Drew Barrymore gets candid about motherhood, aging and more in NewBeauty's Spring issue

Drew Barrymore doesn’t want her daughters to be afraid of getting older.

The actress, Flower Beauty founder and cover star of NewBeauty‘s Spring issue opened up about how motherhood changed her vision of beauty, and the ways she’s communicating it to her daughters.

“I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury. If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like,” Barrymore, 44, told the magazine about the lessons she’s teaching Olive, 6 and Frankie, 4.


She added, “If they are good, cool people, that’s all I care about.”

But being the makeup pro that she is, she’s still going to teach them the importance of a few products, like lip liner. “At some point in your life, you will need [it]. That’s what I’ll tell my girls,” she said. “You won’t think you’ll ever need it, and then one day you’ll see that lip liner isn’t just for fun. It’s a necessity.”

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The star also got candid about her life the past few years, which she described as “hard” — on the inside and out.

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“I do feel like I’m on an upswing,” the actress said. “I just went through a couple of hard years, and I can see it wearing on my face. It’s not about aging, it’s about how I am on the inside. There’s also a very long period when you’re raising kids when it takes it out of you.”

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Though she finds it a challenge to take time for herself, Barrymore’s been able to create more of a balance. “I love the Clear + Brilliant laser. I do it once a year to slough away my sunspots. I also try to get a facial once a year, but I just don’t have the time to go more frequently,” she said.

But ultimately, she feels her best when she’s “just behaving” and “not being a total A-hole.”

“Just being in a good mood at work, not losing my cool when my kids lose their cool. Not sweating the small stuff,” she revealed. “I’ve realized that even when the little things aggravate you and seem really big and monumental, or even very public within your own circle and you just wish you could hide your problems, you just can’t lose your cool. Be nice through all of it. That’s always when I feel the best, no matter what.”