-winning songstress Adele. The singer told the magazine that her recent, headline-grabbing weight loss wasn’t intentional. In fact, the reason she lost so much weight was because of her new fitness routine, which she adopted to better manage her anxiety.


Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a journalist graduate and writer, specializing in health, beauty, and wellness. She also has a passion for poetry, equality, and natural hair. Identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to provide the latest information on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle and leave a more equitable society behind.

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