Jun 16, 2020
If you’ve been coveting the dewy, ageless skin of Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez you’re not alone. While stellar genes and a dose of Hollywood magic are likely at play, their commitment to simple healthy habits and a daily skin care regime are just as necessary.
Maintaining an award-winning complexion can be achieved by following their most basic beauty routines and we’ve boiled it all down for you. Even better news, practicing these relatable tips on a regular basis is not only effective, it’s incredibly affordable too! Here’s how…
Kerry Washington, like most of us, understands the importance of washing the day away, and is said to to double-cleanse each night. As one of the faces of Neutrogena, she starts by removing her makeup with their signature towelettes, then continues with a salicylic acid cleanser. To get clear skin like hers, you can take a page out of her beauty book by making sure to also wear sunscreen every day (and re-apply for every 2 hours of exposure), go makeup-free whenever possible to let your skin breathe, and eat a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals to feed your skin from within. She also swears by hyaluronic acid to help fight wrinkles, fine lines and dull skin tone.
One of the top recommendations by Beautytap Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Eclado Oil Free Sunscreen.
Jennifer has been on the beauty radar ever since she made waves with that famous haircut on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. As the years have gone by, she has continued to age gracefully, earning the admiration of many with her age-defying beauty.
The practices that help her maintain clear, radiant skin are at-home face sculpting tools, a once-weekly spa day, sunscreen, adequate sleep, lots of water, and a healthy diet. The good news is, you can easily accomplish this on your own. If you’ve been mindful of a dedicated beauty routine, you’re no stranger to the importance of daily sunscreen use (don’t forget to reapply) and drinking water all throughout the day. These two things alone will make quite a difference in your skin.
As far as beauty gadgets, you don’t have to splurge on a $500 device (Jen has been said to favor the NuFace Microcurrent Facial Toner). Your jade roller, gua sha tool or ice roller (all available for under $40) also reportedly help tone the skin. Keep one by your bed for extra easy access - a quick five minutes is all you need before drifting off to sleep.
One of the top recommendations by Beautytap Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Sandawha Camellia Flower Hydration Mist.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Phenomenal actress and Pattern Beauty founder, Tracee Ellis Ross is #LifeGoals for many women. Known for much more than simply being the daughter of Diana Ross, Tracee has charmed us with her strength and vivacity on shows like Girlfriends and Black-ish. Her haircare brand, Pattern Beauty is a boon for naturalistas everywhere given her products are an answer to the struggle most “curlies” and “frizzies” face when it comes to finding hair products that work.
Tracee’s secret to aging like fine wine reportedly involves micellar water followed by a cleansing balm to catch any stray dirt or makeup, a moisturizer rich in vitamins C, E, and B5, and making sure to pay attention to her neck and decolletage when she applies products (visible areas we frequently overlook).
One of the top recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Restorsea Neck and Decolletage Treatment using a special anti-aging formulation.
I was surprised to learn that Lupita apparently didn’t wear SPF on a regular basis for many years (she does now!). As a black woman myself, I know many people with darker skin tones often buy into the myth that melanin negates the need for sunscreen. While it’s true that more melanin translates to increased protection from UV damage, it doesn’t mean complete protection. It’s crucial for everyone to wear sunscreen regardless of age or race, and even more so if you desire healthy skin. As we should all know very well by now, SPF is the first line of defense against aging.
Lupita attributes her flawless skin to a simple routine consisting of a cleanser, toner, a natural oil like calendula, and moisturizer. She also prefers to keep things basic as far as makeup goes, opting for going makeup free when she’s not attending events and a simple swipe of gloss/lipstick, mascara, and a thin stroke of eyeliner when she ventures out.
One of the top natural oil recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the True Moringa Body and Face Oil.
I remember sitting in the movie theater watching J.Lo in Hustlers and being mesmerized. Seeing her star alongside much younger actresses like Trace Lysette, Lili Reinhart and Constance Wu, it was hard to believe that J. Lo is in her 50’s. Jenny From The Block has taken aging (incredibly) well to a whole new level.
For supple-looking skin like hers, J. Lo is said to focus on skincare basics like cleansing, moisturizing and UV protection. To step it up, she uses glycolic acid and a lifting eye cream during her nightly routine. She’s also a believer in the impact a good diet and adequate water intake can have on the skin, and makes sure to eat well as well as exercise regularly.
One of the top eye cream recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream.
Gwen Stefani is another celebrity who recently clocked 50 and barely looks her age. Like any truly self-preserving, eternally-youthful beauty, Gwen avoids the sun when she can, staving off the damage and premature aging. She also makes sure to remove her makeup every night so that her skin can breathe and regenerate while she sleeps. A proponent of nourishing skin from the inside out, this Hollaback Girl is said to stick to a mostly plant-based diet.
One of the top makeup removal/oil cleansing recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Sandawha Natural Mild Cleansing Oil.
Zendaya exudes the kind of sartorial confidence that I wish I had when I was her age. She steals the show at red carpet events and her laid-back attitude is so refreshing. For smooth skin that becomes the ideal base for her popular “no-makeup” makeup look, Zendaya is said to look to African black soap for effective cleansing and rosewater + witch hazel as a toner. She also uses shimmery powder to give her that lit-from-within glow in a pinch.
One of the top black soap recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the True Moringa Black Soap.
Comedian, rapper, and actress, Nora Lum says the first and foremost secret of beauty is body positivity and acceptance. Accept the things about yourself that you cannot change, and work on loving your body the way it is. Cheers to that! She is said to still be dabbling with skincare after going without a solid routine for so long, but understands the importance of moisturizers and refuses to be fooled by overly flowery scents and embellishments. Hydration is the measure of a good cream as far as she’s concerned, and I think we can all agree.
One of the top hydration recommendations by Beauty Advisors (aestheticians, makeup artists, facialists, and beauty professionals) is the Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer.
I’ve adored Gemma ever since I saw her in Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Humans. The world was introduced to her captivating allure in 2018 through her role as the stylish and poised ‘Astrid Leong’ in Crazy Rich Asians, and everyone immediately fell in love with her. During this trying time of a global pandemic, Gemma has been very focused on how she can help others, spearheading an initiative to help feed the hardworking medical personnel of the NHS.
Like many others in her line of work, Gemma understands the importance of removing her makeup and going without it when she can in order to give her skin a break. She’s also a big fan of affordable skincare buys like moisturizers from UK drugstore brand, Boots.
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Karachi discovered K-beauty in 2015 and fell wallet-first into the fray. When she’s not binge-watching a TV series or losing herself in a book, she’s creating wish lists of new stuff to try and reading posts by her favorite bloggers. Learning has been a lifelong hobby for her and she truly enjoys geeking out about the amazing things different ingredients can do for skin.