Gabrielle Union’s 5-Best Age-Defying Beauty Secrets (She’s 41!)

If looking insanely youthful for the rest of your life is on your to-do list, you’re going to want to read on…

Turns out, former model and current actress Gabrielle Union (who you can see in Tyler Perry‘s Think Like A Man Too, in theaters June 20th) is 41 year old! Yes, you read that right. And can pick your jaw up off the floor now.

Needless to say, we’re adding every tip that came out of her age-defying mouth to our beauty routines.

Gabrielle Union’s 5-Best Age-Defying Beauty Secrets 

Confidence is key. It’s so important to feel confident about who you are and not to succumb to unrealistic expectations. I gave that up a while ago. I try to keep healthy habits like exercising and eating fruits and veggies – I’m really into juicing daily – but I don’t put pressure on myself to fit a certain mold. If you’re 5, 10, 20 pounds more than you want to be, it’s okay. Just feel confident about being YOU!

Stay hydrated. They say you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but I drink double that – a FULL gallon! Aside from the obvious – staying hydrated – it keeps my skin, hair and nails healthy and keeps my metabolism revved.

Feel good about your smile. A healthy, white smile is an essential part of my year round beauty routine. It’s a great accessory to any outfit and helps make a lasting first impression. I brush with Philips Sonicare DiamondClean to keep my teeth and gums healthy, and my dentist whitens my smile with Philips Zoom either in the office or with convenient take-home trays.

Go natural. On set at Being Mary Jane, we’ve been experimenting with this fresh look for my character that has become my go-to for warmer weather: A heavier brow (it makes you look more youthful!), a nude lip and just mascara for the eyes. If I do more eye makeup for nighttime, I avoid black and stick to shades of brown for a more naturally dramatic look.

Keep hair simple with bold accents. I live in Miami and my show shoots in Atlanta, which are both extremely hot and humid places in the summer. For a cute and low maintenance hairstyle, I take it back to 1986 with braids, or I put my hair up in a simple topknot. A top knot is also great for going out or a big event – I pair it with a cat eye and a bold red lip.

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