Most Italian women skip the Sophia Loren cat-eyes and full-face makeup. Yet, somehow Italian women seem to always have their beauty in place – effortless polish, refinement and spark.
WHAT'S THE SECRET?
According to Monica Bellucci, who became the oldest "bond girl" ever at age 51, it's about embracing minimal makeup and better skincare:
"I take care of my skin, as luminosity is the basis of all good makeup. I am religious about cleansing and moisturizing."
And, according to rising star Mitzi Peirone, overall, the biggest difference between American and Italian beauty is:
"American women might go for what makes them look good, but Italian women go for what makes them feel good."
The secret to Italian beauty, particularly for older women, is taking care of yourself inside and out. This is done with less makeup, and better skin care routines.
Here Are 5 Simple Tips:
1. Take care of yourself - stress is the true beauty enemy; it makes anyone look and feel worse.
Relaxation is a virtue in Italian culture. Slow-down and savour the simple things in life like a beautiful sunset or a warm bath. Take care of yourself with proper routines such as skincare and mindfulness.
2. Italian beauty is dedicated to better skincare involving moisturizing and hydrating skin.
Think rich facial moisturizer, a gentle cleanser, organic serums and a natural eye cream.
3. Italian women use fresh aloe, olive oil, and crushed flowers on their skin.
Using the power of mother nature since Roman times helps fight free radicals, enhance glow, and naturally reduce inflammation.
4. Reduce makeup. Do not wear eyeshadow, at all. And color sparingly, the key is restraint, less is more.
The new makeup is no makeup (or less makeup). Too much, or the wrong makeup, actually draws attention to lines or texture on your face. A typical Italian eye-look these days will consist of only two things — pencil liner (either black or brown) and a bit of mascara.
5. Use fresh, natural ingredients. Know the farm where your food and skincare come from (anything that goes into your body, or your body absorbs).
Called "zero-kilometer living", Italians prefer local, fresh ingredients for whatever they put on their skin or in their body.