And the Oscar® goes to…This weekend, it may well go to baby boomer actresses including, for Best Actress, Glenn Close, age 64, in “Albert Nobbs” or in the same category, barely-boomer Viola Davis, age 46 for “The Help.”
Then there’s Meryl Streep, who at age 62, is undeniably one of the best actresses of all time. Her versatility shines as she portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”
On the Best Supporting Actress roster is Janet McTeer, age 50, for her role in “Albert Nobbs.” Although it “seems” that young actresses get all the plum roles in Hollywood, this year’s line-up is proving otherwise. You go, (baby boomer) girls!
How do they do that?
Look like that, I mean. I thought I’d share a few Oscar-worthy beauty tips with you, taken from “behind the scenes”:
*According to L. A.-based aesthetician Faith Tatro in Allure magazine, celebrity clients come to her for LED therapy, which she says “stimulates collagen, shrinks pores, and heals broken capillaries.” You can buy your own LED device, made in SoCal, at LightStim. LightStim for Wrinkles is about $250.00. You’ll see more of these at-home corrective devices.
*Wouldn’t you sweat under those lights, and under constant critical looks from the world’s (envious) women? Clear facial antiperspirant has been used on a star’s face so no sweat would break through. Check with your dermatologist about that one .
*Non-toxic, silicone-based, under makeup primers actually fill in, creating another “layer”—a face sandwich—between your skin and your makeup. Here’s one from JW Cosmetics. Also try pearlescent skin illuminators to get that gorgeous, rosy glow.
*You’ve said “no” to filler injections or implants to plump up your pout. Try cinnamon oil applied directly on the lips to stimulate a puff for a few hours. “Kiss-kiss!”
*Frequently, all that long hair you see on so many stars, both television and film, isn’t theirs. The long strands are often hair extensions, either clipped in or “bonded” with a long-lasting glue for permanency. You’ll pay approximately $200 to $300 “per bundle” for the permanent ones, which “may” last up to six months with good care. Find a stylist who does lots of them, and receive added length and volume.
*Those granny-girdle body shapers are the “foundation” for many a gorgeous body on Oscar night. The number one brand: Spanx. See if you can count not only hair extensions Sunday night, but Spanx’d bodies. Then let’s compare notes.
And even though you may have momentary envy as you stargaze at the Red Carpet, be thankful you’re sitting on your sofa in your jeans and no makeup. You can love your amazing baby boomer self “just the way you are!” and with no drama.
(Brushes photo courtesy © Olga Vasilkova | Dreamstime.com)