Months after wowing on the Fashion Week runway in her iconic green Versace gown, Jennifer Lopez made headlines once again over the weekend when she stripped down to the dress on Saturday Night Live.
Standing tall, proud and as toned as ever, the 50-year-old star voiced what everyone was thinking when she quipped on stage: ‘Some people say I look better now than I did then [in 2000]. And I’m not bragging, that’s just, you know, gossip.’
And she isn’t wrong. J Lo’s age-defying good looks are the talk of the town, with countless words written about how the singer turned actress is in the prime of her life at the age of 50.
J-Lo slipped into her world famous green Versace dress on Saturday Night Live this weekend (left) and said ‘now some people say I look better now than I did then [in 2000]’ (pictured right)
But while there is no doubt these last 12 months have been pretty extraordinary for Jenny From The Block – an engagement, a hit film, and being booked for the Superbowl are a few highlights – she is far from the only actress proving 50 is the new 30.
Hollywood darling Jennifer Aniston, who, like J Lo, was yesterday nominated for a Golden Globe award, is just as enviably radiant as she was two decades ago, while Gwen Stefani seems to look even younger than she did in her No Doubt heyday.
But what’s the secret to their ever-youthful glow? FEMAIL turned to three specialists: celebrity hairstylist James Johnson, makeup artist Bridget O’Keeffe, founder of Blush + Blow London, and stylist Susie Hasler, of Stylist By Susie, for their verdicts on the A-list tricks of the trade…
Embracing her confidence: Cate Blanchett at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on March 8, 1999 (left) and at the British Fashion Awards in London last week (right). With age, Blanchett has embraced her inner rock chick and favours more androgynous looks
Susie says: ‘We saw a different side to Cate when she appeared in Ocean’s 8, as a feisty criminal with a harder edge than we have previously seen her play before. She has become a lot more confident with her style and she now wears more androgynous styles – such as tailored suits and trousers – think Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
50 AND THRIVING
Australian-born actress Cate Blanchett, 50, is nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Last week Blanchett was the epitome of red carpet glamour at the British Fashion Awards, where she presented friend and collaborator Giorgio Armani with a gong. She is married with four children.
When she has to glam up for the red carpet, she seems to embody the ethereal style from her character in Lord Of The Rings. Her style now seems much more authentic to her personality.
James says: ‘Cate’s the definition of timeless beauty. Keeping her image minimal throughout the years, she’s held onto her youth. The ‘less is more’ approach has really made Cate stand out as a natural beauty. Keeping her blonde tones honey looking, nothing too white that would wash her out or age her. The warmer blonde keeps her hair natural looking as opposed to being over processed; keeping her image pretty and soft.’
Bridget says: ‘Cate is using colours that work with her natural skin tone now. Her eyes are accentuated, and made to look bigger with darker lashes, while the colour of her hair also adds vibrancy and gives her a fresher look.’
California glow: Jennifer Aniston at the 1999 Emmy Awards (left) and in October (right). Toning down the blonde in her hair has helped add warmth as Jennifer enters her 50s
James says: She’s the girl you want next door. Effortless beauty. For Jennifer it’s all in the cut. She knows how to work them layers. Known for her shaping (feathered round the front) she’s kept the image going for sexy textured hair. By having these layers in, she’s shown women of any age how to achieve movement and body.
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Aniston is nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Apple+ offering The Morning Show, which she executive produces with co-star and friend Reese Witherspoon. The actress set a Guinness World Record when she joined Instagram in October, setting the time for the fastest Instagram account to reach 1 million followers.
‘For older ladies this can be important as the hair texture can change with age. Adding these layers in can help create dimension and body within the hair style. Toning down the blonde has also added warmth into the image.’
Susie says: ‘Many people feel that Jennifer’s style hasn’t changed since the days of Friends, but it has evolved in a subtle way. She still has the long, enviable, glossy locks, but her look now is a lot more crisp, tailored and classic. She has moved away from some of the more bohemian, girl-next-door outfits, and into a more timeless, Parisian style. She remains a firm style icon for women of all ages.’
Bridget says: ‘Jennifer’s eyes are so blue in both pictures but the shape is completely different between decades.
‘The placement of eyeshadow and correct colour matching of her eyebrows opens up her face so much more.’
Grown-up but edgy: Gwen Stefani at an awards show in December 1999 (left) and filming The Voice this year (right). Gwen has been able to remain true to her personal style
Susie says: ‘Gwen’s style has matured since the days of her pink hair and bolder looks from No Doubt. What I love about Gwen is that she always has a unique style that seems to work for her.
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Currently as a judge on season 17 of The Voice, Gwen is becoming known to a whole new generation of music fans. The singer, who is in a high profile relationship with country music star Blake Shelton, will play the final dates of her successful Las Vegas residency next year. She has three sons with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.
‘She adds the rock chick, edgy style but in a grown up way, and manages to pull it off. For someone with naturally dark features, the platinum blonde hair works so well on her and keeps her look youthful and confident.’
James says: ‘Vibrant hair has been done and can be left in the 90’s. 2019 is all about the softer tones, the pastel washes if opting for a hint of colour. The old striking look is definitely bold – not something I would recommend for the older generation. Older ladies should avoid the neon tones, keeping them more richer or washed out. Important to remember too when having blonde hair to keep the eyebrows light, going for too dark brows can age you.’
Bridget says: ‘Gwen’s brows are her biggest transformation. The lack of brow doesn’t allow her face and eyes to be framed correctly in the ’90s snap.
‘Her strong brow now makes her eyes look bigger, as well as clever liner placement.’
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Better with age: Jennifer Lopez in 1998 (left) and at the Vanity Fair Oscars party this year (right). Hair pieces and layers have helped transform the performer’s looks over the years
James says: ‘The pop icon for many years, she’s now the hair goal image in everyone’s group chats. Chris Appleton has helped keep this hitmaker’s hair stylised and enviable! The use of clip ins and wigs, she’s now looking better than ever.
50 AND THRIVING
There is no doubt 2019 has been the year of Jennifer Lopez. It has seen an engagement to long-term boyfriend Alex Rodriguez; critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Hustlers; and a sell-out worldwide tour. J Lo and A Rod have also made headlines for the way they have blended their families and brought their children together (they have three daughters and four sons between them). Next up, J Lo will be performing in the Superbowl halftime show – and could even receive an Oscar nomination, if industry insiders are to be believed.
‘Using hair pieces can help thicken and transform the look. Shes kept root which helps the look seem more expensive, richer tones and ultimately less damage on her hair too! She’s made 50 the new 21.’
Susie says: ‘J-Lo has always stayed true to her style but it’s evolved in more ways than one. I love that you can still see the late 90s Versace look in her clothing choices, but like Catherine Zeta Jones, she has toned down the makeup, for a more natural, sultry appearance. Her hair colour is lighter and softer, which is more flattering for her skintone. As we get older, overly dark hair can be harsh and unflattering, so the softer golden tones work well for her.’
Bridget says: ‘J-Lo’s brows were too harsh and dark in the ’90s snap, dropping her eyes.
‘Comparatively, the honest hair and matching brows in the recent image lifts her whole face and draws the eye out, making her look lifted and sultry.’
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