Age certainly suits Nicole Kidman. Rather than trying to totally hold back the hands of time, Nicole, 51, has allowed her appearance to change with the years. But in a way which is flattering and enhances her delicate features after she realised trying to wipe out the signs of ageing was not the best strategy. “I did try injections, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again,” she says. And Nicole believes she looks better for going natural. “Nobody wants to look like you’ve had the life sucked out of you,” she says. “I just say it’s about gracefully ageing—because it can be fun!”
Her beautiful alabaster skin is part of the reason Nicole remains relatively wrinkle free still – as she’s had to protect herself from the sun’s harmful rays. “I grew up wearing white zinc on my face, which was just awful,” she remembers. “Sitting at the beach with a huge thing of white zinc that my hair would always get stuck in. You know, I’m Australian, and I’m grateful that I had something to protect my skin.” But that habit of making sure she’s physically covered with long sleeves or well covered in sunscreen– which thankfully are a lot easier to apply now! – has stayed with her. “I’m just so religious about it,” she says. “It’s just how I was raised, and it’s why my skin now is, I think, far less damaged than it could have been.” It’s a habit which Nicole is passing on to her daughters Sunday, 10 and Faith, 8, by demonstrating it through applying to herself and also educating them on why it’s so essential: “I recommend even my girls, like my little girls, they wear the sunscreen too, because one of them is dark, and one of them is fair,” she says. “If young people learn that early they’ll have incredible skin later.”
While, as a kid, Nicole admits she hated her skin for not conforming to the Aussie ideal, she’s grown to love it has she ages. “Originally, I didn’t have the choice of going brown, because my skin doesn’t tan… it freckles [laughs],” she says. “But as I got older, I started to like having the palest skin because it was different. I think embracing what makes you different is important.”
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With access to the best make-up artists in the world and plenty of tricks-of-the-trade up her sleeve from being on Hollywood sets, Nicole knows a thing or two about cosmetics. She also understands how by simply changing your make-up, you can shave years off your life. While certain colours and techniques can work with younger skin, lighter formulas will even out skin tone while also illuminating the skin. This more dewy effect is preferable to anything cakey.
Also think more natural and pink based colours. “I love rosy cheeks,” she revealed. “I’m always saying, ‘Can I have more blush please? More. More.’ They [make-up artists] are like, ‘It’s plenty, Nicole!’” Where as she would previously opt for a brown hue lipstick, Nicole now goes for more natural colours. As well as adapting her make-up, Nicole has also changed her hair. She used to favour severe up-dos and tumbling red curls. While Nicole fears over styling has meant she no longer has her curly locks, actually any change in texture is likely to be linked to changes in her hormones as she ages. Now Nicole has adopted a lighter blonde and chooses tamed but still relaxed styling which is flattering and looks more natural too.
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There’s no doubt Nicole has kept her youthful looks from her lifestyle choices too. She eats well, mainly organic and has spoken in the past about her love of leafy greens and fish. She chooses to avoid processed foods and eat small portions, several times throughout the day. Nicole also supports her nutrition with supplements too.
“I really believe in taking vitamins and supporting my skin with inside health,” she says. “I’ll eat anything, I’m pretty normal when it comes to that, but I also like to exercise and meditate.” This holistic approach helps her to avoid stress related ageing. When travelling she makes sure she keeps up with her self-care and favours massages. “There are massage therapists in different towns who I have great relationships with and who I can call up. And they do aromatherapy as well, which I really believe in it. It has really helped me. For stress, for sleeping, and I’m also a masseuse!” Nicole learnt the art of massage as a therapy to help her mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 45, and Nicole was 17. “We couldn’t afford for her to get massages after her chemo and her radiation,” Nicole explains. “We didn’t have enough money. So I learned to give massage. And then I really fell in love with giving massage.”