The Real-life expert and makeup artist

The Real-life expert

From ice water treatments to botox injections, former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief, Helen Gurley Brown, has seen—and tried—it all.

“Wrinkles are major,” says Helen Gurley Brown, the outspoken, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan whose opinions on sex revolutionized the thinking of an entire generation of young women.

Although she readily admits that wrinkles can’t totally be prevented, that hasn’t stopped Gurley Brown from trying her share of creams, injections, and miracle-in-a-bottle concoctions:

“My secret weapon is gaffer’s tape. Every morning when I exercise, I apply very sticky, black tape to my forehead—horizontally, between my eyes. It’s easy, inexpensive, and it works. It erases fine lines—at least until the next morning.

“Before a party, fill the sink with water and ice. Using a snorkel, put your face in the cold water for 15 minutes. You’ll emerge with fresher skin and fewer fine lines.

“Nothing is permanent, but it helps to keep your face in a quiet state. Think tranquil thoughts, like “I am the Queen of Sheeba,” and make a conscious effort not to frown or move the face too much—except to talk, of course.

“It’s just as important for a woman to have a good dermatologist as it is a gynecologist.

“Silicone and botox injections are wonderful, but expensive, and the results are not permanent. Silicone, which was illegal for a while, works especially well if injected in tiny amounts around the nose and mouth.

“Cleanse and moisturize your face at least twice daily. An intense moisturizer at night is especially important. Estee Lauder Diminish Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Treatment is fabulous, and I love Elizabeth Arden Millenium Energist.


The makeup artist

Covering up wrinkles with foundation and powder actually makes them more noticeable, says Delux founder Jillian Fink.

While clients like Calista Flockhart, Reese Witherspoon, and Minnie Driver aren’t terribly concerned about wrinkles, makeup artist and Delux Beauty founder Jillian Fink certainly deals with plenty of them in her work. “Wrinkles are inevitable,” says Fink. “The key to hiding them is to take a light-handed approach to makeup. Too much concealer makes wrinkles look worse.

“Apply concealer or foundation and powder around wrinkles, not directly on top of them, because the makeup will settle into the wrinkles and accentuate them. Apply concealer with a brush under the eyes, only where you have darkness, and gently pat the area until the concealer disappears. Never rub or smudge concealer—that will only make dark circles worse. If you must, lightly dab concealer on wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, and then leave the area alone. Don’t apply powder, because the heavier the makeup, the more it settles into fine lines and wrinkles.

“When choosing colors, I concentrate on the coloring of the skin, eyes, and eyebrow hair—not on the wrinkles. But Ifm careful not to apply color to areas that will call attention to wrinkled skin. I also stay away from certain makeup textures, such as cream eyeshadows that cause heavy creasing.

“Use sunscreen every day. I always have Kiehl’s Ultra Facial SPF 13 sunscreen in my bag. My face has never burned with it on.

“Clean your face twice a day—once in the morning, again at night.

“Give your skin a break from makeup.

“I’m a big fan of night cream. I have been using Paul Scerri Eye Contour Cream for nine years. I never go to bed without it.

“I love Crème de la Mer. I use their light moisturizer during the day and their heavier cream in the evening.

“Exfoliate. Remede Sweep is a really good, gentle exfoliating scrub.

“Get regular facials.

“Don’t smoke. My clients who are smokers tend to have more fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the areas of the face you use when you inhale—the mouth, the middle of the chin, and the cheeks.

“Be wary of old school advice, like using Preparation H to plump up the skin around the eyes—it can cause a rash, redness, and swelling.”