This precocious Mad Men star hasn’t yet hit her teens, but she still ranks among the celebrities whose closets we’d most like to raid, thanks to her killer fashion instincts. She proves that beauty is as much about having fun with your style as it is about taking care of yourself.
A self-professed environmentalist, The Descendants star has developed an appreciation for organic foods and natural treatments, including moisturizing her skin with extra-virgin coconut oil. “Not only is it all-natural, but I don’t have to wear a fragrance,” she told Teen Vogue of her beauty secret, “because I smell like a yummy macaroon!”
The Oscar-nominated scored legions of fans thanks to her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in this year’s box office hit Hunger Games. But don’t expect the young star to fall victim to the pressures of being thin in Hollywood. “I don’t diet,” she told Glamour. “I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?”
The star of the movie-musical Sparkle (opposite the late Whitney Houston), the American Idol has been devoted to toning up, proudly flaunting her “sexier” silhouette in a bikini. “I love that I still have my curves,” she told PEOPLE in 2011. “I definitely didn’t want to lose those.”
The , who has countless awards to her name and worldwide fans who relate to her lyrics of love and heartbreak, openly embraces her curves (including her growing baby bump!). “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the covers of magazines,” the British beauty told PEOPLE. “I represent the majority of women, and I’m very proud of that.”
Her onscreen alter-ego Serena van der Woodsen thrives on the glitz and glamour that New York City offers, but the Gossip Girl likes to keep things a little more low-key when the cameras aren’t rolling. “I don’t really like to go out,” Lively, who’s married to Sexiest Man Alive , told W magazine. “I’ll go listen to live jazz, but the club scene isn’t so fun for me.”
Her sexy turn in 2007’s Transformers solidified Fox as one of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies. And while the Tennessee native snagged the coveted title of FHM’s 2008 Sexiest Woman in the World, the outspoken actress remains modest. “I’m not a ‘sexy’ ‘beautiful’ woman,” she claims. “It takes a lot of work to make me look like a girl.”
The flaxen-haired actress has been on a roll, from her starring turn in the romantic drama Dear John to stepping into the woods as Red Riding Hood, but Seyfried hasn’t let her It girl status get to her head. “I don’t dye my hair and I can go without makeup,” she told InStyle. “Waxing my legs is pretty much the only thing I have to maintain.”
Pinto has followed up her Slumdog Millionaire debut with box office hits Immortals and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but the Indian stunner is taking her newfound fame in stride. “I still consider myself to be a regular Mumbai girl,” she told Blackbook. “I’m just one that has been extremely blessed.”
As the star of NBC’s Smash, the American Idol spends her days channeling her inner bombshell as a Marilyn Monroe wannabe. But when the cameras aren’t rolling, she’s completely confident in her own skin: “I love my body when I’m in the best shape I can be in. It feels good to be strong.”
With her delicate features and porcelain complexion, can’t help but stand out from Hollywood’s other blonde beauties. So what’s her best-kept beauty secret? “I’m super-conscious about my skin and have never gone to bed without washing my face with Cetaphil,” she told InStyle.
The British beauty is at the center of the drama as Mary Crawley in PBS’s hit drama Downton Abbey, transforming herself from a 21st century star to a 1920s star-crossed aristocrat. “I don’t mind wearing a corset,” Dockery said of her on-set wardrobe staple. “It informs your posture, changes the way you move, you can’t slouch.”
Turning 31 on April 28, the says she has finally reached a point where she’s finally comfortable in her own skin. “I’d been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young,” she told Elle. “Now I have no problem with it.”
“I’m Australian, so I’m not too flashy or glitzy,” the Bridesmaids star told Harper’s Bazaar. Yet the actress continues to turn heads on the red carpet, thanks to her killer style and hot bob. “It’s fun,” Byrne said about her Scarface-inspired look. “A little high-maintenance with the bangs, but you know, it takes a village.”
The Canadian was never really aware of her good looks growing up. “My mom never put a lot of emphasis on it, so I didn’t either,” she told InStyle. But Hollywood has taken notice. “That brain is substantial, and if you have that along with a face you can’t take your eyes off, it’s so compelling,” her Morning Glory costar Diane Keaton gushed to Vogue. “It’s rare.”
The model-turned-, who welcomed son Xander a year ago, found fame as icy trophy wife Betty Draper on Mad Men – a role that earned the blonde beauty comparisons to Hollywood legend Grace Kelly. “It’s hard to think I have to live up to that, because I’m not her,” Jones told Allure of the comparison, “unless Grace Kelly drank beer.”
As a spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris, the Scandal star loves to see beauty through the lens of different cultures. “I can feel beautiful naturally when I’m on vacation,” she told PEOPLE. “I don’t even bring makeup with me. But I do love to shop for products in other countries – you get a sense of what beauty means in a different society.”
The engaged is quick to praise longtime love for maintaining her sex appeal. “I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and what it has created,” she told W magazine after the births of daughter Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3. “He genuinely sees it that way. So I genuinely feel even sexier.”
The (and former beauty queen) says it takes more than good looks to look your best. “People think health only has to do with your physical being, but for me, it’s so much more,” the Desperate Housewives star told Health magazine. “I have a great diet and exercise routine. And I try to have a healthy outlook.”
The Miami has no problem showing a little skin. Or even a lot of skin. Just check out her racy ads for Calvin Klein. “I’m not at all ashamed or frightened about showing my body,” she told the Spanish edition of Vogue. As for being labeled a sex symbol, Mendes says, “I like it when it doesn’t limit my career. It’s a part of my life, but on a secondary plane.”
While the rest of Hollywood dabbles in occasional nips and tucks, this blonde plans to skip cosmetic procedures in favor of aging naturally. “I don’t like the Botox thing,” Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’ll take my wrinkles.”
She may be the face of Neutrogena and a rom-com leading lady, but most beloved role is that of mom to her adorable brood of three with hubby . And motherhood agrees with her: “She’s never more beautiful,” says close friend Victor Garber.
Although she endured the magic of movie makeup to gracefully age in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – and earned a Supporting Actress nod – Henson prefers a light touch when it comes to her everyday look. “My makeup philosophy is definitely ‘less is more,’” Henson told Essence.
Crowned PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2011, the American Idol says she values inner over outer beauty any day. “I feel lucky to be an attractive person,” she told PEOPLE. “But I’ve always felt that real beauty always comes from your heart.”
No stranger to PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful list (she was featured in last year’s issue), the New York dished on her secret to healthy living. “Not sitting idle is how to stay young,” the Southland star said. “I do Pilates four times a week, I run, and I take vitamins. I feel better now than I did in my 20s.”
With a successful music career (she’s got five Grammys!), a superstar and three daughters at home, how does the keep her natural glow? “I moisturize my entire body, head to toe, including my lips,” she told PEOPLE. “I never go to bed without doing so.”
As her character on The Good Wife explores her sexuality, Margulies says she likes to step up her game off-screen as well. “I feel sexy when I’m happy,” the Emmy winner told Harper’s Bazaar. “If I’m going out on a date with my husband, I want to feel sexy. I want him to see me that way. So I think you have to make an effort.”
When it comes to showing off her true beauty, the two-time Oscar nominee needed to look no further than husband Julius Tennon, who encouraged Davis to let her hair go au naturel. Showing off her gorgeous look at this year’s Academy Awards, the new mom told InStyle of going sans wig: “It gives me flavor.”
survived the 2010 breakup of her marriage and celebrated another year of motherhood with son Louis, and through it all, kept her humor intact. “She amazes me and everyone else with how she is able to keep her sunny – and funny – ways about her,” a source told PEOPLE.
The former Fashion Star host and supermodel (nicknamed “The Body”) credits her killer curves to a clean diet, daily exercise, good genes and lots of fun. “Do lots of sport. Don’t worry about your silhouette, worry about how you feel,” she told PEOPLE at this year’s Golden Globes.
When Preston gave birth to son Benjamin in 2010, she wasn’t sure if her body could bounce back. But keeping up with her active toddler and following the Organic Liaison weight-loss program, the actress shed the baby weight. “I lost 39 lbs.,” she told PEOPLE, “[and] have more energy than I had 20 years ago – and I feel amazing.”
Twenty years after leaving Hollywood to build a life abroad with British director Simon Curtis and their two daughters, the actress has found a second wave of fame – and confidence! – with her hit series Downton Abbey. “I’ve just turned 50, and I feel sexier, happier, more interesting than I ever have before,” she told U.K.’s Woman & Home last year.
“I think [to feel sexy], you need to be away from your children,” the mother of two told InStyle last year. “Doing the mommy stuff does sort of squash that area of your life.” But the Oscar-nominated actress admits things can heat up quickly “when I’m alone with [my husband] Bart [Freundlich] or when we take a trip.”
Honored with a 2009 ShoWest Independent Award for acting excellence, Clarkson has maintained a steady two-decade-plus career in Hollywood being an on-screen chameleon. But when it comes to real life, the New Orleans native is both a Southerner and lady at heart. “I am a girly-girl,” she told the New York Times. “When I’m on my deathbed I’ll probably say: ‘Go get me my curlers! Please.’”
After directing the romantic drama W.E. last year, the went back to her first loves: singing and dancing, which she’s been doing on a world tour this year. How does the 54-year-old keep her body in tip-top shape? “The best thing for your bum is dancing, and I can do plenty of that,” she joked.
“I have to be honest, for a woman there’s not a lot about turning 50 that is fun,” the actress half-joked to InStyle. But Pfeiffer badmits it’s not all bad. “[Part] of feeling sexy is feeling comfortable in your own skin, and less inhibited, and that goes along with getting older.”
“My face announces to the world that I come from a long line of very open-minded lovers,” the former Today Show host – whose background is a mix of Cherokee, French, German, Irish, Japanese and Scottish – once told Marie Claire of her gorgeous heritage.
In a business filled with blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauties, the Somali-born supermodel says she had to learn to embrace her one-of-a-kind look. After retiring in 1994, the model-turned-mogul launched an eponymous cosmetics line whose mission is to celebrate beauty of all color, shapes and sizes. “Beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin,” says Iman. “I want my legacy to be that I’ve opened the gates to what’s considered beautiful now.”
“Age has never bothered me because I’m having a good time,” says the country legend, who takes daily vitamins, avoids the sun, drinks lots of water and takes brisk walks 3-4 days a week to maintain her health. But McEntire still leaves room for fun: “I love the chips and salsa and margaritas.”
With a successful string of roles under her belt, Steenburgen has learned to embrace her humorous side. “Even though it is a cliché, there is no substitute for laughter and love,” she said of staying beautiful. “They do more to make people beautiful than anything.”
To hear her tell it, the veteran star is nothing like the straight-faced theater producer she plays on NBC’s Smash. “I think the biggest beauty secret is laughing and being with the people you love,” Huston has said. “At this age, I crave that warmth and comfort I find in my heart when I’m with friends and family. That’s what really keeps you young because it keeps you happy.”
Starlets everywhere got bested for 2011’s “Body of the Year” title by the nearly-70 Dame Helen Mirren, whose killer bikini body is enviable – not least of all because of how little work she says she puts into staying in shape. “Three weeks every six months, I decide to work out,” she told WWD. I’m unbelievably lazy. If I had any form of self-discipline, I would look a lot better than I do.”