Sunday, August 7, 2011
The secrets to Dame Helen Mirren's amazing body
Helen Mirren (Pic:Nick Ball)
SHE may be 66 years old but Dame Helen Mirren’s stunning figure is still an award-winner.
The actress trounced the likes of Jennifer Lopez to scoop Body of the Year in a poll by gym chain LA Fitness.
So how does she do it? Here we delve into the beauty secrets which made Russell Brand gush: “She’s sexy and enchanting. There’s something about her that drives me wild.”
Learn good posture
DAME Helen once explained: "Four-inch platform heels give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long.I used to get them in stripper shops but now you can buy them everywhere. Although, unfortunately, that means everyone else had discovered the trick, too. "I aso hold my tummy in. It comes from being on stage.You're aware of your posture."
Go easy on exercise
THE star has explained: "I do exercise but, honestly, it's not particularly a beauty thing. As you get older, you have to keep up your energy levels. I'm very lazy. If I start getting out of puff when I go upstairs, I'll force myself into minimalistic exercise. I'm a great believer in the Royal Canadian Air Force exercises, as they only take 15 minutes."
Cut your own hair
SHE'S pretty low-maintenance when it comes to her barnet.
The actress said last year: "I cut my hair in my bathroom and colour it, too. For the past 20 to 30 years, I've only ever been to the hairdressers if I've had to go for a part I've been playing. Otherwise I simply put my hair in a ponytail and cut across the top - it creates natural layers and just falls right."
Work, rest and...rest
SHE can't get enough of jumping into bed - and enjoying some shut-eye. The star has said: "When I'm working hard, I don't party.
I don't go to the bar after work. I don't go out to restaurants.
I just go to bed.
If I'm on a film, I even try to catch some sleep in my trailer at lunchtime. "I try to sleep as much as possible.
It's very important and, as you get older, even more so."
It's all about make-up
DAME Helen says there's one big secret to her amazing looks.
"A lot of looking good is simply down to good make-up."
She usually goes for the minimalist look, often with a splash of vivid red lipstick and she once admitted that her greatest extravagance is "drugstore make-up".
Just before the Oscars she was spotted buying Too Faced Liquif-Eye - and it helped hold back any tears during her Best Actress acceptance speech for The Queen.
Grow old gracefully..
SHE has said: "My mother told me an amazingly wise thing that I've found to be true, which is that you should never worry about getting older. Because an amazing thing happens.
As you reach each age you find, like a miracle, you've got the weapons, or tools, to deal with it.
So your body gets older but your mind gets better. "You've learned how to deal with relationships. You've realised you're not the only person in the world, and beauty's not the most important thing. To be obsessed by your looks is pathetic."
Ditch the dieting
DAME Helen revealed: "My whole life I've gone backwards and forwards the same 10lb.
I can wear clothes from 20 years ago.
At my thinnest I'm a couple of pounds under 9st - at my fattest I'm a few pounds under 10st. I've gone through many diets that are also so boring. You stop eating and that's what makes you lose weight - not eating.
But as you get older, losing weight doesn't make your body look better. "I eat healthily but not that healthily...as anyone who saw me munching a burger will know. But I don't eat burgers regularly. I don't think people should."