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Helen Mirren's Role In Beauty And Fashion For Older Women

Updated on August 24, 2016
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Once I reached the "over fifty" mark, I knew it was time to embrace the idea of aging gracefully. I like to share beauty and health tips.

Focus On Age Defying Beauty

An icon of what older beauty looks like, Helen Mirren's style yields many tips for mature women to emulate.
An icon of what older beauty looks like, Helen Mirren's style yields many tips for mature women to emulate.

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.

However...

When I looked at the results of artificially maintaining a "youthful look"

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

A picture hat frames her face and allows a peek at her silver locks at the same time.
A picture hat frames her face and allows a peek at her silver locks at the same time. | Source

No Ordinary Pose

Mirren carries off this shirtdress in navy with particular panache. This is the power of personal confidence.
Mirren carries off this shirtdress in navy with particular panache. This is the power of personal confidence. | Source

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.

Helen Mirren keeps the style classic and soft. I think that is a great direction for many older women to consider in their hairstyles. I like how she keeps length, but  has control and a classic look.
Helen Mirren keeps the style classic and soft. I think that is a great direction for many older women to consider in their hairstyles. I like how she keeps length, but has control and a classic look.

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

  1. Her hair is in healthy, good condition.
  2. Her hairstyle is classic.
  3. Lack of fussy details makes the most of her overall attractiveness.
  4. She uses clear colors in her wardrobe to highlight her skin and hair coloring.
  5. She also makes use of an overall subtle palette as a contrasting look.
  6. Her clothing is usually classic and always well fitted and flattering.
  7. She has a confident vibe, and a spirit of youthfulness about her.

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One of my favorite looks! Gorgeous shorter hairstyle and the dress is a deep blue she favors.
One of my favorite looks!
One of my favorite looks! | Source
Gorgeous shorter hairstyle and the dress is a deep blue she favors.
Gorgeous shorter hairstyle and the dress is a deep blue she favors. | Source

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 Mousse

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.

Hairstyle Variations

-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.

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Gray hair can be dramatic and elegant. Keeping it in good condition is key.

Beauty Products for Gray Hair - Gray hair care

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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.

Beautifully Blue

Her colors range, but some of the most flattering are clear primary colors or their pastel versions.  Clear and vibrant which is pretty with gray hair. Navy and clear dark blues have become a signature look for her- which sets off her silver locks.
Her colors range, but some of the most flattering are clear primary colors or their pastel versions. Clear and vibrant which is pretty with gray hair. Navy and clear dark blues have become a signature look for her- which sets off her silver locks.

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

Nothing harsh or garish
Nothing harsh or garish | Source

Helen's Style

-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

Her eyes have a range of neutral and sable brown to softly highlight them. Lighter on the lid with deeper brown in the socket area bring out her eyes without an aging, crepey look that glimmery colorful shadows can produce.
Her eyes have a range of neutral and sable brown to softly highlight them. Lighter on the lid with deeper brown in the socket area bring out her eyes without an aging, crepey look that glimmery colorful shadows can produce.

Best Eye Cream - For Your Anti Aging Arsenal

3 ingredients are important in new products: Argireline, Matrixyl-3000, Retinyl.

Consumer Guides gave "City Views" its top rating. The Sheisedo LX came in second.

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.

After we look to our health, some of these products give results that help make us shine.

Classic Mirren

Classic Mirren
Classic Mirren

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.

L'Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Age Perfect Nourishing Night Cream (50ml)
L'Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Age Perfect Nourishing Night Cream (50ml)

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

Gorgeous in Red
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

As Queen

Elizabeth I

The Madness of King George

The Queen

This Champagne color is one of her favorites.
This Champagne color is one of her favorites.
one of Helen Mirren best looks
one of Helen Mirren best looks

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!"


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Words Of Admiration! - or should that be spelled ad"mirren"ation?

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      Helen Mirren has such a sense of style its hard to top her ... I also like Catherine Deneuvre (don't know how to spell it) and a few others who know how to age with elegance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Helen Mirren is just plain classy in every way with a wonderful sense of what works so very well for her. Classic is an excellent choice in a well cut bob and easy care as well as very adaptable. I echo your choice, but how about that diva Cher!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      @anonymous: Cher is pretty amazing, but most of us couldn't get that much work done. I've tried to see which celebrities kept the surgeries and expensive services to a minimum ( although it is their business to look good- and they all probably invest a bit more than the rest of us)

      Thanks for your comment :)

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you for your comment :) Cher has had a pretty amazing career. I always loved her TV show.

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      Nancy Graham 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I love and admire Helen Mirren's look, so this lens says it all for me. Blessed.

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      TopMovieSoundtr 5 years ago

      Classy but not trashy, I agree. Mirren is a case study in aging gracefully. I'm featuring your lens on my "Debt Soundtrack" lens.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you! I appreciate your kindness.

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      Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      We should aspire to ageless beauty from within, because it shows on the outside! http://www.checkyourvibe.com

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens - thanks for sharing it - I totally agree with you Helen is a great role model for us older ladies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My wife wears her hair gray, and I like it. She morphed from a blonde to gray. Frankly, I admire a woman who embraces her age; there's a "stateliness" and beauty in it that a younger woman can't touch. Yes, Helen Mirren is a beauty; another of my favorites is Fionulla Flannagan.

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      javr 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Helen is fantastic!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      She is SO beautiful and an AMAZING actress. I'm really looking forward to seeing "Hitchcock" later this month! This lens is equally lovely. Nice selection of products!

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      drdisaia 4 years ago

      There is a happy medium of course. :)

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      KandH 4 years ago

      I love Helen Mirren, she is talented and beautiful. What a lovely tribute - thanks for sharing!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Helen Mirren is a wonderful example of aging much more gracefully than mainstream media generally encourages.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Helen Mirren is one of my aging gracefully role models.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Great lens, always loved Helen Mirren... :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I honestly have no idea who Helen Mirren is, but you are right. She is beautiful and certainly shows grace in maturity. There is also a gentleness to her countenance that I find very attractive. Nice job on this lens!

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      hairstylesforwomenover60 3 years ago

      Helen always looks simply gorgeous. A wonderful style many mature ladies can feel comfortable with. I will be sure to add this to my own blog offering hair advice for older ladies. Everyone is most welcome to stop by and say hello.

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      Angela Hobbs 3 years ago from The TARDIS

      I absolutely LOVE this woman!!

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Loved her as Queen Elizabeth

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Helen Mirren is pure golden gorgeous, indeed!

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      @Ruthi: Agreed on that!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Great actress!

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      appelonia 3 years ago

      First saw her when she starred in Prime Suspect. Great actor.

      Thanks.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Nicely done lens and great subject. Grey doesn't suit me yet so I am holding off allowing it to show. Well done.

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