Helen Mirren's Role In Beauty And Fashion For Older Women
Focus On Age Defying Beauty
The Beauty of Maturity
We live in a "forever young" society, and no one mirrors that more than our celebrities. Tucks, lifts, color, creams, in a never ending carousel of age defying attempts to remain youthful.
When I looked at the results of artificially maintaining a "youthful look"
- I decided at a certain point to slip more comfortably into my age.
- I let my hair grow out into its natural (for my age) gray.
- Then I started looking for examples of hair style and makeup that works for the now me - new would be a bit of a misleading adjective.
The woman whose mature looks I most admire is Helen Mirren, and I am not alone in that admiration.
Focus On Helen Mirren
Today there are many celebrities with gray hair, who look comfortable in their skin, wrinkles and all. Helen Mirren was one of the avant garde in allowing signs of age become integrated into her style and personal brand of beauty.
This gave me the idea that I could personally glean some tips on how to age gracefully and remain more attractive as I proceeded into my senior years.
In this article, find:
- Fashion tips for older women
- Makeup colors and products for older skin
- Inspirational pictures of Helen Mirren and some of her bio
- Silver hair tips
WHAT ABOUT HER STYLE CAN WE EMULATE AND LEARN FROM?
I found it hard to make the transition to live in my older appearance... I needed different makeup colors, different application methods, different clothing styles ( and sizes), and a different hair style to accommodate the new texture of my now gray hair. Here is what I could glean from lovely Helen Mirren.
The Picture Of Style
No Ordinary Pose
Her Beauty Style
Helen Mirren Fashion
I took some photos of her bob into my hair stylist to get as close a style as possible (we each have different types of hair, but the bob is classic). My stylist said she appreciated two things about that: a clear idea of what I wanted, and that she had freedom to interpret the look for my hair. How often do we want a look for thin hair when ours is thick, or vice versa?
It helps to desire to create your own style and simply use another's as a guideline to experiment with your own variation.
Her pink shades in lipstick ranging to a light ruby lip is great for the lighter coloration of Caucasian mature skin. A matte look for the face in general, and an emphasized, but not heavily made-up, eye with soft colors is kind to the appearance.
Her clothing is always praised... she is classic with an edge. Soft and natural-like her hair, not boxy or harshly structured.
Soft, casually stylish, healthy... and gray.
Her Silver Hair
Since letting my hair grow into its gray, there are things that made the difference between frumpy and lovely.
Smoothed, healthy, and moisturized hair has a sheen that reflects the light,
Without conditioning, gray hair can be frizzy and dull. I like leave-in conditioner and serums now. A hair straightener (a mechanical type, not chemical) for those who want straight styles gives a professional finish.
Helen Mirren has soft waves, but a smooth and conditioned surface. Her haircut is a classic bob, cut into a loosely layered look. Sometimes she has a fringe of bangs and sometimes not.
Mirren Fashion Points
- Her hair is in healthy, good condition.
- Her hairstyle is classic.
- Lack of fussy details makes the most of her overall attractiveness.
- She uses clear colors in her wardrobe to highlight her skin and hair coloring.
- She also makes use of an overall subtle palette as a contrasting look.
- Her clothing is usually classic and always well fitted and flattering.
- She has a confident vibe, and a spirit of youthfulness about her.
More Hairstyles Of Gray
- More Silver Fox Hair Styles, For Medium Texture, Wav...
Now that I have gray hair, I want to update my style. Grow long or styled in a cute bob? Time to create a collection of beautiful silver hair styles.
Forego The Fussy Trends
Sleek and pulled together is how I would describe her. Mirren seems to go by the adage, "Choose clothes that fit".
No muffin tops.
Helen Mirren's Style = Best Haircut
The directions for getting the style as interpreted by "the Hairstyler.com"
Apply styling mousse to damp hair, using your palm as a measuring guide, and evenly distribute it along the hair shaft. Styling mousse will add hold and can help achieve better results.
Use a Medium Radial Brush
A medium radial brush is used on medium to long hair types to smooth out wavy or curly hair textures or to add body to straight hair. When selecting a radial brush, always use one with a pure bristle as this will not tear or damage the hair.
Blow-dry the Back Under
To blow-dry under, start at the nape/back and place your brush under the section of hair close to the nape. With the dryer held up over the hair, pull the brush from the roots and continue to the mid length's, keeping the blow-dryer following over the top. Once you reach the ends, curve them under. Repeat this step until the section is completely dry.
Blow-dry the Sides Under
To blow-dry the sides, take out a small section of hair from the front and clip the rest of the hair away. Next, place the brush under the section and then pull the brush and hair forward around your face (this curving motion creates body). Place the hair-dryer on top of the brush until you reach the ends and then turn the ends under. Repeat until dry.
-The sleek side-sweep
One of the ways to give gray hair star power.
-A soft side-swept fringe and graduated bob; heavily-kohled eye; pink lip.
This is probably my favorite look- and one that I try to imitate for a polished and pretty presentation.
Gray hair can be dramatic and elegant. Keeping it in good condition is key.
Beauty Products for Gray Hair - Gray hair care
Interview With Helen
Keep Your Silver Shining
I don't know what hair products Helen Mirren uses, but she always manages to look fabulous. whether tousled, or with smooth waves, or slicked back- her hair is always great looking.
Try some of these great products for keeping your gray lock looking healthy and amazing. If you wish for more in depth look at what keeps silver hair looking as stunning as this famous celebrity.... learn to be a star in your own right: Silver Fox Hairstyles.
Since going gray I've learned that the best shampoo and conditioner is one that is mild, has yellow cancelling and conditioning properties.
Other sources of information on keeping gray hair in top condition and looking gorgeous:
Top selling shampoo and conditioner for gray hair on my articles. What's to love? The ingredients are mild and paraben-free. I don't know the exact products Helen Mirren uses on her hair, but for anyone who wants her sleek hair to look its best would do well to use the Pravana line of hair care.
Makeup for the Look - Look fabulous and natural
Tips for Mirren's Makeup Look
Analyzed as wearing "a little blush, pink lips, and brown eyeliner", her look is summed up as a healthy glow and muted lip and eyeliner colors. Accentuation without any garishness.
Leave the heavy eyeliner and bright colors to the younger woman. For the more mature woman it only looks harsh and unbecoming. These products will give you a fresh and attractive look you are aiming to achieve.
Bring out your eyes with the colors of nature. A range of neutrals to shape your eyes and accentuate them in a flattering way.
A pink shade of lipstick can give you Helen's soft natural look. Pink lip color is one of the best daytime looks for a more mature face, it is soft and youthful looking.
Rich rosy pink is the perfect complement to silver hair and the coloring of a mature woman.
Soft Natural Color
-a soft, neutral shadow, a strong eyeliner on the upper lid, no bottom lid liner and a medium colored lipstick.
Remarks on Helen M:
"The most interesting thing about Helen Mirren's style is that while other actresses can look ridiculous trying to look young into their 60s, Helen pulls it off by looking natural and effortless."
Helen Mirren Makeup Look - Get the top makeup tips
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These aren't products that Helen Mirren would use, necessarily, but they will help the rest of us attempt to look as good as she does. Good facial creams are the one essential (next to a good night's sleep) to keeping ones skin looking and feeling beautiful.
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Her Makeup Style
"Helen uses blush on her cheeks to add a vibrant, healthy glow, and she keeps her eye makeup design minimal, but elegant, with the focus on eyeliner rather than lots of eyeshadow. She knows how to vamp things up with classic red lipstick and strategic shine on Oscar night, but she also plays around with other flattering lip colors for everyday wear." - Makeup for Women Over 45
Rich, rosy lip and blush give a glow of health.
Firming, and it reduces age spots, this is the night cream that Helen Mirren is quoted as using for her own beauty regimen.
Gorgeous in Red
More Mature Fashion Tips
Helen Mirren On Screen
Have you watched the British drama "Prime Suspect"? Helen Mirren plays the gritty top cop who not only fights crime and her personal demons, but the bias of a strongly masculine work environment. Excellent show on all counts.
Portraying three British queens, she carries off playing dignified and independent women as leaders in her own regal way.
Obviously, not just a pretty face, her look is a strong part of why we admire her for giving age, gray hair, and maturity a good name and a great role model.
Can we separate personality, looks, and talent? They work together for this wonderful actress, and we can enjoy her range of acting many different parts and take notes.
If all the world is a stage, she shows us how to play our roles as women, differing though they might be, with both attention to our looks and comfort in our skins.
That is the balance that I hope this look into Helen Mirren inspires in us.
Short Filmography List
The Madness of King George
More Mirren - Links on the Web
Style Quotes From The Star
"I don't want to wear a frumpy jacket over a sleeveless dress"
‘I love cleansers and I like using body creams and face creams, but I don’t honestly know if they do anything for you. I like the way they make me feel – fresh, comfortable, clean and ready for the day. I do love L’Oréal Age Perfect Rehydrating Cream Night; it makes me feel good when I put it on. I am a great consumer of all that but I am realistic about what it can do. It’s more about how it makes you feel and and your feeling about yourself.’
"I look 70 with a lot of makeup on and nice hair, I do totally look 70!"