by Rachel Swalin | These celebrities shine with a classic beauty and prove aging can be done gracefully. Celebrities may have access to the best skin and hair pros—not to mention just about every pricey winkle cream, injectable filler, and skin-tightening surgery—but none of these guarantee they will age gracefully. In fact, many celebs who’ve searched for the fountain of youth at their plastic surgeon’s office look anything but youthful. So what is the secret of looking great as you get older? We’re not sure, but here are some tips and tricks from celebs who are doing it right—whether it’s exercise, feeling comfortable in your own skin, or a combination of factors.
Would you believe that Bullock is even a day over 40? The 50-year-old star not only boasts some stellar acting chops in Gravity and The Blind Side, but also rocks a tight body on the red carpet. In her off time, she likes to stay active by switching up her workout routines. “I do Pilates, kickboxing, weight training,” Bullock told InStyle in 2009. “If I can work out every day, I will.”
Between acting, singing, and running her own fashion and home lines for Kohl’s, J.Lo, 44, is a busy gal. It’s good then that she takes the time to protect her delicate skin. She credits her makeup artist Scott Barnes for helping her wise up about sun safety. “The number one beauty tip Scott has taught me is to stay out of the sun,” the mega mogul told StyleCaster in 2010. “We’ve always worked with bronzers and self-tanners instead.”
With her bubbly personality on TV, it’s no surprise that Couric, 57, tries to have a little humor as she grows older. “God’s way of helping us age is to have our eyesight go as our faces go—you can’t really tell how wrinkly you are,” she joked in a video about aging on her website. In all seriousness, though, Couric looks great no matter her age. Her talk show Katie may be coming to a close, but this television icon has her eyes set on digital as she ups her involvement as global anchor for Yahoo.
Crawford’s modeling heydays were back in the 80s and 90s, but even at 48 she still carries the same classic beauty from her early 20s. This legendary supermodel’s trick for maintaining a young look? Stop doing up your face, for real. “As I’ve gotten older I wear less makeup,” Crawford told The Daily Mail in 2012. “It can make you look older, and hopefully we get more comfortable in our skin.”
Three reasons to be envious of Moore: her lustrous red locks, silky porcelain skin, and the fact you could never tell her real age is 53. The actress, soon to appear in the final installments of The Hunger Games series, is all about focusing on what really matters. “I’m grateful for my family and my children,” she told Health in 2013. “I think the older you get, the less you take anything at all for granted.” Plus, she knows how to keep calm under pressure. The gal loves Yoga, getting in two to three sessions a week.
No one could forget Winslet’s shot to fame after portraying the lovely socialite Rose in 1997’s Titanic. This 38-year-old Oscar winner of The Reader has some simple tricks for keeping makeup natural. “Don’t be heavy-handed and whack it all on at once,” she told InStyle in 2014. “And put mascara on the roots of your lashes with a flat-ended eyeliner brush. It makes the whites of the eyes seem whiter and keeps the lids from appearing too heavy.”
Berry may be 47, but the Monster’s Ball actress and Revlon spokeswoman still looks dazzling as ever, even after two kids. Plus, this former Bond girl is not afraid of the changes that come with aging. She told InStyle in 2012, “You’re moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it! That’s what I hope to do.” Next, she’ll tackle playing an astronaut in the new CBS sci-fi thriller Extant.
This dame’s still got it! Just two years ago, Mirren, now 68, bested supermodel Elle MacPherson for best body in a L.A. Fitness poll, proving you don’t have to be young to have it going on. Oh, and sporting a bikini is definitely not off limits for this film legend either. The Academy Award winner turned heads when spotted in a red two-piece back in 2008. This year, she told AARP, “[Sex appeal] becomes less relevant with age, which is a good thing.”
With her trademark glow, it’s no wonder Aveeno wanted Aniston, 45, to be the face for the brand’s natural skincare line. It doesn’t hurt either that the actress looks no different from her days playing Rachel on Friends. Aniston is a big believer in simple beauty routines, and last year shared her top trick for maintaining a fresh look withAllure: “Vaseline on your eyes at night. It moisturizes your lashes and the skin around your eyes.”
The Law & Order: SVU star looks fit as ever chasing after bad guys on TV, but in real life this mom of three doesn’t mind all those weird body changes that come with growing older. “Things are sagging a bit—I’m not going to lie,” Hargitay, 50, told Ladies’ Home Journal in 2013. “But am I going to be upset about the sag or am I going to look at my three gorgeous kids and my husband and count my lucky stars?”
How is it that the Veep actress, 53, only seems to look better with age? You could never tell the difference between now and her days cracking viewers up on Seinfeld. That could be because this television star is obsessed with fitness and loves heart-pumping workouts, like running and hiking. Plus, she knows how to sport some serious body confidence. In 2013, she toldHealth, “There’s something about getting older and owning who you are that is a good thing.”
It’s amazing how No Doubt’s frontwoman hasn’t changed a bit from her 20s back when she was crooning popular hits like “Just a Girl” or “Don’t Speak.” While the pop star loves intense workouts like boxing and weight lifting, Stefani, 44, also gets you can’t go hard 24/7. In 2012, she scaled back on her routine, telling Marie Claire, “I think my body just needed a break. And so I did that, and focused more on feeling good as opposed to beating myself up.”
Even more impressive than the “All I Wanna Do” singer’s natural beauty is her perseverance. After battlingbreast cancer in 2006, she went on to produce three more albums, including her first country record. It’s easy to be envious of her glowing skin, but the trick is to appreciate what you got: “I definitely am embracing aging,” Crow, 52, told Health in 2009. “When you shoot your face with Botox and stuff you rob yourself of your ability to have youthful expressions.”
Streep, 64, is not only celebrated for her iconic film roles and knack for racking up Oscar nominations (she holds the record for the most of any actor at 18). She’s also pretty darn good at aging well with some amazingly smooth skin. She told AARP in 2012 that she enjoyslife more now than when she was younger: “I find the older I get, the more intense my appetite for living and for appreciating life gets.”
A four-time cover star of People‘s 100 Most Beautiful People issue, Roberts, 46, shows beauty really does get better with age. Everyone’s favorite Pretty Womanhas a trick for maintaining her famous mega-watt smile you see on the red carpet: “I brush with baking soda,” the actress toldInStyle in 2012. “I learned it from my grandfather. He had only one cavity his entire life.”
For Lane, 49, being sexy doesn’t depend on how old you are. Just take a look at her sultry roles in Unfaithful and Under the Tuscan Sun from the early 2000s. However, she still follows a no-fuss view on aging. She told More in 2006, “Yes, it bothers me when I have lines or puffiness or droops. But it connects me with the human race.”
Everyone’s favorite funny woman from SNL and 30 Rock is no doubt a serious looker. But like other things in life, the 44-year-old Fey doesn’t take her appearance too seriously. In her best-seller Bossypants, she advises, “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” We hear you, Tina.
You got to admire this fair-skinned beauty for not being afraid to rock a face without makeup. The Good Wife actress, 47, chalks up her amazingly taut skin to good genes. She told W in 2010, “I think the whole under-eye-bag thing is hereditary, and I just got lucky.” But it doesn’t hurt that she’s enjoying life either. “If I had a job I hated or a husband who I was always fighting with, then I would look tired.”
For 68, Keaton is one of the most lithe actresses in Hollywood. InSomething’s Gotta Give, she proved even 50-somethings can find love. As the grays and lines start to show in real life, she faces aging with refreshing optimism. In her recent biography Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she writes, “I tell myself not to feel bad because my life expectancy is 86, which means I have nineteen more years of life. I’m going to make the best of those nineteen years.”
Jamie Lee Curtis
The actress known for bringing on the laughs in films like Freaky Fridayand A Fish Called Wanda fessed to having plastic surgery in her early film days. But Curtis, 55, has since spoke out against the practice. In 2002, she bared her body free of makeup and airbrushing for More. She told the magazine, “I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works.”
Cattrall’s days of getting frisky as Samantha Jones on Sex and the City may have ended in 2010, but at 57, she still manages to hold her own in Hollywood and look darn good doing it. Most inspiring is that she finds more comfort in her 50s than from her younger years. The actress told Good Housekeeping, “You think: Here I am. I’ve gone through this, I’ve survived that, and I know who I am now.”
At 41, the actress still has that fresh-faced look from her 20s when she was just starting out in films like The Mask and There’s Something About Mary. She gets that taking the time to care for yourself is an important step for good aging. In her recent bestsellerThe Body Book, Diaz says, “Getting older is a blessing and a privilege, and if you lay the foundation for a healthy life in your younger years, your older years may very well be some of the best of your life.”