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From her bad girl days with Billy Bob Thornton to today’s reformed mother of six, Angelina Jolie has come a long way in her forty years. Not only has she gone from one of Hollywood’s most dangerous players to a respected actress, director, and human rights advocate, but she’s also made a huge mark on the beauty world. Those lips! Those eyes! On St. Angie’s 40th birthday, we’d like to pay tribute to some of the biggest beauty lessons we’ve learned from her over the years.
Don’t underestimate the power of simplicity.
A fresh face with nude gloss, a slinky black dress, a bold red lip with no other makeup—Angelina is the master of the simple, impactful look, and she’s all the better for it. Some may call her beauty choices safe, given that she rarely experiments with trends, but we prefer to say that they’re just smart.
Good brows change everything.
We’ll never forget Angie’s signature ’90s look, crazy plucked brows and all, but it just goes to show how much a good set of well-groomed brows can change up your look. A natural, filled-in look softens the whole face, especially if your features are angular or “severe.”
Find what works for you and stick to it.
Angelina has experimented with countless beauty looks over the years, some to more success than others, but at the end of it all she’s found a handful of hair and makeup looks that are totally foolproof for her. A simple cat eye, a subtle smokey eye, classic updos, glowing skin, and touchable bombshell hair, are all integral to Angie’s sexy yet soft signature look.
Taking good care of your skin is critical.
Angelina had her wild child days, during which we’re certain skin care was not her utmost priority, but throughout her reformed years she’s consistently showed off a glowy, gorgeous complexion that never looks like she’s caked with makeup—or, for that matter, just emerged from a fresh round of Botox. She is genetically blessed, to be fair, but skin that radiant doesn’t come without some effort.
Inner beauty is way more important than makeup ever will be.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from Angelina, it’s that her heart is what makes her truly outstanding—and that, yes, bad girls can go good. She’s a big-time humanitarian, a passionate philanthropist, a mother of six (!), and more recently, an outspoken supporter of cancer prevention treatment based on her own experiences. Angelina’s ability to back up her physical beauty with her interest in helping others is something that really inspires, rather than just pleases the eye.
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