Wise Words on Beauty from the Experts: PEOPLE's Former Beautiful Issue Cover Stars

The secret to feeling youthful? To looking beautiful? Seems like our past cover stars – Jen, Kate, Drew and beyond – have all the answers

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JULIA ROBERTS, 2017

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On aging: "We have to put up a little bit of a fight. But then too much of a fight causes a wrinkle."

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JENNIFER ANISTON, 2016

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On the hairstyle she wishes she could rock, but never will: "I would like to try a pixie cut. If I knew I could instantly push it back. I'm very curious to see what I would look like with really short hair. But I'll never do it. Never. I'm a long-hair girl. I like my hair. It's like a security blanket."

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SANDRA BULLOCK, 2015

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On taking care of her skin: "By not wearing makeup most of the time. And sunblock, sunblock, sunblock. I use SPF 100 and I know they say it doesn't work, but if I read 100, I'm good."

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LUPITA NYONG'O, 2014

LUPITA NYONG'O, 2014
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On shaving her head as a teen: "I was just curious. It was scary, but I like to dare myself."

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GWYNETH PALTROW, 2013

GWYNETH PALTROW, 2013
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On getting older: "I think one of the most beautiful things about growing up is this self-acceptance that starts to happen."

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JENNIFER LOPEZ, 2011

JENNIFER LOPEZ, 2011
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On staying youthful: "Keep that positive outlook, to keep that energy, to know that there is more. There's always something new and something more you can accomplish. And the fact that my children are so young and their life is just starting makes me think, 'It's just the beginning!' "

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CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, 2009

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, 2009
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On what makes her feel beautiful: "I like laughing and making people laugh – not just on set, but in life. I used to be really shy, but I started to come into my own in my late 20s and early 30s. Now I'm not afraid to speak up in a room full of people and be a part of the conversation."

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KATE HUDSON, 2008

KATE HUDSON, 2008
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On being self-conscious: "There are certain days you wake up and you go, 'Good day, good day.' And then there are other days where you wake up and you go, 'Not a good day. Really not a good day.' It goes in stages."

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DREW BARRYMORE, 2007

DREW BARRYMORE
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On her preferred look: "I love being natural. For a lot of photo shoots you've had hair and makeup, not to mention airbrushing. I'm not into those zoom-in tabloid 'look at her zit or her cellulite' pictures – that's so messed up. But I'm always happy to be photographed without makeup."

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HALLE BERRY, 2003

HALLE BERRY, 2003
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On staying in shape: "I'm not obsessive, like I have to have the best butt or the best abs, but I like the idea of feeling strong and healthy,"

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NICOLE KIDMAN, 2002

NICOLE KIDMAN, 2002
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On how others view her beauty: "The thing you hate about yourself tends to be the thing that everyone likes about you. Russell [Crowe] always says, 'Nic, just wear your hair curly and leave your glasses on. That's how you look best.'"

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COURTENEY COX, 1995

COURTENEY COX, 1995
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On her low-maintenance beauty routine: "I only have to do three things to look halfway decent. Curl my eyelashes, fill in my eyebrows and put some lipstick on."

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MEG RYAN, 1994

MEG RYAN, 1994
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On what she finds beautiful: "I find people's exuberance or mystery or their simplicity beautiful, as opposed to just the way their eyes and face are."

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CINDY CRAWFORD, 1993

CINDY CRAWFORD, 1993
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On being comfortable: "I don't want to have to be beautiful all the time. I want to be able to look cruddy in my weekend sweats, with a pimple on my face and pimple cream on top of the pimple."

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