Elle Macpherson's 6 Beauty Rules for Feeling Like a Supermodel Every Day

Who wouldn't want to look like her at 52?! Here, the wellness-obsessed star reveals her mantras for staying youthful, including her thoughts sleep, selfies, sunscreen and more

01 of 06

EMBRACE AGING

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First, if you see wrinkles, ignore ‘em. “Of course I think about lines,” says the model, 52. “There have been times in my life when I have tried really hard to get rid of them [like with fillers], and it doesn’t work. So I tend to leave all that alone as much as possible. Ultimately I think nutrition, sleep, love, laughter and water is the most magical recipe for a beautiful face.”

02 of 06

KEEP IT SIMPLE

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“I don’t wear makeup at all,” says Macpherson. “That’s why there are so many pictures of me with sunglasses on! Honestly, I don’t love the look of my skin bare, but I feel it’s best for it. If I’m going out, I’ll only wear Bobbi Brown lip gloss, plus eyeliner and mascara. Sure, I want to experiment with trends, but as I’ve become wiser, I’ve realized that less is more.”

03 of 06

TAKE LOTS OF SELFIES

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Macpherson embraces the rise of social media for its potential to be empowering. “Everyone knows how to find their light, find their filters, find their poses,” she says. “That’s new. That’s progress. You can really create your own sense of beauty by figuring out how to make yourself look the best you can.”

04 of 06

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

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“I wish somebody had told me that the most important tool was sunblock. I grew up in Australia in the ’70s, when you used baby oil and a reflecting board to get as tan as possible because that was cool. Now I wear SPF 50 on my face, my chest and my hands and get checked regularly.”

05 of 06

PRIORITIZE BEAUTY REST

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For Macpherson, sleep is vital to her health. “I used to only get four hours of sleep a night,” she recalls. “I thought I was being productive—like, the more you do, the better you are. It’s not true! But even when I tried to sleep, I found it difficult to unwind.” She was so invested in changing her habits that she worked with her wellness supplement company WelleCo. to develop the Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea and Pillow Mist ($69), available this month. “I drink that before bed; now I get a full seven hours.”

06 of 06

LEARN TO LOVE CHANGE

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“I don’t prance around in a bikini anymore, or a one-piece, or cutoff shorts, or very short dresses,” she says. “It’s just not what I do. I’ll leave that to my 16- and 18-year-old stepdaughters. At this point I like to keep it simple and not adhere to any trends. That’s the secret—the beauty of a woman as she matures is not how she tries to look younger but how she adapts to her newfound maturity.”

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