You'll only look your best when you eat your best
Dasha Petrenko/shutterstock"When you are a freelance makeup artist working with young models, you see the difference between the ones that aren't taking care of themselves (diet wise), and those that come in with a healthy apple or green juice—you can honestly see the difference," says world-famous makeup artist and beauty mogul Bobbi Brown. To look your most beautiful throughout your life, you've got to commit yourself to a long-term, healthy diet and lifestyle. For recipes full of beauty foods, check out Brown's latest book, Beauty From the Inside Out (available on Amazon).
It's essential that you unwind, because stress will take a toll on your face
Kite_rin/shutterstock"I think that stress shows on your face, whether it's good stress or bad stress," Brown says. "Whereas, if you're lucky enough to have a yoga practice or just take time to meditate and be present, those activities will positively show on your face. You'll feel better and look better when you're not so frantic."
Water is the number one beauty food
fizkes/shutterstock"People don't realize the difference drinking eight to ten glasses of water per day makes. Your skin looks better, you're hydrated, you have more energy, and you have more clarity," Brown says. "In the afternoon, people tend to grab an unhealthy snack and a coffee, but they'd be so much better off hydrating with water. If you're not quite up to drinking eight to ten glasses, there are also plenty of foods with high water content, including watermelon and cucumbers. It's great to add those snacks into your day. I even add fruits in to flavor my water," Brown reveals. You won't believe how beautifully your body changes when you drink the recommended amount of water each day.
Your beauty products aren't measured by what they cost
Syda Productions/shutterstock"There's nothing like a good cleansing and exfoliation routine. A little bit of self care goes a long way, and you don't necessarily have to go out and get facials," says Brown. "You can do a little scrub using products already in your kitchen. Whether you have chia seeds, flax seeds, a little salt or sugar with coconut oil, you can make your own great beauty products at home."
Wearing more makeup isn't always the answer to looking better
Elena Rudyk/shutterstock"Sometimes, you'll look in the mirror and think, 'Oh my god, I need more makeup,' but I guarantee you, most of the time, you really just need moisture," Brown says. "When you are really tired and dehydrated, just go to the kitchen and eat something hydrating. Put coconut oil on your skin and you will instantly look better."
Even the smallest everyday changes can make an enormously positive impact on your looks
Monkey Business Images/shutterstock"I have a friend who was in his 50s, and one day I saw him and said, 'Terry, you look amazing. What are you doing?' and he said, 'You know, I started doing just one thing: I now drink a green juice every morning.' And not only did he have more energy, he also looked so much better. It's the little things that make a difference, because that's what you can stick with long-term. I also know people that have quit smoking cigarettes in their 60s and completely changed their skin. It's truly never too late to start making changes," Brown says.
Remember that you can always layer your moisturizer
Syda Productions/shutterstock"One secret people don't realize is that you can layer your moisturizer on top of your makeup once it's finished," Brown reveals. "Most women apply their makeup from bottom to top, then look in the mirror and feel stuck. If something looks off, add moisturizer on top of your makeup in any dry or dull areas. I do that often. It smooths the makeup and lets your true skin come through. That really helps," she says.
As you age, don't strive to look younger
Alex_Traksel/shutterstock"For me, it's not about looking younger, it's about looking better," Brown says. "That means looking rested and awake. It's about evening out your skin tone, moisturizing your skin, and giving your skin a glow. The older I get, I also prefer products with added moisture, so you might want to switch from a powder to a cream blush, for example."
Makeup should make you a better version of yourself
Zarko Radovancev/shutterstockBrown explains that she enjoys makeup as a means of improving your natural looks, not changing them entirely. "I'm not a fan of contouring and changing the color of your skin. Nor should you wear blush that isn't actually the color of your cheeks. Covering yourself with those unnatural shades isn't what you need," she says. Instead, stick to "excellent skin care, plus great concealer, a very natural foundation, or just spot-coverage," Brown advises. To master the no-makeup makeup look, try out these natural glam tips.
True self-confidence comes from feeling good
Halfpoint/shutterstock"My advice is to understand what confidence is. You can't feel confident without feeling good in your skin from the inside and outside —and you've got to start with the inside first. If you're unhealthy and don't feel good, you're never going to be confident in yourself, regardless of how amazing you look," Brown says.