There is something about Judi Dench. She is the epitome of aging gracefully and being beautiful. Same goes with Helen Mirren. Both women exude a strength and confidence that we can’t help but admire. They are real women who look their age and absolutely own it. (Stars over 50 and aging gracefully.) Obviously they take good care of themselves and have the benefit in many instances, of professional hair/ makeup and wardrobe styling. However I think that they should be celebrated. They really are the “pioneers”of aging gracefully. In today’s society, I feel that they are a dwindling crowd.

I really started thinking about this after watching a couple of award shows this winter. I was looking at people that I know have to be in their 70’s, who I grew up watching, that I didn’t even recognize. They looked strange. Perhaps their face was a bit frozen, or they had that “marionette” mouth that comes from being pulled too tight, or they were puffed-up.  So my question is: Does this look right to you? Does this look beautiful?

There is so much pressure to stay young looking in our society.  Fillers, injectables, and plastic surgery are so prevalent that if it wasn’t for these “pioneers” we would not know what 60 or 70 or perhaps even 50 really look like. We are inundated with images of celebrities who look more like plastic-aliens than humans. I am not opposed to someone having work done as that is really a personal choice. However I think that we have passed the point of moderation. My fear is that we are losing what makes us beautiful in the first place. Where is the expression, the emotion, and the life in a frozen face? 

If beauty is about loving and emphasizing what is natural about someone’s face, then Judi and Helen are beacons of light that you can have lines on your face and be beautiful! Think of how their careers seem to have found a new audience? Look at Maggie Smith in Downton Abby! So wrinkled and so regal.  She scowls and smirks and guffaws with gusto! They show us that women can age. Take care of your health and skin. You can age gracefully – it is okay!  If beauty is about what a surgeon or pharmaceutical or laser beam  can do to stop what is natural, then what are we becoming? Perhaps we lose our humanity. What are your thoughts?

My hope is that I can do it the way of the grande-dames.

Until next time, Terri Tomlinson Makeup Artist Dallas TX

Terri Tomlinson- Makeup Artist based in Dallas, TX creating hair and makeup for print, film, video, runway, Television and the real world for over 20 years. She loves super natural, clean makeup, HD, and getting people “camera ready”. Terri owns Makeup Training Academy offering professional training to new and existing makeup artists. She consults on makeup for HD, speaks publicly, and serves as an on-camera Beauty Expert.