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Being old isn’t Helen earth any Moore: In fact the stars are quite Fonda it (groan)

Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda reveal their anti-ageing secrets

Celia Walden

As Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren and Julianne Moore lend their faces to L’Oréal’s Age Perfect range, they talk about their perceptions of ageing and why they’re feeling more creative and confident than ever.
Jane Fonda
At 80, she shows no sign of slowing down. Married three times – to Roger Vadim, Tom Hayden and Ted Turner – with three children and two grandchildren, the New York-born actor is gearing up for another season of her Netflix hit, Grace and Frankie. The double Oscar winner (for Klute and Coming Home) is still as straight-talking and politically engaged as ever.What is your approach to ageing?
You have to be brave and not so invested in looking the way you used to, but try to look as good as you can at the age that you are.
What makes you feel good in the morning?
Getting eight hours’ sleep a night is critical for me. As is eating healthily and being physically active.
What are your current skincare, make-up and fitness routines?
Keeping  skin moisturised is the most important thing. I didn’t have my first facial until I was 45 years old, but when you’re filming it’s important to have a good exfoliation every two weeks, because it allows the skin to breathe. Exercise-wise, I lift weights and do pretty much everything I used to do, only slower. I don’t run; I walk.
When you’re older you work out with a view towards functionality. So it’s more about whether I’ll be able to pick up my grandson. Although he’s in college now, so that’s definitely out!Are you low-maintenance, beauty-wise?
I am, relatively.
 Are there any beauty tips and tricks you’ve picked up from your years of acting?
The most important thing is attitude and posture. When you stand up straight and you’re curious about life, something happens. And people say: “What’s her secret?” Well, that’s the secret.
Are you scared of ageing or do you embrace it?
All you have to do is go to a high-school reunion and you can see right away how the ones who were down in the mouth a lot when they were young have aged the most.
What do you think about the beauty ideal that so many social-media stars now push on Instagram?
I’m on social media but I don’t look at other people’s feeds. One of my most popular posts was on the night I went to a big gala at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art – and I looked great. I had had people do my hair and make-up and I had this lovely dress on, but when I got home I just couldn’t get the frigging thing off. So I took my make-up off and slept in the dress.
The next day, I posted a picture of myself in the kitchen in my evening dress looking really bad. I did that because I wanted people to see that we don’t wake up looking this way. It’s important to know it’s the result of a lot of work.What’s your earliest beauty memory?
Putting peroxide on my hair and then getting really tanned. I was 14 and I thought I looked pretty good.
How do you spend your downtime?
My favourite thing is hiking up a mountain or through a beautiful forest. And I love reading.
What is the secret to longevity?
Staying curious. So many actors want to be interesting, but it’s staying interested in things that keeps you blooming.
What is your favourite photograph of yourself?
Steven Meisel once shot me for the cover of W magazine. It doesn’t really look like me, but I love that picture. I look triumphant. My hair is blown back and I’m wearing very simple make-up and a white dress. You can see part of a boob and I’m … strong. Ha. Fooled ’em again.
How have you seen Hollywood change in its approach to women over the years?
There are a lot of women on the set of Grace and Frankie, and you never used to see that. I didn’t know anything about “inclusivity clauses” until Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech, but the next contract I sign, I’m going to put that in.Do you think young women acting today need to be protected?
I just hope people who haven’t been on top of this issue realise now how many women are being raped and abused and assaulted all the time. We need to make structural changes. And men have to be part of this, too.
Men can do so many things to help: don’t talk over a woman, don’t interrupt a woman, and if you see a friend mistreating a woman in any way call him out on it. Don’t be a bystander, be an upstander.
Helen Mirren
She has always laughed in the face of society’s stereotypes. Now the 72-year-old, who won an Oscar for The Queen, has signed up to play Catherine the Great in a forthcoming HBO/Sky miniseries. The fact that she’s as eloquent as she is on the subject of ageing is just a bonus. The London-born actor has been married to US director Taylor Hackford for 21 years.What is your approach to ageing?
You do have to be brave. When people say: “Getting old is not for pussies,” there’s a certain amount of truth to that.
How has it changed, if at all?
When I was in my late 30s, my mother gave me some fantastic advice. “Never be afraid of getting old,” she said, “because when you’re 20 the idea of being 35 is horrific. When you’re 35 the idea of being 55 is a nightmare, but as you get older you realise that you have the tools to deal with it.”
What makes you feel good in the morning?
Opening a pot of moisturiser and putting it on – that does definitely help.What are your current skincare, make-up and fitness routines?
If I’m being good then I do my exercises in the morning. I have done yoga in the past and that has made a real difference. My mantra is: do everything, but not too much of anything. I’m not very good with rules, self-control or self-discipline. In terms of products, I’m fascinated by the advances in beauty technology. It’s amazing what’s available now.
Do you consider yourself low maintenance, beauty-wise?
I’ll have a facial once a year and that’s about it.
Are you scared of ageing or do you embrace it?
I never used to leave the house without a bit of make-up on. But the more you don't need it the less you care about it. And even though I know that I might be stopped and asked for a selfie, I just don’t mind any more.
What’s your earliest beauty memory, and what was the first product or fragrance you used?
When I was in my early teens we all wore white lipstick. White! Whether that fashion was only in Southend, I don’t know. But we thought white lipstick was the most fabulous thing, and of course it looked hideous.What’s your favourite way to spend your downtime?
Netflix. And I garden. But neither my husband nor I cook. Actually when I wrote my memoirs it all came out so easily, I think I’m going to try to write a novel next.
What do you think is the secret to longevity?
I’m curious about life and fascinated by it. I really do think it’s that.What is your favourite photograph of yourself?
I’m lying on the ground completely blissed-out, and so relaxed. I was in my 20s and at one with nature. And it’s all a little Cider With Rosie – lying in a field with a “take me I’m yours” feel to it.
Julianne Moore 
Once described as “the closest thing the English language can boast to a French actress”, 57-year-old Julianne is living proof that roles can get richer with time, and that a no-age mindset is nature’s best cosmetic. The North Carolina-born actress is in the midst of filming After the Wedding, directed by her second husband, Bart Freundlich. They’ve been married since 2003 and have two children.What is your approach to ageing?
I say this again and again, but either you get older or you die. There is nothing artificial about it: it is what it is.
How has that changed, if at all?
Knowing we have this limited time on earth gets difficult. The physical things are facile, but understanding that you’re not going to live to be 150? Phew …
What makes you feel good in the morning?
A good night’s sleep. When I first wake up I drink a lot of water and some coffee. Then I like to use a face oil because it wakes your skin up and makes you look alive.
What are your current skincare, make-up and fitness routines?
I do ashtanga yoga three times a week. Some people are strict with their diets and cut out sugar or caffeine. I don’t cut out a thing.Do you consider yourself low maintenance, beauty-wise?
Oh yeah. Because I have to do so much of that kind of thing in my working life.
Are there any beauty tips and tricks you’ve picked up from your years of acting?
I get regular facials with Joanna Vargas, who is amazing.
Are you scared of ageing or do you embrace it?
I’ve never mourned my youth. I’ve loved having kids because they force you to be aware of time and your own mortality. I like the idea of appreciating where you are.
Do you feel that social media has changed the landscape of beauty?
I do. There’s this cute guy on YouTube, James Charles, who my daughter and I love. He does these make-up tutorials and has become a beauty icon.What’s your earliest beauty memory?
My mother never wore a lot of make-up, but she always looked beautiful. My first product was a perfume called Love’s Baby Soft. I remember doing quizzes in magazines where you make face masks and put cucumber slices on your eyes.
What is your favourite photograph of yourself?
There’s one of me and my sister where she’s three and I’m four. We’d just been swimming so we’re wearing matching jumpers that my mother made us, and I’m holding her hand but in the dominant position: like a mum. It just cracks me up.Do you think young women acting today need to be protected to some extent?
Me Too is an amazing movement because it has opened the floodgates and made it acceptable for us to say: “This is not OK.” And I do think the changes that are happening now in Hollywood have helped amplify that elsewhere.
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