Monday, August 17, 2009

Haute Glam Beauty Talk w/ Jennifer Lopez

Haute Glam Magazine sits down with Jennifer Lopez to find out her beauty and fitness secrets, bouncing back from twins and her upcoming projects!

What keeps you looking so young?
I’ve realized that experimenting with expensive creams is fun and can help, but at the end of the day it’s really about sleep and water. I also don’t drink or smoke- I never have. When I get up in the morning, I splash my skin with water and put on my makeup. At night, I cleanse with a very mild cleanser- I don’t use heavy creams. With skincare, I think the simpler you keep it, the better.

Do you feel pressure to look youthful?
Beauty is only skin deep. I think what’s really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit. Somebody said to me not too long ago, “Until you’re 20, you have the face you are born with and after that, you have the face you deserve: I really love the idea that you wear who you are on your face.

Is getting older necessarily a bad thing?
I really believe that beauty is something that comes from within. Physical beauty fades and it’s what comes through your eyes that makes you beautiful and makes people look at you. You can see a woman who is 70 and still looks beautiful. It’s something in her eyes and her spirit.

What do you usually have in your make-up bag?
I normally have lip gloss in there, as well as bronzer, moisturizer, mascara, and perfume. At the moment, I’m wearing my new fragrance, Deseo!

How do you keep fit?
I have a trainer in LA and recently I have started taking yoga classes. When I was younger, I was in to hard physical exercise, but now what’s more important to me is finding a balance of mind, body, and spirit. I still do weights and cardio but I try to take a soft, feminine approach to it. I’m definitely not fanatical. Basically, I’m just like anybody else in that you have to know your body type and you know what you have to do to keep it in top form, and you know how you look and feel when you kind of slack off. I’m only human. Sometimes I feel like working out and other times, I don’t and sometimes I feel great about myself and sometimes I think, “Oh God, I have work to do.” It’s just normal woman stuff.

Do you watch your diet?
I try to watch what I eat. I know what’s good for me and I know what’s bad and try to stay away from bad things. Like everyone else though, I indulge myself once in a while. If I’m trying to lose weight, I just cut carbohydrates from my diet.

What skincare regime do you follow?
I don’t have any crazy secrets, like sleeping upside down or whatever. I’ve always taken care of my skin. I protect it from the sun and because my skin type is normal to dry, I try to keep it moisturized, especially when I’m flying. To get a natural radiant look, I choose neutral shades of make-up such as black, brown, tape and gold for my eyes. For lips, the nuder-the better!

What is your favorite anti aging tip?
It has to be sleep. I do try to get 8 hrs of sleep a night. With all the demands people make on me, I’ve had to learn to take care of myself. If you let people treat you like a machine, then they will. If I’m not careful, I’d be working 20hrs a day!

Would you ever consider plastic surgery?

I haven’t had any and I don’t really see myself having something done. I don’t know how I’ll feel when I’m 50. Maybe I’ll feel, “You’ve gone a little too long, it’s time to fix it.” But I’m more of a natural person. Luckily, I’m so used to seeing myself everywhere now that I no longer obsess about the way I look.

Read the remaining interview in the upcoming Fall issue of Haute Glam Magazine. At Press time, her new film, The Backup Plan is scheduled for release in early 2010. Photo by Michaelangelo di Battista for Instyle.