No matter how many years go by Cameron Diaz, her skin keeps on glowing. As the author of two books on how to stay gorgeous—The Body Book and The Longevity Book—Diaz for sure knows her stuff. It’s no wonder why Gwyneth Paltrow has even referred to the star as her "beauty mentor." According to The Body Book, Diaz really did have to work to teach herself great beauty habits saying, “I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup.” Thankfully, she figured her routine out–and lucky for us, Paltrow isn’t the only one who knows her secrets. Keep reading for her go-to tips.
She uses lipstick as a blush.
In a video with her longtime makeup artist Gucci Westman on Harper's Bazaar, Diaz says that her and Westman “have a difference in opinion as to where it goes,” when referring to blush. After Westman has completed the look, the actress takes a look in a compact mirror and starts dabbing the bright lipstick with her finger and patting the excess onto her cheeks saying, “by the way, this is what always happens.” Westman agrees adding, “yep, that's what she always does.”
She keeps her makeup natural.
Diaz famously likes to show off her glowing skin by keeping her look natural. But that doesn’t mean that she doesn't love makeup. In another Harper's Bazaar interview with Diaz and Westman, the makeup artist shares one of her favorite tricks for creating the actress’ rosy glow: “Use a small brush to apply everything in tiny amounts before building it up, using multiple shades of Westman Atelier's Baby Cheeks Blush Sticks for a natural finish,” says Westman.
She stopped smoking.
While the actress is super health-conscious now, but she used to be an avid smoker. According to her book The Longevity Book, she says it’s the one thing she wishes she would’ve stopped sooner. “If I had a time machine and I could go back to that period in my life, I would never have lit that very first cigarette,” she writes. InStyle reported that her advice is to “never stop trying to quit because every minute counts.”
She doesn’t stress about aging.
Not only does Diaz look young, she also does not stress about getting old either. In The Body Book she points out, “A lot of us fear the idea of aging – getting older, being less mobile, having less energy, and being less of ourselves. But I look at aging like this: 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. And the point I’m making is not about keeping up your youthful appearance. This is not about beauty and the aesthetics of our bodies. I want you to feel young. I want you to feel strong. I for one can say honestly that I feel better and stronger and more capable now than I did when I was twenty years old, because I’ve taken better care of myself in the last fifteen years than I did in the first twenty-six years of my life.”
She prioritizes sleep.
“We spend a good portion of our lives asleep—or trying to sleep—and the quality of that time spent sleeping determines our mood and our mental sharpness, and not just the next morning but the next years of our life,” Diaz says in The Body Book.
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